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March 26, 2018

Please be advised that effective immediately, Traverse City Whiskey Co., Traverse City, MI, is no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. This includes all Traverse City Whiskey Co. products. Only products purchased before March 26, 2018, are certified kosher when bearing a cRc logo.

cRc Passover Guide – if you saw our Passover Guide http://www.crcweb.org/Passover2018.php and would like to give us feedback, please fill out our survey at this link:  https://crc.questionpro.com/

 

cRc Adds Two Minnesota Kashrus Agencies
Blue Ribbon Kosher
Minnesota Kosher

February 15, 2018

Please be aware that the prewashed and checked kale sold at Hungarian Kosher Super Market under the cRc supervision beginning Wednesday February 14, 2018 has been found to be infested despite being properly washed and checked using the cRc protocol.  We are evaluating our procedures to prevent this type of mistake from happening in the future.  In the interim, please return the product for a full refund. Alternatively, after placing the kale in soapy water, each individual piece should be scrubbed thoroughly (being careful to unfold any curled up pieces) under running water.

February 15, 2018

In honor of Chodesh Adar the cRc is happy to share with the kosher consumer the latest additions to the cRc’s liquor list. The full list, which includes these additions, can be found at http://www.crcweb.org/LiquorList.pdf

Newly Certified: BEER: Angel City, Assorted Varieties (Star-K logo required), Cobra, King, Premium, Zebra (KLBD logo required), McKenzie River, Assorted Varieties (OU logo required), Traveler Beer Co., Assorted Varieties (Star-K logo required). BRANDY: Boukha Bokobsa, Fig Alcohol (OU-P logo required). GIN: Dripping Springs, Gin (HKA certified), Empress, 1908 (Kosher Check logo required). OTHER: Ginger Tipple, Assorted Varieties (OK-P logo required), Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Assorted Varieties (OK-P logo required). RUM: Richard Distilling, Assorted Varieties (AKC logo required), Cruzan, Black Strap Rum- Dairy (OU-D certified). SAKE: G Sake, Assorted Varieties (Oregon-K logo required), Momokawa, Assorted Varieties (Oregon -K logo required), Moonstone, Assorted Varieties (Oregon -K logo required). SCOTCH: Bowmore, No.1 (KLBD logo required). TEQUILA: Cava, White Tequila (OU-P logo required). VODKA: Dripping Springs, Vodka (HKA certified), 3 Kilos, Vodka (OU-P logo required), David’s Harp Vodka, Citron Lemon Flavored (OU-P logo required), Peacock, Vodka (OU-P logo required), The Metropolitan Martini Co., Vodka Martini (OU-P logo required), Zachlawi, Assorted Varieties (OU-P logo required), Barton Naturals, Vodka, (cRc logo required), Rodrigues Markland Cottage, Sedna Vodka (COR logo required).

Newly Recommended (Not Certified): Beer: Goose Island, Four Star Pils, Ommegang, Art of Darkness, BPA, Gnomegang, Hop House, Soothsayer. IRISH WHISKEY: Bushmills, Red Bush. SCOTCH: Ancoc, 16 Year Old, Balvenie, Peat Week 14 Year 2002 Vintage, Kilchoman, 2006 Vintage (5 Year), 2007 Vintage (6 Year), 2008 Vintage (7 Year), Old Pulteney, 12 Year Old, Noss Head, Speyburn, Bradan Orach.

 Newly Non-Recommended: AMERICAN WHISKEY: Clyde Mays, Whiskey, Slaughter House, American Whiskey. BEER: Mackeson, XXX Triple Stout Milk Beer, Sweetwater Brewing, All Varieties, Branchline Brewing Co., All Varieties, Summit Brewing, All Varieties, Veil Brewing Co. , All Varieties. BOURBON: Angel's Envy, Bourbon, Jim Beam, Distiller’s Masterpiece, Kelsey Creek, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), Rock Hill Farms, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), Straight Edge, Bourbon, Trader Joe's, Kentucky Bourbon Straight Whiskey, Zackariah Harris, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), CANADIAN WHISKY, All Varieties (Reliable Hechsher Required). IRISH WHISKEY: Bushmills, Black Bush, Kilbeggan, Single Grain Irish Whiskey. RYE: Basil Hayden's, Dark Rye. SCOTCH: Glengoyne, 21 Year Old, Glenlivet, 25 Year Old, Ardbeg, An Oa, Auchentoshan, 12 Year, Bowmore, 10 Year Old, Bruichladdich, 16 Year, First Growth Series, CUVÉE "C", Buchanan’s, 18 Year Special Reserve, Glenfarclas, 21 Year Old, 25 Year Old, Glenfiddich, Project XX, Winter Storm, Glenlivet, 21 Year Old, Highland Park, Magnus, Jura, 10, Kilchoman, 2009 Vintage (8 Year), Speyburn, 10 Year Old.

 

January 31, 2018

Please note that in the Chicago area Jewel Osco bakery department chocolate chip cookies under the name “Signature Select Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked in our Ovens” were packaged without authorization in bags with Kof-K dairy logo. Please note that Jewel Osco has taken immediate action and has sent notices to all the stores that these bags must not be used.  

The cRc is proud to announce that we are now certifying Matzah Hamehuderet hand matzos that are baked at the highest kashrus standards. For more information on where one can order these very affordable mehadrin hand matzos please email mehudermatza@gmail.com

Effective January 1, 2018, the cRc no longer certifies any products produced by Altman or Ta’am Teva. Altman is a producer of various vitamins and nutritional supplements.

January 2, 2018

Due to high amounts of insect infestation found under the triangular side leaves on the asparagus, the cRc now recommends in addition to cutting off the tops of green asparagus, one should either peel the entire sides of the asparagus or remove all the triangular side leaves and wash well.

Please be advised that, effective immediately, Yahara Bay Distillers, Madison, WI, is no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. This includes all Yahara Bay products, as well as Rokker Vodka. Products currently bearing the cRc logo are kosher-certified.

Please note that due to a high incidence of insects that have been discovered in current batches of frozen blackberries and raspberries, the cRc is currently recommending that store-bought frozen blackberries and frozen raspberries not be consumed whole.  This should not be construed as a prohibition against purchasing frozen blackberries and raspberries for purposes of blending thoroughly to produce smoothies and the like - although the cRc intends to conduct further review into this matter.

The cRc wants to inform all those that rely on the cRc list of recommended kosher agencies (http://www.crcweb.org/agency_list.php) to keep in mind that many times the recommendations do not extend to Pesach Hotels. Each hotel and its hashgacha should be independently reviewed annually despite any previous approvals.   

Many one stop shops or gas stations sell smoothies or hot drinks where the base used to make these drinks are cRc certified. There are times that these establishments advertise the cRc logo in (or outside) their stores which gives off the impression that the cRc is taking full responsibility for the kashrus of the finished product while in reality we have no relationship with the store and the preparation of their products. Two recent examples are the Signin Oil Station on 300 Hurley Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 and Mobil Gas Station on 7176 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433.

Please be aware that Amplify Foods makes Skinny Pop Aged Cheddar popcornwith a cRc Dairy logo and Skinny Pop White Cheddar Flavored popcorn with a cRc Pareve logo. One should always check the labels carefully before purchasing these products.
 
 
Most Pretzilla brand products (for example the buns, balls, wreaths, soft pretzels, etc.) are certified as cRc kosher, and can be identified by the fact that they bear the cRc logo. There are some other products (for example the twists), that are not certified as cRc kosher and therefore correctly do not bear the cRc logo. All cRc Pretzilla products that carry the cRc logo are Pas Yisroel.

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Please note that Birthday Cake covered pretzels and Cotton Candy Covered Pretzels from Chocolate Works is cRc Dairy but is missing D next to the cRc

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We are happy to report that, in consultation with cRc, Classic Kitchen has redesigned their pump pots and urns so that all opinions will agree that cold water can be added on Yom Tov, when the device is in Shabbos/Yom Tov mode.  The upgraded models can be identified by checking the “copyright date”; the upgraded models are copyright in 2016, while the older models will show an earlier year.

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Please note that cRc certifies Cabo Crunch, produced by Handfulls as Kosher Dairy (cholov stam) which the dairy ingredient is clearly stated in the ingredient and allergen panel. However the dairy designation next to the cRc logo was indivertibly omitted. Corrective measures are being implemented.

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May 19, 2017

Effective immediately, due to recent revelations regarding the knife sharpening process, the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) no longer recommends using the Cutco Kitchen store at 3207 W. Lake Avenue, Wilmette, IL to sharpen kosher knives. Consumers are reminded that knives should only be sent for sharpening to stores which do not pose a kashrus concern. The two main concerns are that the sharpening companies might wash your kosher knife with other non‐kosher knives, and that they might switch your knife for an identical non‐kosher one. [See http://www.crcweb.org/kosher_articles/knife_sharpening.php for details.]  

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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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