SKA NEWS

Welcome to SKA News! On this page, you’ll find all the latest news from the Sephardi Kashrut Authority.

20/06/2024 – Dolfin Polaretti Ice Lollies

The following product is approved (Pareve):
Dolfin Polaretti Ice Lollies.

Note: This approval does not cover any product that lists carmine (E120) as one of its ingredients.

09/05/2024 – Hula Hoops

The following product is approved (Pareve):
Hula Hoops Original (All Sizes)

26/03/2024 – SKA Pesah Guide 5784

SKA is pleased to release our Pesah Guide for 5784!

06/03/2024 – Burt Crisps

The following product is approved (Pareve):
Burts Lightly Sea Salted Crisps

31/01/2024 – Borough 22 Doughnuts

We are pleased to announce that Borough 22 Doughnuts are now SKA Certified (Pareve).

In addition to being Kosher, all products are Gluten Free and Vegan!

To order or to see the locations you can find them visit www.borough22.com

24/01/2024 – La Fiesta

The following establishment is now under the supervision of the Sephardi Kashrut Authority: La Fiesta, 235 Golders Green Road, London NW11 9ES

22/01/2024 – Mighty Drinks

The following products are approved (Pareve):

Mighty Oat Based Whole Not Milk

Mighty Oat Based Semi Not Milk

Mighty Ultimate Oat Barista

Mighty Milk Protein Oat

Mighty Milk High Protein Pea Unsweetened

03/01/2024 – Flora Plant Butter

The following products are approved (Pareve*):
Flora Plant Butter Salted
Flora Plant Butter Unsalted
Flora Plant Butter Spreadable

*These products are produced on dairy equipment. Therefore, Ashkenazim should not consume together with meat.

18/10/2023 – Tyrells Crisps

The following products are now approved Kosher Pareve:

Tyrells Lightly Sea Salted Crisps

Tyrells Furrows Sea Salted

Tyrells Sweet Potato Crisps

Tyrells Veg Crisps Sea Salted

08/09/2023 – Ritter Sport Products Approved

The following Ritter Sport products are approved (Dairy – Chalav Stam):

 

Ritter Sport Cocoa Selection: 74%
Ritter Sport Cocoa Selection: 61%
Ritter Sport Cocoa Selection: 55%
Ritter Sport Nut Selection: Honey Salted Almonds
Ritter Sport Nut Selection: White Whole Hazelnuts
Ritter Sport Nut Selection: Dark Whole Hazelnuts
Ritter Sport Nut Selection: Whole Almonds
Ritter Sport Nut Selection: Dark Whole Almonds
Ritter Sport Nut Selection: Whole Hazelnuts
Ritter Sport Nut Selection: Cashew
Ritter Sport Fine Milk Chocolate
Ritter Sport Alpine Milk Chocolate
Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate
Ritter Sport Cornflakes
Ritter Sport Raisins Hazelnuts
Ritter Sport Butter Biscuit
Ritter Sport Praline
Ritter Sport Cocoa Wafer

01/09/2023 – Tyrells Lightly Sea Salted

The following product is approved (Pareve): Tyrells Lightly Sea Salted Crisps

20/08/2023 – Ananas Borehamwood

The following establishment is now under the supervision of the Sephardi Kashrut Authority (Dairy- Chalav Yisrael):

Ananas, 41 Shenley Road, Borehamwood WD6 1AE.

17/08/2023 – Philadelphia Plant Based

The following product is approved (Pareve): Philadelphia Plant Based

08/08/2023 – Philadelphia Lactose Free

The following product manufactured in Germany is approved when bearing the letters DE on the factory code*
Philadelphia – Lactose Free (Chalav Stam).

*For those who hold that Gevinat Yisrael is not required for soft cheeses.

28/07/2023 – Lotus Biscoff

The following Lotus products are now approved Pareve

Lotus Biscoff 250g
Lotus Biscoff 350g
Lotus Biscoff Snack Pack 12 x 2P
Lotus Biscoff Snack Pack 16 x 2P
Lotus Biscoff Snack Pack 18 x 2P

NB: A supervised version is available from Kosher stores.

21/07/2023 – McVities White Chocolate

Further to our previous announcements regarding McVitie’s products, SKA can confirm that McVitie’s Digestives White Chocolate sold in the UK are supervised Kosher Dairy (Chalav Stam) by another recognised authority when bearing a batch code beginning with the letter ‘H’.

20/07/2023 – Galbani Mascarpone

In line with our previous guidance regarding soft cheeses, we can confirm that the following are approved (Dairy – Chalav Stam) when produced in Italy*

Galbani Mascarpone 250g
Galbani Mascarpone 500g

*For those who hold that Gevinat Yisrael is not required for soft cheeses.

02/05/2023 – Balady High Barnet goes Meaty

We are pleased to announce that Balady in High Barnet is now Meat – Chalak Bet Yosef.

Delivery available on Deliveroo.

13/03/2023 – Blue Smoke  and ‘The Fire Place’ by Blue Smoke

We are pleased to welcome Blue Smoke which is now under SKA supervision! This also covers ‘The Fire Place’ pop-up restaurant by Blue Smoke.

09/03/2023 – Pesah Guide Released

SKA is pleased to release its Pesah Guide for 5783.

6/02/2023 – Dassy’s Kosher Catering

SKA is pleased to announce that Dassy’s Kosher Catering is now under SKA supervision.

22/01/2023 – Baladyt

SKA is pleased to announce that Baladyt at 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6TE, is now under SKA supervision.

17/12/2023 – Bohemian Brands Vodka

We are pleased to announce that the following Bohemian Brands products are SKA Certified (Pareve):
– Vodka
– Marshmallow Vodka
– Salted Caramel Vodka
– Toffee Vodka
– Toffee Fudge Vodka

09/12/2022 – McVities Announcement

Further to our previous announcement regarding McVities products, SKA can confirm that McVities Hobnobs Coconut Macaroon Flavour sold in the UK are supervised Kosher Dairy (Chalav Stam) by another recognised authority when bearing a batch code beginning with the letter ‘H’.

23/11/2022 – Ananas back under SKA supervision

SKA is pleased to announce that Ananas at 119 The Broadway, London NW7 3TG, is now under SKA supervision after a change of management.

21/10/2022 – New Establishment: Balady (Camden Town)

SKA is pleased to announce that Balady at 121 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0RD, is now under SKA supervision.

20/9/2022 – New Establishment: Kiosk Coffee

SKA is pleased to announce that Kiosk Coffee at Kiosk 1 Sentinel Square, Brent Street, London NW4 2EL, is now under SKA supervision.

13/9/2022 – New Establishment: Flax’s Foods

SKA is pleased to announce that Flax’s Foods at 43 High Road, Bushey WD23 1EE, is now under SKA supervision.

6/5/22 – Notice Regarding Ananas – removal of licence

SKA regrets to advise that Ananas at 119 The Broadway, Mill Hill, London, NW7 3TG is no longer under SKA supervision.

20/4/22 – Notice Regarding The District – removal of licence

SKA regrets to advise that The District at 119 Golders Green Rd, London, NW11 8HR is no longer under SKA supervision.

15/3/22 – McVities Announcement

SKA can now announce that the following products made by McVitie’s and sold in the UK are supervised kosher by another recognised authority when the batch code begins with the letter H. The letter H is to be found directly beneath the Best Before Date.

Pareve
Digestives: The Original (250g is Pat Yisra’el)
Digestives: Lights
Rich Tea: Classic
Rich Tea: Lights
Hobnobs: Original

Dairy – Ḥalav Akum
Digestives: Milk Chocolate (200g is Pat Yisra’el)
Digestives: Milk Chocolate Lights
Digestives: Dark Chocolate (200g is Pat Yisra’el)
Hobnobs: Milk Chocolate (300g is Pat Yisra’el)
Hobnobs: Dark Chocolate

3/3/22 – Soft Cheese Announcement

Our Sages of blessed memory forbade the consumption of Gevinat Akum, cheese made by gentiles (Talmud Avoda Zara 29b). There is debate among the later halachic authorities as to whether this prohibition applies to soft cheeses (e.g. cream cheese, ricotta). The position of the SKA is that it does apply to soft cheeses, and we therefore discourage the consumption of such cheese when not made as Gevinat Yisra’el. This was addressed at length by the Rosh Va’ad Hakashrut, Dayan Yosef Ḥaim David, in his responsum on the subject published in Sivan 5780 (June 2020), and can be accessed below in the relevant blog post.

Per the responsum, the SKA also recognises its duty to inform the public as to which soft cheeses would comply with the lenient view in this matter. The SKA has conducted detailed research and has found that the following soft cheeses produced in European countries and distributed in the UK are approved by other kashrut authorities. We emphasise that the ultimate responsibility to partake of such products rests with the consumer and the relevant approving authorities.

Boursin
The following products manufactured in France are approved by other authorities, provided they bear the following factory code: FR 27 190 001 CE
Boursin – Garlic & Herbs
Boursin – Black Pepper

Philadelphia
The following products are approved by other authorities, provided they are manufactured in Germany. This is indicated by the letters DE on the factory code.
Philadelphia – Original
Philadelphia – Light
Philadelphia – Garlic & Herbs

23/2/22 – McCain Jacket Potatoes

SKA is delighted to announce that McCain Jacket Potatoes are now certified Kosher for Passover when bearing the SKA or SKA-P logo.

20/12/21 – Balady opens all over London

Fans of quality hummus and falafel will be delighted to hear that there are now three locations in London where you can get your fix and all under SKA! You’re never too far from the magic of Balady!
Temple Fortune – 756 Finchley Rd, London, NW11 7TH
Hatton Garden – 39-41 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7UY
High Barnet – 60 High Street, Chipping Barnet, EN5 5SJ

23/11/21 – Charlotte’s Sourdough joins SKA

One of London’s most popular micro-bakeries is now certified by SKA! Charlotte’s amazing range of sourdough bread, focaccia and crackers, as well as seasonal delights such as sourdough donuts are available to order by texting 07956 369102.

29/10/21 – Notice regarding Lulu’s Kitchen – removal of licence

SKA regrets to advise that Lulu’s Kitchen at 41 Wilmslow Rd, Cheadle Village, SK8 1DR is no longer under SKA supervision.

14/6/21 – Notice regarding Food Map Co – removal of licence

SKA regrets to advise that Food Map Co at 566 Cable St, Butcher Row, London, E1W 3HB is no longer under SKA supervision.

18/10/20 – Kasa Bar & Grill opens under SKA

Market Place finally has a kosher certified restaurant! Click here to watch Rabbi and Rabbanit Friedman of HGS Synagogue help inaugurate this new restaurant – from Norrice Lea TV, S2:Ep6.
For the menu, click here.

Phone: 020 3441 3527
Website: kasagrill.com
Email: [email protected]
Address: 30 The Market Place, Falloden Way, London, NW11 6JJ

12/10/20 – New SKA Licensed Milky Restaurant and Bakery in Mill Hill

Ananas is the new and exciting restaurant and bakery in Mill Hill Broadway. This Middle Eastern menu is sure to get the mouth watering.

Phone: 020 8906 1132
Address: 119 The Broadway, Mill Hill, London, NW7 3TG

1/9/20 – Newly certified to-order bakery

From wedding cakes to Shabbat treats, Margalit’s Cakes and Desserts has something for everyone! All products are certified SKA, Afiyat Yisra’el and Kemaḥ Yashan.

10/08/20 The SKA is recruiting!

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Food Technologist and a part-time Mashgiach Co-ordinator. Click here for more details.

23/6/20 – Alert: McCain Sweet Potato Fries

McCain Sweet Potato Fries are no longer certified by SKA due to the product being made at a different facility which is unsupervised. McCain products in the UK are only kosher when bearing the SKA logo on the packet.

17/6/20 – The Status of Gentile Made Soft Cheese

In this article, Dayan Yossi David explores the question of whether soft cheeses such as cottage or ricotta are included in the general prohibition against gentile made cheese.
Click here for the full article.