K-COR Kosher Alerts

Older alerts can be found in the archives.

By Vaad Harabbonim on December 4, 2018

One 16 oz. can of BUSH’S BEST HONEY SWEET BAKED BEANS with no OU and containing bacon was mistakenly sold this week at One Stop Kosher Food Market and has not been accounted for. Please check your products.

Only Bush’s Best Vegetarian Baked Beans (labeled in Canada as “Sweet & Tangy Vegetarian Baked Beans “) is Kosher and bears the OU symbol. Always check the label of every can.

By Vaad Harabbonim on December 3, 2018

2018-11-28 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

Mexican Coke and Pepsi information:

• COCA-COLA PRODUCTS FROM MEXICO, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Fresca products, are not OU certified and are not recommended.

• PEPSI PRODUCTS FROM MEXICO, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew (except Kickstart) and Mist Twist products, are Kosher. (Mountain Dew Kickstart energy drink is Kosher only when bearing the letters XG in the middle of the second line of the inkjet code on bottom of the can, or when bearing a reliable certification on the label.)

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) will soon begin appearing in U.S. stores, and will require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. Often the same brand has some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each individual package or pepper should be checked. Details of the tithing procedure can be found (courtesy of cRc Chicago) at http://kshr.us/cRcMaaser

One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

TRADER JOE’S ROASTED GORGONZOLA CRACKERS bears an OU-D, and lists animal rennet in the ingredients. The OU has informed us that this product is Kosher and does not contain animal rennet; the listing is in error.

RICOLA COUGH / THROAT DROPS: Only the following five varieties are recommended by the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council). They do not require a certification sticker: Honey Herb, Lemon Mint – regular and Sugar Free, Mountain Herb – Sugar Free, and Natural Herb (Original). — Please note that this does not include Ricola Swiss Herbal Sweets.

UNGER’S BARLEY, CHICKPEAS & BEANS: Unger’s has issued a notice regarding infestation found in certain batches of these products. It is posted on the K-COR website at http://cordetroit.com/

GORDON CHOICE FRUIT COCKTAIL IN EXTRA LIGHT SYRUP (UPC# 093901225306) and GORDON CHOICE FRUIT COCKTAIL IN PEAR JUICE (UPC# 093901610232) in #10 foodservice size cans, distributed by Gordon Food Service, mistakenly bear an OU symbol on the outer case. The individual cans do not bear an OU (but bear a different symbol), and contain carmine, an insect derivative, as listed in the ingredients. These products are not OU certified. — Please note that Gordon Choice Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup (UPC#093901118264) and Gordon Choice Mixed Fruit in Pear Juice (UPC #093901610348) are OU certified and correctly bear the OU symbol on the cans.

CONCORD GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE and WHITE GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE distributed by Coloma Frozen Foods Inc., Coloma Michigan, bear an unauthorized cRc symbol on the label. These items are not certified Kosher.

CHESHNI FOODS PRODUCTS are neither OU nor Star-K certified. Some Cheshni Foods products, including black olives, dried fruit, tea biscuits and others, bear an unauthorized OU or Star-K symbol.

“LUCKY LEAF PREMIUM CARAMEL APPLE FRUIT FILLING OR TOPPING” in 9.5 lb. foodservice size pails contains dairy ingredients, as listed on the label, but mistakenly bears a plain OU without a D on some labels. — Please note that the 21 oz. retail size can of “Lucky Leaf Premium Caramel Apple Fruit Filling & Topping” does not contain dairy ingredients, and is correctly labeled with a plain OU.

BENTON’S SKELETON CHOCOLATE COOKIE KIT, sold at Aldi in the U.S., mistakenly bears a COR (Canada) symbol without a Dairy designation. This product is certified Dairy.

WILD COAST FRUIT CO. Dark Chocolate Blueberries and Dark Chocolate Cranberries mistakenly bear the Kosher Check Pareve logo. They are certified as Dairy. Consumers finding this product are asked to contact BC (British Columbia) Kosher at 604- 731-1803 or at info@koshercheck.org

RACCONTO PASTA SAUCES have OU certification on several, but not all, varieties; check each label. Note that the Vodka variety contains cream and states OU Dairy.

DUNCAN HINES is recalling certain batches of its Classic Butter Golden, Classic White, Classic Yellow and Signature Confetti Cake cake mixes with Best If Used By dates ranging from March 7 through March 13, 2019, due to possible salmonella contamination. Details are available at https://www.prnewswire.com/news/Conagra+Brands or 888-299-7646.

BARCELONA NUT CO. is recalling certain batches of its Roasted and Salted Pistachios (in-shell) with expiration dates ranging from 9/17 through 10/10/2019, due to possible salmonella contamination. Details are available from michelleo@barcelonanut.com (e-mail) or 443.552.5366.

By Vaad Harabbonim on November 26, 2018

UNGER’S Public Notice

Unger’s Alert

By Vaad Harabbonim on October 23, 2018

2018-10-22 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

KELLOGG’S CEREALS: The following “Limited Edition” Kellogg’s cereals do not bear a K or OU symbol and are not certified
Kosher, due to the addition of marshmallows (which contain non-Kosher gelatin): Apple Jacks with Spooky Marshmallows,
Chocolate Frosted Flakes with Spooky Marshmallows, and Froot Loops with Spooky Marshmallows. Other Kellogg’s cereals
that contain marshmallows or gelatin are also not certified, including Frosted Mini-Wheats (all varieties), Rice Krispies Treats cereal, and some others.
Kellogg’s cereals that are Kosher bear an OU or OU-D symbol on newer packages. Older packages that bear a K or KD are also OU
approved, except for Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Cereal, which is not OU approved even when the package bears a K.

FIBER ONE BROWNIES and NATURE VALLEY SOFT BAKED OATMEAL SQUARES: Due to changes in production procedures, the following Fiber One Brownie varieties and Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares varieties will no longer be certified by the OU, and will not bear the OU symbol. Products in stores that still bear the OU are certified and were manufactured prior to this change.
• Chocolate Fudge Brownie
• Mint Fudge Brownie
• Lemon Brownie
• Chocolate Chip Brownie
• Cinnamon Coffee Cake Brownie
• Orange Cranberry Cake Brownie
• Birthday Cake Brownie
• Pumpkin Brownie
• Strawberries & Cream Brownie
• Peanut Butter Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares
• Banana Dark Chocolate Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares
• Blueberry Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares
• Cinnamon Brown Sugar Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares

BREADS & BUNS from many national and major brands [such as Arnold, Beefsteak, Bimbo, Brownberry, Bunny,
Freihofer’s, Sara Lee and others] have Kosher certification on some products. Consumers should be aware that in most
cases, only some varieties are certified, while others are not and do not bear any Kosher marking. In addition, some
companies have many plants, of which some have reliable certification, and others may have an unreliable certification or
none at all. Consequently, even the same type of bread may have reliable certification on some packages, and on other
packages have unreliable or no certification. It is important to always check every package label for a reliable certification symbol.

STREIT’S EGG NOODLES (all sizes): Due to improper handling after product was manufactured, a number of bags have
been found to be infested. Any bag with a Best Buy date of December 2019 or earlier should be returned to the store for a
refund.

GOLD MEDAL BREAD FLOUR and GOLD MEDAL ALL PURPOSE FLOUR from the KC mill, in all sizes of bags, are both
made from winter wheat and are always Yoshon. [This is an update to the information in Rabbi Herman’s Guide to
Chodosh.] The KC mill is indicated by the letters KC after the year in the second line of the code on top of the bag. [For
those makpid on malt, the cut-off date code is 25 JUN 2020.] Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour, even from KC mill, is
Yoshon only if the date code is prior to 1 FEB 2019.

VERA’S KOSHER CUISINE is no longer under K-COR supervision. (This is not due to any Kashrus violations or issues.)

KETTLE brand KRINKLE CUT WASABI RANCH POTATO CHIPS in the 5 oz. size has been incorrectly labeled with a
Kof-K Parve symbol. This product contains natural flavors that contain milk, and should be treated as Kof-K Dairy.

365 EVERYDAY VALUE WHITE CORN TORTILLA CHIPS-SALTED sold at Whole Foods in 20 oz. “Party Size” bags
bearing a plain OU symbol (UPC code 9948247145), with Best-By dates of January 24 or January 25, 2019, has been
recalled because it may mistakenly contain other snack mix products. All affected product has been removed from store
shelves. (The other snack mix products contain dairy. We are awaiting information regarding their Kosher or non-Kosher
status.)

SEASON’S CHOICE frozen BROCCOLI FLORETS and SEASON’S CHOICE frozen CALIFORNIA MEDLEY sold at Aldi,
products of Mexico, bear an MK that is not the MK symbol of Montreal or Manchester, and are not recommended.

FUTTER’S NUT BUTTERS PRODUCTS are not certified by EarthKosher. They bear an unauthorized EarthKosher symbol.

ROASTED SEAWEED SUSHI NORI distributed by Takarakom Inc. bears an unauthorized Kof-K symbol. This product is not
Kof-K certified

SYSCO YASOU FETA CHEESE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING is not OU certified. Some one gallon containers of this product
were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol.

By Vaad Harabbonim on September 7, 2018

2018-9-6 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

PAS YISROEL: The K-COR wishes to remind the Kosher consumer of the accepted custom to be stringent on Pas Yisroel during Aseres Yemei T’shuva. Please be advised that many K-COR establishments produce or sell some bread and cake products that are not Pas Yisroel. Please ask the Mashgiach or call the K-COR office for details regarding specific establishments.

The following establishments are totally Pas Yisroel: Zeman’s, Bake Station, Pizza Stop, Prime 10, and Soul Café – restaurant only, not catering.

BLACK EYED PEAS are often infested and require careful checking.

B’gan brand of dried black eyed peas has been found to be infested and has been recalled from stores. If you have purchased this product, please return it to the store for a full refund. This does not affect any other B’gan varieties of beans.

The following is the Star-K procedure for checking dried or canned black eyed peas. (Note: canned peas and beans always require Kashrus certification for general Kashrus concerns.)

Dried or Canned Black Eyed Peas

Dried peas should be boiled in water. After coming to a boil, turn off the flame, cover the pot and allow it sit for three hours. The beans will swell and the peel becomes translucent. For canned peas, you can check them straight out of the can, no need to boil first. Then take 10-15 beans on the palm of one hand and check for holes or a dark-colored stain, which may indicate an insect underneath the thin peel. If there is a dark spot on the peel, remove the thin skin and check if there is a cavity with a bug in it. (The black “eye” spot is not a sign of infestation. Similarly, orange colored stains on the surface are not signs of infestation.) If no insects are found, the entire bag/can may be used.

[For those who prefer not to rely on checking, some Poskim advise that the custom can be fulfilled without eating the item, by placing it on the table and looking at it.]

BODEK FROZEN BLUEBERRIES with Sell By dates of February 2020 and May 2020, and Bodek frozen Cranberry Blueberry Blend with a Sell By date of February 2020, have been found to be infested, and may returned for a full refund.

NORI SEAWEED SHEETS require reliable Kashrus certification due to a concern of being processed on non-Kosher equipment, and also due to a serious issue of infestation. A number of Nori brands have recently been recalled, although they bear a Kashrus symbol, due to either infestation or unauthorized use of the symbol. The following list was issued by the Star-K:

Recalled Nori Brands as of September 5, 2018

[The lot numbers are usually inkjetted on the bag or package.]

1) Sweet City – Star-K symbol. Two recalled lots: 092520 and 131820
2) China Mehadrin – CRC (Hisachdus) symbol. One recalled lot: 3200/02426 1803 3242618043 2018 5A3B
3) Sushi Metzuyan – Star-K symbol. One recalled lot: 121919
4) Nantong Huaxin Seaweed – All bear an unauthorized Kof-K symbol. Should be considered not Kosher.
5) Ushia Sushi – All bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. Should be considered not Kosher.
6) Sushi Maven – Volover symbol. ALL lots recalled EXCEPT two:
a. Best by Date: 09/30/2019 may be used.
b. Best by Date: 01/10/2019 may be used.

By Vaad Harabbonim on August 27, 2018

2018-8-26 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

FRESH AND DRIED DATES FROM ISRAEL are sold at many stores in the U.S., including locally at Trader Joe’s, Plum Market and others. If they do not bear a reliable Kosher certification, they require taking of Terumos and Maaseros by the consumer. Details of the tithing procedure can be found (courtesy of cRc Chicago) at http://kshr.us/cRcMaaser

HONEY: Please be aware that “Forest honey”, “Honeydew honey”, and “Beechwood honey” (or honey named after other types of trees such as Pine, Fir, etc.), generally refer to honey produced by bees that have consumed the non-Kosher excretions of aphids and scale insects left on trees (as opposed to standard honey produced from flower nectar). These are not considered Kosher according to some opinions, and should be avoided.

TRADER JOE’S brand of CHOCOLATE BROOKLYN BABKA, MANGO BROOKLYN BABKA and HALF MOON COOKIES that bear OU Pareve, are Pas Yisroel and Yoshon.

KEEBLER READY CRUST MINI GRAHAM CRACKER PIE CRUSTS is certified OU Pareve, and correctly bears a plain OU on the individual packages. The outer case (of 12 packages) bears a plain OU on one side, but mistakenly bears an OU-D on the other side.

PRINGLES new EXTRA HOT Potato Crisps contains whey and is certified OU Dairy. Some cans with Spanish text mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D.

7-ELEVEN COCO PALETA COCONUT & CREAM BAR and 7-ELEVEN FRESA PALETA STRAWBERRY & CREAM BAR are mistakenly labeled with a plain OU symbol. These products contain dairy ingredients and are certified OU Dairy.

The 7-ELEVEN STORE at 11 Mile & Lahser is no longer under K-COR supervision for slurpees and iced coffee.

SHOTTYS Party-Ready GELATIN SHOTS claims on the box “We’re Kosher”. In fact, this product has no Kashrus certification and contains animal derived gelatin, and should not be considered Kosher.

“BEANBOY” CHOCOLATE COVERED ESPRESSO BEANS are not OU certified. Some packages bear an unauthorized OU symbol. (They also list butterfat in the ingredients.)

CATAWBA CANDY CO. DINNER MINTS sold at Family Dollar is not OU certified. Some packages mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

Many “SWAD” brand products from India, including spice powders, flours, etc., dist. by Raja Foods LLC, bear a small OK symbol on the back of the package in the bottom left corner. This is not intended to be a Kashrus symbol, and these products are not certified.

JULY ALERTS

New MINUTE MAID TROPICAL FCB Slurpee Syrup is Kosher and pareve. The name on the syrup box label should be inspected, as explained in our 6/28/18 Kashrus Alerts.

STARBUCKS COFFEE STORES: Starbucks has decided to end its relationship with the expanded Star-K Kosher information program. Therefore, effective immediately, the Star-K can no longer vouch for the Kashrus of many of the items that it previously listed as recommended at these stores. Items no longer approved include Frappuccinos, Mocha, and Caramel Sauce.

Updated lists of acceptable Starbucks items can be found on the Star-K website https://www.star-k.org/ articles/kosher-lists/1709/ starbucks/ and on the cRc website http://www.crcweb.org/starbucksoverview.php

In addition, Starbucks has also decided to end the Kosher-Friendly store program, which was available in select stores in NY and NJ.

L’OVEN FRESH HAWAIIAN SWEET HOT DOG BUNS and L’OVEN FRESH HAWAIIAN SWEET HAMBURGER BUNS sold at Aldi bear an unauthorized Kosher – Dairy symbol. These products contain milk and butter, as listed in the ingredients, and are not acceptable. – However, L’OVEN FRESH HAWAIIAN SWEET ROLLS sold at Aldi bears a plain OU symbol, and is OU certified and pareve.

CAPE COD “WAVES” WHITE CHEDDAR & SOUR CREAM POTATO CHIPS contains many dairy ingredients, as listed on the package, but mistakenly bears a plain OU without a D. [Source: KashrusMagazine.com]

Most “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BUTTER” Vegetable Oil Spreads contain dairy ingredients and bear an OU-D. Some varieties are pareve and bear a plain OU symbol. One pareve variety, called “the LIGHT one”, correctly bears a plain OU on the container itself, but mistakenly bears an OU-D on the lid. This product is pareve.

By Vaad Harabbonim on June 29, 2018

2018-6-28 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

7-ELEVEN SLURPEES: The COR of Greater Detroit (Vaad Harabbonim) recommends that slurpees be bought only at stores that have store-level Kashrus supervision of their slurpees, to be assured that the syrup box that feeds the machine is actually Kosher and pareve. The flavor cards on the machine cannot be relied upon, even if they bear a Kosher symbol, because stores sometimes use syrups that do not correspond with the brand or variety posted on the machine. [Just recently, due to a syrup shortage, some 7-Elevens brought in non-certified generic brands of syrups, but still had the brand name flavor cards posted on the machines.] In addition, when changing flavors, stores generally do not clean the machine in-between, and during the transition there can be a significant mixture of flavors, one of which may be non-Kosher or dairy.

The COR provides supervision for slurpees at five local 7-Eleven stores, but only for the machine(s) specified on the COR certificate posted at each location, as follows:

• Lincoln & Greenfield: all three machines.
• 11 & Coolidge, 13 & Greenfield, 11 & Lahser, and 12 bet. Greenfield & Coolidge: only the left machine.

If one is in an area where no supervised stores are available, the COR recommends that the consumer request permission to inspect the label on the syrup box, and then check a reliable list of Kosher slurpees to verify the product’s Kashrus status. [The list is necessary because most Kosher slurpees do not bear a Kashrus symbol on the syrup box.] A list of Kosher slurpees from the Chicago Rabbinical Council is available at http://www.crcweb.org/slurpee_list.php

(Note: The box of syrup that feeds the machine is generally located in the back of the store, in an area that is off limits to non-employees, and cannot be entered without express permission from the store manager.)

New FRUITWORKS CAPTAIN CRUNCH BERRY FREEZE FCB slurpee syrup is Kosher and pareve. The name on the syrup box label should be inspected, as explained above.

THE ICEE MACHINE at Shell (10 & Greenfield) is now under supervision of the COR of Greater Detroit and is certified Kosher.

New CRUSH WATERMELON SODA is Kosher.

KONA ICE TRUCKS are not OU certified. Some trucks mistakenly display an OU symbol.

KEEBLER TOASTEDS CRACKERS in all varieties bear an OK-D due to dairy ingredients.

GOLIGHTLY SUGAR FREE HARD CANDY JUST CHOCOLATES (BONUS 10% MORE) packages sold at Dollar Tree stores have been mistakenly labeled Kof-K DE. In fact, this product contains butter, as listed in the ingredients, and is certified Kof-K Dairy.

SAN PAOLO brand CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES and CRANBERRY COOKIES are certified by COR [Canada] and are sold in the U.S. These products are dairy, but inadvertently were labelled without a dairy designation.

MEIJER DILL PICKLE FLAVORED POTATO CHIPS is certified OU Pareve and bears a plain OU. However, a limited amount of this product was mistakenly produced using undeclared Kosher dairy ingredients. The dairy product was packed in 9.5 ounce bags with UPC # 719283594365 and ‘Sell By’ dates between 07/16/18 and 08/13/18, and has been recalled.

SECOND NATURE – COCONUT ALMOND MEDLEY is OU-D certified due to dairy equipment. Packages currently in stores have a plain OU printed on the bag, plus an OU-D next to the Best By date that is either stickered or ink-jetted onto the bag.

CHEF’S QUALITY MULTI GRAIN TORTILLA WRAPS sold at Restaurant Depot mistakenly state “OU Pas Yisroel” on some bags. This product is OU certified, but is not Pas Yisroel.

STONE HOUSE BREAD products are not under Orthodox supervision and are not recommended.

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PASKESZ has suspended distribution of its SOUR WORX! XTREME SOUR CANDY due to reports of irritation to children’s mouths. See https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QPV7f4PCT5M/Wxq1pJKni2I/AAAAAAAAJ4Y/TPrP2qCQKDMaRXCJTq8_ey0-vGYKdubmQCLcBGAs/s1600/79.jpg

All KELLOGG’S HONEY SMACKS CEREAL, regardless of package size or Best If Used By date, has been recalled because it has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections. Details are available at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/index.html or 800-962-1413.

TISHA B’AV & YOM KIPPUR ALERT: TOMS SHOES canvas and material styles contain a suede leather insole, which may not be worn on Tisha B’Av and Yom Kippur. Only Toms special “Vegan” line of shoes are free of leather.

UPDATE: QUICKEN LOANS INSTITUTES HETER ISKA, resolving Ribbis concern. See details at http://agudathisrael.org/agudah-rabbanim-quicken-loans-institutes-heter-iska-resolving-halachic-concern/?cat=news and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P6tx_iFOBB7gLrywNPLv4Qi-c9MuRDRe/view

By Vaad Harabbonim on June 11, 2018

QUICKEN LOANS / ROCKET MORTGAGE: AGUDAH RABBANIM: QUICKEN LOANS INSTITUTES HETER ISKA, RESOLVING HALACHIC CONCERN

Agudah Annoncement

By Vaad Harabbonim on May 30, 2018

2018-5-28 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

New CANADA DRY “GINGER ALE and LEMONADE” soda is Kosher.

TRAVERSE CITY WHISKEY CO. products are no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council as of March 26, 2018, and are not recommended even when bearing the cRc symbol. Only products purchased before March 26 are certified Kosher when bearing the cRc symbol.

TREE TOP CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL will no longer be OU certified due to a formula change, and will not bear the OU symbol. Always check every label for Kashrus marking.

PURE GREEN GRAPESHOT JUICE, distributed by Pure Green in the New York area, bears an unauthorized Star-K and is being recalled. This product contains grape juice and is not Kosher.

BAGELS SOLD AT MEIJER near the in-store bakery are apparently coming from different suppliers. Some state on the plastic bag itself “OK Kosher Pareve Pas Yisroel” (and in small letters, “Mfg. by Always Bagels, Inc., Lebanon, PA”), and these are acceptable. Some bags, however, even of the same varieties, do not bear any wording, and those should not be considered Kosher.

POST ORIGINAL SHREDDED WHEAT SPOON SIZE CEREAL is no longer OU certified due to changes in production, and no longer bears the OU symbol. Old boxes still bearing an OU are certified. Post’s Big Biscuit Shredded Wheat and Wheat ‘N Bran Shredded Wheat cereals are not affected by these changes, and will continue to be OU certified when bearing the OU symbol.

KROGER GREEK YOGURTS and KROGER FROZEN YOGURTS are OU Dairy certified when bearing an OU-D. Some of the Greek yogurts (Plain and Blended Nonfat) mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D.
— Other types of Kroger yogurts are not OU certified and contain gelatin.

POPCORNERS SPICY QUESO Popped-Corn Snack contains dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements, and is certified OU-D. Some labels mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D.

Some 220 g bags of FRITO LAY RUFFLES REGULAR POTATO CHIPS sold in Ontario, Canada were mistakenly filled with Sour Cream ‘N Onion potato chips, which are certified COR [Canada] Dairy. The incorrectly filled bags bear the expiration date JL 17 and lot code 6081 13249, and are being recalled. Other lot numbers are not affected.

CAPPIELLO FRESH MOZZARELLA CHEESE is normally OU-D certified. The certified product bears an OU-D symbol and states Schenectady, NY, Plant #36-3893 on the label. However, for about two months Cappiello will make a non-certified Fresh Mozzarella Cheese at another facility. The non-certified cheese does not bear an OU-D, and does not state Schenectady, NY, Plant #36-3893 on the label. Consumers should check each label very carefully before purchasing this product.

CARROTS from BALDOR SPECIALTY FOODS, BRONX, NY were certified until recently by OK certification. Since Baldor is now receiving carrots from Israel, the OK will not be certifying Baldor’s carrots for the foreseeable future.

KITCHENAID REFRIGERATORS SABBATH MODE ALERT: In certain models of KitchenAid refrigerators with a Star-K certified Sabbath Mode, after a power failure the refrigerator recovers, but is not in Sabbath Mode. Even if the display reads “SAB”, a light turns on when the door is opened. The models that are affected are KRFF507ESS, KRFF507EBL, KRFF507EWH, and KRFF707ESS. If you have one of these models, please email info@star-k.org (preferred) or call the Star-K (410-484-4110) with your specific model and serial number (found on a sticker on right interior wall of the refrigerator). The manufacturer is working on a solution and the Star-K will update you when a fix becomes available.

By Vaad Harabbonim on May 4, 2018

OUR FAMILY brand WHOLE POTATOES and SLICED POTATOES, in 15 oz. cans with an off-white color label, no longer bear an OU and should not be used. Some were mistakenly sold at One Stop Kosher Food Market. Older cans with blue-green labels that bear an OU are acceptable.

FRESH EXPRESS “SHREDS” ICEBERG – Finely Shredded Iceberg Lettuce is not certified Kosher, and does not bear a Star-K symbol. (This is not sold at One Stop.)

TORTILLA CHIP MILK ALLERGEN RECALL: Utz Quality Foods is voluntarily recalling select expiration dates of some Golden Flake, Good Health, Utz and Weis brands of Tortilla Chip items due to potential contamination of undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may risk a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm606576.htm or 800-367-7629.

By Vaad Harabbonim on April 30, 2018

2018-4-27 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

PRINGLES POTATO CRISPS: All seasoned varieties of Pringles that in the past were certified plain OU [pareve] are now changing to OU-D. Those that state milk, whey or lactose in their ingredient listing will be real dairy. If none of those ingredients are listed, the OU-D designation is due only to dairy equipment. (This is true even though the allergen statement after the ingredient listing states “Contains Milk & Wheat Ingredients”.) Older cans that still bear a plain OU are pareve. Each can should be checked carefully to determine its correct status.

When checking the ingredients, be aware that seasoned varieties now divide the ingredient listing into two paragraphs, “Ingredients” and “Contains 2% Or Less Of”. Some varieties list dairy only at the end of the second paragraph, e.g. BBQ [whey] and Honey Mustard [lactose].

The “Original” (unseasoned) varieties – regular, Lightly Salted and Reduced Fat – will remain plain OU [pareve].

ORRI MANDARINS and CLEMENTINES FROM ISRAEL in bags are being sold locally at Costco, Kroger, etc., and state on the label “Product of Israel”. The Jaffa brand at Costco currently bears an OU on the sticker label, and the OU has confirmed that this is authorized and includes the taking of Terumos and Maaseros. The Wespak brand at Costco, and the PCN brand at Kroger, do not bear certification, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros by the consumer.

ROMAINE LETTUCE: Kosher Gardens / Pos’tiv, Bodek and Andy Boy brands have released statements that their romaine lettuce products are not from Arizona, and are therefore not involved in the E. coli outbreak that has been linked to the Yuma, Arizona region. (Andy Boy is currently the brand that is washed and checked by the COR Mashgiach for the certified containers of romaine lettuce sold at One Stop Kosher Food Market.)

NEW SLURPEE SYRUPS: The following new Slurpee FCB syrups are Kosher and pareve.

[Please note that this information is for the benefit of Kashrus Supervisors and consumers who inspect (with permission of store management) the labels on the 2.5 / 5 gal. bag-in-boxes of syrups in the back of the store, which feed the slurpee machines. The flavor cards posted on the slurpee machines in front cannot be relied upon to determine the Kosher status of the slurpee, because they often do not correspond with the brand and variety of the syrup that is actually feeding the machine.]

• FANTA SUGAR FREE LEMONADE FCB
• FAYGO GRAPE FCB – with HKA symbol
• MONSTER MUTANT RED DAWN FCB – for Slurpee use only
• SNAPPLE KIWI STRAWBERRY FCB- with OK symbol

365 brand FROZEN BERRY BLEND sold at Whole Foods bears an unauthorized OU, and has concerns of insect infestation.

NATURAL EARTH BROWN SUSHI RICE has had reports of infestation in some bags, which was caused by improper storage in some regions. In consultation with the Star-K, Natural Earth is recalling this product. Consumers should either check the rice prior to use, or they may return it.

SOUTHERN GROVE DRIED PHILIPPINE MANGO sold at Aldi no longer bears an OU.

SCHWAN’S CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW RIPPLE and ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAMS contain gelatin and are not OU certified. A small quantity of these products may have been sold with an unauthorized OU symbol.

BEST CHOICE REFRIED BEANS in Traditional and Jalapeno varieties bear an unauthorized OU symbol on some labels. These products contain lard and are not Kosher.

STREIT’S DARK CHOCOLATE CARAMEL PECAN CLUSTERS contains dairy ingredients, but was mistakenly labeled as Kof-K Pareve. This product is dairy, not Cholov Yisroel.

KROGER RANCH FLAVORED TUNA contains milk, as indicated in the ingredients, but some labels mistakenly bear a plain OU symbol without the D.

RIBBIS ALERT – QUICKEN LOANS / ROCKET MORTGAGE: See an important Halachic alert from Agudath Israel’s Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim at http://www.hakhel.info/archivesPublicService/RibisNoticeQuickenAlert.pdf

By Vaad Harabbonim on April 30, 2018

QUICKEN LOANS / ROCKET MORTGAGE: See an important Halachic alert from Agudath Israel’s Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim

Ribbis Alert

By Vaad Harabbonim on March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018

THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS that are not Kosher for Pesach were found mistakenly placed in the Pesach section at One Stop Kosher Food Market. Please check every label of your purchases:

  • TUV TAAM BEETS & HORSERADISH not bearing Pesach certification, in Classic, Extra Strength and Triple Strength varieties
  • NESCAFE TASTER’S CHOICE DECAF HOUSE BLEND INSTANT COFFEE

GEFEN PITTED MANZANILLA OLIVESthat have a Best Before date of Nov 22 19 on the side of the cap, state “Not for Passover Use” in English, but mistakenly state in Hebrew “Kosher l’Pesach”. These jars are not Kosher for Pesach.

Remember – check every label for Pesach certification!

 

By Vaad Harabbonim on March 23, 2018

2018-3-23 Pesach Update #1 Click on link to open.

By Vaad Harabbonim on March 22, 2018

2018-3-22 Freeda Vitamins Pesach List 2018 Revised is available to view.

By Vaad Harabbonim on March 13, 2018

The Vaad Harabbonim presents the online PesachGram.

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A PDF version of the PesachGram is also available for view and download:

PesachGram PDF

By Vaad Harabbonim on February 28, 2018

2018-2-27 Kashrus Alerts are available for download.

ADDITIONAL ALERT REGARDING FERRARA CANDY

FERRARA CANDY CO. – CHEWY LEMONHEAD FRUIT MIX CANDIES in a 5 Pack package is being sold locally at Dollar Tree and other stores with an unauthorized UMK symbol on the outside sticker label. The individual boxes themselves do not bear any Kosher marking, and they state “Product of Mexico”. These candies are not certified, and are produced in a non-Kosher facility.

The only Ferrara candies that remain under acceptable certification are Atomic Fireballs and Jawbreakers, and only when they bear the UMK symbol on each individual box.

Boxes of CHEWY LEMONHEAD candies that bear a UMK symbol on the individual box and also state “Product of U.S.A.” on the box, and do not state “Product of Mexico” in the ink jet code on the side of the box, are old product that was produced years ago under UMK certification and are Kosher. (The year of production can be determined from the first digit of the ink jet production code. 5 = 2015, 6 = 2016, etc.)

By Vaad Harabbonim on January 22, 2018

2018-1-18 Kashrus Alerts are available for download.

By Vaad Harabbonim on December 25, 2017

MEIJER brand CANOLA, CANOLA BLEND, CORN and VEGETABLE OILS used to bear an OU on their labels, but no longer do, and may have changed to a non-Kosher supplier. We are in the process of verifying their status.

JACK RABBIT BARLEY with code dates 06Jul18L and 22Sep18L has been found to be infested, and should not be used without checking the product thoroughly.  Each entire bag should be examined by placing a small pile of barley – about two ounces at a time – on a white paper plate (not plastic, which creates a shine) with a very good overhead light that illuminates the plate. Use a finger or a fork to drag a small amount of barley away from the pile, spreading that barley in a single layer. Visually inspect the spread-apart barley, looking for webbing, black insects and white or tan worms between or under the kernels. Repeat this until the entire pile has been checked. Then do the same for the rest of the barley in the package.

Consumers who store barley or other grains for extended amounts of time are advised to store these products in the refrigerator or freezer in order to prevent infestation.

BENECOL ORIGINAL SPREAD and BENECOL LIGHT SPREAD, which in the past were OU Pareve, have recently been reformulated with buttermilk and whey, and now bear OU-D.

BEST CHOICE REFRIED BEANS in Traditional and Jalapeno varieties bear an unauthorized OU symbol on some labels. These products contain lard and are not Kosher.

By Vaad Harabbonim on December 15, 2017

2017-12-14 Kashrus Alerts are available for download.