Kashrus Alerts

2010 Alerts
December.........................................................................................

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Consumer Alerts and Information
December 09, 2010

EMILY'S EDIBLES COOKIES AND PASTRIES bear an unauthorized Star-D. These products are not Star-D kosher certified. Corrective action is being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
December 02, 2010

WEIGHT WATCHERS FRUITIES and CAPPUCCINO CREAM MELTS and other candies manufactured in Italy bear an unauthorized Star-K. Corrective action is being taken.

November.........................................................................................

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Consumer Alerts and Information
November 22, 2010

WELLNESS PRO, Encino,CA, is no longer Star-K or Star-D certified. Wellness Pro produces nutritional shakes and supplements including Balanced Nutrition-Meal Replacement for Men and for Women and Block 'n Burn. These products are no longer Star-K or Star-D certified.

Consumer Alerts and Information
November 19, 2010

Please be advised that the EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS store located at 62 West 38th St, New York, NY, is claiming to be under Star-K certification. This store is not under Star-K certification. Any use of the Star-K or Star-D by this store is unauthorized.

Consumer Alerts and Information
November 12, 2010

The following canned items produced by La Squisita bear an unauthorized Star-K. Corrective action is being taken.

• White Kidney Beans
• Red Kidney Beans
• Chick Peas

October.........................................................................................

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Children's Tylenol
October 28, 2010

For many years, the Star-K Hotline has recommended various Tylenol and Motrin products manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.. Although these products have never been formally Kosher certified, Star-K was able to approve them based on our review of information provided to us. The glycerin used in these products was derived from Kosher sources (i.e. Kosher glycerin can be made from vegetable or synthetic sources). These products were produced in their Fort Washington, PA, plant. This plant was shut down this past spring.

McNeil is now distributing Grape Liquid Children's Tylenol manufactured in Canada. Representatives of McNeil have stated that this product contains glycerin derived from non-Kosher beef or pork.

We recommend discussing with your physician whether the following Kosher alternatives will work for those who require acetaminophen:

• Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Syrup made by Novartis is certified Kosher when bearing the OU symbol. This children's product contains acetaminophen, the same active ingredient found in Tylenol.
• McNeil Consumer Healthcare also produces a liquid version of Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Blast Liquid for Adults - Cherry Flavor which does not contain any glycerin.
• Many children are able to use chewable tablets which typically do not contain glycerin (although they may contain other ingredients which are kosher-sensitive). For a list of approved medications click here and scroll down to Pain Relievers.
• For a full discussion regarding the Kashrus of medications and what to do if one purchases a liquid medication in which the source of glycerin is unknown see our Kashrus Kurrents article on the topic.

Consumer Alerts and Information
October 25, 2010

Effective immediately, EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS #655 located at 3524 Brenbrook Dr., Randallstown, MD 21133, is no longer Star-K certified.

Please note, the Edible Arrangements stores located in Downtown Baltimore, Pikesville, Towson and Olney, MD are still under certification.

Consumer Alerts and Information
October 14, 2010

Effective immediately, RIVER RANCH FRESH FOODS, LLC is no longer under Star-K Certification. The company has been purchased by Taylor Farms, CA. This should not be confused with Taylor Farms, MD, which is under Star-K Certification.

The following brands are affected by this change:

Fresh1/Fresh ’n Easy, The Farmers Market, Dewy Fresh, Promark, Popeye, River Ranch, Shaw’s Market Fresh, Compliments, Sysco Natural, Archer Farms, Cross Valley Farms, Winn Dixie.

September.........................................................................................

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Red Cabbage Infestation
September 13, 2010

It has recently been discovered that Red Cabbage can be infested with insects. As a result, the Star-K has upgraded its Red Cabbage inspection procedures from a simple thorough wash to the same procedure used for other leafy vegetables. Click here for details. Packaged Red Cabbage that is kosher certified as insect-free remains acceptable.

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

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Harvest Fresh Sunfield brand Cut Baby Corn
June 25, 2010

Harvest Fresh Sunfield brand Cut Baby Corn in 106 oz. cans (6lbs 10 oz), distributed by Inteco, bear an unauthorized Star-K.

Corrective action is being taken.

New Harvest Naturals Gluten-Free Bakery
June 21, 2010

(www.newharvestnaturals.com) sold by Abe’s Place Gourmet Delicacies is misrepresenting itself as STAR-K certified. The STAR-K has no affiliation with Abe’s Place Gourmet Delicacies and does not certify any of its products.

Corrective action has been taken and a recall of the product has been initiated.

May.........................................................................................

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Mislabeled STAR-K Barcelona Yogurt Trail Mix
May 25, 2010

Packages of Barcelona Yogurt Trail Mix were labeled incorrectly with the Star-K symbol. This product is not STAR-K certified.

Corrective action has been taken and a recall of the product has been initiated.

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

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Safeway: Purchasing Chometz After Pesach
April 13, 2010

Although Safeway Supermarkets is a non-Jewish corporation, the Eastern Seaboard Safeway stores order 80% of their groceries from C & S, a Jewish distributor. These products will arrive in stores by April 18th. Chometz which was purchased immediately after Pesach may be used. However, for three weeks starting from April 18th through May 9th, 2010, chometz products such as cereals and pasta should not be purchased from Safeway.

Please post this in your shul or synagogue

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

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Metamucil Wafers
March 22, 2010

Please note that information regarding Metamucil Wafers was listed incorrectly in the 2010 Passover Guide to Cosmetics and Medications published by Kollel Los Angeles and in the Star-K 2010 Passover Directory. The correct information is as follows: Metamucil Wafers are chometz and should not be consumed on Pesach. Please note that all Metamucil powders are chometz free as listed in the guide. Metamucil Coarse Milled Original Texture Unflavored contains no chometz and no kitniyos as indicated in the guide.

If possible, please post this in your shul or synagogue.

Wal-Mart's Great Value Confectioner's Sugar
March 18, 2010

The confectioner’s sugar sold by Wal-Mart under their Great Value brand is mistakenly labeled as being kosher for Passover. The product, although certified kosher for year-round use by United Mehadrin, is NOT certified for Passover use.

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Celestial Seasonings
February 01, 2010

Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea was incorrectly labeled with a Star-K. The tea is certified dairy, non cholov Yisroel by the Vaad Hakashrus of Denver and should bear the Scroll-K dairy symbol. Corrective measures were taken.

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

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Celestial Seasonings
January 19, 2010

Packages of the following Celestial Seasonings Teas - English Toffee and Decaf Vanilla Maple printed for Canada, with French, were labeled incorrectly as pareve with the Star-K hechsher. The products are actually certified by the Scroll-K and are dairy (cholov stam).

All unused packaging had been destroyed when the error was discovered. Packages already in the distribution system have reached the United States. Please be aware of this when purchasing Celestial Seasonings brand English Toffee and Decaf Vanilla Maple with French on the label.

Rita's Ices, Reisterstowni Road Plaza, Baltimore, MD
January 13, 2010

Effective immediately, RITA’S ICES, located at the Reisterstown Road Plaza, 6796 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215, has decided to discontinue its Star-D Kosher Certification at this time.

The PDF of this notice can be downloaded here.

KASHRUS ALERT: ELECTRIC FREE-STANDING DOUBLE OVENS/WARMING DRAWERS
January 10, 2010

Some models of free standing electric ranges with warming drawers or double ovens may only have a single sheet of metal separating the upper oven from the lower oven as opposed to an insulated double metal layer. This can create a kashrus problem when using one oven for meat & the other for dairy. Consumers are urged to research these ovens very carefully before purchasing.

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