Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kemach brand yoshon info


We are aware of the recent concerns around some Yoshon products being blended with Chodosh (spring) wheat.
Please be assured that all KEMACH products that say "YOSHON" on the package/label remain 100% YOSHON, and all Yoshon information on our website remains valid and current.

Since our inception, Kemach has been at the forefront of providing quality "Yoshon" products for our customers. As much as we wish it were true, it is a misconception that all Kemach products are Yoshon. We try whenever possible to make sure that our products remain Yoshon for as long into season as possible. However, unfortunately as is the case, many of our products have a point in the year when they become "Chodosh". Below is a list of Products, dates, and codes that can help you keep track of the Yoshon status of our products. We will try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible.
If you ever have a question regarding the Yoshon status of any one of our products, or a suggestion for this page of the website please don't hesitate to call us, or email us at:
UPDATED: February 17, 2017                       (printable version)

The following Kemach products that are marked YOSHON on the packaging do not present any Chodosh problems that would necessitate looking for code dates.
  • All Kemach Flour (All Purpose, High Gluten, & Whole Wheat - any size)
  • Matzos & Matzo Meal (All Kinds including Spelt)
  • Matzo Ball Mix
  • Crispy Bake
  • All Kem Kem Crackers(Regular, Whole Wheat, and Spelt) & Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Cookies:
    • Chocolate Chip & Sugar (18 oz. & 12 oz.)
    • Sandwich Cookies
  • Ice Cream Cones (All Cake Cups, Color Cups, & Sugar Cones)
  • Chocolate Pie Crust 
  • Nougat Nuggets (New Cereal)
  • Whole Wheat Flakes (winter wheat) & Cocoa Munchees, and Crunchy Cinnamon Bites do not contain any Malt and are always Yoshon.
  • Graham, & Cinnamon Graham) NO LONGER CONTAIN MALT and are from winter wheat & are ALWAYS Yoshon. (Not “marked” Yoshon on package due to an oversight)
    • Split Pea Soup Mix, Onion Soup Mix (Do not contain any potentially Chodosh ingredients)

The following products have the possibility of being Chodosh at some point during the season. It is therefore necessary looking at code dates and labels.
Any changes in Yoshon status or projections of a Chodosh production will be updated on the website.

  • Noodles (Heimishe Egg Noodles) in the consumer packages. LAST YOSHON CODE: “EXPIRES 01-25-18 – YOSHON”. FIRST CHODOSH CODE: 01-26-18 (IMPORTANT NOTE: Noodles are now a 1 year open code.)
  • Flatbread (all flavors) have an open code 13 months after manufacturing and are still YOSHON most recent code is 04  Feb 2018 (projected to be Yoshon the whole winter).
  • Breadsticks (all flavors) have an open code 1 year after manufacturing and are still YOSHON most recent code is 30  Jan  2018 (projected to be Yoshon the whole winter).
  • Pasta (consumer packages) have an open code 2 years after manufacturing. Most recent Yoshon code is Sept 26 2018.
    • Elbow Macaroni, Spaghetti, & Lasagna in 1 lb. BOXES are presently all Yoshon. Spaghetti, Elbow Macaroni, Penne, Ziti, & Spirals in the 1 lb. BAGS are presently all Yoshon. 
  • Chow Mein Noodles will be Yoshon the entire winter.
  • Soup Mixes have a Julian code:
    • Vegetable is still Yoshon (latest code: 6295A) and projected to be Yoshon through most of the season.
    • Minestrone is still Yoshon (latest code: 6294A) and projected to be Yoshon through most of the season.
    • Oatmeal Cookies:
      • 18 oz. & 12 oz. have a CHODOSH date of: 013118 (produced Januar 31, 2017)
      • Oatmeal Raisin Softbite are currently not in production.
  • Pita Chips (Sea Salt & Mutigrain): Last YOSHON code is June 15 2017. 
  • Flatbread Crisps (“Everything”): Last YOSHON code is Mar 15 2017. 
  • Pie Crust:
    • Regular Graham Pie Crust: have an open code 1 year after production and are currently still Yoshon. Most recent YOSHON code: Aug 16 2017. They do contain Malt. Currently there is no projected Chodosh date for the malt)
    • Chocolate Pie Crust: are currently not in production.
  • Cereal: have an open code dated 1 year after manufacturing. (“BEST IF USED BY:……”)
The MALT CHODOSH date for our cereal is:
**January 1, 2018**

  • Containing Oats:
    • Corn Crisp, & Bunch 'o Krunch  have a CHODOSH date of November 1 2017
    • Toasted Oats, Honey Nut Toasted Oats, Fruit Whirls, & Honey Crunch have a CHODOSH date of December 1, 2017  
    • Multi-Grain Toasted Oats (has oats and barley) has a CHODOSH date of December 1, 2017
  • Sugar Puffed Wheat is made with Durum Wheat (We are still working on finding out the Chodosh Date)
  • Bran Flakes are made from winter wheat. (However they contain malt)
  • Does not contain any Wheat or Oats (but contains Malt):
    • Corn Flakes
    • Crisp Rice
    • Frosted Flakes
(will update when information for malt becomes available)
v  ◊Whole Wheat Flakes, Cocoa Munchees, & Crunchy Cinnamon Bites do not contain any malt and are ALWAYS Yoshon. As is stated above.


OPEN CODE: An actual "Date" (e.g. Jan 1 2017)
JULIAN DATE: 3 digits representing the Day of the Year. (e.g. Jan 1 = 001, Feb 1 = 032, Dec 31 = 365)
CLOSED CODE: Can be anything the manufacturer uses and requires an explanation on how to "read" it. (e.g. our Chow Mein Noodles)

If you would like to be placed on our "Yoshon" email list, please send a request to: yoshon@kemach


Anonymous said...

YUDEL Once again you have no clue about the truth about Kemach.
They produce nothing only relabel or private label. Most times without supervision.

Anonymous said...

Kemach co is well known to be one the most (of the hemish brands)reliable in kashrus issues. By a sofek, they leave a manufacturer.