Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

New York Kosher Caterers, Inc. dba Touch of Class Glatt Kosher Caterers LLC, 1061 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY switched certifications and is no longer OU certified.      OU, May 23, 2012.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips, are no longer certified parve. They are certified dairy (non-halav Yisrael) when bearing the OK-D on the label. Consumers are advised to complain at their local store or contact Trader Joes.        OK, May 16, 2012.

Rosa’s Pizza, 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY, is no longer kosher as of May 14. The partners split up and the original owner converted it back to not kosher.OU, May 15, 2012

Bimbo sweet bread, is not under KMD Mexico supervision until further notice.  KMD Mexico, May 8, 2012

Misu Sushi, no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. They are no longer kosher.       Vaad of Queens, May 3, 2012.

La Pizzeria, 144 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY, is no longer Star-K certified. They are now certified by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens   Star-K and VHQ, April 26, 2012.

Tree Ripe Orange Juice, may have been produced in a non-certified facility due to supply chain issues and some containers do not bear the OU symbol. As always, consumers are advised to check every package for the kosher symbol before purchasing.       OU, April 26, 2012.

Mislabeled

Sunflower Market bags of spinach; broccoli or cauliflower, bear an unauthorized Heart K on the bags. These bags are not certified by the Heart K.           Vaad of Denver and Heart K, May 21, 2012.

Societe Nouvelle Harrisa, bears an unauthorized Star-K. The company discontinued Star-K certification in 2011.             Star-K, May 16, 2012.

Peppadew Peppers, is not certified by the Orthodox Union when distributed by Peppadew International Europe BV. Some PI Europe products including Peppers Stuffed with Cheese primarily sold in the Netherlands mistakenly bear the OU symbol. Corrective measures are being implemented. Products manufactured by Peppadew International in South Africa bearing the OU symbol are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.      OU, May 10, 2012.

Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain and Wild Rice Mushroom Recipe, bears an unauthorized OU and is not certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union.          OU, May 4, 2012.

Mauzone Chicken Broth and Chicken Broth Low Sodium, mistakenly say parve on the front label. These products contain meat as listed on the ingredient list and are certified kosher-meat.           Mauzone, May 2, 2012.

Saratoga Chips For Goodness Shakes Seasonings, bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the label.         OK, May 1, 2012.

Arya Home Bakery & Sweets, 2644 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Canada has been using a “COR 786” symbol. This bakery is not under COR supervision. Corrective measures have been implemented.         COR, April 30, 2012.

My Choice Frozen Yogurt and Juice Store, 845 7th Avenue, New York, NY, printed brochures that display the OU symbol. This store is not certified by the Orthodox Union.          OU, April 24, 2012.

Richfield Shopping Center Cold Rush Frozen Yogurt, Clifton, NJ, had coupons printed which bear an unauthorized OU symbol. These coupons were distributed in the Passaic-Clifton area. The Orthodox Union does not certify Cold Rush and has no information about the kosher status of that store.             OU, April 19, 2012.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Sweet Perry Orchards Cashew Medley Fruit and Nuts Mix, Go Picnic, Chicago, IL is Missing the “D” dairy designation.             OU, May 11, 2012.

Fred’s Taco Seasoning Mix, Fred’s Inc., Memphis TN is missing “D” dairy designation.            OU, May 11, 2012.

Joy Cone Ice Cream Cones Fun Pack, bears only the Star-K parve symbol on the outside box. The box contains 5 individual varieties of cones, including a chocolate coated dairy cone. The Star-K dairy symbol pertaining to the chocolate coated cones was inadvertently left off the box. The individual products inside box is labeled correctly. Corrective action has been taken.       Star-K, May 8, 2012.

Christie Low Sodium Roasted Garlic Triscuit, is missing the “D” dairy designation.         OU, April 24, 2012.

Grissol Original Crispy Baguette, is missing the “D” dairy designation.    OU, April 19, 2012

Gourmet Nut Hot Cajun Mix; Oriental Nut Mix; Antioxidant Mix, were mistakenly labeled with the OK parve symbol, instead of OK-D on some packages. These products are dairy. Corrective action has been implemented. If you see these products please contact the OK office at 718-756-7500.          OK, April 9, 2012.

Other Alerts

Oreo Cookies, contain dairy ingredients in most varieties, with two notable exceptions. Original Oreo Sandwich Cookie and Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookie do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment. The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of the Oreo Original and Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present in these cookies. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (batel bishishim) and of no consequence. Therefore, Oreo Original and Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously. Manufacturer may choose, in the future, to reformulate these products and add dairy ingredients. Since these products already bear OUD symbols, formulation changes would not be reflected in the OUD logo. As such, we recommend that consumers check regularly with the OU office to confirm the status of these items.             OU, April 24, 2012.

Health Alerts

Taylor Farms Retail Organic Baby Spinach, has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications. The recalled items were distributed from Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. on May 9, 2012 and May 10, 2012. FDA, May 22, 2012.

HT Traders Sorbet: Lemon; Raspberry; Mango; Coconut and Orange, may contain undeclared milk protein. If you have a milk allergy or are concerned about the recalled product, please return the product to Harris Teeter for a full refund. For additional information regarding this recall, call Harris Teeter at 800-432-6111.FDA, May 22, 2012.

Caribeña Brand papayas, have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These papayas were packed in 35 lb. cartons marked with the brand “Caribeña” and “Product of Mexico” stamped on the side. The papayas are sold individually, and each one bears a label which states ~3112 Caribentilde; A Papaya Maradol Product Of Mexico www.grandeproduce.com disclaimer icon. The recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand cases were distributed in the Bronx, New York in wholesale stores and through retail stores from May 14th, 2012 to May 17th, 2012. Consumers who have these papayas are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.    FDA, May 17, 2012