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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 3 Apr 2020 06:52 PM and ends Sat 4 Apr 2020 07:50 PM

Kashrus Alerts & News

כ"ב אב ה' אלפים תשס"ט

1)      It has come to our attention that kosher symbols from various local and international Kashrus organisations are appearing on ALDI products. In at least two cases (vegetable oil and apple chips), the Kosher Australia symbol has been printed on packaging of products which are sold at ALDI, however, these products are not currently under our supervision. We are attempting to rectify this situation. However, until further notice, aside from those products that are listed in the current edition of the Kosher Australia Food Guide and subsequent Kosher Kontacts that are acceptable without formal kosher approval as well as those ALDI products that are explicitly listed in the KAFG as acceptable, all ALDI products carrying the Kosher Australia symbol are not recommended. Care should also be taken when purchasing products which display the symbol of other Kashrus Authorities as it may be that the various logos have been printed on the packaging without the approval of the relevant Kashrus Authority.

2)      Snackbrands of Australia have purchased the Kettle chips brand (as well as Smiths) and have commenced production in a factory which we have yet to audit. Therefore ONLY Kettle chip packets (of the varieties listed as Kosher) that do not have a ‘3’ immediately after the Best Before date are acceptable. Their website is www.snackbrands.com.au.

3)      Minerva Australia have purchased Bertolli Olive Oil sprays and have decided to end their Kosher supervision as of September 2009. Only bottles carrying the old ‘Mem-K’ logo are acceptable. Minerva’s website is www.minervaaust.com.au. Please feel free to visit and voice your opinion.

4)      As we reported last year, many juice and cordial companies are moving towards the use of natural colours. Golden Circle Fruit Cup Crush cordial now contains Colour 120 (carmine) and is no longer acceptable. Note that this product was never formally certified.

5)      It has come to our attention that the following Tishbi wine varieties - Tishbi 2008 French Colombard, Tishbi 2008 Muscat Alexandroni, Tishbi 2008 Chenin Blanc, Tishbi Estates 2008 Sauvignon Blanc wine – marked in Hebrew 'Kedushas Shviis', may have been purchased by consumers before they were removed from the shelves by the importer. These wines are shemitta produce and must be treated with the appropriate holiness of shemitta produce. (The fruits used are otzar beis din NOT heter mechirah, nor yevul nochri). Aside from the problematic issue of Shemitta produce being sold outside Eretz Yisroel, shemitta produce cannot be actively destroyed or disposed of and the money used to purchase this produce must be used to purchase other shemitta produce. It goes to the extent that one cannot even wash out Kiddush cups! These wines should not be used.

6)      The Jewish News ran an advert referred to Milli’s Pasta Deli in Malvern Central shopping centre serving Kosher food under the supervision of Kosher Australia. While we are not responsible for content printed in the media, it must be clarified that this refers only to sealed food packaging carrying the Kosher Australia logo and not to general products in the Deli.

7)      Waterfront Venues placed an advert in the Jewish News advising that their upcoming Simcha expo will run on Shabbos and Sunday. This is an error and the Simcha expo will only run on Sunday. We have contacted the advertisers who regret the error and will correct it in the next run.

8)      Blue Bay Cheese has gained Kosher certification for its range of soft cheeses, probiotic drinks and yoghurts (including buffalo yoghurt).

9)      Edible Icing have gained Kosher certification for their printable icing for cakes.

10)   Leda Nutritional products have gained certification for their range of gluten-free cakes, biscuits and food bars. Only products bearing the Kosher Australia logo are acceptable.

11)   Finally! Vege Chips Tasty Cheese started rolling off the production line this week are now Kosher certified (non Cholov Yisroel) only when carrying the Kosher Australia dairy symbol.

12)   Carman’s Deluxe Fruit Muesli Bars (Gluten Free) are Kosher certified pareve. Please note that Carman’s biscuits/cookies included in specially marked packs of muesli are not Kosher approved and contain non-Kosher ingredients.

13)   It has just come to our attention that a concern has arisen re Cheese Corns distributed by the Royal Nut Company previously advised as Kosher pareve & bearing the Kosher Australia symbol. This product is made overseas and is imported in bulk with supervision from a reputable international Kashrut Authority which stipulates that the product is pareve. However, the ingredients panel used by the repacker contains a reference to dairy ingredients. We have made contact with the overseas Kashrus Authority and pending receipt of a reply, we recommend until further announcement against consuming this product even if it carries our Kosher pareve symbol. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Best Regards,

Yankel Wajsbort

General Manager

Kosher Australia

direct tel: 03 8317 2502

office tel: 03 8317 2500 or 1300-Kosher

office fax: 03 9527 5665


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