Kashrus Alerts

2011 Alerts
December.........................................................................................

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Consumer Alerts and Information
December 26, 2011

ACCENTS GRILL ON THE ATRIUM, located at 2839 Smith Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21209, is no longer kosher certified by the Star-K.

Consumer Alerts and Information
December 26, 2011

COCOACCINOS, located at 2831 Smith Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21209, is no longer kosher certified by Rabbi Sholom Salfer.

Consumer Alerts and Information
December 12, 2011

Effective after closing on Monday, December 12, 2011, the Kosher Subway will no longer be Kosher. The facility is being sold and will become a Non-Kosher Subway store. They will remove the "Kosher Subway - Star-K" sign above the store and place signs on each door stating, "This location is NO LONGER kosher". This change does NOT affect the Subway in the Rockville, MD, Jewish Community Center.

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

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Consumer Alerts and Information
November 28, 2011

WMB NUTRITIONAL CORPORATION, is not certified by Star-K. Any documentation to the contrary is forged. Corrective measures are being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
November 23, 2011

BBQ KING barbecue peanuts, manufactured by XDB Foods, Co. Ltd., China, and distributed in Israel by Elron Trade Y.R. Ltd., bears an unauthorized Star-K. This product is not certified by Star-K. Corrective measures are being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
November 23, 2011

FINE LINE SELECTbrand Grade A IQF Chopped Spinach, bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. This product is not certified by Star-K. Corrective measures are being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
November 23, 2011

FENCHEM BIOTEK Ltd., is not certified by Star-K. Any documentation to the contrary is forged. Corrective measures are being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
November 02, 2011

MeLatte - JCC Owings Mills - is no longer under the certification of Rabbi Sholom Salfer.
MeLatte - Johns Hopkins, David Koch Cancer Research Building - is no longer under the certification of Rabbi Sholom Salfer.
MeLatte - 7 Mile Market - has closed.

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

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Consumer Alerts and Information
October 05, 2011

DAVID'S BAGELS brand Dark Chocolate Non-Pareils, bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. The product is not certified by Star-K. Corrective measures are being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
October 05, 2011

GOLAN DRIED FRUIT, 1496 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230 - The Star-K / Star-D Certification on Golan Dried Fruit has been terminated. Any Star-K / Star-D symbol on any repack Golan dried fruit, confectionery items, candy, etc. is unauthorized.

Consumer Alerts and Information
October 03, 2011

GLORY FOODS BLACK EYED PEAS (canned), bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. The product is not certified by Star-K and contains dairy ingredients. Corrective measures are being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
October 01, 2011

PARDES / TOV PIZZA, 4001 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, is no longer Star-K certified.

August.........................................................................................

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Consumer Alerts and Information
August 02, 2011

RAINBOW DUST EDIBLE STARS and EDIBLE HEARTS, produced by Rainbow Dust Colours in England, bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. These products are not certified by Star-K. They are marketed in Europe and Australia. Corrective measures are being taken.

July.........................................................................................

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Bauducco
July 13, 2011

BAUDUCCO brand wafers and cookies, manufactured by Pandurata Alimento, Sao Paulo, Brazil, is no longer under Star-K Certification. Products bearing the Star-K symbol were produced under certification.

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

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Consumer Alerts and Information
June 21, 2011

Packaged cakes and desserts made by RUSSIAN DESSERTS INC., Ozone Park, NY, bear an unauthorized Star-K. These products are NOT certified by the Star-K Kosher Certification.

Consumer Alerts and Information
June 20, 2011

It has come to our attention that the new 7-Eleven on Reisterstown Road at Naylors Lane next to Office Depot has purchased a hotdog maker and is grilling hot dogs under the 7-Eleven supervision.

We were informed that last Friday many people purchased hotdogs assuming they are permitted according to our Torah.

We wish to inform the public that we cannot recommend a non-Jewish kosher supervision or the kosher supervision given by an entity or individual who does not eat kosher themselves.

Download the letter from Rabbi Moshe Heinemann on this topic here to post in your community.

Consumer Alerts and Information
June 15, 2011

June 15, 2011 GFS (Gordon Food Service) brand institutional-size Artichoke Quarters was labeled in error with a Star-K. The Star-K does not certify Artichoke Quarters.

Corrective action has been taken. Revised labels bear the correct certification - a six-pointed star in a circle. This is the Kosher Supervision symbol of the Rabbinate of Madrid (symbol below).

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

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Consumer Alerts and Information
May 26, 2011

As of May 18, 2011,Ouri's / Fan Caterers of Brooklyn, NY is no longer Star-K certified.

Consumer Alerts and Information
May 19, 2011

Foodchem International Corporation Pudong, Shanghai, China, is not, nor has ever been certified by the Star-K. Any certification letters to the contrary are unauthorized.

Consumer Alerts and Information
May 11, 2011

Kilikanoon Wines, produced in Australia, bear a symbol that is similar to the Star-K symbol. The symbol is the company’s logo. These wines are not kosher and are not certified by Star-K. Corrective action is being taken.

Consumer Alerts and Information
May 01, 2011

Effective May 1, 2011, Supreme Meats / Glatt Boys, Bronx, NY, is no longer Star-K certified.

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

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Star-K Post Passover Chometz Purchasing Guidelines
April 27, 2011

For the Baltimore-Washington Area

View our list of stores here where chometz may be purchased immediately after Pesach 2011.

NOTICE

Effective Immediately through 5/24/11

There are a number of local stores that receive packaged items through a privately owned Jewish company which does not sell its chometz in accordance with Star-K standards. These stores include TARGET, SAFEWAY, SUPERFRESH and GIANT. Other stores may be identified in the near future and we will issue updates as soon as more information becomes available.

TARGET, SAFEWAY, and SUPERFRESH
These stores receives many of their chometz groceries, baked goods and frozen chometz products from the aforementioned distributor. Therefore, the Star-K recommends that shoppers delay purchasing chometz items from these stores for a four-week period, through May 24 (the Tuesday after Lag Ba'Omer).

GIANT
Likewise, Giant procures many of its packaged groceries and frozen foods from the aforementioned distributor. Again, shoppers are advised to delay their purchases of these chometz items during the recommended waiting period. Some examples of these products include:

• Pasta
• Cereal
• Packaged cookies
• Frozen bagels and waffles

However, there are many products that Giant procures from a different distributor, which does adhere to Star-K standards in the sale of its chometz, and are acceptable. These products include:

• All heimishe baked goods, such as those sold under the brand names Greens, Zomicks, Osem, and Kedem
• All heimishe frozen products in the kosher freezer, such as blintzes and frozen pizza

In addition, please note that all fresh-baked breads and buns with kosher certification are supplied by local vendors and are acceptable. Examples of these are:

Giant, H&S, Arnold, and Pepperidge Farm: sandwich bread, rye bread, hot dog and hamburger buns.

Additional information regarding other stores and product lines will be provided as soon as it becomes available and will be posted here.

Passover Notice:
April 15, 2011

The two mascaras listed below were reported in error by the manufacturer as not containing a chometz ingredient and were thus posted incorrectly in the 2011 Passover Directory as chometz free.

These two mascaras do contain a chometz ingredient.

• Revlon Custom Eyes Mascara NWP
• Revlon Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Mascara

Passover Notice:
April 12, 2011

Based on requests for clarification we have received, the Star-K would like to inform the public of the following:

Although IRENE'S BAKERY in Bensalem, PA, is certified for year-round use by the Star-K, it is NOT certified for Passover. Rabbi Novoseller with the (KO) provides Passover certification.

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

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Consumer Alerts and Information
March 30, 2011

FRESH EXPRESS bagged salads must bear a Star-K P to be considered kosher for Passover.

Consumer Alerts and Information
March 21, 2011

Due to worm infestation, the Star-K does not recommend whole sardines from Portugal, Norway, Scotland and Poland, even when bearing kosher certification. The skinless, boneless variety have not been found to have worms and are acceptable with reliable kosher certification. Whole sardines from Morocco and Philippines do not have an infestation problem

View all our fish worm information here.

Consumer Alerts and Information
March 14, 2011

Please be advised that HOFFMAN & CO. / LEWIS CATERERS, Baltimore, Maryland, is advertising a "Passover Food To Go" program bearing the Star-K symbol. In fact, the Star-K was printed in error. The Passover Food To Go program is not certified by the Star-K.

In addition, please note that effective April 1, 2011, the STAR-K will no longer be the certifying agency for HOFFMAN & CO. / LEWIS CATERERS.

Consumer Alerts and Information
March 01, 2011

Weight Watchers Cappuccino Cream Melts bears an unauthorized Star-K and is presently not certified. Weight Watchers is currently working to rectify this, and proper packaging is pending.

Weight Watchers Blackberry, Cherry and Strawberry Fruities are kosher pareve and certified by the Star K when bearing the Star-K.

Consumer Alerts and Information
March 01, 2011

Dole value added Coleslaw with added dressing packets are not Star-K certified. The Star-K symbol appearing next to the sell by date code was labeled in error. Corrective action is being taken.

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

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Consumer Alerts and Information
February 16, 2011

As a result of a recent investigation, we have found it possible that quinoa’s kosher for Passover status is compromised when it grows or is processed in the proximity of certain crops.

Therefore, Quinoa will only be accepted with reliable Kosher for Passover supervision.

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