Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Safa Restaurant, 451 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck,NY is no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens effective immediately.   Vaad of Queens, January 17, 2012.

Shwarma Delight, 1906 Ave. M, Brooklyn, NY is no longer certified by Kehilah Kashrus. The store has changed ownership.        Kehilla Kashrus of Flatbush, January 16, 2012.

KFS Nuts, are no longer kosher certified.         Central Rabbinical Congress, December 27, 2011.

Cocoaccinos, 2831 Smith Avenue, Baltimore MD, has changed certification from Rabbi Sholom Salfer to Rabbi Zvi Weiss.             Star-K, December 26, 2011.

Accents Grill on the Atrium, 2839 Smith Avenue, Baltimore MD, has changed certification from the Star-K to the OU.             Star-K, December 26, 2011.

Mislabeled

Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter Cereal, mistakenly does not bear a Kosher symbol, but is nonetheless certified OU-D (dairy equipment).         OU, January 26, 2012

Wei Chuan Sesame Chili Oil, bears an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product. Corrective measures are being implemented.     OU, January 20, 2012.

Forever Living Products, are not certified by OK Kosher certification, contrary to is the company advertising its products as certified by OK Kosher on their website www.aloe4us.com. The website contains a link to an expired certificate from Rabbi B. Frauwirth.    OK Kosher and Kashrut.com, January 18, 2012.

Athens Foods Apollo Spinach & Cheese 12 oz; Sysco Spinach & Cheese; Athens Spinach & Cheese 12 oz; Grecian Delight Spinach & Cheese; Athens/Apollo Spinach & Cheese 2/24; Athens Spinach & Cheese 2/24; Athens/Apollo Spinach & Cheese 2/48; Athens Spinach & Cheese 2/12; Athens/Apollo Spinach & Cheese 2/80, are temporarily not certified by the O.K. with date codes 01712 or higher; or with “best buy” dates of 01/17/13 or later. See individual labels for OK kosher symbol and kashrut category. OK Kosher, January 11, 2012.

A. Haim Bakery, is distributing bread in various sizes bearing an unauthorized OK symbol. OK Kosher does not certify any A. Haim Products. Corrective measures are being taken. If you see these products, please contact the OK at 718-756-7500.   OK Kosher, January 5, 2012.

Bready Apple of My Eye, is not certified kosher. The OU symbol on the packaging is unauthorized. Corrective action was implemented.    OU, January 4, 2012.

Hansen’s Beverage Juices: Apple Strawberry; Apple Grape; Cranberry; Cranberry Apple; Grape; White Grape, 64 oz. size, have been mislabeled with the Heart-K logo. These products are in fact not kosher. Corrective action is being taken.              Kehilla Kosher, January 3, 2012.

Delicious 19 Bakery, in Brooklyn, NY bears an unauthorized VHQ on its baked products. Corrective measures are being taken.   Vaad of Queens, January 3, 2012.

R.S.V.P. Brand Hor D’Oeurve Assortment, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. These products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification and are not kosher. Corrective measures are being taken. The OU also does not certify this product contrary to what is stated on the product website.         OK Kosher, December 30, 2011 and OU, January 4, 2012.

Tim Tam biscuits, are not kosher, even when bearing the KA logo on the packaging, unless there is a KA also by the use by date. The non-kosher variety will say “Not Kosher” by the use by date.Beth Din of Johannesburg, December 30, 2011 .

Mislabled Dairy/ Pareve

Dirty Potato Chips Maui Onion, were mistakenly labeled OU without the D-Dairy designation. This product contains dairy and should have been labeled OU-D. Corrective measures are being implemented.        OU, January 20, 2012.

Other Alerts

Produce from Israel, is beginning to appear in local stores and requires taking of terumotand maaserot. Such produce commonly includes peppers (red, yellow, orange), tomatoes and persimmons among others. Produce that sometimes appears from Israel includes oranges, mangos, dates, pomelos, clementines and frozen baby carrots. Check the sticker, bag label or original case of all produce for the country of origin. Information on taking tterumot and maaserot can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.     COR Detroit, January 24, 2012.

Grapes of all types, should be washed with a special method to clean them from bugs. New Square Rabbis held a meeting with Rabbis from Monsey and Kiryas Yoel on January 7, 2012 on the subject of grapes. After presentation of research by experienced mashgihim, the rabbis determined that at this time, all types of grapes have an issue with bugs. Consequently, for the time being, until there is further clarification and the research on this subject concluded, it is recommended to wash each and every grape by lightly scrubbing the entire surface (either by hand or with a sponge) under a strong stream of water.   New Square, January 24, 2012.

Haagen-Dazs ice cream, and other dairy products are now not allowed to be sold as kosher in Israel if it is halav stam. The Israeli Chief Rabbinate is enforcing this policy, stating that Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream which is made from halav stam and certified as kosher by the OU will no longer be allowed going forward.  Israeli Chief Rabbinate, vosizneias.com, and ynet.com, January 17, 2012

Holyland Pita White and Whole Wheat Pita, delivered on or after December 22, 2011 (best before date of December 24, 2011) is no longer Yoshon.       COR, January 9, 2012

Winn-Dixie Brand Italian Green Beans, can potentially contain in-shell peanuts mixed with the green beans. They were sold in the 14.5 oz can with a UPC code of 2114021236 and a best by date of Sept. 2014. Contact the Winn-Dixie Guest Service Center toll free at 866.946.6349.          FDA, December 28, 2011 .

Snapple Diet Lemon Tea; Green Apple Juice; Kiwi Strawberry; Lemon Tea; Mango Madness; Orange Mango; Peach Tea; Raspberry Tea in .11.5 oz. cans, are now made on dairy equipment and are labeled OK-DE. Any Snapple cans of these flavors still on the market with labels bearing the OK symbol (not marked DE) were produced on pareve equipment.     OK, December 19, 2011

Health Alerts

LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts, is being voluntary recalled because the product, sold in the 6 oz. package with a UPC code of 7546555912, is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Out of an abundance of caution, Winn-Dixie is also immediately recalling the following LEASA-branded sprouts from shelves in all stores. LEASA Broccoli Sprouts 7546555636 4 oz, LEASA Gourmet Sprouts 7546555633 6 oz, LEASA Spicy Sprouts 7546555635 6 oz, LEASA Onion Sprouts 7546555634 6 oz. All LEASA sprouts being recalled were sold between Jan. 7, 2012, and Jan. 18, 2012, and have expirations dates between Feb. 1, 2012, and March 15, 2012. Visit your neighborhood Winn-Dixie to request a full refund, no questions asked. Customers may present proof of purchase through a receipt or the product packaging label.FDA, January 19, 2012.

Tropicana; Minute Maid and Simply Orange orange juice, have been found to have low levels of the banned fungicide carbendazim in product imported from Brazil. Levels up to 35 parts per billion of the fungicide were found, far below the European Union’s maximum residue level of 200 parts per billion. The U.S. government has not established an official maximum residue level for carbendazim in orange juice. The Environmental Protection Agency has said a risk assessment of carbendazim showed no risks at up to 80 parts per billion, but officials believe real levels of concern are much higher. The FDA has begun testing shipments of orange juice at the border and will detain any that contain more than 10 parts per billion of the chemical. Because the fungicide is not approved for use in the United States, any amount found in food is illegal, but FDA spokeswoman Siobhan Delancey said any amount below 10 parts per billion isn’t measurable.  www.ingredientsnetwork.com and foodmanufacturing.com, January 17, 2012

BIGS® Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds, Ryt-way Industries, are being voluntarily recalled because they may contain soy ingredients that were not declared on the packaging. The recall is being issued on productpackaged in 5.35oz plastic bags with BEST BY Dates of 08DEC2012 and 09DEC2012 with an individual bag UPC code 896887002202. The product was distributed nationwide through supermarkets, convenience stores and U.S. military commissaries. Consumers who are allergic to soy and who have purchased the recalled products are advised not to consume the product and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact 1-866-209-0985.       FDA, January 12, 2012.

Excedrin; NoDoz; Bufferin; and Gas-X Prevention products, may contain stray tablets, capsules, or caplets from other Novartis products, or contain broken or chipped tablets and are therefore being recalled. Affected products bear expiry dates of December 20, 2013 or earlier, and were distributed in the United States. Mixing of different products in the same bottle could result in consumers taking the incorrect product and receiving a higher or lower strength than intended or receiving an unintended ingredient. This could potentially result in overdose, interaction with other medications, or an allergic reaction. Novartis Consumer Health Inc. is notifying its distributors and customers and is arranging for return of all recalled products.           FDA, January 8, 2012.

Laromme Vanilla Rugelach, in 14 oz. round containers, may contain undeclared eggs. This product, with UPC 87062500954-8, was distributed in retail stores throughout Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey. A total of 10 cases, with 18 containers each, were distributed between November 2, 2011 and December 22, 2011. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact the company at 845-352-8811.         FDA, January 6, 2012.

Safeway Snack Artist Sugar Free Bite-Sized Chocolate Chip Cookies, are being voluntarily recalled because they may contain undeclared milk and eggs. The recall affects product with Best By date of 07-11-12 and Lot # L07112B packaged in 10 oz clear plastic tubs and sold in Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vans. The products were distributed across the United States.         FDA, January 4, 2012.

Miller’s and Haolam Shredded Cheese products: Pizza; Mozzarella; Cheddar; Fancy; Muenster; R/F Muenster; R/F Cheddar, may potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and is being recalled. Affected product includes: all 8 oz and 16 oz. bags of Miller’s and Haolam shredded cheese with an expiration between June 5, 2012 through Sept 4, 2012; all 32 oz bags of Miller’s shredded Mozzarella and Haolam Shredded Mozzarella and Gourmet Blend with an expiration date of February 6, 2012 through May 7, 2012; all 5 lb bags of Miller’s and Haolam shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar, Muenster and Monterey Jack with a pack date of September 8, 2011 through Dec 7, 2011. The voluntary recall is only for shredded cheese and does not involve any of the other cheese products under the Miller’s and Haolam brand including any of the types of cheese that were shredded that also come in other shapes, sizes or forms (not shredded). The plant that was the subject of the voluntary recall is only a packaging facility, and the cheese involved was a different brand of cheese that was brought into the plant with the listeria.   Miller’s Cheese and World Cheese, December 29, 2011.

Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider, in six-pack shrink-bundled 250 mL glass bottles, are being recalled because they may have a defective seal that could break when opening the bottle. The recall is for the product distributed in Western United States with UPC 4124499932, and UPC 4124446256, and single bottle UPC 4124400256. Consumers may return the recalled product to the store of purchase for product replacement or credit. The 750 mL size of Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider is not affected and is not part of this recall.        FDA, December 30, 2011.

Natco Foods ground cumin, is being recalled because salmonella has been detected in some parts of the affected batch. Investigations into the source of contamination are ongoing.        food.gov.uk, December 21, 2011.

O Organics Celery Seed; Swanson Organic Celery Seed; Starwest Organic Celery Seed, is being recalled because it has potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product is packaged in Mylar 1lb and 2 oz pouches. The product was sold either directly to on-line or mail order consumers, or held for pickup by consumers at Starwest Botanicals between April 26, 2011 and December 14, 2011. No other Starwest spices have been affected by this recall.. Consumers in possession of this recalled product may return it to Starwest Botanicals in Rancho Cordova CA for a full refund. Contact Starwest at 1-800-800-4372.   FDA, December 14, 2011.