KASHRUT & HEALTH ALERTS

Supervision Changes & Withdrawals
Slim and Soft Bread, Big Loaf Corporation, is no longer under the certification of Kosher Miami, The Vaad Hakashrus of Miami-Dade, Inc.         Kosher Miami, July 16, 2009
 
Naturally Delicious Café, in Forest Hills, NY bears an OU symbol on the menu but is not certified by the Orthodox Union. OU, July 16, 2009
 
Tasti-D-Lite stores, located at 1115 Lexington Ave, 1654 Third Ave and 222 East 86th Street in Manhattan, are no longer certified by Kof-K.      Kof-K, June 25, 2009
 
Mislabeled
Mira Brand Soup Packets & Bouillon Cubes, Golden Bird Food Industry, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. These products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures have been taken.            OK, July 10, 2009
 
William Sonoma Cocktail Combo, has been inadvertently labeled with an OU symbol. The product is not certified by the Orthodox Union.Corrective action is being taken.                  OU, July 9, 2009
 
Ken’s Steakhouse Balsamic Vinaigrette, bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union. Corrective action is being taken.                OU, July 2, 2009
 
Dame Mani Peanut Butter, Alimentos Del Mani SR, Argentina, SA, has been distributed bearing an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. These products are not certified by OK kosher certification. Corrective measures are being taken. OK, June 25, 2009
 
Veronica Bianca products, American Food & Beverage Inc., bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org. OU, July 6, 2009
 
Mislabeled Dairy/Parve
Fannie May Chocolates, has inadvertently omitted the dairy designation from several packages of chocolates. All Fannie May chocolates bearing the cRc logo are dairy, halav stam.  Corrective measures are being taken. cRc, July 12, 2009
 
First Street Brand Pies, were mistakenly labeled Kof-K without the status designation. The products were made on dairy equipment and future labeling will be corrected           Kof-K, July 2, 2009
 
Rock N Roll Gourmet Hippie Chips Lime Is On My Side Cracked Pepper, Ideal Snacks Corporation, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted.      OU, June 30, 2009
 
Laromme Snack Napolitana Pareve, was mislabeled with both an OK-d and OK-parve symbol. The product is actually parve.             OK, June 29, 2009
 
White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake Mix, Xcell Intl. Corp. / Dean Jacobs, contains dairy ingredients, as stated in the ingredient panel. However, the dairy designation was inadvertently omitted from the package. The product is indeed certified by the cRc as dairy, halav stam.       Chicago Rabbinical Council, June 24, 2009
 
Other Alerts
Herr’s Kansas City Prime Steak Flavor Potato Chips, Herr Foods Inc., mistakenly listed beef extract in the ingredient panel. The OU-d designation on the product is valid and future packaging will be revised.       OU, July 1, 2009
 
Maalox, only certain products remain OU certified. Check packaging before purchasing.   OU, June 18, 2009
 
Health Alerts
Nature’s Promise Sorbetto and Espo’s Sorbetto Hiland, Roberts Ice Cream, is being voluntarily recalled due to undeclared milk. Affected product includes all flavors in pint containers.
            FDA on July 17, 2009
 
Plainview Dry Milk Products, which is contained in many other products including Diamond Crystal Brand, Alba, Stop & Shop Instant Oatmeal among others is being recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination on part of the supplier. A complete list of products can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm171489.htm. FDA, July 14, 2009
 
Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough, is being recalled due to risk of contamination with E. coli O157:H7. However, newly made products are not part of the ongoing recall and are not associated with any illness outbreaks or known contamination. Consumers can identify the newly made products by looking for labels with shields that say “new batch” on them. FDA and CDC also warn consumers against eating any raw dough for cookies or other baked goods, at any time, because of potential contamination with Salmonella or E. coli bacteria. Contact your health care professional immediately if you or your family have recently eaten recalled cookie dough and have had stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea, with or without bloody stools.         FDA, July 16, 2009
 
Soy Bean Sprouts, Chang Farms, is being voluntarily recalled in 10 lb bag packages and 12 oz plastic bags, with the specific sell-by date of July 17, 2009 because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product has been distributed to retail stores and wholesalers throughout MA, CT, NY and NJ. Consumers should discard this product or return packages to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information contact Chang Farm at 413-665-3341 or 413-222-5519.        FDA, July 14, 2009
 
Apple Crumb Cakes, City Baking LLC, is being recalled due to undeclared walnuts which was inadvertently omitted from the label. The product was distributed in NY, NJ, PA, NC, MD, VA, MA, and ME. The cakes can be identified by a bag code, either #161 or 169 and UPC # 854142000165. They are 3 ¼ oz, and is packaged in a transparent plastic wrap. Consumers may return this product to  City Baking LLC for a full refund, or call them at 718-392-8514. FDA, June 26, 2009
 
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Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Rimon Winery, has had their certification revoked as of February 14, 2012 due to kashrut violations.     OK Kosher; February 15, 2012.

Potato Salad; Coleslaw; Macaroni Salad and other fresh salads at Orval Kent; Sysco; US Foodservice; Walmart; and Sam’s Club, are no longer under the certification of the cRc. Any remaining products still bearing the cRc logo are kosher certified.           Chicago Rabbinical Council; February 10, 2012.

Edible Arrangements in Florida, 12661 S. Dixie Hwy in Miami is no longer certified by Kosher Dairy Miami effective immediately.     Kosher Dairy Miami, February 6, 2012.

Hopkins Hillel Smoker Center kosher foodservice program, 3109 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD, is no longer certified by the Star-K. It is now certified as kosher by the OU. The “Kosher Korner” foodservice stand, located in the student dining hall at Johns Hopkins University 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218, continues to be certified by the Star-K.            Star-K and OU, February 6, 2012.

The Butcherie, 428 Harvard St., Brookline, MA has recently decided to convert to a strictly Glatt Kosher operation. The KVH symbol is now on the Butcherie’s packaging. A mashgiah temidi is on premises and the Butcherie now meets the highest standards of kashrut and is approved by community rabbis. This applies only to the Butcherie in Brookline and not to any other operation at this time.             Rabbinical Council of New England, February 3, 2012.

Grab and Go Kosher Express, 1430 NE 163rd Street in North Miami Beach, has been sold, and is no longer under KDM supervision.      Kosher Miami, January 31, 2012.

Safa Restaurant, 451 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, NY is now under new management and certified by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Vaad of Queens, January 30, 2012.

Subway, the JCC in Rockville, MD, which until now, was under the double certification of the Capital K and Star-K, will now only be certified by the Capital K. Star-K, January 30, 2012.

Mislabeled

Bokomo Oatees Bars, bears an unauthorized Beth Din logo. These products are not kosher certified. Bokomo is taking steps to cover the logo on all packaging.            Beth Din of Johannesburg, February 7, 2012.

Agro Sun dried fruits and nuts products, bear an unauthorized Star-K. These products are sold in the New York/New Jersey area and are not certified by Star-K. Corrective measures are being taken.          Star-K, January 26, 2012.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Pink Snacks BBQ Potato Chips 10 oz., were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU rather than an OU-D on some bags. The product contains lactose (a dairy ingredient) but the dairy “D” designation was inadvertently omitted.       OU, February 8, 2012.

Tabatchnick New York Style Chicken Broth with Noodles and Vegetables Soup Singles, was inadvertently labeled as Kof-K pareve. The product is in fact certified as Kof-K meat.          Kof-K, February 3, 2012.

Smirnoff Triple Distilled Vodka 100 Proof 200ml and 375ml bottles, has been mislabeled as KSA Dairy. This product is in fact KSA Pareve.         KSA Kosher, February 2, 2012.

Other Alerts

Morrell of Woodbury, has been the subject of unfounded allegations of kashrut violations. The Vaad Hakashrus stands behind its certification of Morrell of Woodbury.Vaad of Flatbush on February 10, 2012.

Cheerios cereals, does not pose hadash problems because of the wheat starch in the ingredients. This new finding only applies to wheat starch and not other wheat ingredients. It also only applies to wheat starch in the different Cheerios cereals, not the wheat starch in other General Mills cereals. Those wheat ingredients are still being investigated. Pending further information, we continue to assume that these other wheat ingredients, including wheat starch in non-Cheerios cereals, may be hadash starting from a package date of Aug 22, 2012. In addition malt, when used, could be hadash after a package date of Dec 22, 2012. The recently revised package date for oats in Cheerios cereals remains March 7, 2012. Therefore, all Cheerios cereals that contains oats or oats plus wheat starch (but no other wheat ingredients, and no malt) have a hadash date of March 7, 2012. Note that Multigrain Cheerios, Fiber 1 and other wheat containing cereals may be hadash as of a package date of Aug 22, 2012.             Yoseph Herman, February 9, 2012.

Soft Wheat Kernels; Wheat Kernels and Wheat Berries, are possibly infested with pantry insects such as confused flour beetle and red flour beetle. Infestation has been found even in packages that contain kosher certification. It is recommended to check wheat kernels for beetle and beetle larvae infestation before they are consumed. Packages can be checked as follows: 1.Place a large sampling of kernels on a white surface 2.Slowly sift through the kernels checking for beetles, beetle larvae and holes inside kernels which would indicate infestation. 3. If no infestation is found proceed with the following: Place all the wheat kernels in a pot, Pour hot water (from the sink) over the kernels until the pot is almost full, Let the water settle for 30 seconds, Check the water carefully for beetles and beetle larvae , Check the whole pot, including the walls of the pot for infestation, If infestation is found, discard the entire bag and call our office with the following information: 1) Company Name 2) Product Name 3) How many bugs were found (send pictures if possible) 4) Lot number if found on the package.
Pantry insects can develop if grains are not stored in a cool place. As such, we are advising that dried goods not be stored next to ovens or heaters or in other areas that may be prone to infestation.         COR, February 2, 2012.

Starbucks Toasted Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Mix, is Kof-K – D certified, as indicated on the label, and contains kosher gelatin. Kof-K, January 26, 2012.

Health Alerts

Grape Tylenol Oral Suspension 1 oz, McNeil, is being recalled due to complaints of difficulty in using the dosing syringe. The recalled lot numbers are BIL0U00, BIL0V00, BIL3500, BJL2D00, BJL2E00, BJL2T00, BJL2U00 and the UPC code is 300450122308.           Tylenol and the FDA, February 17, 2012.

Michael Foods 10 and 25 lb. pails eggs packed in brine, may possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is a commercial product used in other products.    FDA, February 1, 2012.

Jelly Belly Christmas Deluxe Mix, is being recalled because it contains milk and wheat which are not declared on the label. The product of USA, is sold in a 9 oz (255 g) package bearing Best Before date Dec 01 2012. Contact the company at 800-646-9466.            CFIA, January 27, 2012.

Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes: Buttermilk Low Fat 12/14.5oz; Oatmeal; Buttermilk; Homestyle; Confetti Pancakes; and Whole Grain Pancakes 12/14.8oz, are being recalled because it may contain soy protein, an undeclared allergen. Affected product was packaged in cardboard cartons which were sold and distributed nationally, with a ‘Recommended Use By Date’ between November 1, 2011 up to and including October 16, 2012. Contact the Company at 1-888-299-7646.            CFIA, January 27, 2012.

Spring Hill Farm Dairy Market Basket water with a code date 1-20-12, is being voluntarily withdrawn from the market due to a taste/odor issue. There have been no illnesses or health issues associated with this withdrawal. Contact Spring Hill Farm Dairy at 800-445-6455.           Massachusetts Department of Food, January 27, 2012.

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