Kashrus Alerts

2013 Alerts
December.........................................................................................

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Mr. Omelette Caterers
December 31, 2013

Mr. Omelette Caterers, of the Baltimore/Washington area, is advertising that they are certified by STAR-K Kosher Certification. In fact, they are not, and have never been, certified by STAR-K .
Corrective action is being taken.

Kosher Phone Wireless
December 11, 2013

Effective immediately, the STAR-K will discontinue certification of the Kosher Phone distributed by Kosher Phone Wireless.

We have recently determined that although the vast majority of users are still unable to access the internet, it is possible to obtain limited access through a complicated and costly procedure. Due to this potential limited internet access, the Star-K has decided to discontinue certification of these phones. For those who already purchased the phone, it is still very effective and nearly all users will be unable to connect to the internet.

For those individuals who will be continuing to use the phone, please note the following important information regarding the usage of the phone. The phone requires use of a SIM card. It is an unlocked GSM phone that can operate using a SIM card from any GSM cell service provider worldwide. Bring the phone into a cell phone store to request SIM card service. Once you decide on a plan, have them set up the service. Please note that the monthly service plan provided by Kosher Phone Wireless was never under Star-K certification.

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

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Barcelona Nut Processing Co.
November 13, 2013

Chocolate Covered Peanuts

Honey Roasted Cashews

The above two products, manufactured by Barcelona Nut Processing Co., mistakenly bear the STAR-K Pareve symbol. These two products are currently not certified. (In fact, they are to be considered dairy).

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

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Happy Harvest Candied Yams
October 29, 2013

Cans of Happy Harvest brand Candied Yams, 16 oz. size can, were labeled with the STAR-K in error. This product contains a dairy ingredient.

This product was produced by Moody Dunbar and sold in Aldi’s stores.

Corrective action has been taken. New labels will no longer bear the STAR-K symbol.

Cans of Happy Harvest Cut Sweet Potatoes, 15 oz. can size, correctly bear the STAR-K symbol and are pareve.

FoodArt.NY, Inc.
October 14, 2013

FoodArt, located at 435 Longfellow Ave., Bronx, NY 10474 (formerly at 1106 80th St., North Bergen, NJ 07047), is no longer STAR-D certified.

Price Chopper Tuscan White Bean Hummus
October 07, 2013

Price Chopper brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. This product is not kosher. The product is being recalled.

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

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Cambridge & Thames (C&T)
September 11, 2013

Cambridge & Thames (C&T) Honey Roasted Peanuts mistakenly bears the STAR-K symbol. In fact, it should bear the STAR-D symbol and is Dairy/Non-Cholov Yisroel.

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

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M. Shatila Gourmet Mediterranean Sweets
August 30, 2013

Effective immediately, August 30th, 2013, due to Kashrus violations, M. Shatila Gourmet Mediterranean Sweets (baklava and pastry items) is no longer STAR-D certified even when bearing the STAR-D symbol.

Avenue K Deli
August 20, 2013

Effective immediately, Avenue K Deli, located at the Barclays Center, 620 Altantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, is no longer Star-K certified.

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

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Heaven Mills Bakery
July 08, 2013

Heaven Mills Bakery located at 5614 New Utrecht Ave Brooklyn, NY 11219 is no longer Star-K certified.

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

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ZF Sushi - Wasabi Powder.
June 13, 2013

Wasabi Powder manufactured by ZF Sushi bears an unauthorized Star-K . Corrective action has been taken.

Valued Naturals Brand Assorted Salt Water Taffy
June 10, 2013

Valued Naturals Brand Assorted Salt Water Taffy distributed by International FoodSource LLC of Dover, NJ, is dairy and bears an unauthorized Star-K Kosher symbol.

Please be advised that International FoodSource LLC is no longer under Star-K Kosher Certification.

Albert Uster Zurimix brand Marshmallow Mix
June 04, 2013

The Albert Uster Zurimix brand Marshmallow Mix, lot # 3128.3, bears an unauthorized Star-K and is not Kosher. It contains a non-Kosher ingredient that had been inadvertently labeled with a Kosher symbol from a different Kashrus agency. The product has been recalled.

The certification for Boston Cookies, Boston, MA, has been terminated. Any Boston Cookie products still found in the marketplace, even when bearing the Star-K, should be considered not Kosher. Corrective action has been taken.

Rainforest Organics Dark Chocolate Bars, manufactured for Rainforest Herbal Products, bears an unauthorized Star-K. Corrective action has been taken.

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

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"Chasalat Alei Katif" Romaine Lettuce
March 20, 2013

Due to numerous consumer inquiries, we have tested "Chasalat Alei Katif" Romaine Lettuce from Israel and have found thrips to be present similar to regular Romaine Lettuce heads purchased in the marketplace.

Therefore, it is recommended that this product be washed and checked like any Romaine Lettuce. (instructions below)

Consumers who wish to check romaine lettuces at home are advised to follow the procedures listed below

(Please see www.checkforinsects.com for more detailed instructions and pictorial and video tutorials)

  1. Wash the produce you wish to use in cold water (it is recommend to use a liquid detergent solution).
  2. After you wash the lettuce, check it using one of the following two methods: a. Leaf by leaf on a light box. b. Prepare a white basin with a cold soapy solution ( electric dishwasher soap works best because there are no bubbles). Agitate the lettuce in the water. Place the basin on top of a light box and check the water for insects.
  3. If no insects are found, the lettuce may be used without further inspection. Please ensure that you wash off any residual detergent.
  4. If any insects are found, one should repeat steps one through three above.

Science Diet Dry Cat Foods
March 18, 2013

Some varieties of Science Diet Dry Cat Foods have been reformulated and now contain wheat. This reformulation occurred after the Star-K Passover guide was distributed. Star-K urges consumers to check for chometz in the ingredient panel. If it contains chometz it should be put away and sold with the rest of the chometz.

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

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Spring Bakery
February 11, 2013

Please be advised that Spring Bakery 121-15 Jamaica Ave. Richmond Hill, NY 11418 is no longer Star-K / Star-D certified. Any use of the Star-K / Star-D symbol is unauthorized.

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

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Unauthorized star-k northeast brand tropical fruit salad in natural juice
January 30, 2013

NORTHEAST brand TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD IN NATURAL JUICE, distributed by Northeast Marketing Co., Lakeville, MA, bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. Corrective measures have been taken. Consumers who find other items produced by this manufacturer bearing a Star-K symbol should notify Star-K at 410-484-4110.

Unauthorized star-k simply nature organic spinach and spring mix @ aldi
January 21, 2013

Please be advised that there is currently packaged, fresh organic spinach and spring mix being sold at Aldi stores with the brand name Simply Nature bearing Star-K. This product is NOT certified by Star-K and must be checked prior to use.

Corrective action is being taken.

Kashrus alert: electric free-standing double ovens/warming drawers
January 10, 2013

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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