Kashrut & Health Alerts

Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Bauducco wafers and cookies, are no longer certified under Star-K Certification. Products bearing the Star-K symbol were produced under certification.     Star-K, July 13, 2011

Edelweiss Patisserie, has undergone changes at the facility, such that the Vaad Harabonim of New England now only certifies products that have a KVH-D symbol on the label.        The Rabbinical Council of New England, July 11, 2011.

Prime Sushi, 18250 Collins Avenue and 726 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami will again be certified by Kosher Miami after agreeing to put new management in place. Kosher Miami will continue to monitor the situation.   Kosher Miami, July 1, 2011.

Subway Restaurant, 141-24 Jewel Ave. Kew Garden Hills, NY is no longer kosher effective immediately.         Vaad of Queens, July 1, 2011

Lee Kum Kee Sauces, are no longer certified by the Orthodox Union as of June 24, 2011.        OU, June 27, 2011.

G & S Bakery, 63-79 Saunders St. Rego Park, NY 11374, is no longer certified under the Vaad Harabonim of Queens effective immediately.    Vaad of Queens, June 23, 2011

All Natural Products Bakery of New York, 43-56 10th St, Long Island City, NY, is no longer certified as pat Yisrael. The products remain certified kosher and parve when bearing the OK symbol on the packaging.       OK, June 21, 2011

Lay’s BBQ; BBQ Ribs; Fries and Gravy; Honey Mustard; Old Fashioned BBQ; Ruffles All Dressed; BBQ; and Wavy Lay’s Old Fashioned BBQ, have changed status from parve to dairy equipment (DE). The parve status of other COR certified potato chips, remains unchanged.         COR, June 15, 2011

Mislabeled

Healthy Sweet Drinks, bear an unauthorized OU and are not certified by the Orthodox Union. They may also be dairy. The products are being withdrawn from the marketplace..    OU, July 21, 2011.

Quaker Oats S’mores Granola Bars, mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU-D on some individually wrapped bars. This product is not kosher. The item in question can be found in both cartons of S’mores and Variety Pack cartons. Corrective action is being taken. The other varieties of Granola Bars are correctly labeled OU-D.   OU, July 20, 2011

1time Airline, has been offering a so-called ‘Kosher Platter’ which is not supervised and has included non-kosher items. The Beth Din has offered its services in an effort to rectify this problem but have not received a response as yet.        Beth Din of Johannesburg, July 20, 2011.

Veronica Bianca Wafers, were found for sale in Israel bearing an OU symbol. The OU confirms that the product is unauthorized.    Jerusalem Kosher News, July 19, 2011

West Coast Select Maple Nuggets Smoked Sockeye fish, bears an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union and it is being withdrawn from the marketplace.             OU, July 14, 2011.

Red Mango, products or locations are not certified by the cRc contrary to statements made on their website and in their stores. cRc, July 13, 2011

Trader Joes Pita Chips with Sea Salt, are kosher but were mislabeled as pat Yisrael,which they are not.           Wisconsin Kosher/cRc, July 10, 2011

32 Degree Froyo, in Great Neck, NY, is displaying an OU symbol on some of its signs and cups. This store is not certified by the Orthodox Union and the Orthodox Union cannot comment on the kosher status of products sold in this store.      OU, July 5, 2011

Arrezzio Pizza Sauce with Cheese, bears an unauthorized OU symbol and contains non-kosher ingredients. This product is distributed in Canada, and is being withdrawn from the marketplace.      OU, July 5, 2011.

BJ’s Wholesale Club freshly baked bagels, are displaying an unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does not certify any of the BJ’s bakeries. BJ’s Wholesale Club is changing their bags and is removing the bags with the OU.     OU, July 5, 2011

Miss Leone’s products, Leonard Mountain Inc., are not certified by the Orthodox Union. Some products, including mozzarella cheese stuffed olives, have an unauthorized OU symbol and contain non-kosher ingredients. Corrective measures are being implemented.             OU, July 5, 2011

Green Mountain Farms Olive Yogurt Dip, bears an unauthorized KOF-K. This product is not certified by the KOF-K. Corrective measures are being taken.    Kof-K, June 28, 2011.

Russian Desserts Inc., bears an unauthorized Star-K. These products are not certified by the Star-K Kosher Certification.              Star-K, June 21, 2011.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Planters Brittle Nut Medley, was inadvertently labeled without the dairy designation. The product contains yogurt covered raisins that are OU dairy. Corrective measures were implemented.         OU, July 20, 2011

Thomas Kemper Purely Natural Vanilla Cream Handcrafted Soda, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. The amount of dairy is batel (nullified), in regard to kashrut laws. The product has been discontinued.       OU, July 18, 2011

Post Grape Nut Cereal, may contain a promotional Grape Nut cookie in a limited number of specially marked boxes. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. The cookie is certified kosher and dairy by Kof-K as the packaging indicates.          OK, July 5, 2011

Butterfly Bakery Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, are certified kosher and dairy by the Vaad Harabonim of New England. The dairy designation was inadvertently omitted from the kosher symbol on the label. Corrective action is being taken.    Rabbinical Council of New England, June 28, 2011.

American Nut products, which were previously labeled OU-D, will now be labeled OU. Products with the “D” should still be considered dairy. The parve products have a lot number of 061311 or greater.         OU, June 21, 2011.

Beanitos Pinto Bean & Flax with Cheddar Cheese Chips, was incorrectly labeled as Kof-K parve but are Kof-K dairy. Corrective measures are being taken.    Kof-K, June 20, 2011

Tabatchnick Soup Singles New York Style Chicken Broth with Noodles and Vegetables, was inadvertently labeled as Kof-K parve. The product is in fact certified as Kof-K meat. Labeling is being corrected.     Kof-K, June 20, 2011

“M” Ranch Creamy Meijer Dressing, mistakenly bears an OU symbol without the dairy designation. This product is actually dairy. Corrective measures were taken.OU, June 15, 2011.

Other Alerts

Today’s Temptations breads, are certified kosher only in those varieties bearing the cRc on the label. Certified varieties are parve and pat Yisrael. cRc, July 12, 2011

Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup, produced for export to Israel does not bear an OU symbol on the label. Mor Yam, an Israeli importer of Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup, has placed a sticker on top of the label, with an unauthorized OU symbol. At the current time, the Orthodox Union considers this product to be kosher and dairy, when the label indicates “Made in USA”.             OU, July 11, 2011.

Newman’s Own pasta sauces, are being sold in some stores in variety packs with three jars wrapped together in clear plastic. These wrapped jars may contain both kosher and non-kosher varieties of Newman’s Own pasta sauces. The OU symbol only appears on the kosher varieties. Please check the jars before buying them.  OU, July 7, 2011

Pedialyte, is certified as dairy, because processing equipment had previously been used for a dairy product without a proper kashering in between. The product does not contain any dairy ingredients.          HaModia, June 29, 2011 and confirmed by the OU

7-Eleven, on Reisterstown Road at Naylors Lane, Baltimore, MD, has purchased a hotdog maker and is grilling hot dogs which are advertised as “kosher” under the store’s own supervision. The Star-K does not recommend kosher supervision provided by gentiles or by an entity or individual who does not eat kosher themselves.    Star-K, June 20, 2011

Health Alerts

Sol Cuisine’s Spicy Bean Burger, is being voluntarily recalled because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product is sold in a 364 g frozen package bearing UPC 6 28025 01929 8 and lot code 06711. Sol Cuisine Inc. can be reached at 905-502-8500 or 800-370-8004.   CFIA, July 15, 2011

Healthy Times’ Brown Rice Cereal for Baby, should not be consumed by people with allergies to gluten. Gluten, a potential allergen, was not declared on the label. Healthy Times brand Brown Rice Cereal for Baby, product of USA, is sold in 6 oz (170 g) packages bearing UPC 0 48685 02188 0, Lot 02711 and a USE BY date of 15 JAN 2013.    CFIA, July 12, 2011

Evergreen Produce Alfalfa sprouts, may contain Salmonella Enteritidis, a pathogen different from the one in European outbreak and should be discarded. The sprouts are possibly linked to 20 reported cases, including one hospitalization. Product was distributed in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington State. Consumers should discard them in a sealed container so people and animals, including wild animals, cannot eat them.          FDA, June 27, 2011

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Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

New York Kosher Caterers, Inc. dba Touch of Class Glatt Kosher Caterers LLC, 1061 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY switched certifications and is no longer OU certified.      OU, May 23, 2012.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips, are no longer certified parve. They are certified dairy (non-halav Yisrael) when bearing the OK-D on the label. Consumers are advised to complain at their local store or contact Trader Joes.        OK, May 16, 2012.

Rosa’s Pizza, 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY, is no longer kosher as of May 14. The partners split up and the original owner converted it back to not kosher.OU, May 15, 2012

Bimbo sweet bread, is not under KMD Mexico supervision until further notice.  KMD Mexico, May 8, 2012

Misu Sushi, no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. They are no longer kosher.       Vaad of Queens, May 3, 2012.

La Pizzeria, 144 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY, is no longer Star-K certified. They are now certified by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens   Star-K and VHQ, April 26, 2012.

Tree Ripe Orange Juice, may have been produced in a non-certified facility due to supply chain issues and some containers do not bear the OU symbol. As always, consumers are advised to check every package for the kosher symbol before purchasing.       OU, April 26, 2012.

Mislabeled

Sunflower Market bags of spinach; broccoli or cauliflower, bear an unauthorized Heart K on the bags. These bags are not certified by the Heart K.           Vaad of Denver and Heart K, May 21, 2012.

Societe Nouvelle Harrisa, bears an unauthorized Star-K. The company discontinued Star-K certification in 2011.             Star-K, May 16, 2012.

Peppadew Peppers, is not certified by the Orthodox Union when distributed by Peppadew International Europe BV. Some PI Europe products including Peppers Stuffed with Cheese primarily sold in the Netherlands mistakenly bear the OU symbol. Corrective measures are being implemented. Products manufactured by Peppadew International in South Africa bearing the OU symbol are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.      OU, May 10, 2012.

Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain and Wild Rice Mushroom Recipe, bears an unauthorized OU and is not certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union.          OU, May 4, 2012.

Mauzone Chicken Broth and Chicken Broth Low Sodium, mistakenly say parve on the front label. These products contain meat as listed on the ingredient list and are certified kosher-meat.           Mauzone, May 2, 2012.

Saratoga Chips For Goodness Shakes Seasonings, bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the label.         OK, May 1, 2012.

Arya Home Bakery & Sweets, 2644 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Canada has been using a “COR 786” symbol. This bakery is not under COR supervision. Corrective measures have been implemented.         COR, April 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.          OU, April 24, 2012.

Richfield Shopping Center Cold Rush Frozen Yogurt, Clifton, NJ, had coupons printed which bear an unauthorized OU symbol. These coupons were distributed in the Passaic-Clifton area. The Orthodox Union does not certify Cold Rush and has no information about the kosher status of that store.             OU, April 19, 2012.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Sweet Perry Orchards Cashew Medley Fruit and Nuts Mix, Go Picnic, Chicago, IL is Missing the “D” dairy designation.             OU, May 11, 2012.

Fred’s Taco Seasoning Mix, Fred’s Inc., Memphis TN is missing “D” dairy designation.            OU, May 11, 2012.

Joy Cone Ice Cream Cones Fun Pack, bears only the Star-K parve symbol on the outside box. The box contains 5 individual varieties of cones, including a chocolate coated dairy cone. The Star-K dairy symbol pertaining to the chocolate coated cones was inadvertently left off the box. The individual products inside box is labeled correctly. Corrective action has been taken.       Star-K, May 8, 2012.

Christie Low Sodium Roasted Garlic Triscuit, is missing the “D” dairy designation.         OU, April 24, 2012.

Grissol Original Crispy Baguette, is missing the “D” dairy designation.    OU, April 19, 2012

Gourmet Nut Hot Cajun Mix; Oriental Nut Mix; Antioxidant Mix, were mistakenly labeled with the OK parve symbol, instead of OK-D on some packages. These products are dairy. Corrective action has been implemented. If you see these products please contact the OK office at 718-756-7500.          OK, April 9, 2012.

Other Alerts

Oreo Cookies, contain dairy ingredients in most varieties, with two notable exceptions. Original Oreo Sandwich Cookie and Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookie do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment. The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of the Oreo Original and Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present in these cookies. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (batel bishishim) and of no consequence. Therefore, Oreo Original and Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously. Manufacturer may choose, in the future, to reformulate these products and add dairy ingredients. Since these products already bear OUD symbols, formulation changes would not be reflected in the OUD logo. As such, we recommend that consumers check regularly with the OU office to confirm the status of these items.             OU, April 24, 2012.

Health Alerts

Taylor Farms Retail Organic Baby Spinach, has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications. The recalled items were distributed from Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. on May 9, 2012 and May 10, 2012. FDA, May 22, 2012.

HT Traders Sorbet: Lemon; Raspberry; Mango; Coconut and Orange, may contain undeclared milk protein. If you have a milk allergy or are concerned about the recalled product, please return the product to Harris Teeter for a full refund. For additional information regarding this recall, call Harris Teeter at 800-432-6111.FDA, May 22, 2012.

Caribeña Brand papayas, have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These papayas were packed in 35 lb. cartons marked with the brand “Caribeña” and “Product of Mexico” stamped on the side. The papayas are sold individually, and each one bears a label which states ~3112 Caribentilde; A Papaya Maradol Product Of Mexico www.grandeproduce.com disclaimer icon. The recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand cases were distributed in the Bronx, New York in wholesale stores and through retail stores from May 14th, 2012 to May 17th, 2012. Consumers who have these papayas are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.    FDA, May 17, 2012

 

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