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Kosher Alert Supreme Chocolatier Chocolate Gummi Bears

August 31, 2017 from the OU:

Supreme Chocolatiers Chocolate Gummi Bears, Supreme Chocolatiers, Staten Island NY bear an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Supreme Chocolatiers Chocolate Gummi Bears. Some packaging bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6062

Kosher Alert Redmond Mashed Potatoes

August 31, 2017 from the OU:

Instant Mashed Potatoes, Global Foods Inc. Las Vegas NV bears an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Redmond Instant Mashed Potatoes. Some packaging bears an unauthorized OU. This product lists butter as an ingredient. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6061

South African kosher alert on Lifestyle Weigh Powder

August 31, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg: Lifestyle Weigh Powder is erroneously marked Parev, this product is Dairy. The company is in the process of correcting the packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6060

South African kosher alert on Clover Slightly Sweet Gouda cheese

August 31, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg: Please be aware that Clover Slightly Sweet Gouda cheese erroneously bears the Beth Din logo, majority of them have been recalled. Clover are in the process of correcting the packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6059

Kashrus advisory - HEINZ BBQ SAUCES, WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCES and store brand products

August 29, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
Heinz has a number of OU certified BBQ sauces. Three of them, Kansas City Style, Memphis Style, and Texas Style state "OU Fish" and contain anchovies. The amount of anchovies in these sauces is less than 1/60, and therefore, according to most Poskim, these sauces may be used with meat. Some Poskim, however, are stringent. Consult your Rav.

Some “OU Fish” products contain more than 1/60 fish, and according to all opinions may not be used with meat. Some examples are Lea & Perrins, Great Value, Market Pantry and ShopRite brands of Worcestershire sauces, which all state “OU Fish”. Brands of Worcestershire sauces that list anchovies and bear a plain OU contain less than 1/60 fish.

Consumers should be aware that STORE BRANDS AND GENERIC BRANDS, especially at discount stores, frequently change suppliers (i.e., the outside manufacturers that produce the product for the stores), which often results in a change or loss of the product’s Kosher status. In addition, a store may have multiple suppliers with different Kosher statuses for the same product, so that at some store locations a product may be Kosher while at other locations it is not. In some instances, even the same store may have a mixture of Kosher and non-Kosher versions of the same product, as with the frosting mentioned above. Consumers should therefore be especially careful when buying such products to check each package every time for proper Kosher certification.

Locally, this is especially common at Aldi and Save-A-Lot stores, with Millville and Kiggins brands of cereals, Carlini and Westcott brands of oils and cooking sprays, Nature’s Nectar orange juices, Friendly Farms dairy products and almond milk, Little Salad Bar hummus, Clancy’s potato chips, Happy Harvest tomato sauce, etc. This also occurs occasionally with Kroger and Meijer brands of products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6058

Kashrus advisory on Dole Fruit Snacks Orange and Strawberry & information on The Dole Grape product

August 10, 2017 from the OU Twitter feed and modified by the OU:

The Dole Fruit Snacks Orange and Strawberry, are fine without the OU symbol in the US.

August 29, 2017 - From the COR Detroit: The Grape variet is not certified

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6036

Canadian Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods brand Hemp Protein Smoothie - Mixed Berry Flavour Protein Powder Drink Mix recalled due to undeclared hazelnuts and almonds

August 22, 2017 - from the CFIA:

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is recalling the following product due to undeclared hazelnuts and almonds:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods Hemp Protein Smoothie – Mixed Berry Flavour Protein Powder Drink Mix 300 g Packaged On:
2017 JA 06 C
Freshest Before:
2018 JA 31
6 97658 69190 4

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6057

Kashrus Alert - RCC - Kosherland Bagel Shop

August 24, 2017 - From Kosherquest.org:

Please be advised that Nathan’s Kosherland Bagel Shop (1636 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024) will be closing its doors and RCC’s certification will expire this Thursday evening, AUGUST 24, 2017.
The space will undergo a remodeling and reopen as a meat restaurant under new ownership.
The new owners have not yet decided if it will be a kosher or non-kosher enterprise.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6056

Lots of Info from the ORB

August 25, 2017 - From the ORB:

  • No Longer Certified
    • Catering By Lew
    • Kosher Crown
    • Terra's Garden - (Note: Terra's Garden has suspended both their ORB and OU supervisions until further notice.)
  • New Name/New Status
    • B.K.B. Café has sold and is now Bagel Factory Café. - It remains pas yisroel and cholov yisroel; bagels are yoshon. Sweet Love Pastries is "gluten free friendly" - rather than exclusively gluten free.
  • Welcome New Facilities
    • Chill & Grill Pita, 7158 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton 33433.- Phone 561-717-6968. Website www.chillngrillpita.com
    • Hummus Factory Food Truck. Based in Koosh Plaza, 2790 Stirling Rd., Hollywood. Look for the big green truck out and about town.
    • International Star, 20068 NE 15th Ct., Miami 33179. Manufactures Moroccan foods such as cigars, kibbeh, etc.
    • Red Hook Bakers, 3000 Stirling Road, Hollywood 33021. Israeli-style baked goods that are pas hisroel, yoshon, and either pareve or cholov yisroel. Phone 754-400-7275. Email liel17@aol.com.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6055

COFFEE BEAN USC STORES ARE KOSHER CERTIFIED AGAIN

August 21, 2017 from KosherLA

The Coffee Bean franchise stores at the following USC buildings are once again Kosher certified as of Monday, 8/21/17:

  • USC Cinema Building
  • USC RTCC
(This applies to all food and drinks)


Coffee Bean privately owned franchise stores kosher status update

February 23, 2017 from KosherLA

Up until now, all Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf privately owned franchise stores (as opposed to corporate owned stores which are the majority of the CBTL stores) were mandated to maintain a Kosher food program.

Corporate CBTL has recently changed their protocol for these few privately owned franchise stores, and are now allowing them to opt out of their kosher food program if they wish to do so.

The following privately owned CBTL franchise stores that have chosen to opt OUT and no longer be part of the kosher program, and no longer bear a Kosher LA Teuda/certificate are:

  • USC Roland Building
  • USC Cinema
  • ULAX Terminal 1
  • ULAX Tom Bradley International ARRIVALS
  • UParamount Studios
  • USanta Barbara Airport
  • ULAX Terminal 5 will opt out as of May, 2017

All other stores which have been certified as Kosher remain so, however we always urge the customer to check for a Kosher LA Teuda/certificate when they visit the CBTL store.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5827
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