Kashrus Notes – March 24


kashrus-The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Shefa Meats are warning the public not to consume Shefa brand Beef Salami because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, Shefa brand beef salami, is sold in 750 g packages, bearing lot code 2831, UPC 8 13217 00179 7, and a Best Before date of Jun2 09. This product has been distributed in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The manufacturer, Shefa Meats, Toronto, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers: Ben-Zion Dubinsky (Shefa Meats) at 416-783-1293; CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

-Note that the following energy drinks from Dr. Pepper are kosher pareve. Venom Energy Drink; Black Mambo, Death Adder, Kill Taipan, Mojave Rattler. 

The newest flavor of Mountain Dew, “Throwback,” is kosher pareve, as are all of the other Mountain Dew flavors.


The newest Slurpee flavor, Melon Berry Blast, is kosher pareve.

Certain packages of original Cream of Wheat in red packages have an OK on the outside box, but an OK-D on the inside pack. That particular product (original only) is indeed pareve. There was a printing error. Other flavored varieties may be dairy, OK-D, as printed on the label.

All fresh packaged salads bearing the Star-K symbol are kosher for Pesach without any additional Pesach symbol. Please note exception: Dole Very Veggie Salad Blend contains peas which are kitniyos and may not be used on Pesach.

Note that Baby Carrots under the OU are fine to use for Pesach without special Pesach certification.

• Frozen fish that contain any ingredient other than fish (except for water and salt) require special Pesach certification. Fish that contains no ingredient other than fish (except for salt and water) does not require special Pesach certification. For example, Kirkland Frozen Salmon (from Costco) with an OU is acceptable for use on Pesach. Great Fish Company Frozen Whiting (bearing a Kof-K) are usable for Pesach without a Pesach hechsher.

• Joyva products are normally under the supervision of the Kof-K during the year. The Kof-K does not supervise any Joyva products for Pesach.

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