Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Shoreline cherry concentrate, will not bear the STAR-K symbol and are no longer certified by the STAR-K. The 16 oz and 32 oz bottles already on shelves bearing the STAR-K symbol are certified by the STAR-K.           Star-K, December 19, 2012.

St. Regis Hotel, Mexico City, is no longer under KMD supervision starting December 17, 2012.   KMD Mexico, December 17, 2012.

The Baker Store, previously Mooz Brothers Gallo Manor, is no longer certified as halav Yisrael and is now certified as simply dairy. Specific bulk delivery orders for halav Yisrael(produced on dedicated equipment) are available and must bear the Beth Din logo with the words halav Yisrael.   Beth Din of Johannesburg, December 16, 2012.

Mislabeled

V Chocolates Milk Chocolate Caramel Apples, Salt Lake City, UT, are missing the “D” designation and bear the plain OU instead. The product is clearly dairy, as listed on the label. Corrective measures have been implemented.             OU on December 19, 2012.

Mobile Food Vendor (license #C4452), Broadway and 34th Street in Manhattan, NY, is displaying an unauthorized OK symbol. This vendor is not certified by OK Kosher and the food is not kosher. Corrective measures are being taken. OK Kosher, December 21, 2012.

Badia Dried Shrimp, Badia Spices Inc., Miami, FL, mistakenly bears the OU symbol. This product is not kosher. Corrective measures are being implemented.  OU, December 19, 2012.

Elite Gouda Cheese and Clover Gouda Cheese, erroneously bear the Beth Din logo. These products are not kosher certified. The company apologizes for the error and has taken steps to remove the logo from the packaging. The following Clover and Elite products are kosher certified only when bearing the Beth Din logo: Cheddar, Mature Cheddar, Tussers, Feta in Tubs.          Beth Din of Johannesburg, December 12, 2012.

WAM Airline meals, bear an unauthorized logo of Badatz Igud Rabbonim. These meals must be considered as having no kosher certification at all. Labels are being corrected.       Badatz Igud Rabbonim, December 13, 2012.

Crown Naturals Gummy Worms, sold by West End Deli, New York, NY, was mistakenly packed with the OK Kosher symbol.           OK Kosher Certification, December 14, 2012.

Roundy’s Chewy Granola Bars Variety pack, was labeled with the OK symbol, however, one of the flavors included is not certified by the OK. Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal raisin and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip are kosher, dairy and OK certified. S’mores is not certified and not kosher. Labels are being corrected.          OK Kosher Certification, December 12, 2012.

Winn Dixie Woven Wheat Crackers, mistakenly bears an OU-P symbol. This product is certified by the Orthodox Union as a kosher parve product. This product is not kosher for Passover. The mislabeled products are being withdrawn from the marketplace.       OU, December 5, 2012.

Sera Grape Molasses, Korhan Pazarlama Ve Dis Tic A.S. Istanbul, Turkey mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU. This particular Sera product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. It was distributed for sale in Europe. Corrective actions have been implemented.         OU, December 4, 2012.

La Bagett Bakery, is not under KMD supervision despite advertising themselves as having the KMD certification.             KMD Mexico, November 27, 2012. (translated by Mildred Seigel.)

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Walmart Bakery Pumpkin Pies, have been labeled with the Scroll K, erroneously omitting the dairy designation. This product is Scroll K Dairy certified. Corrective action is being taken.            Scroll-K (Vaad HaKashrus of Denver), December 23, 2012.

Planters Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds, was inadvertently labeled without a “dairy” designation on the COR logo but it does indicate milk in the product name. This product is dairy. Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling.           COR & MK, December 11, 2012.

Springfield Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, some bags were printed with a plain OU, without the D Dairy designation. The product contains milk derivatives and is certified as an OU-D Dairy product. The mislabeled products were sold primarily in Southern California and are being withdrawn from the marketplace.         OU, December 3, 2012.

Joe’s Tasty Travels Toasted Praline Buttery Almonds; Toasted Praline Buttery Peanuts; and Praline Deluxe Nut Mix, list butter and milk ingredients on the label’s ingredient panel. These products do not contain any dairy ingredients. These products are kosher and parve. Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling. There is a milk allergen statement on the packages since milk ingredients exist in the plant. This does not affect the kosher and parve status of the products.            COR, November 27, 2012.

Other Alerts

COR parve certified products, sometimes include the allergen statement: “may contain milk.” However, these products are still certified parve. The allergen statement is a government required warning when milk is processed at the same plant. However, in the reverse, when a product has a dairy certification, but no milk ingredients or allergen warnings are on the label, the product should be considered dairy, because flavorings can be dairy and still not be reflected on the allergen warning of the product.      COR Twitter feed, December 5, 2012.

Jolly Rancher, some varieties are kosher and made in a kosher facility but most varieties are not kosher. Sometimes the OU is on the bag of the package next to a kosher variety but that only covers that specific candy. Other candies in the assortment may not be kosher.  Atlanta Kashruth Commission, November 28, 2012.

Health Alerts

Udi’s Gluten Free Au Naturel Granola, is voluntarily being recalled because they may contain undeclared almonds. People who are allergic to almonds run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Products, in 12-ounce bags, were distributed through retail stores in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington beginning on or about September 24, 2012. Contact the company at 201-421-3970.        FDA, December 19, 2012.

Golden Boy In-shell Mixed Nuts and Compass In-Shell California Walnuts, are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product is sold in 1.36 kg (3 lb) mesh bags bearing UPC 0 4684 10948 0. Call Compass Food Sales at 905-713-0167..          CFIA, December 11, 2012.

Cake Decors Pastillage (gumpaste) Flowers, is being recalled because of the undeclared use of egg white wash as “glue” for the inner petals of flowers. Product has been distributed to Hobby Lobby Stores and by direct online sale through company website, www.cakedecors.com between March 2004 – November 2012. Contact 800-972-2935 or sugarflowersplus@gmail.comFDA, December 7, 2012.

Sunbird Snacks Yogurt Raisins, is being recalled because they may contain undeclared peanuts. The product, which comes in a 5 oz. clear bag with “EXP 0513 265” ink-stamped on the back of the package, was distributed nationwide in retail stores. Contact the company at 800-333-6393.  FDA, December 10, 2012.