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Passover Kashrut Alerts

Israel: Tnuva Pesach Labeling

March 23, 2018, - From the Jerusalem Kosher News:

"Tnuva Pesach Labeling of Products

  1. Tnuva dairy products that say כשר לפסח have no kitnios, including regular non-mehadrin products.
    A product only contains kitniot if it says כשר לפסח-קיטניות.
  2. Vaad Mehadrin products that are Kosher for Pesach do not say כשר לפסח מהדרין. Both Eida Chareidis and Vaad Mehadrin products are certified for Pesach by each organization respectively when the appropriate kosher symbols of each organization are there and the words “כשר לפסח ערב פסח“ appear.

“כשר לפסח ערב פסח” is the wording for Pesach Mehadrin.

All Mehadrin Production Halts Before Pesach
This is because there is absolutely no mehadrin production on Pesach. All mehadrin production halts before the time chametz is prohibited on erev Pesach. This is another step towards maintaining a mehadrin line – permitting any grain of chametz that may have passed the array of filtration systems to become batul before yomtov. Since chametz is prohibited in any amount on Pesach, this step is a major one for anything that existed before the chag has become batul, and there is no production on the chag itself. "Filtration is performed shortly following milking to avoid a situation in which a grain of chametz may have remained in a container of milk for 24 hours, leading some to become concerned with 'kavush'."

Non Chametz Feed for the Herd
"Beginning a week before Pesach, the stables are cleaned and the feed given to the herd is changed. The Pesach diet does not contain anything chametz, a step taken to satisfy the most stringent opinions. This entails cleaning, preparing and inspecting hundreds of dairy facilities under Tnuva’s supervision. Mashgichim are present to supervise harvesting tens of thousands of dunams of wheat fields towards preparing the special Pesach diet for the Tnuva herd."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0514

Revised Canadian Kosher Alert: Delieuze Harissa (Red Peppers)

March 22, 2018, - From the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that HARISSA (RED PEPPERS) DELIEUZE BRAND are kosher for Passover. However, they bear an unauthorized MK symbol and were produced without MK supervision. Corrective action has been taken.

From the MK: The batch of Harissa was produced under the supervision of Rabbi Wolf from Amsterdam.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0513

South African Passover information on McCain’s frozen veggies

March 22, 2018: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:

We have assessed McCain’s frozen veggies and can inform you that products bearing our regular Beth Din Kosher Hechsher, and that do not contain vegetables that are Kitniyot, may be used for Pesach and all year round. We are working with the manufacturers to ensure that – going forward – the packaging will include a new Hechsher for Pesach and all year round. Please note that this does not include the oven chips and wedges.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0512

Denver Passover alert on Chometz Of Tov Breaded and Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Tenders misplaced in Passover section

March 21, 2018: From the "Vaad of Denver:

Of Tov Breaded & Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Tenders in Kosher for Passover Section
Some packages of “Of Tov Breaded and Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Tenders” (see picture below) were mistakenly sold in the East Side Kosher Deli Pesach section. If you bought this product check to verify that it is marked Kosher for Pesach. If not, do not use it for Pesach.

Ed. note: Check each product to confirm its Passover status.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0511

Error in OU's Candlelighting times for Passover

March 21, 2018: From the "OU Twitter feed:

The OU Guide to Passover's print version contains the following error on Page 5: The candle lighting times for the 1st and 7th nights of Pesach were interchanged. The correct times can be accessed online at: https://oukosher.org/content/uploads/sites/2/2018/03/halachic-times18b.pdf.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0510

South African Recall of Adam International Tuna Chunks in Brine and Kedem Grape Juice due to tampered expiration dates

March 15, 2018: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg and South African Jewish Report:

"A major importer of kosher-for-Pesach products was this week forced to withdraw two top-selling products from the shelves after it was discovered that their expiry dates were allegedly fraudulently altered."
The two recalled products were Adam International Tuna Chunks in Brine 170g and Kedem Grape Juice 947ml that has an expiry date in 2019. The Beth Din saaid "the expiry date had been tampered with and changed."

Ed. note: This is a SOUTH AFRICAN RECALL.

March 21, 2018: letter from Kayco to the South African Jewish Community is here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0509

Kashrus alert on Streit's Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters

March 19 2018 from the Kof-K:

Streit's Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters contain milk and butter and was mistakenly labeled as Kof-K pareve. This product is certified Kof-K Dairy for Passover. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0508

Kashrut and Passover Information on Elite Chocolates & Schmerling's Chocolates

March 14, 2018 from the COR Detroit:

ELITE CHOCOLATES are recommended only when bearing the certification of the OU or the Badatz of Eida Hacharedis. For Pesach, special Pesach marking is required.

SCHMERLING'S SUGARLESS AND NO SUGAR ADDED CHOCOLATES are not Kosher for Pesach, and state so on their labels.

South African Kashrut alert on Elite Milk Chocolates for Pesach

March 13, 2018: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:

Please be aware that the Elite Milk Chocolates for Pesach are Milchik and not Parev as the white sticker states.

The following variations are incorrectly marked:

  1. Mini Mix 400 gr
  2. Milk Chocolate Berry Truffle 100 gr
  3. Mini Coconut Bar 190 gr
  4. Chocolate Flake Log 25 gr
  5. Mini Smarties 300 gr
  6. Milk Chocolate with Hazel Almonds 100 gr
  7. Mini Caramel Bar 190 gr
  8. Milk Chocolate Strawberry 100 gr
  9. Strawberry Filled Chocolate Bars 50 gr
  10. Chocolate Fingers 96 gr

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0506

Passover information on Fish

February 28, 2018

  • From the OU
    Due to the frequent application of glazes to raw fish, it should be purchased only with reliable kosher certification. However, Kirkland Frozen Wild Salmon bearing the standard OU symbol is acceptable after rinsing, while the Kirkland Atlantic (Farm Raised) Salmon bearing the standard OU symbol is acceptable as is for Passover. Kirkland’s Frozen Tilapia when bearing the standard OU symbol is also acceptable for Passover after rinsing.
  • From the Star-K - Frozen Raw:
    All frozen raw fish products should have reliable certifying agency Passover approval. If Passover approved frozen fish is not available, or the frozen fish was already purchased without Passover approval, then it should be washed, ideally before Pesach. This should not be done over a Pesach sink.
  • From the cRc:
    Fish, fresh (Passover) is acceptable without Passover Certification. One should wash the fish well in cold water before use.

  • March 15, 2108 from the Kof-K:
    • MEMBER’S MARK - C. WIRTHY & CO. ATLANTIC SALMON FROZEN FILLETS ( raw only) bearing a Kof-K and stating Product of Chile, sold at Sam’s Club, are Kosher for Pesach.
    • FISHIN brand FROZEN WHITING FILLETS (plain unseasoned, raw) bearing a Kof-K and stating Product of Chile are Kosher for Pesach.
    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0497

Passover information on Meat

February 19, 2018 from New Square, the OU, and the Star-K:

  • Solomon's
    • Ground Beef
      • Passover approved without special Passover-designation:
        • 1 lbs. square blocks.
        • 3 X 1 lbs. square blocks.
        • 5 lbs. in clear vacuum bag (Institutional pack).
      • Passover-designation required:
        • 2 lbs. in white casing (sleeve).
        • 10 lbs. in white casing (sleeve).
      • Beef- factory packed whole
        • All Solomon's RAW meat are KFP without designated symbol
  • Teva
    • ground beef is kosher for Passover all year round without any special markings.
  • Grow and Behold
    • Grow and Behold meat is kosher for Passover without Passover certification
  • Kol Foods (Star-K/No P Required) EXCEPT BATCH 14702QMI which is not Kosher for Passover. Batch number appears on package.

  • Meal Mart March 14, 2018 - from the OU in response to the editor's question:
    Meal Mart Ground Beef needs Passover certification
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0494
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