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Kashrut alert on Sparta Gourmet Brand Kalamata Olives

January 23, 2018 from the Star-K:

Please be aware that Sparta Gourmet brand kalamata olives, produced in Greece, and distributed by Vordonia Enterprises, New York, bear an unauthorized STAR-K.
The STAR-K does not certify this product.
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6228

Israeli produce alert & Information

February 6, 2018 from the editor:
Israeli clementines with an OU were spotted in Costco

January 25, 2018 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

Some Jaffa and other Israeli citrus exported by Tnuport Mehadrin are certified by the OU for teruma, maaser and orlah in closed/sealed packaging with an OU on the label.


January 18, 2018 from COR Detroit:

JAFFA / AMC CLEMENTINES FROM ISRAEL in 5 lb. bags are now being sold at Costco, and require taking of Terumos & Maaseros.  

Reminder- BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are being sold at many local stores, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros.

December 27, 2017 from COR twitter feed:

Jaffa grapefruits and oranges from Israel are available in stores. These grapefruits are subject to the laws of terumos and maaseros (tithing).

December 27, 2017 from Kashrus Magazine:

Biologique Organic Peppers, product of Israel, at Fairways - January 01, 2018 Biologique Organic Peppers, which were produced in Israel, are being sold at Fairways and other NYC stores.

Information on tithing can be found here
COR video on tithing is linked to here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6194

Kosher Alert Tropiway Fufu Flour

February 2, 2018 from the OU:

Tropiway Fufu Flour products, Tropical Foods Co., Inc. Clifton SC has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify any Tropiway products. Some Tropiway Fufu Flour products bear an unauthorized OU. Corrective actions are being implemented. If you see this product in the marketplace with an OU symbol, please provide details to kosherq@ou.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6229

Kosher Alert: Wafu

January 31, 2018, - From the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that the Wafu is no longer under MK certification with immediate effect.
Products with an MK mark are kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6226

Kashrus information on Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice

January 30 2018 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

"Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).
What does DE mean? Parve products made with heat on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat, but not with meat.
Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee.
Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you call our office every 3 months to reconfirm the DE status of this product."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6225

Canada expands sesame seed recall to include more products

January 31, 2018 - FoodSafetyNews

As of Tuesday, the following products had been recalled:

  • ARZ Fine Foods Sesame Seeds White, 1 lb. Packed on 18.JA.09; Sold at ARZ Fine Foods, 1909 Lawrence Avenue E., Toronto, Ontario;
  • Bulk Sesame Seeds, variable weight. All packages sold up to and including January 23, 2018 at Bulk Food Stop Inc., 2900 Warden Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario;
  • IHF Sesame seeds, white, 200g and 400g. Product codes 2-1217 and 4-1217, respectively; Sold at Iqbal Halal Foods, 2 Thorncliffe Pk. Dr., Toronto, Ontario;
  • HelloFRESH Sesame Seeds, included in Toasted Brown Rice Bowl, 9g. and included in meal kits delivered Jan. 9 and 10 to customers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan;
  • Bhugga, a dessert made with sesame seeds, 50g pieces. All units sold from Jan. 4 through 24 at three Rajdhani Sweets & Restaurants locations in Brampton and Etobicoke, Ontario;
  • Naturally Good Hulled Sesame Seeds. Lot No. 1708-01, produced 08/2017, distributed by North American Impex to Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional customers in Albert, New Brunswick and Ontario;
  • David Roberts Food Corporation Sesame Seeds Raw, 2 x 1.5 kg. Lots #7514, 7523, 7524, 7525, 8013, 8015, 8023, 8024; distributed by David Roberts Food Corporation to Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional customers nationwide; and
  • Dawn Food Products Ltd. Raw Sesame Seeds, 5 kg. Lots #8014, 8024, 8032; packaged by David Roberts Food Corporation and distributed to Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional customers nationwide.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may result in additional product recalls.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6221

Kashrus alert on Jewel Osco bakery department Signature Select Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 3o 2018 from the Kof-K:

Please note that in Jewel Osco bakery department in the Chicago area, an error occurred where chocolate chip cookies were packed in bags with a KOF-K dairy emblem without authorization.The brand is called “Signature Select Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked in our Ovens” . Jewel Osco immediately has sent notices to all the stores that these bags must not be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6223

OU To Use OU-DE symbol

January 30 2018 from the OU Twitter Feed:

The OU has begun to use a DE symbol in limited situations. Keep in mind that for a variety of reasons, maintaining DE integrity can be extremely complex

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6224

Kashrus alert on Red Bird Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Puffs

January 30, 2018 from the OK:

Red Bird Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Puffs, Piedmont Candy Company, Lexington, NC 27292 has mMistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol:

A limited amount of Red Bird Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Puffs were mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol, instead of the required OK D.
This product is certified kosher and dairy, as per the ingredient list.
Corrective actions were taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6222

Kashrus information on Conagra VH® Sauces in soft pouches

January 25, 2018- from COR Twitter Feed:

Attention sauce lovers! We are pleased to announce that VH Sauces in soft pouches will remain KOSHER under COR Kosher.


Kashrus advisory on Conagra VH® Sauces

January 19, 2018 from the OK:

Please be advised that Conagra Brands has decided to remove OK kosher certification from the VH® Sauces products listed below. Any remaining products which bear the OK symbol are kosher certified.

Product Name
VH Chinese Cherry Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Cherry Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Garlic Hoisin Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese General Tao Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese Honey Garlic Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Medium Garlic Rib Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Mild Garlic Rib Sauce
VH Chinese Orange Ginger Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese Pineapple Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Plum Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Reduced Sodium Soya Sauce
VH Chinese Soya Sauce
VH Chinese Strong Garlic Rib Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Sweet & Sour Cooking Sauce
VH Chinese Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
VH Chinese Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Chinese Szechwan Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Indian Butter Chicken Cooking Sauce
VH Indian Mango Curry Cooking Sauce
VH Indian Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce
VH Japanese Teriyaki Cooking Sauce
VH Japanese Teriyaki Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Korean BBQ Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Thai Pad Thai Stir-Fry Sauce
VH Thai Red Curry Cooking Sauce
VH Thai Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce
VH Thai Sweet Thai Chili Dipping Sauce
VH Thai Yellow Curry Cooking Sauce

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6216
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