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The Latest on the Dairy Status of Oreo Sandwich Cookies

June 22, 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

Canada: Certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products recalled due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella

June 19, 2022 from the CFIA.

Shoppers Drug Mart is recalling certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products from the marketplace due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella contamination. The products were previously recalled on February 17, 2022 and some units were sold via on-line in error.

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Abbott Similac Advance Step 1 Milk-Based Iron-Fortified Infant Formula Powder 964 g 0 55325 00163 8 L28174SH0
L36099SH0
Abbott Similac Advance Step 2 Milk-Based Iron-Fortified and Calcium-Enriched Infant Formula Powder 964 g 0 55325 00164 5 L31496SH0
L32642SH0
L29186SH0
Abbott Similac Alimentum Step 1 Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder 400 g 0 55325 00061 7 L35026Z26
Abbott Similac Advance Step 2 Milk-Based Iron-Fortified and Calcium-Enriched Infant Formula Powder 658 g 0 55325 00077 8 L27887SH0
L31497SH0

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8122

Kashrut Information: Aldi Simply Nature Granola Cereal with an OUD

June 13, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

The cereal is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).

What does DE mean? A DE product does 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=A8121

Kashrut Information: Wells The Original Bomb Pop

June 17, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

The original bomb pop is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).

What does DE mean? A DE product does 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=A8120

Kashrut Information: Trader Joe's Everything but the O Bagel Seasoned Bite Sized Crackers

June 16, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

Trader Joe's Everything but the O Bagel Seasoned Bite Sized Crackers are labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).

What does DE mean? A DE product does 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=A8119

Kashrut Information: Brave Robot Ice Cream with OUD

June 17, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

Brave Robot is dairy, not DE.

Ed. note: This product contains "Non-Animal Whey Protein" produced by fermentation that is certified as pareve.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8118

Kashrut Information: Modern Kitchen Cream Cheese with OUD

June 17, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

The Modern Kitchen cream cheese is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).

What does DE mean? A DE product does 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.

Ed. note: This product contains "Non-Animal Whey Protein" produced by fermentation that is certified as pareve. Since this product contains milk protein, it will provoke a reaction in people with a milk protein allergy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8117

Red Lentil of Sharon, MA is No Longer Certified Kosher

June 19, 2022 from Rabbi Cheses,

Please be advised that as of Sunday, June 19, 2022, Red Lentil Sharon is no longer under the Supervision of Rabbi Noah Cheses.


Red Lentil Sharon, MA: Change in Certification

May 29, 2022 from KVH Kosher:

Red Lentil Sharon, MA Certification Terminated: Over the past six months KVH Kosher has allocated significant resources, including staff time and financial investments, to prepare and transition Red Lentil Sharon to kosher supervision. We were so proud to partner with the community and oversee the first kosher restaurant in Sharon, and we thank Rabbi Noah Cheses for his tireless efforts in this project. Serving and strengthening the Greater Boston Jewish community by maintaining and adding to its kosher options is and will always be our primary purpose.

Unfortunately, over the past few months, as hard as we tried to communicate to Red Lentil the importance of adherence to our kashrut standards, lapses continued to occur. This has left us with significant concerns such that we cannot confidently continue to certify it. Therefore, it is with great regret that we inform the community that KVH Kosher certification of Red Lentil has been terminated effective immediately.

May 29, 2022 from Rabbi Cheses, Rabbi Young Israel of Sharon:

Certification picked up by Rabbi ChesesI am pleased to report that the Red Lentil restaurant in Sharon will continue to provide kosher, delicious, vegan & vegetarian food after the trial certification with the KVH expires today. The certification will be transitioning from the KVH to a local team of Orthodox rabbis and other community members operating under my direction and supervision. This will be in everyone’s best interest, as the owners prefer to partner with local people that they know and the KVH isn’t capable of continuing to help the owners learn from several lapses in protocols that were made in these last few months (see KVH communication below).

In full transparency, the hard working staff at the restaurant did make a handful of genuine mistakes, which were quickly remedied, as they were learning all the new protocols and procedures involved in being kosher but we have learned from them and set up systems to limit their recurrence. Some of those systems include full remote camera access, a station for checking in ingredients before they enter the restaurant, transitioning to use more greenhouse grown produce to reduce the amount of in-restaurant washing, and contracting with Rabbi Dovid Reisman to do the restaurant’s shopping at Restaurant Depot, which provides an additional layer of inventory control.

All of the Kosher standards and processes will remain the same. Red Lentil will continue to pay for a mashgiach temidi (constant kosher supervisor in the kitchen) and will begin to pay an annual fee for the costs associated with providing certification at the level of mainstream national standards.

The local team will include Rabbi Barry Hartman, Rabbi Dovid Reisman, Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder, Rabbi Jordan Soffer, Marty Liss, Thelma Hirsch and Jason Peretz, all of whom will serve as systems managers, checking in with the mashgichim and owners on a rotating daily basis. Marty will also schedule the mashgichim and manage other logistical issues. Rabbi Aryeh Klapper will review the Mashgiach log book on a regular basis. Rabbi David Jaffe will establish and maintain standards for respectful and ethical treatment of workers including mashgichim.

The KVH deserves a lot of credit and our gratitude for its investment in getting this project off the ground, setting up all the systems, and training three fantastic mashgichim (Tuvya Rackover, Dina Rosenthal and Marty Liss), who will continue in their roles. I sincerely believe that the local community model of responsibility and accountability will equip the restaurant to sustain high kashrut standards.

Everyone on the local team will be volunteering their time in order to provide this benefit to the community. Please continue to frequent the restaurant to partner with this effort. Please note that this transition is set to occur today and will be revisited after three months with the hope of it being a long term partnership.


New Kosher Restaurant: Red Lentil, Sharon, MA

March 7, 2022 from the KVH:

KVH Kosher is pleased to announce the grand opening of Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant & Bar located at 1 Pond St, Sharon, MA 02067

The Kosher Red Lentil – Sharon will offer Vegan & Vegetarian (dairy- chalav stam) dining experience, a unique addition to the Sharon & the Greater Boston Kosher scene.

Opening day is set for Sunday March 13, 2022.

Please note: • Certification is for the Sharon branch only and does NOT cover the Watertown branch, which KVH does NOT certify as kosher.

Red Lentil - Sharon is not under Jewish ownership and is therefore halachically permitted to operate on Shabbos. In general, providing certification to restaurants open on Shabbos can be fairly difficult while maintaining the national standard of kashrus which KVH strives to provide. KVH Kosher has worked with the management to address the relevant Halachic concerns, and the owners have gone above and beyond to accommodate.

Link to the KVH Notice is here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7998

Wilton Brands Issues Allergy Alert on Possible Presence of Undeclared Milk in Two Sprinkle Products with additional information from the OU

June 2, 2022 from the FDA

Wilton Industries, Inc. of Naperville, Illinois is initiating a voluntary national recall of select lots of Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles And Rainbow Sprinkles Mix.

Although the product label does indicate that it may contain milk, this recall is being conducted because some samples of the product were found to contain milk.

This recall is specific to the lot codes identified below. The lot codes can be found on the bottom of the container. Other lot codes on hand are safe and outside the limits of this recall.

Consumers who have purchased these products should immediately dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. These products will be removed from shelves at several retailers and distributors nationwide.

June 10, 2022 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

These products are certified as Parve. The milk was a mistake, we have verified that it is battel many times over.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8113

Israeli Kashrut Alert: Ronza Lollipops

June 9, 2022 from BaDaTZ HaEda Haredit:
Rough translation: "Ronza" brand lollipops without any additional producer information bear an unauthorized Badatz.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A8115
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