Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Pizza Mania, Hallandale, FL, is no longer certified by the OK Kosher Certification.                    OK Kosher Certification, May 11, 2010

Meals on Wheels, Benicor USA, is no longer certified by the OK and is now certified by the Star-K when bearing the Star-K logo.Star-K, May 7, 2010

Hamisada Restaurant, Tarzana CA, is no longer certified by the RCC in spite of the appearance of the RCC logo on their sign, menu, website or business cards. In RCC’s assessment the establishment must have a Mashgiah and they have not been able to maintain one.         Rabbinical Council of California, May 4, 2010

King David Bakery, 7751 Vleigh Place, Queens, NY, is no longer under VHQ supervision.       Vaad of Queens, May 2, 2010

Mislabeled

Jelly Belly Candies, have been displayed in some stores with the OK Kosher sign in them. The OK Kosher Certification does not certify Jelly Belly Candies. They are certified by the OU, when bearing OU.     OK Kosher Certification, May 5, 2010

Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Tea, is certified as Kof-K parve, even if missing the Kof-K logo. Future packaging will be corrected.         Kof-K, May 4, 2010

Annie’s Euro American Bakery, Longwood, FL is distributing bakery products bearing an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. This company and all their products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken.   OK, April 30, 2010

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Citavo 6470040 French vanilla artificially flavored ice coffee, Vitality, Ontario, Canada, is marked with a regular OU but the dairy ‘D’ designation has been omitted although it is a dairy product. The item has been discontinued.     OU, May 11, 2010

Kontos Ktaifi pastry dough, Knotos Foods, Inc, Paterson, NJ, is certified kosher, parve. The product was accidentally mislabeled as dairy. Labeling is being corrected.            OK, April 26, 2010

18 Rabbits Belle Bananas Foster granola bars, were incorrectly marked as C-K Pareve. In fact they are C-K DE, that is while there are no dairy ingredients, there is an ingredient produced on equipment that has dairy absorption. Future packaging is being corrected.    Igud HaKashrus of Los Angeles, April 22, 2010

Other Alerts

Liquor Companies in the United States, AKO Executive Committee has reason to believe that there are companies which may be owned in whole or part by Jews. There is concern that such companies may not have arranged for the sale of their hamess during Pesach. These companies primarily manufacture bourbon, cordials, and American whiskey, and also deal in a small amount of Scotch and vodka. Hamess-containing liquors owned, produced and/or aged by Jewish-owned companies over Pesach are forbidden as hamess she’avar alav haPesah. 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 kashrut agencies and consumers change their policies and only consume those alcoholic beverages which [are free of standard kosher concerns and] are known to (a) be produced by a non-Jewish company or a Jewish-owned company which arranged for the sale of their hamess, (b) not contain any hamess, including not having hamess secondary grains or malted barley (bourbon and cordials are examples of items that may have these forbidden items), and/or (c) were not aged over Pesach (e.g. vodka). A list of liquors can be found at: www.crcweb.org/Whisky%20Alert%20_May%202010_%20Final%20Version.pdf. For updated information or questions regarding this notification, please email AKO at liquor@akokosher.org.           Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO), May 6, 2010

Health Alerts

Caldwell Fresh Foods, –  Caldwell Fresh Foods, of Maywood, CA, is voluntarily recalling all

Alfalfa sprouts under the Caldwell Fresh Foods; Nature’s Choice; and California Exotics brands, are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The alfalfa sprouts were distributed to a variety of restaurants, delicatessens and retailers nationwide. Affected Caldwell Fresh Foods brand products were packed in 4-ounce plastic cups and one pound plastic bags, and 2-pound and 5 pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes. Nature’s Choice products affected were packaged in 4-ounce plastic cups. California Exotics brands products affected were packaged in 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers. Caldwell Fresh Foods alfalfa sprouts not affected by this recall will have a bright, round, green sticker affixed to the lids and labels. Consumers who are experiencing illness after consuming our sprouts should seek medical attention. Consumers that have purchased alfalfa sprouts manufactured by Caldwell Fresh Foods are urged to return them to the place of purchase for refund or dispose of them. Consumers with questions may contact Maurie Thomas at (323) 589-5008 from 4am to 4pm (PST) or (562) 858-1201 anytime 24 hours/day.          FDA, May 21, 2010