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The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on October 2, 2014.

Effective immediately, Salem Botanicals of Carneys Point, NJ, is no longer under Star-K certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4710

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on October 1, 2014.

Tropical Valley Foods Inc., Plattsburgh, NY, is recalling 455 cases (12 bags per case) of next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRIES, Lot 460013, due to the potential for undeclared peanuts to be packaged in the product.
The affected next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRIES was sold to distributors and retailers located in Iowa, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Canada and Japan. Distributors where instructed to inform their customers of the recall of the product, to immediately remove it from sale and to promptly discard it.
The affected product is packaged in 3 oz. plastic bags with UPC 817582252006, Lot 460013 and “Best by Date” of 2016.03.31. The product was distributed between September 12th, 2014 and September 25th, 2014.
The recall was initiated after an employee found a peanut piece in a bulk case of Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries that was being packaged into the 3 oz. bags. Subsequent investigation by the firm revealed that some Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries had been packaged into 3 oz. bags of next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRIES prior to the discovery.
Consumers who are allergic to peanuts are urged not to consume the above product. Customers who purchased the affected product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kristain Stone at Tropical Valley Foods by phone at (518) 314-7162, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4709

The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on October 1, 2014.

The following are corrections and additions to the Preliminary Guide to Chodosh for 5775
NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR QUAKER OATS CEREALS BELOW.

  • Section 4.1 Cakes, cookies and crackers
    • Streits matzo and matzo product are Yoshon under the hashgocho of the Kof-K and Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik.
  • Section 5.1 Regular noodles
    • Streits noodles are Yoshon under the hashgocho of the Kof-K and Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik.
  • Section 5.2 Chow mein noodles
    • Streits chow mein noodles are Yoshon under the hashgocho of the Kof-K and Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik.
  • Section 8.1 Breakfast cereals
    • Quaker oats cereals manufactured in the USA have a Chodosh PACKING date of October 1. (For Quaker Quick Oats, Oatmeal, Instant Oats and other hot oats cereals that are cooked, the package date is March 24 16-540 days after packing.) For items manufactured in Canada and sold in the USA, the Chodosh PACKING date is Aug 27 (package date for hot cereals is Feb. 18 16.)
    • Paskesz cereals with a Yoshon label are Yoshon under the hashgocho of the O-U. For those without a Yoshon label, no information known yet.
  • Section 9.1 Frozen and other packaged products
    • Mechel’s Fine Frozen Pastry Yoshon under the hashgochos of the CRC, Star-K and the Vaad Hakashrus of New Square.
  • Section 13.5 Chicago
  • Tel Aviv Bakery is Yoshon under the hashgocho of the O-U.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4708
  • The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Supervision on October 1, 2014.

    SUNFLOWER BREAD produced by New York Bread, Inc., (2201 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) between the dates of 9/17/2014 through 9/30/2014 is being recalled. This product is not kosher, even when bearing the OK kosher symbol on the packaging.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4707

    The following kashrus alert is from the MK on September 30, 2014.

    The MK wishes to advise the public that Vitkin Brand-Israeli Journey, 2011 wine is being sold in SAQ Stores in the kosher section. This wine is in fact NOT kosher.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4706

    The following Canadian kashrus advisory from the COR on September 29, 2014.

    Please be advised that due to a product reformulation, Kellogg’s Special K is now DAIRY. The new boxes bear a “COR 246 D”. Future boxes of Special K cereal will bear the full word “DAIRY.” Older boxes that bear a “COR 246” symbol are indeed pareve.

    Ed. note: The American Special K is certified kosher and dairy by the Rabbinical Council of New England and bears a KD.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4705

    The following information about bamboo mats for schach is from the cRc on September 24, 2014.

    "The cRc has researched some of the bamboo mats sold at Home Depot for their validity in using them for schach on your Succah. The current information as to which schach at Home Depot we recommend, is now on the cRc website at: www.crcweb.org/Schach%20Mat%20Fencing%20(Sep%202014).pdf"

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4703

    The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on September 29, 2014.

    The Cape Beth Din has withdrawn certification from Mrs Katz's Chickens. Mrs Katz’s Chickens purchased prior to the 18th of September are Kosher.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4704

    The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K on September 24, 2014.

    Please note that Espresso Caramels sold by MJC Confections, Bethpage, NY and sold in Barnes and Noble bookstores bears an unauthorized KOF-K parve symbol and in fact contains dairy ingredients.
    For further information please contact the KOF-K at 201 837 0500 x2.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4702

    The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR posted on September 23, 2014.

    Please be advised that we are seeing an abundance of pomegranates and dates from Israel in our retail market in honour of Rosh Hashana. These fruits are subject to the laws of terumos and maaseros (tithes) such that terumos and maaseros must be separated before they can be consumed.
    Instructions are available at the following link http://cor.ca/view/61:2/produce_of_israel_a_primer.html.
    The COR encouragea consumers to purchase pomegranates and dates from COR certified stores. As of today, COR mashgichim have separated terumos and maaseros at the following stores:

    1. Hartman’s North and South Stores - Pomegranates
    2. Kosher City – Pomegranates and Dates
    3. Sobey’s – Dates
    4. TAP - Pomegranates
    5. Tastes Like More – Pomegranates

    Three pomegranates were inadvertently sold at TAP Supermarket before Terumos and Maaseros were taken. If you purchased a pomegranate at TAP on Thursday, September 18, please call the COR office for instructions.
    If you are purchasing fruit from stores that are not supervised by COR then please take care to ensure that terumos and maaseros are separated from Israeli produce.
    In addition, as the upcoming year is the shemittah year there are a number of other considerations regarding fruits and vegetables from Israel. More information is available at www.cor.ca/view/539/shemittah_101.html.

    Kashrut.com information on Shmitta and Teruma and Maasros is at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4701
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