2019-3-22 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

GEFEN YELLOW POPCORN KERNELS with Best By dates of 12/10/20, 12/17/20 and 12/24/20 have been found to be infested, and should not be used.

TAKAOKAYA SUSHI NORI is certified Kosher only when bearing the Star-K symbol. Some packages are not certified and have the Star-K covered by a sticker, due to infestation. All brands of nori require reliable certification due to serious infestation issues, and also due to a concern of being processed on non-Kosher

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, orange and yellow) are being sold locally at Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Holiday Market and other stores, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. The brands include Gilad, NatureFresh, MOR, Pero Family Farms, and other brands, both regular and organic. Check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on each individual pepper, for the country of origin.

BETTER MADE ORIGINAL POTATO CHIPS in 10 oz. bags with a Use By date of 10 AUG 2019, and a Lot # of 62090431442 thru 62090431520 or 85100431442 thru 85100431520, may actually contain Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips, which contain dairy ingredients. They may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Better Made Snack Foods at 313-925-4774.

WEGMANS SEA SALT & CRACKED PEPPER FLAVORED KETTLE COOKED POTATO CHIPS contains whey, a dairy ingredient, as listed in the ingredients and allergens statements, and is certified OU Dairy. Some bags mistakenly bear a plain OU symbol without the D.

BOULEVARD BREWERY BEERS: The Vaad HaKashruth of Greater Kansas City has announced that effective immediately, all beers from Boulevard Brewery should be considered Dairy Equipment, even if the Kashrus logo on the label does not state DE.

SHINER BREWER’S PRIDE ROSÉ PALE ALE, a new limited edition product from Spoetzl Brewery, is brewed with grape must and is not Kosher. All other Shiner beers remain K-COR certified.

OUR HOUSE brand CANNED SWEET POTATOES in #10 cans (industrial size) bear an unauthorized stamped Star-K.  This product is not certified. All canned vegetable products, both consumer and industrial, require reliable certification due to the common industry practice of producing non-Kosher products on the same equipment.

PILLSBURY UNBLEACHED ALL PURPOSE FLOUR in 5 lb. bags with Best If Used By dates of APR 19 2020 and APR 20 2020 have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm633320.htm or at 800-767-4466.
The FDA and CDC remind consumers that flour is not a “ready to eat” ingredient. Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present, and flour is typically not treated to kill bacteria during the normal milling process. Anything made with flour must be cooked or baked before eating. Salmonella is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.