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The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on August 12, 2014.

The latest report from the US Dep’t of Agriculture confirms that the harvest and spring wheat and barley have begun. That is allowing us to formulate the recommended Chodosh cutoff dates for the forthcoming season. These are given below. Note that dates given below for oats used in Quaker and General Mills (such as Cheerios) cereals may still change.

  • FRESHLY BAKED ITEMS USING SPRING WHEAT including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies. May be Chodosh in the mid-West (such as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis) after a PURCHASE date of Aug 18. Elsewhere in the US, Aug 25.
  • PACKAGED FOODS FROM SPRING WHEAT not including noodles and pasta may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Aug 18, PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
  • NOODLES AND PASTA may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Aug 25, PURCHASE date of Sept 8.
  • BARLEY such as pearled barley may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Aug 18, PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
  • OATS in non-cereal applications, such as oats flour in cookies, may be Chodosh starting with a PACKING date of Aug 4, PURCHASE date of Aug 28. Oat meal and other oats products from Quaker may be Chodosh with a PACKING date of Aug 19, PURCHASE DATE OF Sept 3. Cheerios may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Sept 15, PURCHASE date of Oct 1. Cereals from most other manufacturers, the oats may be Chodosh with a PACKING date of Sept 1, PURCHASE DATE of Sept 15. Remember, the oats dates for Quaker and Cheerios will probably still be revised.


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 Orthodox Rabbinical Board of Broward and Palm Beach Counties (ORB) on August 6, 2014.

Effective Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Gainesville Hillel, 2020 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32603, is no longer under the supervision of the ORB.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4657

The following health alert is from the Brooks Tropical on August 8, 2014.

Brooks Tropicals, LLC of Homestead, FL is voluntarily issuing a limited recall of 401 boxes of fresh green skin avocados with a single Lot # 2610 because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Green-skinned avocados from the lot were distributed to a limited number of customers in Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and New Jersey. All customers shipped Lot # 2610 have been notified and since product was packed over three weeks ago on July 15, no product should remain in the market since the product is greatly beyond its shelf life. .
The potential for contamination was discovered as the result of a routine FDA random lot sample taken on July 16, 2014, but positive analysis confirmed verbally by FDA was only received August 6. The fruit was packed on July 15 and has about a ten (10) day shelf life.
Any product remaining in the market channels with the Lot # 2610 should be disposed of immediately.
For more information, please contact Bill Brindle at 305 247-3544 or billb@brookstropicals.com

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4655

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 1, 2014.

Sunburst Superfoods of Tuckahoe, NY, is recalling Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder sold from March 12, 2014 through July 28th, 2014, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder was distributed throughout the United States to consumers through online sales.
Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder was sold in One Pound and Five Pound bags with no coding. The product is packaged in re-sealable, all-natural brown paper bags with a thin metal and thin plastic lining on the interior of the bags.
Our supplier initiated a recall of the bulk Organic Raw Carob Powder after learning that one of its customers received a positive test for Salmonella from their original lot.
Consumers who have purchased Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder are urged not to consume the product and to return it to us as soon as possible for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-228-4436, Monday - Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, ET or by e-mail to customerservice@sunburstsuperfoods.com.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4654

The following kashrus alert is from Global K on August 7, 2014.

Global Kosher reports that that effective immediately, due to kashruth violations, The Speyside Scotch is no longer certified as kosher even when bearing the Global Kosher logo.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4651

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 7, 2014.

Santa Barbara Company’s Pistachio Pesto, Santa Barbara Pistachio Company, Santa Barbara CA bears an unauthorized OU mark. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4653

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 7, 2014.

Stop & Shop, Giant Sour Cream & Onions Potato Crisps, Foodhold USA LLC, Landover MD: The Orthodox Union certifies Foodhold’s Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps, as an OU D -Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some packaging was printed without the OU-D Dairy designation. This product is sold in some Stop & Shop and Giant stores. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4652

The following insect infestation information is from Hakhel.info on August 1, 2014 with additional information posted on August 8, 2014.

"BLUEBERRIES: The KCL (Kashrus Council of Lakewood) recently concluded a thorough testing of blueberries in local grocery stores. 100% of the containers contained scale insects. Between 10% and 20% of the berries had scales on them. We are advised that this number is consistent with weekly agricultural blueberry reports issued be Rutgers University. One of the Bodkim reported that 50% of the scales are males, which contain a whole insect. A Bedikas Tolaim expert advised us that based on these findings, he would not recommend buying blueberries--as the scale insects cannot be readily washed off. In his words: 'If you want to check them, be very careful and very thorough. If you think that you found and removed the infested ones then soak the remaining ones in soap and rinse very thoroughly.'"

Policy on blueberries from the Chicage Rabbinical Council, the Star-K and the OU:

  • CRC Policy on Blueberries:
    "Blueberries – Fresh must be rinsed in water and a cursory inspection is needed. All frozen without any added kosher sensitive ingredients is acceptable. Canned needs a reliable hashgacha."
  • Star-K policy on blueberries
    Checking Instructions (Please note the following regarding all Star-K insect checking instructions: When applicable, guidelines apply to produce grown and purchased in the United States. Checking procedures in other countries may be different.)
    Fresh Blueberries: Check berries for foam. Remove all berries with foam. Wash remaining berries. If there is no foam no further checking is necessary. Washing is recommended.
    Frozen: Does not require a hechsher.
  • OU Guide for checking produce
    Video Guide to Home Vegetable Inspection: Berries
    Blueberries: white maggots;
    • Cultivated blueberries: generally insect free
      Cultivated: place in a strainer or colander and wash thoroughly under running water
    • Wild: insects on surfact or in center of berry; cut open and carefully examine on white cloth after washing
The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4646

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K dated July 30, 2014.

Please note that ValleyPark brand Soy Sauce distributed by Embassy Lucky Boy Paterson, NJ that is being sold at Corrado’s in Clifton Nj bears an unauthorized KOF-K kosher symbol. It is not certified by the KOF-K and all attempts to contact the manufacturer have failed. The product should not be used as kosher.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4650

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

KIRKLAND SIGNATURE / RADER FARMS NATURE’S THREE BERRIES - a frozen mix of Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries sold at Costco, bears a BCK Kosher symbol plus the words “Toloyim Inspection Required”, meaning that the product must be checked for insects. Please be aware that according to most prominent Kashrus experts, these berries cannot be sufficiently checked or cleaned from insects. Consult your Rav.

Info on washing fruit and vegetables is here.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4648
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