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The following kashrus alert is from cRc on December 10, 2014.

It has come to our attention that there are bell peppers and possibly other fruits and vegetables from Israel being sold in various locations in the Chicagoland area.
Please remember that aside for taking the regular precautions of keeping the mitzvos of terumos and maser, this year one also needs to be conscious of the additional mitzvah of keeping Shemittah.


The following kashrus alert is from COR Detroit on December 5, 2014.

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL are now being sold locally at Meijer. Sunset loose red bell peppers bear a sticker that states Israel, and Sunset Organic Sweet Bell Peppers (2 count package of yellow and red, or orange and red) state Product of Israel on the package. These products have the status of Shemittah, and should not be purchased. If already purchased, consult your Rav.
Consumers should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin, due to issues of Shemittah, or of Terumos and Maaseros if it is not Shemittah product. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, citrus fruit, persimmons, pomelos, dates and parsley.


The following kashrus alert is from the KVH Twitter Feed on November 17, 2014.

HolyLand fresh produce appearing in Boston & greater N.E. area supermarkets. May have Kedushas Sheviis &/or may require tithing.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4760

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on November 18, 2014 with additional infomation on December 9, 2014.

Please be advised that a limited amount of Chocolate Cashews distributed by NUTTY NATURALS, Brooklyn, NY and sold at Dollar Tree stores was mistakenly labeled with the OK kosher symbol. This product contains dairy ingredients as stipulated in the ingredient and allergen panels. THIS PRODUCT IS DAIRY

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4761

The following kashrus alert is from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and translated by Google on on December 8, 2014.

In preparation for Chanuka the Israeli government tested olive oils to see if the met the Israeli government standard for olive oils. They listed oils that contained olive oil that meet the standards as well as adulterated and fraudulent olive oils that contained other oils. The fraudulent olive oil could contain Orla, Shmita, non-passover, tevel, colorings/flavorings, emulsifiers. If it costs less than 20 shekels (~$5) per Liter, it's probably too good to be true.
If it's not 100% olive oil, it's not even allowed to say "blended olive oil."
The fraudulent oil is a special concern is those with soy allergies, as soy oil can be the adulterant.
They feel that rabbis should not give a hecksher to olive oil that is not 100% olive oil.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4786

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on December 9, 2014.

Food Lovers Peach Slices in Grape Juice erroneously bears a Beth Din logo. This product is NOT kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4788

The following kashrus alert is from the MK on December 8, 2014.

The MK wishes to advise the public that Café Dizengoff, 5500 Westbury, Montreal, QC H3Q 2W8 is no longer certified by the MK with immediate effect.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4787

The following kashrus alert is from the MK on December 8, 2014.

The MK wishes to advise the public that DRIED MUSHROOMS PORCINIS from DION HERBS & SPICES with MK PAREVE SYMBOL are no longer certified kosher and are being recalled. Porcini Kibbled And Porcini Powder are kosher when bearing the MK mark.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4785

The following cashew allergy alert is from the FARE on December 3, 2014.

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary market withdrawal of 15-packs and 6-packs of White Chocolate Macadamia Gluten Free LUNA® Bars. Although the individual bar wrappers and packs include advisory allergen labeling stating that the product contains cashews and front-of-pack labeling notifying consumers of a new recipe that now includes cashews, some consumers reported they did not see the new recipe call-out or the allergen advisory.
The company is voluntarily withdrawing the bars out of an abundance of caution for people who are allergic to cashews. Only the product meeting the following criteria is affected:

  • Individual bars of White Chocolate Macadamia Gluten Free LUNA® Bars
  • 6-packs of White Chocolate Macadamia Gluten Free LUNA® Bars
  • 15-packs of White Chocolate Macadamia Gluten Free LUNA® Bars
    • UPC Codes: Bar: 7-22252-10067-2
    • 15-count Caddy: 7-22252-20067-9
    • 6 Pack: 7-22252-25071-1

No other LUNA Bar products, pack sizes or flavors are affected. The company is strongly advising consumers who have cashew allergies not to consume these bars and discard them to avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction. People with an allergy to cashews run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.
Consumers with questions may contact 1-888-851-8456, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PDT, Monday-Friday. Details also can be found on the Clif Bar web site http://www.clifbar.com/text/voluntary-recall. Clif Bar & Company cares deeply about the health and safety of consumers and will be making the cashew allergen labeling even more prominent on this bar.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4784

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on December 5, 2014..

Safeway is voluntarily recalling Safeway Select French Salted Caramel (Fleur De Sel) Premium Ice Cream sold in all Safeway-owned stores from November 4, 2014 through December 5, 2014 due to the inclusion of an undeclared peanut allergen.

Product NameUPC CodeBest Before Date
Safeway Select French Salted Carmel (Fleur De Sel) Premium Ice Cream21130 08970Nov 03 2015

The UPC Code is located on the side panel. The Best Before Date is located on the bottom of the package. The recipe’s caramel cups ingredient was replaced with peanut butter cups due to a supply error.

The recalled Safeway Select French Salted Caramel (Fleur De Sel) Premium Ice Cream was sold in all Safeway, Carrs, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons stores throughout the United States.

Customers are asked to discard the product or return it to their local store for a full refund. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Safeway at 1-877-SAFEWAY.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4783

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc Twitter feed on December 4, 2014 .

We have been informed that the Pepsi products that are kosher in the United States and Canada are also kosher in Mexico.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4782

The following kashrus alert is from the Yeahthankskosher.com confirmed by Rabbi Mehlman and posted on December 3, 2014 .

The House of Cupcakes branches in Wayne and Clifton, NJ are no longer certified as kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4780
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