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The following information is from the Vaad of Flatbush on February 10, 2012.

The Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush has issued a statement regarding its hechsher at Morrell of Woodbury. The Vaad Hakashrus stands behind its hechsher at Morrell of Woodbury against unfounded allegations of kashrus violations. Please see the attached letter from the Vaad here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3759

The following British kashrus alert is from the London Beth Din on February 12, 2012.

Fields Bakery of 39 Golders Way, NW11 8JX and 88 Golders Green Road NW11 8LN, now run by Mr Rafi Tvila, is no longer under the supervision of the London Beth Din, even when products bear the London Beth Din logo.
NB: this bakery has variously been known as Rainbow Fields, Golders Green Bakery, Crust Bakery and Golden Brown Bakery

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3761

The following chodesh information is from Yoseph Herman on February 9, 2012.

The O-U has determined that wheat starch where listed in the ingredients of Cheerios cereals does not pose any Chodosh problems. This new finding only applies to wheat starch, not other wheat ingredients. It also only applies to wheat starch in the different Cheerios cereals, not the wheat starch in other General Mills cereals. Those wheat ingredients are still being investigated. Pending further information, we continue to assume that these other wheat ingredients, including wheat starch in non-Cheerios cereals, may be Chodosh starting a package date of Aug 22 '12. In addition malt, when used, could be Chodosh after a package date of Dec 22, '12.. The recently revised package date for oats in Cheerios cereals remains March 7 '12. Therefore, all Cheerios cereals that contains oats or oats plus wheat starch (but no other wheat ingredients, and no malt) have a Chodosh date of March 7 '12. Note that Multigrain Cheerios, Fiber 1 and other wheat containing cereals may be Chodosh as of a package date of Aug 22 '12.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3760

The following kashrus alert is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on February 10, 2012.

Please be aware that the following brands of fresh salads such as Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Macaroni Salad are no longer under the certification of the cRc.

  • Orval Kent
  • Sysco
  • US Foodservice
  • Walmart
  • Sam's Club
As always, buyers should be diligent when making any food purchases and should look at each label for a kosher certification. Any remaining products still bearing the cRc logo are kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3757

The following Canadian kashrus alert from the OU on February 10, 2012.

The Original/L' Original Bridge Mixture, Size 105 g only, Hershey Canada, Mississauga, Ontario This product bears a mislabeled OUD symbol and is not certified as OU kosher. This product is only available in Canada. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3756

The following Canadian Israeli produce alert is from the MK on February 8, 2012.

Please be advised that peppers and persimmon are being sold in stores and these products are grown in Israel. Due to the special halachot which apply to these products, consumers are asked to contact their rabbi as to how these items may be used.

The following South African Israeli produce alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on February 7, 2012.

Grains, fruits, and vegetables (and their extracts) that grow in the halachic boundaries of Eretz Yisrael are subject to many extra kashrut laws due to the kedusha (holiness) of the land. These include:

Processed foods from Israel with a reliable hechsher guarantees that all these halachic issues have been taken care of.

Fresh Produce: The Kashrut Department is now aware of the following fruit that are being imported from Eretz Yisrael and require Terumah and Ma’aser to be separated:

  • Avocado
  • Citrus
  • Pomegranates
  • Strawberry

The following Israeli produce alert is from the COR Detroit on January 24, 2012.

PRODUCE FROM ISRAEL is beginning to appear in local stores , and requires taking of Terumos and Maaseros. Some examples are peppers (red, yellow, orange), tomatoes and persimmons. Other produce that sometimes appears from Israel include oranges, mangos, dates, pomelos and clementines. Frozen baby carrots from Israel has also been found. Check the sticker, bag label or original case of all produce for the country of origin.
Ed. note: Information on taking trumos and maasros can be found at

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3734

The following kashrus alert from the OU on February 8, 2012.

Pink Snacks BBQ Potato Chips, Pink Snacks & Beverage Company, Collegeville, PA: Some 10oz bags of Pink Snack BBQ Potato Chips were labeled with a plain OU rather than an OU-D. It contains lactose (a dairy ingredient) but the "D" was inadvertently left off. Corrective action has been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3754

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on February 7, 2012.

BOKOMO OATEES BARS bears an unauthorised Beth Din logo. These products are NOT Kosher certified. Bokomo apologises for the confusion caused and have informed the Kashrut Department that they are taking steps to cover the logo on all packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3753

The following change in certification is from the Rabbinical Council of New England on February 3, 2012.

The Butcherie, 428 Harvard St., Brookline, MA has recently decided to convert to a strictly Glatt Kosher operation, and naturally has chosen to approach the Vaad Harabbonim to receive KVH Kosher certification. The KVH symbol will begin appearing on the Butcheries packaging beginning February 5th, 2012. All of the Butcherie's current product offerings are now certified Glatt Kosher. All pareve items are trully pareve, and there is a Mashgiach on the premises throughout all hours of operation. The Butcherie now meets the highest standards of Kashrus, and approval of all community Rabbonim across the spectrum.
Ed. note: This applies only to the Buterie in Brookline and not to any other operation at this time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3752

The following change in certification is from the Star-K with additional information from the OU on February 6, 2012.

Please be advised that the kosher foodservice program at the Hopkins Hillel Smokler Center, located at 3109 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218, is no longer certified by the STAR-K.
Ed. note: It is now ceritfied as kosher by the OU.

The "Kosher Korner" foodservice stand, located in the student dining hall at Johns Hopkins University 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218, continues to be certified by the STAR-K.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3751
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