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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kashrut alert on SEASON’S CHOICE frozen BROCCOLI FLORETS and CALIFORNIA MEDLEY (broccoli florets, cauliflower & carrots)

November 22, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

The MK symbol on SEASON’S CHOICE frozen BROCCOLI FLORETS and CALIFORNIA MEDLEY (broccoli florets, cauliflower & carrots) at Aldi, products of Mexico, is not the MK symbol of Montreal or Manchester, and these products are not recommended, due to infestation concerns.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6145

Kashrus information on Various Mountain Dew Products

November 22, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

MOUNTAIN DEW HOLIDAY BREW, MOUNTAIN DEW GAME FUEL ARTIC BURST, and MOUNTAIN DEW GAME FUEL TROPICAL SMASH sodas are Kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6143

OV symbol

November 22, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

THE OV SYMBOL (a V inside an O) is the Kashrus symbol of the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis. Unfortunately, a number of companies use the same, or a similar, symbol to indicate vegan or vegetarian status. Some examples are Campbell’s “Well Yes” soups (not Kosher), and Fresh Finds French Fried Onions sold at Big Lots. Usually there is some indication on the label that the symbol is referring to vegan or vegetarian. In case of any doubt, contact the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis at 314-569-2770 or chana@ovkosher.org

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6144

Kashrus information on TRADER JOE’S ALL NATURAL GLATT KOSHER YOUNG TURKEY

November 22, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

TRADER JOE’S ALL NATURAL GLATT KOSHER YOUNG TURKEY that bears the OU and KAJ symbols, and USDA # P-1015, is authorized and is acceptable. Its Kosher status can be verified by the tiny [difficult to see] engravings in the metal crimp sealing the top of the bag - the upper end of the crimp bears the engraving P1015, and the lower end bears the letters OU and the word Kosher in Hebrew.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6142

Israeli produce alert

November 22, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Kroger, Target, Walmart, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. This involves Sunset brand, Field & Farm, and other brands of colored peppers. [Some other brands seen in past years were Gilad, Arava, and Mor.] Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. Often the same brand has some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each individual package or pepper should be checked.
One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, clementines  and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

Information on tithing can be found here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6141

Kashrus Alert: NIBBLES & NUTS GIFT BASKETS and TRAYS (Oak Park, MI)

January 13, 2016, reissued November 22, 2017- from the COR Detroit:

NIBBLES & NUTS GIFT BASKETS and TRAYS (Oak Park, MI) bear a sticker on some stating “All products in this box or basket are Kosher”. Consumers should be aware that these are prepared without any Kashrus supervision, and therefore cannot be accepted as Kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5787

Kashrus alert on Publix pre-packaged cookies with a KD

November 17, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

Kosher with a K: Publix pre-packaged cookies with a KD are no longer acceptable. Publix KD cookies used to be reliably certified, but the certifying rabbi has removed his certification. These cookies are sold pre-packaged near the Publix bakery.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6140

Kashrus advisory on Potomac 18 Caterers, MD

November 22, 2017 from the Capitol K:

The Vaad Harabonim of Greater Washington wishes to inform the community that it will no longer be providing its kashruth certification to Potomac 18 Caterers. In order to accommodate bookings previously made, the VAAD has made special arrangements to certify such previously booked events through December 18, 2017 only.

Ed. note: Potomac 18 said they will be picking up a national certification agency.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6139

Kosher Alert Southeastern Grocers Orange Strawberry Banana Juice (Bi-Lo & Winn Dixie)

November 20, 2017 from the OU:

Southeastern Grocers Orange Strawberry Banana Juice, Southeastern Grocers (Bi-Lo & Winn Dixie) has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Southeastern Grocers Orange Strawberry Banana Juice. Some packaging mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6138

Kashrut alert on FancyPants Baking Co. Gingerbread Man

November 21, 2017 from the KVH (Rabbinical Council of New England):
Please be aware that the Dairy designation was inadvertently left off of FancyPants Baking Co. Gingerbread Man. The product is indeed Kosher Dairy. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6136
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