Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Imah Restaurant, 445 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ: is no longer under the supervision of the RCBC (Rabbincal Council of Bergen County).           Rabbinical Council of Bergen County, June 17, 2010

Prime Caterers, in New Jersey are no longer under RCBC supervision.Rabbinical Council of Bergen County, June 15, 2010

New Harvest Naturals Gluten Free Pound Cakes, Abe’s Place Gourmet Delicacies, Allentown, PA: are no longer certified by the OU. Products in packages that bear the OU certification symbol were produced under supervision and may be used. The products were also misrepresented as Star-K certified. The Star-K has no affiliation with Abe’s Place Gourmet Delicacy and does not certify any of its products.           OU June 1, 2010 and Star-K June 21, 2010

Mislabeled

America’s Choice Berry Blend, produced by A & P, Montvale NJ: mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol. The product, with UPC: 7 54807-10063, is being withdrawn from the marketplace.OU, June 21, 2010

Winn-Dixie Candy Corn, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Jacksonville, FL: mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not kosher. The product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.  OU, June 16, 2010

Original Kashkaval Sheep’s Cheese, Corfu Foods Inc., Bensenville, IL: is not certified by the OU, and bears an unauthorized OU-D. The product is being withdrawn from the market. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.          OU, June 2, 2010

Artichokes; Bruschetta Topping; Pesto Genovese; Sundried Tomatoes; Capers; Capers with Stem, Cinquina S.R.L, Lanciano, Italy: mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU symbol and are not kosher. They are being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.      OU, May 28, 2010

Barcelona Yogurt Trail Mix, were labeled incorrectly with the Star-K symbol. This product is not Star-K certified. Corrective action has been taken and a recall of the product has been initiated.  Star-K, May 27, 2010

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Green Goddess Thousand Island Dressing, E.D. Foods: is certified OU parve even when bearing the OU-D symbol on the label.    OU, June 20, 2010

Woeber’s Mayo Gourmet Roasted Chipotle Mayonnaise, UPC: 0 24680-00855 7, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Packaging has been revised. The dairy content is insignificant, and therefore is batel (nullified).  OU, June 3, 2010

America’s Choice Cheese Cinnamon & Apple Danishes (4 Ppack), were labeled as OK instead of OK-D. This product is actually dairy. New labels have been corrected.OK Kosher, May 28, 2010

Other Alerts

Southern Comfort, which is produced in three locations, also has three different statuses regarding kashrut. The product produced in Ireland and bearing a hechsher from Badatz Basel and Badatz Bet Yosef visible on the bottles, are parve and part of a special run that has been imported with approval via the Jerusalem Rabbinate. The product produced in the United States and bottled in Ireland, is “authorized” by the London Bet Din, but it is not under the organization’s supervision. These are sold in Israel and in duty free, but the alcohol is distilled from dairy whey and is therefore categorized as dairy – halav stam.

The third variety is produced and bottled in the United States, and it is not authorized, as it may contain yayin nesech (non-permitted wine).            Rabbi Shmuel Semelman, June 15, 2010

Solash Challah Bakery, is not certified by KAJ for any products manufactured or sold.  KAJ, May 28, 2010

America’s Choice Hot Cocoa, A&P, Montvale, NJ: inadvertently contains non-kosher marshmallows in a limited amount of canisters. Affected product in 26 oz. packages bears UPC 7 54807 29069 9 and the date code  05/04/11 MCA. Product with the code RCA is correctly labeled. Consumers should contact their Rabbi to determine the status of utensils that have come in contact with the above product. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.         OU, May 25, 2010

Health Alerts

Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets and Extra Strength Tylenol Rapid Release Gels, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL PPC, Inc.: is being recalled for five product lots as an addition to the list of products included in the company’s January 15th, 2010 product recall due to the trace of TBA chemicals found. 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 1-888-222-6036 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, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/default.htm.         FDA, June 15, 2010

Baby foods, The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) filed Notices of Violation of California Proposition 65 Toxics Right to Know law, alleging the toxic chemical lead was found in a variety of children’s and baby foods (including many kosher certified products). The specific food categories included apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail. The complete list can be viewed at www.envirolaw.org/documents/ProductsTestedforLeadFINAL.pdf       .           ELF, June 15, 2010

Strawberry Farm Sun Dried Tomatoes, Sirob Imports, Inc., Lindenhurst, NY: are being recalled because they contain undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The product comes in 16oz, clear plastic vacuum packed bags and was distributed in Queens, NY to a retail store. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 631-957-8888.            FDA , June 15, 2010

PediaCare Multi-Symptom Cold; Long Acting Cough; Decongestant; Allergy and Cold, is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary step because the products were made at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare Fort Washington, PA plant that has been temporarily shut down following a recent FDA inspection which revealed serious problems in meeting the FDA’s current good manufacturing practice requirements at the facility. The recall was not initiated as a result of any consumer reports of adverse events and no consumer complaints have been received about the safety or purity of the products. Affected products are in 4oz. packages with UPC numbers 3 0045-0556-05 9, 3 0045-0465-04 7, 3 0045-0554-04 8, and 3 0045-0552-04 4 respectively and are sold exclusively in the United States. Consumers with questions may contact Blacksmith Brands at (888) 474-3099. More information is available at blacksmithbrands.com1. Any adverse events that may be related to the use of these products should be reported to the FDA’s Med Watch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178 or by mail at Med Watch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787 or on the Med watch website at www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/default.htm    FDA, May 28, 2010