Update on Mushrooms
Here is another source of information regarding the different types of Mushroom: Happy DIY Home. They just published an updated, comprehensive guide on types of mushrooms. It is completely free and you can find it here: https://happydiyhome.com/types-of-mushrooms/
Are you looking for wine and other alcoholic drinks that are vegan/vegetarian? Here is a good resource that allows you to enter the name of the beer, wine or other alcoholic drink to see if it is on their list and whether it is safe for Vegans and/or Vegetarians. https://www.barnivore.com
They use the following types of gelatin: beef or pork, starch, agar-agar, and gellan gum.
Their products made in a Turkey facility use only beef-derived gelatin; however, their products made in Germany use pork-derived gelatin. To determine the gelatin source, please look on the bottom half of the backside of the HARIBO USA package. If the candies packaging says "Made in Turkey" or "Product of Turkey," it is Clean/HALAL certified made with beef gelatin. If the candies packaging says "Made in Germany," "Made in Austria," "Product of Germany" or "Product of Austria" it was made with pork gelatin."
Their Kosher Products are sold through their partner company, Paskesz. These products are made in Turkey and use bovine (beef) gelatin. They are marked as certified kosher on the front and back of each package.
Vegetarian Products are made with starch or fruit pectin instead of gelatin. HARIBO ZING Sour Streamers and ZING Sour Sghetti are both vegetarian options. https://www.haribo.com/en-us/about-us/faq
The OU certifies about 32 items kosher for Hostess Brands. Their symbol must be on the packaging, so check before you buy. OU Kosher
The OK (circled K) certifies 23 items kosher for Hostess Brands. Their symbol must be on the packaging as well. Check before you buy. OK Kosher
Hostess Brands Update
Hostess acquired Cloverhill Bakery in 2018. Cloverhill products are still certified kosher by (Circled K) OK Kosher. Hostess has a few products that are kosher, but many are not. They still use beef or pork Gelatin in some of their products. Also, they do not have a list of Vegetarian/Vegan products. The animal fat used in some of their products is from beef tallow. Make sure the kosher symbol is on the product. If an item contains animal fat and/or gelatin, verify the source before you eat.
Aldi Brands Update
Bakers Treat Coffee Cake is pork free and contains animal fat from beef. They are designated Clean.
Bentons Butter Cookies are also pork free and designated Clean.
Mars Wrigley Update
Starburst Gum and Gummies (All varieties) contains pork gelatin and are designated Unclean. Soon, there will be a gelatin free gummie starburst on the market called Starburst Plant Based Original Gummies. Read more at this link - https://vegnews.com/2021/12/starburst-vegan-gummy-us
Coca Cola Co. Products Update
Minute Maid Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice Drink contains cochineal extract and is designated Unclean.
The Vitamin D3 in Coca Cola products is derived from lanolin (sheep's wool).
Their Fanta Sodas are vegan-friendly and designated Clean.
Pepsico Products Update
Quaker Cheddar Rice Crisps are made with only one animal ingredient, which is Bovine (Beef). They are not cerfified kosher because they contain meat and dairy ingredients. They are designated Clean.They have over 291 products that are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Always make sure that the OU symbol is on the product.
Campbells Prego Products Update
They have a long list of products that are vegan/vegetarian. Click the links below to view them.https://www.campbells.com/prego/products/?csc_dietary_alternative=vegetarian&orderby=asc Homepage - https://www.campbells.com/prego
Note: They also have sauces that contain meat (pork sausage, bacon, & beef). Avoid those and choose from the vegan or vegetarian products. Also avoid all of the ones that contain cheese. We will update on the source of the enzymes/rennet used in them soon.
FERRARALaffy Taffy Laff Bites & Black Forest Gummies (All Varieties)
These candies contain gelatin (pork) and are designated Unclean. Avoid all of their products that have gelatin in the ingredients. They do have a very limited selection of kosher products but do not have a list. Check the packaging for a kosher symbol. Also, they do not have any products that are vegan. Homepage - https://www.ferrarausa.com/faq.html
Frito Lay Products Update
Here are links to their updated lists of product:Pork (Porcine) Enzyme Free Products - https://www.fritolay.com/dietary-needs/no-pork-enzymes/us-products-made-without-pork-porcine-enzymes Kosher Products (OU and Triangle K) - https://www.fritolay.com/dietary-needs/kosher/us-products-certified-kosher
You can download the PDF files for each list.
Most of their products are certified kosher by the OU. They are designated Clean when bearing the circled U kosher symbol.
Meal Mart Frozen Products
A mushroom or toadstool is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground, on soil, or on its food source. Some say that they are unclean because they do not have seeds, but neither does yeast, which is also in the fungus family. They are designated Clean. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom
Edible Seaweed or sea vegetables, are seaweeds that can be eaten and used for culinary purposes. They typically contain high amounts of fiber. Most edible seaweeds are marine algae whereas most freshwater algae are toxic. The Edible Seaweed is designated Clean. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_seaweed/
Chondrus crispus (Sea Moss)
Chondrus crispus (Sea Moss) - commonly called Irish moss or carrageen moss (Irish carraigin, "little rock") - is a species of red algae which grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. It is also designated Clean. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chondrus_crispus
Most lipsticks have colors that are unclean because they come from unlean insects. Make sure that your lipstick does not contain carmine/cochineal, which is a red pigment made from crushed insects. Here is a list of over 300 products that are vegan: https://ethicalelephant.com/vegan-makeup-skincare-brands/
14 Black-Owned Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands to Shop Right Now: https://www.allure.com/gallery/black-owned-cruelty-free-vegan-beauty-brands/
Chimes Mango Ginger Chews & Toffee are not certified Kosher. They say that they are all vegan except they cannot guarantee that 100% of their cane sugar is bone char free. Bone char is primarily made from cattle and pig bones; thus it would be unclean due to the presence of bone char. Here is alink to Chimes FAQ about their products: https://chimesgourmet.com/pages/faq
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
All of their doughnuts ingredients are Kosher. They also have some stores that have been certified Kosher. To get a complete listing of their stores that have been Kosher certified, please call them at 1-800-4KRISPY. I did not see L-cysteine in the ingredients but as a precaution, always ask when buying their products. https://www.krispykreme.com/
Their Vitamin D3 Gummies - Supports Bone & Immune Health - Tropical Tango (60 Gummies) are Gelatin Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and designated Clean.
Their Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies (60 Gummies) - They are Gluten Free, Kosher Pareve by the OU, Non-GMO, Organic, Peanut Free, and Vegan. They are designated Clean.
The Vitamin Shoppe
Their Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies with the mother - Apple (120 Gummies) - They are Gluten Free, Vegan, and designated Clean.
Their Melatonin Gummies - Strawberry - 10 MG (90 Gummies) are Peanut Free, Non-GMO, and Vegetarian. Not for children under 12 years old. They are designated Clean.
All of the above products can be found at https://www.vitaminshoppe.com/
Their Vegetarian Cheeses are made with non-animal enzymes/rennet and are designated Clean:
Asiago Fresco, Burrata, Crescenza-Stracchino, Fontina, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella Braids, Fresh Mozzarella Curd, Smoked Fresh Mozzarella, Impastata, Italico, Mascarpone, Tiramisu Mascarpone, Crema di Mascarpone, Ricotta con Latte, Ricotta Salata, and Vegetarian Parmesan.
Their Kosher Cheeses are certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) or Orthodox Union (OU) and exclusively made with only rennet derived from vegetable or microbial sources:
Mascarpone, Crema di Mascarpone, Tiramisu Mascarpone, Fresh Mozzarella Slicing Loaf, Ricotta Salata, Smoked Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta con Latte, and Impastata.
Visit their website at https://www.belgioioso.com/Cheese-Info
Nature Made Update
Their Nature Made Vitamin D 2000IU contains gelatin from pork and is designated Unclean. All of their products that contain gelatin are Unclean. At this link you will find a list of their 100% vegetarian products: Mega Food
Maruchan Ramen Noodles UpdateThe noodles alone do not contain shellfish products. Their products (Ramen, Instant Lunch, Yakisoba, Bowl) have their own product specific equipment so they are incompatible with each other. Each product type has its own production line and there is no cross-contamination with products that contain shrimp, pork, etc. On occasion, production lines that contain allergens such as shellfish are used to produce non-allergen containing products. When this does occur, all equipment that has had contact with the allergen or is associated with the production undergoes a rigorous and extensive cleaning program to prevent cross-contact before being put back into service. They have a variety of products that contain pork or shrimp, so be careful and read the labels. Click link to a list of their products: Maruchan Ramen
Chicago Vegan Foods
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
They are vegan and are certified kosher by the cRc. They come in vanilla, mini vanilla peppermint and pumpkin. They are designated Clean. https://dandies.com/products
More Vegan Options from Chicago Vegan Foods: - http://chicagoveganfoods.com/
Teese Vegan Cheese - https://www.teesevegan.com
Temptation Vegan Soft Serve & Frozen Dessert - http://chicagoveganfoods.com/products/temptation/
Vegan Essentials Online Store/Grocer - http://chicagoveganfoods.com/
Nestle' Products Update
In the USA:
Many of their products are certified Kosher, and will have a symbol or logo on the label to indicate this. Go to their website and inquire: www.nestleusa.com
In Australia & New Zealand:
Some of their products are Kosher certified and these are listed in the link below. Just type the word 'Nestle' in the search box. Kashrut Authority
Here is a list of their vegetarian products: Vegetarian Products
They do have products that contain pork, mainly from the gelatin they use. Contact them and inquire. https://www.nestle.com.au
Baby Formulas Update
Click on the link to view a PDF document on clean baby formulas and more. Baby Formulas Document.
Lotus Biscoff Products
The products below are Vegetarian and Non-GMO but not certified kosher. They are Clean.
Original Biscoff, crushed Biscoff and Biscoff spread aka as Cookie Butter (Creamy & Crunchy), Lotus Biscoff & Go Cookie Butter Snack, and Breadsticks.
Products containing Marshmallows and Rolls are not vegetarian. The gelatine used in the whipped egg white in Marshmallow and the glaze on rolls are of animal origin, not pork.
Clean Vitamins, Minerals, etc.
If you are looking for clean vitamins, minerals and other supplements, click on the links below:Vitamin Shoppe Just click on 'Specialty Diet' and choose kosher or vegetarian, or vegan. Kosher Vitamins
Sara Lee Products Update Click on the link to view a PDF document on their products. Some have changed status, so read all of it. Sara Lee Products
The 2020 List of Vegetarian Cheeses and Brands (Adapted from Joyous Living) Click on the link to view their list of vegetarian cheeses. - https://vegetatio.com/content/joyous-living-full-vegetarian-cheese-list
The majority of gelatin used in KRAFT products is from North American Pork. Products containing gelatin are Unclean.
The Velveeta Cheese Sauce is Unclean due to an ingredient in this product and/or the manufacturing process. This also still includes the Kraft American Singles and Velveeta Cheese. They are Unclean.
The Ultimate Fish Sticks and other frozen products are produced on the same equipment with unclean ingredients, they are designated Unclean.
Their Smoked and Canned Salmon are produced on different equipment and are certified kosher by the OU or KofK. They are designated Clean.
Villari Brothers Smoked Turkey Cut Necks, Drumsticks, Tails, & Wings
The white substance on the outside of the product is Turkey fat. They clean and sanitize between change-overs to any equipment so there is no crossing of any species. They are designated Clean.
Egg Replacer is non-animal and vegan and is certified kosher. It is designated Clean.
Their ROMA frozen Pizzas contain L-Cysteine. They are designated Unclean.
Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts (in the can) no longer contain pork gelatin. The gelatin they use in this product is now from beef. This product bears a K symbol for kosher certification. It is designated Clean.
Planters Cheese Balls & Cheese Curls are also free of pork and are designated Clean. They bear an OU on them.
Planters has a huge number of products that are certified kosher by the following certifiers: OU, OK, KofK, KOR (Kashruth of Toronto, Canada) & K. One of these symbols must be present on the product to be kosher. Here is a link to their website - https://www.planters.com
Due to the blood issue, it is better to avoid eating sushi and all raw meat, fish or fowl. They are designated Unclean.
According to their website, they fry all of their donuts in the same oil with the donuts that contain a small amount of lard in the conventional yeast-raised dough. They are designated Unclean. https://stansdonuts.com/faq
Bake Crafters (Wholesale Baked Goods)
Some of their product line is certified kosher by the KVH Kosher organization. https://kvhkosher.org/Click on the link below and then click on the product to find out if it is kosher or not. Many of their products are in Meals on Wheels daily meals sent out to Seniors and Disabled people. http://bakecrafters.com/
Star K Kosher Organization - Kosher Medication
Please use the link to view their kosher medication listing. https://www.star-k.org/resource/list/QRGG61K9/Medicine
Organic Valley Products
Their Blue Cheese and Romano (in their Italian Blend Shredded Cheese) contains both vegetable and animal-derived lipase enzymes from calf and lamb. They are designated Clean.
Best Choice Brand
Their Baked Beans Vegetarian are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans but they are not certified kosher. They are designated Clean.
Organic Valley Products
Their Liquid Milk, Butter, Protein Shakes and Yogurt products are Pork & GMO free and use Vitamin D3 obtained from sheep's wool (lanolin). They are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU) and are designated Clean.
Most of their Cheeses (example, their American Cheese Singles) are made with plant-based or vegetable microbial enzymes. They are designated Clean.
Their Blue Cheese and Romano (in their Italian Blend Shredded Cheese) contains both vegetable and animal-derived lipase enzymes. The status on these products is pending until we find out the source of the animal enzymes.https://www.organicvalley.coop/products/
Their Chicken Sausage is Pork free with a lamb casing. They are at Jewel & Whole Foods and are designated Clean.https://www.amylufoods.com/
Gilbert's Craft Sausages
Their Chicken & Beef Sausage is Pork free with a Beef Collagen Casing. They are designated Clean.https://gilbertssausages.com/products/
Their Chicken Sausage has a Pork casing. They are designated Unclean.
Their Beef Ravioli contains enzymes that their representative stated she doesn't know the source of, therefore this product line is designated Unclean.
Tom's Bugles (Original, Ranch & Nacho Cheese) are pork free, certified kosher by the OU and are designated Clean. The one's made by General Mills are not kosher and are Unclean.http://toms-snacks.com
Amy's Kitchen Candy, Frozen Foods (Pasta Bowls, Pot Pies & more), Snacks, Sauces & Soupshttps://amys.com/our-foods
The majority of their products are certified kosher by Tablet-K. They have over 120 products that are Vegan. They are found at Amazon, Jewel's, Mariano's, Walmart & Whole Foods.
Aluminum, Styrofoam & Wax Paper Products
These products have release agents which may come from animal fat (lard) in the production process to keep them from sticking together. Look for an OU or CRC or Circled K or Star K on the product before buying. Dixie and Hefty have some that bear a kosher certification. A better option is paper products.
They have removed the ingredient Isinglass, which is from catfish from all of their beers. They are now designated Clean.
All of their products are vegan and certified kosher by Star K. They are designated Clean. https://www.vitacoco.com
Marie Callender's Frozen Pot Pies (All varieties) are produced on the same equipment with products containing pork. They are designated Unclean.
Sara Lee Desserts
All of their products that are kosher will bear a [Kosher KVH-D kosher symbol]
Kevita Drinks (Target/Whole Foods)
All of their products are non-dairy, animal-free, vegan and certified kosher by the Circled K or Star K and are designated Clean. https://www.kevita.com
All of their snacks are certified kosher by the OU and are GMO-free. They are designated Clean.
Achatz Handmade Pie Company (Whole Foods)
All of their double crust fruit pies are made with no dairy or animal products and are vegan and designated Clean.
Their fruit pies with the crumble toppings are not vegan because they contain butter but no pork products and are designated Clean.
Beanito's Snacks are certified kosher by the Kof-K. They are GMO-free and designated Clean.
Rufus Teague Barbeque
Rufus Teague Barbeque Sauce & Rubs are certified kosher by the OU and GMO-free. They are designated Clean.
Stubb's Bar-B-Q Products are certified kosher by the OU. They are designated Clean.
Way Better Snacks
Way Better Snacks are certified kosher by the OU and are GMO-free. They are designated Clean.
Hand Sanitizers (Liquid Gels) that are used to kill bacteria may contain pork derived ingredients, which may be consumed if you eat after using it. Please make sure the one you purchase has a kosher symbol, preferably a circled U or K.
Signature Brand (Jewel/Osco) Mouthwash (Blue Mint, Regular Mint & Amber) have no animal by-products and are vegetarian and vegan safe. They are designated Clean.
Wolf Brand Turkey Chili is produced on the same equipment with their pork products. They could not guarantee there is no cross contamination between their pork and non pork products, therefore this product is designated Unclean.
Most of their chili including the ones with beans has pork in them, except the turkey and the vegetarian. They are all processed on the same line but stripped down and sanitized three times before they process the turkey and vegetarian products.
The Beef chili is now Unclean.
Hormel Mary Kitchen Hash
The Corn Beef Hash Original & Reduced Sodium and the Roast Beef Hash are pork-free and produced separate from the chili products. They are Clean.
State Fair Products
The State Fair Beef Corn Dogs are pork-free and do not contain L-Cysteine. They are made separate from the pork products and are designated Clean.
Pillsbury White Bolillo Dough (Sam's Club) is pork-free and certified kosher by the OU. Make sure that the symbol is on the package before purchasing.
Bai Antioxidant Infused Drinks
They are organic and certified kosher by the OU and designated Clean. Make sure the symbol is on the product. http://www.drinkbai.com/
Core Hydration Products
They are organic and certified kosher by the OU and designated Clean. Make sure the symbol is on the product. http://core-hydration.com/products/
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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