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The following kashrus alert from the OU on April 26, 2012.

Due to supply chain issues some Tree Ripe Orange Juice, Johanna Foods have been produced in a non-certified facility. The containers do not bear the OU symbol. As always, we advise consumers to check the containers for the OU symbol before purchasing.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3833

The following change in certification notice is from the Star-K dated April 18, 2012 with additional infomation from the VHQ on April 26, 2012.

LA PIZZERIA, 144 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY 11021, is no longer Star-K certified.
Ed. note: They are now certified by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3826

The following health alert from the New York State Department of Food and Agriculture on April 26, 2012.

Alfa Sprouts Inc., Honeoye Falls, NY is recalling approx. 100 lbs of Springwater Sprouts brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts and bulk 3# Clover Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. ,
The following 2 products are being recalled by the firm:

  1. Clear clam shell packages containing 4 oz. Organic Alfalfa Sprouts with a sell by date of 4/28/2012. This product was distributed in New York State. Product label and UPC code noted below.
    • UPC Code 688267047411
    • UPC Code 042891000523
  2. 3# Bulk containers of Clover Sprouts, with a production code of P93. This product was distributed to institutional accounts in Upstate New York.
The contamination was discovered after sampling under the USDA Microbiological Data Program by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspectors and subsequent analysis by the New York State Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product. No illness has been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased Organic Alfalfa Sprouts or bulk 3 # Clover Sprouts, distributed by Alfa Sprouts Inc. (Springwater Sprouts) should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 585 624 1234.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3832

The following kashrus information from the OU in response to a reader's question on April 24, 2012.

At the present time, most varieties of Oreo Cookies contain dairy ingredients, with two notable exceptions. Original Oreo Sandwich Cookie and Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookie do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment. The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of the Oreo Original and Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present in these cookies. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a Halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (botel bishishim) and of no consequence. The bottom line of all this is that the Oreo Original and Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously.
Please bear in mind that the manufacturer may choose in the future to reformulate these products and add dairy ingredients. Since these products already bear OUD symbols, formulation changes would not be reflected in the OUD logo. As such, we recommend that consumers check regularly with our office to confirm the status of these items.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3831

The following kashrus alert from the OU on April 24, 2012.

My Choice Frozen Yogurt and Juice Store, located at 845 7th Avenue, New York, NY, printed brochures that display the OU symbol. This store is not certified by the Orthodox Union.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3830

The following kashrus alert from the OU on April 24, 2012.

Christie Triscuit Low Sodium Roasted Garlic, Christie Brown, a Division of Kraft Canada, Don Mills Ontario Missing "D" Dairy designation.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3829

The following kashrus alert from the OU on April 19, 2012.

Grissol Crispy Baguette - Original, Dare Foods Ltd., Kitchener ON: Mistaken "D" designation

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3828

The following kashrus alert from the OU on April 19, 2012.

Cold Rush Frozen Yogurt, Richfield Shopping Center, Clifton, New Jersey: Coupons for the Cold Rush Frozen Yogurt store in the Richfield Shopping Center in Clifton N.J. bear an unauthorized OU symbol. These coupons were distributed in the Passaic-Clifton area. The Orthodox Union does not certify Cold Rush and has no information about the kosher status of that store.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3827

The following information on purchase of Chometz foods after Passover 2012 is from a number of sources. The stores listed are acceptable, unless otherwise noted. I have listed next to store the name the agency that listed that store on its list of acceptable stores to purchase chometz products at after Pesach. Please note that for some stores such as supermarkets the distributors are different in different parts of the country. Also different agencies have different standards as to what they accept, so stores utilizing the same distributor are treated differently by different agencies. Additional information will be added as it is received. (posted on April 19, 2012). Ask your own rabbi as to what to do in your area.

Information is from the following sources:
Chicago Rabbinical Council, Kosherquest.org, Star-K Rabbi Weiss, Detroit, Denver Vaad, Young Israel of Brookline, KosherLA, Capitol-K, Jewish Center of New York, (JCNY) and Oheb zedek NY: OZNY, Kof-K, RCC

National Stores
  • A&P (see *2, , JCNY, Kof-K)
  • Acme (Highland Park, Edison rabbis)
  • Albertson’s (Eidlitz, Denver, RCC)
  • Aldi’s (All Locations) (cRc, Detroit)
  • Big lots: (RCC)
  • BJ’s (All Locations) (Star-K, cRc, Capitol-K)
  • Bristol Farms: (RCC)
  • Coffee Bean (Eidlitz, Kosher LA, RCC)
  • CVS (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz. RCC, Capitol-K)
  • Costco (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC, Capitol-K)
  • Dollar Tree Stores (All Locations) cRc
  • Family Dollar Stores (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Detroit)
  • Farm Fresh (Eidlitz, Detroit)
  • Dominick's (All Locations)(cRc)
  • Food Basics: (see *2, (Kof-K)
  • Food 4 Less (All Locations)(cRc, RCC)
  • Food Lion (Star-K, Capitol-K)
  • Gelson’s (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Giant (see *1 | below for Baltimore); *2
  • Harris Teeter (Capitol-K)
  • Jetro / Restaurant Depot: (Kof-K arranged sale of Chometz, RCC)
  • Jewel (All Locations) (cRc)
  • K-Mart (All Locations) (cRc, Eidlitz, RCC, Star-K, Capitol-K, Detroit)
  • Kroger (All Locations) (cRc)
  • Longs Drugs (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Mars (Star-K)
  • Nuts & More
  • OSCO Pharmacy (All Locations) (cRc)
  • Pathmark *2, Kof-K
  • Petco (Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Capitol-K)
  • Petsmart (Star-K, cRc)
  • Pet Supplies Plus (All Locations) (cRc)
  • Publix
  • Price Rite (*3 R. Teitz
  • Ralphs /Kroger (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Rite-Aid (Star-K, Eidlitz, RCC, Capitol-K))
  • Royal Farms (Star-K, Capitol-K)
  • Safeway* (see below for Baltimore), *2, Eidlitz, Denver, RCC, Kof-K
  • Sam’s Club, Sam's Discount Supermarket (Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC, Denver, Capitol-K)
  • Save A Lot (cRc)
  • Shaws/Star Market (YI of Brookline, KVH)
  • Seven Eleven (cRc :All stores in the Chicago & Skokie areas, Eidlitz, Denver, RCC, OZNY)
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse (Capitol-K)
  • Shop Rite (*3 R. Teitz
  • Smart and Final: (RCC)
  • Smith’s (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Starbuck's (All Locations) (cRc)
  • Stop & Shop (YI of Brookline, KVH)
  • Superfresh (see *2,(Kof-K)
  • Target* (see *1 for Baltimore), also *2; (cRc: All Locations), Eidlitz, RCC, Detroit)
  • Trader Joe’s (All Locations) (Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, RCC, Capitol-K, Detroit)
  • Vons /Pavilions (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Waldbaum's (see *2, Kof-K
  • Walgreens (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC, Capitol-K)
  • Walmart (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Denver, RC, Capitol-K, Detroit)
  • Wegman's (Star-K, Capitol-K)
  • Whole Foods Market, All Locations: (cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC, Detroit)
  • Winn-Dixie (Star-K, Capitol-K)

Local Stores

Baltimore, MD

  • All Star-k Establishments
  • A-Z Savings
  • Cocoaccinos
  • Cold stone Creamery
  • Dugan’s Liquor
  • Dunkin Donuts (1508 & 7000 Reisterstown Road)
  • Earth Origins Market
  • Maggie Moo
  • Me Latte cafe
  • 7-Eleven (Fords Ln, Hooks Ln, Old Ct Rd, Reisterstown Rd north of Slade Ave)
  • Savings Center (4003 Seven Mile Lane)
  • Seven Mile Market
  • Village Liquors
  • Van Gough Cafe Yoga Lada

Boston, MA (from Young Israel of Brookline: YIB), Orthodox Rabbinical Council of Mass.

  • Blacker’s Bakers
  • The Butcherie
  • Café Eilat
  • Catering by Andrew
  • Cheryl Anns
  • Grape Leaves
  • J.P. Licks
  • Jerusalem Pita & Grill
  • Kupel’s
  • Milk Street Café
  • Ora Catering
  • Rami’s
  • Rubin’s Deli
  • Rosenfeld Bagel Co.
  • Stop & Shop Bake Shop
  • Taam China I
  • Taam China 11
  • Chicago, IL from cRc
    • All cRc certified stores and caterers
    • The Animal Store (Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Anton's (Highland Park, IL)
    • Binny's Liquors (All Locations)
    • City Fresh Market (Devon & Kedzie, Chicago, IL)
    • Dempster Fruit (Skokie, IL)
    • Extra Value Wine & Liquor (Western Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Garden Fresh Market (All Locations)
    • Jerry's Market (Milwaukee Ave. & Oakton, Niles, IL)
    • Lincolnwood Produce (Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Marketplace on Oakton (Skokie, IL)
    • Rosen's Drugs (Devon Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Ted's (Devon Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Treasure Island (All Locations)

    Denver, CO from www.scrollk.org

    • Altarnira
    • Amusmints
    • Baravian Bakery Enterprises
    • Bliss Caterers
    • Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
    • Crystal Kosher Cuts
    • Dining with Finesse
    • East Side Kosher Deli
    • Grapevine Wines and Liquor
    • Hammond’s Candies
    • Jerry's Nut House
    • King Soopers
    • Mashu Mashu Kosher Baked Goods
    • Millenson Catering
    • Mont Blanc Gourmet Hot Cocoa
    • Occasions by Sandy
    • Pete’s
    • Robinson Dairy
    • Rocky Mountain Foods
    • Rocky Mountain Spice Shalom Park
    • Singer Catering
    • Sweets Candy
    • The Bagel Store
    • The Liege Waffle Factory
    • Udi's Artisan Bakery
    • Udi’s Granola & Gluten Free Bakery

    Detroit, MI

    • All COR certified establishments
    • Fruitasia
    • GFS (Gordon Food Service)
    • Kroger
    • Meijer
    • Nutrifoods
    • One Stop Kosher Market
    • Randazzo
    • Save-A-Lot 11 & Greenfield and 9 & Woodward
    • Westborn

    Los Angeles area from kosherquest.org and RCC.

    • Cambridge Farms
    • Jon’s

    RCC: a Mechirah was done for the following establishments*4
      Sadaf / Soofer Company
    • Wine & Liquor Depot
    • West Pico Foods
      (*4 in accordance with Igros Moshe Vol.1 resp. 149 ; vol.2 resp. 91 and other Poskim. See Piskei Teshuvos 448-83)

    New York/New Jersey Area
    from Jewish Center of New York and Oheb zedek NY, Kof-K and Rabbi Teitz.

    • Associated (W 97th)
    • Broadways Farms
    • D'Agostino
    • Associated Mega Store
    • Duane Reade
    • Fairway
    • Food City
    • Food Emporium (see *2
    • Gristedes
    • H&H Bagels
    • Met Foods
    • Pathmark
    • Waldbaum’s

    Washington-DC area from the Capitol K

    • H-Mart – Han Ah Rum
    • Magruder’s (all)


    *1Baltimore Area, Please note: GIANT, TARGET, and SAFEWAY, in the Baltimore area, buy their food items from a Jewish distributor that does not sell its chometz. Therefore, chometz may not be purchased from these stores until four weeks after Pesach. One may purchase chometz from these stores beginning on the Sunday after Lag B’omer, May 13th, 2012. We do not have any information regarding these stores in other parts of the country. from www.star-k.com/kashrus/star-k12_pesach_directory.pdf

    *2: Rabbi Belsky has arranged the sale of the chometz for C & S, the Jewish owned distributor mentioned in the Star-K alert. C & S distributes to many of the grocery stores such as A&P, Pathmark, Waldbaums Food Emporium, Food Basics, Superfresh.

    *3 Rabbi Teitz arranged the sale for Shoprite (all stores, as well as the Wakefern purchasing arm).

    Ed. note: Check with your local rabbinical authority regarding establishments in your community.
    We do not have any information about establishments which are not listed.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3822
  • The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on April 17, 2012.

    Woolworths DIY Jelly has erroneously been marked as kosher. This product is NOT kosher.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3824
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