KASHRUT & HEALTH ALERTS

Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Weston Bakeries products, no longer bear MK Kosher certification, effective immediately.           MK, February 19, 2009

All products manufactured by Dakota Valley, Willow Lake, South Dakota, are no longer certified by the cRc, even when bearing the cRc. Products packaged under the “Peanotz” label include roasted nuts, soybeans and corn.            Chicago Rabbinical Council posted, February 17, 2010

AgriStar poultry, Postville, IA: is no longer certified by Rabbi M. Weissmandl as of Friday, February 12, 2010, but will be certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. The products produced there are packaged under the Aaron’s Best, Supreme Kosher and Agri-Star Labels.          Rabbi M Weissmandl, February 11, 2010

Mislabeled

Michele’s Maple Creme Syrup; Honey Creme Syrup and Butter Pecan Syrup, Michele Foods, South Holland, IL: bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.            OU, February 10, 2010

Popnots Popcorn Products, Top Line Foods, Inc.: bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label shown on their website www.popnots.com. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken. Consumers who see this product on the market are asked to call 718-756-7500.       OK Kosher Certification, February 1, 2010

Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea, was incorrectly labeled with a Star-K. The tea is certified dairy, halav stam by the Vaad Hakashrus of Denver and should bear the Scroll-K dairy symbol. Corrective measures were taken.  Star-K, February 1, 2010

Steven’s Blue Cheese Dressing, Best Buy Food Service Inc.: bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.      OU, January 22, 2010

Organic Milk Chocolate Almonds, Damiano Mangia Organics: bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken. Consumers who see this product on the market are asked to call 718-756-7500.         OK Kosher Certification, January 25, 2010

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Yogen Fruz Frozen Yogurt Bars, bearing COR 459, were inadvertently labeled without a dairy designation. These products are dairy. Corrective measures have been taken.     COR, February 18, 2009.

Butter Flavored Pam in Israel, is OU-D (dairy). The small print says that the item is only suitable for those who use halav nochri (non-halav Yisrael milk). According to the OU, the international versions of Butter Flavored Pam are OUD, while Butter Flavored Pam in the US is OU Pareve.  Israeli Chief Rabbinate (translated by the Jerusalem Kosher News), and OU, February 16, 2010.

Wegmans Sour Apple Sorbet, bears an OU-D on the top lid but a plain OU on the front panel. Wegmans is changing from dairy equipment to parve, but the product should not be considered as parve until current supply is depleted. Labeling will then be corrected. Affected product is 1 pint size with a sell by date of approximately April 2010.              OU, February 10, 2010

Bouchon Bakery Cinnamon Pecan Waffle Mix, Williams-Sonoma: was manufactured using dairy equipment, but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.           OU, February 10, 2010

Lounge Mix (Assorted Nuts) and Classic Sugar Cookie Mix, Williams-Sonoma: has inadvertently omitted the dairy designation but lists the dairy ingredients on the ingredient panel. Future packaging will be revised.         OU, February 10, 2010

Other Alerts

Clementines from Israel have been found at Costco. Please make sure they are tithed before eating them.Atlanta Kashruth Commission, February 19, 2010

Red Bull “Shots” are NOT recommended by the cRc at this time. Red Bull Original Energy Drinks have been upgraded and are now approved by the cRc.Chicago Rabbinical Council posted, February 20, 2010

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Stores, may have signs posted indicating that their toppings are certified by OK Kosher certification. OK Kosher Certification does not certify the toppings or any Menchie’s products. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers who see this product on the market are asked to call 718-756-7500.         OK Kosher Certification, February 15, 2010

Shop Rite Instant Hot Cocoa Milk Chocolate Flavor, may contain non-kosher marshmallows. Affected product in 20oz containers with UPC 041190-023608, bears the date code July0511B. Consumers should contact their Rabbi to determine the status of utensils that have come in contact with the above product. Product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.          OU, February 4, 2010

Great Neck Pizza, is no longer yashan.          Vaad of Queens, January 27, 2010

Health Alerts

Stop & Shop Party Platter Cookies, is being voluntarily recalled because they contain almonds and almond paste, undeclared allergens that pose a serious and potential life-threatening health risk to allergic individuals. Customers who have purchased the product in 24oz. packages with UPC # 200055639, should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to any Stop & Shop supermarket for a full refund. For more information call 877-846-9949.   FAAN and the FDA, February January 10 2010

Turkey Hill Chocolate Marshmallow Premium Ice Cream, is being recalled due to undeclared almonds. The product was distributed to stores in central Pennsylvania. The affected product is in1.5-qt. (48-oz./1.42L) containers and marked “01/18/2011 56/L1.” Preceding the code is a four-digit number indicating the production time. The recalled product includes a time between 02:25 and 02:35. Affected containers would have been purchased after January 28, 2010. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 693-2479.    FAAN and the FDA, February January 9, 2010

Whole Schmaltz Herring, Haifa Smoked Fish, Queens, New York: is being recalled because the product was found to be uneviscerated. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning. The lot being recalled is a product of Norway, individually vacuum-packed in clear plastic pouches with lot # 20 indicated on the label and distributed through various food retailers in the NY and NJ area. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-523-8899.          New York State Department of Food and Agriculture, February 4, 2010

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Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Bauducco wafers and cookies, are no longer certified under Star-K Certification. Products bearing the Star-K symbol were produced under certification.     Star-K, July 13, 2011

Edelweiss Patisserie, has undergone changes at the facility, such that the Vaad Harabonim of New England now only certifies products that have a KVH-D symbol on the label.        The Rabbinical Council of New England, July 11, 2011.

Prime Sushi, 18250 Collins Avenue and 726 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami will again be certified by Kosher Miami after agreeing to put new management in place. Kosher Miami will continue to monitor the situation.   Kosher Miami, July 1, 2011.

Subway Restaurant, 141-24 Jewel Ave. Kew Garden Hills, NY is no longer kosher effective immediately.         Vaad of Queens, July 1, 2011

Lee Kum Kee Sauces, are no longer certified by the Orthodox Union as of June 24, 2011.        OU, June 27, 2011.

G & S Bakery, 63-79 Saunders St. Rego Park, NY 11374, is no longer certified under the Vaad Harabonim of Queens effective immediately.    Vaad of Queens, June 23, 2011

All Natural Products Bakery of New York, 43-56 10th St, Long Island City, NY, is no longer certified as pat Yisrael. The products remain certified kosher and parve when bearing the OK symbol on the packaging.       OK, June 21, 2011

Lay’s BBQ; BBQ Ribs; Fries and Gravy; Honey Mustard; Old Fashioned BBQ; Ruffles All Dressed; BBQ; and Wavy Lay’s Old Fashioned BBQ, have changed status from parve to dairy equipment (DE). The parve status of other COR certified potato chips, remains unchanged.         COR, June 15, 2011

Mislabeled

Healthy Sweet Drinks, bear an unauthorized OU and are not certified by the Orthodox Union. They may also be dairy. The products are being withdrawn from the marketplace..    OU, July 21, 2011.

Quaker Oats S’mores Granola Bars, mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU-D on some individually wrapped bars. This product is not kosher. The item in question can be found in both cartons of S’mores and Variety Pack cartons. Corrective action is being taken. The other varieties of Granola Bars are correctly labeled OU-D.   OU, July 20, 2011

1time Airline, has been offering a so-called ‘Kosher Platter’ which is not supervised and has included non-kosher items. The Beth Din has offered its services in an effort to rectify this problem but have not received a response as yet.        Beth Din of Johannesburg, July 20, 2011.

Veronica Bianca Wafers, were found for sale in Israel bearing an OU symbol. The OU confirms that the product is unauthorized.    Jerusalem Kosher News, July 19, 2011

West Coast Select Maple Nuggets Smoked Sockeye fish, bears an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union and it is being withdrawn from the marketplace.             OU, July 14, 2011.

Red Mango, products or locations are not certified by the cRc contrary to statements made on their website and in their stores. cRc, July 13, 2011

Trader Joes Pita Chips with Sea Salt, are kosher but were mislabeled as pat Yisrael,which they are not.           Wisconsin Kosher/cRc, July 10, 2011

32 Degree Froyo, in Great Neck, NY, is displaying an OU symbol on some of its signs and cups. This store is not certified by the Orthodox Union and the Orthodox Union cannot comment on the kosher status of products sold in this store.      OU, July 5, 2011

Arrezzio Pizza Sauce with Cheese, bears an unauthorized OU symbol and contains non-kosher ingredients. This product is distributed in Canada, and is being withdrawn from the marketplace.      OU, July 5, 2011.

BJ’s Wholesale Club freshly baked bagels, are displaying an unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does not certify any of the BJ’s bakeries. BJ’s Wholesale Club is changing their bags and is removing the bags with the OU.     OU, July 5, 2011

Miss Leone’s products, Leonard Mountain Inc., are not certified by the Orthodox Union. Some products, including mozzarella cheese stuffed olives, have an unauthorized OU symbol and contain non-kosher ingredients. Corrective measures are being implemented.             OU, July 5, 2011

Green Mountain Farms Olive Yogurt Dip, bears an unauthorized KOF-K. This product is not certified by the KOF-K. Corrective measures are being taken.    Kof-K, June 28, 2011.

Russian Desserts Inc., bears an unauthorized Star-K. These products are not certified by the Star-K Kosher Certification.              Star-K, June 21, 2011.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Planters Brittle Nut Medley, was inadvertently labeled without the dairy designation. The product contains yogurt covered raisins that are OU dairy. Corrective measures were implemented.         OU, July 20, 2011

Thomas Kemper Purely Natural Vanilla Cream Handcrafted Soda, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. The amount of dairy is batel (nullified), in regard to kashrut laws. The product has been discontinued.       OU, July 18, 2011

Post Grape Nut Cereal, may contain a promotional Grape Nut cookie in a limited number of specially marked boxes. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. The cookie is certified kosher and dairy by Kof-K as the packaging indicates.          OK, July 5, 2011

Butterfly Bakery Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, are certified kosher and dairy by the Vaad Harabonim of New England. The dairy designation was inadvertently omitted from the kosher symbol on the label. Corrective action is being taken.    Rabbinical Council of New England, June 28, 2011.

American Nut products, which were previously labeled OU-D, will now be labeled OU. Products with the “D” should still be considered dairy. The parve products have a lot number of 061311 or greater.         OU, June 21, 2011.

Beanitos Pinto Bean & Flax with Cheddar Cheese Chips, was incorrectly labeled as Kof-K parve but are Kof-K dairy. Corrective measures are being taken.    Kof-K, June 20, 2011

Tabatchnick Soup Singles New York Style Chicken Broth with Noodles and Vegetables, was inadvertently labeled as Kof-K parve. The product is in fact certified as Kof-K meat. Labeling is being corrected.     Kof-K, June 20, 2011

“M” Ranch Creamy Meijer Dressing, mistakenly bears an OU symbol without the dairy designation. This product is actually dairy. Corrective measures were taken.OU, June 15, 2011.

Other Alerts

Today’s Temptations breads, are certified kosher only in those varieties bearing the cRc on the label. Certified varieties are parve and pat Yisrael. cRc, July 12, 2011

Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup, produced for export to Israel does not bear an OU symbol on the label. Mor Yam, an Israeli importer of Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup, has placed a sticker on top of the label, with an unauthorized OU symbol. At the current time, the Orthodox Union considers this product to be kosher and dairy, when the label indicates “Made in USA”.             OU, July 11, 2011.

Newman’s Own pasta sauces, are being sold in some stores in variety packs with three jars wrapped together in clear plastic. These wrapped jars may contain both kosher and non-kosher varieties of Newman’s Own pasta sauces. The OU symbol only appears on the kosher varieties. Please check the jars before buying them.  OU, July 7, 2011

Pedialyte, is certified as dairy, because processing equipment had previously been used for a dairy product without a proper kashering in between. The product does not contain any dairy ingredients.          HaModia, June 29, 2011 and confirmed by the OU

7-Eleven, on Reisterstown Road at Naylors Lane, Baltimore, MD, has purchased a hotdog maker and is grilling hot dogs which are advertised as “kosher” under the store’s own supervision. The Star-K does not recommend kosher supervision provided by gentiles or by an entity or individual who does not eat kosher themselves.    Star-K, June 20, 2011

Health Alerts

Sol Cuisine’s Spicy Bean Burger, is being voluntarily recalled because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product is sold in a 364 g frozen package bearing UPC 6 28025 01929 8 and lot code 06711. Sol Cuisine Inc. can be reached at 905-502-8500 or 800-370-8004.   CFIA, July 15, 2011

Healthy Times’ Brown Rice Cereal for Baby, should not be consumed by people with allergies to gluten. Gluten, a potential allergen, was not declared on the label. Healthy Times brand Brown Rice Cereal for Baby, product of USA, is sold in 6 oz (170 g) packages bearing UPC 0 48685 02188 0, Lot 02711 and a USE BY date of 15 JAN 2013.    CFIA, July 12, 2011

Evergreen Produce Alfalfa sprouts, may contain Salmonella Enteritidis, a pathogen different from the one in European outbreak and should be discarded. The sprouts are possibly linked to 20 reported cases, including one hospitalization. Product was distributed in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington State. Consumers should discard them in a sealed container so people and animals, including wild animals, cannot eat them.          FDA, June 27, 2011

 

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