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The Latest on Oreo Cookies

December 3, 2018 from the OU in response to a reader's question::

At the present time the following Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment:


The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of these cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a Halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (botel bishishim) and of no consequence. The bottom line of all this is that these cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously.
Please bear in mind that the 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 our office to confirm the status of these items.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6653

Kosher Alert Goji Berries

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Coca Cola from Mexico Advisory

November 15, 2018 from the OU:

Coca-Cola from Mexico, Coca-Cola of Mexico:
A number of statements recently appeared about the kosher status of Coca-Cola in Mexico which has caused confusion amongst consumers. The Orthodox Union does not certify these products and are unable to recommend products that are not under certification.

From the COR Detroit and confirmed by Rabbi Charlop:
November 29, 2018 - PEPSI PRODUCTS FROM MEXICO, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew (except Kickstart) and Mist Twist products, are Kosher. (Mountain Dew Kickstart energy drink is Kosher only when bearing the letters XG in the middle of the second line of the inkjet code on bottom of the can, or when bearing a reliable certification on the label.)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6639

Kashrut information on Trader Joe's Gorgonzola Cheese Crackers

December 6, 2017 from the OU in response to a question from the editor and on November 29, 2018 from the COR Detroit:

Trader Joe's Gorgonzola cheese crackers that have an OU-D list animal rennet on the ingredient list. This is a printing error. The product is kosher and does not contain animal rennet.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6179

Kashrut alert on Racconto Pasta Sauces

November 29, 2018 from the COR Detroit and confirmed by the OU:

RACCONTO PASTA SAUCES have OU certification on several, but not all, varieties; check each label. Note that the Vodka variety contains cream and states OU Dairy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6650

Israeli produce alert & Information

November 29, 2018 from the COR Detroit::

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) will soon begin appearing in U.S. stores, and will require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. 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, lemons, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

Information on tithing can be found here
COR video on tithing is linked to here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6649

Information on kosher breads

November 28, 2018 - The following information is from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission

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RECALL ALERT – Organic Bethel Cholov Yisroel Milk & Yogurt

November 28, 2018 from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Yeshiva World:

Pasteurized Whole Organic Milk, Whole Organic Milk Greek Yogurt and Whole Organic Milk Leben produced by Pelleh Farms Inc., which is located at 522 Happy Avenue, Swan Lake, NY 12783, is being voluntarily recalled due to improper pasteurization. Proper pasteurization heats milk to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.

The recalled Whole Organic Milk, Greek Yogurt and Leben were sold in Orange County and Brooklyn, New York. All the products we re sold under the name Bethel Creamery. The Whole Milk was packaged in a 64 fluid ounce, plastic container that bears the code dates of: USE BY NOV 29 through USE BY DEC 07 2018. The Greek Yogurt was packaged in 5.3 oz. plastic cups and the Leben was sold in 6 oz. plastic cups. The Greek Yogurt and Leben container code dates are USE BY DEC 14 and 15 2018.

Routine inspection conducted by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets revealed that these lots of product were improperly pasteurized. Consumers with questions about this product should contact Rafoel Franklin at (845) 583 - 6059.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6647

Achdut Recalls Multiple Brands of "Tahini" Because It May Be Contaminated with Salmonella

November 27, 2018 from the FDA and the FDA & CDC:

Achdut LTD. of Ariel, Israel, is recalling its Tahini products of all packages and sizes produced on the following dates: April 7th to May 21st 2018, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled "Tahini" was distributed internationally in retail stores and through mail orders.

The tahini products are Tahini, Whole Tahini, Organic Tahini and Seasoned Tahini. Container sizes: 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, 18Kg), with lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141 or with expiration dates April 7th to May 21st 2020. The brand names of the products are: Achdut, Baron's, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom and Achva.

Achdut is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a US import sample of Achdut Tahini linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by FDA and public health officials.

The probable root cause for this recall is cross contamination. The company has eliminated the source of contamination and preventive steps were taken.

Consumers who have purchased the Tahini above are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 972-3-9068020, Sun-Thu 08:00-17:00 GMT+2.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6646

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce- new information

FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Likely Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in California

November 28, 2018 from the FDA:

Preliminary traceback information indicates that ill people in several areas across the country were exposed to romaine lettuce harvested in California. Specifically, current evidence indicates this romaine was harvested in the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California.
The specific California counties FDA is including in this region are:


Additional counties may be added as the FDA traceback develops.
Romaine harvested from locations outside of the California regions identified by the traceback investigation does not appear to be related to the current outbreak.

November 26, 2018 from the FDA:

https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm

"Preliminary traceback information indicates that ill people in several areas across the country were exposed to romaine lettuce harvested in California. Specifically, current evidence indicates this romaine was harvested in the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California. "
"Romaine harvested from locations outside of the California regions identified by the traceback investigation does not appear to be related to the current outbreak."
"There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine lettuce that is certain to have been harvested from areas outside of the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California. For example, romaine lettuce harvested from areas that include, but are not limited to the desert growing region near Yuma, the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County, the state of Florida, and Mexico, does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. Additionally, there is no evidence hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine is related to the current outbreak."

The labeling will new identify the origin of the romaine based on harvest region, along with the date of harvest.

November 20, 2018 from the CDC:

CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) results showed that the E. coli O157:H7 strain isolated from ill people in this outbreak is closely related genetically to the E. coli strain isolated from ill people in a 2017 outbreak linked to leafy greens in the United States and to romaine lettuce in Canada. The current outbreak is not related to a recent multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. People in the spring outbreak were infected with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria with a different DNA fingerprint.

Statements from various kosher certified lettuce companies:

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