Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Quirante Fruits Sat, Alicante, Spain, is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification due to Kashrus violations. Any product that was produced before June 30, 2012 and bears the OK kosher symbol on the labeling is still certified.”        OK, July 10, 2012.

Giffords Ice Cream, of Silver Spring, MD is no longer under Star-D Certification. Any continued use of the Star-D symbol is unauthorized. This should not be confused with Gifford’s Ice Cream, Skowhegan, ME which is under Quality Kosher Supervision, Rabbi Aryeh Spero.      Star-K, July 10, 2012.

Bahat Winery, The Golan Heights Rabbinate has terminated kosher supervision due to serious kashrus issues including the presence of non-kosher products.         Israeli Chief Rabbinate, July 9, 2012

Kosher Cravings, 5204 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, Canada is no longer under MK supervision.         Montreal Kashruth, June 28, 2012.

Salon Chagall, 6501 Kildare Road, Cote St Luc, Canada, does not bear MK certification and the MK takes no responsibility for the kashrus of this venue.   Montreal Kashruth, June 28, 2012.

Kosher Bite, certification is limited to the food served and/or delivered sealed from the restaurant, effective immediately. Star-K does not certify or take responsibility for any of the wine or liquor that is sold by kosher bite.             Star-K, June 19, 2012.

Mislabeled

Cremosa brand Ricotta Cheese, bears an unauthorized OK symbol. The product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken.   OK, July 18, 2012.

Stop & Shop Rocky Road Real Premium Ice Cream, not certified by the Orthodox Union. Some containers mistakenly display the OU D symbol. Consumers who purchased this product may return the product to Stop and Shop for a refund. Corrective actions have been implemented.         OU, July 12, 2012.

Viva Italia Tomato Sauces, not certified by the Orthodox Union. The OU symbol that appears on any Viva Italia tomato sauce is unauthorized. Corrective actions are being implemented.    OU, July 12, 2012.

Nature Valley Dark Chocolate & Nut Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars, are not certified by the Orthodox Union. Some packages mistakenly have an OU on them. Corrective measures have been implemented.     OU, July 5, 2012.

Healthy Pac Corporation Frozen Broccoli Florets; Sweet Peas; Sweet Corn and Peas, bear an unauthorized OK symbol. These products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification.         OK, July 5, 2012.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Super C garlic sesame sticks salted corn chips with flax and milk chocolate covered almonds, bear an unauthorized pareve MK. These products are dairy. Corrective action has been taken.      Montreal Kashruth, July 13, 2012.

eFoods Gold Granola, contains dairy ingredients and is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union as a dairy product. Some packaging is mistakenly labeled with a plain OU, without the ‘D’ dairy designation. This product is not sold in stores and is available only by contacting the company. Corrective actions have been implemented.          OU, July 12, 2012.

Superior Baking Brownie Bites, are processed on dairy equipment and may contain dairy residuals. This product is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product. A limited quantity of labels was printed with a plain OU without the D. These mislabeled products were primarily sold at Costco in the Northeast. The company corrected this error.     OU, June 22, 2012.

Other Alerts

Chodosh, the new season may start very early this year, maybe 2 weeks or more earlier than originally estimated. This means that oats may start becoming Chodosh as early in 1-2 weeks and wheat and barley as early as the end of July or early August. The next agriculture harvest report is due the coming Monday or Tuesday. After that report I will update this information. Note that according to the O-U, oats from General Mills, Quaker and Malt-O-Meal should be Yoshon at least through Sept 15.   Yoseph Herman, July 5, 2012.

Montreal drinking water, in response to queries regarding insects which were found in the water, we wish to advise that after much investigation carried out by our experts, as well as specialists of the City of Montreal’s Water Department, drinking water in Montreal is permitted according to halacha. It is clear that the prevalence of insects in the drinking water at present is only an uncommon minority, totally not similar to the situation in New York. We are in contact with the experts of the City of Montreal’s Water Department, who are taking this very seriously and are doing everything possible to find the source of this phenomenon, and have promised to do everything in their power to eliminate any incidence of these insects as soon as possible. We will continue to advise the public with any further developments in this regard.   Montreal Kashruth, June 20, 2012

Health Alerts

Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Red Onions; Fresh Diced Yellow Onions; and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following Gills Onions brand products, Products of U.S.A., sold in 198 g packages, are affected by this alert: Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Celery & Onions. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases their weekly report on crop progress on Monday of each week. The latest report indicates that the harvest of oats is well on the way. Our estimated oats packing cutoff date for oats is Jul 21, one week earlier than normal. The latest report does not mention any harvest of spring wheat or barley. We are quite certain that the harvest of these crops must also on the way by now and should be reported by the next weekly update from the USDA. Pending future reports, our preliminary estimate for spring wheat Chodosh date is Aug 2, and barley Aug 7. These dates refer to the earliest packing date when Chodosh may start to appear in manufactured items. These tentative dates should finalized in the next 1-2 weeks. chodosh information is from Rabbi Y. Herman and posted on the web by Jerusalem Kosher News on July 17, 2012.             FDA and CFIA, July 18, 2012.

Pacific International Marketing Lettuce, voluntarily recalled 19 cases due to potential Salmonella contamination. The bulk Romaine Lettuce was sold in bulk produce bins from July 2, 2012 through July 4, 2012. The lettuce heads are banded with a red twist tie marked Safeway. The product is distributed in Pacific International Marketing RPCs with 15 heads of romaine in each RPC. The product is Romaine lettuce distributed in bulk with the code 12EASROM182 on the RPC. The recall affects RPCs only. No carton Romaine or bagged Romaine products are affected. Customers should contact Pacific International Marketing at the above contact number 8:00 am PST to 5:00 pm PST Monday through Friday or by mail to: P.O. Box 3737, Salinas, CA 93912-3737 or email at recall@pim4u.com.     FDA, July 6, 2012.

Arctic Zero Frozen Desserts, contains undeclared milk allergen. Pints and chocolate dipped bars which were produced before February of 2012 will be relabeled. All products that were produced after February 2012 have the statement “Contains whey protein, which is a derivative of dairy”. Whey protein is considered a derivative of milk and must claim “milk” on the label. Consumers who have purchased the products and have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Arctic Zero, Inc. at 619-342-1423 x21, Monday-Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. Pacific Time or via email at info@arcticzero.com.  FDA, July 6, 2012.

Thomas Bros. Farm Market fresh shelled peas, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, fresh shelled peas, was sold from Thomas Bros. Farm Market located at 5856 Colonel Talbot Road, London, Ontario on June 27, 2012. The packages do not bear a label identifying the store name and other information. Consumers who have this fresh product in their homes or may have frozen it are advised not to consume it. The manufacturer, Thomas Bros. Farm Market, London, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall. For more information, consumers and industry can call Thomas Bros. Farm Market at 519-671-8831.         CFIA, July 6, 2012.