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Santa Barbara Company's Pistachio Pesto Bears Unauthorized OU - August 07, 2014
Santa Barbara Company's Pistachio Pesto (Santa Barbara Pistachio Company, Santa Barbara, CA) bears an unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product. Corrective measures have been implemented.

Stop & Shop Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps and Giant Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps Are Mislabeled - August 07, 2014
Stop & Shop Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps and Giant Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps (Foodhold USA LLC, Landover MD), "OU-D"-certified, contain dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some packaging was printed without the "D" designation. This product is sold in some Stop & Shop and Giant stores. Corrective measures have been implemented.

2014 Kosher Supervision Guide Now On Amazon.com - April 14, 2014
The 2014 Kosher Supervision Guide is now being sold in book form over Amazon.com. The popular Guide is not easily available in print in bookstores.Amazon.com produces books on demand in high quality book form. Future issues of Kashrus Magazine will also be made available online at Amazon.com.

Spices Gan Eden Cumi Bears Unauthorized Logo of Badatz of the Eida Hachareidis in Israel - February 25, 2014
Cumin Spice, imported by Spices Gan Eden (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), are being sold across Canada and elsewhere with the logo of the Badatz of the Eida Hachareisdis in Israel, as well as the words 'Kosher for Passover'. This is a forgery; the company does not bear Badatz certification throughout the year nor for Passover.

Setton Probiotic Yogurt Mix mislabeled OK pareve - February 20, 2014
Some packages of Setton Probiotic Yogurt Mix (Setton International Foods, Commack, NY) were mistakenly labeled “OK” and not “OK-D”. This product is dairy and has been withdrawn from the market.

Yogo Greek Yogurt Tuxedo Cakes bear unauthorized OU-D - February 20, 2014
Yogo Greek Yogurt Tuxedo Cakes (Metsovo Baking) bear an unauthorized “OU-D” and are not certified as kosher by the “OU”. This product was sold at Stop and Shop and Giant stores.

Mr. Omelette Caterers using unauthorized Star-K - February 20, 2014
Mr. Omelette Caterers (Baltimore/Washington area) had been advertising themselves as “Star-K”-certified. They are not and have never been “Star-K”-certified.

Lemonhead & Friends Conversation bears unauthorized UMK - February 20, 2014
Lemonhead & Friends Conversation (Ferrara Candy Co.) bears an unauthorized “UMK” symbol. This item is not certified by United Mehadrin Kosher (“UMK”, Rabbi Asher Zeilingold). Corrective action has been taken.

Antonio Mozzarella Factory Capicola Roll Mozzarella with Capicola Mistakenly Bears Tablet-K - December 27, 2013
Antonio Mozzarella Factory brand Capicola Roll Mozzarella with Capicola (Newark, NJ) mistakenly bears the logo of the “Tablet-K”. The product is not kosher as it contains pork.

Fairway Dates may need Teruma and Maaser separated - December 19, 2013
Fairway is now carrying Birha Fresh Dates and Delilah Dried Medjoul Dates, both imported from Israel. Neither have any indication that terumah and maaser were separated. The dried dates are sold loose. Discuss this matter with your rabbi.

Kosher Phone Wireless no longer Star-K certified - December 19, 2013
The “Star-K” no longer certifies the Kosher Phone distributed by Kosher Phone Wireless. Although the vast majority of users are still unable to access the internet, it is possible to obtain limited access through a complicated and costly procedure. Due to this potential limited internet access, the “Star-K” has decided to discontinue certification of these phones. For further details contact “Star-K”.

Kellogg All Bran Buds now "DE" - December 19, 2013
Due to a manufacturing change in a particular plant, Kellogg All Bran Buds produced in Canada will now be designated as “Dairy Equipment” (DE). All Bran Buds that currently carry the standard “COR” (pareve) symbol were produced before this change and remain pareve. Please also note that other Kellogg’s cereals are produced in a separate plant and are therefore not affected by this manufacturing change and remain pareve.

Gifford's Rainbow Sherbet Missing D designation - July 23, 2013
Gifford’s Rainbow Sherbet, Kaf-Q-Dairy-certified (Rabbi Arye Spero), mistakenly bears a plain Kaf-Q without a D designation. The product contains milk and whey as do all sherbets.

Insect Issue With Blueberries - July 21, 2013
Insect Inpection Lab has released a report on blueberries and issued a kashrus alert. Recent findings indicate the presence of scales, mites, thrips and maggots. These are being found on blueberries in the USA, Canada, South America and the EU. Of special concern is the maggot problem with frozen blueberries. New Jersey bluberries have a high incidence of scales. For further information, email kashruslab@gmail.com.

CHODOSH ALERT: Oats and Wheat In 2 Weeks - July 17, 2013
CHODOSH ALERT: Oats could be a problem of chodosh as early as the packing date of Jul 26 and on, wheat as early as Aug 9 and on. (Sources: A Guide To Chodosh and the US Department of Agriculture.)

2013 Kosher Travel Guide On Sale At Amazon.com - June 28, 2013
The 2013 KOSHER TRAVEL GUIDE from Kashrus Magazine is now on sale in book form at Amazon.com. (104 pages, 267 cities @ $15.95). You can buy it here in magazine form combined with the July issue of Kashrus Magazine for just $8.95.

Blue Diamond Lime and Chili Almonds Mislabeled - June 09, 2013
Some packages of Blue Diamond Lime and Chili Almonds (1 lb. bags produced by Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, CA) were mistakenly labeled with a plain OK kosher symbol instead of the OK-D. This product is dairy; the dairy ingredients are listed on the label. The product was withdrawn from the market.

Spice Classics Beef Flavor Bouillon & Chicken Flavor Bouillon Bear Unauthorized OU - June 09, 2013
Spice Classics Beef Flavor Bouillon & Chicken Flavor Bouillon (Han-Dee Pak Inc.) bear an unauthorized OU.

Tropicana Trop50 Juice Beverage-Pomegranate Blueberry Bears Unauthorized OK - June 09, 2013
Tropicana Trop50 Juice Beverage-Pomegranate Blueberry, a product of Canada which is being sold in the US, bears an unauthorized OK symbol. This product is not kosher.

Kirkland Signature brand Frozen Blueberries/Raspberries/Strawberries Require Inspection for Insects - March 21, 2013
Kirkland Signature brand Frozen Blueberries/Raspberries/Strawberries (sold at Costco stores), bears a “BCK” (The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia, Canada) and the Hebrew words: “zakuk l’bedikas tolaim” (meaning that the product must be checked for insects). The certification is for the processing agents. While the company checks for insects, this does not meet the halachic requirement and those who require checking on frozen berries will need to check these too. As the use of a Hebrew statement has lead to some confusion, the “BCK” has informed KASHRUS that in the future the product will bear an English statement, “Toloyim inspection required”.

Nutchok Chocolate Spreads (Batibio), Vigolo & Togolo bear unauthorized Pesach certification - March 20, 2013
According to an email correspondence with Rabbi Yitzchok Belinow of Milan Italy which we have seen, Nutchok Paste (chocolate spreads, produced for Batibio, certified by the Manchester Beth Din for during the year, but not for Pesach), and Vigolo and Togolo bonbons, bear an unauthorized claim to be certified for Pesach by Rabbi Belinow.

Chasalat Alei Katif Romaine Lettuce from Israel NEEDS TO BE CHECKED - March 20, 2013
The Star-K announced 3/21/13 that Chasalat Alei Katif Romaine Lettuce from Israel has thrips present similar to regular Romaine Lettuce heads purchased in the marketplace. They tested Chasalat Alei Katif” Romaine Lettuce from Israel and have found thrips to be present in similar quantity to regular Romaine Lettuce heads purchased in the marketplace. Consumers must properly clean and check them. see Star-K website for details or ask your rabbi. We have seen letters from three kashrus authorities which certify the product defending their standards. Unfortunately, despite all preparations and systems in place, no agency can guarantee any batch to be 100% insect free. KASHRUS advises following the Star-K recommendations this season. This does not reflect on the kashrus agencies who make extreme efforts to produce a bug-free product.

Donut House Sweet & Creamy Iced Coffee Mislabeled - March 07, 2013
Donut House Sweet & Creamy Regular Iced Coffee (Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Waterbury VT) certified "OU D", as it contains dairy ingredients. Some boxes labeled with an OU are missing the "D" Dairy designation. The individual cups, however, are labeled with an OU-D. Corrective actions have been implemented.

Rabbi Jacob Nasirov No Longer Gives Hashgachos - March 01, 2013
Rabbi Jacob Nasirov of Congregation Bet-El, Sephardic Center Of Jamaica Estates, Queens, NY no longer certifies any Product or establishment as kosher.

Roundy's Chewy Granola incorrectly labeled OK-D - February 06, 2013
Roundy’s Chewy Granola Bars Variety Pack has been incorrectly labeled “OK-D”. Each pack contains 4 flavors: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip are “OK-D” certified; S’mores is not certified and is not kosher. Labels are being corrected.

Sadaf Bread Crumbs bear unauthorized RCC - February 06, 2013
Sadaf brand Bread Crumbs were inadvertently labeled with an “RCC”. This product is NOT certified by the Rabbinical Council of California. A kashrus recall has been issued for this product by the company.

Simply Nature Organic Spinach bears unauthorized Star-K - February 06, 2013
Simply Nature Organic Spinach and Spring Mix being sold at Aldi stores bears an unauthorized “Star-K”. This product is NOT certified by “Star-K” and must be checked prior to use. Corrective action is being taken.

Feridies Honey Cheddar 6 o' Clock Crunch Unauthorized OU - January 07, 2013
A limited number of Feridies Honey Cheddar 6 o' Clock Crunch snack mix (Peanut Patch dba Feridies) were packed in containers with an unauthorized OU symbol. This Honey Cheddar product is not certified by the Orthodox Union and corrective measures were implemented.

Navip Slivovitz Plum Brandy Unauthorized - January 02, 2013
Navip Slivovitz Plum Brandy is being sold with the Hebrew inscription of the Chief Rabbi of Yugoslavia, Rabbi Cadik Dadon who is deceased. Niche Import Co (Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 (973) 993-8450) is using a kosher certificate dating back to 1999 when the rabbi was living. The product is NOT kosher-certified.

Heinz Ketchup made in Australia, New Zealand, and Netherlands - August 31, 2012
Heinz Ketchup (500ml) made in the Netherlands is certified kosher-pareve by the Manchester Beth Din. Heinz Ketchup (500ml & 1lt) made in New Zealand contains a substantial percentage of a dairy-derived ingredient. Heinz Organic Ketchup made in Australia is certified kosher-pareve by Kosher Australia. Heinz Tomato Soup made in New Zealand (regular & reduced salt) is approved by, but not certified by, the Kashrut Authority (NSW). The product is not kosher-certified at this time. Consumers should check packaging for the country of origin and kosher certification.

Smarties 3 Feet O'Fun Bears Unauthorized OU - August 03, 2012
Smarties 3 Feet O'Fun (Stichler Products Inc., Reading, PA), bears an unauthorized “OU”. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures have been implemented.

Atlanta Bread Chocolate Brownie Bites Are Mislabeled - August 03, 2012
Atlanta Bread Chocolate Brownie Bites (9.6 oz., Bake One, Smyrna, GA), OU-D-certified, contains dairy components, as indicated on the label. Some packages (primarily sold at WalMart stores) were mistakenly printed with a plain OU, without the D designation. Corrective measures have been implemented.

Healthy Pac Frozen Broccoli Florets, Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn and Peas bear Unauthorized “OK” - July 06, 2012
Healthy Pac Corp. (Mount Plains, NJ) Frozen Broccoli Florets, Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn and Peas bear an unauthorized “OK” symbol. These products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective action is being taken.

Nature Valley Dark Chocolate and Nut Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars bear Unauthorized “OU” - July 06, 2012
Some packages of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate and Nut Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars (General Mills, Minneapolis, MN) bear an unauthorized “OU” on them. They are not “OU”-certified. Corrective measures have been implemented.

Two For The Road Scotch Mints Bears Unauthorized COR - June 20, 2012
David Roberts Food Corp. Two For The Road  Scotch Mints (80 g packets) bears an unauthorized COR 564. This product is not kosher. Corrective measures have been taken.  Product has been recalled by the manufacturer.

Shechita Officially Permitted in the Netherlands - June 05, 2012

Today, June 5, the NIK – Organisation of Jewish Communities in The Netherlands signed a historic covenant with the Dutch government to ensure the continued and undisturbed execution of Shechita. The NIK is the only Jewish body in the country which is permitted to perform shechita. The signing of this covenant ends a process that can be described as a long battle, intense fighting for human rights, and for many within the Jewish community it has also been determined emotionally.

NIK-President Mr Jacob Hartog said, “We have always fought against the perception that the Jewish community did not care about animal welfare. This agreement is further proof that this criticism on the part of the authors of the bill that demanded a stop to Shechita violates the truth.”

Almost a year ago, on June 16, 2011, the NIK offered to set up a voluntary agreement. The under minister has picked up this invitation and on December, 13, 2011 in the Senate announced – also on his part – that he intended to set up a covenant. The agreement now established, attempts to ensure that a balance is created between the continuation of the slaughter according to religious rites, based on the traditionally strongly in Dutch society rooted freedom of religion, and conditions for the treatment of the animal before and during slaughter.

NIK Secretary-General Ruben Vis said, “We are convinced that our method which is based on religious foundation can continue with this agreement in good harmony with a Dutch government which accommodates the performance of religious rites, which the Jews since their arrival in the Netherlands now about 400 years ago, have always executed freely.”

Mr Hartog added, “With this covenant the support for the slaughter according to religious rites, is to be considered as restored.”

Underground Coffee Company using "OU" lookalike logo - May 30, 2012
Underground Coffee Company (Christchurch, New Zealand) has been using an “OU” lookalike logo on its products which it registered in New Zealand. The “OU” issued a legal challenge in 2009. The matter has not been settled as yet.

 

Saratoga Chips Seasonings bears unauthorized "OK" - May 30, 2012
Saratoga Chips For Goodness Shakes Seasonings (Saratoga Specialties Company, Saratoga Springs, NY) bears an unauthorized “OK” symbol on the label.

My Choice Frozen Yogurt and Juice not certified by the "OU" - May 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.

Uncle Ben's Rice bears unauthorized "OU" - May 30, 2012
Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain and Wild Rice: Mushroom Recipe (Mars Food US LLC, Rancho Domingues, CA) mistakenly bears an “OU” symbol and contains a spice packet that is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures were implemented.

Giant and Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Supervalu TREIF Scandal - April 27, 2012

Wrapped shank bones for the Seder, with no kosher markings, were made available in some supermarkets. Giant and Stop & Shop offered these bones free of charge. They were displayed in the kosher meat case. These bones were NOT kosher. Consumers who cooked or broiled these bones should consult their local Rabbi regarding the kosher status of their stoves or utensils. Giant and Stop & Shop’s intentions were to service their valued Kosher consumer. They regret any confusion they have inadvertently caused.

A KASHRUS Magazine reader contacted us to inform that he has seen this as well at ShopRite and Supervalu stores. The Bottom line is that meat products not bearing a kosher claim and certification are to be deemd treif, wherever they are found in a store. 

Ben-David Winery (Israel) Using Unauthorized "OK" - March 12, 2012
Ben-David Winery, based in Moshav Sdei Eliezer, was found to be using the “OK” symbol on bottles of Merlot 2008 (a dry red wine) without authorization. The label states “OK-P” (Kosher for Passover), but, in actuality, the wine has a regular non-mehadrin supervision and is the product of heter mechira grapes. 

Dole Fruit Salad with Extra Cherries bears unauthorized "Half-Moon-K" - March 12, 2012
Dole Fruit Salad with Extra Cherries (Salade De Fruit Avec Plus de Cerises), a product of Dole Foods of Canada, Markham, Ontario, Canada), bears an unauthorized “Half Moon-K”, a symbol owned and administered by the “OU”. This product, distributed in Canada, contains carmine, as indicated in the ingredient panel. The Orthodox Union does not certify products that contain carmine, and the “Half-Moon-K” symbol is unauthorized. Corrective measures have been taken.

R.S.V.P. Brand Hors D' Oeuvres Assortment bears unauthorized "OK" - February 13, 2012
R.S.V.P. Brand Hors D' Oeuvres Assortment and other products manufactured by Perfection Foods, Philadelphia, PA, bear unauthorized “OK” symbols on the labels. These products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification and are not kosher. Corrective measures are being taken.

Some Officer Smoked Cod Liver sold outside Israel bear unauthorized hechsher - February 13, 2012
Officer brand Smoked Cod Liver in Olive Oil (4.26 oz. can; bar code 57300443), produced by Bornholm in Denmark and distributed by Nautilus Food, Sa from France, is sold bearing the claim to be certified “Kosher-For-Passover” by Rabbi Dov Lexner, Chief Rabbi of Copenhagen and to have the ishur of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, which they do. However, some cans of this product being sold outside Israel, even when bearing Rabbi Lexner’s symbol, are from batches that were unauthorized.

Hansen's Beverage juices bear unauthorized "Heart-K" - February 13, 2012
The following Hansen’s Beverage juices (64 oz.) bear an unauthorized “Heart-K” logo: Apple Strawberry, Apple Grape, Cranberry, Cranberry Apple, Grape and White Grape. They are not kosher. Corrective action is being taken. For refunds contact Hansen’s Customer Service at 1-800-HANSENS, or email:  info@hansens.com

Agro Sun Dried Fruits and Nuts bears unauthorized "Star-K" - February 13, 2012

Agro Sun brand Dried Fruits and Nuts products, sold in the New York and New Jersey area, again bears an unauthorized “Star-K.” These products are not certified by the “Star-K”. Corrective measures are being taken. In 2008, we first reported here that Agro Sun was using an unauthorized “Star-K” on all their products. They had first applied to the “Star-K” in 2004 for certification. It was not granted, yet the company has been using the “Star-K”. 

Wei Chuan Sesame Chili Oil Bears Unauthorized OU - January 24, 2012
Wei Chuan Sesame Chili Oil (Wei Chuan USA Inc.- Bell Gardens, CA) bears an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product. Corrective measures are being implemented.

Tabatchnick Soup is Meat, Mislabeled as Pareve - January 02, 2012
Tabatchnick Soup Singles New York Style Chicken Broth With Noodles And Vegetables (Tabatchnick Fine Foods, Somerset, NJ) was mistakenly labeled as “KOF-K-Pareve”. The product is in fact certified as “KOF-K-Meat”. Labeling is being corrected by Tabatchnick. If your utensils have been affected, contact Rabbi Szachtel at the “KOF-K” (201-837-0500, ext. 139).

Go Bananas and Cherish My Chocolate Contain Dairy Ingredients, Mislabeled as Pareve - January 02, 2012
Go Bananas Mix Bag and Cherish My Chocolate Mix Bag (Bready North America - Columbia, MO), “OU-D”-certified, contain dairy ingredients, as indicated on the ingredient panel, but are mistakenly labeled with a plain “OU”, not an “OU-D”. Corrective measures are being implemented.

Van Dierman Masterbakers bears unauthorized "OK" - January 02, 2012
Van Dierman Masterbakers (The Netherlands) advertises their baked goods as being certified by OK Kosher Certification. OK Kosher Certification does not certify any Van Dierman Masterbakers products. Corrective measures are being taken.

Olive Oil Products in Israel - January 02, 2012
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has a file of 60 labels of olive oil products that have been mislabeled over the past few years, making false use of kashrus agency logos. The complete list is available at http://upload.kipa.co.il/media-upload/kashrot/6913776-11302011.PDF.

Donuts in 7 Eleven Certified by Non-Orthodox Rabbi - January 02, 2012
The donuts sold in 7 Eleven stores throughout the Tri-state area (NY/NJ/CT) are certified by a non-Orthodox rabbi whose kosher letter appears in the stores.

A small amount of Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Weight Control Oatmeal OU-Certified is Missing the D - December 08, 2011
A small amount of Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Weight Control Instant Oatmeal in Cinnamon and Banana Bread flavors (Quaker Foods & Snacks - Chicago IL), "OU-D"-certified, mistakenly labeled with an "OU" symbol without the “D”.  This product is dairy and corrective measures were implemented.

White Toque Authentic French Blinis bear Unauthorized OU. - December 02, 2011
White Toque Authentic French Blinis bear an unauthorized OU, are not certified by the Orthodox Union, and do contain dairy ingredients. These were sold in Costco stores in California. The product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.

Beech Nut Whole Wheat Pasta Parmesan bears Unauthorized OU - December 02, 2011
Beech Nut Whole Wheat Pasta Parmesan (Beech Nut Nutrition Corp - Amsterdam, NY) bears an unauthorized OU-D symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective action is being implemented.

Pfeil & Holing Sixlets Pearl Bright Pink & Sixlets Navy Blue Mislabeled - December 02, 2011

A limited quantity of Pfeil & Holing Sixlets Pearl Bright Pink & Sixlets Navy Blue (an industrial bakery product of Pfeil & Holing - CakeDeco.com), OU-D-certified, was mistakenly labeled with a plain OU symbol.

Miss Leone's Products bear unauthorized "OU" - September 21, 2011
All Miss Leone's Products, including Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Olives (Leonard Mountain Inc. - Bixbi, OK) bear an unauthorized “OU”. Miss Leone's products are not certified by the Orthodox Union, some have an unauthorized “OU” symbol and contain non kosher ingredients. Corrective measures are being implemented.

Shechitas Bais Yosef written on pork - September 21, 2011
Shechitas Bais Yosef was written in Hebrew letters on pork and other non-kosher meats being sold at the Associated Supermarket in Sunnyside, NY. The store explained that this was a mistake because of  use of a second hand labeling machine which had been used by a kosher store.

Tenderchick Chickens not Kosher for Passover - September 21, 2011
Tenderchick chickens (a product of South Africa), certified by the Beth Din South Africa,  bear Pesach clips attached to their wings. These chickens have just been produced, but due to supplier shortages these clips were used. These chickens are not Kosher for Passover. 

The Bakery of New York is no longer Pas Yisroel. - July 17, 2011
The Bakery of New York (All Natural Products, LLC., 43-56 10th St, Long Island City, NY), OK-certified, is no longer certified as Pas Yisroel. The products remains certified kosher and pareve when bearing the OK symbol on the packaging.

Beanitos Pinto Bean & Flax with Cheddar Cheese Dips Mislabeled KOF-K Pareve - July 17, 2011
Beanitos Pinto Bean & Flax with Cheddar Cheese Dips is KOF-K-Dairy, but was mistakenly labeled as KOF-K-Pareve. Corrective measures are being taken.

Vegetable Inspection Training Program August 11 - July 17, 2011
KASHRUS Magazine offers regular vegetable inspection training programs for men at the Pos’tiv Produce plant. The next program will be on August 11. If there is an overflow, there will be a trip on August 18. Call 718-336-8544 to reserve a space. Transportation from Brooklyn and from Lakewood is available for $10. There are no other charges.

 

There Is No 7 Eleven Kosher Supervsion - June 20, 2011
The Star-K announced that the new 7-Eleven on Reisterstown Road at Naylors Lane next to Office Depot in Baltimore has purchased a hotdog maker and is grilling hot dogs under the”7-Eleven supervision.” Last Friday many people purchased hotdogs assuming they are kosher. This was definitely not in any way approved of by the Star-K. Rabbi Moshe Heinemann has issued a letter to that effect.

Shechita USA Launces: www.shechitausa.wordpress.com, - May 16, 2011
Shechita USA is dedicated to helping all Jews continue to enjoy unadulterated shechita whereever they may live.See our blog at www.shechitausa.wordpress.com. Then contact us at shechitausa@gmail.com to learn how you can help.

Aicha White Truffles Champignons Terfess may bear unauthorized OU-P - April 12, 2011
Aicha White Truffles Champignons  Terfess (Les Conserves de Meknes) is OU-P certified only on the following conditions: the letters “DA” and “RDSL” are part of the ink-jet code that appears on the top of the can.  If the letters “DA” and “RDSL” are not included in the code, the product is not certified by the Orthodox Union despite bearing an OU-P.  If consumers notice cans of this product that do not have the letters “DA” and “RDSL”, please contact 718-336-8544.

Help Fight Threat to Shechita In Europe - April 05, 2011

Dear Kashrus Magazine Reader:
There is a continuing threat to kosher meat as a result of prospective European legislation. A new attempt is being made to introduce amendments to a food labelling bill which will single out meat from shechita for special attention in such a way as to seriously jeopardise the availability of kosher meat. This matter is urgent, as the proposed amendments come before a committee on April 11th - just one week from today. I urge you to visit www.shechitauk.org where you will find all the information and resources necessary to register your objection to these proposals. As was the case recently, it is only through individuals affected by this issue expressing their concerns that MEPs can be made aware of the strength of feeling opposing attacks on shechita and the kosher consumer. Just a few minutes of your time to send a letter or email can make a huge difference to the whole Jewish community. ease do visit on www.shechitauk.org now.

Simon Hochhauser, President , United Synagogue, UK

Aqua Farms Premium Atlantic Salmon - April 01, 2011
Aqua Farms Premium Atlantic  Salmon (Good Food S.A – Santiago, Chile) is OU-certified. The OU Passover Directory mistakenly listed this as acceptable for Passover without special certification. The salmon is acceptable for Passover, but the enclosed salmon seasoning packet contains kitniyos and shouldn’t be used on Passover.

New Hope - Ultimate Hot Chocolate Bears only an OU not an OU-D - March 31, 2011
New Hope - Ultimate Hot Chocolate (New Hope Mills Mfg. Inc, Auburn NY) bears only an OU and not an OU-D. It contains a component made on dairy equipment. This error is being corrected.

King Star Foods Chicken Flavor Soup and Onion Soup Bear Unauthorized OU-P - March 24, 2011
King Star Foods Chicken Flavor Soup and Onion Soup (Tavlinei Shemesh, Israel) bear an unauthorized OU-P sticker.  These products are not certified for Passover by the Orthodox Union.  They are being recalled from the market place.

Yoyo Mania Bubble Gum Nuggets Bears Unauthorized OU - March 23, 2011
Yoyo Mania Bubble Gum Nuggets (Kidsmania Inc. - Santa Fe Springs, CA) bears an unauthorized OU on the outer box.  It is not certified by the OU and the company is withdrawing this product for relabeling.

New "OU" Sardine Alert - March 21, 2011

The Orthodox Union strongly recommends that kosher consumers refrain from consuming sardines packed in Poland, Scotland, Norway or Portugal at this time, while they continue to research this serious concern. The following products currently appear to be free from all concern: 1. All skinless and boneless sardine products, regardless of country of origin, 2. Product of Morocco, 3. Product of Philippines, 4. Product of Thailand. The Orthodox Union continues to research the issue, and will advise upon the completion of our research.

Star-K Sardine Alert - March 21, 2011

Due to worm infestation, the Star-K does not recommend whole sardines from Portugal, Norway, Scotland and Poland, even when bearing kosher certification. The skinless, boneless variety have not been found to have worms and are acceptable with reliable kosher certification. Whole sardines from Morocco and Philippines do not have an infestation problem.

Bugles Originals No Longer OU-Certified - March 01, 2011
Bugles Originals No Longer OU-Certified
General Mills has discontinued OU-D kosher certification from all retail and foodservice sizes of Bugles Original products due to operational changes at the production sites. The OU-D symbol has been removed from packaging. Consumers are likely to see some Bugles Original packages with the OU-D symbol and some without as the transition occurs.

Weight Watchers Cappuccino Cream Melts Bears Unauthorized Star-K - March 01, 2011
Weight Watchers Cappuccino Cream Melts bears an unauthorized Star-K
Weight Watchers Cappuccino Cream Melts bears an unauthorized Star-K and are presently not certified. Weight Watchers Blackberry, Cherry and Strawberry Fruities are kosher pareve and certified by the Star K, when bearing the Star-K logo.
 

All Gold Tomato Juice Is Kosher Without Symbol - March 01, 2011

All Gold Tomato Juice, a product of South Africa,  in both cans and tetra packs, is kosher-certified by hte Beth Din of South Africa, with or without the Beth Din logo. 

All Gold Tomato Juice Is Kosher Without Symbol - March 01, 2011

All Gold Tomato Juice, a product of South Africa,  in both cans and tetra packs, is kosher-certified by hte Beth Din of South Africa, with or without the Beth Din logo. 

Splenda Flavors for Coffee - Mocha mislabeled "OU-Pareve" - February 28, 2011
Splenda  Flavors for Coffee - Mocha (McNeil  Nutritionals, Fort Washington, PA) erroneously bears the “OU-Pareve” symbol although it contains a dairy ingredient. All future cartons will be printed with the correct “OU-D” designation.

Emily’s Edibles Cookies & Pastries bear unauthorized “Star-D” - February 28, 2011
Emily’s Edibles Cookies & Pastries bear an unauthorized “Star-D”. These products are not “Star-D” kosher-certified. Corrective action is being taken.

Monte Verde Grape Seed Oil bears unauthorized "OU" - February 28, 2011
Monte Verde Grape Seed Oil (Cona LLC, Hillside, NJ), a product of Italy, bears an unauthorized “OU”.

UPDATED SARDINE ALERT - February 17, 2011

The Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush has been researching Anisakis infestation in the stomachs of sardines from several countries.
At a gathering of rabbis in Boro Park on Tuesday night, numerous cans of sardines from Portugal and Scotland were inspected by many rabbis and kashrus experts. The sardines from Portugal were observed to be infested with Anisakis worms in the internal organs and abdominal cavity, as previously confirmed. Additionally, the sardines from Scotland were found to be infested. It is the opinion of the Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush that the necessary cleaning process is too complicated for laymen to attempt and, therefore, sardines from Portugal and Scotland should not be used.
The majority of sardines available on the kosher market are from Morocco. The sardines from Morocco that are sold in the U.S.A. have been tested and found to be free of Anisakis infestation. The consumer can find the country of origin printed on the packaging.

New Zealand Jewry Needs Our Help - November 25, 2010
New Zealand Jewry Needs Our Help. The courts of New Zealand are deciding whether to ban kosher slaughter. The cost of importing will be prohibitive. New Zealand Jews will need to give up meat and chicken completely. But we can help. Send your donations to: New Zealand Shechita Appeal, Account No. 01-0297-0024-731-27; Bank: ANZ Bank (New Zealand); Swift Code: ANZBNZ22. Reference your last name and first initial or organization name.

The Cheddar Cheese Packets in Wacky Mac Macaroni Are Mislabeled - November 24, 2010
Wacky Mac Macaroni and Cheese is “OU-D”-certified, cholov stam, not cholov yisroel. The cheddar cheese packets inside the box, until July, stated “Star-K-D”. The Star-K was in error. The packets should have stated “Star-D”, the symbol used by “Star-K” for cholov stam products. “Star-K-D” is reserved for cholov yisroel dairy products. New packets state “Star-D”. Those packets still bearing “Star-K-D” are dairy, not cholov yisroel. As yet, KASHRUS does not know which company makes the packets so consumers seeking cholov yisroel should be on guard when purchasing products containing such cheddar cheese packets bearing a “Star-K-D” unless it has been corroborated that they are indeed cholov yisroel.

Brunswick and Beach Cliff Sardines Update - November 22, 2010
A number of consumers reported finding krill in Brunswick® and Beach Cliff® brand sardines. Krill is normally digested prior to processing and should not be found in a finished product, even one which contains the stomach. This year, many factors (e.g., size of fish, warmer water temperatures, methods of fishing, etc.) combined to create a very unusual fishing year and an increase in sardines containing krill in their stomachs. The manufacturer emphatically confirms this issue is not one of quality, species substitution or adulteration of any sort, rather an unexpected and previously unforeseen occurrence, which now requires our attention. The manufacturer is implementing a new fish inspection processes to ensure that future productions of Brunswick® sardines do not contain whole krill.  Also, the OU label will be removed from the Beach Cliff® brand so that fish that may contain whole krill can continue to be utilized and sold to consumers without dietary restrictions. The manufacturer is offering coupons for replacement product to consumers who purchased Brunswick® or Beach Cliff® sardines containing krill with the following Best By dates: Brunswick® Oil Products with Best By codes between June 2015 and November 2015. Brunswick® Water and Sauce Packs with Best By codes between June 2013 and November 2013.  Beach Cliff® Products with any Best By code starting June 2013 and thereafter that bears an OU code on the label. To receive your coupons, simply send your name, address and description of product to Brunswick Refund, P.O. Box 23220, San Diego, CA 92193.

Wellness Pro Is No Longer Star-K Certified - November 22, 2010
 Wellness Pro (Encino,CA) producers of nutritional shakes and supplements including Balanced Nutrition-Meal Replacement for Men and for Women and Block 'n Burn is no longer Star-K or Star-D certified.

J & J Fruit Bars Mislabeled - November 03, 2010
 J & J Snack Foods Whole Fruit Fruit Bars—Coconut Flavor (Pennsauken, NJ) were mislabeled “KOF-K-Pareve”. The product is dairy. Corrective measures are being taken.

Crustaceans Found in Sardines - November 03, 2010
 A consumer found krill, a small crustacean, in some cans of “OU”-certified Brunswick Sardines in Olive Oil. Bumble Bee said that  only 20 incidences of spotting krill have occurred in over 20 million cans. Contact KASHRUS at 1-718-336-8544 if you think you have spotted krill.

Plains Dairy French Onion Dip Unauthorized Scroll-K - August 28, 2010
Plains Dairy French Onion Dip mistakenly bears a Scroll-K symbol. This product is not kosher certified and should not be used. This error is being corrected.

Swiss Mix Is OU-D, The D is Missing - August 16, 2010
Swiss Mix (Suntree  LLC, Orosi, CA), "OU-D"-certified, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Packaging is being revised.

 

Golden Grilled Eggplant Bears Unauthorized OU` - August 16, 2010
Golden Grilled Eggplant (Golden Foods, Bensenville, IL) mistakenly bears an unauthorized "OU" symbol and is not kosher-certified. Corrective measures are being taken.

Fresh and Easy Rocky Road Ice Cream Has Unauthoirized OU - August 08, 2010
Fresh and Easy Rocky Road Ice Cream (Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market) mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not kosher. The product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.

Gan Eden Wine is Being Counterfeited - July 21, 2010

Gan Eden 2000 Cabernet when bearing a label stating "Mevushel" is a counterfeit and bears an unauthorized "OU". Also, if you find Gan Eden Chardonnay that is claimed to be mevushal, that too is counterfeit. Please contact Kashrus Magazine at 718-336-8544 if you find these products.

 

Seaweed Infested With Sea Horses - July 21, 2010

Seaweed can be infested with tiny sea horses. Only seaweed with numbered “RCC” label  or “United Kosher Food” label is supervised by the “RCC”. The appearance of “RCC” on any other packaging or label, is inadvertent or fraudulent. 

Seafoods Mislabeled with Beth Din of South Africa logo - July 21, 2010

Woolworths  calamari, prawns and possibly other seafoods have erroneously been labeled with a Beth Din of South Africa logo. These product are  not kosher and Woolworths have removed them from their stores.

Aldi Grandessa Signature Chocolate Covered Fruit Bars Mislabeled Plain OU - July 21, 2010

 Aldi Grandessa Signature Chocolate Covered Fruit Bars contain dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation “D” has been inadvertently omitted; only a plain “OU” is on the product. Corrective action is being taken.

 

Romeo and Juliet Chocolates Bear Unauthorized OU - November 06, 2009
Romeo and Juliet Chocolates (imported by S & A Fazer International, Brooklyn, NY 11204) bearing a manufacture date of 1/01/09 bears an  unauthorized OU. The product is not OU-certified. The distribution company has closed. There is no indication of in which country it was produced. The OU was added on after the label was produced. The product contains milk and whey powders. Anyone spotting this product for sale is urged to call KASHRUS Magazine at 718-336-8544.

Bazzini Assorted Swedish Fish Bear Unauthorized "OU" - September 14, 2009
Bazzini Assorted Swedish Fish (A.L. Bazzini Co., Bronx, NY) bear an unauthorized "OU" symbol and are being withdrawn from the marketplace.

Many Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Packs Are Mislableled Plain "OU" - September 10, 2009

Richfood Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, Jewel Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, Shaw’s Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, Flavorite Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, Shop ‘N Save Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, Acme Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, Cub Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, and Albertsons Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack (Supervalu Chanhassen, MN), "OU-D"-certified, contain dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel, but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

 

Olive Hearth-Baked Bread made by Essential Baking Bears Unauthorized Seattle K - September 09, 2009
Olive Hearth-Baked Bread made by Essential Baking is not certified by the Seattle Va'ad EVEN WHEN BEARING THE VA'AD SYMBOL until further notice.

Smart Beat Fat Free Non-Dairy Slices Are OU-D - August 20, 2009
Smart Beat Fat Free Non-Dairy Slices are properly labeled as OU-D because the product contains casein. These slices are being promoted as lactose-free although they contains casein (which is dairy) because lactose and casein are different components of milk. (Altogether there are 32 components of milk.)

Eastsun IQF Broccoli and IQF Cauliflower Bears Unauthorized OU - August 20, 2009
Eastsun IQF Broccoli and IQF Cauliflower bear an unauthorized OU symbol and fraudulently appeared on a letter of certification. 

Royal Candy Company Soft Candies Unauthorized - August 18, 2009
Royal Candy Company (Brooklyn, NY) has been distributing tootsie roll midgies, vanilla caramels and other soft candies with an unauthorized OK symbol. Only hard candies by that company are OK-certified. Corrective measures are being taken.

Infestation Found in Alei Katif - California - August 10, 2009

Alei Katif vegetables grown in California were found on August 9th to be infested and the two kosher-certifying agencies — KAJ and New Square Kashrus — have removed their hashgacha from the California-grown Alei Katif until such time as the system can be corrected. Alei Katif products from Israel are not affected by this notice. Follow the instructions on each bag before use.

Ugiyot Chatzi Metzupah B'Taam Chocolad - Chocolate Flavored Coated Cookies - July 24, 2009
Ugiyot Chatzi Metzupah B'Taam Chocolad - Chocolate Flavored Coated Cookies (produced by Achim Papouchado — Bros & Sons Papaouchado — 12 Hagavish Street, Industrial District, Holon) have the certification of the Rabbinate of Holon (Lefi  psak maran harishon l'tzion, Rav Ovadya Yosef) and bearing the statement: OU-Pareve-Kosher For Passover According to Ashkenazic practice, all egg matza..... The Kosher For Passover statement is connected to the OU and there is a separate Hebrew Passover claim with the Rabbinate's logo. Ingredients list WHEAT FLOUR; in Hebrew it says Kemach Chita L'Pesach. The OU has informed the company to change their wording on new packaging. Shoppers spotting this product for sale are urged to contact KASHRUS at 718 336 8544.

Yoni Toem Olam brand Jerusalem Mix- Meurav Yerushalmi Mislabeled OU-P - July 24, 2009
Yoni Toem Olam brand Jerusalem Mix- Meurav Yerushalmi (produced by Neptune Food Products, Beer Sheva, imported by DH & S Israeli Import Co, 633 Beriman, Brooklyn NY 11208) has the hashgacha of the Beer Sheva Rabbinate and the Beth Din of Bet Yosef (Rabbi Ovadya Yosef). It is Pesach-certified Lochlei kitniyot bilvad. The product also erroneously bears an OU-P. Corn starch and monosodium glutamate are listed among the ingredients. We  have found this product bearing a Best used by date of August 30, 2009. The company also made other products in 2008 which bear an OU-Kosher For Passover designation but contain kitniyos. In the 2009 production, the kitniyos products do not bear an OU. Anyone finding these products for sale now or this product bearing an OU-P”and a different Best used by date is urged to call KASHRUS at 1-718-336-8544. 

Naturally Delicious Café bears Unauthorized OU on Menu - July 16, 2009
Naturally Delicious Café (Forest Hills, NY)  bears an OU symbol on the menu. This establishment is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective action is being taken.

Bubble King Gum In Brooklyn Vending Machines - July 14, 2009
Bubble King Bubble Gum is produced both kosher (OU-certified) and non-kosher. Recently, an Israeli man has placed vending machines throughout Boro Park and Flatbush selling, among the items, Bubble King Bubble Gum and he placed a copy of the Udvari Rav’s name, Rabbi Shmuel Krausz, and his kosher symbol on the machines. Rabbi Krausz does not certify any Bubble King Gum nor the ingredients used in making the gum and certainly not the vending machines. Consumers spotting vending machines dispensing Bubble King Bubble Gum with Rabbi Krausz’s name and logo should contact KASHRUS Magazine at 718-336-8544 or New York State Kosher law Enforcement at 718-722-2852.

Mira brand Soup Packets and Bouillon Cubes - July 12, 2009
Mira brand Soup Packets and Bouillon Cubes (produced by Golden Bird Food Industry, Amman, Jordan, distributed by Sierra Network, Inc.) bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. These products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification.

Foodtown Rice Cakes- Caramel Made with Whole Grain Is OU-D - June 14, 2009
Foodtown Rice Cakes- Caramel Made with Whole Grain (Foodtown, Inc. - Avenel, NJ), OU-D-certified, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised. 

 

Snapple Summer Peach Bears Unauthorized OK - June 12, 2009
A limited quantity of Snapple Summer Peach (Snapple Beverage Corp.) was inadvertently labeled OK Pareve. This product is NOT KOSHER. Labels are being corrected.

Veronica Bianca Danish Style Butter Cookies Have Unauthorized OU - June 10, 2009
Veronica Bianca Danish Style Butter Cookies (American Food & Beverage Inc. East Brunswick, NJ) bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org 

 

Shop Rite brand Instant Hot Cocoa Mix With OU Has Non-Kosher Marshmallows - June 10, 2009
 

Shop Rite brand Instant Hot Cocoa Mix - Milk Chocolate Flavor (UPC: 4119001760; Wakefern Food Corp.) is OU-D-certified. A limited amount of this product was inadvertently sold with packets containing non-kosher marshmallows. Affected product is limited to those products bearing the date code Oct. 30 10. Consumers should contact their rabbi to determine the status of utensils that have come in contact with the above product. 

 

Prodigee Clothes - June 08, 2009
A. Prodigee brand Clothing has Hashem's name spelled out in Hebrew Letters on its clothing. It must be treated with the halachos of shaimos which include not being taken into unclean areas. The clothing line can be found at many brand name retail stores. Consult your rabbi for advice.

Some Jewel Lemonade Is Kosher Without Symbol - June 08, 2009

Some Jewel Brand Lemonade packages were inadvertently printed without the cRc on the label. This product continues to be under the strict supervision of the cRc as kosher and pareve. Future labels will be corrected to include the cRc logo.

 

Stern's, Larrome, Barons, Kohen's and Korns (15th Avenue) No Longer Volover-certified - May 25, 2009

Rabbi Nochem Ephraim Teitelbaum (Volover Rav) no longer certifies the following brand baked products and takes no responsibility for even those products bearing his name: Stern's, Larrome, Barons, Kohen's or Korns. (They are now certified by the CRC andl continue to be certified by the OK when bearing those symbols on the label.)

 

Presidents Choice Organics Bean Medley - May 25, 2009
Presidents Choice Organics Bean Medley (540 ml. cans) bears an unauthorized COR 386. Any bean product bearing the COR 386 is unauthorized.

Cape Blue Wine Has Unauthorized Kosher Claim - May 25, 2009
Cape Blue Wine bears an unauthorized logo of the Cape Town Beth Din. This wine is NOT kosher.

Cream-O-Land Milk Bears Unauthorized Star-K - May 25, 2009
Cream-O-Land Vitamin D Milk and Skim Milk (1 quart, Cream-O-Land Dairy, Florence, NJ) bear an unauthorized Star-K. The products are not certified by the Star-K nor are they cholov yisroel. They are certified cholov stam by the Orthodox Jewish Council-Kosher Technical Konsultants (Rabbi Dr. Alan Silver).

 

Yummie’s Bakery Products Bear Unauthorized “CRC” - May 12, 2009
Yummie’s Bakery products bear an unauthorized CRC (Hisachdus Harabonim — Central Rabbinical Congress). Yummie’s repackages baked goods from a variety of different bakeries. The CRC takes no responsibility for such repackaged products.

 

Stickney and Poor Blue Cheese Dressing Unauthorized OU. - April 30, 2009
Stickney and Poor Blue Cheese Dressing (Four-In-One Co., Chelmsford, MA) bears an unauthorized OU.

Kraft Glycerin Bears Unauthorized Star-k. - April 29, 2009
Glycerin, produced by Kraft Chemical Company, bears an unauthorized Star-K. This company is not certified by the Star-K. Corrective action has been taken.

Canadian Kashrus Alert - April 29, 2009

The following products bearing COR 233 contain a non-kosher ingredient and should not be used: Brands: Mimac Glaze; McCalls - Easy Ice; Signature Fine Foods; Katies Cakes; Golda's Kitchen. Products: Rolled Fondant; Chocolate Rolled Fondant; Ivory Rolled Fondant. Lot Numbers: 020809-1; 021709-1 to 11; 021809-1 to 3 Sizes: 1 kg; 5kg; 10 kg pails.

Superfloc 2120 Is Not OK-Certified - April 29, 2009
Please be advised that a fraudulent OK kosher certificate is being circulated for a product called Superfloc 2120 ostensibly produced by Kemira Chemicals UK Ltd. Superfloc 2120 is NOT produced by Kemira Chemicals UK Ltd., and is NOT certified by OK Kosher. The fraudulent certificate has been circulated in Latin America. Bags of Superfloc 2120, Superfloc 2120PWG and Superfloc 2120 PWG SG do not bear the Kemira name or the OK symbol on the packaging. The OK requests that anyone who encounters the fraudulent certificate please contact the OK office at 718-756-7500 or info@ok.org.

Olde Cape Cod Sweet & Bold BBQ Grilling Sauce has Anchovies - April 28, 2009
Olde Cape Cod Foods of Ayer, MA is voluntarily recalling Old Cape Cod Sweet & Bold BBQ Grilling Sauce, OU-certified, because it contains small amounts of an undeclared anchovy. Products are packed in the following packages: Sweet & Bold Grilling Sauce, 15.5 ounce glass bottle, UPC 90997-60100 Sweet & Bold Grilling Sauce, 23.2 ounce plastic squeeze bottle, UPC 90997-61020. Code dates involved are up to, but not including “Apr 10 10” (April 10, 2010). Product was distributed from March 2008 through April 2009 to retail stores nationwide. Consumers who have purchased these products are encouraged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Lisa Semle at 800-720-2246 x206.

Lieber's Cherry Gel Mislabled - April 08, 2009
Lieber's Cherry Gel. A small number of packages of Lieber's Cherry Gel bear the statement NOT FOR PASSOVER USE and yet bear an emblem of Rabbi Weissmandl's hashgacha that the product is pareve and certified kosher for Passover. The fact is that the  product is Passover-certified when bearing that claim in Rabbi Weissmandl's emblem. The majority of this mislableld product were not shipped.

Palace Grill Makes Unauthorized Claim to Be Kehilla Kosher-Certified - March 27, 2009

Palace Grill is using an unauthoirized claim to be certified by Kehilla Kosher, Brooklyn, NY. Palace Grill was a restaurant in Brooklyn which closed some time ago. It had been certified by Kehilla Kashrus of Brooklyn, NY. However, someone involved in that restaurant has been representing products which they produce as being certified by Kehilla Kosher and using tape that bears their symbol. A Brooklyn party planner had been buying products from Palace Grill and using them at kosher-certified affairs. The caterers and their hashgachos were relying on the party planner and her affirmation that the  products were Kehilla Kosher-certified. She, in turn, had been relying on the man's claim and his use of Kehilla Kosher tape.If you are aware of caterers, party planners, or others who have been using these products, please call KASHRUS at 718 336 8544 or email us at letters@kashrusmaagzine.com

Shefa beef Salami - March 24, 2009

Shefa Beef Salami, COR-certified glatt, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.The affected product,  is sold in 750g packages, bearing lot code 2831, UPC 8 13217 00179 7, and a Best Before date of Jun2 09.This product has been distributed in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.Shefa Meats, Toronto, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall. For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers: Shefa Meats at 416.783.1293, or CFIA at 1.800.442.2342 / TTY 1.800.465.7735. The plant is HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) recognized, and also federally inspected, Est. 427, with a federal inspector maintaining an office within our facility for daily inspections. State-of-the-art and non-porous equipment is both federally and USDA approved. They use corn-fed cattle, lamb, and.poultry, and all deli products are free from harmful additives such as MSG.

Magdan Butnim Metzupim & Munchies Are Chometz - March 24, 2009
Butnim Metzupim  and Munchies from Madgan Ltd Import & Food Production (Gan Ner, Israel), being sold in Israel, claim to be Kosher For Passover For Those Who Eat Kitniyos. In fact, these products contain real chometz.

Mrs. Jay's Cookies Bear Unauthorized OK - March 15, 2009
Mrs. Jay's Cookies (Jay Co., New York) bear an unauthorized OK Kosher Pareve label. This product is NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. If you see this product for sale, call the OK at 718-756-7500.

Non-Orthodox Kosher Certifications Growing - March 12, 2009

Hillel chapters on campus are administered by rabbis or lay people. Most Hillel directors are not Orthodox and in many Hillels they are responsible for the kashrus. Their kashrus standards reflect their personal kashrus standards with some openly limiting their standard to Conservative kosher. These directors also are responsible for off campus kosher functions.

Another  issue has recently reached KASHRUS. Many small towns do not have an Orthodox shul. The non-Orthodox rabbi is responsible for kosher in that town. We have discovered that many of those serving as rabbis are Reform, transdenominational, Neo-Hasidic, etc. Travelers beware!

Kara Canned Coconut Milk Mislabeled Kosher For Passover - March 09, 2009
Kara Canned Coconut Milk (PT. Riau Sakti United Plantations Industry (a product of Indonesia) is mislabeled OK Kosher-Pareve-Passover. In fact, the product is not Passover-certified. Corrective measures are being taken. If you see this product being sold, call the “OK” at 718-756-7500.

Crustaceans Found in Galil Grape Leaves - March 08, 2009

Crustaceans Found in Galil Grape Leaves. A reader reported finding two small (yet easily visible) crustaceans in a jar of Galail Grape leaves, OU-certified. The code on top of the jar is L15672, best before Jun/5/2010. If you find more crustaceans in this product, please contact KASHRUS at 718-336-8544; kashrus@aol.com

OU Releases Internal Memorandum On Raisins - February 19, 2009

OU Raisin Memorandum

DATE: February 2, 2009  
TO: OU Kashrus Staff
FROM: Rabbi D. Bistricer     
RE: Raisins  

CC: Rabbis Genack, Elefant, and Dr. Katz      

Approximatelytwo weeks ago, kashrus concerns regarding tolaim in raisins were raised by a number of hashgachos. In response, the OU issued a thorough investigation into the matter, which concluded last week.
The OU’s thorough review of this issue entailed the following:
1) Examination of pest control programs at several OU certified CA raisin plants by local OU mashgichim.
2) Consultation with two USDA entomologists.
3) Inspection of many OU certified containers of raisins, which were not limited to   any particular brand or expiration date, by two experienced OU mashgichim in Lakewood, NJ.
4) Consultation with OU poskim.  
The findings of the review revealed that the existence of larvae or other insects in raisins are rather infrequent, assuming that raisins are stored under proper conditions (cool, dry, clean environments), which is typically the case. If the probability or prevalence of insect infestation in any food is determined to be insignificant, there is no halachic obligation to check raisins before consumption. Prior to issuing its statement, the OU was also in contact with other hashgachos, whose findings and statistics were very similar.
Furthermore, Rav Belsky pointed out that since the infestation discovered by all hashgachos was limited to larvae, which were noticed only after soaking raisins for a few hours, there were additional grounds to be lenient. The presence of larvae in raisins likely occurs in storage or when the grapes are already off the vine. The Taz writes that under these circumstances checking for insects is not required, and explicitly mentions raisins as an example (See Taz Y.D. 84:12).
Subsequent to our investigation, a statement was issued on January 29th that raisins may be consumed without checking beforehand, provided that they were stored under proper sanitary conditions. Raisins may be assumed to have been stored properly unless there are obvious signs that would indicate otherwise (mold, webbing, insect damage, broken container, etc).

Ecaudor Kosher Travel Alert - February 12, 2009

www.ecuadorkoshertours.com  runs kosher tours and has smaller events, ranging from a family spending a weekend to larger event. Flash Travel www.ecuadoor.com, the parent company of Ecaudor Kosher Tours, also runs non-kosher tours. Although their website claims that Ecaudor Kosher Tours is glatt kosher under the supervision Rabbi Leon (Arie) Albin, in fact, Rabbi Albin certifies only certain larger programs of Ecaudor Kosher Tours (often no more than once per year) and only if he is actually present. Travelers are always advised to verify that a competent rabbi or kashrus organization is certifying a program offered by a tour company. Please verify the kashrus of an Ecaudor Kosher Tour directly with Rabbi Albin:  cell: 593 9566 1209; home tel: 593.22.550.117. The above tour is being promoted on various kosher websites:   For information on kashrus in Ecuador contact Chabad-Lubavitch of Ecuador, Casa Jabad del Ecuador, Los Cabildos #135, Edif. Paola Apt. 2, y Afganistan, Quito - Ecuador; Website: www.jabad.org.ec Tel/fax: 593.22.433481;USA Tel. 1770.884.6113 cell:593.92.666.954; Rabbi Tomer Rotem, Director. 

 

Shechita Under Attack In UK - Your Help Is Needed - February 08, 2009
A major challenge to shechita no in UK. Write today to David Taylor MP, Houses of Parliament, London, England SW1A 0AA saying that you respectfully request Mr. Taylor to withdraw his Early Day Motion which calls for the repeal of the exemption from stunning for religious slaughter methods and the compulsory stunning of animals post-cut until the exemption is removed. The Jewish community  in the UK and the all over the world with great concern. Amending the WASK 1995 Regulations with regards to religious slaughter in this manner interferes with the fundamental freedom of a religious community to define its own religious laws and helps anti-semites across the world to find support for their anti-Jewish agenda.

When writing to Mr. Taylor, please send copies of all correspondence (sent and  received) to Kashrus Magazine, POB 204, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

 

Chicago Rabbinical Council Explains Raisin Issue - February 06, 2009
Today, February 6, the Chicago Rabbinical Council, whose Kashrus Administrator, Rabbi Scholem Fishbane, is also the Executive Director of AKO (Association of Kashrus Organizations) which has studied this problem in depth gave out the following statement.
Recently, someone discovered drosophila larvae in raisins and brought it to the attention of the kashrus world.  These larvae are not visible when one visually inspects raisins, but can be seen in water that had been used to soak raisins.  In the ensuing weeks, kashrus professionals from the cRc and other hashgachos have been investigating this claim, and the following are our findings:
There are, in fact, a limited number of drosophila larvae in some boxes of raisins, but it is unclear whether they are common enough to raise a Halachik concern. 
Although the Torah forbids us from eating bugs, one is only required to inspect a vegetable if there is a reasonable concern that it might be infested.  It is unclear whether the infestation level found in raisins exceeds this threshold, which is halachically referred to as miut hamatzui. [Although there was a high infestation levels first reported in raisins, it has since been found to be a much lower number].  Furthermore, it is unclear whether bugs which are as difficult to find and identify as drosophila larvae, are in fact included in the class of forbidden bugs.
USDA personnel have confirmed that drosophila larvae hatch after the grapes/raisins are detached from the ground, and do not leave the raisin where they were hatched until after they have left the larvae stage.  In cases such as this – where the bug hatched on a fruit which isn’t attached to the ground and the bug never left that fruit – all Halachik authorities agree that one may consume the bug (see Shulchan Aruch YD 84:4).  
At first, one expert suggested that drosophila larvae may hatch while the grape is attached to the ground, which caused hesitation amongst the Kashrus professionals, but after conferring with her colleagues and clarifying which bug we were referring to, she retracted her statement.  In truth, even if there was a possibility that the larvae hatched while the grapes were attached to the ground, there would be basis for permitting the raisins based on Taz YD 84:12.
We [Chicago Rabbinical Council] therefore conclude that the recent report of bug infestation of raisins does not concern kosher consumers, and raisins may be eaten.  [Of course, raisins showing visible signs of infestation by bugs other than the ones discussed above should not be eaten until the bugs are removed]. The cRc will continue to monitor for any new developments

Raisin Updates - What The Kashrus Agencies Are Saying - February 05, 2009

The new raisin problem is featured in a 10 page section of the March issue of KASHRUS Magazine. To order a copy @ $6 call 718-336-8544. It is on sale in Hebrew bookstores, select groceries, and newsstands @ $3.75. Check www.kashrusmagazine.com for regular updates.


Insect infestation has been noted in varying degrees from a wide variety of sources worldwide. Gefen brand Raisins (certified by the Volover Rav) and Mishpacha brand Raisins (certified by the Nirbater Rav) were recalled by their rabbonim hamachshirim.
Kashrus agencies and insect specialists are investigating and interim reports are being issued as the investigation continues. As of this date in February, these are the opinions of some leading kashrus agencies. See partial statements below. Contact the agencies for their complete statements. All agencies advise consumers and merchants to be careful in the storage of all products including raisins and they are continuing to investigate the degree of infestation in raisins.
OU
“Following careful investigation, extensive testing and consultation with our halachic authorities, the OU upholds its original position that raisins, when stored under normal conditions (cool, dry and clean environments) do not require checking for the presence of worms or insects. (???? ??"? ??"? ??, ??)
CRC
The CRC (Hisachdus Harabbonim) issued an "interim" statement (hoiraah zemanis) in Yiddish saying that  raisins which are now available are acceptable (b’chezkas kashrus). The CRC promises that starting now mashgichim will inspect all raisins used under their productions. Further investigation is being done.
OK
“The OK has carefully investigated the matter and, after extensive testing and in consultation with our Rabbonim, the “OK” continues to maintain that raisins, when stored under proper conditions (cool dry and clean environments), do not require checking for bugs.”
MK
In a reversal of their previous warning (see KASHRUS, March 2009, p. 39) the MK said:
“After further research regarding raisin infestation and ongoing discussions with leading experts in the field of kashrus, it has been decided that, at the present time, RAISINS MAY BE USED. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise the consumer regarding any changes”
KAJ
“Due to bug infestation, no raisins of any brand or hashgocha may be used at the present time, whether eaten plain or used in cooking or baking. Any products that have already been baked or cooked with raisins may be used.
“The Rabbinate is aware of the inconvenience involved. In the near future, raisins under our supervision will be checked for infestation and will be indicated as such. We anticipate that other hashgachos will be doing the same. The Rabbinate will notify the public when this has been achieved.
“The notice [the two paragraphs above] was not meant for the public. It was meant to be posted in shul for the benefit of our members and our establishments. Someone posted it on the internet without asking us, which made it seem that it was a statement for the public.
“Various brands of raisins were checked and found to be infested, including some originating from abroad. Our Rabbinate has spoken to experts in the field who have checked raisins both here and abroad, including samples which we sent them. Pursuant to these investigations and after discussing the matter with other poskim, our Rabbinate decided that the problem is prevalent enough to warrant notifying our membership as well as establishments under our supervision, that they refrain from using raisins until further notice.”

 


Effective immediately, all open stock of Fannie May Chocolates are no longer under the certification of the cRc. This includes all of the loose products sold in their retail stores. Factory packed products bearing the cRc logo continue to be accepted by the cRc as dairy – Cholov Stam.
Campbell’s Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, formerly certified by the “KOAOA” (“Half Moon-K”)  is no longer kosher-certified. The company has stopped labeling the soup with their symbol.
The following revised kashrus alert is from the Kof-K on January 29, 2009.
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Tea, is is not currently certified as kosher by the Kof-K and does not bear a kosher symbol on the package. This should not be confused with Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate, which bears the Kof-K and is indeed certified kosher.
RC Bigelow, produces flavored teas which contain kosher dairy ingredients, as well as products that are not KOF-K certified. Be sure to check the label to assure the parve/dairy and kashrus status of the product.
The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2605

The following Kashrus alert clarification is from the KAJ on January 29, 2009.
"While we stand behind the notice posted on the internet, the notice was not meant for the public. It was meant to be posted in shul for the benifit of our members. Someone posted it on the internet without asking us, which made it seem that it was our intention to publicize it. Various brands of raisins were checked and found to be infested, including some originating from abroad. Our Rabbinate has spoken to experts in the field who have checked raisins here and abroad, including samples we sent them. Pursuant to these investigations and after discussing the matter with other Poskim, our Rabbinate decided that the problem is prevalent enough to warrant notifying our membership, as well as establishments under our supervision, that they refrain from using raisins until further notice. I believe that in the future supervision on the production of raisins will -as a matter of course- include checking for infestation by many kashrus agencies. Given the recent publicity on the matter, it is likely that raisins will become standardized as an item checked for infestation in line with strawberries and vegetables which need checking, for instance."

 

lease be advised that DYNAMIC HEALTH LABORATORIES, Brooklyn, NY 11201, is distributing ACTUMUS Black Cherry Concentrate with an unauthorized OK symbol. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken. If you see this product on the market, please call us at 718-756-7500.

 


 

Osem Health Alert For Those With An Allergy to Dairy - February 04, 2009

Osem’s Mana Chama dehydrated parve cream chicken meal in a cup is suspected of containing ‘powdered milk’ with the amount of milk powder in the soup being 1/1,369 (.00073%). Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Charlop, certifier of the product, asserts that this is only a health issue for those with allergies to dairy, not a kashrus problem. The Mehadrin designation is is still appropriate as the product is halachicly pareve..The product was manufactured in Israel and sent abroad ,but we do not know which countries.

 

The Raisin Problem - February 04, 2009

The new raisin problem is featured in a 10 page section in the latest issue of KASHRUS Magazine on sale as of February 15. Return here for regular updates.To summarize: The OU issued a no change statement, raisins can be used. KAJ - Breuer's recommends against use. So does the vaad in Montreal. The CRC (Hisachdus Harabbonim) issued an "interim" statement Hodaah zemanis) saying that the raisins out now are acceptable. The CRC promises to inspect with mashgichim all raisins used under their productions. Further investigation is being made.

The AKO (Association of Kashrus Agencies) has met several times to see the methods used and to review the finding of many mashgichim across the US. So far no statement has been issued. The Tolaim group of AKO is investigating the facts of when the main insect they are finding is attracted to the fruit -- on the vine when its growing or on the raisins during drying or storage.

Gefen Brand Sun Dried Raisins Recalled For Insect Infestation - January 17, 2009
Gefen Brand Sun Dried Raisins are being recalled due to infestation. The sun-drying process in the open fields attracts all types of insects which end up being attached to the raisins. This is an issue in all sun-dried raisins. KASHRUS recommends not using any sun-dried raisins without throughly washing and visually examining them.

Milk Street Cafe, Boston Changes Certification - January 13, 2009
Rabbi Cywiak no longer certifies The Milk Street Cafe (50 Milk St., Boston, MA). While Milk Street Cafe explores opportunities for permanent hashgacha, Rabbi Gershon C. Gewirtz is voluntarily providing kosher supervision to Milk Street Cafe on an interim basis.

Pillsbury Sweet Minis - January 12, 2009
Pillsbury Sweet Minis
1. Mini Donuts (UPC #018000157815); 2. Brownie Bites (UPC #018000157822);                                                                                
3. Chocolate Chip Cookies (UPC #018000157839)
Company: General Mills Sales Inc.,- Minneapolis, MN
Issue: These products were originally manufactured as OU-certified. They are for use in individual cups at convenience stores. The integrity of the cup packaging may be compromised at the store level and the product should not be eaten as kosher-certified.

Natural Source Brand Vitamin C Bear Unauhtorized BCK - January 11, 2009
Natural Source Brand Vitamin C tablets manufactured by Vita Health Canada are currently being sold in Israel bearing an unauthorized BCK symbol. This product contains non kosher ingredients. Consumers finding this product are asked to contact BC Kosher at (604) 731-1803 or by email info@bckosher.org

Celestial Seasonings English Toffee Tea & Decaf Vanilla Maple Tea Mislabeled Star-K-Pareve. - January 06, 2009
Celestial Seasonings English Toffee Tea and Celestial Seasonings Decaf Vanilla Maple Tea are mislabeled as Star-K-Pareve. Products are actually certified by the Scroll K-Dairy (cholov stam).

Jack Rabbit Ham-Flavored 16 Bean Soup Bears Unauthorized OU - December 31, 2008
Jack Rabbit Ham flavored 16 Bean Soup (Trinidad Benham) bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union. This product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.

GOLAN brand MOSCATTO (2008) Has Kedushas Sheviis - December 26, 2008
Please note, it has come to our attention that GOLAN brand MOSCATTO (2008), produced under the supervision of Rabbi Shmuel Oerbach during the shmittah year under the auspices of the Otzer Bais Din, was inadvertently sold at Kosher Bite in Baltimore, MD, Star-K-certified.  This wine is vested with kedushas sheviis and must be handled with special sanctity.

Southern Deluxe Mozzarella Cheese Unauthorized COR - December 25, 2008
Salerno Deluxe Mozzarella Cheese (2.5% M.F/ 2.2 kg) was labeled with an unauthorized COR. The product is not kosher-certified. Corrective measures have been taken.

Tropicana Brand Orange Juice with Omega 3 is OK-Fish - December 25, 2008
Tropicana Brand Orange Juice with Omega 3 correctly bears an OK-Fish certification and should not be used together with meat or poultry. Consumers should always check each label before purchasing.

Block & Barrel Hot Dog Buns Unauthorized OK - December 25, 2008
Block & Barrel Hot Dog Buns with the OK-D symbol on the label distributed by Sysco Corporation is NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Any product found with the OK symbol is unauthorized. This product is being recalled.

Sweetography No Longer OK - December 25, 2008
Sweetography Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification.

Today's Temptations in Chicago Is Pareve/Pas Yisroel. - December 25, 2008
Today’s Temptations (Chicago, Illinois) bakes several different varieties of cakes and breads certified by the “cRc”. Some cakes may list dairy ingredients on the package, such as whey or cheese. The products have been reformulated and, regardless of the listed ingredients, ALL of their products are  pareve and are pas yisroel.

Kashi Golean Mix Contains Undeclared Milk - December 25, 2008
Kashi GOLEAN Powder Chocolate Energy Shake Mix (Kashi Company, LaJolla, CA), “OU-D”-certified, is being recalled because it contains undeclared milk (whey). The product is packaged in a 14.8 oz – canister with a bar code of 18627 71000. Canisters with a Better if Used by Date stamped on the bottom of the canister between the dates of JAN 17 2009 and NOV 15 2009 are included in this alert.

Crystal Light Hunger Satisfaction is OK-Dairy - December 18, 2008
 Crystal Light Hunger Satisfaction is a new product of Kraft Foods, “OK-D”-certified, and so states that on the packaging. It is a powdered beverage in Strawberry Banana flavor. This item is unique among Crystal Light varieties in that it contains whey, a milk protein, and is therefore dairy/cholov stam.

Boar's Head And OU on Placard At Delicatessens - December 17, 2008
Placards bearing an unauthorized “OU” symbol and the Boar’s Head logo have been distributed to delis. These placards are not an indication of the Kosher status of their corresponding products. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers spotting these placards are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

Confiserie Leonidas Chocolate Is Mislabeled - December 14, 2008

Confiserie Leonidas, a fine Belgium chocolatier which also has a retail outlet on Madison Avenue in New York City, has mistakenly labeled some of their products omitting the Dairy designation. All of their kosher products are indeed cRc dairy, Cholov Stam.

Hellman's Mayonaise in Canada - December 14, 2008
KNORR VEGETABLE SOUP MIX WHICH COMES AS A FREE BONUS ATTACHED TO THE BOTTLES OF HELLMANN'S MAYONNAISE IN CANADA IS NOT KOSHER.

America's Choice Frozen Vegetables Bear Unauthorized Star-K - December 11, 2008
A complete line of America's Choice frozen vegetables are being sold bearing an unauthorized “Star-K”.  These items have been seen at Pathmark and A&P stores in New York and New Jersey.  Corrective action is being taken.

 

 

White Rose Canned Chopped Spinach - December 11, 2008
White Rose Canned Chopped Spinach (UPC# 074807448181, White Rose Food, Carteret, NJ) bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

 

Confiserie Leonidas Chocolate, cRc-Certified, Is Dairy - December 11, 2008

Confiserie Leonidas, a fine Belgium chocolatier which also has a retail outlet on Madison Avenue in New York City, has mistakenly labeled some of their products omitting the Dairy designation. All of their kosher products are indeed cRc dairy, Cholov Stam. A complete list of their kosher products can be found by clicking here.

Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins Contain Melamine - December 02, 2008
Sherwood Brands “Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins” contain melamine.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) warned the public not to consume, distribute, or sell these chocolate coins. This product is being recalled due to positive test results for melamine. The coins are sold in 840g containers containing 240 pieces per container, bearing UP #036077112407 and lot code 1928S1. This product is sold through Costco stores and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores across Canada. Retailers and distributors are advised to stop distributing Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins and to initiate a voluntary recall of this product. Although the health risk associated with these products is considered to be low, the advisory is being issued as a result of the Government of Canada’s ongoing investigation into milk and milk-derived products sourced in/from China.

Apple & Eve White Grape Juice Bears Unauthorized OU - November 19, 2008
Apple & Eve White Grape Juice (drink box, UPC 7630184001, Apple & Eve - Port Washington, NY) bears an unauthorized “OU” symbol and is not certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Product is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org

Lupita Queso Panela Mexican Style Farmer’s Cheese Bears Unauthorized "OU" - November 19, 2008
Lupita Queso Panela Mexican Style Farmer’s Cheese (UPC 819753000492; Leblon Foods, Inc. - Cazenovia, NY) bears an unauthorized “OU” symbol and is not certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613 8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

Ross Chocolate Regular and Dietetic Chocolate Bars - November 18, 2008
Ross Chocolate Regular and Dietetic Chocolate Bars (Chase, British Columbia, Canada) is no longer certified by the Be Kosher (Bais Nun, Rabbi Mordechai Kaplinsky, Kashrus Administrator). The company is continuing to use the Bais Nun symbol without authorization. As of this printing, the products are not kosher-certified by any kashrus agency.

Thomas Kemper Orange Crème Soda and Thomas Kemper Vanilla Crème Soda Are Now DAIRY - August 01, 2008
Thomas Kemper Orange Crème Soda and Thomas Kemper Vanilla Crème Soda are now DAIRY, due to a reformulation, even if the dairy designation does not appear. All other Thomas Kemper Soda flavors (tksoda.com) remain pareve.  The company is working with the Seattle Vaad to correct the labels. 

Slippery Jacks Marinated Mushrooms (OU) Are Infested - August 01, 2008
Slippery Jacks Marinated Mushrooms (ITFC Importers & Distributors- Toronto, ON), OU-certified, may be infested and should not be eaten. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the OU at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

Vita Herring in Real Sour Cream Mislabeled - July 30, 2008
Vita Herring in Real Sour Cream (32 oz; Vita Food Products- Chicago, IL), "OU-D"certified, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

Cravin’ Trail Mix Is Really OU-Dairy - July 29, 2008
Cravin’ Trail Mix (Frankford Foods- Philadelphia, PA) "OU-D"- certified, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

Full Circle Assorted Frozen Shrimp Products Bear Unauthorized OU - July 25, 2008
Full Circle Assorted Frozen Shrimp Products (Topco Associates LLC- Skokie, IL) bear an unauthorized "OU" symbol and are not certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Corrective action is being taken.

Rapunzel brand Chocolate Chips Mislabeled - July 09, 2008
Rapunzel brand Chocolate Chips bears only a “KOF-K” not a “KOF-K-Dairy”.The product is “KOF-K-Dairy”-certified. Corrective measures are being taken.

Gourmet Fresh Basil Pesto - July 07, 2008
Gourmet Fresh Basil Pesto (All Natural Food Corp., Brooklyn, NY) bears an unauthorized "OK".

Budweiser Beer Runs On Same Line As Bud Clamato Chelada - July 03, 2008

In answer to our query, John Serbia, Vice President - Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. wrote to KASHRUS that: To ensure our strict quality standards, the equipment used for Budweiser and Bud Light Clamato Chelada is strenuously cleaned and sanitized before it is used in the brewing or packaging of any other products. KASHRUS advises against using Budweiser beers until they receive kosher certification or are inspected by a competent kashrus expert.

Bazzini Licorice Using Unauthorized OU - July 02, 2008
Bazzini Licorice-All Sorts (UPC# 0 75062 50196 3; A.L. Bazzini Co.  New York, NY) bear an unauthorized OU symbol and are not certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

Skittles Candy Fan & Skittles Dry Erase Message Board Have Unauthorized OU-D - July 02, 2008
Skittles Candy Fan (UPC# 6 09454 61492 6) and Skittles Dry Erase Message Board (UPC# 6 09454 61501 5), distributed by Candyrific, Louisville, KY, bear an unauthorized  OU-D symbol. Corrective action has been implemented.

Slurpee Updates - June 30, 2008
Pina Colada, Tropicana Grape Wild Strawberry, Twizzler Strawberry and Monster Black are still not kosher-certified. Radiation Rush and Café Latte are kosher-certified and have been added to the list of kosher-certified varieties.

Sterling Pita Is Now Pita Star - June 30, 2008
Sterling Pita (186 St., North Miami Beach, FL) is now called Pita Star, still certified by Kosher Miami.

Dakota Valley Dill Pickle Flavored Sunflower Seeds Bears Unauthorized cRc - June 30, 2008

Dill Pickle flavored sunflower seeds under the Dakota Valley brand, Willow Lake, South Dakota, bears an unauthorized cRc. Corrective measures are being taken.

Wallerius Toffee - Is It Pareve? - June 24, 2008
Wallerius brand Toffee Chewy Candy (12.34 oz.; a product of Brazil, with a “Best Before: 04/2009” designation) bears the statement “Contains Milk” and lists Whole Milk Powder as an ingredient, yet the product bears a small black hand-stamp saying that the product is kosher-certified by Rabbi M.A Iliovits and is Kosher-Pareve. The product is pareve.

Bake Crafters Donuts Mislabeled - June 18, 2008

The following Bake Crafters Donuts bearing COR 517 were inadvertently labeled without the “DAIRY” designation: Glazed Devils Food Donut Holes, Mini Cruller Donuts, Powdered Mini Gem Sugar Donuts, Chocolate Mini Gem Donuts, Glazed Sour Kreme Donut Holes. Corrective measures have been taken.

Strawberry Infestation Update - June 18, 2008

Based on information provided by some leading kashrus experts in the field, currently there are extremely high levels of thrip infestation in fresh strawberries originating from all parts of the continent. Research has shown that many of the common washing systems currently in place are inadequate in ridding the strawberries of the thrips. As a result, a number of kashrus organizations in the USA and Canada have disallowed use of fresh strawberries. Even those continuing to allow their use require superhuman, very time-consuming and cumbersome efforts, making it virtuously impossible for a regular person to guarantee that they have sufficiently cleaned their fresh strawberries. We are not saying that no methods of cleaning work; however, with so many methods being used, how are we to know whether they all work? Housewives will probably find the methods too time consuming, at least and probably confusing as well. Restaurants and caterers using strawberries may now shift to using shaved berries. Consumers will wish to know how strawberries are being prepared at a given establishment. We promise an update as soon as available.

Turkey Hill Junior Mints Premium Ice Cream (Limited Edition) Is Not OU - June 18, 2008
Turkey Hill Junior Mints Premium Ice Cream (Limited Edition) is not certified as kosher and states that after the ingredient panel. All other Turkey Hill products are OU-certified. 

Oreo Fudge Rings Are Not Kosher-Certified - June 17, 2008
Oreo Fudge Rings (Kraft Foods- East Hanover, NJ), a new variety of Oreo brand Cookies, are currently not certified kosher, unlike other Oreo Cookies which are OU-certified.

Arizona Product: Fruit Smoothie Mix Pineapple Coconut Flavor Is Dairy - June 17, 2008
Arizona Product: Fruit Smoothie Mix Pineapple Coconut Flavor (UPC: 6 13008 72406 1; Ferolito, Vultaggio, & Sons- Lake Success, NY) is OU-D-certifed as it contains dairy ingredients listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

Food Delight Samoosas Bear Unauthorized Logo of Beth Din of Johanesburg, SA - June 04, 2008

Samoosas manufactured by "Food Delight" bearing the Beth Din Logo are being distributed in various outlets. These products are NOT KOSHER – the Beth Din logo has been forged. Appropriate action is being taken against the company. 

Herr’s Kettle-Cooked Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt flavored Potato Chips - June 04, 2008
 Herr’s Kettle-Cooked Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt flavored Potato Chips (Herr Foods- Nottingham, PA), “OU-D”-certified, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

COR-Certified Juices Update - May 30, 2008
The following COR certified juice products are now being sold in plastic bottles.The plastic bottles are not certified kosher and do not bear the COR symbol. The glass bottles and plastic jugs that bear the COR symbol are acceptable.The brand names are: Everfresh, Fairlee, Sunlike, Tropical Grove, Tropical Delight, Tropical Rhythms.

Asaro Pesto Sauce Bears Unauthorized OU - May 30, 2008
Asaro Pesto Sauce (A. Pensabene Agroalimentari) bears an unauathorized OU symbol and is being withdrawn from the marketplace.

Taylor Farms Salad Kits Bear Unauthorized AKC - May 22, 2008
The AKC (Atlanta Kashrus Commission) certifies some iceberg salads and cabbage mixes for Taylor Farms of Tennessee and Georgia. A small number of salad kits containing non-kosher dressings and toppings have an unauthorized AKC symbol on them. The AKC does not certify any salad kits. Corrective measures are being taken. Please call the AKC office (404-634-4063) if you see any of these salad kits with the AKC symbol on them.

Balglobe Gelees De Fruit Jellies Bear Unauthorized OU - May 06, 2008
Balglobe Fine Foods Gelees De Fruit Jellies (Balglobe Fine Foods- Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada), sold primarily in Canada, bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

Wissotsky Iced Tea Has An Unauthorized "OU-Passover" Designation - April 17, 2008
Wissotsky Iced Tea from Israel, "OU"-certified, bears an unauthorized "Kosher for Passover" statement and is not certified for Passover use. All Wissotsky Tea Bags remain "OU"-certified for Passover use when bearing the Passover designation.

Galil Vegetables bear Unauthorized OU-P - April 13, 2008
Galil Vegetables (Artichoke Bottoms, Green Fava Beans, Baby Okra; Galil Importing- Syosset, NY), OU-certified, bear an unauthorized "Kosher for Passover" statement and may be kitnios.
 

Gefen & Mishpacha Tuna Fish - April 08, 2008
CLARIFICATION: Gefen & Mishpacha Tuna Fish are bishul yisroel and have mashgiach temidi for their production all year long. They also do a special Pesach production. Readers should look for the Pesach designation. (This is to clarify the wording which has appeared in our Pesach Guide.)

Agro Sun Products Bear Unauthorized Star-K - April 03, 2008
Agro Sun products, sold in supermarkets packaged in plastic containers, all bear an unauthorized Star-K. These products include rice crackers, banana chips, tropical medley, nuts, dried fruit, etc. The company --Agro Foods, Inc., Cliffside NJ -- had applied in 2004 for Star-K certification. It was not granted. Since then, the company has used a Star-K on all their packaging. Consumers spotting the product are urged to contact NYS Ag & Mkts. Kosher Law Enforcement Bureau - 718-722-2852 - if the product is spotted in New York State. If found elsewhere, contact the Star-K at 410-484-4110.

Salmon May Be Kitniyos On Passover - April 02, 2008
 

The “BCK” (British Columbia, Canada) informs that the common practice among salmon manufacturers in Alaska, Washington and Canada is to dip raw salmon into a corn starch bath, a kind of glaze that helps the fish to freeze, creating a kitniyos issue for Passover. This includes frozen fillets and whole salmon and some lox. Since the corn starch is probably nullified, not all kashrus agencies have addressed this issue. Consumers should verify whether their salmon was so treated.

 

365 Sorbets Bear Unauthorized OK - April 02, 2008
All 365 Sorbets were packaged with an unauthorized "OK" symbol. The flavors include, among others,  lemon, mango, pomegranate,and tangerine.

Vaad of Cincinnati Stops Certifying Romaine Lettuce, etc. - March 23, 2008

The Vaad Hoier of Cincinnati no longer certifies Romaine Lettuce, Leaf Lettuce or Lettuce Spring Mixes from any distributor or source, even when bearing the CVH symbol. The Vaad Hoier continues to certify shredded iceberg lettuce and coleslaw from the Club Chef Company located in Covington, Kentucky. If you see an unauthorized use of our CVH kosher symbol, please contact the Vaad Hoier at (513) 731-4671 or fax a copy to (513) 731-4685.

Westbrae Natural Vegetarian Organic Garbonzo Beans Are Infested With Bean Weevils - March 13, 2008
Westbrae Natural Vegetarian Organic Garbonzo Beans Infested With Bean Weevils. A limited number of 25 ounce cans of these beans (lot # 05NOV09 HL2), "KOF-K"-certified, were found  to contain bean weevils, a common agricultural pest. The product is being withdrawn from sale and can be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund.

Wise Dipsy Doodles Contain Non-Kosher Popcorn - March 10, 2008
Wise Dipsy Doodles 1.25 oz Vending Machine Bags
(UPC #0-41262-27064-0; Code: June1608GAB; Wise Foods Inc. - Berwick, PA). Due to equipment failure, a limited amount of Wise Dipsy Doodle Snack bags may contain non-kosher popcorn. Affected bags may have been distributed in NY, NJ, and CT.

Empire Chicken Nuggets and Tender Mislabeled Kosher For Passover - January 03, 2008
Empire Chicken Breast Nuggets and Breaded Chicken Tenders in 2 lb. and 3 lb. bags, were mistakenly labeled as being KAJ-KP (Passover) between August 16 and October 2007. This product contains bread crumbs and is not kosher for Passover. Empire has made a supreme effort to remove all mislabeled products from store shelves.

ShopRite Yogurt Has Unauthorized OU - January 03, 2008

Shoprite Yogurt (Assorted Flavors)

Brands:

Shoprite  

Products:

Fat Free Non Fat/Light Fat Free Yogurt

Company:

Wakefern Food Corp. - Elizabeth, NJ

Issue:

A limited number of these yogurts have been erroneously distributed with foil lids that bear an unauthorized OU-D symbol.

Affected flavors include:

Blueberry- UPC# 04119045736
Cherry- UPC# 04119045733
Lemon Chiffon- UPC# 0411904572
Peach- UPC# 04119045734
Raspberry- UPC# 04119045735
Strawberry- UPC# 04119045738
Vanilla- UPC# 04119045771

These products are being withdrawn from sale.

Baskin Robbins Sugar Free Candy Mislabeled - January 02, 2008
Baskin Robbins Sugar Free Candy
 
Baskin Robbins Sugar Free Smooth & Creamy Hard Candy- Pralines N' Cream (UPC#070312470242) BestSweet- Mooresville, NC, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel. A limited amount of this product was distributed while bearing the OU symbol without a Dairy designation. Future packaging will be revised.

Waleed Foods Humous Not Recommended - December 23, 2007
KOAOA certification of Waleed's Foods humus products (sold primarily in Southern California) has been removed due to kashrus concerns. KOAOA no longer certifies any Waleed's products, and does not recommend using any product even with our kosher symbol on the label.

Welsh Farms Ice Cream - December 21, 2007
 Welsh Farms Chocolate Ice Cream (UPC# 078766501246); Welsh Farms Neapolitan Ice Cream (UPC# 078766501437)(Welsh farms, Ronkonkoma, NY) bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Manzanilla Olives - December 20, 2007
Blue Cheese Stuffed Manzanilla Olives, sold by Collins Brothers bear an unauthorized KOF-K. The item is not certified by any kosher agency.

Do Goodie Brownies/ Blondies - December 20, 2007
Do Goodie Brownies/ Blondies KOF-K-Dairy-certified, has no dairy designation next to the KOF-K symbol. The product contains dairy ingredients, as indicated on the label. Future packaging will be corrected.

Gordon Food Service Non-Dairy Creamer is Dairy - December 20, 2007
 Gordon Food Service Non- Dairy Creamer (Grand Rapids, MI), “OU-D”-certified, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel, but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Consumers should be aware that “Non Dairy Creamers” may, and often do, contain dairy ingredients.

Earth's Best Organic Dinner Variety Pack Bears Unauthorized "OU" - December 13, 2007
Some cases of Earth's Best Organic Dinner Variety Pack (For Babies 6 Months & Older) containing:1. Sweet Potato and Chicken, 2. Summer Vegetable, 3. Vegetable Turkey, 4. Rice & Lentil (UPC #0-23923-51293-1, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. - Melville, NY) have been distributed with an unauthorized “OU” symbol on the outer tray. The individual jars within the tray are correctly labeled. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org

KYO Restaurant Changes Hands - December 12, 2007
KYO Restaurant of Monsey is no longer certified by Rabbi Shlomo Gissinger of Lakewood. It is now certified by Rabbi Zushe Blech of Monsey.

Chocolate De Belgique Is No longer Certified - December 12, 2007
Chocolate De Belgique in the Thrupps Centre in Illovo is no longer under the supervision of the Beth Din of Johannesburg. Existing stock already purchased may be used. 

Ferrara Pan Bears Unauthorized UMK - December 12, 2007

Ferrara Pan brand Fruit Snacks Lemonhead & Friends bear an erroneous UMK symbol and are not kosher. Corrective action is being taken. Please note that Chewy Lemonhead & Friends are kosher even when not bearing a UMK symbol.

Ruby Kist Cranberry Raspberry Juice Cocktail - October 11, 2007
Ruby Kist Cranberry Raspberry Juice Cocktail, imported to Israel by To mer Importer Ltd. bears an unauthorized OU representation. The product is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org

Shemita Alert - October 11, 2007

Some of the products to be on the lookout for which can be products of Israel during this shemita year and which should not be used if they are indeed produced in Israel include: Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Herbs, Melons, Sweet Potatoes, and Fragrant Flowers.

Classic Foods of America- America’s Finest Blue-Cheese Salad Dressing - October 10, 2007
Classic Foods of America- America’s Finest Blue-Cheese Salad Dressing (SDV SAS- Cedex, FRANCE), distributed in Europe, bears an unauthorized OU symbol.

Pillsbury Sweet Minis Mini Donuts Should Not Be Eaten - October 09, 2007
Pillsbury Sweet Minis Mini Donuts, Brownie Bites Chocolate Chip Cookies (General Mills, Minneapolis, MN) were originally manufactured as OU-certified. They are for use in individual cups at convenience stores. The integrity of the cup packaging may be compromised at the store level and the product should not be eaten as kosher-certified. The packaging is being revised.

Wegman's Classic Assortment Crackers Mislableled - June 28, 2007
Wegman's Classic Assortment Crackers (17.01 ounces, Wegman's Food Markets, Rochester, NY)are OU-D-certified but bears only an "OU". No D is on hte label. Future packaging will be revised.

Bunny Bundle Peanut Bites Are Actually Dairy - June 22, 2007
Bunny Bundle Peanut Butter Bunny Bites (UPC #4126941005), R.M. Palmer Company- Reading, PA, OU-certified, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but bears only a plain OU, not an OU-D.

Pilsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries No Longer OU - June 22, 2007

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries (all varieties)(General Mills, Minneapolis, MN), due to ongoing changes in production, selected varieties of these products will no longer bear the OU symbol effective immediately. Eventually all varieties of these products will stop being certified and labeled kosher.  All products that bear the OU symbol are certified by the Orthodox Union. As always, the public is encouraged to check for the OU symbol on every product that is purchased

Ciprianis Pasta & Pasta Sauces Lose cRc Certification - May 13, 2007
Ciprianis Pasta & Pasta Sauces are no longer cRc-certifeid even when bearing the cRc logo. These products should no longer be used.

Eastside Marketplace, RI Kosher Style Foods - March 21, 2007
Eastside Marketplace, Providence RI has advertised "Traditional Jewish Style Foods" for Passover in an ad in Kashrus Magazine.These are not kosher-certified products and should not be used. Only the Kosher Butcher and Kosher Fish services on Thursdays are vaad-certified.

Benefiber Not Okay For Passover - March 20, 2007
Due to a reformulation, Benefiber, an “OU”-certified fiber supplement, originally listed on several Pesach lists as being approved for use, has now been found to contain actual chometz. Institutional Resource Benefiber is chometz-free.

Some Ma Cohen's Herring Bears Mislableld OU-P - March 20, 2007
Ma Cohen's Herring Products are certified “OU-Kosher for Passover” when manufactured under special supervision. A limited number of products were manufactured without Passover supervision and were distributed while bearing an unauthorized “OU-P” symbol. These products have a date code system listing the month, date, and year (i.e. Jan1608). The mislabeled products are being withdrawn from the marketplace. Customers are encouraged to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8148 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org if the mislabeled products are found.

Blackberries With Forged Kosher Letter Reach The US - February 07, 2007
The Beth Din Zedek Shomre Hadas of Antwerp, Belgium (Rabbinate Der Israelische Gemeente Antwerpen) has informed KASHRUS Magazine that although they do not certify blackberries, a kosher certificate with their name has appeared for grade 1 blackberrries. These are for sale presently in the United States. Anyone locating such blackberries is urged to call KASHRUS at 718-336-8544 or contact the Beth Din in Antwerp at info@shomre-hadas.be

Newton's Naturals Mislabeled - January 16, 2007
Newton's Naturals Chocolate Peanut Butter Mix, certified as kosher by Rabbi Dr. Alan Silver, MD (Orthodox Jewish Council-Kosher Technical Konsultants), bears a Pareve dsignation, when in fact it is dairy, with Whole Milk Powder, Whey Powder, and Skimmed Milk Powder listed among the ingredients.

Bodek brand Broccoli Spears in 10 oz. Boxes Is Under Review For Possible Insect Infestation - January 10, 2007
Bodek brand Broccoli Spears in 10 oz. boxes (not bagged), #3193-ZK9, certified by the “OU”, “CRC” (Hisachdus Harabonim) and Rabbi Shlomo Gissinger, is being reviewed for possible insect infestation. Anyone in possession of this product code number is asked to call 1-212-613-8148 or email to kashalerts@ou.org. Consumers should be aware that this product was packed in 2002 and has not been distributed by Bodek to stores within two years. A very small amount of remaining inventory may still be available on store shelves.

Nature's Finest Fruits & Tomatoes Recalled Due to Insect Infestation - January 10, 2007
Nature’s Finest Peach Halves, Plums, Apricots and Nature’s Best Whole Tomatoes & Tomatoes In Sauce, products of Bulgaria, imported by Majestic Products, Brooklyn, NY, and certified by the “OU”, “CRC” (Hisachdus Harabonim) and the “CHK” (Beth Din of Crown Heights), have been recalled, due to insect infestation.

Idadoan Instamash Mashed Potatoes Is Mislabeled - January 10, 2007
Idadoan Instamash Mashed Potatoes (Idahoan Foods, Inc., Lewisville, ID), an “OU”-certified foodservice item distributed in Canada, bears an incorrect “OU-D-Pareve” designation. They contain dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel. Future packaging will be revised.

A1 Spice World Products, Bear Unauthorized "Star-K" - January 06, 2007
A1 Spice World products, including spices, seasonings, and confectionary items, distributed by Healthy Brand Spice Corp., located in Long Island City, NY, bear an unauthorized "Star-K". This company had been located in Brooklyn until recently and hab been certified at that time. Now the A1 Spices are being made by Healthy Brand Spice Corp. which is not kosher-certified by the "Star-K". Pictures of their products on the A1 website still bear the "Star-K" as well the products tehymselves.


Eden Brand Frozen Broccoli, (S. Bertram Corp.) of July 2006 Has Insect Infestation - January 02, 2007
Eden Brand Frozen Broccoli, made by S. Bertram Corp., ONLY WITH THE PRODUCTION CODE OF July 2006, has been recalled by the company due to insect infestation. Even those packages with the July 2006 date bearing the "Star–K" should not be used.
At this time KASHRUS Magazine advises against using any frozen brocolli from any company, despite kashrus certifications. We expect a recall shortly on another brand from another company. Readers should ask kashrus agencies what they do do certify the product as "bug free".
The current method is to check 1/10 of 1% or one bag out of a thousand!!!!!!

Unauthorized "OU" on Nature’s Promise Organic Parmesan Pasta Sauce - January 02, 2007
Stop & Shop Nature’s Promise Organic Parmesan Pasta Sauce and bears an unauthorized "OU"

Brivais Vilnis Assorted Herring, Sprats, and Sardine Products - January 02, 2007
Brivais Vilnis Assorted Herring, Sprats, and Sardine Products (Interpage Inc., Brooklyn, NY) bear an unauthorized “OU” symbol and are being withdrawn from the marketplace.


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