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Passover Kosher Food Alerts


Newer Passover Alerts

The following Passover alert is from the Kosherquest.org on February 21, 2014.

Dairy foods can pose a problem for Pesach use due to the prevalence of enzymes, stabilizers, flavors and vitamins which are made from Chometz and Kitniyos and are present in most dairy products. Therefore, dairy products require a reliable Passover certification for Passover use.
Plain whole, low-fat and skim milk (fresh, not long shelf-life items) may be purchased before Passover without special certification for Passover. However, it is proper not to purchase milk during Passover unless reliably certified for Passover.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0368

The following Passover information on Pet foods is from the Kosherquest.org on February 23, 2014.

Pet food ingredients can often change from year to year as Pet Food companies change and adjust their standards.

Some commonly listed items found on pet food ingredient panels that are NOT acceptable for Pesach are:
Wheat (cracked, flour, germ, gluten, ground, grouts, middlings, starch), Barley (cracked, flour), Oats (flour, grouts, hulled), Pasta, Rye, Xanthan Gum and Brewer's dried Yeast.

Some of the more popular pet (dog/cat) foods that most often contain Chometz are:
Alpo
Beneful
Pedigree
Purina
Science Diet Dog Food

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0369

The following Passover alert is from the Kof-K on February 27, 2014.

A limited quantity of Streit's Fried Rice Mix mistakenly bear the Kof-K Passover Symbol. This is product is not certified for PASSOVER and contains chometz. The product is being recalled from the Marketplace. If the product is seen displayed for sale please contact the Kof-K office.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0367

The following Passover and kashrus alert is from the MK from Badatz on February 24, 2014.

"It has come to our attention that Cumin Spice, imported by Spices Gan Eden are sold across Canada with the Badatz stamp, as well as the words 'Kosher for Passover'."
"Please be aware that this is a forgery and this company does not bearr Badatz certification throughout the year or Passover.
Any product exported with the Badatz certification mark, must bear the name of the manufacturer in Hebrew next to the Badatz certification mark."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0366

The following information is from OU on December 19, 2013.

The OU is now certifying quinoa, the grain-like seed grown in South America, is Kosher for Passover when processed with special OU Passover supervision and bearing the OU-P symbol.
"Following extensive research and on-site investigation of cross-contamination issues by OU Kosher personnel at all quinoa growing areas including: Puno, Cuzco, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Junin and Chiclayo in Peru; and Alto la Paz and Chayapata in Bolivia; as well as the collection, washing and milling stations of quinoa, OU Kosher is pleased to announce that, for the first time, it is recommending quinoa for Passover, when processed with special OU Passover supervision and bearing the OU-P symbol.
In addition to quinoa, OU Kosher has concluded that related canihua, kiwicha and maca seeds processed under supervised conditions may also be approved for Passover (OU-P)."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0365

The following kashrus and Passover alert is from the OU on August 28, 2013 with additional information from the Chief Rabbi of Finland.

Moses Vodka from Global Drinks Finland bears an unauthorized OU-P. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product for Passover or year round use. Corrective actions have been implemented.

Ed. note: Global Drinks Finland decided to drop the OU. They are now certified by Chief Rabbi Simon Livson and Chug Chatam Sofer.
Kosher Certificate from Rabbi Livson is here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0364

THE ALERTS THAT ARE BELOW THIS ARE FROM 2013. SOME OF THESE PRODUCTS MIGHT BE AROUND DUE TO A LONG SHELF LIFE OR THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED ARE STILL RELEVENT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0363

The following kashrus and Passover alert is from the Kosherquest.org on March 27, 2013 and confirmed by the OU.

Aicha Product: White Truffles Champignons Terfess Company: Les Conserves de Meknes Issue: Mislabeling Consumers of this OU-P product should verify that the letters "DA" and "RDSL" are part of the ink-jet code that appears on the top of the can. If the letters "DA" and "RDSL" are not included in the code, the product is not certified by the Orthodox Union.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0362

The following information is from the Star-K on March 24, 2013.

Please be aware that in response to comsumer reports of very high rates of infestation in Chasalat Alei Katif Whole Head Romaine Lettuce, we checked and confirmed that at least one batch of Chasalt with only Chasalat Alei Katif Whole Head Romai Hebrew on the bag and no domestic hechsherim is infested similar to market purchased lettuce and we advised checking like regular lettuce.
Please note: the directions on the bag require the leaves to be separated from the head and soaked for 3 minutes in soapy water then throughly rinsed under running water.
We are in possession of a letter from Rav Goldmintzer of New Square Kosher, one of the certifying agencies of this product who recommends additional checking of the lettuce for the presence of thrips .
We have checked subsequent other batches and have found inconsistent results; some meeting the standards advertised and others not meeting those standards. In Baltimore's Seven Mile Market we checked and passed the batch currently being sold we have no information about product in other locations

The following information is from the KAJ on March 21, 2013.

This is to confirm that vegetables and herbs marketed under the brand name "Chaslat - Alei-Katif" are under our hashgocho and supervised by our mashgichim in accordance with instructions issued by agricultural expert advisors. This year’s products are the same as those produced and sold in prior years. Our Hashgocho is responsible for ascertaining that there is no infestation in the product of the type which would not be removed by washing and rinsing. Accordingly, the consumer should meticulously follow the instructions printed on the bag.
It should be noted that I, myself, will be using this product this Pesach, after following the instructions printed on the bag. Under no circumstances should one purchase Romaine lettuce which doekashrut.coms not have a reliable hashgocho. It is almost impossible for Romaine lettuce not to have infestation of the type that does not come off with rinsing and washing.
Copy of letter from the KAJ is here.

The following insect infestation alert is from the Star-K on March 20, 2013.

Due to numerous consumer inquiries , we have tested “Chasalat Alei Katif” Romaine Lettuce from Israel and have found thrips to be present similar to regular Romaine Lettuce heads purchased in the marketplace.
Therefore, it is recommended that this product be washed and checked like any Romaine Lettuce. (instructions below)
Consumers who wish to check romaine lettuces at home are advised to follow the procedures listed below (Please see www.checkforinsects.com for more detailed instructions and pictorial and video tutorials)

  1. Wash the produce you wish to use in cold water (it is recommend to use a liquid detergent solution).
  2. After you wash the lettuce, check it using one of the following two methods:
    1. Leaf by leaf on a light box.
    2. Prepare a white basin with a cold soapy solution ( electric dishwasher soap works best because there are no bubbles). Agitate the lettuce in the water. Place the basin on top of a light box and check the water for insects.
  3. If no insects are found, the lettuce may be used without further inspection. Please ensure that you wash off any residual detergent.
  4. If any insects are found, one should repeat steps one through three above.

Information on checking vegetables for insects is at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#WASHING.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0355

The following Mexican kashrus alert from KMD Mexico posted on March 24, 2013.

LA GELATINA BLANCA ELABORADA POR LA PASTELERIA SOPHIE NO CUENTA CON CERTIFICADO KOSHER LEPESAJ AUN CON EL SELLO KMD KASHER LEPESAJ EN EL EMPAQUE.
Translation: Pasteleria Sophie´s ready-to-eat white gelatin is not Kosher for Passover, even when having the KMD Passover sticker on the label.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0360
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