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Kashrus advisory on Piece of Velvet, Brooklyn, NY

January 8, 2018 from the OK:

Piece of Velvet, MM NY Holdings Inc DBA Piece of Velvet, Brooklyn, NY 11217:
Please be advised that as of January 5th, 2018, MM NY Holdings Inc DBA Piece of Velvet is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification

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Kashrus alert on asparagus

January 2, 2018 from the cRc:

Due to high amounts of insect infestation found under the triangular side leaves on the asparagus, the cRc now recommends in addition to cutting off the tops of green asparagus, one should either peel the entire sides of the asparagus or remove all the triangular side leaves and wash well.

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South African kosher alert on Rolo ice cream

January 7, 2018: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg: Please be aware that Rolo ice cream is incorrectly marked as Parev, this product is Milchik. The company has taken corrective action.

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Kashrus status of Unflavored Orange Pekoe or Green Tea Leaves

December 25, 2017 from the Kosherquest.org and confirmed by the cRc:
Unflavored Orange Pekoe or Green Tea Leaves (including matcha) or tea bags are acceptable without Hashgacha if they contain no other ingredients. Flavored or herbal tea leaves or bags require Kosher certification. Earl Grey with bergamot oil is acceptable without Hashgacha, but Earl Grey tea with bergamot flavor requires Kosher certification. All of the above is limited to tea leaves and tea bags, but all prepared (liquid) tea or instant tea powder sold in retail containers requires Kosher certification.l

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British Kashrut Alert - Nairn's Gluten Free Easy Porridge

December 21, 2017: From the London Beth Din:
Nairn's Gluten Free Easy Porridge listed on p.63 of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2017 as approved Parev has changed formulation and is now approved Dairy

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Kashrus alert on various Sara Lee Bread products

December 25 2017 from Kof-K:

Sara Lee Corporation has chosen to no longer have kosher certification on the following products:

This is in no way in a result of any infraction or violation and the company is in good standing with KOF-K.

Ed. note: You can contact Bimbo Bakeries the manufacturer of Sara Lee Bread at 1-800-984-0989.

Kashrus alert on Sara Lee Breads

October 26, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

Sara Lee: A number of Sara Lee Bread products will be discontinuing their certification. Please check the packaging before purchasing. If you want these products re-certified please call Sara Lee and let them know: 800-984-0989

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Insect infestation alert on Jack Rabbit Barley

December 25, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

JACK RABBIT BARLEY with code dates 06Jul18L and 22Sep18L has been found to be infested, and should not be used without checking the product thoroughly.  Each entire bag should be examined by placing a small pile of barley - about two ounces at a time - on a white paper plate (not plastic, which creates a shine) with a very good overhead light that illuminates the plate. Use a finger or a fork to drag a small amount of barley away from the pile, spreading that barley in a single layer. Visually inspect the spread-apart barley, looking for webbing, black insects and white or tan worms between or under the kernels. Repeat this until the entire pile has been checked. Then do the same for the rest of the barley in the package.  
Consumers who store barley or other grains for extended amounts of time are advised to store these products in the refrigerator or freezer in order to prevent infestation

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Daisy’s Bakery Inc. Issues Alert On Undeclared Milk In "Gourmet Concha"

December 28, 2017 from the FDA:

Daisy’s Bakery Inc. of Clifton, New Jersey is recalling 4 ounce packages of Gourmet Concha, because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Daisy’s Bakery Gourmet Concha was distributed in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina in retail stores through direct delivery.
The product is white, round with a seashell shape stamped on top of a 4 ounce sweat bread, clear plastic package marked with the lot numbers 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470 and 471 marked in yellow or white numbers on the back of the package. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk containing product was distributed with a label that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes. Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.
Consumers who have purchased a 4 ounce package of Daisy’s Bakery Gourmet Concha are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Daisy’s Bakery Inc. at 973-340-3200 office hours are Monday- Friday; 7am- 5pm.

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Kashrut alert on H-E-B Brand Extra Strength Gas Relief Softgels

December 28, 2017 from the Star-K:

H-E-B brand Extra Strength Gas Relief softgels distributed in H-E-B supermarkets in Texas, bears an unauthorized STAR-K.The product contains gelatin and is not Kosher. Corrective action is being taken.  

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Updates from the Guide to Chodosh

December 28, 2017 from Rabbi Herman:

Yoseph Herman, email yherman@earthlink.net. Hot Line 718-305-5133

Last year we noted that spring wheat flour is being added to winter wheat flour in the production of some hand matzos. At that time we were informed that all the added spring wheat has been from stored spring wheat to make sure that the matzos remains Yoshon. However, in some cases this year some hand matzos bakeries have not been able to obtain Yoshon spring wheat for this purpose. Therefore, some hand matzos this year may be Chodosh. The Guide to Chodosh will not survey all the bakeries to ascertain which will be Yoshon and which will not. Do not contact the Guide for information about this. Instead, call the mashgiach of your specific matzo bakery.
Page 22. Has a paragraph incorrectly held over from earlier years regarding all matzos using only winter wheat. In fact, as noted above, matzos and items using matzo meal need to be individually checked to make sure that they are Yoshon. The new Guide does have a listing of such items that have been checked for this.


The full Guide for the season was published on 10 Dec 17. The following are updates to this Guide.

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