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Jan 5, 2014 04:32 PM

Fairway Kosher Bakery

Fairway has announced that their kosher baked goods, which are not packaged, are no longer kosher. This is a terrible shame. I understand the change is due to a change in supervision from Rabbi Marmostein to the Kof-K. The quality of the diary bakery was quite good, so this is an unfortunate loss to the community.

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  1. Can you put up a link to their announcement?

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    1. re: DebbyT

      There is a sign posted near the counter of the store on the UWS. Also, KJ's newsletter indicates the change in status.

    2. so does include the bagels and baguettes, which they make in store?

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      1. re: shoelace

        No. It includes the cakes in the diary case.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          Yes, The kof-k is exercising quality control and all the various kosher products made by Fairway are now under their supervision.

          1. re: Maven123

            What a shame. One of the best places for a dairy cake.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              I agree. People should complain and maybe something will be done.

            2. re: Maven123

              I'm sorry, but I'm confused. If the products are now under the Kof-K, what is the change in kashrut status?

              1. re: queenscook

                The Kof-K has replaced Rabbi Marmostiein. When the Bakery was under his supervision, all of the cakes and pastries were under his supervision. Since the Kof-K has replaced him, it was their decision that the diary cakes and pastries were no longer kosher. Apparently they have different standards.

                1. re: Maven123

                  OK, I understand what you are saying, but if the Kof-K is now the supervising agency, what bakery items will they be supervising?

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Sounds like just the parve stuff?

                    1. re: DeisCane

                      Since Fairway now has their own catering, and the Kof-K is the supervising agency for anything that comes out of their facility, it was decided that every food item produced under their name should be under one supervision. The Kof-K obviously had better name recognition nationally than Rabbi Marmostein. As you probably know, Fairway is undergoing major expansion plans. One can only surmise, that the Kof-K has stricter controls and that the diary baked goods, because they were unpackaged, were therefore now unacceptable.

                      1. re: Maven123

                        That makes it sound like bread could also be affected which would really be a loss. At least on the UWS Rabbi Marmostein randomly stops by every day at a different time to check the displays.

                        And if it is just unpackaged, then what about the pies that are boxed and labeled, but dairy?

                        1. re: avitrek

                          Yes, I've seen him in the bakery department.

          2. So what does this affect other than the dairy cakes?

            1. I heard that their kosher buyer told the management that the orthodox Jews don't buy dairy baked goods and only want the parev stuff. But it could also be the Kaf-K want to push their clients who make packaged kosher dairy cakes and pastries..... they have taken on lots of the local suppliers, Treat Shop, Grimaldi, Chris' Cookies, a couple of cheese cake places..... But even if Fairway now went public they would probably still be responsive to consumer input