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The following kashrus information is from the COR Detroit on July 31, 2014.

NESTLE NESQUIK POWDERS bear an OU-D. The OU has informed us that their current status is as follows. (The OU does not use the DE symbol, but instead marks both dairy and dairy equipment products as OU-D.)

  • Chocolate Flavor (regular) - DE
  • Chocolate Flavor - No Sugar Added - DAIRY (contains whey)
  • Strawberry Flavor - DE
Products manufactured on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat without a waiting period, but not with meat.
The OU cautions that even where it states that a product is DE (dairy equipment), the OU does not supervise the cleaning of the equipment between dairy and non-dairy productions, and also that the DE status should be periodically reconfirmed, since manufacturers frequently reformulate their products and may add dairy ingredients.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4645

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on July 30, 2014.

Skinny Dip Shirataki Noodles - Angel Hair, Fettuccini, Rice Pearl, Skinny Dip Noodles, Las Vegas, NV:
The Orthodox Union does not certify any Skinny Dip Shirataki Noodles products. Some of their products bear an unauthorized OU. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4644

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on July 30, 2014.

The Orthodox Union does not certify Malt O Meal Marshmallow Mateys cereal, MOM Brands, Lakeville MN and the OU symbol does not appear on this product. Some promotional signs placed next to this product mistakenly have an OU symbol. The signs are being replaced.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4643

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on July 30, 2014.

Foodtown Cheddar Rice Crisps, Foodtown Inc. Iselin NJ are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements. Some packaging display a plain OU without the OU-D Dairy designation. Corrective action has been implemented.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4642

The following allergen ingredient notice change is from FARE on July 25, 2014.

Starting in July, 2014; Keebler will be changing the allergen statement on two flavors of cookies under the Keebler® label. The flavors, Keebler® Soft Batch® cookies and Keebler® Chips Deluxe® Soft ‘N Chewy cookies will contain Egg, Wheat, Milk, and Soy, May Contain Peanuts and Tree Nuts. No other Keebler cookies will be impacted by the allergen composition of these cookies.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4641

The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 29, 2014.

The following latest tentative Chodosh starting dates are based on the US Dep't of Agriculture Jul 28 US weekly harvest report:

  • Oats
    • Oats other than cereals packing date of Aug 5, purchase date Aug 19
    • Oats in most cereals packing date of Sept 1, purchase date Sept 15
    • Quaker oats packing Aug 19, purchase Aug 29
    • Oats in Cheerios packing Sept 15, purchase Oct 1
  • Spring wheat
    • freshly baked bakery products, pizza, etc Aug 13 in the midwest, Aug 20 elsewhere
    • packaged foods with spring wheat, packing date of Aug 13, purchase date Aug 29
  • Barley packing date of Aug 20, purchase date Sept 3
These are tentative dates, subject to change.


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 22, 2014.

Based upon the latest bulletin from the US Dep't of Agriculture, the harvest of the Chodosh oats crop is entering its 3rd week. The harvest of the Chodosh wheat and barley crops have not yet started.
The following are advanced estimates of the PURCHASE dates when items may start being Chodosh. These dates are subject to change.

  • Oats in Quaker cereals September 1
  • Oats in most other cereals September 15
  • Oats in Cheerios and other General Mills cereals October 1
  • Freshly baked wheat products such as breads, challahs, bagels, pizza August 15 in the Mid West, August 22 in the rest of the US.
  • Packaged wheat products September 1
  • Pearled barley September 15.


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 15, 2014.

The harvest of the Chodosh crops have begun. As of this week 11% of the new oats have been harvested. Based on the experience of previous years, most of the new, Chodosh oats should not reach the cereals until September or later. This is to be confirmed for this year. The spring wheat and barley harvests have not yet begun.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4623

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Seattle on July 25, 2014.

Effective immediately: Yo Mercer (Frozen Yogurt) located at 8435 SE 68th St. #100, Mercar Island, WA 98040 is no longer kosher certified by the Va'ad Harabanim of Greater Seattle.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4640

The following health alert is from the FDA on July 27, 2014.

GoMacro, of Viola, Wis., is recalling MARCOBARS brand almond butter + carob lots 1634 and 1645 and sunflower butter + chocolate lot 1646, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
GoMacro was notified on July 23 by its supplier of carob powder, an ingredient in the company’s almond butter + carob bars, that one of their customers received a positive test for Salmonella. In the interest of abundant caution, GoMacro is voluntarily recalling lot 1646 of sunflower butter + chocolate because it was produced on the same line after lots 1634 and 1645. These MacroBars were distributed across the country and internationally via retail stores, mail order and direct delivery.
Affected MacroBars will be clearly marked as either almond butter + carob with lot numbers 1634 (expiration 10 Mar 15) or 1645 (expiration 18 Mar 15) or sunflower butter + chocolate lot 1646 (expiration 18 Mar 15) and in a foil wrapper.
The carob powder supplier has ceased the production and distribution of this product. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
If you have any questions our Operations Manager, Tony Saarem, is available by phone, Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM (CST) at (608)-627-2310 or email at tony@gomacro.com.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4639

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on July 17, 2014.

Please be advised that LADADIKA TAVERNA Pindus, Thessaloniki, Greece has an unauthorized ~ kosher symbol in the window of their restaurant. OK Kosher Certification does not certify Ladadika Taverna. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4638

The following Canadian health alert is from the FDA on July 23, 2014.

Industry is recalling Earth Circle Organics and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand Organic Carob Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.
The following products have been sold in British Columbia and Alberta, and may have been sold in other provinces or through Internet sales.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 16 oz 3642, 3404, 3221, 3267 8 94932 00228 3
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 5 lb 3405, 3262 8 94932 00273 3
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 20 lb 3487, 3387, 3292 8 13313 01148 5
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 55 lb 201901, 196201, 194801, 188901, 0786 8 94932 00274 0
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic 75 g 3405 1 37101 67696 1
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic ½ lb (227 g) 3405, 3262 1 37101 61636 3
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic 2 lb 3405 None
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic 10 lb 3405 None


The following health alert is from the FDA on July 22, 2014.

Earth Circle Organics, (River Canyon Retreat, Inc., dba) has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination.

Products were sold to distributors and retail outlets in North America.

 Product SKU Lot #UPC Code Exp Date 
CRBP16ow3642; 3404; 3221; 3267 894932002283 6/5/2015 
CRBP5lb3405; 3262 894932002733  6/5/2015
 CBP20lb 3487; 3387; 3292813313011485 6/5/2015
 CRBP55lb 201901; 196201; 194801; 188901; 0786894932002740 6/5/2015

No other Earth Circle Organics products are affected by this recall and no illnesses have been reported to date. This recall is initiated as a precautionary measure due to a possibility of contamination.

Consumers that have purchased these products with the above stated lot numbers and expiration dates are asked not to consume the product and discard it or return the product to the original point of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact Earth Circle Organics at 530-273-3663 ext 216, Monday – Friday from 9 am-5 pm PST. Email correspondence can be sent to recall@earthcircleorganics.com .

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4637
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