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The following chodosh information is from Rabbi Y. Herman on August 6, 2012.

"Oats products packed or produced as of Jul 26 may contain Chodosh. If purchased after Aug 9 package codes should be checked. However a later date is applicable for oatmeal and oats in other cereals made by General Mills, Quaker and Mail-O-Meal."
"SPRING WHEAT: Packaged foods that contain spring wheat may contain Chodosh if packed or produced as of Aug 9. If purchased after Aug 24 package codes should be checked. Items containing wheat, wheat germ or wheat starch may be Chodosh after this date unless it is known that the wheat is Yoshon. Examples of foods that are from winter wheat and are Yoshon are matzos and gefilte fish (Note: Some gefilte fish may use ground up bread crumbs instead of matzo meal. The only such brand we have found so far A&B was using only Yoshon bread crumbs.). However packaged products made by General Mills have an earlier date."


The following chodosh information is from Rabbi Y. Herman on August 2, 2012.

"I issued an urgent bulletin earlier this week, when the O-U informed me that the General Mills flour mill received the first shipment of Chodosh spring wheat on Jul25. This was much earlier than I expected. It turns out that this shipment was an anomaly. Indeed by Jul 31 only about 28% of the spring wheat had been harvested, as I expected. The early shipment appears to have been from one of the earliest lots harvested in North Dakota. The other mills I was able to reach expect to receive new spring wheat around Aug 15, as expected."


The following chodosh information is from Rabbi Y. Herman on August 1, 2012.

"The O-U informed us that the General Mills flour mill in Buffalo NY has already received its first shipment of Chodosh wheat for bakery flour on Jul 25. This date is the earliest we recall seeing Chodosh on the East Coast in the 40 years of the Guide to Chodosh. We expected Chodosh to start early, but not this early. Please do not contact us for details for a few days until we have had a chance to digest this information and develop revised guidelines. However, the tentative dates are for oats Jul 26, for wheat packaged goods and bakery products Aug 8 in the East and Far West and Jul 30 in the Midwest. For barley probably Aug 15."


The following chodosh information is from the Rabbinical Council of California on July 20, 2012.

For all those who are concerned with Chodosh/ yoshon please note that the season will most likely start the first week of AUGUST. Please plan accordingly.


The following chodosh information is from Rabbi Y. Herman and posted on the web by Jerusalem Kosher News on July 17, 2012.

The US Department of Agriculture ( USDA) releases their weekly report on crop progress on Monday of each week. The latest report indicates that the harvest of oats is well on the way. Our estimated oats packing cutoff date for oats is Jul 21, one week earlier than normal. The latest report does not mention any harvest of spring wheat or barley. We are quite certain that the harvest of these crops must also on the way by now and should be reported by the next weekly update from the USDA. Pending future reports, our preliminary estimate for spring wheat Chodosh date is Aug 2, and barley Aug 7. These dates refer to the earliest packing date when Chodosh may start to appear in manufactured items. These tentative dates should finalized in the next 1-2 weeks.

Ed Note: One can sign up for chodosh information from Rabbi Yoseph Herman by email by sendinb a blank email message to Chodosh-subscribe@jif.org.il

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3917

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on August 6, 2012.

Please be advised that future productions of NOH Foods seasonings will no longer be Kosher certified and will no longer bear the Star-K or Star-D symbol. Existing product bearing either of the above symbols is Kosher certified. Hawaiian Iced Tea Mix and Hawaiian Iced Tea beverage will remain certified and will continue to bear the Star-K symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3930

The following British kashrus alert is from the London Beth Din on August 2, 2012.

Whole Earth Dark Chocolate Spread, listed as approved Parev on p.42 of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2012, has changed formulation and is now approved kosher Dairy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3929

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 1, 2012.

Smarties 3 Feet O'Fun packaged by Stichler Products Inc., Reading, PA mistakenly bears an OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3928

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 1, 2012.

Atlanta Bread Chocolate Brownie Bites (9.6 oz), Bake One, Smyrna, GA is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy components, as indicated on the label. Some packages were mistakenly printed with a plain OU, without the D - Dairy designation. The mislabeled product was primarely sold at WalMart. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3927

The following Canadian wheat allergy and gluten sensivity alert is from the CFIA on August 2, 2012.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with sensitivities to gluten not to consume the Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby described below. The affected product may contain gluten which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby, product of USA, is sold in 170 g (6 oz) packages bearing UPC 0 48685 71786 8 and a USE BY date of 15 APR 2013.
This product has been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and may have been distributed nationally.
There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product. Consumption of this product may cause a serious reaction in persons with sensitivities to gluten.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3926

The following insect infestion alert is from the Vaad of Denver on August 1, 2012.

Blueberries: (per the Va'ad HaKashrus of the Five Towns) Thrips can be found on the top of the berry near the hole.
What to do: Until recently, cultivated premium blueberries (Grade A) were able to be used without any special preparation. However, blueberries have been found, both in the U.S. and in Eretz Yisrael, to have thrips on the top of the blueberry near the hole. Therefore, the following simple process should be followed:
Steps for Cleaning Blueberries

  1. Fill up a large receptacle with water and a soapy solution. The receptacle should be large enough to accommodate the amount of product you are using and still enable you to vigorously agitate the berries as described below. The amount of soapy solution should be enough to make the water feel slippery and be "sudsy".
  2. The product should be completely submerged in the water and allowed to soak for three minutes.
  3. Vigorously agitate the berries in the soapy solution.
  4. Remove the blueberries from the receptacle, place them in a colander and rinse them very thoroughly, making sure the stream of water reaches all the berries.
  5. No further inspection is necessary.
Note: These steps are for premium blueberries (Grade A) and to the exclusion of wild blueberries that can be found in the country or other similar areas which can be infested with insects.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3924

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on August 1, 2012.

A number of Cadbury chocolates are being imported into South Africa which appear similar or identical to products produced locally. The only difference will be the place of manufacture. For example, the label on Cadbury Flake large says “made in Egypt for Kraft SA”. The imported products do not bear the Beth Din logo. Our certification applies only to products “made in South Africa” and similar products made elsewhere are not certified. For a complete list of certified Cadbury products, visit www.uos.co.za or via your mobile phone www.uos.co.za/mobi.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3923

The following health alert is from the FDA on July 30, 2012.

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall today of a small amount of 6-packs of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF® Bars that were distributed to limited Target and Walmart stores. These 6-packs may contain Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars that are mislabeled with White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF® Bar wrappers with a "Best By" date of 16MAY13G1 and do not list coconut in the ingredient statement. Clif is taking this precautionary safety step for people who are allergic to coconut.
A small quantity of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars were inadvertently placed in White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF Bar wrappers and these mislabeled bars were placed inside correctly labeled Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar 6-pack boxes. The White Chocolate Macadamia wrappers contain advisory allergen labeling which states that the product may contain traces of other tree nuts.
Only the product meeting both the following criteria is affected:
  • 6-packs of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars with “Best By” date 16MAY13G1 UPC: 7-22252-66030-5
  • Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars mislabeled in White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF Bar individual wrappers found in the above Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar 6-pack box with the same “Best By” date 16MAY13G1
NO other CLIF Bar products, pack sizes, flavors or “Best By‟ date codes are affected.
Consumers with questions or who would like replacement coupons may contact 1-888-851-8456, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PDT, Monday-Friday. Details also can be found at www.clifbar.com/coconut.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3922

The following Canadian egg allergy alert is from the CFIA on July 27, 2012 and and CFIA on July 29, 2012.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Montreal Kosher are warning people with allergies to egg not to consume the Montreal Kosher products described below. The affected products contain egg which is not declared on the labels. All lot codes of the following Montreal Kosher brand products are affected by this alert:
Product Size UPC
Potato Knish 283g 068342006715
Potato Knish 454g 068342007019
Potato Knish 340gg 068342006715

These products have been distributed in Quebec and Ontario.

There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of these products. Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to egg. For more information contact Montreal Kosher at 514-739-3651.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3920
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