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Israeli produce alert & Information

April 30, 2018 from the COR Detroit::
Israeli clementines with an OU were spotted in Costco

ORRI MANDARINS and CLEMENTINES FROM ISRAEL in bags are being sold locally at Costco, Kroger, etc., and state on the label “Product of Israel”. The Jaffa brand at Costco currently bears an OU on the sticker label, and the OU has confirmed that this is authorized and includes the taking of Terumos and Maaseros. The Wespak brand at Costco, and the PCN brand at Kroger, do not bear certification, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros by the consumer.


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 Advisory Pringles

April 24, 2018 from the OU with additional information from the COR Detoit on April 30, 2018:

Pringles Products, Pringles, Kellogg's Snacks, Battle Creek MI:
Pringles is changing many of their OU pareve potato crisps to OU dairy. This may or may not be a result of a product reformulation. If a Pringles product is marked OUD and ingredients state 'whey' or 'milk', it is real dairy. If the ingredients don’t state ‘whey’ or ‘milk’, it is dairy equipment.The COR Detroit added (This is true even though the allergen statement after the ingredient listing states “Contains Milk & Wheat Ingredients”.) Those that have the plain OU designation are pareve. Consumers should always be careful to check for the kosher designation.

From the COR Detroit: When checking the ingredients, be aware that seasoned varieties now divide the ingredient listing into two paragraphs, “Ingredients” and “Contains 2% Or Less Of”. Some varieties list dairy only at the end of the second paragraph, e.g. BBQ [whey] and Honey Mustard [lactose].
The “Original” (unseasoned) varieties - regular, Lightly Salted and Reduced Fat - will remain plain OU [pareve].

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6323

Van's Foods Voluntarily Recalls Gluten Free Waffles in Eleven States

April 27, 2018 - FDA

Van's Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,584 cases of Van's Gluten Free Waffles with a lot code date of #A640234710–WL2, BEST BY AUG 22, 2018 and UPC CODE 8994730206. The products were distributed solely to food retailers in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
The products are being recalled because a limited number of the wrong packaging were used during the production of Van's Belgian Waffles. The product inadvertently packaged in the Van's Gluten Free Waffle box contains gluten and undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or gluten run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
To date, Van's Foods has received no reports of illnesses or adverse reactions associated with the effected products, which was ordered and shipped to retail customers as Van's Belgian HS WF, Item number 30201, Product Lot #A640234710–WL2, BEST BY AUG 22, 2018. The effected retail packages are labeled as Van's Gluten Free Original, Item number 30206, Product Lot #A640234710–WL2, BEST BY AUG 22, 2018. No other Van's branded products are affected by this voluntary recall.

Pkg SKU Brand Product Description Code Date
30206 Van's Van's Gluten Free Original BEST BY : AUG 22 2018
A640234710-WL2*
Case SKU Brand Product Description Code Date
30201 Van's Van's Belgian HS WF 12/8 BEST BY : AUG 22 2018
A640234710-WL2
*Van's Gluten Free retail packages with a code containing WL1 are NOT subject to this recall.

Consumers who have purchased these products or have questions are requested to contact Van's Consumer Relations department at 1-866-886-8456 for additional information and/or reimbursement.

News media and health department officials who have questions should contact Caroline Ahn at 312-614-6047.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6328

New Slurpee flavors

April 30, 2018: The following are new kosher slurpee flavors are from 7-11 and are pareve:

The Kashrut.com Slurpee list can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/slurpees.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6325

Kosher Alert Royal Fruit Garden Brussels Sprout Halves

April 26, 2018 from the OU:

Royal Fruits Garden Brussels Sprout Halves, Royal Fruits, Brooklyn, NY has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Royal Fruits Garden Brussels Sprout Halves. This product bears an unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does certify other Royal Fruits products. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6327

Kashrus Alert Cedars, Josephs, Hannah products containing parsley

April 26, 2018 from the Rabbinical Council of New England:
For many years, KVH kosher has worked with various companies to monitor and control infestation in fresh parsley. Due to increased levels of infestation., it was mutually determined that the responsible course of action would be to remove certification from all products containing fresh parsley.

This affects salads under the following brands:

Including the following varieties:
These products are no longer under KVH certification and will not bear the KVH symbol.
Other Cedar’s products remain under KVH certification and meet the highest standards of Kashrus.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6326

Kashrus Alert - Planet Hummus, Venice, CA

April 24, 2018 from the OK:

Planet Hummus, 1301 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 has an UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL:
Planet Hummus in Venice, California is displaying an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on their menu. This restaurant is NOT KOSHER CERTIFIED. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6324

Kosher Alert Best Choice Refried Beans

December 22, 2017 reissued April 25, 2018 from the OU:

Best Choice Refried Beans, Best Choice, Kansas City KS has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Best Choice Refried Beans. This product is not kosher and some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6186

Inspirations Various Mini Biscotti- Missing DAIRY Designation

April 25, 2018 - From the COR:

Taste of Inspirations


were incorrectly labelled without a DAIRY designation. These products are DAIRY and kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6322

Kashrut information on Cap'n Crunch Touchdown Cereal

April 23, 2018: From the OU in response to a reader's question:

The Cap'n Crunch Touchdown Cereal 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=A6320
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