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FYI - Reminder for Rosh Hashanah
September 18, 2019

At this time of year when many of us are using figs, dates and leeks, this is a reminder to check these items properly:
DATES: It is recommended that one open and do a visual inspection on a few out of each container. If no insects can be seen, one can assume the rest are insect-free.
FIGS: Open each one and check carefully for infestation (typically wasps, beetles or worms).
Checking instructions for dates and figs apply even if they have a hechsher, due to the possibility of improper storage.
LEEKS: Examine the outside for any leaf miner trails. Check in between the leaves for thrips or other insects.
BLACK EYED PEAS: Dried peas should first be boiled in water. After they have been fully cooked, allow the peas to soak in the water for 2-3 hours. The peas will then swell and the peel will become translucent.

Canned or frozen peas may be checked straight out of the can/bag; there is no need to boil or soak.
To check, take the peas and inspect for holes or dark-colored stains as this may indicate an insect beneath the thin peel. If there is a dark spot on the peel, remove the thin skin and check if there is a cavity with a bug in it. (The black "eye" spot is not a sign of infestation. Similarly, orange colored stains on the surface are not signs of infestation; only dark or black stains are of concern.)



Lancaster Foods Salad Mix
August 29, 2019

Salad mix bags of iceberg lettuce from Lancaster Foods, Jessup, MD, packed in 5 pound bags, have been mistakenly labeled with a STAR-K symbol. The product is not certified and must be checked before
Corrective action is being taken.



Safir Canned Tomatoes with Tomato Juice & Basil
July 18, 2019

SAFIR CANNED TOMATOES WITH TOMATO JUICE AND BASIL, a product of Tunisia, bear an unauthorized STAR-K sticker.
Corrective action is being taken.



Pre-Summer Reminders and Updates
June 28, 2019

Corn on the Cob: Peel and rinse each piece prior to use. We recommend that you do not grill the entire ear with the husk still on.
Figs: We recommend opening the figs and doing a careful inspection for insects, including wasps, beetles and worms. Keep in mind that they often turn the same color as their surroundings due to the texture and consistency of the figs. Note that Turkish figs, in particular, are often highly infested and require very careful inspection. This is recommended even if the Turkish figs bear a STAR-K symbol.
Please see our full guidelines with pictures at www.checkforinsects.com
Pick your own fruits and vegetables: This has become a very popular and attractive summer activity. Please note that pick-your-own crops are similar to organic in that they are generally treated with less pesticides than conventional fields. As such, infestation levels in insect-prone items, e.g., strawberries, are usually much higher than conventional crops. Consumers are advised to exercise caution when washing these strawberries. We do not recommend blueberry picking.
Slurpees: See our updated Kosher Slurpee list here or on our app.
Tune in to our pre-summer webinar this coming Tuesday, July 2, 12:00 p.m., where we will discuss many summer related topics, including Slurpees and sodas. Special guest - frum owner of a 7-11 will join our discussion. www.star-k.org/telekosher



Whirlpool Double Oven Alert WOD51, WOD77, WOD97, WODA7
June 07, 2019

For these models of wall ovens, we recommend not placing both ovens into Sabbath Mode. To ensure proper functioning, select the Sabbath Mode feature for only the ONE oven you will use on Yom Tov (or on Shabbos as permitted halachically). Until further notice, do not use the other oven on Yom Tov or Shabbos.
The manufacturer is working on a fix. If you own any of these models, please email your model number, serial number and contact information to appliances@star-k.org so they can notify you when the fix is available.



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