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The following kashrus alert is from the OU in response to a question from a reader on June 22, 2015.

Noyan Black Current Grape Nectar, Eurotem CJSC, Armenia: The Orthodox Union does not certify Noyan Black Current Grape Nectar. Some cartons were mistakenly labeled with an OU symbol. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5041

The following information on vegetables is from the Vaad Hoir of St. Louis on June 24, 2015.

OV Revised & Updated Fresh/Frozen Fruit & Vegetable Checking Policy

Previously, the OV’s policy was that pre-washed iceberg lettuce even when not bearing a kosher symbol, did not need checking before consumption.

  1. Effective immediately and until further notice, the revised OV policy is that pre-washed iceberg lettuce when bearing a reliable kosher symbol does not require checking before eating.
  2. However, pre-washed iceberg lettuce that does not bear a reliable kosher symbol must be checked by taking 1-2 handfuls and checking for infestation. If they are clean, then the remainder of the lettuce may be eaten without checking.
  3. Shredded cabbage and coleslaw mix do not need checking even when not bearing a kosher symbol as long as they are pre-washed.
  4. Frozen chopped spinach must bear a reliable kosher symbol.
  5. Fresh blackberries/raspberries are not recommended at this time.
  6. Frozen blackberries/raspberries with no kosher sensitive additives may be used without checking.
  7. All canned blackberries/raspberries require a reliable kosher symbol.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5040

The following updated shmitta information is from cRc on June 22, 2015.

The produce being sold at City Fresh, 3201 W Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, is once again being certified by the cRc as being free of all Shemittah concerns.
This certification runs through Pesach 5776, April 2016.


The following shmitta information is from information from a reader on June 2, 2015.

Dorot Farms Carrots from Israel have been seen at Price Rite (in Stoughton, MA). Consumers should check the origin of all produce that they purchase.
From a reader: These products are certifiedby the Shderot rabbinate and are sold under a heter mechira.
There are different opionions as to whether you can rely on heter mehira. Please check with your rabbi.

The following shmitta information is from the Star-K Keeping You Kurrent for May, 2015.

Carrots & Peppers from Israel- Please be aware that carrots (e.g., Dorot Farms brand), peppers, and other vegetables from Israel are consistently being sold in the Baltimore area at produce markets in our neighborhoods. The labels on the packages state "Product of Israel:. From the numerous inquiries we have received, it is apparent that many consumers are unaware of this when shopping.
These vegetables were grown during the shmittah year and may not be eaten . Furthermore, they may not be thrown out and require special handling. If you bought these products, please contact your local Orthodox rabbi for further guidance. Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by STAR-K, and produce sold there does not have this issue.

All citrus fruits from Israel are still from the 6th year, which means that terumos and ma’asros need to be taken. Some fruits (e.g., peaches, nectarines, cherries, lichi, grapes, figs, apples and apricots) from Israel are from the shmitta crop, which means that they need to be eaten with special care (see our articles).

The following shmitta alert is from the cRc on for May 29, 2015.

The produce being sold at City Fresh, 3201 W Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, is no longer being certified by the cRc as being free of all Shemittah concerns.

From the Kashrut.com editor: Informatioon on Shmitta can be found at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA including links to charts with timing of when fruits achieve shmitta status.
Information of terumos and maasros can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5007

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on June 23, 2015.

7-Eleven stores are putting the OK kosher logo on signs in their stores to indicate that their product is kosher certified. OK Kosher does not certify any 7-Eleven stores or products prepared on premises (including Slurpees). Once the certified mix is unsealed and placed in the machine, the kosher status is no longer guaranteed by OK Kosher. Corrective action is being implemented.

Ed. note: The Kashrut.com slurpee list is at www.kashrut.com/consumer/slurpees.
cRc article on kashrus issues in Slurpees at www.crcweb.org/kosher_articles/slurpees.php.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5039

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on June 23, 2015.

Scoville Food Institute hot sauces, Scoville Food Institute, Erie, PA 16509: Scoville Food Institute is producing and distributing various hot sauces bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the label. Corrective action is being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5038

The following kashrus alert is from the OU in response to a question from a reader on June 22, 2015.

Zola coconut water produced in the US is certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union.
There is an overseas company that produces the same product with the same brand name that is not certified.
Check each item for the kosher symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5037

The following health alert is from the consumerist on June 22, 2015.

Niagara® is issuing a voluntary recall for all Spring Water products produced from its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities during the June 10th – June 18th time frame because of possible e-coli contamination of the water source. List of affected brands:

  • Acadia
  • Best Yet
  • Nature’s Place
  • Shaws
  • Acme
  • 7-11
  • Pricerite
  • Shoprite
  • Big Y
  • Niagara
  • Superchill
  • Western Beef Blue
  • Morning Fresh
  • Wegman’s
Niagara is telling consumers: “DO NOT DRINK THE AFFECTED WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST OR USE OTHER BOTTLED WATER. Bring all affected water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

To determine if your product is affected, please reference the following information on the code, which can be found on the bottle. The code will indicate the place, date and time that the product was produced.

The only affected products have codes that begin with the letter F (for Hamburg) or A (for Allentown). The first digit after the letter indicates the number of the production line. The next two numbers indicate the day, then the month in letters, the year, and then the time, based on a 24-hour clock.


Example: A610JUN15 2000 (Allentown line 6, manufactured on June 10, 2015 at 8pm)

For more information, consumers may contact Niagara Bottling, LLC Consumer Service at (877) 487-7873.

Niagara notice and list of date codes at niagarawater.com/consumer-notice/

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5036

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 19, 2015.

United Salad Co., the distributor of Portland, Oregon, is initiating a voluntary recall of Champ's Sliced Crimini Mushrooms, product of Canada, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Brand name Common name Size UPC Codes
Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Crimini Mushrooms 227 g (8 oz) 6 78286 88877 5 Not available

The recalled mushrooms were distributed to retailers and supermarkets from 06/13/15 to 06/14/15 in Oregon and Washington. Each individual container does not have code date; however product average shelf life is 10 days.

The affected Sliced Crimini Mushrooms were recalled by our supplier Champ's Mushrooms in Canada.

Retail stores are requested to remove any affected products off the store shelves. Consumers who have the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should destroy or discard it.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Please feel free to contact us should you require additional information or assistance at 1-800-547-5536 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (P.D.T.)


The following Candian health alert is from the CFIA on June 16, 2015.

The food recall warning issued on June 7, 2015 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Champ's Mushrooms is recalling sliced mushroom products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Crimini Mushrooms 200 g 160 S4189 6 78286 99933 4
Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Crimini Mushrooms 227 g 2015 JN 18 6 78286 88877 5
President's Choice Cremini Sliced Mushrooms 454 g 2015 JN 18 0 60383 05940 8

The following Candian health alert is from the CFIA on June 7, 2015.

Champ's Mushrooms is recalling Champ's Mushrooms brand Sliced Mini Bella Mushrooms from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Mini Bella Mushrooms 680 g BEST BEFORE 15/JN/07 6 78286 29837 6

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Possibly National

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5019

The following British kashrus notice is from the London Beth Din Twitter Feed on June 19, 2015.

Please note that Robinsons Apple Berry Blitzer is Not Kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5035

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on June 19, 2015.

A non-certified restaurant, Osi’s Kitchen, located at 4604 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV printed a business card that includes the OU mark. The Orthodox Union does not certify Osi’s Kitchen. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5034
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