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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kosher Alert: Kitchen Essentials Feta Cheese

October 3, 2022 from the MK:

Kitchen Essentials Feta Cheese in Brine inadvertently bears an MK Pareve symbol. These products are in fact DAIRY. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8239

cRc Kashrus Updates- Pas Yisroel

September 28, 2022 from the cRc:

The cRc is proud to announce that starting in 5783, all cRc Restaurants will be fully Pas Yisroel with the exception of franchise establishments (such as Dunkin Donuts, Graeter's Ice Cream, Rita’s and Cinnaholic). (Please note that the bagels in the cRc-certified Dunkin Donuts are Pas Yisroel.) We thank our certified restaurants for doing their utmost to enhance kashrus for the entire city.

During the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is the accepted custom to only consume Pas Yisroel products, such as bread, cakes and cookies. In fact, some have this custom year-round, or on Shabbos and Yom Tov (see Mishnah Berurah 242:6). As we approach the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, many consumers turn to the cRc requesting guidance about Pas Yisroel in cRc establishments and certified products.

To see more information about Pas Yisroel and cRc establishments, please click here

Editor's note: Pas Yisroel and Yashon product lists on Kashrut.com are here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8238

Kashrut Alert: US Honey-Bee Fill Candies from Fruidles.com

September 28, 2022 from the Kof-K:

Please be advised, the product in the picture from Fruidles.com bears an unauthorized Kof-K on their web posted. The product arrives without the Kof-K on the label and the posting is erroneous. Corrective measues have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8237

Shmitta Dates

September 25, 2022 from the London Beth Din:

The period during which Shemitta restrictions apply to different fruit and vegetables is shown in the chart here.

Please note that the dates given are for fresh produce and do not include frozen, tinned or dried products. These have a long shelf life and require a reliable hechsher.

Outside the period when Shemitta restrictions apply, Teruma and Ma'aser should be taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8236

Kosher Alert: SOUTHERN GROVE OVEN ROASTED ALMONDS at Aldi

September 20, 2022 from the COR Detroit:

SOUTHERN GROVE OVEN ROASTED ALMONDS at Aldi in some regions, including Michigan and Ohio, no longer bears an OU. Always check the label.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8235

Kosher Advisory: KROGER, MEIJER and GREAT VALUE [Walmart] brands of PRETZELS

September 20, 2022 from the COR Detroit:

KROGER, MEIJER and GREAT VALUE [Walmart] brands of PRETZELS that previously had a plain OK symbol, including Pretzel Sticks, Pretzel Rods and Pretzel Mini Twists, are now changing to an OK-D symbol due to dairy equipment, and should not be eaten together with meat. Packages that still bear a plain OK symbol are pareve. Several other store brands of OK certified pretzels (e.g., Clancy’s at Aldi) will also be changing status. Check each bag. (Note: These pretzels are not Pas Yisroel.)


Kosher Advisory Walmart Pretzel Mini Twists & other other Walmart Great Value Pretzel products

March 14, 2022 and March 18, 2022 from the OK in response to a question from the editor:

Walmart Pretzel Mini Twists, Pretzel Rods, Pretzel Sticks, Pretzel Salty Sticks, Pretzel Nuggets Sourdough, and Pretzel Twists are changing from pareve to DE (labeled with the OK D symbol). All packaging with the OK symbol are still pareve.

From the OK, the status can change to dairy without notification (since the product is already approved as dairy. The consumer should check with the OK office every few months to reconfirm the DE status of this product.

The pretzels will be DE and labeled with the OKD symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8014

Kashrut Alert: SUPER K FORTUNE COOKIES from KARI-OUT COMPANY

September 20, 2022 from the COR Detroit:

SUPER K FORTUNE COOKIES from KARI-OUT COMPANY, White Plains, NY, are Kosher only when bearing the OU symbol on the case and also on each individually wrapped cookie. Cases not bearing the OU, and cookies not bearing the OU on their individual wrapper, were produced by a non-certified supplier. Some cases bearing an OU were found to mistakenly contain some non-certified cookies mixed in that did not bear an OU. Check each wrapper. (Note: These cookies are not Pas Yisroel.)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8234

Yoshon and Simonim Information 5783

Posted September 18, 2022

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8231

Updated Kashrut Alert: Aldi's Lunch Buddies Fruit Cups

September 20, 2022 from the Star-K:

Aldi's Lunch Buddies fruit cups in grape juice (including Yellow Cling Diced Peaches, Diced Pears, and Mandarin Oranges) bear an unauthorized STAR-K. These products are being recalled.
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8225

The Latest on the Dairy Status of Oreo Sandwich Cookies

September 15, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor; List dated May 26, 2022:

At the present time the following Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, although they are manufactured on dairy equipment:

What does DE mean? A DE product does do not contain actual dairy ingredients, but it is manufactured with heat on dairy equipment. DE items may be eaten after meat, but not with meat at the same time.

Many products qualify to be DE but are labeled OUD because OUD is a less confusing symbol for the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee.

Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you contact our office every few months to reconfirm the DE status of this product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8123
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