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The following kashrus alert is from the OU on February 13, 2009.

Dreyer’s or Edy’s Bubblegum Ice Cream, 3 gallon tub, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream/Edy’s: These products bear an unauthorized OU symbol and are not certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2651

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc on Feb.11, 2009.

The Bubble Gum Ice Cream manufactured by Cedar Crest Ice Cream Company of Dubuque, Iowa, is no longer certified kosher, even when bearing the cRc logo. This product is distributed exclusively to food service establishments such as ice cream parlors, health care facilities and restaurants.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2650

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on Feb.11, 2009.

A small production of Giant Eagle and HEB brand Honey Sesame Cashews were labeled with a Star-K instead of a Star-D. Corrective measures have been taken. New labels correctly bear the Star-D. The product is dairy, non-Cholov Yisroel.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2649

The following is the Star-K raisin policy dated Feb., 2009.

As of this writing, the following brands of raisins should be avoided: Mishpacha and Gefen. National brands and supermarket brands, such as Shoprite, may be used with reliable kosher certification. All baked, coked and cereal products containing raisins may be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2647

The following kashrus alert is from the KSA on Feb.10, 2009.

The Choclaty Cream Center Abba Zabba Bar's have been inadvertently mislabeled with a KSA Pareve designation. This product should have a Dairy Equipment (DE) designation. Future labels will be corrected. All other products are correctly labeled.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2648

The following Canadian Kashruth alert is from Badatz Toronto on Feb. 9, 2009.

"This notice is to advise that Goldstein's Bakery & Restaurant, 390 Steel's Ave., West, Thornhill, ON Canada is no longer under our (Badatz Toronto) supervision due to kashruth violations. Products from this establishement bearing our (Badatz Toronto) logo or the name Badatz Toronto should not be used."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2646

The following South African Kashrus alert is the Beth Din of Johannesburg on Feb. 8, 2009.

Some KOO products (sweetcorn, peas, beans etc) are imported and do not bear the Beth Din logo. Only cans bearing the Beth Din logo are approved. Please check all labels carefully.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2645

The following Kashrus alert is from the cRc on Feb 5, 2009.

The kosher food concession located at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is closed until further notice.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2644

The following is the COR raisin policy dated Feb 5, 2009.

Over the last two weeks, there have been widespread reports of insect infestation in raisins. A few kashrus organizations in the USA have disallowed the usage and consumption of raisins in their certified products and for their constituents.
The Kashruth Council COR has conducted its own research and subsequently consulted with its Poskim (Halachic Authorities). The Kashruth Council's decision is to continue to allow the usage and consumption of raisins without further checking for worms or other insects. This opinion concurs with the opinion of many kashrus organizations across Canada and the USA, including the Orthodox Union (OU).
Please note that research into the matter is ongoing and further updates will be provided for any new developments.
One should always be careful to store raisins in cool, dry and clean environments so as to avoid any potential infestation.
For more information about raisins, please contact Rabbi Tsvi Heber at 416.635.9550 ext. 365.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2643

The following is the cRc raisin policy dated Feb 6, 2009.

Recently, someone discovered drosophila larvae in raisins and brought it to the attention of the kashrus world. These larvae are not visible when one visually inspects raisins, but can be seen in water that had been used to soak raisins. In the ensuing weeks, kashrus professionals from the cRc and other hashgachos have been investigating this claim, and the following are our findings:

  • There are, in fact, a limited number of drosophila larvae in some boxes of raisins, but it is unclear whether they are common enough to raise a Halachik concern. Although the Torah forbids us from eating bugs, one is only required to inspect a vegetable if there is a reasonable concern that it might be infested. It is unclear whether the infestation level found in raisins exceeds this threshold, which is halachically referred to as miut hamatzui. [Although there was a high infestation levels first reported in raisins, it has since been found to be a much lower number]. Furthermore, it is unclear whether bugs which are as difficult to find and identify as drosophila larvae, are in fact included in the class of forbidden bugs.
  • USDA personnel have confirmed that drosophila larvae hatch after the grapes/raisins are detached from the ground, and do not leave the raisin where they were hatched until after they have left the larvae stage. In cases such as this - where the bug hatched on a fruit which isn’t attached to the ground and the bug never left that fruit – all Halachik authorities agree that one may consume the bug (see Shulchan Aruch YD 84:4).
    At first, one expert suggested that drosophila larvae may hatch while the grape is attached to the ground, which caused hesitation amongst the Kashrus professionals, but after conferring with her colleagues and clarifying which bug we were referring to, she retracted her statement. In truth, even if there was a possibility that the larvae hatched while the grapes were attached to the ground, there would be basis for permitting the raisins based on Taz YD 84:12.
We therefore conclude that the recent report of bug infestation of raisins does not concern kosher consumers, and raisins may be eaten. [Of course, raisins showing visible signs of infestation by bugs other than the ones discussed above should not be eaten until the bugs are removed]. The cRc will continue to monitor for any new developments.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2642
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