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The following kashrus alert is from cRc on August 13, 2013.

The cRc has found an increase in the number of insects present in heads of red cabbage. In response, the cRc has adjusted its policy regarding heads of red cabbage and is now requiring that the first four (4) layers of leaves be removed and discarded. The rest of the head should then be rinsed, followed by a cursory inspection to rule out obvious infestation. This policy is in force until further notice

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The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on August 13, 2013.

START OF THE CHODOSH SEASON

According to this week’s report from the US Department of Agriculture, the delayed start of the harvest of the Chodosh crops is finally in full swing. Based on these reports, I will recommend the following cutoffs for the forthcoming Chodosh season:

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 Aug 18. Elsewhere in the US, this date would be Aug 25. Packaged foods from spring wheat may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 18, or the PURCHASE date of Sept 1.

Noodles and pasta may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 25 and the PURCHASE date of Sept 8.

Barley, such as pearled barley, may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 18 and PURCHASE date of Sept 1.

Oats: According to the O-U all oats used in cereals may have a Chodosh PACKING date of Sept 1 or later, PURCHASE DATE of Sept 15 or later. The oats in General Mills cereals, such as the oats in Cheerios, this Chodosh PACKING date is Oct 1 or later, PURCHASE DATE of Oct 15 or later. (These dates may be revised to a later time in the future. These dates also apply for General Mills cereals sold under the Nestle label in Israel.) This includes all oats used in both cold cereals that one eats with cold milk or hot cereals such as cooked oatmeal. The O-U advisory does not apply to oats used in other products such as oat flour used in cookies. For such non-cereal products our recommended oats cutoff is the PACKING date of Aug 4 and the PURCHASE date of Aug 28.


The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 31, 2013.

"The tentative Chodosh starting dates are Aug 2 for oats and Aug 16 for spring wheat and barley. These are PACKING dates, items packed on or after this date may be Chodosh. These dates are about 1 week later than usual, reflecting the delay in harvest this year. We expect to be able to finalize these dates next week. For oats products, the following information was supplied by the O-U: All oats in cereals made by General Mills, such as Cheerios, are Yoshon up to the packing date of at least Sept 30. Oats in Quaker cereals will be Yoshon at least up to the packing date of Aug 31. This includes Quaker and Mother's oatmeal and other hot oats cereals from these companies. No further information iis available yet for other products."


The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 17, 2013.

"The first traces of the start of the Chodosh oats harvest have been issued by the US Dep't of Agriculture. My early estimate is that the oats could be a problem of Chodosh as early as the packing date of Jul 26, wheat as early as Aug 9 (these were the dates last year). When final dates are determined I will issue an update. Meanwhile, this is an early warning. For the next week or two it is definitely safe to store purchase and store items of importance to you without the need to worry about any Chodosh."

The Chodosh season is around the corner. According to the latest update July 31, 2013 is the cutoff date .

The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbinical Council of CA on July 17, 2013.

Please remember that not only wheat, but also, Barley, Spelt, Oats, Rye need to be Yoshon.
Likewise, baking aids such as Caravan , Puratos and others that contain any of the above (wheat , …) must be set aside just like the wheat etc.
Please note that Passover will be a month later this year so you need to order for 9 months.


The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 10, 2013.

"Based on the weekly reports sent out by the US Dep't of Agriculture, and other sources, we expect the Chodosh harvest to start maybe as early as end of July and the new spring wheat perhaps the first week of August. These dates are consistent with most earlier years. The recommended Chodosh cutoff dates would be about 7-10 days after the confirmed start of the first harvests."

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The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on August 13, 2013.

Please be advised that the following products:
Cashews – Honey Roasted
Almonds – Honey Roasted
Peanuts – Honey Roasted
produced by TERRAFINA LLC, Bronx, NY are no longer certified pareve, and were mistakenly labeled with the OK Kosher symbol instead of the OK-D, THE CASHEWS AND ALMONDS ARE NOW DAIRY THE PEANUTS WITH THE PLAIN OK ARE NOT CERTIFIED. The mislabeled products are being withdrawn from the market. If you see these products in a store, please contact us at 718-756-7500 or info@ok.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4296

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on August 7, 2013 in response to a reader's question.

Please be advised that WHOLE FOOD'S (365 EVERYDAY VALUE) SEMI-SWEETCHOCOLATE CHIPS and SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHUNKS are no longer certified Pareve. They are certified dairy (non-cholov Yisroel) when bearing the OK-D symbol on the label.

Ed. note: You can contact Whole Foods at 512-477-4455.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4292

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 8, 2013.

Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp., 570 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, is recalling Baltic Treasures, Norwegian Style Matjes, Marinella "Delicatessnaya", Jewish Style Matjes, Traditional Russian Matjes, and Rybacka Wies Matjes Brands of Herring Fillets in Oil due to contamination or possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products are packaged in 10.5 oz/300 gram, 17.64oz/500 gram, and 35.5oz/1 kg vacuum packed plastic packages and have sell by dates 103113, 113013, 123113, or 13114 stamped on the back of the container. The UPC Numbers are 0 21143 24118 1, 0 21143 24119 8, 0 21143 24117 4, 0 21143 24116 7, 0 21143 24101 3, 0 21143 24105 1, 0 21143 24111 2, 0 21143 24103 7, 0 21143 24106 8, 0 21143 24110 5, 0 21143 24102 0, 0 21143 24104 4, 0 21143 24121 1, 0 21143 24122 8, and 0 21143 24123 5. The products were sold nationwide. Each is a product of the USA.
Consumers who purchased Baltic Treasures, Jewish Style "Matjes", Norwegian Style "Matjes", Marinella "Delicatessnaya", Traditional Russian "Matjes", or Rybacka Wies "Matjes" Brands of Herring Fillets in Oil should not consume it and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with any questions may contact the company directly at 718-522-5480.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4295

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Denver on August 7, 2013.

Purchasing fresh onion in a non-certified store, e.g. Pete’s Fruits And Vegetables: When purchasing fresh onion or other “sharp” foods in a non-certified store, consumers must verify that the onion has not been cut by a knife from the store. Cutting a "sharp" food with a non-kosher knife would render the “sharp” food-not kosher. Some onions being sold outside Pete’s have been cut by a non kosher knife-caveat emptor, let the buyer beware!  

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4294

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 7, 2013.

Ambra Spaghetti A Nero Di Seppia contains a non kosher ingredient. Some packaging mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is being sold in Europe and corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4293

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 7, 2013.

Heeren Brothers Produce is recalling approximately 5,400 cantaloupes because of a possible health risk to consumers.
The produce, which was distributed to small, independent grocers in Michigan July 23-26, has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and should be discarded and not consumed. The cantaloupes are Athena Cantaloupes, but have no stickers or other markings that identify them as such.
Heeren Brothers Produce became aware of this issue after the Food & Drug Administration conducted a routine sampling and found the cantaloupes contained the bacteria.
Consumers who have questions may contact Heeren Brothers Produce at 616.452.2101 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4291

The following kashrus alert is from the OU dated August 5, 2013.

Lay’s Stax Sour Cream & Onion potato crisps, Comercializadora Pepsico Mexico, Coltongo Mexico contain dairy ingredients and are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product. Some packaging was mistakenly labeled without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective action has been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4290

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on August 6, 2013.

Please be advised that Zhoushan Mountain Spring Smoke House Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang, China) is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification. They continue to distribute SMOKED SALMON and other fish products bearing an unauthorized OK symbol on the packaging. These products are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4289
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