KASHRUT & HEALTH ALERTS

Supervision Changes & Withdrawals
Mighty Smart DHA Dietary Supplement, Shaklee Corp., has been reformulated as non-kosher due to the inability to continue sourcing a kosher fish oil powder. The non-kosher product will be SKU #20076 and will not bear the Star-K symbol. Kosher Mighty Smart is no longer being produced at this time, but is still available from Shaklee distributors. Only Mighty Smart DHA Dietary Supplement Chews SKU #20058 when bearing the Star-K symbol is kosher certified (parve/dagim). For further information, please call the Star-K office at 410-484-4110. Star-K, January 15, 2009
 
Rita’s Ices, 6796 Reisterstown Road Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21215, has decided to discontinue its Star-D kosher certification at this time. Star-K, January 13, 2009
 
Badgstein Wines, are no longer certified by OK kosher certification. Only bottles bearing the OK symbol and an OK hologram were produced under the OK supervision. A plain OK on the label is not sufficient.    OK Kosher Certification, January 11, 2010
 
Natural Ovens Products, are no longer certified cRc – pat Yisrael. The products are now certified as OU (non pat Yisrael).            cRc, January 8, 2010
 
Dried Mushrooms, due to recent infestation concerns, the KOF-K no longer recommends dried mushrooms unless they are properly cleaned and/or processed. The KOF-K will be removing its certification from all such product, until further notice. Powdered mushroom extract, canned mushrooms and products produced with mushrooms remain under our certification when bearing the KOF-K symbol.        Kof-K, January 4, 2010
 
Mislabeled
Prime Grill in Panama, An OU symbol appeared on the menu and is being blotted out. The Orthodox Union does not certify Prime Grill in Panama. Prime Grill Panama is not associated with the Prime Grill in Manhattan, which is certified by the Orthodox Union.          OU, January 21, 2010
 
Hills of Galilee wine, displays a forged OK symbol and is not certified by OK kosher certification. Galil Mountain Winery is certified by OK kosher certification.      OK, January 20, 2010
 
Best Choice Gourmet Onion Rings, bears an unauthorized OU symbol. The 16oz (UPC: 070038611134) and 20oz (UPC: 070038611127) products are being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union.     OU, January 20, 2010
 
Piknik Ranch Dressing, Supreme Oil South, Brundidge AL, bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union.   OU, January 20, 2010
 
Organic Chicken Broth, Smart & Final Inc., Commerce, CA, bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org. OU, January 14, 2010
 
Wild Harvest Natural Ground Lamb, Supervalu Inc., Chanhassen, MN bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. This product is being withdrawn from the marketplace and consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.       OU, January 14, 2010
 
Uncle Bens Hearty Soup Broccoli Cheese & Rice, Mars Food US LLC, Verona, CA, bears an unauthorized OU-D symbol and is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.         OU, January 11, 2010
 
LifeSource 4 Life, Beaverton OR, bears an unauthorized cRc. Consumers spotting this product are asked to call the cRc at 773-465-3900 ext 117.            cRc, January 6, 2010
 
Uniservis Unpickled Porcini Mushrooms, bears an unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does not currently certify any of Uniservis products. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.      OU on December 22, 2009
 
Mislabeled Dairy/Parve
Biscottea Assorted flavors of Tea Shortbread, contain dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.     OU, January 11, 2010
 
Suntree California Grown Cinnamon Almonds, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel, but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging of the 1lb. packages with UPC 6-69887-50603-8 will be revised.            OU, December 24, 2009
 
My-T Fine Chocolate Pudding, Jel Sert Co., West Chicago, IL, is parve even when listing “contains dairy” in the ingredient panel. The product had been reformulated though the ingredient statement was not corrected.    OU, December 22, 2009
 
Whole Foods Dinner Rolls / Mom’s Wheat Dinner Rolls, are mislabeled with an AKC parve label. This product contains dairy ingredients.           Atlanta Kashrus Commission, December 22, 2009
 
Other Alerts
M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies, in a 2oz colored metal shell container with an “S”, Mars Snackfood USA LLC, Hackettstown, NJ, mistakenly contains a bag of Skittles which is a non-kosher candy. Corrective action is being taken. OU, January 11, 2010
 
Kirkland Nature’s Three Berries, Rader Farms, Inc., bears a Half-Moon K symbol but should be used only for cooking or pureeing.          OU, January 12, 2010
 
Sabra Twin Packs – Humus (OK parve) and Fresh Garlic and Herb dip (OK-D – halav stam), Sabra Dipping Company, were sold together and may have caused confusion because of the different parve/dairy status. The twin packs have since been discontinued.        OK Kosher Certification, December 23, 2009
 
Sabra Sautéed Onion; Spicy Pepper; Tzitziki; Garlic and Herb, Sabra Fresh Dips, are correctly labeled OK-D halav stam. Please take note and be careful when purchasing these items.     OK Kosher Certification, December 23, 2009
 
Health Alerts
OTC Products, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., Fort Washington, are voluntarily being recalled in certain lots following an investigation of consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that, in a small number of cases, caused nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Consumers who purchased product from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare at www.mcneilproductrecall.com or 1888-222-6036 for instructions on a refund or replacement.
Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their healthcare provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.   FDA, January 15, 2009
 
Harry London Chocolate Pecan Caramel Stars, Harry London Candies Inc., is being recalled due to undeclared wheat. The product was distributed nationwide. The 4.62-oz. packages bear lot code 9238-1 and were sold before December 28, 2009. Consumers with questions may call (330) 494-0833, ext. 193.    FAAN and Harry London, January 4, 2010
 
 
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Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Traditional Bakery, 625 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, is no longer certified by the OK.  OK, August 17, 2011.

Athens Spanakipita 1 oz, 48 count club store pack, is temporarily not certified as OK dairy. Please check the package for kosher certification. Please note that OK Kosher certification continues to certify many other Athens products including Athens 1 oz Spanakopita 12 count. See individual labels for OK kosher symbol and kashrut category.   OK, August 10, 2011.

Rite Aid Ultra Lactase Caplets, are no longer certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.   OU, August 8, 2011.

LDF Frozen Dough, LDF Fine Frozen Foods Inc. products, is no longer under COR certification as of July 18, 2011 and all products, even when bearing COR 777, are not kosher certified.           COR, August 5, 2011.

Stop and Shop and Giant Fruit Bottom Yogurts, are no longer under OU certification. They are in new packaging that bears a KD and contain gelatin. You can contact your local store to complain, or call Stop and Shop consumer affairs at 800-767-7772.   Kashrut.com, August 4, 2011.

Love Bakery, Encino, Los Angeles, CA will no longer be certified by the RCC as of August 15, 2011. Rabbinical Council of California, August 2, 2011.

Cinnabon and Carvel, in Towson Town Center, Baltimore is no longer certified kosher.Rabbi Zvi Katz, July 21, 2011.

Mislabeled

Scoops Ice Cream Shop, Lake Geneva, WI, is not certified by cRc, contrary to signs outside this store. Stores at the following addresses only are certified by the cRc: Bagel Country, 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL; Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, 4041 W. Dempster, Skokie IL; Dairy Star, 3472 W Devon, Lincolnwood IL; Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 3132 Devon, Chicago IL; Nut, 3745 W Dempster, Skokie IL. cRc, August 23, 2011.

Dean’s Sour Cream Light, bears an unauthorized OV-D symbol on the label. This product is not certified by the OV. Corrective measures are being taken.    Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis, August 19, 2011

J &J Sunshine Corp Crying Tiger Ramon Noodle Soup, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification and is not kosher.             OK, August 17, 2011

Hidden Valley Wis-Con Ready-to-Serve Pudding, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken.       OK, August 10, 2011.

KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade, bears an unauthorized OU symbol. It is not certified by the Orthodox Union and contains dairy. Corrective measures are being implemented.       OU, August 5, 2011.

Waldo’s Incredibly Great Fudge Marshmallow Cookies, are not certified by the Orthodox Union and bear an unauthorized OU. They are mostly sold in Waldo’s stores in Mexico and are being withdrawn from the marketplace. OU, August 5, 2011.

Viking brand Herring Tidbits in Matjes Sauce, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. This product is not certified by OK Kosher certification. Corrective measures are being taken. Viking Foods states that the product is certified by Rabbi Meir Horden.   OK and Kashrut.com, August 4, 2011.

H.E.B. Multi-Fit Flakes Original and Multi-Fit Flakes with Berries, display an unauthorized OU symbol. These products are not certified by the Orthodox Union and contain dairy. The products are being withdrawn from the marketplace.            OU, July 29, 2011.

Totem Smokehouse Smoked Salmon, bears an unauthorized OU. This product is not certified by the OU. Corrective action is being implemented.    OU, July 28, 2011.

Associated Supermarket Pork products, Associated Supermarket of Sunnyside, NY were labeled Bet Yosef shehita in Hebrew lettering. The store explained that this was a mistake in use of a new labeling machine the product has been relabeled.         NewYorker.com, July 28, 2011.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Manischewitz Cheese Blintzes, mistakenly display the word “pareve” on some boxes. This product is certified by the Orthodox Union and is dairy. Corrective measures are being implemented.        OU, August 12, 2011.

Planters Caramel Maple Sweet Roast Pecans, display an OU, without the D on some cans. This product is certified by the Orthodox Union as dairy and should be labeled OU-D. Corrective action is being implemented.             OU, August 5, 2011.

Jordan Almonds Nutty Naturals, bears an OK pareve symbol on some batches that mistakenly contain some dairy ingredients. This product contains a best buy date: 07/01/12 through 08/31/12. The product is being relabeled. OK, August 4, 2011.

Laura Lynn Honey Graham Crackers, are labeled with an OU pareve, instead of OU dairy on some packages. This product is certified by the OU and is dairy. Corrective measures are being implemented.OU, August 1, 2011.

Kellogg’s All Bran Buds; Cinnabon Crunchy Cinnamon; Eggo Cereal, will be changing their status from pareve to dairy and will be marked as such with the KD symbol.      Rabbinical Council of New England, July 26, 2011.

Silver Spring Cream Style Horseradish, mistakenly bears an OU, without the D on some jars. This certified product contains dairy and should be labeled OU-D. The company is withdrawing this product from the marketplace for relabeling.          OU, July 22, 2011.

Other Alerts

Popsicle brand Sugar Free Healthy Bunch Fudgsicle and Creamsicle ice pops, mistakenly contain milk and is being recalled. The 24-count boxes of Sugar Free Orange, Cherry, and Grape flavored ice pops that contain milk may contain Fudgsicle and Creamsicle ice pops that are individually wrapped with logos. The affected product is sold in a paperboard box, containing 24–1.65 fl oz (48.7 ml) pops with a unit UPC code of 7756702295, with date codes of OCT0312GCD, OCT0412GCD, OCT0512GCD, OCT0612GCD and OCT0712GCD. The product was distributed in AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, OR, TX, UT, WA, and WI. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are asked to retain the outer box and call (800) 896-9552 to request a replacement coupon,     FDA, August 12, 2011.

Smirnoff Ice and Smirnoff Ice Triple Black, contain grape and are not certified Kosher. In Canada, all varieties and flavors of Smirnoff Ice require the KSA on the label to be considered kosher, including non-flavored Smirnoff. The absence of the KSA indicates that the product is not certified kosher. The information to the contrary that is provided by the CRC Liquor List is relevant to the US only.   COR, August 5, 2011.

Health Alerts

YoCream International Nonfat NY Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Mix, is recalled due to undeclared egg. The product was distributed throughout the U.S., and is available primarily through frozen yogurt shops and other retail establishments that serve frozen yogurt (it is not sold as consumer retail packaged items). The product is packaged in half-gallon cartons with lot codes printed on the side of the corrugated shipping box and the top of each individual carton. The codes are: UPC 81995 92147; lot codes 2990, 3200, 3470, 3520, 0391, 0461, 0591, 0731, 0871, 0961, 1131, 1171, 1231, 1291, 1541, 1661, 1811, 1921, 2061, and 2131. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 962-7326 between or e-mailing customeralert.august2011@yocream.com.         FDA and FAAN, August 24, 2011.

Cookie by DoubleTree, Christie Cookie Company, has been recalled due to undeclared eggs, soy lecithin, wheat and milk in the following gift tins: Item # 1035 DoubleTree 6 (13.5 oz) Cookie Gift Tin, Item # 10352 DoubleTree Anniversary Special containing two 6 Cookie Gift Tins (27 oz.), Item # 1037 DoubleTree 12 (27 oz.) Cookie Gift Tin, Item # 1038 DoubleTree 15 (33.75 oz.) Cookie Gift Tin, Item # 1039 DoubleTree 24 (54 oz.) Cookie Gift Tin. Products were distributed throughout the United States via direct mail and sold directly to consumers at DoubleTree hotels in a variety of metal containers containing 6-24 cookies. Allergic consumers should not eat this product. For more information contact Bob Turner at (615) 242-3817.        FDA, August 19, 2011

Kettle Chips Wave Cut Lightly Salted 150g Kettle Chips; Wave Cut Salt & Pepper 150g; Kettle Chips Wave Cut Salt & Vinegar 150g; Kettle Chips Lightly Salted 150g, are being recalled due to the possible risk of plastic contamination. One batch code of the affected product may have become contaminated with pieces of plastic that are similar in appearance to the crisps. Affected product has a best before date of 29 October 2011. Product contents should be discarded and empty packs can be returned for a full refund including postage, if mailed, together with name and address, to Kettle Foods Ltd, Barnard Road, Norwich, NR5 9JP       FSA, August 3, 2011.

Blondie; Yaya; Mañanita; and Tastylicious Papayas (fresh and whole), Agromod Produce, sold prior to July 23, 2011 are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Blondie Brand papayas can be identified by a blue and orange sticker label with green and white lettering on the fruit that states Blondie 4395 Mexico. The Yaya Brand Papayas can be identified by a yellow, red, orange, and green label with white, green and red lettering that reads Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico. Each Mañanita Brand Papaya can be identified by a green, yellow and red sticker label that states Mexico Mañanita 4395. The Tastylicious Brand Papayas can be identified by a white and blue sticker with red and white lettering that states 4395 Tastylicious Mexico.            FDA and CFIA, July 23, 2011.

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