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Kashrus information on Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice

January 30 2018 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

"Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).
What does DE mean? Parve products made with heat on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat, but not with meat.
Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee.
Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you call our office every 3 months to reconfirm the DE status of this product."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6225

Canada expands sesame seed recall to include more products

January 31, 2018 - FoodSafetyNews

As of Tuesday, the following products had been recalled:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may result in additional product recalls.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6221

Kashrus alert on Jewel Osco bakery department Signature Select Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 3o 2018 from the Kof-K:

Please note that in Jewel Osco bakery department in the Chicago area, an error occurred where chocolate chip cookies were packed in bags with a KOF-K dairy emblem without authorization.The brand is called “Signature Select Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked in our Ovens” . Jewel Osco immediately has sent notices to all the stores that these bags must not be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6223

OU To Use OU-DE symbol

January 30 2018 from the OU Twitter Feed:

The OU has begun to use a DE symbol in limited situations. Keep in mind that for a variety of reasons, maintaining DE integrity can be extremely complex

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6224

Kashrus alert on Red Bird Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Puffs

January 30, 2018 from the OK:

Red Bird Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Puffs, Piedmont Candy Company, Lexington, NC 27292 has mMistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol:

A limited amount of Red Bird Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Puffs were mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol, instead of the required OK D.
This product is certified kosher and dairy, as per the ingredient list.
Corrective actions were taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6222

Kashrus information on Conagra VH® Sauces in soft pouches

January 25, 2018- from COR Twitter Feed:

Attention sauce lovers! We are pleased to announce that VH Sauces in soft pouches will remain KOSHER under COR Kosher.


Kashrus advisory on Conagra VH® Sauces

January 19, 2018 from the OK:

Please be advised that Conagra Brands has decided to remove OK kosher certification from the VH® Sauces products listed below. Any remaining products which bear the OK symbol are kosher certified.

Product Name
VH Chinese Cherry Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Cherry Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Garlic Hoisin Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese General Tao Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese Honey Garlic Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Medium Garlic Rib Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Mild Garlic Rib Sauce
VH Chinese Orange Ginger Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese Pineapple Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Plum Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Reduced Sodium Soya Sauce
VH Chinese Soya Sauce
VH Chinese Strong Garlic Rib Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Sweet & Sour Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese Szechwan Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Indian Butter Chicken Cooking Sauce
VH Indian Mango Curry Cooking Sauce
VH Indian Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce
VH Japanese Teriyaki Cooking Sauce
VH Japanese Teriyaki Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Korean BBQ Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Thai Pad Thai Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Thai Red Curry Cooking Sauce
VH Thai Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce
VH Thai Sweet Thai Chili Dipping Sauce
VH Thai Yellow Curry Cooking Sauce

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6216

Kashrus alert on Dee’s Nuts

January 25, 2018 from the OK:

Dee’s Nuts, Dee’s Snacks, Jacksonville, FL 32211 has a mistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol:
A limited number of the following products sold by Dee’s Snacks were mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol, instead of the required OK D. These products are kosher and dairy, as per the ingredient list and allergen statement. Product Name

  • Dee’s Banana Pudding Peanuts
  • Dee’s Cool Ranch & Sriracha Peanuts
  • Dee’s Dill Pickle Peanuts
  • Dee’s Pizza Peanuts

Corrective actions were taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6220

Temporary certification for some establishements certified by Rabbi Blech z"l.

January 24, 2018:

Rabbi Binyomin Taub (currently the Kashrus Coordinator of the RCBC and resident of Monsey, NY) has offered to continue the certification of Reb Zushe Z”L’s personal hechsher, known as Kehilas Bais Ben Zion, which primarily certifies local food service establishments. Rabbi Taub is offering his services free of charge as he feels that this is exactly what Reb Zushe would have done for others under such circumstances. His certification is for two months to give the family time to find suitable replacement. Please see the attached LOC’s for this interim hechsher. Only the establishments that have this letter hanging in the store has arranged for such a set up.

  • 18 Karrots Ksher Cafe and Juice Bar, 18 College Rd., Monsey, NY. Kosher Certificate is here
  • The Ridge Steakhouse, 314 Saddle River Rd, Airmont, NY. Kosher certificate is here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6219

Kashrut alert on Mand'Or Brand Almond Milk

January 23, 2018 from the Star-K:

Mand'Or Brand Almond Milk, imported by Almond Art USA, bears an unauthorized STAR-K and is not under our certification. The production facility is not authorized by STAR-K. In addition, the products contain ingredients, including grape juice, from sources unknown to us. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6218

Frozen food company recalls green beans after pet food recall

January 23, 2017 from the Food Safety News and commissaries.com:

National Frozen Foods Corp. issued a Class I recall of individual quick frozen green beans because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to notices posted by US Foods Inc. and the U.S. Department of Defense Commissary Agency.

The frozen food manufacturer issued its recall following the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in a third-party test by a downstream customer, a pet food company.

A notice from the U.S. Department of Defense Commissary Agency reported the following products sold in its commissary stores were included in the recall:


Additional products, supplied to other customers, may also have been recalled. However, no other related product recalls have yet been posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Ed. note: I expect this recall to expand. Cook the vegetables to 165 degrees F. and be careful about cross contamination.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6217
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