Kashrus Alerts

2015 Alerts
December.........................................................................................

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Cosmopolitan Food Group No Longer Certified
December 30, 2015

Please be advised that Cosmopolitan Food Group and all its brands, including Palermo, Milas, Casa di Oliva, Zayit, and Original Gourmet, has been terminated due to Kashrus violations. Consumers are advised not to use any of these products, even when bearing a Star-K, with the exception of unflavored olive oils.

King's Fresh & Delicious Chipotle Queso Cashews
December 04, 2015

Please be advised that King's Fresh & Delicious Chipotle Queso Cashews, in 16 oz bags, manufactured by King Nut, bear an unauthorized Star-K Pareve symbol. The nuts are actually kosher dairy, non-cholov Yisroel. The product was sold in Marc’s supermarkets in the Cleveland Ohio area. The product is being recalled.

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

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Star-D Kashrus Alert: Nature’s Eats Dairy Products
November 13, 2015

Please be advised that the following Star-D dairy products manufactured by Nature’s Eats of Boerne, Texas, and sold in H-E-B grocery stores in Texas, contain dairy non-cholov Yisroel ingredients when the allergen label statement indicates milk content. Various batches were inadvertently labeled with a Star-K symbol. Corrective action is being taken. - Dried Fruit Mixes - Nut Mixes - Chocolate Products - Pretzels

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

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Giant Brand Soup Mix- Fresh Vegetables
October 16, 2015

Giant brand soup mix - fresh vegetables, containing dill and parsley, bears an unauthorized Star-K. Product is being removed from store shelves. Consumers who purchased these vegetables must check the dill and parsley for insects prior to use.

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

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Luna Brand Stuffed Olives with Bleu or Provolone Cheese
July 01, 2015

Jars of Luna brand Hand Stuffed Olives with Bleu Cheese, and jars of Luna brand Hand Stuffed Olives with Provolone Cheese, bear an unauthorized Star-K. These products are not Kosher, and are being recalled. Consumers who find these products in the marketplace should contact Star-K by clicking here.

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

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Pineland Farms Potato Company in Neighborhood Stores
June 04, 2015

Pineland Farms Potato Company, Mars Hill, ME, is no longer under Star-K certification.
All products still bearing the Star-K symbol are certified.

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

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Shemitta: Carrots & Peppers from Israel in Neighborhood Stores
May 06, 2015

Please be aware that carrots (including Dorot Farms brand), peppers, and other vegetables from Israel are consistently being sold in the Baltimore area at produce markets in our neighborhood, which are frequented by members of our community. From the numerous inquiries we have received, it is apparent that many consumers are unaware of this when shopping.

The packages or labels state "Product of Israel." These vegetables likely have Kedushas Shviis and require special care. If you bought them, contact your local Orthodox rabbi for further guidance.

Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by Star-K and produce sold there does not have this issue.

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

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Bell Bakery
April 21, 2015

Brooklyn Pizza Dough produced by Bell Bakery is no longer Star-K certified, even when bearing the Star-K.

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

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Bagged Lettuce
March 20, 2015

Please note that due to current insect infestation brought about by the changing seasons, many of the Star-K bagged lettuces that normally bear the Star-K symbol are not currently passing our mashgiach's inspection. These bags do not bear a Star-K symbol. This includes both romaine and iceberg lettuces. Consumers are urged to check bagged lettuce carefully for the Star-K symbol to ensure the lettuce has been checked and is certified.

Carrots from Israel
March 20, 2015

Please be aware that carrots from Israel are being sold in the Baltimore area and across the U.S. The packages state "Product of Israel." These carrots may have Kedushas Shviis and require special care. If you bought them, and still have them in your possession, contact your local Orthodox rabbi for further guidance.

Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by Star-K and produce sold there does not have this issue.

Hill's Prescription Diet Pet Food Passover status
March 16, 2015

Some varieties of Hill's Prescription Diet Pet Foods have been reformulated and now contain chometz, although they are listed in the Star-K Passover Guide.

The folllowing cat and dog foods may contain chometz -- c/d, k/d.

Star-K urges consumers to check for chometz listed on the ingredient panel. If it contains chometz ingredients including wheat or oat derivatives, it should be put away and sold with the rest of the chometz.

Ellee's Granola
March 10, 2015

Ellee's Granola Company, Doral, FL, maker of Ellee's cookies and granolas, is no longer under Star-D certification. All products bearing date codes beyond March 10, 2015, are to be considered not certified by the Star-D, even when bearing a Star-D symbol.

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

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Soylent 1.4
February 10, 2015

Due to product reformulation, Soylent 1.4, a dietary supplement, manufactured by Rosa Labs, Los Angeles, CA, is no longer certified by Star-K. Previous versions of the Soylent product remain certified.

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

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Seven Mile Market Macaroni Salad
January 28, 2015

Several containers of Seven Mile Market Garden Macaroni Salad, sold in Seven Mile Market, Baltimore, Maryland, bearing a Star-K Pareve label, mistakenly contain a Kosher, Dairy, Non-Cholov Yisroel ingredient. These containers are therefore Kosher, Dairy, Non-Cholov Yisroel. They were sold on Monday, January 26, and Tuesday, January 27 only. The product may be returned to the store for a refund.

Stewart Candy
January 23, 2015

Packages of Soft Candy Balls - Sassy Mints Candy distributed by Stewart Candy of Waycross, GA, bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol.

Clearly Kombucha Classic Grape
Probiotic Elixir

January 16, 2015

Packages of Clearly Kombucha Classic Grape Probiotic Elixir bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. Corrective action is being taken.

Other flavors of Clearly Kombucha bearing STAR-K are authorized.

Produce from Israel
January 02, 2015

Please be aware that fruits and vegetables from Israel are being sold in the Baltimore area and across the U.S. For example, we have reports that bell peppers at Shoppers and Whole Foods in Baltimore, clementines at Costco, and fresh dates nationwide are coming from Israel. It is an extra concern this year because some produce is already subject to shemitta restrictions. If already purchased, consult your rabbi. Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by Star-K and produce sold there does not have this issue.

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