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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

The following Canadian insect infestation alert is from the COR on February 2, 2012.

Please be advised that COR is finding infestation of pantry insects such as confused flour beetle and red flour beetle in Soft Wheat Kernels, Wheat Kernels and Wheat Berries. Infestation has been found even in packages that contain kosher certification. At this point and until further notice, we are recommending that you check wheat kernels for beetle and beetle larvae infestation before they can be consumed as follows:

  1. Place a large sampling of kernels on a white surface
  2. Slowly sift through the kernels checking for beetles, beetle larvae and holes inside kernels which would indicate infestation.
  3. If no infestation is found proceed with the following:
    • Place all the wheat kernels in a pot
    • Pour boiling hot water (from the sink) over the kernels until the pot is almost full
    • Let the water settle for 30 seconds
    • Check the water carefully for beetles and beetle larvae
    • Check the whole pot, including the walls of the pot for infestation
    • If infestation is found, discard the entire bag and call our office with the following information: 1) Company Name 2) Product Name 3) How many bugs were found (send pictures if possible) 4) Lot number if found on the package Pantry insects can develop if grains are not stored in a cool place. As such, we are advising that dried goods not be stored next to ovens or heaters or in other areas that may be prone to infestation.

The following chodesh information is from New Square Kashrus is a correction to the chodesh guide from Yoseph Herman on February 6, 2012.

The Guide inferred that some Freeda vitamins may have Chodosh problems, In fact ALL Freeda vitamins are free of Chodosh problems. They should be listed as category "aleph". None of the vitamins use any ingredients that are from the 5 types of grain that could be Chodosh. Under the hashgocho of the O-U and the Beis Din of New Square.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3748

The following kashrut alert is from the Kof-K dated June 20, 2011 and reissued on February 3, 2012.

Tabatchnick Soup Singles New York Style Chicken Broth With Noodles And Vegetables manufactured by Tabatchnick Fine Foods, Somerset, NJ was inadvertently labeled as KOF-K PARVE. the product is in fact certified as KOF-K MEAT. Labeling is being corrected by Tabatchnick.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3483

The following health alert is from the FDA on February 1, 2012.

Michael Foods has recalled eggs packed in brine sold in 10 and 25 lb. pailes because of possible Listeria monocytogenes. This is a commercial product used in other products.


The following health alert is from the FDA on February 2, 2012.

Wegmans recalls various prepared foods that contain hard-cooked eggs produced by Michael Foods because the eggs have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall only affects purchases made at Wegmans’ Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Canandaigua, Newark, Geneva, Corning, Elmira, Geneseo, and Hornell stores. It came about as the result of a recent recall by Minnesota-based Michael Foods, Inc., which produces the cooked eggs at its Wakefield, Nebraska facility.
The following affected products sold in Wegmans prepared foods and deli departments are included in the recall
ed. note: Only products listed as kosher are mentioned
Kosher Macaroni Salad (sold by the pound in kosher deli)
Kosher Pickled Eggs (sold by the pound in kosher deli)

Because these are fresh products with a very short shelf life, it is likely they have already been consumed. However, consumers who may still have the product in their homes should discard it and return to the service desk for a refund. If consumers have additional questions or concerns, please contact Wegmans at (800) 934-6267, and ask for consumer affairs, M – F, 8 am to 5 pm EST.
For further questions regarding this recall, please call Michael Foods at 877-367-3447, Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3747

The following kashrus alert from KSA Kosher on February 2, 2012.

Smirnoff: The Smirnoff Triple Distilled Vodka 100 Proof with the blue label on it, 200ml and 375ml bottles has been mislabeled as KSA Dairy. This product is in fact KSA Pareve.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3746

The following kashrus alert from the OU on February 2, 2012.

Tierra Fresco Queen Olives (from Spain), Small World Foods, Shelton CT bear an unauthorized OU. This product was sold in a 'closeout' store in the Midwest. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3745

The following kashrus alert is from Kosher Miami on January 31, 2012.

Grab and Go Kosher Express, located at 1430 NE 163rd Street in North Miami Beach, has been sold, and is therefore no longer under KDM supervision effective today, January 31, 2012. As far as we know, the new owner does not intend to operate it as a Kosher establishment.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3744

The following Brazilian kashrus alert is from BDK Sao Palo Brazil on January 30, 2012 (translated by Maria DiBattista.

The Xando factory is undergoing a reconstuction in their internal factory cameras so supervision is temporarily suspended. Milk products with dates up until jan 30th [inclusive 1/30] should not be consumed. by consumers from green list, such as Chalav Israel. The BDK will keep consumers informed, and hopes supervision will return to normal very shortly.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3743

The following kashrus notice is from the Vaad of Queens on January 30, 2012.

Please be advised that Safa Restaurant, located at 451 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, NY is now under new management and they are under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.


The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Queens on January 17, 2012.

Effective immediately, Safa Restaurant, 451 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck,NY is no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3724
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