amy's kitchen products found at rockland kosher in monsey
i was in the health food store upstairs from rockland kosher and found amy's kitchen products there such as their salsa with ner tamid k and soups that just had a k with pareve.
any new news on this product line.
The title of your post is a bit misleading. Your title implies that this brand is carried by Rockland Kosher, but in your post you wrote that is carried in the "health food store upstairs from rockland kosher". Does Rockland Kosher own the health food store upstairs? Is the health food store under any kosher certification?
It is a national brand readily available nationwide in Whole Foods and other national chains - http://www.amyskitchen.com/index.php. I can tell you it has saved me while traveling. I especially enjoy their Tamales -
In regards to their certification this is a link from the above web site http://www.amyskitchen.com/faq/ask_am...
In direct correspondence with Amy (the Amy?) of Amy's foods, they stated that as a small family run company they sought a small hashgacha. One should note that they are a rather large operation based in California and chose a small NY-based hashgacha without a good reputation. Whether or not they are indeed kosher or whether one accepts this or that hashgacha, it is generally telling (ie. not a good sign) when a company with national distribution goes out of its way to avoid local or well known national supervision. Much smaller companies can afford reliable hashgochot which adds very little to costs if the factory is really fine. Caveat Emptor and ask someone in the know.
It's now at http://www.amyskitchen.com/health/faq...
All Amy's products are certified Kosher except for:
Black Bean Tamale Verde
Light and Lean Spinach Lasagna
Light and Lean Cheese Pizza
Light and Lean Italian Vegetable Pizza
Light in Sodium Vegetable Lasagna
4 Cheese Pizza
Single Serve Roasted Vegetable Pizza
Roasted Vegetable Pizza
Single Serve Rice Crust Roasted Vegetable Pizza
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Light in Sodium Lentil Vegetable Soup
Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup
Southwestern Black Bean Chili
I'm not understanding the actual question here. The hashgacha on the product line is not new. It's certainly not one of the unquestionably accepted hechsharim, though.
For all those interested. First, be aware that just becasue something is in a store that is kosher doesn't mean that the certification is to everyone's standards and the store could make a mistake. Second, I have questioned the health food store about certain products that are with certifications that are very not recommended. Their response was that they don''t check these out. If it has a certification than that is good enough for them. They have a sign posted that states that they are not responsible for the kashrut (kosher level) in their store. The only problem is that they post the sign on the back side of a pillar that no one usually sees. I too assumed at one point. Buyer beware. Don't assume anything.
I sent a message via Amy's online contact form, and I highly recommend everyone do the same and spread the word.
If you tell Amy's that you're not buying their products because they don't have a reliable hashgacha, it might help them change their minds.