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The following kashrus alert was received from the Kof-K on November 12, 2003.

Van's Chocolate Chip Mini Waffles, under KOF-K certification manufactured by Van's International Foods, Torrance, CA were packaged without the dairy designation. The products contain milk and are dairy. Future packaging will bear the KOF-K dairy symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1072

The following clarifiying information was received from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on November 12, 2003.

While all Hawaiian Punch flavors are certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council, not all Hawaiian Punch found on the store shelf is recommend for the kosher consumer. Hawaiian Punch is bottled in two ways. When bottled by a soda bottling company, Hawaiian Punch in any flavor may be used - this applies only to the 12 ounce can, 20 ounce plastic bottle and 2 liter plastic bottles - in other words, the same three sizes that sodas come in.

Other sizes of Hawaiian Punch (gallon, 1/2 gallon, juice boxes, etc.) are packed by juice companies. These sizes are hot packed and we cannot verify that the lines are kosher, therefore we do not recommend using the product. The new Hawaiian Punch Lite is made with a kosher flavor concentrate, but is only made in hot pack facilities, so we don't recommend it because of the hot pack, having nothing to do with the flavor.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1071

The following health alert is from the Hatzolah.org, Haaretz and 1010WINSon NOvember 8, 2003 and New Zealand Food Safety Authority on November 18, 2003.

Remedia Lt., an Israeli company partly owned by American food giant H.J. Heinz Co. has recalled Remedia Soy-Based Baby Formula called Tzimchit Super Formula after three babies died and 10 others were hospitalized with nervous system disorders that the Health Ministry said were linked to the product. The recall also affected Orthodox Jewish communities in the United States, where the soy-based formula is sold. Israeli Health Ministry officials said the revamped formula lacked Vitamin B1, or thiamine, although the packaging says the vitamin is included. B vitamins are essential for the development and functioning of the nervous system. The Israeli Health Ministry on Sunday asked all parents whose children were fed soy-based Remedia baby formula during recent months to bring these infants to a doctor to receive doses of Vitamin B-1.

The following addtional information is from the FDA on November 10, 2003.
Anyone who may have Remedia soy-based formula should not use the product and contact their pediatrician as well as the local U.S. Food and Drug Administration office or the agency’s Emergency Operations number, 301-443-1240. FDA will collect the product for testing in our laboratories.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1069

The following kashrus alert was received from the OK Organized Kashrus Laboratores on November 6, 2003.

Please be advised that Pretzel Dips (Milk Chocolate Minis and White Fudge Minis), produced by Snyders of Hanover, Hanover, PA are mistakenly labeled with just an OK. The product is dairy and the certification should read OK-D. The ingredient lists milk chocolate has the first ingredient. Labels are being corrected.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1070

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad Harabbanim of Flatbush on NOvember 6, 2003.

Please be advised that effective immediately the Vaad Harabbonim of Flatbush is no longer responsible for the kashrus of Pita Corner at 419 Avenue P, Brooklyn.
ed. note: They are now certified by Rabbi Navarro
Always check with your own rabbi as to the acceptablily of a certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1068

The following kashrus alert is from Star-K Keeping You Kurrent November, 2003 and confirmed with the OU.

Chi-Chi’s Salsa is no longer OU certified. Products bearing the OU may still be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1067

The following kashrus notice is from Star-K Keeping You Kurrent November, 2003.

Kellogg's Crispix Crunchers (KVH certified when bearing a K) is made from rice unlike regular Crispix that is made from corn and rice. The bracha on Crunchers is borei minei mezonos.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1066

The following kashrus alert is from Star-K Keeping You Kurrent November, 2003.

For the next few weeks Dole Value Added Salads will be removing the Star-K from all its Value Added Salads except for the Cole Slaw and Classic Iceberg varieties. This decision, on the part of Dole, is due to increased end of season infestation. The Star-K will begin reappearing after this time. Products purchased without the Star-K symbol must be checked before using.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1065

The following kashrus clarification is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council Newsletter on October 15, 2003 and the Star-K, Nov. 2003 News and Alerts.

In response to the many inquiries about the recent alert that Kix Cereal without an OU should be considered kosher-dairy, please note that this status change is due to it being made on dairy equipment and should not be eaten with meat

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1053

The following kashrus notice is from the Kof-K on October 24, 2003.

Flavored Tea may contain Dairy components. All Bigelow teas are certified as Kof-K kosher. Look for the Kof-K Dairy or Kof-K Pareve designation on boxes or packets.
The following Bigelow Teas are dairy:

  • French Vanilla Decaf
  • French Vanilla Regualar
  • Blueberry Harvest
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Vanilla Caramel
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1058
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