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The following kashrus alert is from the OU on June 29, 2015.

Simply Shari's Brown Rice/Flaxseed & Marinara; Brown Rice/Flaxseed Mac & Cheese, Simply Shari's, Thousand Oaks CA: The Orthodox Union does not certify Simply Shari’s Brown Rice/Flaxseed & Marinara and Brown Rice/Flaxseed Mac & Cheese. These products bear an unauthorized OU. Corrective action has been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5045

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on June 30, 2015.

Please be advised that Dolce Chocolate Company, Toronto, ON is distributing various chocolates and chocolate covered fruits and nuts bearing the OK kosher symbol without the permission of OK Kosher Certification, under the names – Dolce Chocolate, Charlie’s & Sam’s Chocolates, Union Street Chocolates, Santa Barbara Fruit & Nut. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5047

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 26, 2015.

Rocky Mountain Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix packaged under the Free Range Snack Co. Brand and certain lots of bulk Macadamia Nuts due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Consumers who have recently purchased the items with the BEST BY DATES listed below at stores located in AZ, CO, KS, NM, OK, TX, UT, and WY should not consume this product and should return it to the store of purchase for a full refund or replacement.

AFFECTED PRODUCT PACKAGE SIZE UPC CODE BEST BY DATE RANGE
Free Range Snack Co.
Island Fruit and Nut
Trail Mix
16 oz. Tub 0-76958-55077-5 11/15/2015
Free Range Snack Co.
Macadamia Nuts
Bulk None 4/15/2016 - 5/28/2016

Based upon routine testing conducted by an FDA-contracted laboratory, the presence of Salmonella was detected in Macadamia Nuts.

Rocky Mountain Foods, Inc. is communicating with distributors and stores that have received the affected product.

Consumers who have questions about the above recall may contact Rocky Mountain Foods, Inc. Customer Service at (303) 371-3511 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5044

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 27, 2015.

GRAND BK CORP. of MASPETH, NEW YORK is recalling 450 UNITS OF GOODIES CASHEW RAW 9OZ, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The product was labeled as “GOODIES BY NATURE RAW CASHEWS 9oz.” and was packed in 9oz. clear plastic tubs. The recalled product has sell-by dates of 04.29.2016 and 05.02.2016 and a UPC code of 846034010055.
Recalled items were sold in NY, NJ, PA, VA, MD, and GA in "H Mart" retail stores.
Customers who have purchased this product should discard it and may bring in their receipt to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-417-5607, Monday through Friday 9am,-5pm, EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5043

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 25, 2015.

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The product was labeled as "Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts" and was packaged in 11 oz. plastic tubs. The recalled product has best-by dates of March 19, 2016 through June 21, 2016 and a UPC code of 0-76958-62059-1.
Recalled items were sold in AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, KS, LA, NM, NV, OK, TX, and UT Whole Foods Market Stores.
Customers who have purchased this product should discard it and may bring in their receipt for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact Whole Foods Market Customer Service, 512-477-5566 ext. 20060 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm CDT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5042

The following kashrus alert is from the OU in response to a question from a reader on June 22, 2015.

Noyan Black Current Grape Nectar, Eurotem CJSC, Armenia: The Orthodox Union does not certify Noyan Black Current Grape Nectar. Some cartons were mistakenly labeled with an OU symbol. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5041

The following information on vegetables is from the Vaad Hoir of St. Louis on June 24, 2015.

OV Revised & Updated Fresh/Frozen Fruit & Vegetable Checking Policy

Previously, the OV’s policy was that pre-washed iceberg lettuce even when not bearing a kosher symbol, did not need checking before consumption.

  1. Effective immediately and until further notice, the revised OV policy is that pre-washed iceberg lettuce when bearing a reliable kosher symbol does not require checking before eating.
  2. However, pre-washed iceberg lettuce that does not bear a reliable kosher symbol must be checked by taking 1-2 handfuls and checking for infestation. If they are clean, then the remainder of the lettuce may be eaten without checking.
  3. Shredded cabbage and coleslaw mix do not need checking even when not bearing a kosher symbol as long as they are pre-washed.
  4. Frozen chopped spinach must bear a reliable kosher symbol.
  5. Fresh blackberries/raspberries are not recommended at this time.
  6. Frozen blackberries/raspberries with no kosher sensitive additives may be used without checking.
  7. All canned blackberries/raspberries require a reliable kosher symbol.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5040

The following updated shmitta information is from cRc on June 22, 2015.

The produce being sold at City Fresh, 3201 W Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, is once again being certified by the cRc as being free of all Shemittah concerns.
This certification runs through Pesach 5776, April 2016.


The following shmitta information is from information from a reader on June 2, 2015.

Dorot Farms Carrots from Israel have been seen at Price Rite (in Stoughton, MA). Consumers should check the origin of all produce that they purchase.
From a reader: These products are certifiedby the Shderot rabbinate and are sold under a heter mechira.
There are different opionions as to whether you can rely on heter mehira. Please check with your rabbi.

The following shmitta information is from the Star-K Keeping You Kurrent for May, 2015.

Carrots & Peppers from Israel- Please be aware that carrots (e.g., Dorot Farms brand), peppers, and other vegetables from Israel are consistently being sold in the Baltimore area at produce markets in our neighborhoods. The labels on the packages state "Product of Israel:. From the numerous inquiries we have received, it is apparent that many consumers are unaware of this when shopping.
These vegetables were grown during the shmittah year and may not be eaten . Furthermore, they may not be thrown out and require special handling. If you bought these products, please contact your local Orthodox rabbi for further guidance. Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by STAR-K, and produce sold there does not have this issue.

All citrus fruits from Israel are still from the 6th year, which means that terumos and ma’asros need to be taken. Some fruits (e.g., peaches, nectarines, cherries, lichi, grapes, figs, apples and apricots) from Israel are from the shmitta crop, which means that they need to be eaten with special care (see our articles).

The following shmitta alert is from the cRc on for May 29, 2015.

The produce being sold at City Fresh, 3201 W Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, is no longer being certified by the cRc as being free of all Shemittah concerns.

From the Kashrut.com editor: Informatioon on Shmitta can be found at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA including links to charts with timing of when fruits achieve shmitta status.
Information of terumos and maasros can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5007

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on June 23, 2015.

7-Eleven stores are putting the OK kosher logo on signs in their stores to indicate that their product is kosher certified. OK Kosher does not certify any 7-Eleven stores or products prepared on premises (including Slurpees). Once the certified mix is unsealed and placed in the machine, the kosher status is no longer guaranteed by OK Kosher. Corrective action is being implemented.

Ed. note: The Kashrut.com slurpee list is at www.kashrut.com/consumer/slurpees.
cRc article on kashrus issues in Slurpees at www.crcweb.org/kosher_articles/slurpees.php.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5039

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on June 23, 2015.

Scoville Food Institute hot sauces, Scoville Food Institute, Erie, PA 16509: Scoville Food Institute is producing and distributing various hot sauces bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the label. Corrective action is being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5038
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