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June 6, 2019
All products under the “Al Khyam” brand bear an unauthorized cRc logo.  The Chicago Rabbinical Council does not presently certify any products under the “Al Khyam” brand. Corrective actions are being taken.
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May 20, 2019
The Chicago Rabbinical Council certifies Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets Sugar Free Caramels as cRc Dairy (cholov stam). Some of the Vanilla Swirl and Chocolate Swirl packaging only has the regular cRc kosher logo where the word “Dairy” next to the logo was inadvertently left off. This product is dairy as listed in the ingredients and allergen statement. Corrective action has been taken

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May 20, 2019
Some kitchen equipment, such as knives, state on the package that “tevillas keilim is not required”. This claim is made based on an assumption that the metal which the knife was made from - was manufactured and always owned by a Jew.  If however, the retail store selling the knife is owned by a non-Jew or a partnership of a Jew and non-Jew, the requirement for tevillas keilim applies despite the label stating otherwise. The cRc has learned of such items being sold in Supermarkets that despite the label stating tevillas keilim is not required, now that it went through the ownership of such stores, there is indeed a requirement for tevilla.

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May 10, 2019
Effective immediately, the Chicago Rabbinical Council is no longer certifying any Olive Oilproducts under the brand names of Setpa Sarl and Azeyateen of Tunisia.

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May 7, 2019

After months of research, the cRc continues to find a high amount of insect infestation in organicbroccoli slaw. We therefore are no longer recommending using organic broccoli slaw without a reliable hashgacha but continue to recommend non-organic broccoli slaw (which we are continuing to monitor as well).

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April 17 2019
The cRc is proud to let the community know that Binny’s Beverage Depot (all 40 stores) has sold their chametz and business this year according to all halakhic requirements for such a sale. For all those who generally avoid a mechiras chametz where the business continued to operate business as usual over Pesach (and have to therefore rely on certain Halakhic leniencies) please note that the mechira the cRc conducted with Binny’s was k’das v’kadin. 

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March 28, 2019

The cRc is proud to present its 2019 Pesach Guide which can be picked up, free of charge, at many Chicago-area Shuls and supermarkets. It also can be found on the cRc website at http://www.crcweb.org/Passover2019.php.   

We cannot possibly include everything into the printed Guide, so we recommend you turn to www.ASKcRc.orghttp://www.crcweb.org/Passover2019.php  or on our Android or iOS apps for additional, and updated, information.  We hope you avail yourself of those resources, which are available 24/7.  If you cannot find the answer in one of these locations, feel free to call our office at 773-465-3900 during business hours, or send your questions to info@crcweb.org

We wish everyone a Chag Kosher V’sameach!

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March 25, 2019

The Chicago Rabbinical Council is proud to announce that as of March 8, 2019 all breads baked by Alpha Baking Company are now Pas Yisroel. This includes all their retail products under the brand names: Natural Ovens, S. Rosen, Marry Ann, Kreamo, Golden Hearth, and Castle labels. The cRc would like to thank Rabbi Simcha Smolensky and Rabbi Dovid Jenkins of the OU for their help in facilitating this tremendous accomplishment.

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March 20, 2019

Please be advised that local wine outlets are selling wines produced in Israel of 2015 vintage. 2015 was a Shemittah year and anyone that has already purchased it must treat the wine with the specific laws of kedushas sheviis. These wines will have the words “otzar beis din” (in Hebrew) on the label.

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March 19, 2019

The website www.yeahthatskosher.com under the headline Vegan Fast Food Chain ‘EARTH BURGER’ Goes Kosher in San Antonio, TX states that “Earth Burger is located at 2501 Nacogdoches Road in San Antonio, Texas and is kosher certified by the CRC”. Please note that while the cRc certifies the Earth Burger at the Mall of America in MN it does not certify the San Antonio location.

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March 18, 2019

Due to reports of that non-kosher crustaceans are occasionally being mixed into plain nori sheets, as well as shared oven lines with non-kosher product, the cRc recommends only buying Nori with a reliable kosher symbol. As the nori sheets will have a reliable symbol there is no longer a need to check each sheet against the light for insects.

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October 29, 2018

Please note that  (a) Concord Grape Juice Concentrate and (b) White Grape Juice Concentrate distributed by Coloma Frozen Foods, Inc, Coloma Michigan  bear an unauthorized cRc symbol on the label.  The items are not certified kosher.

Corrective action is being taken.

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September 12, 2018

Effective immediately, all products manufactured by Conca D’Oro - Ciro (Woodside, NY), are no longer being certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.  This includes product bearing the cRc logo

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September 7, 2018

Effective immediately, all products manufactured by All Puree LLC (Middlehope, NY), are no longer being certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.  This includes product bearing the cRc logo

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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.

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cRc Adds Two Minnesota Kashrus Agencies
Blue Ribbon Kosher
Minnesota Kosher

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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

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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.

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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.

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.   

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.

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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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 information on any kosher symbols please reference cRcweb.org/agency_list.php or ASKcRc.og. If you cannot find the symbol you are looking for, call our office or send an email with a picture of the hechsher to INFO@cRcWEB.ORG

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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