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