Trader Joes Coconut OilWashing off fresh meat before use on Passover
March 24, 2017 - information from BCK and the OK:
Trader Joes Organic Coconut Flour comes into the stores with different certifications. Trader Joes Organic Coconut Flour certified by Kosher Check is usable for Passover without special Passover certification. The Trader Joes Organic Coconut Flour certified by Kehilla Kosher (OK) is not usable for Passover.
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Washing off fresh meat before use on Passover
March 22, 2017 - Revised by the Star-K : Washing off fresh meat, without KFP certification, before use on Passover March 16, 2017 - The following is an answer from the Star-K to the question as to why they are recommending rinsing off of meat, w/o KFP certification, purchased prior to Passover: "By USDA rule, many places are using an antibacterial rinse on the meat that may be produced from Kitniyos. Additionally, the vacuum bag the meat is packaged in might be lined with cornstarch for easier handling during production. Although these items are nullified, we still suggest rinsing off the meat."
Ed note: Washing raw meat and poultry makes it more likely for bacteria to spread to areas around the sink and countertops from splashing and spraying water. Consider sanitizing around and in the sink after rinsing the meat to reduce the chances of becoming sick from the bacteria on the meat.
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Kashrus alert on Prince Tahini Products and Oxygen Tahini Products
November 21, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification with additional information from the OK on March 22, 2017:
This alert includes Oxygen Tahini products.
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Ashkenazim: Be aware of Passover products containing kiniot
March 23, 2016 - From the Kosherquest.org, reissued March 19, 2017:
Be alert for products on the shelf this year that bear a Hashgacha for Pesach that include Kitniyos. The O/U and the Star-K among others have given Hashgacha to many Kitniyos products. The symbol is "O/UP – Kitniyot" or Star-S. Ashkenazic Jews and Sephardim, whose minhag it is to NOT eat Kitniyos, should be aware of the growing number of Pesach products available that contain Kitniyos and are reserved only for those Sephardic Jews whose minhag it is to eat Kitniyos on Pesach.
Ed. reminder: Check every package for the appropriate Passover designation. Non-Passover products can also be mixed in with the Passover ones.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0441
Pesach Kosher Alert Mikee's Apricot Candied Chicken Sauce
April 22, 2016 - From the Kof-K and reissued on March 19, 2017.
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Evanger’s Pet Food and Against the Grain Voluntarily Recalls Additional Products Out of Abundance of Caution due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital
March 3, 2017 - from the FDA:
Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily expanding its recall of Hunk of Beef and is also recalling Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital.
The three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. These products were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide. This voluntary recall affects only Hand Packed Beef Products, which is a unique method in which large chunks of meat are manually placed into the can by hand, not machine.
Consumers may return any can of the aforementioned products to their place of purchase for a full refund for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.
Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food
February 3, 2017 - from the FDA:
Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.
Ed note: Hunk of Beef is endorsed by the cRc Kosher for Passover (for dogs)
Article in Food Safety News about Evangers is here.
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Ancient Harvest Quinoa Passover Info
February 10, 2017 - From the Star-K:
Please note there is a change in Ancient Harvest quinoa for Passover this year. If you are interested in purchasing this product, now is the time to ask your grocer to order.
The following products are approved for Passover use when bearing the STAR-K symbol and a “Best By” date of 2/01/19 through 2/28/19. A Kosher for Passover statement on label is not necessary.
The following products are approved for Passover use when bearing the STAR-K symbol. A Kosher for Passover statement on label is not necessary.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0472
Palermo Olive Oils are not Kosher for Passover
November 29, 2016- from the editor:
Palermo Olive oils with a Star-K P are still in the stores including Ocean State Job Lot. These products are not certified by the Star-K and are not usable for Passover.
Palermo First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not Kosher for Passover
Feb. 8, 2016: From the Star-K in response to the editor's question:
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0438
PregVit® and PregVit® folic 5 Certified Kosher & Passover Compliant
October 26, 2016, - From the COR:
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0469
Passover and Kashrus Alert on Terra DeLyssa Infused Olive Oils
October 6, 2016 - from the Star-K:
Terra de Lyssa organic infused olive oils, manufactured in Tunisia, bear an unauthorized STAR-K P. These oils are not authorized to bear the STAR-K, and are not Kosher for Passover.
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