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Kashrus alert on Mislabeled O Organics Duet Bites & Mini Palmier

July 18, 2017 from the KORC in response to information from a reader:

"O Organics Duel Bites and Mini Palmiers are Dairy products. A printing error omitted the dairy designation on the kosher symbol on the initial lot. That is being corrected. The current products on grocery shelves should be treated as dairy products, as is obvious on ingredient list".

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Garden of Light Inc. Recalls Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats Because of Possible Health Risk

July 18, 2017: The FDA and :

Garden of Light, Inc. dba Gluten Free Solutions of East Hartford, CT, is voluntarily recalling the Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats, 1.8 oz. which is manufactured by Garden of Light for Blue Marble Brands. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product comes in a 1.8 oz. paperboard cup with a green laminated film lid. The UPC Code is 0-42563-01786-6. The product is marked with the Best Buy Date Code of “SELL BY MAY 11 2018” on the bottom of cup.
A second lot with the Best Buy Date Code of “SELL BY JUNE 23 2018” was intercepted before released to the general public.
The potential for contamination was noted after the ingredient supplier, Hudson Valley Farms( HVF), Inc. notified Garden of Light, Inc. of potential contamination of one of the ingredients. The potential contaminated ingredient was thoroughly tested and was negative for Listeria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, however, out of an abundance of caution, Garden of Light, Inc., notified Blue Marble and is recalling the Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats. The production of the product has been suspended while the company continues to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased 1.8 oz. cups are urged to destroy the product and bring the purchase receipt to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Blue Marble Brands at (888) 534-0246, M – F between 9 am and 5 pm, or at www.woodstock-foods.com.

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Kashrus alert on various cheeses at the Stop & Shop in Freehold, NJ

July 17, 2017 from the OK:

Stop & Shop Cheese (Variety), Stop & Shop, Freehold, NJ 07728 have an UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL:
A limited number of cheeses at the deli counter of Stop & Shop (160 Village Center Drive, Freehold, NJ) were labeled with an unauthorized OK symbol. These cheeses are NOT KOSHER. Corrective actions were taken.

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Kashrus alert on Dimitria Delights - Broccoli Pita Pies & Spinach Pita Pies

July 14, 2017 - From KVH Kosher:

Please be aware that the following products are still on the market from an old production:

While these were made in a completely kosher facility, the broccoli and spinach do not meet current standards for Bedikas Tolaim. Until further notice, these products should not be consumed, even if they bear the KVH symbol.

All current Dimitria Delights products meet the highest standards of Kashrus.

We will inform the public when new production of these items takes place.

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OU Kosher Advisory – Entenmann's

July 13, 2017 from the OU:

Entenmann's Pastries, Bimbo's Bakeries, USA:
Most of the product line is certified as OU-D Dairy. A few items are not certified and do not bear the OU-D symbol. Consumers should always check each item when purchasing to verify that there is a kosher symbol on the product. Never assume because one product of a brand name is certified, that the rest of the brand is also certified.

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OU Kosher Advisory – Beth Israel Hospital

July 13, 2017 from the OU:

Beth Israel Hospital, 1st Ave & 16th St.: Effective July 31, 2017, Beth Israel Hospital will discontinue kosher certification of its kosher kitchen and meals. The cafeteria vending machines will also no longer have kosher prepared food. Patients may request, kosher, double wrapped meals.

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Rabbi Herman Preliminary Chodosh information 13 Jul 17

(The dates given below are preliminary likely to change over the next few weeks.) We expect the Chodosh grain started to appear in products as follows:

  1. Freshly baked items using spring wheat, including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies may be Chodosh in the Midwest after the PURCHASE DATE of July 29. Elsewhere in the US, this date would be Aug 12.
  2. Packaged foods from spring wheat may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of July 29, or the PURCHASE date of Aug 12.
  3. Noodles and pasta may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 13 and the PURCHASE date of Aug 27.
  4. Barley, such as pearled barley, may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 9 and PURCHASE date of Aug 23.
  5. Oats: Oats in all products, including cereals, may be Chodosh starting with a PACKING date of Jul 20, PURCHASE date of Aug 3. (For details see below.)
  6. Barley malt (also listed in the ingredients as "malt" may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Nov 15 for beer and Dec 15 for other packaged foods. Package codes should be checked after the purchase date of Dec 15 for beer made from barley malt and Mar 15 for malt in other products.

Please note that the early starting date for oats is a chumrah, based on the start of the oats harvest which is already on the way now. However, many cereal companies keep old oats in storage and start using Chodosh later. General Mills (Cheerios, etc) usually starts at least 1-2 months later. Quaker some years started this early, other years later. To be sure, purchase oats cereals for storage now. It is too early now for mashgichim to be able to find out the oats starting date for this year for specific companies.


The harvest of spring wheat and barley is about to start. At least one flour mill in the upper Midwest USA near the growing areas warned that they may start milling Chodosh spring wheat as early as Jul 18, or shortly after that. I don't expect that most mills in the Midwest will start for at least 1-2 weeks after that. Mills on the East and West coasts should be at least 1-2 weeks later to allow for transportation delays. Mashgichim and proprietors of Yoshon-related foods should take note of the impending start of the Chodosh season.

Please also note that for the second year in the row, the hard red winter wheat crop is very low in protein level. Therefore, products usually made from winter wheat only, are likely to have some spring wheat blended in to raise the overall protein level. Even flour or other products labeled as being from 100% winter wheat are, by law, allowed to contain even more than 50% spring wheat and quite likely will! It is the responsibility of the mashgichim to make sure that products they claim are Yoshon are indeed from winter wheat only and are therefore Yoshon. Such products include flour, matzos, matzo meal and foods using matzo meal (eg gefilte fish), pretzels, crackers.

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July 13, 2017, - From the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that LE GREC RANCH DRESSING and LE GREC CAESAR DRESSING produced by MOREHOUSE FOODS CANADA LTD. have been inadvertently mislabeled with an MK pareve symbol. This product is in fact DAIRY. Corrective action has been taken.

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Kosher Alert: Summer Fresh Lemon Orzo

July 13, 2017, - From the COR:

Summer Fresh Lemon Orzo is NOT KOSHER even when bearing a COR 408 symbol. Corrective action is being taken.

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Kashrus Alert - Know Allergies Bars – all flavors

July 12, 2017 from the Kof-K:

Please note the company Know Allergies has Snack Bars in the market with an unauthorized KOF-K symbol.It is not certified by the KOF-K and has never been certified by the KOF-K. For further information contact 201 837 1967.

Kashrus Alert - Know Allergies Bars – all flavors

June 14, 2017 from the OK:

Know Allergies Bars – all flavors bear an unauthorized OK kosher symbol. These products are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective actions were taken.

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