Kashrus Alerts

2017 Alerts
July.........................................................................................

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CAFE K CONEY ISLAND
July 26, 2017

A listing in the most recent KASHRUS KURRENTS incorrectly identified Café K Coney Island as a STAR-D establishment. In fact, all Café K locations are under STAR-K, Cholov Yisroel certification.
We regret the error and sincerely apologize for any confusion.

June.........................................................................................

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Appliance Light Bulbs
June 07, 2017

Please note for all STAR-K certified Sabbath Mode appliances, we strongly advise you not to replace the incandescent bulb that came with your appliance (refrigerator, oven) with the newer LED bulbs.
The Sabbath Mode feature may not operate correctly with a bulb type that is different from the one supplied by the manufacturer.
Contact STAR-K: info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

April.........................................................................................

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Cape Gourmet Signature Seafood Brand Frozen Fish Fillets
April 20, 2017

Please note that CAPE GOURMET SIGNATURE SEAFOOD brand frozen NORWEGIAN ATLANTIC SALMON and NORWEGIAN COD PORTIONS, packed for United Seafood Enterprises, sold in ShopRite stores, bears an unauthorized STAR-K on the back of the package.
Corrective action is being taken.
Contact STAR-K: info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

March.........................................................................................

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Marquis Brand Canned Tuna
March 30, 2017

Please note that MARQUIS brand canned CHUNK LIGHT TUNA, imported from China by Royal Food Import Corp., Boston, MA, states "STAR-K" on the back of the can. This statement is unauthorized as this product is not Kosher certified.
Corrective action is being taken.
Contact STAR-K: info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

Maryland Beer Alert Pesach 2017
March 17, 2017

It came to our attention last year that two large beer distribution companies, who are the exclusive distributors of their brands in Baltimore, are Jewish owned. Due to numerous challenges, a proper Mechiras Chometz was not possible for this year. As a result, many brands of beer sold in our area will be “Chometz She’avar Alav HaPesach”. The problematic beer supplies will not be depleted until sometime in June. Please check our website after June 1st for an update. Until that time, the beers on the list HERE should not be purchased. All other brands are permitted.
The above information applies only to Baltimore City and Baltimore County and the other counties listed in the alert. Montgomery County is NOT affected by this alert. We do not have any information about beers sold outside of Maryland.
PLEASE NOTE: UNION CRAFT BREWERY IS PROHIBITED EVERYWHERE (EVEN MONTGOMERY COUNTY).
To assist consumers, a partial list of permitted brands can be found HERE.
Additionally, unless otherwise notified by the STAR-K, one may purchase any chometz beverages at the following stores:
Dugan’s - Only beer marked with STAR-K approval stickers
Kosher Bite
Village Wine and Liquors (Colonial Shopping Center)
Wine Loft – Only beer marked with STAR-K approval stickers
For a more detailed explanation, click here.

Bgreen Food Soy Sauce
March 14, 2017

Please note that Bgreen Food Soy Sauce bears an unauthorized STAR-K symbol. This product is not Kosher certified and is produced in a non-Kosher certified facility.
Contact STAR-K: info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

February.........................................................................................

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Ancient Harvest Quinoa Passover Info
February 10, 2017

Please note there is a change in Ancient Harvest quinoa for Passover this year. If you are interested in purchasing this product, now is the time to ask your grocer to order.
The following products are approved for Passover use when bearing the STAR-K symbol and a “Best By” date of 2/01/19 through 2/28/19. A Kosher for Passover statement on label is not necessary.
Ancient Harvest White Grains Traditional Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box, 27 oz. pouch) Inca Red Grains Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box) Tricolor Grains Harmony Blend Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box)
The following products are approved for Passover use when bearing the STAR-K symbol. A Kosher for Passover statement on label is not necessary.
Ancient Harvest White Quinoa 50lb bulk bag, Organic
Contact STAR-K: info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

Cava Foods Caramelized Onion Hummus
February 02, 2017

Please note that Cava Foods Caramelized Onion Hummus bears an unauthorized STAR-K symbol. This product is not Kosher certified and is being recalled.
Only the following Cava Foods products are certified when bearing the STAR-K or STAR-D symbol: Traditional Hummus, Organic Traditional Hummus, Red Pepper Hummus and Greek Yogurt Hummus.
Contact STAR-K: info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

January.........................................................................................

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Farbe Munchen de Mexico
January 23, 2017

A letter of certification issued to Farbe Munchen de Mexico, of Mexico City, ostensibly by STAR-K, is forged. The certificate lists colors and extracts under the brand name Farbe. STAR-K has never certified this company.
For more information contact info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

Lunch Buddies Diced Peaches
January 18, 2017

Please be aware that Lunch Buddies brand diced peaches in plastic cups, sold at Aldi's, bear an unauthorized STAR-K. This product contains grape juice of unknown origin and should not be used.
Corrective action is being taken.

Peppers from Israel
January 16, 2017

Please be aware that red, yellow and orange peppers, as well as other fruits and vegetables from Israel, are consistently being sold in the Baltimore area at produce markets in our neighborhood. From the numerous inquiries we have received, it is apparent that many consumers are unaware of this when shopping. Other examples of produce commonly from Israel are carrots, citrus fruits, persimmons, pomegranates, dates, dill and parsley.

The packages or labels state "Product of Israel." These vegetables require teruma and maaser to be taken. The procedure is listed on our website.

For more information contact info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

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