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July 5, 2017 from the http://www.uos.co.za/kashrut/openAlertUpdate.asp" target='UOS'>UOS:

  • Newly certified
    • All Faircape Long Life Milk is kosher when bearing the Beth Din logo.
    • Woolworths medium fat cream cheese[1] is Kosher when bearing the Beth Din logo.
  • Packaging Errors (Corrective measures implemented)
    • Pick n Pay rusks are marked as Parev, should be Dairy.
    • Dairymaid Mega ice-creams are marked as Parev, should be Dairy.
    • Nestle Rolo ice-creams are marked as Parev, should be Dairy.
    • Fiesta chips[2] are marked as Parev, should be Dairy.
    • Schwarma Co. Tahini is not Kosher certified.
    • Fruitime Aloe Grape Juice 500ml with a hechsher is not Kosher.
  • List changes and updates
    • Woolworths yoghurt’s formula has been changed, only Kosher when bearing a Beth Din logo.
    • Ghost Pops are Kosher Dairy.
  • Did you know?
    • Bomas Shwarma Resto Bar (Shwarma shop across from Genesis) is under new ownership. Their food is unbelievable; you have to try it out!!!!
    • Any plain, uncoloured and unflavoured pasta manufactured in Italy is acceptable[3]. This ruling does not apply to potato gnocchi or gluten free pasta[4].
  • Please note:
    • The Kashrut standard of Franjelicas has not changed. Franjelicas continues to offer a range of Dairy and Parev meal options. The only Non Mehadrin Parev item on the menu is Tuna Fish.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5981

Voluntary Recall of CLIF BUILDER'S Bar Chocolate Mint Flavor, CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint and CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip Flavors

July 5, 2017: The FDA and :

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall of CLIF® BUILDER'S® Bar Chocolate Mint flavor, and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Chip flavors due to possible presence of undeclared peanuts and some tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts and coconuts.
Clif Bar discovered this issue when it received a small number of consumer complaints alleging peanut or tree nut allergic reactions. There are no confirmed illnesses associated with this recall. The voluntary recall applies to products in all pack sizes and individual bars meeting the criteria found in the attached table. The affected “Best By” dates can be found on the back of individual packaging or caddies. No other Clif Bar & Company products, pack sizes, flavors or ‘Best By’ date codes are affected. The company is asking consumers to return product to the store where purchased to request an exchange or full refund if there is an allergy concern. Affected product should then be discarded in a secure place and not consumed. For more information please visit here or contact 866-526-1970.

DescriptionLot Code FROMLot Code TO
CLIF® BUILDER'S® 18-count Variety Pack Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint24MAR16M08FEB18M
CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein 30-count Variety Pack31MAY16M15OCT17M
CLIF® BUILDER'S® Chocolate Mint 12-count
CLIF® BUILDER'S® Chocolate Mint 6-pack
CLIF® BUILDER'S® Chocolate Mint 7-pack
CLIF® BUILDER'S® Snack Size Chocolate Mint 200-count
CLIF Kid ZBar® Protein Chocolate Chip 10-pack
CLIF Kid ZBar® Protein Chocolate Chip 150-count
CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Chip 5-pack
CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint 10-pack
CLIF Kid ZBar® Protein Chocolate Mint 150-count
CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint 5-pack
05APR16M323APR18M3

Canadian recall from the CFIA:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
CLIF BUILDER'S Chocolate Mint Protein Bar 68 g From 2016JN19M6 to 2018MR08M6 7 22252 60644 0
CLIF BUILDER'S Chocolate Mint Protein Bar 6 x 68 g From 2016JN19M6 to 2018MR08M6 7 22252 60444 6
CLIF BUILDER'S Chocolate Mint Protein Bar 12 x 68 g From 2016JN19M6 to 2018MR08M6 7 22252 61644 9
CLIF BUILDER'S Protein Bars Variety Pack 18 x 68 g From 2016JN18M55210 to 2018FE147095 7 22252 61633 3
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5978

Kosher Alert Blissfully Better Thins

July 5, 2017 from the OU:

Blissfully Better Toffee Thins; Organic Caramel Thins & Sea Salt; Organic Toffee Thins Crunchy Quinoa; Organic Toffee Thins Almond, Blissfully Better, Boca Raton FL missing D - Dairy Designation:
The Orthodox Union certifies Blissfully Yours Thins in the following varieties: Toffee Thins; Organic Caramel Thins & Sea Salt; Organic Toffee Thins Crunchy Quinoa; Organic Toffee Thins Almond, as OU D - Dairy products. These products contain dairy as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some labels bear a plain OU symbol without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5980

Kosher Alert Vitner Salt & Sour Potato Chips

July 3, 2017 from the OU:

Vitner Salt & Sour Potato Chips Sizzling Hot Salt & Sour Potato Chips, Snak-King, City of Inducstry CA missing D – Dairy Designation:
The Orthodox Union certifies Vitner Salt & Sour Potato Chips and Sizzling Hot Salt & Sour Potato Chips as OU D – Dairy products. Some packaging was printed with a plain OU without the D - Dairy designation. This product contains dairy as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5977

Health Alert on Mountain Fresh Dairy 1% Lowfat Milk

June 28, 2017 from the NY State Department of Food and Agriculture:

1% Lowfat Milk produced by Mountain Fresh Dairy, LLC, located at 145 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13903, is being voluntarily recalled due to improper pasteurization. Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.
The recalled 1% lowfat milk product was sold at three Non Profit Grocery Stores in New Jersey (NPGS).
The locations are:

  • 2080 W. County Line Road, Jackson, NJ
  • 231 Main Street, Lakewood, NJ
  • 152 James Street, Lakewood, NJ

The product was sold under the name Mountain FRESH KOSHER DAIRY CHOLOV YISROEL. It was also distributed by the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) in Broome County, New York. The product was packaged in a half-gallon, plastic container bearing the container code of: USE BY JUL 07 2017.
Routine monthly finished product sampling collected by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Milk Control and Dairy Division and analyzed by the Department’s Food Laboratory revealed that this lot of product was improperly pasteurized.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5976

Kosher Alert Jus By Julie Probiotic Shots

June 29, 2017 from the OU:

Jus By Julie Probiotic Shots (Berry, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine), Jus By Julie, Brooklyn, NY have an unauthorized OU:
The OU does not certify Jus By Julie Probiotic Shots (any flavor). This product bears an unauthorized OU. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5975

Kosher Information on Supreme Chocolatiers Marshmallow Eggs

On June 26, 2017, the OU posted on their website that Superior Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs, Supreme Chocolatiers, Staten Island NY has unauthorized OU: The Orthodox Union does not certify Supreme Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows. Some labels bear an unauthorized OU D symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

On June 29, 2017 the editor noticed that this alert was removed from the OU website. OU reported to the editor that alert was removed as the product is certified as kosher dairy by the OU.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5970

Kashrus alert on Pita from Babylon Ethnic Foods

June 28, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
NO LONGER UNDER VAAD HARABBONIM SUPERVISION as of 6/30/17: Pita from Babylon Ethnic Foods.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5974

Shmitta Alert: 2015 Israeli Wines

June 28, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
RECANATI and TISHBI WINES of 2015 VINTAGE are Shemitah products and are not recommended (and therefore do not bear an OU). They have been found recently in the Kosher wine sections of local non-Jewish stores.


March 6, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:
2015 Israeli Wines do not have regular approved kosher certification like the OU or OK because of a shmita concern. The AKC does not recommend purchasing these products, and has asked local stores to remove them from the kosher sections. Check with your rav if you have already purchased such wines.


Shmitta Alert: Recanati Wine

February 16, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

2015 Recanati Wine does not have OU certification (shmita concern). The AKC does not recommend purchasing this product, and has asked local stores to remove it from the kosher sections.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5843

Israeli produce alert

June 28, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
AMC GRAPEFRUIT at COSTCO in 8 pound bags are product of Israel, as stated on the tag, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. We have also received reports that CLEMENTINES at Costco in some areas are product of Israel.

Information on tithing can be found here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5973
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