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The Latest on Oreo Cookies

July 14, 2017 from the OU Daf HaKashrus Vol. 22 / No. 9:

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

  • Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
  • Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies
  • Oreo Original Mega Stuff Sandwich Cookie
  • Mini Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
  • Chocolate Oreo Sandwich Cookies
  • Golden Oreo Sandwich Cookies
  • Triple Double Oreo Sandwich Cookies
  • Oreo Thins Sandwich Cookies

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.

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OU Kosher Advisory – Entenmann's

July 13, 2017 from the OU:

Entenmann's Pastries, Bimbo's Bakeries, USA:
Most of the product line is certified as OU-D Dairy. A few items are not certified and do not bear the OU-D symbol. Consumers should always check each item when purchasing to verify that there is a kosher symbol on the product. Never assume because one product of a brand name is certified, that the rest of the brand is also certified.

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OU Kosher Advisory – Beth Israel Hospital

July 13, 2017 from the OU:

Beth Israel Hospital, 1st Ave & 16th St.: Effective July 31, 2017, Beth Israel Hospital will discontinue kosher certification of its kosher kitchen and meals. The cafeteria vending machines will also no longer have kosher prepared food. Patients may request, kosher, double wrapped meals.

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Rabbi Herman Preliminary Chodosh information 13 Jul 17

(The dates given below are preliminary likely to change over the next few weeks.) We expect the Chodosh grain started to appear in products as follows:

  1. Freshly baked items using spring wheat, including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies may be Chodosh in the Midwest after the PURCHASE DATE of July 29. Elsewhere in the US, this date would be Aug 12.
  2. Packaged foods from spring wheat may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of July 29, or the PURCHASE date of Aug 12.
  3. Noodles and pasta may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 13 and the PURCHASE date of Aug 27.
  4. Barley, such as pearled barley, may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 9 and PURCHASE date of Aug 23.
  5. Oats: Oats in all products, including cereals, may be Chodosh starting with a PACKING date of Jul 20, PURCHASE date of Aug 3. (For details see below.)
  6. Barley malt (also listed in the ingredients as "malt" may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Nov 15 for beer and Dec 15 for other packaged foods. Package codes should be checked after the purchase date of Dec 15 for beer made from barley malt and Mar 15 for malt in other products.

Please note that the early starting date for oats is a chumrah, based on the start of the oats harvest which is already on the way now. However, many cereal companies keep old oats in storage and start using Chodosh later. General Mills (Cheerios, etc) usually starts at least 1-2 months later. Quaker some years started this early, other years later. To be sure, purchase oats cereals for storage now. It is too early now for mashgichim to be able to find out the oats starting date for this year for specific companies.


The harvest of spring wheat and barley is about to start. At least one flour mill in the upper Midwest USA near the growing areas warned that they may start milling Chodosh spring wheat as early as Jul 18, or shortly after that. I don't expect that most mills in the Midwest will start for at least 1-2 weeks after that. Mills on the East and West coasts should be at least 1-2 weeks later to allow for transportation delays. Mashgichim and proprietors of Yoshon-related foods should take note of the impending start of the Chodosh season.

Please also note that for the second year in the row, the hard red winter wheat crop is very low in protein level. Therefore, products usually made from winter wheat only, are likely to have some spring wheat blended in to raise the overall protein level. Even flour or other products labeled as being from 100% winter wheat are, by law, allowed to contain even more than 50% spring wheat and quite likely will! It is the responsibility of the mashgichim to make sure that products they claim are Yoshon are indeed from winter wheat only and are therefore Yoshon. Such products include flour, matzos, matzo meal and foods using matzo meal (eg gefilte fish), pretzels, crackers.

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July 13, 2017, - From the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that LE GREC RANCH DRESSING and LE GREC CAESAR DRESSING produced by MOREHOUSE FOODS CANADA LTD. have been inadvertently mislabeled with an MK pareve symbol. This product is in fact DAIRY. Corrective action has been taken.

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Kosher Alert: Summer Fresh Lemon Orzo

July 13, 2017, - From the COR:

Summer Fresh Lemon Orzo is NOT KOSHER even when bearing a COR 408 symbol. Corrective action is being taken.

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Kashrus Alert - Know Allergies Bars – all flavors

July 12, 2017 from the Kof-K:

Please note the company Know Allergies has Snack Bars in the market with an unauthorized KOF-K symbol.It is not certified by the KOF-K and has never been certified by the KOF-K. For further information contact 201 837 1967.

Kashrus Alert - Know Allergies Bars – all flavors

June 14, 2017 from the OK:

Know Allergies Bars – all flavors bear an unauthorized OK kosher symbol. These products are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective actions were taken.

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Rabbi Herman Preliminary Chodosh news

July 11, 2017 - "Except for oats, the harvest of spring wheat and barley has not yet started. The hard red winter wheat crop has very low protein for the second year in the row, making it more necessary to blend in spring wheat to items marked "winter wheat". We are alerting the mashgichim about this continued winter wheat problem. We plan to issue the next bulletin in about 1-2 weeks. The Chodosh season may start sometime in August."

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Mexican kashrus alert on Los bombones de garabatos

June 16, 2017 from One Kosher:

Los bombones de garabatos no son kosher.

Translated by Google translate: Garabatos Chocolates are not kosher.

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SEATTLE VAAD KASHRUT ALERT - Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (77 Central)

July 10, 2017: From the Seattle Vaad:

As of today, July 11, 2017 the Menchies Frozen Yogurt on Mercer Island (7785 Sunset Hwy, Suite 116, Mercer Island WA) is no longer Kosher Certified by the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle.
The store has changed ownership, and the new owner has decided not to continue kosher certification at this time.

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