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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kashrut Information: Sweeties with OU at Costco

January 19, 2022 from OU-Israel in response to a question from the editor:

Sweeties with OU at Costco are certified by the OU. Terumot and maasrot are taken. Next year's Sweeties and grapefruit will be products of the schmitta year.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7933

Mahruse brand Halva with Black Seeds recalled due to Salmonella

January 18, 2022 from the CFIA.

Mahrus Halva with Black Seeds has been recalled because of microbial Contamination with Salmonella.

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Mahruse Halva with Black Seeds 700 g 8 681305 250691 PRO: 25/05/2021
EXP: 24/05/2023
LOT.NO: 001

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7932

Kashrut Alert - Great Value Ricotta Cheese

January 18, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

Great Value Ricotta Cheese is dairy, and the OUD symbol was inadvertently not displayed. Corrective action is being taken and future labels will bear an OUD.
We recommend also contacting the company’s customer service department. Such matters are their responsibility as well, and they value the input of consumers.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7931

Canadian Kashrus Alert - Bassé Woodland Mix

January 17, 2022 from the MK:

Bassé Woodland Mix, Bassé, Bassé Nuts 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=A7930

REMINDERS FOR TU B’SHVAT SHOPPERS - 2022/5782

Updated Information on DRIED FRUIT & NUTS on Kashrut.com is here.

February 5, 2020 from Hakhel:

REMINDERS FOR TU B’SHVAT SHOPPERS: The following question and answer is excerpted from the English Sefer Shulchan HaLevi; Halachic Responsa of HaRav Yisroel Belsky, Z’tl:

Q: Many stores sell nuts and dried fruits from large sacks and bins, or repackage them without supervision. May the consumer assume these items are kosher, or should one insist on buying only sealed containers that carry kosher certification?

A: Nuts and dried fruit have always been sold from large sacks. To say that one should never buy these items when sold this way would be an unnecessary restriction, and for many of these products there are no issues at all. On the other hand, any processing or cooking raises potential kashrus issues.

Hakhel Note: Among the items that Rabbi Belsky writes require a reliable Hechsher are dried apples, dried pineapples and other dried tropical fruits, banana chips and of course, any nuts roasted in oil. One should certainly consult with his Rav before Tu B’Shvat on the items he intends to purchase, as well as any necessary Bedikas Tolaim that must be done on these items or fruits of the Shivas Minim. We additionally note that supermarkets and fruit/nut/candy stores without a hashgacha may themselves re-package these items and claim that they come from a larger container with a reliable hashgacha. Let the buyer beware!

Information on DRIED FRUIT & NUTS on Kashrut.com is here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7923

Israeli Kashrut Alerts

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7929

Lily’s Sweets Voluntarily Recalls Lily’s Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips Due to Undeclared Presence of Soy Lecithin

January 14, 2021 from the FDA.

Lily’s Sweets, is voluntarily recalling 18,855 cases of 7-ounce Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips due to the presence of soy lecithin. People who have a severe allergy or sensitivity to soy should not consume these products.

The product was a limited holiday seasonal offering available exclusively at Walmart stores in the United States. The impacted products are identified in the table below. No other Lily’s products are included in this recall.

The following product is subject to recall:

UPC Number Package Description Lot Code Information (BB followed by)
8-10003-46159-9 7 oz Pouch Lily’s Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips 01/24/2023 BS
01/25/2023 AS, 01/25/2023 BS, 01/25/23 CS
01/26/2023 AS, 01/26/2023 BS, 01/26/23 CS
01/27/2023 AS, 01/27/2023 BS, 01/27/23 CS
01/28/2023 AS, 01/28/2023 BS
01/31/2023 AS, 01/31/2023 BS
02/01/2023 AS, 02/01/2023 BS, 02/01/23 CS
02/02/2023 AS, 02/02/2023 BS, 02/02/23 CS
02/03/2023 AS, 02/03/2023 BS, 02/03/23 CS
02/04/2023 AS, 02/04/2023 BS

The error was discovered after consumers contacted the company and reported finding the white candy pieces mixed with Lily’s Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips. We have determined that the error occurred at a co-manufacturer. The white disc-shaped candy pieces contain soy lecithin, sugar, and other ingredients that are not present in Lily’s Peppermint Flavor chips. Individuals with a severe allergy to soy should not consume this product. Consumers who purchased affected product are urged to contact the company for a full refund by completing a contact form at https://www.thehersheycompany.com/content/hershey-corporate/en-us/home/newsroom/press-release/press-release-detail.html?122660 or by calling Lily’s consumer contact line at (877)587-0557.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7928

Kashrut Alert: Dr. John's Sea Salt Caramels and Dr. John's Pecan Caramels

January 14, 2022 from the cRc Twitter:

Dr. John's chocolate products containing caramel are certified as cRc- Dairy. The Dr. John's Sea Salt Caramel and Dr. John's Pecan Caramel labels incorrectly have the cRc pareve logo when in fact they contain dairy. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7927

Kashrus Alert - Mani Market Place

January 13, 2022 from the OK Twitter:

Mani Market Place (697 Colombus Avenue, NY, NY 10025) is displaying an unauthorized OK symbol on various products.
This company is not certified by OK Kosher Certification.
Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7926

Kashrut alert: Bee Magic brand Manuka Honey,

January 11, 2022 from Kashrus Magazine:

Bee Magic brand Manuka Honey, a product of New Zealand, bears an unauthorized BKA (Badatz Chareidim of the Brazilian Kashrus Authority), Rabbi Avraham Iliovits, Av Bais Din. The product is being sold in the U.S.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7925
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