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OASIS MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE BULGAR WHEAT is no longer Star-K certified, and no longer bears the
Star-K symbol. Some packages were mistakenly sold recently at The Grove.

[Note: Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine Taboule Salad is also no longer Star-K certified, as reported last year.]

2024-5-14 KosherGram PDF

THE FOLLOWING NEW SODAS are Kosher and pareve (no symbol required): 

  • MOUNTAIN DEW BAJA POINT BREAK PUNCH Limited Edition
  • MOUNTAIN DEW BAJA LAGUNA LEMONADE Limited Edition
  • CANADA DRY “FRUIT SPLASH” CHERRY GINGER ALE  regular and Zero Sugar

THE FOLLOWING NEW SODAS are Kosher and pareve and bear an OU on the bottle cap or engraved into the can lid:

  • COCA-COLA SPICED – regular and Zero Sugar
  • SPRITE CHILL CHERRY LIME Limited Edition regular and Zero Sugar

New FRUITWORKS “PEACH GINGER LEMONADE” FREEZE FCB Slurpee syrup is Kosher and pareve (no symbol required). The label on the syrup box in the back of the store must be checked to verify the brand and flavor. 

KATZ GLUTEN FREE OAT BREAD and OAT ROLLS mistakenly state that the bracha is ‘Shehakol’. The correct bracha for these products is ‘Hamotzi’.

DUNKIN’ CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES: Certifiers of Kosher DUNKIN’ DONUTS STORES should be aware that the “KD” on the label of these cookies is a non-Orthodox certification.

The following products are not certified Kosher, but bear unauthorized Kashrus marking on some labels:

  • FLORA ALFREDO SAUCE – unauthorized OK symbol.
  • TONGMASTER SEASONINGS SAUSAGE CASINGS – unauthorized OK symbol.
  • EDIBLE COLLAGEN CASINGS – unauthorized Vaad HaKashrus Belz USA certificate.
  • NATURE NATE’S POPPED SORGHUM (all varieties) – unauthorized OU symbol displayed online. [If you find actual packages in the store with an OU, please send details to kosherq@ou.org ]
  • IL PALAZZO PROSECCO SPARKLING WINE – unauthorized OU symbol on the seal. [If you find this product, please send details to kosherq@ou.org ]
  • OMAHA STEAKS SALT & PEPPER SEASONING – unauthorized OU symbol.
  • MR. NUT DRIED MULBERRY – unauthorized Star-K symbol.

PRODUCT RECALLS and WARNINGS 

MARTINELLI’S GOLD MEDAL APPLE JUICE in one liter bottles with a Best By date of 09MAR2026 or 10MAR2026 on the front of the bottle (above the label) has been recalled due to elevated arsenic levels. Details are available at https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2024/05/martinellis-gold-medal-apple-juice-recalled-over-elevated-arsenic-levels/ or 800-662-1868.

HELADOS MEXICO ICE CREAM MINIS VARIETY PACK with a Best By date of 10/11/2025 has been recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination in the Mango bars. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/tropicale-foods-recalls-helados-mexico-mini-cream-variety-pack-because-possible-health-risk  or 909-563-3090.

TIDE, GAIN, ACE and ARIEL brands of LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT PODS have been recalled due to defective packaging that poses risk of serious injury. Details are available at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2024/Procter-Gamble-Recalls-8-2-Million-Defective-Bags-of-Tide-Gain-Ace-and-Ariel-Laundry-Detergent-Packets-Distributed-in-US-Due-to-Risk-of-Serious-Injury or 833-347-5764.

ROLLER BALL CANDY TYPE PRODUCTS: The candy’s rolling ball can dislodge and become trapped in a child’s throat, posing a fatal choking risk. See https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2024/CPSC-Warns-Consumers-to-Immediately-Stop-Purchasing-and-Using-All-Roller-Ball-Candy-Type-Products-Due-to-Choking-Hazard-One-Death-Reported

WATER BEADS are a danger to young children & can be deadly if swallowed. See CPSC warning at https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Toys-Crafts-Water-Beads/Water-Beads-A-Danger-to-Young-Children-Can-Be-Deadly-if-Swallowed?utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=20240319

2023-3-26 Pesach Update PDF

PACKAGES OF THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS WITHOUT PESACH MARKING were for a brief time mistakenly placed in the Pesach section at The Grove. Check every label of your purchases for Pesach marking:

  • GEFEN CHUNK LIGHT TUNA IN OIL
  • GEFEN SOLID WHITE ALBACORE TUNA IN OIL
  • GEFEN MUSTARD 
  • UNGER’S MAYONNAISE
  • GEFEN ULTRA DISH SOAP LIQUID [Pesach containers bear OU-P. Non-Pesach containers bear a plain OU and state “Not for Passover use”.]

RODELLE BAKING COCOA with a Scroll K symbol, sold at Costco, is acceptable for Pesach without Pesach marking.

BARTENURA WINES IN CANS are available in four varieties. The Moscato and Rosato wines are Kosher for Pesach and bear an OU-P. The Peach Moscato and Lychee Moscato flavored wines are not Kosher for Pesach and state “Not for Passover”.

WINES FROM ISRAEL of Shemitah years (e.g., 2022 or 2015 vintages) are being sold in the U.S., and should be avoided due to Shemitah restrictions. Some of these wines normally bear acceptable certifications in other years, but on Shemitah product their certification will differ. Check each bottle carefully.

AM FRESH NORTH AMERICA GRAPEFRUIT, sold at some Costco stores, are produce of Israel as stated on the plastic bag closures and as stated on the cases (“Jaffa / Mehadrin – Israel”), and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros.

BABY / CHILDREN PRODUCTS:. For the convenience of our readers, we list here a summary of some commonly used Baby / Children products approved for Pesach by Rabbi Bess or other reliable sources:

  • Advil Children’s Suspension – all flavors
  • Advil Infants’ Drops – Grape
  • Allegra Allergy Children’s Suspension
  • Allegra Allergy Children’s 12 Hour Tablets
  • Bayer Children’s Aspirin
  • Benadryl Children’s Allergy liquid and Dye-Free liquid – all flavors
  • Benadryl Children’s Allergy Chewable tablets – Grape
  • Enfamil D-Vi-Sol Drops, Poly-Vi-Sol Drops, Poly-Vi-Sol Drops with Iron, Tri-Vi-Sol Drops – OU
  • Kosher-Meds Children’s Ibuprofen Suspension – Berry Flavor – OU
  • Motrin Children’s Suspension – all flavors
  • Motrin Infants’ Drops – all flavors
  • Sudafed PE Children’s Nasal Decongestant liquid 
  • Sudafed PE Children’s Cold & Cough liquid 
  • Tylenol Children’s Cold + Cough + Runny Nose liquid
  • Tylenol Children’s Cold + Cough + Sore Throat liquid
  • Tylenol Children’s Suspension – all flavors
  • Tylenol Infants’ Suspension – all flavors 
  • MiraLax Powder

The Vaad Harabbonim presents the online PesachGram.

The PesachGram may take a moment to load and appear. Click on the bottom icon on left of frame for fullscreen.

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

PesachGram PDF

2024-3-26 KosherGram PDF

RECANATI WINE of 2022 vintage was mistakenly sold locally. It is a Shemitah product and is not recommended due to Shemitah concerns (and it therefore does not bear the OU symbol).

POMEGRANATES: U.S. grown pomegranates are currently out of season, and many stores are now selling pomegranates from Israel (that is nearing the end of its pomegranate season), which require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. The country of origin will be listed on the original case. It may not be listed on the stickers of the individual fruits.

GREENFIELD NOODLE CO. has exhausted its stock of Yoshon flour. New product is using Chodosh flour and does not state “Yoshon” next to the expiration date. Product that still states Yoshon is in fact Yoshon.

ROSEN’S brand BAGELS produced by Alpha Baking Co. are no longer OU certified. Rosen’s breads and buns bearing the OU symbol on the packaging continue to be OU Pareve certified [COR Note: and are Pas Yisroel – glow-bar method].

WONDER MILLS WHITE SPELT FLOUR from Israel with a date code of June 12, 2023 [“12/06/23”- European format] has been found to be infested, and should not be used without sifting.

PESACH ALERT

NOVACART BAKING CUPS and MOLDSA Kof-K Kosher certificate for Novacart was erroneously issued indicating that the following items are Kosher certified for Pesach:

  • OPTIMA BAKING MOLDS CBM SERIES
  • CARDBOARD BAKING CUPS
  • OPTIMA BAKING MOLDS
  • PM OP BAKING MOLDS

These items are certified as Kosher for year-round usage, but not for Pesach. For any questions regarding these products, please call the Kof-K office at 201-837-0500 ext. 2106.

2024-2-5 KosherGram PDF

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now found in U.S. stores, and 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 Star-K) at https://www.star-k.org/articles/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/KCSmall_Terumos.pdf

[Note: A bracha is generally not recited, due to the possibility that the separations were already made in Eretz Yisroel.]

One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Other 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”), pomegranates, mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

DUNCAN HINES MIXES: The OU has confirmed that all Duncan Hines Cake Mixes and all Duncan Hines Brownie Mixes are always Yoshon.

LIEBER’S PRETZELS with the code “015X” have an erroneously printed label indicating Yoshon on some bags. These products are not actually Yoshon, as Chodosh malt was accidentally used in this particular batch.

RICOLA COUGH / THROAT DROPS: Only the following varieties are recommended by the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council). They do not require a certification sticker: Original (Natural) Herb, Honey Herb, and Lemon Mint – regular and Sugar Free.

TWIZZLERS GUMMIES: While most Twizzlers candies are Kosher and bear an OU, Twizzlers Gummies candy contains non-Kosher gelatin and therefore bears no OU. (However, Twizzlers Press’d Gummies, sold in Canada, do not contain gelatin and are OU certified when bearing the OU symbol.)

UTZ brand WAVY ORIGINAL POTATO CHIPS in 2.75 oz. bags inadvertently contain dairy seasoning [Kosher] in some bags with a May 06 2024 expiration date and batch number 23363030203, and have been recalled. This product was distributed in the New York Metropolitan area. Details are available at https://www.utzsnacks.com/blogs/news or 800-367-7629.

The following products contain dairy ingredients and are certified Kosher Dairy. Some labels mistakenly do not bear the D designation:

  • HIDDEN VALLEY ORIGINAL RANCH – DRESSING, DIP & SAUCE MIX [OU-D]
  • OLD VIENNA OF ST. LOUIS HONEY BBQ RANCH FLAVORED POTATO CHIPS 2.5 oz. bags [OU-D]
  • FRESHNESS GUARANTEED [Walmart] COCONUT CREME PIE [Scroll K-D]
  • BIRCH BENDERS BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MIX [OU-D]
  • Many KASIA’S PRODUCTS are cRc-D certified. The “D” on the label may appear to resemble a “P”, but is actually a D. [Note that some Kasia’s products are non-Kosher.]

The following products bear unauthorized Kashrus marking on some labels:

  • GREAT VALUE [Walmart] CRANBERRY 100% JUICE (“Cranberry Blend of 4 Juices is stated at the bottom of the label in small font) – unauthorized OU symbol; contains grape juice. [Note: “Great Value Cranberry Juice Cocktail” is OU certified when bearing the OU symbol.]
  • MOTT’S CLAMATO ORIGINAL and EXTRA SPICY in 213 ml cans, sold in Canada – unauthorized OK symbol. These products are not Kosher (contain clam broth).
  • A SWAGMAN’S SHOP HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS (Midland, Texas) sold on eBay – unauthorized Star-K symbol. They are made with non-Kosher gelatin capsules.
  • SADAF brand MAMOUL WITH DATE, BARAZEK WITH SESAME, and BAKLAVA – unauthorized Star-K symbol.
  • FRUITIQUE CHEESE & GUAVA SQUAREBAR ARTISAN ICE CREAM BARS – unauthorized Star-D symbol. This product is not Kosher. Other Fruitique and Frutik products also bear an unauthorized Star-D; their Kashrus status is under review.
  • TAZAH STUFFED VINE LEAVES – unauthorized OU symbol.
  • ALTIN AYMAK DRIED CHERRY PLUMS – unauthorized OU symbol.
  • PREMOLI DRESSINGS [updated cRc alert] – unauthorized cRc symbol on several varieties, including Greek OriginalLively Lemon, Tangy Balsamico, and Sweet Basil, which contain red wine and balsamic vinegar and most likely are not Kosher.

                                                                                        RECALLS

QUAKER OATS CO. has recalled the following products due to potential Salmonella contamination: Quaker Granola Bars, Quaker Cereals (including granola cereals and Oatmeal Squares), Cap’n Crunch Treats Bars, Cap’n Crunch Cereals, and Snack Mixes and Variety Packs containing these products. This recall does not include: Quaker Oats, Quaker Instant Oatmeals, Quaker Grits, Quaker Oat Bran, and Quaker Oat Flour. Details are available at https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2024/01/quacker-oats-expands-december-product-recall-over-salmonella-contamination/  or 800-492-9322.     [Note: The following products, that were mentioned in the 1/30/24 Links to the Vaad Kashrus alerts regarding the Quaker recall, are not Kosher certified: Quaker Rice Snacks, Cap’n Crunch Instant Oatmeals, Gatorade Protein Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars, and Munchies Mix Munch Mix.]

NUTRAMIGEN HYPOALLERGENIC INFANT FORMULA POWDER with specific batch codes has been recalled due to a possibility of contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii. No Nutramigen liquid formulas or any other Reckitt nutrition products are affected. Details are available at www.enfamil.com or 866-534-9986.  For Canada: Enfamil brand Nutramigen A+ LGG Hypoallergenic (infant formula) recalled due to possible presence of Cronobacter sakazakii – Canada.ca[Note: This formula is not Kosher certified, but may be Halachically permitted upon consultation with a Rav.]

2023-1-25 Kashrus Notice PDF

TRADER JOE’S ORGANIC TRI-COLOR BELL PEPPERS [3 count], that is now being sold in the Detroit area, states “Product of Israel / Mexico”. Terumos and Maaseros should be taken separately from each individual pepper (without a bracha).

2023-12-6 Kashrus Notice PDF

Some MANISCHEWITZ CHOCOLATE COINS bags [lot code 2283] labeled  as Dark Chocolate Coins – OU Pareve, actually contain OU Dairy  Cholov Yisroel Milk Chocolate coins. Consumers can easily identify if  the chocolate coins in a bag are dairy or pareve by looking at the  color of the foil covering the coins. Chocolate coins wrapped in gold  colored foil are dairy [and are in blue netting bags]. Chocolate coins  wrapped in silver colored foil are pareve [and are in red netting bags].  

RECALL  

PELLEH POULTRY CORP. BEEF and POULTRY PRODUCTS packaged between October 25  and November 20, 2023 have been recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, detected by Pelleh Poultry’s laboratory testing. There have been no  confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Details are  available at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls-alerts/pelleh-poultry-corp–recalls-ready-eat-beef-and-poultry products-due-possible or 845-425-4559.

2023-11-30 KosherGram PDF

GEFEN dried GARBANZO BEANS (CHICK PEAS) in 16 oz. bags with Best By dates of 08-28-25, 09-11-25, and 10-02-25 have been found to be infested, and should not be used.

ALDI FRESH TILAPIA FILLETS are not acceptable because they do not have Kashrus certification and are sold without skin / scales. Aldi’s FRESH FARM-RAISED SALMON, however, that is plain, unseasoned and vacuum-sealed, has skin / scales on one side and is acceptable even without certification. [“Farm-Raised” is stated in fine print on the back.] This includes Aldi’s Atlantic Salmon Portion and Fillet, Norwegian Atlantic Salmon Portion, and Coho Salmon Portion.

FERRARA CANDY CO. products, including Jaw Busters [Jawbreakers], Atomic Fireballs, and others, are no longer under UMK certification, and have not been for quite some time. The individually wrapped Jaw Busters currently being sold, that bear the UMK symbol, may have been produced after the termination of the certification, and are not recommended.    

KOSHER / NON-KOSHER VERSIONS: Consumers should be aware that there are instances of almost identical meat items, with the same manufacturer and brand names, where one item is Kosher certified and the other is non-Kosher. This causes confusion and mistakes. Always check each package for Kashrus certification. 

Following are two examples:

  • “BRAD’S ORGANIC” CHICKEN BROTH (32 oz. containers) – The “Low Fat” version bears “OU Meat”. The “Fat Free / Low Sodium” version bears no Kosher marking and is not Kosher. It was recently mistakenly sold at a Kosher store in Illinois. 
  • IMAGINE CHICKEN BROTH was in the past produced in both “Kosher” and non-Kosher versions. The Kosher version has been discontinued, but some on-line sites are still advertising the product as Kosher, and it was recently mistakenly sold at a Kosher store in Michigan. 

WELCH’S GRAPE JUICE with a K is not an Orthodox supervision and should not be considered Kosher.

OFF THE EATEN PATH CHICKPEA VEGGIE CRISPS, with specific lot numbers, may contain undeclared milk ingredients due to the unintended presence of caramel seasoned crisps. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/frito-lay-issues-allergy-alert-undeclared-milk-eaten-path-chickpea-veggie-crisps  or 844-683-7284.

The following product contains dairy ingredients and is certified OU Dairy. Some labels mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D:

  • 365 WHOLE FOODS MARKET LEMON WAFER BITES and VANILLA WAFER BITES [revised OU alert]

The following products bear unauthorized Kashrus marking on some labels:

  • MOORE’S ORIGINAL TERIYAKI MARINADE – unauthorized OU symbol.
  • SADAF CHARGRILLED ARTICHOKES – 9.5 oz. jars – unauthorized Star-K symbol. [Star-K does not certify artichoke hearts due to insect infestation.]
  • ARIZONA GRAPEADE FRUIT JUICE COCKTAIL sold in Israel – bears an added label with an unauthorized Kof-K symbol. This product is not Kosher.
  • AGUR WINERY – various wines imported by Israeli Wine Direct, LLC / Levantara Imports display the words “Certified by OK Kosher” in Hebrew. OK Kosher has not certified Agur Winery since 2014.

                                                                                        RECALLS

WANABANA APPLE CINNAMON FRUIT PUREE POUCHES, SCHNUCKS CINNAMON APPLESAUCE POUCHES and WEIS CINNAMON APPLESAUCE POUCHES have been recalled due to extremely elevated lead levels that have sickened a number of children. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/investigation-elevated-lead-levels-cinnamon-applesauce-pouches-november-2023?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

CANTALOUPE and PINEAPPLE SPEARS products have been recalled due to a serious Salmonella Outbreak. Most of these products are past their Best By dates and are no longer in stores, but some consumers store or freeze them for later use. See details at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/sundsvall-11-23/index.html  and  https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-cantaloupes-november-2023 .

CRUSH ORANGE SODA with a specific lot number has been recalled due to plastic material in the product. Details are available at

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/?Event=93334

SIMILAC PROBIOTIC TRI-BLEND RECALL and FDA warning regarding probiotics for hospitalized preterm infants:

See https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2023/11/similac-probiotics-product-under-recall-after-adverse-reactions-in-preterm-babies/   and

https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/27/health/fda-probiotics-preterm-infants-warning/index.html#:~:text=In%20a%20warning%20letter%2C%20the,longer%20available%20in%20the%20US

2023-11-2 Kashrus Notice PDF

RE: INSTACART AT THE GROVE KOSHER MARKET

Instacart services have recently become available at The Grove. Please note that the Grove departments certified by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit (see below) are certified in-store only. Halachically, a food item which is entrusted or sent in the hands of a non-Shomer Shabbos generally requires one or two seals (depending on the nature of the concern) to ensure that the item was not exchanged. At this point, the Vaad does not certify that the items are properly sealed. Consumers should be mindful of this when considering using Instacart services.

Only the following Grove departments are supervised by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit, as posted at the entrance to the store:

  • Deli Dept.
  • Superior Meat Dept.
  • Fresh Bakery Dept.
  • Pizza Stop
  • Sushi Dept.
  • Repackaged Bulk Candies bearing the K-COR symbol

All other products must be checked by the consumer for a reliable Kashrus certification on each label.

2023-10-31 KosherGram PDF

PREWASHED BRANDS OF ICEBERG GARDEN SALAD that normally bear OK Kosher certification, such as Dole and Marketside [Walmart], have been found recently without the OK symbol on some bags. This is due to increased infestation levels in some batches. Every bag should always be checked for the OK symbol. (This also applies to Aldi’s Little Salad Bar brand, and to Coleslaw products.)

WINES FROM ISRAEL of Shemitah years (e.g., 2022 or 2015 vintages) are being sold in the U.S., and should be avoided due to Shemitah restrictions. Some of these wines normally bear acceptable certifications in other years, but on Shemitah product their certification differs. Check each bottle carefully.

THE GROVE KOSHER FOOD MARKET [One Stop]: Only the following Grove departments are supervised by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit, as posted at the entrance to the store:

  • Deli Dept.
  • Superior Meat Dept.
  • Fresh Bakery Dept.
  • Pizza Stop
  • Sushi Dept.
  • Repackaged Bulk Candies bearing the K-COR symbol

All other products must be checked by the consumer for a reliable Kashrus certification on each label.

MOUNTAIN DEW VooDEW 2023 MYSTERY FLAVOR Limited Edition soda, regular and Zero Sugar, is Kosher and pareve (no symbol required).

KENDAMIL BABY FORMULAS sold in the U.S. currently, all types, are not certified Kosher. Kendamil regular baby formulas [not Organic, and not Goat] made in the UK, including First Infant, Follow-On and Toddler, are KLBD {London Beth Din] certified as Dairy non-Cholov Yisroel even without the KLBD symbol, provided that the can states on the bottom “Country of Origin: UK”. These Kosher types are not available in the U.S., but can be ordered at https://koshertrader.co.uk . A Cholov Yisroel version is also available at that link.

OASIS MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE TABOULE SALAD is currently not Star-K certified, and the Star-K symbol on the label should be covered with a sticker. Some packages mistakenly still display the Star-K; they should not be considered Kosher.

The following products contain dairy ingredients and are certified OU Dairy. Some labels mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D:

  • GORDON CHOICE JALAPENO RANCH DRESSING from Gordon Food Service
  • CANADIAN OATS’N PROTEIN QUICK OATS

The following products bear an unauthorized OU symbol on some packages. They are not OU certified:

  • TWINKLE DEHYDRATED MINI MARSHMALLOWS
  • TURNER’S GRAPE JUICE
  • ALREEF BAKLAVA PASTRIES

ELDEN FOODS (Kaysville, Utah) honey products are not EarthKosher certified. Some labels bear an unauthorized EarthKosher symbol.

                                                                                       RECALLS

WANABANA APPLE  CINNAMON FRUIT PUREE POUCHES have been recalled due to possible extremely elevated lead levels. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/food/alerts-advisories-safety-information/fda-advises-parents-and-caregivers-not-buy-or-feed-wanabana-apple-cinnamon-fruit-puree-pouches

CHEF’S LINE PEANUT BUTTER TOFFEE BARS, a Foodservice item distributed by US Foods, with specific lot numbers, has been recalled due to plastic material in the product. Details are available at https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2023/09/peanut-butter-toffee-bars-recalled-over-plastic-in-product/

2023-10-4 Kashrus Alert PDF

IMAGINE brand CHICKEN BROTH, a non-Kosher product, was mistakenly sold at The Grove [One Stop] Kosher Market. Check your purchases. Only those Imagine broths and soups bearing the OU symbol are Kosher.
We remind consumers that only specific departments at The Grove are supervised by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis / Vaad Harabbonim, as posted at the entrance to the store. All other products must be checked by the consumer for a reliable Kashrus certification on each label.

2023-9-13 KosherGram PDF

PAS YISROEL – Part II: [See previous Pas Yisroel information in 8/31/23 KosherGram]

  • ESS IN is added to the list of K-COR establishments that are totally Pas Yisroel.
  • LILLY’S BABKA, RUGELACH and other cakes and cookies with an OU from Lilly’s Baking Company / Brooklyn Brands purchased until and including Erev Rosh Hashana (9/15/23) are Pas Yisroel. Product purchased after Rosh Hashana should not be considered Pas Yisroel.
  • S. ROSEN’S BREADS, BUNS AND ROLLS with an OU (available at Costco)  –  The following products are certified by the OU as Pas Yisroel: 100% Healthy Multi Grain Bread, 9 Grain Bread, Sour Dough Bread, County White Bread, Hawaiian Rolls. Other S. Rosen’s products with an OU are Pas Yisroel per the glow-bar method*, including Deli Style Brioche Buns that bears an ink-jetted OU symbol next to the Best If Used By date.
  • NATURAL OVENS BAKERY KETO-FRIENDLY WHITE BREAD with an OU ink jetted on the individually wrapped loaves (available at Costco) is Pas Yisroel.

* an electrical heating element turned on by the Mashgiach, which most Kashrus agencies consider Pas Yisroel. The OU, however, does not accept this as Pas Yisroel, based on the psak of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky zt’l.

DISH KOSHER CUISINE: Effective immediately, Dish Kosher Cuisine is no longer certified by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit. 

LEROUX LIQUEURS: Following the acquisition of the Leroux liqueur brand by Phillips Distilling Company, Leroux liqueurs will no longer be certified, and new bottles do not bear the OU symbol. Check each bottle. Consumers who wish to express their desire for Kosher certification can contact the company at: orders@phillipsdistilling.com .

New MOUNTAIN DEW PITCH BLACK FCB Limited Edition Slurpee syrup is Kosher and pareve (no symbol required). The label on the syrup box in the back must be checked to verify the brand and flavor. 

 

                                                                                       RECALLS

TRADER JOE’S MULTIGRAIN CRACKERS WITH SUNFLOWER AND FLAX SEEDS with “Best If Used By Dates” between 03 01 24 and 03 05 24 have been recalled due to pieces of metal found in the product. Details are available at https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2023/08/trader-joes-crackers-recalled-over-metal-found-in-product/ or 626-599-3817.

PARENT’S CHOICE brand SENSITIVITY PREMIUM INFANT FORMULA and TIPPY TOES brand SENSITIVITY PREMIUM INFANT FORMULA with specific codes have been recalled due to an inadvertent release of rejected product to the market. Details are available at Infant formula recalled because of an inadvertent release of rejected product | Food Safety News .

We Wish All a K’siva v’Chasima Tova

2023-8-31 KosherGram PDF

PAS YISROEL: The K-COR wishes to remind consumers of the accepted custom to be stringent on Pas Yisroeduring Aseres Yemei T’shuva. Please be advised that many K-COR certified 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: BAKE STATION, DAKOTA BREAD COMPANY, ZEMAN’S, JERUSALEM PIZZA, PIZZA STOP, ESS IN, PRIME 10, SPREADS BAGELS & CAFÉ, SOUL CAFÉ RESTAURANT, KAPLAN CAKES, and YODELS ‘N MORE.  At THE GROVE FRESH BAKERY dept., all items that are sold loose, or repackaged with a Grove label, are Pas Yisroel.
  • KORDAS’ BREADS, ROLLS, AND BUNS from Metropolitan Baking Co. bearing the K-COR symbol are Pas  Yisroel*, except for Kordas’ Greek Style Pita Bread which is not Kosher certified  and should have the      K-COR symbol on the back covered with a sticker.

[NOTE: Milano Bakery bread and rolls with the K-COR symbol are not Pas Yisroel.]

  • SIMPLY NATURE KNOCK YOUR SPROUTS OFF SPROUTED 7 GRAIN BREAD at Aldi with an OK symbol is Pas Yisroel*.
  • SPECIALLY SELECTED brand SMALL BATCH SOURDOUGH LOAF, SMALL BATCH ITALIAN LOAF, ITALIAN BREAD and any other Specially Selected breads at Aldi bearing a Scroll K symbol are Pas Yisroel. [Note that some Specially Selected breads bear other symbols and may not be Pas Yisroel.]
  • TRADER JOE’S brand of CHOCOLATE BROOKLYN BABKA and HALF MOON COOKIES that bear OU Pareve are Pas Yisroel. 
  • TRADER JOE’S ORGANIC FRENCH ROLLS and TRADER JOE’S ORGANIC FRENCH BAGUETTE that bear MK certification [Montreal] are Pas Yisroel*.
  • TRADER JOE’S CHALLAH – BRAIDED EGG BREAD with an Earth K symbol is Pas Yisroel, as stated on the label.

      [NOTE: Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat Sourdough Bread and Sprouted Wheat Multigrain Bread bearing a Star-K are not      Pas Yisroel.]

  • GOLDBERGS FINE FOODS CHALLAH TWIN PACK TRADITIONAL with an OK symbol (available at Costco) is Pas Yisroel, as stated on the label. 
  • S. ROSEN’S BREADS, BUNS AND ROLLS with an OU (available at Costco) are Pas Yisroel*.
  • KRONOS PITA BREAD with a cRc symbol is Pas Yisroel*, as stated on the label.
  • FOOD FOR LIFE EZEKIEL SPROUTED GRAIN BREADS with the Kof-K symbol are Pas Yisroel*. The Pocket Bread, however, is not Pas Yisroel.
  • MATT’S BAKERY COOKIES that bear OK Pareve are “Pas Yisroel”*, as stated on the label.

   * per the “glow-bar method” [an electrical heating element turned on by the Mashgiach], which most Kashrus agencies consider Pas Yisroel. (The OU, however, does not accept this as Pas Yisroel, based on the psak of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky zt’l.)

                                 

HONEY: 

  • Standard honey goes through a filtering process, which removes the non-Kosher bee parts. Even “raw and unfiltered” honey is usually strained to remove the bee parts. However, some completely unprocessed honeys are neither filtered nor strained. If the label or the manufacturer states that the honey is not strained, or if bee parts are visible, that honey should be avoided.
  • Forest honey”, “Honeydew honey”, and “Beechwood honey” (or honey named after other types of trees such as Pine, Fir, Oak, 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. Melipona honey should also be avoided.
  • “Royal Jelly” is a bee product that, unlike regular honey, is an actual secretion of the bee. Some Poskim therefore rule that it is not included in the permitted category of “honey”, and it should be avoided.

FISH HEADS

  • The Farmed Trout fish heads now being sold at Superior Kosher Meats are completely fresh water raised, and do not need to be checked for lice.
  • Rainbow Trout from Norway are heavily infested, and require thorough cleaning and checking [see below].

The following is from New Square Kashrus Council:

  • White fish: White fish heads are free of infestation concern.
  • Salmon/Baby Salmon: Salmon heads [even farm raised] are commonly infested with salmon lice (brownish parasites ranging in size from approximately 1-3 cm).

             ·   The entire gills must be removed. (It may be easier to first cut the head in half before cleaning).

             ·   Rinse the head thoroughly with water while rubbing all surfaces of the head (inside and outside), including all cracks, crevices and folds, and under and around the tongue. Inspect the head to make sure it is clean.

One who wants to avoid the checking process may just rinse the head and cook the head in a separate pot, take a small piece from the flesh of the head, and visually inspect it before eating to make sure there is no foreign object on it. 

  • Carp: Carp heads may be infested with very small transparent insects called Argulus that are very hard to detect. There is no known method to clean infested carp heads properly, and they should not be used unless checked by an expert.

BLACK EYED PEAS are often infested and require careful checking. The following is based on the Star-K procedure for checking dried, canned or frozen black eyed peas, and applies even if the product bears Kashrus certification. (Note: All canned peas and beans always require Kashrus certification, for general Kashrus concerns.) 

  • Dried black eyed peas should first be boiled in water. After they have been fully cooked, turn off the flame and allow them to soak in the water for 2-3 hours.  The peas will swell and the peel will become translucent. Then check as below.
  • Canned or frozen black eyed peas may be checked straight out of the can/bag; there is no need to boil or soak.
  • To check (all types): Take the black eyed peas and inspect for holes or dark-colored stains, as this may indicate an insect beneath 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; only dark or black stains are of concern.)

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

                                  

DOLE GARDEN SALAD: Some 12 oz. bags sold recently at The Grove and other stores do not bear an OK symbol, due to an infestation issue. Check each bag. All Dole Salads always need to be checked for the OK symbol on each bag.

OASIS MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE TABOULE SALAD is currently not Star-K certified, and the Star-K symbol on the label is covered with a sticker.

VERNORS BLACK CHERRY GINGER SODA – LIMITED EDITION, available in Michigan and the Toledo, Ohio area, is Kosher and pareve (no symbol required).

JALAPENO SEASONED PISTACHIOS from Vacaville Fruit CompanyUpdate from Star-K:  This product correctly bears a Star-K symbol and is certified Pareve; it does not contain any dairy. 

KRINOS FETA CHEESE produced in Greece bears an unauthorized Kof-K symbol. Product with a production date of Jan. 1, 2023 and beyond should be considered nonKosher regardless of it bearing a Kof-K symbol. Anyone who finds this item is requested to notify the Kof-K office at 201-837-0500 #2143

SECRET ISLAND SALMON HOT DOGS, sold online, bear an unauthorized Kof-K symbol. This product is not Kosher.

STRONGER SNACKS PROTEIN SNACKS bear an unauthorized Star-K or Star-D symbol. Stronger Snacks is not certified by Star-K or Star-D.

SHIN GOLD YAKI SUSHI NORI ROASTED SEAWEED distributed by BNT Int’l Trading bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol.

PASTENE brand PICKLED VEGETABLES GIARDINIERA bears an unauthorized KVH symbol.

PRODUCT RECALLS

SOFT SERVE ON THE GO” ICE CREAM and SORBET CUPS from Real Kosher Ice Cream of Brooklyn, NY, all flavors, have been recalled due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, that has been linked to two hospitalizations. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-listeria-ice-cream-august-2023#Product  or  845-668-4346.

ICE CREAM HOUSE brand ICE CREAM and SORBET products have been recalled due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/ice-cream-house-voluntarily-recalling-all-dairy-ice-cream-products-and-non-dairy-parve-frozen or 845-445-7644.

KROGER brand frozen SUPER SWEET CUT CORN and frozen MIXED VEGETABLES  have been recalled due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/twin-city-foods-inc-recalls-frozen-super-sweet-corn-and-mixed-vegetables-because-possible-health?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery or 360-629-5678.

NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH “break and bake” bars with two specific batch codes have been recalled due to the potential presence of wood fragments. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/nestle-usa-announces-voluntary-recall-limited-quantity-nestler-toll-houser-chocolate-chip-cookie#recall-photos  or  800-681-1678.

                           We Wish All a K’siva v’Chasima Tova