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Liquor List Updates

Here is a link to the list a complete list of updates to the cRc Liquor List between Nov. 2014 and Apr 2015.

www.crcweb.org/Liquor List Changes/Nov 2014-Apr 2015.pdf

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Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Store Policy

April 28, 2015

During the last several months there have been several new ice cream and frozen yogurt stores opening around Chicago and the country. Some are stand- alone stores while others are located in malls.

Many of these locations profess to sell kosher products under the certification of the cRc or other reliable agencies, and even have signs posted to indicate such. Unfortunately, while they may sell certain products that are kosher certified in their original factory sealed containers, most of the actual stores are not certified kosher. These letters only apply to the un-opened ice cream and yogurt that is listed on the letter of certification, and not necessarily to the store itself. Merely asking the store attendant if an item is kosher is not sufficient, as they may not be aware of specific requirements that may affect the kosher status of an item. One must see the actual product in its original sealed container and be able to ascertain that the product in the container or soft serve machine is the same that you saw in the original factory box and not a “token kosher box”.

In some cases, the scoop must be first washed clean. Any other products purchased, such as cones, toppings, or any other additives must also be inspected to determine if they are kosher. Items such as cakes and novelty items may be coming in from another outside source, so special care must be taken when purchasing any of these items. Since one may not assume that there were no changes made since the last visit, this all must be done each time you go into the store to make a purchase! There are many kashrus issues that can pop-up at non-certified stores. these are just a few of the more common concerns.

As the average person may not be aware of all of the kosher regulations, it is always preferable and recommended to only frequent shops under a reliable kosher supervision. Check with the cRc in the Chicago area, or your local Orthodox Vaad in other areas for the stores under a reliable kosher certification.

The following ice cream shops in the Chicago area are under the certification of the cRc. All items sold at these locations are cRc dairy. In most cases, items are Cholov Stam. Some locations may offer some Cholov Yisroel selections. Several cRc certified restaurants may also offer ice cream in their store.

Only these ice cream stores at the listed addresses are presently certified by the cRc!

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Store, 4041 West Dempster Street in Skokie, Illinois

Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Suite B17, Skokie

Dairy Star, 3472 W Devon, Lincolnwood

Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 3132 Devon, Chicago

Emma's Bagel Cafe, 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie

Graeter's Ice Cream, 1347 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL

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May 19, 2015

This kashrus alert was originally sent out by The Wisconsin K. Please send all questions and comments directly to them at
thejewishgift@yahoo.com

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May 19, 2015

This is to inform that
Daily Chef:  Strawberry Cheesecake sold at
SAMS CLUB has an Unauthorized Wisc K Logo
on the package.
The cake is Kosher but the topping and fruit are done individually in each store which are not supervised and should not be purchased as Kosher.
Corrective action has been taken.
Any other Daily Chef Cheese cakes with Wisc K Logo are acceptable for use.

 

May 14, 2015

The cRc constantly makes upgrades to its liquor list (http://www.crcweb.org/LiquorList.pdf). The following are some of the recent updates:
Beer
•       Allagash Brewing Co (Assorted Varieties) – Not Recommended (the company produces wine beers)
•       Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Assorted Varieties) – Not Recommended (chametz she’avar alav hapesach)
Bourbon
•       Old Fitzgerald Bourbon – Recommended
Scotch
•       Monkey Shoulder Original Scotch – Recommended
•       The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year – Recommended, but only the original (non-Sherry cask) edition
•       The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 12 Year – Recommended
•       The Balvenie Single Barrel Traditional Oak 25 Year – Recommended
Vodka
•      Grey Goose VX Vodka – Not Recommended (it is finished with a hint of precious cognac)
•          Taaka – Flavored Vodka (Assorted Varieties) – Not Recommended (no longer kosher certified)

 

May 12, 2015

Ice cream sandwiches manufactured by Hunter Farms for Harris Teeter Stores bears a plain cRc logo. The “D” Dairy designation was mistakenly omitted. The product is indeed dairy, cholov stam, as indicated on the ingredient panel and Allergen alert. Corrective measures are being taken.

 

The following single serve coffee K cups under the PapaNicholas brand are dairy and bear an unauthorized cRc.
Corrective measures are being taken.

      • Hazelnut Cappuccino
      • Dutch Cocoa
      • Cappuccino

 

April 28, 2015

Please be aware that Café Latte Toffee and Caramel Macchiato Toffee under the Walgreens brand
were labeled with a plain cRc logo. Both products are indeed dairy (Cholov Stam) as indicated on the ingredients and allergen statement.

 

April 2015

The Vero Coffee Shop located in the Mariano’s Supermarket at 3358 West Touhy Avenue, Skokie, Illinois is NOT certified as kosher by the cRc.  However, the following are our recommendations for kosher consumers:

  • Coffee – regular or decaffeinated; hot or iced – is recommended
  • Espresso and Latte....... recommended if:

(a) it is made in a disposable cup and

(b) after checking the package to ensure that the milk substitute (if used) is kosher

  • Flavors......................... only after checking the package for a kosher symbol
  • Gelato......................... not recommended
  • Milk............................. recommended (not chalav Yisroel)
  • Milk Substitutes........... only after checking the package for a kosher symbol
  • Sandwiches................. not recommended

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April 24, 2015

Kasia’s Potato & Bacon Pierogi bears an unauthorized cRc on the label. While there are many other Kasia’s products that are indeed certified by the cRc, this one particular product is not kosher and the label was printed in error.
The product is being recalled.

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April 24, 2015

The following Gelato flavors, marketed under the Gelati Da Brand are certified kosher dairy by the cRc, but mistakenly bear a plain cRc logo:

  • Vanilla Marsala
  • Limoncello
  • Amaretto Chocolate

These items are currently being served by Delta Airlines with
in-flight meals. The items have actual dairy in them as noted clearly on the packaging. Corrective measures are being taken.

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April 2015

There is a fast spreading rumor that all new self-cleaning ovens are now made to operate with a much lower cleaning temperature that is not sufficient for kashering. The fact is that while some of the new ovens are indeed manufactured with these new specifications, many are still made with the older method of operating with a much higher temperature that would definitely qualify for kashering at libun gamur. One should check with the manufacturer’s specs to determine the temperature which the self-cleaning mode operates.

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December 23, 2014

Hammer Gel Energy Fuel mistakenly bears an incorrect cRc kosher pareve logo. This product is indeed dairy (Cholov Stam).

Corrective measures are being taken.

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December 10, 2014

It has come to our attention that there are bell peppers and possibly other fruits and vegetables from Israel being sold in various locations in the Chicagoland area.

Please remember that aside for taking the regular precautions of keeping the mitzvos of terumos and maser,  this year one also needs to be conscience of the additional mitzvah of keeping Shemittah.

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Tostadas produced by Mission Foods
in their Mexico facility are not certified kosher. Before purchasing Mission Foods tostadas, consumers should check the label to be sure that it’s not produced in Mexico.

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November 14, 2014

The following items bear an unauthorized cRc:
PapaNicholas brand Single Serve K cups               
Hazelnut Cappuccino
Dutch Cocoa
Cappuccino

Corrective measures are being taken.

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November 3, 2014

The cRc’s kashrus department spends a lot time researching the liquor industry and since we are aware that many consumers rely on the cRc Liquor List for guidance, we have decided to publish a list of recent changes for your convenience. Please click on the link to download the list: http://www.crcweb.org/Liquor%20List%20Changes/Jul-Sep%202014.pdf

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August 6, 2014
The cRc has been informed by Global Kosher that effective immediately, due to kashruth violations, scotch products produced by "The Speyside" are no longer certified as kosher even when bearing the Global Kosher logo.

On a related note, the cRc's kashrus department spends a lot time researching the liquor industry and since we are aware that many consumers rely on the cRc Liquor List for guidance, we have decided to publish a list of recent changes for your convenience. Please click here to download the list.

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General cRc Information

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Address all General Questions and Information Requests to: info@crcweb.org

Please call our office for information on any kosher symbols in question.

For clarification on why some symbols are recommended and others are not, you may read
the article on our website titled Understanding the Reliability of Kosher Agencies.  Following is
a link to a list of some recommended symbols Directory of Reliable Kashrus Agencies and their symbols.

HaRav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Shlit"a
Rosh Beth Din

HaRav Yona Reiss, Shlit"a
Av Beth Din

 

Rabbi Sholem Fishbane
Kashruth Administrator

Rabbi Levi Mostofsky
Executive Director

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