Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Rimon Winery, has had their certification revoked as of February 14, 2012 due to kashrut violations.     OK Kosher; February 15, 2012.

Potato Salad; Coleslaw; Macaroni Salad and other fresh salads at Orval Kent; Sysco; US Foodservice; Walmart; and Sam’s Club, are no longer under the certification of the cRc. Any remaining products still bearing the cRc logo are kosher certified.           Chicago Rabbinical Council; February 10, 2012.

Edible Arrangements in Florida, 12661 S. Dixie Hwy in Miami is no longer certified by Kosher Dairy Miami effective immediately.     Kosher Dairy Miami, February 6, 2012.

Hopkins Hillel Smoker Center kosher foodservice program, 3109 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD, is no longer certified by the Star-K. It is now certified as kosher by the OU. The “Kosher Korner” foodservice stand, located in the student dining hall at Johns Hopkins University 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218, continues to be certified by the Star-K.            Star-K and OU, February 6, 2012.

The Butcherie, 428 Harvard St., Brookline, MA has recently decided to convert to a strictly Glatt Kosher operation. The KVH symbol is now on the Butcherie’s packaging. A mashgiah temidi is on premises and the Butcherie now meets the highest standards of kashrut and is approved by community rabbis. This applies only to the Butcherie in Brookline and not to any other operation at this time.             Rabbinical Council of New England, February 3, 2012.

Grab and Go Kosher Express, 1430 NE 163rd Street in North Miami Beach, has been sold, and is no longer under KDM supervision.      Kosher Miami, January 31, 2012.

Safa Restaurant, 451 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, NY is now under new management and certified by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Vaad of Queens, January 30, 2012.

Subway, the JCC in Rockville, MD, which until now, was under the double certification of the Capital K and Star-K, will now only be certified by the Capital K. Star-K, January 30, 2012.

Mislabeled

Bokomo Oatees Bars, bears an unauthorized Beth Din logo. These products are not kosher certified. Bokomo is taking steps to cover the logo on all packaging.            Beth Din of Johannesburg, February 7, 2012.

Agro Sun dried fruits and nuts products, bear an unauthorized Star-K. These products are sold in the New York/New Jersey area and are not certified by Star-K. Corrective measures are being taken.          Star-K, January 26, 2012.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Pink Snacks BBQ Potato Chips 10 oz., were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU rather than an OU-D on some bags. The product contains lactose (a dairy ingredient) but the dairy “D” designation was inadvertently omitted.       OU, February 8, 2012.

Tabatchnick New York Style Chicken Broth with Noodles and Vegetables Soup Singles, was inadvertently labeled as Kof-K pareve. The product is in fact certified as Kof-K meat.          Kof-K, February 3, 2012.

Smirnoff Triple Distilled Vodka 100 Proof 200ml and 375ml bottles, has been mislabeled as KSA Dairy. This product is in fact KSA Pareve.         KSA Kosher, February 2, 2012.

Other Alerts

Morrell of Woodbury, has been the subject of unfounded allegations of kashrut violations. The Vaad Hakashrus stands behind its certification of Morrell of Woodbury.Vaad of Flatbush on February 10, 2012.

Cheerios cereals, does not pose hadash problems because of the wheat starch in the ingredients. This new finding only applies to wheat starch and not other wheat ingredients. It also only applies to wheat starch in the different Cheerios cereals, not the wheat starch in other General Mills cereals. Those wheat ingredients are still being investigated. Pending further information, we continue to assume that these other wheat ingredients, including wheat starch in non-Cheerios cereals, may be hadash starting from a package date of Aug 22, 2012. In addition malt, when used, could be hadash after a package date of Dec 22, 2012. The recently revised package date for oats in Cheerios cereals remains March 7, 2012. Therefore, all Cheerios cereals that contains oats or oats plus wheat starch (but no other wheat ingredients, and no malt) have a hadash date of March 7, 2012. Note that Multigrain Cheerios, Fiber 1 and other wheat containing cereals may be hadash as of a package date of Aug 22, 2012.             Yoseph Herman, February 9, 2012.

Soft Wheat Kernels; Wheat Kernels and Wheat Berries, are possibly infested with pantry insects such as confused flour beetle and red flour beetle. Infestation has been found even in packages that contain kosher certification. It is recommended to check wheat kernels for beetle and beetle larvae infestation before they are consumed. Packages can be checked as follows: 1.Place a large sampling of kernels on a white surface 2.Slowly sift through the kernels checking for beetles, beetle larvae and holes inside kernels which would indicate infestation. 3. If no infestation is found proceed with the following: Place all the wheat kernels in a pot, Pour hot water (from the sink) over the kernels until the pot is almost full, Let the water settle for 30 seconds, Check the water carefully for beetles and beetle larvae , Check the whole pot, including the walls of the pot for infestation, If infestation is found, discard the entire bag and call our office with the following information: 1) Company Name 2) Product Name 3) How many bugs were found (send pictures if possible) 4) Lot number if found on the package.
Pantry insects can develop if grains are not stored in a cool place. As such, we are advising that dried goods not be stored next to ovens or heaters or in other areas that may be prone to infestation.         COR, February 2, 2012.

Starbucks Toasted Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Mix, is Kof-K – D certified, as indicated on the label, and contains kosher gelatin. Kof-K, January 26, 2012.

Health Alerts

Grape Tylenol Oral Suspension 1 oz, McNeil, is being recalled due to complaints of difficulty in using the dosing syringe. The recalled lot numbers are BIL0U00, BIL0V00, BIL3500, BJL2D00, BJL2E00, BJL2T00, BJL2U00 and the UPC code is 300450122308.           Tylenol and the FDA, February 17, 2012.

Michael Foods 10 and 25 lb. pails eggs packed in brine, may possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is a commercial product used in other products.    FDA, February 1, 2012.

Jelly Belly Christmas Deluxe Mix, is being recalled because it contains milk and wheat which are not declared on the label. The product of USA, is sold in a 9 oz (255 g) package bearing Best Before date Dec 01 2012. Contact the company at 800-646-9466.            CFIA, January 27, 2012.

Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes: Buttermilk Low Fat 12/14.5oz; Oatmeal; Buttermilk; Homestyle; Confetti Pancakes; and Whole Grain Pancakes 12/14.8oz, are being recalled because it may contain soy protein, an undeclared allergen. Affected product was packaged in cardboard cartons which were sold and distributed nationally, with a ‘Recommended Use By Date’ between November 1, 2011 up to and including October 16, 2012. Contact the Company at 1-888-299-7646.            CFIA, January 27, 2012.

Spring Hill Farm Dairy Market Basket water with a code date 1-20-12, is being voluntarily withdrawn from the market due to a taste/odor issue. There have been no illnesses or health issues associated with this withdrawal. Contact Spring Hill Farm Dairy at 800-445-6455.           Massachusetts Department of Food, January 27, 2012.