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The following teruma and maaser alert concerning vegetables imported from Israel is from the MK on February 19, 2009.

It has come to the MK's attention that peppers originating from israel are Being sold in the Montreal area.
Ed. note: These Israeli peppers are being sold in the US as well, including at Costco.

Kashrut.com has information on tithing Israeli product at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2661

The following notice concerning fruit imported from Israel is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on February 20, 2009.

Fruit imported from Israel (avocados, mineolas and possibly others) are now available in South Africa. These fruits are produce of the previous year (5768) which was a shmitta year, and are therefore classified as having kedushat shvi’it (sanctity of the seventh year). The following rules apply to fruits and vegetables having kedushat shvi’it:

  • Fruit normally eaten by humans should not be given to animals.
  • Vegetables, such as potatoes, which are normally cooked, may not be eaten raw.
  • Fruits and vegetables normally eaten raw should not be cooked.
  • Fruits and vegetables that are eaten both raw and cooked can be eaten either way.
  • Juice may only be extracted from such fruits or vegetables where this is normally done, e.g., oranges and apples. It is not permissible to extract juice from, for example, bananas.
  • Leftovers, peels and husks which are normally eaten or have remnants of food attached, must be wrapped first, and then disposed of in the normal manner.
  • If a food with kedushat shvi’it is cooked with other food, all the food must be regarded as having kedushat shvi’it.
Purchasing such fruits with cash poses a halachic difficulty which is beyond the scope of this notice to elaborate on. Therefore, one may either purchase them with a cheque or credit card, or if one wishes to use cash, then other non shmitta items (not necessarily fruits) should be included in the purchase.

The London Beth Din has a list which is reprinted below of when fruits and vegetables stop being of shmitta status at www.kosher.org.uk/shemittaalert.htm dated October 10, 2008. Please note that the dates are in European notation, which is date/month/year.

Vegetables: Unless otherwise stated vegetables will become permitted from Chanukah (22.12.08)
The following are exceptions to this rule:-

Butternut Squash 15th Sivan 07.06.09
Chickpeas 1st Sivan 24.05.09
Courgette 1st Cheshvan 30.10.08
Cucumbers 1st Kislev 28.11.08
Dill 20th Cheshvan 18.11.08
Garlic 6th Adar 02.03.09
Lettuce 15th Cheshvan 13.11.08
Onions 1st Nisan 26.03.09
Paprika 3rd Elul 23.08.09
Pumpkin 10th Sivan 02.06.09
Radish 27th Cheshvan 25.11.08
Spinach 23rd Cheshvan 23.11.08
Spring Onions 20th Cheshvan 18.11.08

Fruit: The following fruits have kedushat shevi'it until the dates specified below:

Apricots 1st Iyar 26.03.09
Avocado 1st Av 22.07.09
Cherries 10th Sivan 02.06.09
Dates 20th Elul 09.09.09
Figs 15th Nisan 09.04.09
Grapes 1st Elul 21.08.09
Lychee 1st Sivan 24.05.09
Mango 1st Tamuz 23.06.09
Melon 25th Kislev 22.12.08
Nectarine 1st Nisan 26.03.09
Orange 1st Elul 21.08.09
Peaches 1st Nisan 26.03.09
Sharon Fruit 15th Elul 04.09.09
Plums 1st Av 22.07.09
Pomegranate 15th Av 05.08.09
Strawberries 1st Tevet 28.12.08
Water Melon 25th Kislev 22.12.08

Kashrut.com has information on shmitta at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2660

The following kashrus alert is from Rabbi Eidlitz and confirme by KSA on Feb.19, 2009.

Please be advised that the following powders sold by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf were inadvertently missing the Dairy (Cholov stam) designation.

  • French Deluxe Vanilla
  • Special Dutch Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
Corrective action has been taken for future labels.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2658

The following kashrus alert is from the KSA and Rabbi Eidlitz, posted on Feb.19, 2009.

All ElWest products are no longer certified by the KSA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2657

The following kashrus alert is from the KSA and Rabbi Eidlitz, posted on Feb.19, 2009.

KSA does not certify Open Window Bakery and they were never certified by the KSA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2656

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on Feb.18, 2009.

Please be advised that BIOITALIA PESTO SAUCE FOR PASTA has been distributed with an unauthorized OK symbol. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification and is NOT Kosher. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2655

More information on the salmonella outbreak connected to peanuts posted on Feb. 18, 2009.

The FDA is continuing to recall products containing peanuts from plants owned by Peanut Corporation of America. Over 1000 products have been recalled that either contain peanuts or were processed on lines that also processed peanuts.

FDA has a searchable database of recalled products at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm. The list is updated frequently.

A list produced by the American Peanut council of products that contain peanuts that are not affected by the recall can be found at www.peanutsusa.com/USA/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.page&pid=262#Brands_NOT_Affected_by_FDA_Recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2654

The following allergy alert is from the FDA on February 13, 2009 .

Osem USA, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ is initiating a voluntary recall of 1.94 oz Osem Creamy Pasta Chicken Flavor - Meals-on-the-Go with any production code. This product is being recalled because the package may actually contain traces of milk not declared on the label. The recall of this product is of concern only to those individuals who have allergies to milk. Consumption may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to milk. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product contains trace amounts of milk proteins, which were added unintentionally and are not listed in the ingredient statement. All production codes of the above product are affected. No other Osem product is affected from this recall.
The product has been distributed only to all-kosher stores and kosher sections of supermarkets, nationwide. The trace of milk that came from the "parve" creamer is determined to be "batel beshishim" (according to halacha, extremely insignificant quantity) by the kosher authorities involved in this issue - accordingly the product is parve and there are no kashrut issues. Customers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact the Osem USA office at 1-800-200-6736 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

The following allergy alert is from the OU on February 5, 2009 .

Osem Meals-on-the-Go Creamy Pasta Chicken Flavour, UPC#: 0-77544-15580-0: Traces of dairy ingredients have been found in this product and it is being withdrawn from the marketplace. The product is halachically pareve.

The following Israeli allergy alert is from the israelnationalnews.com on January 30, 2009 .

Osem has taken its Creamy Chicken-flavored "Hot Portion" (Manah Hama) off the shelves after a complaint which led to laboratory tests which indicated traces of milk powder in the product, according to News 1. The company is warning people who are allergic or otherwise sensitive to milk and its use in this product not to use it and return it to where they bought it.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2637

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on February 17, 2009.

Effective immediately, FruitWorks located at 1496 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, is no longer Star-K or Star-D certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2653

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad Harabonim of Massachusetts/Kashruth Commission on February 13, 2009.

This is to advise the community that Sweetberry Café/Caterers (David Nickinson) is no longer certified by the Vaad Harabonim and no longer approved by the Kashruth Commission of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.
Please note: The JCC Cafe in Newton, operated by Dushez Catering IS still under the hashgacha of Vaad Harabonim.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2652
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