Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

The Bakery of NY and NY Artisan Bakers, Long Island City, NY, are no longer kosher certified by OK Kosher Certification. Any products still on the market with the OK-D kosher symbol are certified.            OK Kosher Certification, August 20, 2012.

Red Mango Frozen Yogurt stores, are not OK Kosher certified. Red Mango Original Yogurt and Red Mango Classic Yogurt are certified by OK Kosher Certification as kosher dairy (OK-D  halav stam) in their original sealed packages. OK Kosher Certification is not responsible for the kashrut of any other product, equipment or process used in any Red Mango stores.           OK Kosher Certification, August 16, 2012.

Italian Home Bakery Breads, is no longer under COR certification The COR kosher symbol has been removed from product packaging. Older products still bearing the COR kosher symbol are considered kosher.    COR, August 9, 2012.

T & L Creative Salads, no longer offers halav Yisrael products. Creative Salads continues to offer a variety of Parve products labeled with the OK symbol and Dairy halav stam products labeled with the OK-D symbol.      OK, August 7, 2012.

NOH Foods seasonings, future productions will no longer be kosher certified and will no longer bear the Star-K or Star-D symbol. Existing product bearing either of the above symbols is kosher certified. Hawaiian Iced Tea Mix and Hawaiian Iced Tea beverage will remain certified and will continue to bear the Star-K symbol.     Star-K, August 6, 2012.

QT fruit flavored smoothies: Black Cherry; Juicy Orange; and Melon Berry, should be avoided until further notice from the AKC as to the kosher status of these products. The AKC has checked into soft serve ice creams and nonfat frozen yogurts currently sold at select QT stores and they currently meet kosher requirements for the summer of 2012. This approval applies only to smoothies without fruit additives.         Atlanta Kashruth Commission, August 1, 2012.

Mislabeled

New York Bread Inc, Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY is selling bread products bearing an unauthorized OK symbol. These breads are not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken.   OK, August 9, 2012.

Smarties 3 Feet O’Fun, mistakenly bears an OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures have been implemented.            OU, August 1, 2012.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts, are certified parve by the Scroll K / Vaad HaKashrus of Denver. However, due to an equipment issue, the Pizza Crusts with lot codes 122121 to 122302 were made on dairy equipment (they do not contain any dairy ingredients). Only these Pizza Crusts are DE, all other lots are parve. Corrective measures have been implemented.      Vaad of Denver, August 21, 2012.

No Frills Praline Almonds, lists butter and milk ingredients on the label’s ingredient panel. This product, in 350 gram containers, in fact does not contain any dairy ingredients. The product is kosher and parve. Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling.

COR, August 20, 2012.

Glutino bakery breads; bagels and English muffins, should be considered dairy, even if marked MK Parve. Steps have been taken to rectify the situation.         Montreal Kashruth, August 17, 2012.

Superior Nut & Candy Breakfast Mix, mistakenly bears a cRc pareve certification. The ingredients statement lists non-fat dry milk on containers with a best sold date of 10-08-12. The actual amount of dairy is minimal thus the product is halachicly parve. The new packaging has been corrected to state cRc-D.            cRc, August 9, 2012.

Atlanta Bread Chocolate Brownie Bites, were mistakenly printed with a plain OU, without the D-dairy designation. This product, in 9.6 oz packages, is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU-D, dairy product. This product contains dairy components, as indicated on the label. The mislabeled product was primarily sold at WalMart. Corrective measures have been implemented.            OU, August 1, 2012.

Other Alerts

Fresh Blueberries, may be found to have thrips (small slender insects) on the top of the berry near the hole. To cleaning blueberries: 1.Fill a large receptacle with water and soap. 2. Submerge the berries completely in the soapy solution and allowed to soak for three minutes. 3. Vigorously agitate the berries in the solution. 4. Remove the blueberries from the receptacle, placing them in a colander, and rinse them very thoroughly, making sure the stream of water reaches all the berries. 5. No further inspection is necessary. Note: These steps are for premium blueberries (Grade A) and exclude wild blueberries found in the country or other similar areas, which can be infested with insects.            Vaad of Denver, August 1, 2012.

Health Alerts

Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice with Natural Ingredients, are being recalled due to elevated levels of lead. The product, sold in Costco and Smart & Final stores located in California, Arizona, and Utah, is packaged in a red, white and black 1.5lb (680g) gusset bag with zipper. Consumers in possession of this lot should not eat the candy and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact the company at customerservice@lucky-country.com or 828-428-8313 during business hours.         FDA, August 8, 2012.

Burch Whole Caribbean Gold cantaloupes, are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. All Burch melons in this season’s crop are affected by this recall. The cantaloupes were distributed in FL, GA, IL, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC and VA. The whole cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading Burch Farms referencing PLU # 4319. All cantaloupes involved in the recall were grown by Burch Farms, however some of the cantaloupes may have been identified with a “Cottle Strawberry, Inc.” sticker referencing PLU #4319. Cottle Farms is not involved in this recall. Cantaloupes from Burch Farms were shipped in both corrugated boxes (9 cantaloupes per case) and in bulk bins. Any consumer who has these cantaloupes should discard the product. Contact Burch Equipment LLC at 910-267-5781 or email burch@intrstar.net.           FDA, August 3, 2012.

White Chocolate Macadamia Clif Bars and Chocolate Chip Clif Bars, may inadvertently actually contain Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif Bars with wrappers that do not list coconut in the ingredient statement and Blueberry Crisp Clif Bars mislabeled with wrappers that do not list almonds in the ingredient statement, respectively. The packages were distributed to limited Target and Walmart stores. Only the product meeting both the following criteria is affected: 6-packs of Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif Bars in with “Best By” date 16MAY13G1 and 12-packs of Blueberry Crisp Clif Bars with “Best By” date 17MAR13G3. No other Clif Bar products, pack sizes, flavors or “Best By” date codes are affected. Consumers with questions or who would like replacement coupons may contact 888-851-8456. Details also can be found at www.clifbar.com/coconut.        FDA, July 30, 2012 and FDA, August 13, 2012.

Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine lettuce, is being recalled because it may be contaminated with E coli bacteria. The product is packed in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9 and may have a Best Buy date of “08 19 12”. The product was available at retail locations Aug. 2 – Aug. 19, 2012. No other Tanimura & Antle products are being recalled. A total of 2,095 cases of potentially affected product were distributed throughout the US and Canada starting on August 2. Consumers with questions or who would like replacement coupons may call at 877-827-7388.        FDA and the CFIA, August 20, 2012.