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White Castle Frozen Burgers
White Castle has removed L-Cystein from all of their buns including their frozen food products. There still may be some in the stores that contain L-Cystein so look at the ingredient legend before buying. The enzymes in the cheese contains rennet from calf and or microbial sources. They are pork and shellfish free and designated Clean.
Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Foods
Here is a great reference site for products that are GMO-Free: https://livingnongmo.org/find/products/categories/
Late July Snacks
Most of their snacks are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union or Kof K. They are non-GMO. Here's a link to their website: http://www.latejuly.com/snacks
Frito Lay Products
Most of their products now have the phrasing "Made partially with Genetic Engineering". Here's a link to their products that are Organic & GMO-Free (Simply Organic Line) http://www.fritolay.com/nutrition/special-dietary-needs/certified-organic-products.htm
Organic Valley Products
Most are Kosher by the OU and Non-GMO. Here's a link to their Kosher Products: Organic Valley FAQ
Most are Vegetarian Friendly. Medium, Sharp, Special Reserve Extra Sharp, Kosher, and Reduced Fat Cheddar cheeses, as well as Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Colby, Colby-Jack, Pepper-Jack, Provolone, Muenster, Swiss and Reduced Fat Monterey.
The following are made with a Bovine (beef) rennet: Tillamook Medium White Cheddar, Sharp White, Vintage Extra Sharp White Cheddar, 3 Year Aged Vintage Extra Sharp White, and Smoked Vintage White Extra Sharp.
Here's a link to their FAQ Page: Tillamook FAQ
Bakol Natural Foods (Jel Dessert)
Here's a link to their Kosher Products: http://www.bakolnatural.com/products.php
Here's a link to their Kosher Products for 2016: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/en_us/products/dietary-needs.html#tab2)
Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM is made with shellfish and is Unclean. Beware of Glucosamine MSM by other brands as well since most of the time it is from shellfish. Read the label and check the allergen statement for shellfish content.
Jennie O Turkey
The Bratwurst, Sweet Italian and the Hot Italian Sausage are made with a pork casing. They are Unclean.
Appleton Farms Turkey Ham (made by Jennie O for Aldi's Stores)
This product is made with only turkey meat and is pork free. It doesn't come into contact with their products that contain pork. It is Clean.
FRITO LAY PRODUCTS UPDATE
U.S. Products Certified Kosher
Special Dietary Needs
U.S. Products Made Without Pork (Porcine) Enzymes
ACH Food, Inc (Fleischmann's Instant Yeast)
This product is animal free. Ingredients are plant based. It is designated Clean.
Kraft (Cheese Singles & Velveeta)
Due to an ingredient in these products and/or the manufacturing process, they are not certified Kosher. They are designated Unclean because they won't tell us the source.
Belmont Ice Cream (Aldi)
All of the ones bearing the OU kosher symbol are pork free. (Must have symbol) They are designated Clean.
Southern Gourmet Pie Fillings
All of them are pork free and certified kosher by the OU. (Must have symbol) They are designated Clean.
Their Chili Seasoning & Chili Kits are pork free and certified kosher by the OU. (Must have symbol) They are designated Clean.
All of their products are animal free and certified kosher by the OU except those with cheese. They are designated Clean.
Here's a link to the latest list of Pork (Porcine) Free Snacks:
The products below are Clean when bearing the OU kosher symbol:
Caraway Seeds, Cardamom, Ground Cardamom Seeds, Clove, Ground Clove, Whole Crushed Red Pepper, Curry Blends, Cut Ginger, Cut Turmeric, Ground Cassia, Ground Celery Seed, Ground Cumin, Ground Fennel, Ground Ginger, Ground Turmeric, Ground White Pepper, Kalonji Seeds, Mace Whole & Ground, Whole Black Pepper, Whole Cassia, Whole Cumin, Whole Fennel, Whole Fenugreek, and Whole Turmeric.
Chili Seasoning Mixes
The following Chili Seasonings are Clean when bearing the OU kosher symbol:
Centrella Chili Seasoning, Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Chili Seasoning Mix, Mrs. Dash All Natural Chili Seasoning Mix No Salt, Mrs. Wages Chili Seasoning Mix, Spice Islands Chili Seasoning, Spice Supreme Chili Seasoning Mix, Spice Time Chili Seasoning Mix, Wisconsin Spice Chili Seasoning.
Jennie O Products
Lean Hot Italian Turkey Sausage Casings/Pork Unclean
Lean Turkey Bratwurst Casing/Pork Unclean
The facility that produces the sausages with the pork casing is number P190. This is the only facility that uses pork products, so items with a different plant number would have no opportunity for cross contamination with pork. The Plant # is found in the circle with the word "Inspected".
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