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Passover Kashrut Alerts


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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0474

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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0473

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:
Tahini - All Products, The Prince Tahina Manufacturers Ltd., Eilaboon 1697200 Israel- UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL
Prince Tahini products bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the packaging. The company website also contains an unauthorized OK Passover symbol. This company and their products are NOT certified by OK Kosher certification. Corrective action is being taken.

This alert includes Oxygen Tahini products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0470

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.
Pesach Kosher Alert Mikee's Apricot Candied Chicken Sauce
Please note this product bearing lot number L1615C and labeled Kosher for Passover in fact, by accident, contains 5% Kitniyot. For further information email Mreich@kof-k.org.

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 12 oz. cans of dog foods that are being voluntarily recalled have the following barcodes. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:

  • Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: 20109
  • Evanger’s: Braised Beef: 20107
  • Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: 80001

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.
The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.
Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.
The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.
Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Ed note: Hunk of Beef is endorsed by the cRc Kosher for Passover (for dogs)

Article in Food Safety News about Evangers is here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0471

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.

  • Ancient Harvest
    White Grains Traditional Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box, 27 oz. pouch)
    Inca Red Grains Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box)
    Tricolor Grains Harmony Blend Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box)

The following products are approved for Passover use when bearing the STAR-K symbol. A Kosher for Passover statement on label is not necessary.

  • Ancient Harvest
    White Quinoa 50lb bulk bag, Organic

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:
Palermo First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil bears an unauthorized Star-K P.
This product is not certified for Passover and is not usable for Passover.

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:
Recently, Health Canada required that Duchesnay, the manufacturers of PregVit® and PregVit® folic 5, remove the COR kosher logo from their packaging as Health Canada wishes to limit the certifications mentioned on packaging to certifications that it controls. Over the last few weeks, the packaging change has been rolled out and this has led to questions from kosher consumers. Please note that PregVit® and PregVit® folic 5 remain certified as kosher and Passover compliant by the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) and the COR kosher logo can still be found in the "Preparing your Pregnancy booklet which is included in the product boxes.
You can contact the Kashruth Council of Canada at info@cor.ca.

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.
Corrective action is being taken. For more information, contact STAR-K at info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0467
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