From Israel: Bell Peppers and Carrots
- Alert posted on Wed May 6th, 2015
Bell peppers and carrots from Israel are appearing in many supermarkets. Many of these products are affected by Shmitta.
Bell peppers and carrots from Israel are appearing in many supermarkets. Many of these products are affected by Shmitta.
Please be advised that Jack is producing and selling Sorel Artisanal Liqueur bearing an unauthorized O/K symbol on the label.
Please be advised that B.C.S. International Corp is packing Swedish Fish (jelly fish type candy) under the brand name Nutman, and has mistakenly printed an O/K symbol on the label. This product is NOT Kosher.
Please be advised that B.C.S. International Corp. is packaging sour Patch Kids (jelly type candy) under the brand name Nutman, mistakenly bears an O/K symbol. This product is NOT Kosher.
Please be advised that All American Manufacturing Co. is manufacturing and distributing various colors of edible ink bearing the O/K Kosher symbol without the permission of the O/K certification agency.
Please be advised that while O/K Kosher certifies many Snapple products, not all are Kosher certified. Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink is no longer certified. This includes Regular and Diet. Consumers are urged to check for the O/K symbol before purchasing any products.
Although COR stickers were placed on some bottles of Sutter Buttes Fig Balsamic Vinegar, this product is NOT KOSHER.
Steve's Ice cream products bear an unauthorized Kof K on their packaging. the following products are NOT Kof K certified and may be non-Kosher:
Whoopies N' Sweet Cream
Dark Chocolate Salty
Speculoos Cookie Butter
Steve's is working to remove all affected products from shelves in stores and warehouses and is currently correcting the labels.
Royal Cakes brand of Muffins, distributed by Best Cakes, bear an unauthorized Kof K symbol. These products are NOT Kof K certified.
Kasia's Potato & Bacon Pierogi bears an unauthorized cRc on the label. While there are many other Kasia's products that are indeed certified by the cRc, this one particular product is NOT Kosher and the label was printed in error.
The following Gelato flavors, marketed under the Gelati Da Brand are certified Kosher Dairy by the cRc, but mistakenly bear a plain cRc logo:
These items are currently being served by Delta Airlines with in-flight meals. The items have actual dairy in them as noted clearly on the packaging. Corrective measures are being taken.
There is a fast-spreading rumor that all new self-cleaning ovens are now made to operate with a much lower cleaning temperature that is not sufficient for Kashering. The fact is that while some of the new ovens are indeed manufactured with these new specifications, many are still made with the older method of operating with a much higher temperature that would definitely qualify for Kashering at Libun Gamur. One should check with the manufacturer's specs to determine the temperature under which the self-cleaning mode operates.
The O/U certifies Salad Bar Creamy Italian Dressing as an O/U Pareve product. The ingredient panel mistakenly lists dairy ingredients.
The O/U does NOT certify Premier Parchment Paper and it bears an unauthorized O/U symbol.
Please Note: 2 varieties of Pringles made in Belgium mistakenly bear the O/U symbol. They are: Sour Cream & Onion and Nacho Cheese. The mislabeled products are sold in Brazil and possibly Europe and state either "Made in Belgium" or "Product of Belgium". All Pringles made in the U.S. are either Kosher pareve or Kosher dairy when packaging bear the O/U or O/UD Kosher logos.
The O/U does NOT certify Endico Brussel Sprouts. Some boxes of Endico Brussel Sprouts are stamped with an unauthorized O/U symbol.
The O/U does NOT certify Sally Sherman Ravioletti Salad. Some Ravioletti Salad were mistakenly labeled with an O/U symbol.
The O/U certifies Reisman's Black & White Cookies. A very small quantity of those cookies were baked before Passover and were mistakenly packaged with labels that state that they were baked after Passover. These mislabeled cookies have been withdrawn from the marketplace.
The O/U certifies Beech-Nut Stage 3 Cinnamon Raisin Granola when bearing the O/U symbol. Some Stage 3 Cinnamon Raisin Granola were produced without the O/U's certification and those labels do not have an O/U symbol on them. Consumers are urged to look for the O/U symbol before buying products.
The O/U does NOT certify any Romi's Farm products. Romi's Nabulse Cheese bears an unauthorized O/U symbol.
The O/U certifies Clover Valley Sour Cream & Onion Flavored Potato Chips as an O/Ud - Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as listed in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some packaging was printed with a plain O/U symbol, without the "D" designation.
The O/U certifies a variety of MacFarms Macadamia Nuts, but does NOT certify the Caramelized Sea Salt variety. This product bears anunauthorized O/U symbol and contains dairy ingredients.
The following are new Slurpee flavors certified Kosher by the cRc supervision...
Fanta Strawberry Kiwi (a sugar-free variety)
New Mt. Dew
Kickstart Fruit Punch
Hummus 21, located at 1055 1st Ave in New York (near 57th St.) printed fliers with the O/U mark. The Orthodox Union does NOT certify Hummus 21.
Charles Chipolte Beer Cheese Flavoring Seasoning bears an unauthorized O/K on the label.
Chocolate Cashews, distributed by Nutty Naturals in Brooklyn was mistakenly labeled with the O/K symbol. This product is dairy and NOT certifies.
The O/K only certifies pareve platters and gift baskets prepared in the store, when bearing the O/K Kosher symbol. Prepackaged goods in the store are under their respective Hashgachos.
The O/K does not certify any offsite equipment rentals or facilities on behalf of Mr. Nutz.
Chocolate Orchard Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds and Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews produced by Cibo Vita Inc. were mistakenly labeled with the O/K symbol instead of the O/Kd (dairy). This product is dairy.
Nutra/Balance Grape Juice+Fibre contains a non-Kosher ingredient and should not be used by the kosher consumer.
All products manufactured by A Perfect Pear are NOT certified by the KSA, even when the KSA appears on the package.
All products manufactured by Dr. Tims are NOT certified by the KSA.
Simply Enjoy brand Chocolate Mousse Dessert Tartlets are dairy. The company inadvertently left off the dairy designation symbol on the package.
The KSA does NOT certify any Frozen Yogurt/Soft Serve Yogurt stores. They only certify the products in their original sealed containers used in some of these stores when bearing the KSA-D symbol.
Gloria Jeans Hot Chocolate bears an unauthorized KSA
PapaNicholas brand Single Serve K Cups - Hazelnut Cappuccino, Dutch Cocoa, Cappuccino Bear an unauthorized cRc.
lease be aware that Café Latte Toffee and Caramel Macchiato Toffee, under the Walgreens brand was labeled with a plain cRc logo. Both products are indeed dairy (Cholov Stam) as indicated on the ingredients and allergen statement.
Due to changes in the facility of Schlotterbeck & Foss, the following products will no longer be pareve. They will be as marked - "D"(dairy), or "DE" (dairy equipment): All Natural Egg Nog, Double Rich Egg Nog, Real Rich Egg Nog.
Please note that Espresso Caramels sold by MJC Confections in Bethpage, N.Y and sold in Barnes & Noble stores bears an unauthorized Kof-K pareve symbol.
President's Choice Infant Formula for Babies Sensitive to Lactose with Iron, Omega 3 & 6 730g sold at Loblaw Company stores across Canada was inadvertently labeled as Pareve. This product is kosher DAIRY.
The RCC currently monitors the infestation rates in bagged, pre-washed ICEBERG lettuce and bagged pre-washed CABBAGE. At this time, both are acceptable to use out of the bag WITHOUT washing.
The following establishments are no longer RCC (Rabbinical Council of California) certified:
Star Meat (Santa Monica)
The Orthodox Union certifies Sensible Portions Zesty Ranch Veggie Straws as an O/U D (dairy) product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements.
The Orthodox Union certifies SuperEats Cheddar Kale + Chia Chips and Ranch Kale + Chia Chips as O/Ud (dairy). These products contain dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some packaging was mistakenly printed with an O/U mark, without the "D" designation.
Cedrinca candies with the O/U or O/Ud symbol are certified by the Orthodox Union. Cedrina ChocoMint candies contain dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredient statement. Some ChocoMint packaging was mistakenly labeled with a plain O/U symbol, without the "D" (dairy symbol).
Please Note: The Cedrina candies without the O/U symbol are NOT certified by the Orthodox Union.
The Orthodox Untion certifies Prime New Zealand Sashimi Smoked Salmon. Some product was packed together with packets of Wasabi Paste and Soy Sauce. The Orthodox Union does NOT certify the Wasabi Paste and Soy Sauce packets place in any Prime New Zealand product.
La Molisana dark Pasta contains squid ink and is NOT kosher. Some packaging mistakenly bears an unauthorized O/U symbol. This product is being sold in the UK and possible elsewhere.
Old London Melba Cheddar Snacks are certified by the Orthodox Union as an O/Ud (dairy product). This product contains dairy ingredients as set forth in the ingredient and allergen panels. Some packaging was mistakenly printed with a plain O/U symbol.
The Orthodox Union dos not certify Streit's Chocolate Coins (made in Turkey) and considers them as Non-Kosher products. Further, the unauthorized O/U mark on the Dark Chocolate Coins should not be relied on to assume they are dairy free.
Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Coins are certified by the Orthodox Union as O/Ud (dairy) products. Some labels mistakenly have an O/UDE (dairy equipment) designation. While the ingredient statement does not list any dairy ingredient, the Orthodox Union does not guaranty the Halachik "dairy equipment" status of this product. The Orthodox Union does not currently certify products with a DE designation except for certain infant formulas.
The Orthodox Union certifies Fruit & No-Nut Apricot Coconut Bar made by the Good Bean Inc. as an O/Ud (dairy) product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements. Some labels were printed with a plain O/U symbol.
Break open in several places to check for infestation. If it is infested, white stringy webbing will be visible on the inside. Holes on the outside may also indicate infestation.
There seems to be a current infestation of mites in between the layers of the garlic peels. The garlic cloves themselves have no infestation issues. As a precaution, it is recommended to rinse off the cloves.
There seems to currently be an infestation of mites on pineapples. The mites are ONLY on the outer rind and inside crevices if the pineapple is not peeled properly. If the pineapple is peeled until only yellow fruit is visible, there are no issues.
Therefore, when peeling pineapples, one should be careful to trim off enough of the peel so that none of the brown holes from the peel remain in the fruit. The brown holes have been found to often contain mites (tiny insects) and, on occasion, mealy bugs (small scale insects). There is no need to refrain from using fresh pineapples or pineapple products, as the infestation is on the outside of the fruit only.
The O/U, O/K and the other major hechsherim abroad concur that when in Israel, one should see the Kosher certification of a product on the product's original label and one should not suffice with seeing it on the Hebrew label that is affixed to an imported item. The following explains why:
The label of a bottle of Nesach (prohibited) Cava Wine has a sticker on it telling consumers that they will receive 30 agorot for returning the empty bottle for recycling. If one removes that sticker one will see the words "not Kosher" on the bottle's label, in compliance with the law.
The law clearly states that items containing non-Kosher ingredients must mark the product as "non-Kosher", which was done in this case, but those words were covered by an unscrupulous person.
In addition, the name of the importer, listed as "Euro Standard" in this case appears on the label as do the words "With permission by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel", signaling the wine is indeed approved and Kosher.
Please be advised that Pepper products produced by Recursos Integrados Sac (Lima, Peru) are no longer cetified Kosher by the O/K certification. Products with manufacture date before January 1, 2014 are certified, when bearing the O/K symbol on the labels.
Yum-Wick Chocolate Candles are no longer certified Kosher by the O/K certification. Products still on the market bearing the O/K Kosher symbol on the label was made under the O/K supervision and is Kosher.
Please be advised that products produced by Produkty PItaniya (Lanna, from MInsk, Belarus) bear an unauthorized O/K symbol. These items are NOT certified by the O/K and are NOT Kosher.
Holiday Nut Tray 5032, produced by Hickory Harvest Foods was mistakenly labeled with the O/K pareve symbol, instead of the O/I - dairy symbol. This product is dairy! The product is no longer on the market.
URban Roots Brussel Sprouts sold by Baldor Specialty Foods was mistakenly labeled with the O/K symbol. This item is NOT O/K Kosher certified.
Please be advised that Egg Beaters Liquid Egg Product (produced by ConAgra Foods) - Southwest Style is no longer certified kosher by the O/K. This product still on the market with the O/U symbol on the label was produced with certification and is Kosher. The newer batches of Egg Beaters are labeled without the O/K symbol and are NOT Kosher.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are no longer certified under the KSA in Cnanda.
Lemonhead & Friends Conversation Hearts sold by Ferrara Candy Co. was mistakenly labeled with the UMKosher symbol. This item is NOT certified by UMKosher.
Polar brand Mixed Fruits in Cherry Flavor bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol.
Swiss Mix, manufactured by Barcelona Nut Processing Co., mistakenly bears the Star-K symbol. In fact, this product is Dairy/non-Cholov YIsroel and should bear the Star-D symbol.
Mr. Omelette Caterers of the Baltimore/Wasington area is advertising that they are certified by the Star-K Kosher Certification. In fact, they are NOT, and have never been certified by Star-K.
Ted's on Devon Ave and other stores in the Chicago area are selling produce from Israel. The latest to arrive from Israel are persimmons, which have the brand name of Galilee but do not always state that they are from Israel.
While it is important to support the Israeli economy by purchasing these products, it is crucial that one take Terumah and Ma'aser. Instructions on that procedure can be found on the cRc website (http://bit.Iy/Kfu07T).
Organic Traditions dark Chocolate Sacha Inchi Seeds bear an unauthorized O/U.
7-Select Steak Lovers Potato Chips in 7-11 are dairy even without the O/Ud.
Vstrecha Restaurant on Queens Blvd. in Rego Park has menus bearing the O/U. The O/U does not certify this restaurant.
Yopa! Yogurt is being reformulated and will no longer bear the O/Ud symbol.
Santa Barbara Pistachio Chocolate Toffee Pistachios are missing the "D" designation. They are dairy.
President's Choice Organics Biologique Cranberry Cocktail mistakenly bears an unauthorized O/U symbol.
Appetizers USA Quiche and Appetizers are no longer O/U certified as of January 27, 2014.
Four Stars International Cheesecake is no longer O/U certified as of January 27, 2014.
Wellsley Farms Spanakopita is no longer O/U certified as of January 27, 2014.
Albert Uster imports Cheesecake is no longer O/U certified as of January 27, 2014.
Riserva Dante Potato Gnocchi Bears Bears an unauthorized O/U.
As of January 1, 2014, Milk and Honey Restaurant, located on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles will be sold and reopen under new owner ship and new certification (no longer RCC certified).
• Kashrus Revoked from Argaman Hall in Givat Shaul
The Argaman Hall located at 22 Beit HaDfus Street in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem has lost its Kashrus certification. It was certified by the Jerusalem Rabbinate and Badatz Bnei Tzion, Rabbi Bentzion Mutzafi.
Meat lacking kosher identification was found on the premises. An effort was made by both the Rabbinate and Badatz to provide the owner with an opportunity to explain the situation – the fact that meat lacking Kosher tags was found, meat that had tags attached with Arabic writing.
• Keen Marketing Ploy & Bogus Kosher Claims:
The following is taken from Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus alert 004/5774.
The Jerusalem Rabbinate became aware of a number of restaurants advertising via the internet, permitting one to order food online. The restaurants all advertised as being under the Hashgacha of the Jerusalem Rabbinate (mehadrin). An alert consumer notified the Jerusalem Rabbinate that all of the stores listed at different addresses and websites have the same telephone number.
An investigation led to the discovery that the one store that had a Jerusalem Rabbinate Hashgacha decided, for marketing reasons, to advertise as three different stores, forging the original Kashrus certificate to give the appearance that all of the businesses are certified as Kosher by the local Rabbinate. In essence, other than their websites, the other restaurants are non-existent and are not to be found at the addresses given.
The Rabbinate revoked the Hashgacha given on the first store and as a result, the following businesses which advertise as kosher are not certified by the Jerusalem Rabbinate.
1. Max Bagels – 24 Kanfei Nesharim Street (non-existent)
2. Bar Salad Bari – 15 Kanfei Nesharim Street (non-existent)
3. Nichoach Café – 8 HaMareph, Jerusalem
• Warning: Non-Kosher Seafood Found in Cod Shipment:
The following is taken from Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus alert 004/5774.
For a second time in recent months when frozen imported fish were opened, parts of non-Kosher seafood was found with the shipment. This time the shipment was skinless fillets bakala (hake/cod) fish imported by the Feldman Company. Crab legs were found amid the Kosher fillets.
The Rabbinate reminds mashgichim that when they receive such shipments in an industrial setting they must be vigilant in inspecting the product. The fish must be defrosted and inspected to make sure non-Kosher fish are not caught in the frozen shipment. The original imported box is delivered to institutions that buy in quantity.
These fish are repackaged locally for retail sale, thus eliminating the concern for consumers.
• Bolani East and West Gourmet Foods were mistakenly labeled as Kosher for Passover. These items are Kosher Pareve for year round use only, EXCLUDING PASSOVER
• Gerleve Auling Landwirtschaft GMBH is circulating a forged OK Kosher certificate. O/K Kosher Certification does not and has never certified this company or their products. An investigation into the forgery is ongoing.
* Terra Mia Whole Peeled Tomatoes imported and distributed by Importation Alimentaire Mega Inc. is being sold with an unauthorized O/Kosher symbol on the label. LABELS ARE BEING CORRECTED
• Cedar Bread Wrap and Picket Pita sold by Pita Achtaroute are being sold with an unauthorized O/K Kosher symbol
• Many consumers are under the impression that a variety of Yogenfruz stores are Kosher certified by the KSA (Kosher Supervision of America). Some establishments may even display an unauthorized KSA logo on their menu board and on the front window. They also may have a Kosher certificate hanging in their store stating that their products are Kosher certified, however, this is not the case. Yogenfruz is a national retailer of frozen yogurt products with outlets across the U.S. KSA does not presently certify any Yogenfruz stores. Please note that the KSA symbol which appears on any product being sold at these stores is only valid for products in their original factory-sealed packages. Once the packaging is opened, the Kosher certification of that product is no longer valid. KSA reminds the consumer that this same principle applies to all non-certified stores selling ice cream, smoothies, and other similar products.
• Effective immediately, due to Kashruth violations, salmon caviar sold under the brand name Wild Alaska and distributed by Health Garden Corp. is no longer certified as kosher under the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc).
• As of October 1, 2013, HONG HOP, New York, NY, is no longer certified by KOF-K KOSHER SUPERVISION.
* It has come to our attention that a number of Kosher consumers in the New York City area have confused the KOF-K certification with a certification with a similar sounding name.
Please do not assume that a food service facility is under KOF-K certification unless the establishment displays a current KOF-K certificate. The KOF-K symbol should be prominently displayed on all Kof K certificates.
A current list of KOF-K certified food service establishments can be found on their website at WWW.kof-k.org.
• Barcelona Nut Processing Co.
Chocolate Covered Peanuts and
Honey Roasted Cashews
The above two products, manufactured by Barcelona Nut Processing Co., mistakenly bear the STAR-K Pareve symbol. These two products are currently not certified. (In fact, they are to be considered dairy).
• Kosher Phone Wireless-- Effective immediately, the STAR-K will discontinue certification of the Kosher Phone distributed by Kosher Phone Wireless.
They have recently determined that although the vast majority of users are still unable to access the internet, it is possible to obtain limited access through a complicated and costly procedure. Due to this potential limited internet access, the Star-K has decided to discontinue certification of these phones. For those who already purchased the phone, it is still very effective and nearly all users will be unable to connect to the internet.
For those individuals who will be continuing to use the phone, please note the following important information regarding the usage of the phone. The phone requires use of a SIM card. It is an unlocked GSM phone that can operate using a SIM card from any GSM cell service provider worldwide. Bring the phone into a cell phone store to request SIM card service. Once you decide on a plan, have them set up the service. Please note that the monthly service plan provided by Kosher Phone Wireless was never under Star-K certification.
• Please note that the restaurant, DOLCE VITA, 155 GOLDERS GREEN ROAD
NW11 9BX, NO LONGER has KLBD supervision.
• Kosher Alert:
President's Choice Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake is missing the "DAIRY" designation This product was inadvertently labeled without a ‘dairy’ designation on the COR logo. This product is Kosher DAIRY. Resolution: Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling. ...
• Most Smart Balance products are certified as OU Pareve, while a few are certified as OU D. In order to avoid consumer confusion, the packaging for the dairy products will have OU Dairy spelled out in a larger font than the current OU D designation. Consumers are urged to always check each product they are purchasing for the kosher symbol.
• Kosher Advisory GFA Brands regarding Kedem Light Concord Grape Juice Beverage - 22 oz. A very limited number of bottles were mistakenly labeled with the 1.5 liter/ 50.7 oz labels. These labels state "Non-Mevushal." The only impact is for consumers who are seeking Non-Mevushal grape juice. The 22oz size is Mevushal.
• Gourmet Basics Hatch Chile Pop Rings are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product, as labeled on the front panel of the bag. The back panel has an OU D next to the words 'Kosher pareve'. The product is NOT pareve and corrective actions have been implemented.
• Linda Ellen's Challah bears an unauthorized OU D symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product. Corrective measures have been implemented.
Kirkland Signature brand frozen blueberries/raspberries/strawberries (sold at Costco stores) bears a BCK symbol and the Hebrew words "zakuk lbedikas toloyim" (needs to be checked for insects). The certification refers to the processing agents only. While the company checks for insects, this does NOT meet the Halachic requirements, and those who require checking on frozen berries will need to check these also. In the future, the Hebrew words will be replaced by an English statement "Toloyim inspection required".
Some kosher stores in the L.A. area, certified by the RCC, now carry fresh brussel sprouts. Please note that they cannot be used without removing each leaf for insect inspection and removal.
As of 11/1/13, the Saba Sushi restaurant in Los Angeles is no longer under Kehilla supervision. The restaurant has been sold.
Bocca Restaurant in Encino no longer has the RCC supervision. As of 11/4/13, Bocca is under Kehilla supervision.
Please be advised that Butterflake Rolls by Schwartz Brothers Bakery (from Seattle) was incorrectly labeled with the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle Space Needle KD symbol. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT CERTIFIED BY THE SEATTLE VAAD. Corrective measures are being taken.
Hero brand Nut Cocoa Spread bears an unauthorized O/U. This product is NOT certified.
Mott's Apple White Grape Juice was mistakenly labeled with an O/K symbol. This product is NOT certified by the O/K.
Sandwich Bar restaurant in Los Angeles is no longer certified kosher by the RCC. No kashrus violations were found.
Riquezas Del Mar (M & R Distribution Inc from the Republic of Panama) is distributing Salmon Ahumado Premiem bearing the O/K Kosher symbol. This product is NOT certified by O/K kosher certification.
Please be advised that Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Baking Sticks sold by Beneficial Blends bear an unauthorized O/K symbol on the labels. These products are NOT certified by the O/K.
Please be advised that products distributed by Native Nutrition LLC (including products under the Titan Organics label) are no longer certified by O/K kosher certification. Any O/K symbol on these products is unauthorized.
Please be advised that as of October 9 2013, The O/K kosher certification has been revoked from Chocolatte on 792 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, N.Y. due to kashrus violations.
Honey Glazed Sesame Almonds and Honey Glazed Pecans sold at Netcost stores bear an unauthorized O/K symbol. These products are NOT certified by O/K Kosher certification If you see any mislabeled product, please contact the O/K at (718) 756-7500.
Gia Russa brand Greek Salad was labeled with an unauthorized COR 77 symbol. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT KOSHER. Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling.
Great Taste Variety Cheesecakes, sold at Giant Tiger Stores bears an unauthorized COR with no dairy designation. This product is DAIRY and kosher certified by another certifying agency.
Price Chopper brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. This product IS NOT KOSHER and is being recalled.
FoodArt, located at 435 Longfellow Ave. in Bronx, N.Y. (formerly at 1106 80th St. in North Bergen, N.J) is NO LONGER Star-D certified.
Please be advised that G. Vogtland Frischeier GMBH (Zobes, Sachens, Germany) is circulating a FORGED O/K Kosher certificate for their products. O/K Kosher certification does NOT and has never certified this company. An investigation into the forgery is on-going.
Starbuck's Toasted Marshmallow Hot Cocoa (10 oz. tin distributed by Conifer Specialties) mistakenly bear the Kof K symbol. This is a NON-KOSHER item.
Brickman's brand Salt 7 Pepper Kettle Chips, distributed by Gordon Food Service (GFS), were inadvertently mislabeled as Kof K Pareve. This product is certified as Kof K DAIRY.
All Hershey's Syrups (Chocolate, Strawberry, Caramel and Sundae) that bear an O/Ud contain actual DAIRY.
The following is from Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Updates. A refill for electronic cigarettes called PureE-LIquid found on the Joytech website http://joye-tech.co.il/ bears an unauthorized Kashrus certification. The package bears an unauthorized O/K, but in fact, is NOT under the supervision of this Hashgacha.
Olive Oil sold under the label "Suri Biladi" claims to be "Kosher" and "Kosher for Passover" on the label. However, it does NOT have any Hashgacha.
Ground beef and Kebabs packaged under the name "Ohf B'Emek" were found in a grocery store in Moshav Tel Katzir in Golan Heights. The label says the product is Kosher under the supervision of the Jordan Valley Rabbinate. The factory producing these products had its supervision revoked due to serious infractions. The product should NOT be used in Kosher establishments.
Rujum Winery, located in Mitzpei Rimon, has begun marketing its product under the Hashgacha of the Conservative Movement. The Chief Rabbinate does Not authorize this body to give Kosher supervision and therefore, the product is banned from all establishments with supervision from a local Rabbinate.
Vista Restaurant in Ashkelon was found to be selling treif meat. A mashgiach who was acting on a tip managed to catch the owner who was trying to pass off the treif meat as Kosher. The Hashgacha of the restaurant was immediately revoked. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel warns that the store continues to advertise itself as Kosher as is seen on its website. The Rabbinite is moving ahead with legal action against the owner of the store.
Sunridge Farms products (866200 Yogurt Pretzels-UPC#086700662007 866202 Yogurt Almonds - UPC# 086700662021) were mistakenly packed with the KSA 'pareve" Kosher symbol. These products are KSA DAIRY.
Pleases be advised that White Hot Chocolate K-Cup was inadvertently marked as "KSA-Pareve" and it should be marked as "KSA-dairy". The product is, in fact, DAIRY.
Smirnoff Triple Distilled Vodka 100 Proof with the blue label on it, 200ml and 375ml bottles has been mislabeled as KSA dairy. This product is, in fact, certified KSA pareve.
All products manufactured by Innomark, Inc. are NOT certified by the KSA.
All products manufactured by A Perfect Pear are NOT certified by the KSA.
Please be advised that products by Lanqin (Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Cake, Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Mass/Liquor) are NOT authorized/certified by the KSA, nor does the KSA accept any responsibility for anything appearing on any products from this company.
All products manufactured by Dr. Tims (Genesis Today) are NOT certified by the KSA.
All the Juice+Fiber (Nutra/Balance) products listed on www.woodbury products.com bearing the KSA symbol, are no longer certified by the KSA. Corrective measures have been taken.
The KSA does NOT certify any Frozen Yogurt/Soft Serve Yogurt stores. WE ONLY CERTIFY THE PRODUCTS IN THEIR ORIGINAL SEALED CONATINERS WHEN BEARING THE KSA-D SYMBOL
Selection Butter Flavoured Cooking Spray sold by Metro Inc. (Quebec, Canada) was mistakenly labeled with the OK Kosher symbol instead of the OKd. THIS PRODUCT IS DAIRY.
Whole Foods Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks are no longer certified Pareve. They are certified "dairy" when bearing the Circle-Kd symbol. Products that do not yet bear the "d" are still considered pareve.
Please be advised that the following products: Cashews Honey Roast Peanuts produced by Terrafina LLC (Bronx, N.Y.) are no longer certified pareve and were mistakenly labeled with the O/K Kosher symbol instead of an O/Kd (dairy status). The cashews and almonds are now dairy. The peanuts with the plain OK are NOT certified. The mislabeling products are being withdrawn from the markets. If you see these products still in a store, please contact the O/K at (718) 756-7500.
Avenue K Deli, located at the Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn N.Y is no longer Star-K certified due to change in management.
Heaven MIlls Bakery, located at 5614 New Utrecht Ave, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11219 is no longer Star-K certified
The AKO Executive Committee has reason to believe that there are large liquor companies in the United States which may be owned in whole or part by Jews. We are concerned that such companies may not have arranged for the sale of their Chametz (mechiras Chametz) during Pesach. These companies primarily manufacture bourbon, cordials, and American whiskey. They also deal in a small amount of Scotch and Vodka.
Chametz containing liquors owned, produced and/or aged by Jewish-owned companies over Pesach are forbidden as Chametz She'avar alav HaPesach.
Since many liquor products are aged for many years before they are sold to the public, it cannot be assumed that these beverages are acceptable for Kosher use even if they are purchased a long time before or after Pesach. Accordingly, we recommend that Kashrus agencies and consumers change their policies and only consume those alcoholic beverages which are free of standard Kosher concerns anre are known to a.) be produced by a non-Jewish company or a Jewish-owned company which arranged for the sale of their Chametz. b.) Not contain any Chametz, including not having Chametz secondary grains or malted barley (bourbon and cordials are examples of items that may have these forbidden items). c.) Were not aged over Pesach (e.g. Vodka). The following are some brands which we believe to be subject to the above concerns:
1792 Ridgmong, 99 Schnapps, A. Smith Bowman, Ancient Age, Antique Collection, Barton, Blantons, Bowman, Buffalo Trace, CAlifornia Deluxe, Canadian HOst, Canadian Hunter, Canadian LTD, Canadian Supreme, Colonel Lee, Dr. McGillicuddy's, Eagle Rare, Elmer T Lee, Experimental Collection, Fireball,
Fleishmann's, George T. Stagg, Hancock's Presidents Reserve, Herbsaint, Highland Mist, House of Stuart, Imperial, James Foxe, Kentucky Gentleman, Kentucky Gentleman, Kentucky Tavern, Lauder's, McAfee's Benchmark, Mr. Boston, Northern Light, Old Charter, Old Rip Van Winkle, Old Thompson, Old Weller, Pappy Van Winkel, Peychaud's, Regan's, Rich & Rare, Rock Hill Farms, Royal Canadian, Sazerac Rye, Ten HIgh, Thomas H.Handy, Tom Moore, VAn windle, Very Old Barton, Virginia Gentleman, W L Weller.
Consumers who already won one of these above liquors are encouraged to ask their personal Rav whether returning the bottles to the store is considered to be having Hana'ah (benefit) from Chametz She'avar alav HaPesach. Lastly, we note that this notification does not cover the serious question of the status of whisky (or other Chametz) owned on Pesach by a Jewish distributor who does or does not arrange for the sale of his Chametz; consumers are once again encouraged to discuss this question with their personal Rav.
In response to many inquiries about the Kosher status of Dunkin Donuts, those Dunkin Donuts products sold in terminal 3 of O'Hare airport no longer come from a source that are certified as Kosher from the cRc certification agency. The cRc has no information on the status of the source of these Dunkin Donuts.
Chocolate Chunks semi-sweet chocolate chips under the Saco brand, MIddleton, Wisconsin, mistakenly bears a plain cRc. In fact, this product is dairy (Cholov Stam), as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statement on the package.
Kirkland Signature brand frozen blueberries/raspberries/strawberries (sold at Costco stores) bears a BCK symbol and the Hebrew words "zakuk l'bedikas toloyim" (needs to be checked for insects. The certification is for the processing agents only. While the company checks for insects, this does NOT meet the halachic requirements, and those who require checking on frozen berries will need to check these too. In the future the Hebrew words will be replaced by an English statement "toloyim inspection required".
The consumer should be aware that (some) supermarket bakeries take the basic cakes which come in from the factory with a hechsher on the sleeve, and remove them. They then enhance them by decorating, adding more layers of cream etc. (per customer request). The cake is then put back into the original packaging and they sell it as such. Once the cake has been altered, the original Kosher supervising agency on the sleeve can no longer take responsibility for the Kashrus status of this product.
The cRc has found an increase in the number of insects present in heads of red cabbage. In response, the cRc has adjusted its policy regarding heads of red cabbage and is now requiring that the first four (4) layers of leaves be removed from each head and discarded. The rest of the head should then be rinsed, followed by a cursory inspection to rule out obvious infestation. This policy is in force until further notice.
Great Value Enriched Instant Grits Butter Flavor is certified by the Orthodox Untion as an O/Ud - dairy product. Some packaging was printed without the "d". The product contains dairy as indicated on the allergen and ingredient statements.
Lay's Stax Sour Cream & Onion potato crisps contain dairy ingredients and are certified by the Orthodox Union as an O/Ud - dairy product. Some packaging was mistakenly labeled without the "d" (dairy designation). Corrective action has been implemented.
Ambra Spaghetti A Nero Di Seppia contains a non-Kosher ingredient. Some packaging mistakenly bears an unauthorized O/U symbol. This product is being sold in Europe and corrective actions have benn implemented.
Sally Sherman Veggie Loaded Tuna Salad is NOT certified by the Orthodox Union. A limited amount of this product was labeled with an unauthorized O/U and was primarily distributed in the Northeast.
Moses Vodka from Global Drinks Finland bears an unauthorized O/Up. The Orthodox Union does NOT certify this product for Passover or year-round use.
Sweet Perry Orchards Cashews Medley is certified as an O/U dairy product. This product contains dairy yogurt chips as indicated on the front and back of the packaging. However, some packages mistakenly have a plain O/U (without the "d" designation). Corrective actions have been implemented.
Some Key Food Balsamic Vinegar labels have an O/U symbol on them. The Orthodox Union does NOT certify this Balsamic Vinegar.
Orgain Healthy Kids and Organic Nutritional Shake Vanilla, produced by Orgain Ince in Tustin, Ca. is missing the "d" - dairy designation. Orgain Healthy Kids Vanilla Nutritional Shake contains dairy ingredients, as indicated in the allergen statement and ingredient panel. This product is Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union as an O/Ud - dairy product. Some packages were mistakenly labeled with an O/U (without the "d" designation). Corrective action has been implemented.
Quaker Chewy Chocolate Malvavisco Chewy Granola Bars are produced by the Quaker Oats Company for Central and South America. This product mistakenly bears an O/Ud symbol and is NOT certified by the Orthodox Union.
Nature's Promise Organic Home-style Waffles and Organic Blueberry Waffles are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union (O/Ud) and are dairy. Some boxes were mistakenly printed with a plan "O/U", omitting the "d" designation. These products contain dairy, as indicated on the allergen statement and ingredient panel. Corrective action has been implemented.
START OF THE CHODOSH SEASON
According to this week’s report from the US Department of Agriculture, the delayed start of the harvest of the Chodosh crops is finally in full swing. Based on these reports, I will recommend the following cutoffs for the forthcoming Chodosh season:
Freshly baked items using spring wheat, including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies may be Chodosh in the Midwest after the PURCHASE DATE of Aug 18. Elsewhere in the US, this date would be Aug 25. Packaged foods from spring wheat may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 18, or the PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
Noodles and pasta may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 25 and the PURCHASE date of Sept 8.
Barley, such as pearled barley, may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 18 and PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
Oats: According to the O-U all oats used in cereals may have a Chodosh PACKING date of Sept 1 or later, PURCHASE DATE of Sept 15 or later. The oats in General Mills cereals, such as the oats in Cheerios, this Chodosh PACKING date is Oct 1 or later, PURCHASE DATE of Oct 15 or later. (These dates may be revised to a later time in the future. These dates also apply for General Mills cereals sold under the Nestle label in Israel.) This includes all oats used in both cold cereals that one eats with cold milk or hot cereals such as cooked oatmeal. The O-U advisory does not apply to oats used in other products such as oat flour used in cookies. For such non-cereal products our recommended oats cutoff is the PACKING date of Aug 4 and the PURCHASE date of Aug 28.
Rabbi Yoseph Herman, Telephone Hot Line 718-305-5133
Some kashrus agencies take over a kosher supervision but their logo does not appear for some time on the product due to a company’s desire to use up old labels or containers. This is the case with the Sriracha sauce bearing the Shield Mogen David K from Philadelphia which has been certified for over a year by the RCC but does not bear their label until all of the bottles will be used up. We do not recommend products bearing the previous symbol.
Another such confusing case is the Bob’s Red Mill products bearing the underlined K. Rabbi Teichman has been certifying that product for over a year as well but the old symbol remains on the product. The KIB does not recommend the previous certifications on both products. All of the Bob’s Red Mill products bearing the Underline K are reliably certified by Rabbi Teichman. Other products bearing that symbol remain not recommended.
From the OU
Spice Classics Beef Flavor Bouillon and Chicken Flavor Bouillon bear an unauthorized OU mark. The Orthodox Union does not certify these products. Corrective actions are being implemented.
· Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Coated Soft Eating Liquorice Blueberry & Pomegranate Flavor produced y Darrell Lea Confectionery Co., Pty, Ltd., Kogarah, Australia This product contains dairy and it is mistakenly labeled with a plain OU symbol without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been taken.
· The Orthodox Union does not certify Good & Plenty candies. JLM mistakenly placed an OU D symbol on some of their packages of Good & Plenty. Corrective action has been implemented.
· Good & Plenty Licorice Candy in 16 oz. clear plastic tubs, packaged by JLM, Warren, MI, mistakenly bears an OU symbol. This product is not OU approved, and contains carmine, an insect-derived coloring.
· Noon Hour Imported Creamed Fillet of Herring is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D dairy product as it contains dairy ingredients. Some containers were labeled with a plain OU without the D. Corrective actions have been implemented.
From the Kof-K:
IDEAL SHAKE (IDEAL SHAPE) MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKE
CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA FLAVORS HAVE BEEN INADVERTENTLY LABELED KOF-K PARVE.
THESE PRODUCTS ARE IN FACT KOF-K DAIRY.
CORRECTIVE ACTION IS BEING TAKEN BY THE MANUFACTURER
MACKNIGHT SMOKEHOUSE SALMON MIGNON BEARS AN UNAUTHORIZED KOF-K PARVE.
THIS PRODUCT IS NOT CERTIFIED BY THE KOF-K. FUTURE PACKAGING HAS BEEN CORRECTED.
IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT A NUMBER OF KOSHER CONSUMERS HAVE CONFUSED THE KOF-K CERTIFICATION WITH A CERTIFICATION WITH A SIMILAR SOUNDING NAME.
PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME THAT A FOOD SERVICE FACILITY IS UNDER OUR CERTIFICATION UNLESS THE ESTABLISHMENT DISPLAYS A CURRENT KOF-K CERTIFICATE.
THE KOF-K SYMBOL IS PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED ON ALL OUR CERTIFICATES. A CURRENT LIST OF KOF-K CERTIFIED FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.KOF-K.ORG
From the KLBD
Chupa Chups Crazy Dips Strawberry have changed formulation and are now not kosher (note: many candy stores worldwide and in particular in Israel carry these products).
· All varieties of Snack a Jacks are no longer approved
From the OK,
TROP50 JUICE BEVERAGE WITH VITAMINS-POMEGRANATE BLUEBERRY (Canada only) produced by Pepsico (Tropicana products) erroneously bears the OK kosher symbol. Corrective measures are being taken to correct this labeling error as quickly as possible.
COCONUT MILK POWDER
SUPERSTAR COCONUT PRODUCTS CO., INC
(Davao City, Philippines)
was mislabeled with the OK-P Kosher symbol.
THIS PRODUCT IS DAIRY, NON-PASSOVER.
Corrective measures are being taken.
Please be advised that various vegan cookies baked by
COOKIES FROM HOME
Gourmet Express, LLC.
were mistakenly packed with a plain OK Kosher symbol.
THESE PRODUCTS ARE DAIRY.
Corrective measures are being taken.
From the cRc; Please visit our new product information app called ASKcRc where kosher consumers can check the kosher status of hechsherim, beverages, liquors, foods, fruits & vegetables, Slurpees, and medicines. The information is accessible via a simple search box, and the site is optimized to work on mobile as well as desktop devices.
From the Scroll K;
Rocky Mountain Pies Sugar House Brand of Dazzleberry Raspberry pie bears an unauthorized Scroll K symbol. This product is NOT kosher certified. Corrective action is being taken.
‘The Bakery’ Marionberry Lattice Pies sold at Wal-Mart stores bears an unauthorized Scroll K symbol. This product is NOT kosher certified. Corrective action is being taken. Some of the ‘The Bakery’ Pumpkin Pies sold at Wal-Mart are kosher DAIRY but have been labeled with the Scroll K, erroneously omitting the DAIRY designation:
Banana Cream Pie
Caramel Apple Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
These products are certified Scroll K – DAIRY.
Corrective action is being taken.
Please direct all inquiries or comments directly to the
Scroll K at 303-595-9349
From the COR, Bubbie's Biscotti – Belgian Chocolate S’mores was inadvertently labeled with a COR 243D. This product is not kosher. Corrective measures are being taken.
From Kehilla Kosher the Delish Dark Chocolate Coated Blackberry Sorbet Bar, 3.0 fluid ounce, produced by Oregon Ice Cream UPC Number: 0 49022 70107 6. The carton packaging is labeled “Kosher Pareve”, however the actual product is certified Kosher D.E. This issue is being corrected at the manufacturing facility, however there may be product currently in circulation which bears the incorrect marking. Distribution of this product is found on the shelf at Walgreen’s Retail Drugstore locations.
The Federation of Synagogues, kosher certify the following Red Bull products: Red Bull Energy Drink, Red Bull Sugar Free, Red Bull Total Zero, Red Bull Shot, Red Bull, Red Edition, Red Bull Blue Edition and Red Bull Silver Edition
Kettle Cooked Potato Chips (Zesty Cheddar) produced by Rye Street are certified kosher, however they are dairy. The packaging is mistakenly labeled missing the dairy designation. This will be corrected on future packaging.
Red Mango Frozen Yogurt stores are not certified by OK Kosher. Red Mango Original Yogurt and Red Mango Classic Yogurt are certified as kosher dairy (cholov stam) only in their original sealed packages. OK Kosher certification is not responsible for the kashrus of any other product, equipment or process used I any Red Mango stores.
GOPouch Beverages mistakenly labeled all flavors of their Croctails drinks with the OK kosher symbol. They are currently working with OK Kosher certification to certify their products. However, many products currently on the market are not certified. Products with a production date of 13 032 (and on) are OK certified.
Donut House Sweet and Creamy Iced Coffee is certified as an OU D – Dairy product, as it contains dairy ingredients. Some boxes labeled with an OU are missing the “D” Dairy designation. The individual cups, however, are labeled with an OU D. Corrective actions have been implemented.
Sweet Loren’s cookie dough products are produced on dairy equipment and are certified by the Orthodox Union as OU D products. Some of the following varieties of Sweet Loren’s products Bold Espresso Chunk Cookie, Dough Nutty Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie, Dough Heavenly Chocolate
Chunk Cookie Dough were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU. Corrective measures have been implemented.
A sign with an OU symbol was posted in the Yo Fresh frozen yogurt store in Newton, MA. The Orthodox Union does not certify that store or any Yo Fresh frozen yogurt store. Corrective measures are being implemented.
Diamond Crystal House Blend Caesar Dressing, a food service product, is not certified by the Orthodox Union. The individual packages do not have an OU on them. Some of the cartons used to ship this product mistakenly have an OU on them. The cartons have been corrected.
There are a number of flavors of Market Pantry brand Ice Pops and Ice Fruit Bars that bear a plain cRc without a D or DE. These in fact do not have any dairy ingredients and are made in a facility that has separate equipment for dairy and non-dairy products. However, as it is not possible to rule out the possibility that these products may have inadvertently been run on dairy equipment, it is cRc policy that these products should be certified as cRc-DE (dairy equipment). Future packaging will be changed to bear cRc-DE.
Please note that LAWASH brand K-COR (Detroit Vaad) certified flatbread bearing the date code 107041713 is not Pas Yisroel.
Simply-7 brand White Cheddar Pomegranate Chip is mislabeled as cRc DE. In fact, the product is actually dairy (cholov stam).
Corrective measures are being taken.
Laurel Hill brand Nacho Multigrain Tortilla Chips is incorrectly labeled with a plain cRc logo, implying that it is pareve. In fact, the
product is dairy (cholov stam), as indicated on the ingredient panel.
The RCC announced that effective Sunday, March 24 at 3pm, it removed its kosher supervision, for cause, from Doheny Kosher Meats, located at 9213 W Pico Blvd.
Taylor Farms Brand, True Leaf Brand, Green Leaf Brand leafy Vegetables (romaine, iceberg, etc.) triple washed, require checking for bug infestation.
Become a Member of KosherQuest now to receive email alerts and the magazine.
KosherQuest is the Web site of the Kosher Information Bureau. It is the most comprehensive Web site regarding Kashrus in the world. Read More.
In tribute to Rabbi Daniel Mark Arnall ע"ה Rabbi Daniel Mark Arnall was a person who was devoted to the tzibur and to Klal Yisroel. During his lifetime he exemplified the mida of pure chesed to friends and strangers alike, through his acts of selfless gemilus chasidim, bikur cholim, nichum aveilim, hachnasas orchim and much more. Rabbi Arnall’s mida of emuna and bitachon served as a role model for all who came in contact with him. I feel fortunate to have called him my talmid for almost four decades. And for decades Rabbi Arnall has been a driving force of the Kashrus Conscience publication, Kosherquest on-line and in many other areas of the Kosher Information Bureau. May he continue to be a Malitz Yosher for his family and for all of Klal Yisroel.