KASHRUT & HEALTH ALERTS

Supervision Changes & Withdrawals
Vitality Cellwise, a Melaleuca CellWise Nutritional Supplement, is no longer certified by the Star-K.       Star-K, September 14, 2009
 
Post Cereal, has elected to discontinue with the pat Yisrael status of all their cereals.          OK, September 1, 2009
 
Mislabeled
Bazzini Assorted Swedish Fish, A.L. Bazzini Co. bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is being withdrawn from the marketplace.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, September 14, 2009
 
Aunt Jenny’s Salad Dressings, distributed by Melba Foods, bear an unauthorized KVH symbol and are not under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of New England.    Rabbinical Council of New England, September 14, 2009
 
IQF Broccoli and IQF Cauliflower, manufactured by Eastsun Foods bear an unauthorized OU symbol and fraudulently appeared on a letter of certification.      OU, August 20, 2009
 
Mislabeled Dairy/Parve
Instant Oatmeal Fruit & Cream Variety Pack, from various Supervalu brands including: Richfood, Jewel, Shaw’s, Flavorite, Shop N Save, Acme, Cub, and Albertsons contain dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted.           OU, September 10, 2009
 
Other Alerts
Best Square Milk products, are not under the kashrut supervision of the New Square Kashrus Council. The milk is under the supervision of Rabbi Mordechi Ungar and the Star-K.       New Square, Star-K, September 17, 2009
 
Fresh lychees, carried in NYC area markets are being imported from Israel. These require hafrashat terumot uma’aserot.     Mehadrin Kashrus, September 2, 2009
 
Mott’s Fruitsations products, were inadvertently produced with unauthorized grape juice. Product codes include BB/MA 2010 JN 26-30 A(or B), BB/MA 2010 AU 31 A(or B), BB/MA 2010 SE 01, 04, 06, 07, 20, 21 BB SEP 04-07, 11, 13, 21 2010 A(or B).  KSA, August 31, 2009
 
Electrolux and Frigidaire freezers  with Sabbath Mode, are not certified by Star-K.     Star-k, Aaugust 25, 2009
 
Tasti D-Lite Stores, are not certified by OK Kosher. Only the powdered ice cream mix, in closed containers, is certified kosher, dairy by OK Kosher Certification. OK, August 27, 2009
 
Health Alerts
Queen Victoria and Tubby Bunched Spinach, Ippolito International, Salinas, CA is being voluntarily recalled because it has the potential contamination with Salmonella. The affected 1,715 cartons are described in further detail at fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm182964.htm.    FDA, September 15, 2009
 
Great Value Berry Crunch cereal, Gilster-Mary Lee Corp, is being recalled because it may contain undeclared almonds. Only product in 21 oz. distributed solely in Walmart stores containing the code 07 21 10 N02 is affected by this recall. Consumers who have this product may return it to the store where they purchased it from for a refund or replacement. For more information call Tom Welge at Gilster Mary Lee 800 851 5371   FDA, September 15, 2009
 
Steinbeck Country Iceless Green Onions, Salinas, CA is being voluntarily recalled because it may contain salmonella. Affected product has lot code numbers 96CPGO07 or 9CPO937 and was shipped between August 4 and August 22, 2009.         FDA, August 28, 2009
 
Artisana Raw Tahini, Premier Organics, Berkeley, CA is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The 840 cases of Tahini in 16-ounce glass jars are marked with lot No. 90811 and has been distributed nationwide through retail locations and online stores. No other lots have been affected. Consumers with questions may contact Premier Organics at 1-866-237-8688     Totalrecalls.com, Foodsafety.ksu.edu, September 5, 2009
 
Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles and Toaster Swirlz Cinnamon Roll Minis, are being voluntarily recalled due to listeria monocytogenes contamination on a sample of buttermilk. Recalls for the waffles include UPC code 3800040440 and labeled with “Best If Used Before” dates NOV22-24 10 EA, and the Cinnamon Roll Minis UPC code 3800023370 and “Best If Used Before” dates beginning with NOV15 10 EA        Atlanta Journal-Constituition, Foodsafety.ksu.edu, September 2, 2009
 
Home Town Bakery Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies, Petri Baking Products Inc. is being recalled due to undeclared milk and peanut. The product was distributed to Stop & Shop stores in CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, and RI. The 8.9-oz. package bears UPC 6-88267-08457-7 and “sell by” date of Feb. 22, 2010 A. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 346-1981.            FAAN & the New York State Department of Agriculture, August 31, 2009
 
Van’s All Natural Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes, is being recalled due to undeclared egg, milk, and wheat. The 12.4-oz. package bears lot number 200060629B1, UPC 0-89947-60604-9, and “best if used by” date of March 30, 2010. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (303) 848-6013 or e-mail customerservice@vansintl.com.          FAAN, August 20, 2009


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Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Irish Mist Whisky Liqueur, has changed formulation and is not kosher.   London Beth Din, December 15, 2011.

Adams Bubbaloo Cola and Strawberry, have changed formulation and are not kosher. London Beth Din on December 15, 2011.

Morrisons Meat Free Chicken Style Pieces; Morrisons Meat Free Hot Dogs; Morrisons Meat Free Sausages Lincolnshire; Sainsbury’s Meatfree Hot Dogs; Sainsbury’s Meatfree Lincolnshire Sausages and Tesco Meatfree Garlic Cheese Kievs, are no longer made in a supervised factory and are therefore not approved and should not be used. . Old stock which states on the packaging “Made in Israel” is still approved.            London Beth Din, December 15, 2011.

5 Spoke Creamery, Port Chester, NY is no longer under Kof-K Kosher Certification. Kof-K, December 13, 2011.

Subway, in Baltimore will no longer be kosher. The facility is being sold and will become a non-kosher Subway store. They will remove the “Kosher Subway – Star-K” sign above the store and place signs on each door stating, “This location is no longer kosher”. This change does not affect the Subway in the Rockville, MD, Jewish Community Center.         Star-K, December 12, 2011.

Green Olive Restaurant, 300 E. 45th St, New York, NY, has had their certification revoked due to kashrut violations. They are now certified as kosher by Badatz Beis Yosef of Queens.    OK, December 9, 2011

Nasicha Restaurant, 98-92 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY, is no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.            Vaad of Queens, November 22, 2011.

Hamsa Restaurant, Tenafly, NJ, is no longer certified by the OK. It is now certified by the Chabad of Tenafly.   OK and Chabad of Tenafly, November 22, 2011.

Pita Pocket Eatery, 582 Townshipline Road in Cheltenham, PA, is no longer under the supervision of Mekor Baruch.            Mekor Baruch Orthodox Supervision, November 22, 2011.

King of Pita Bakery, is no longer under Kof-K Kosher Certification.     Kof-K, November 10, 2011.

Mislabeled

Lolibar; LoliCrunch and Real Fruit, bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. These products are not certified kosher. Corrective measures are being taken.    OK December 19, 2011.

Mojomilk Chocolate Milk Mix, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. This product is not certified by OK kosher certification. Corrective measures are being taken.         OK dated December 9, 2011.

Nutty Naturals Choco Almond; Peanut; Pretzel and Raisin, have mistakenly been labeled with the OK-D symbol and are being recalled. These products are not certified by OK kosher certification.       OK on December 20, 2011.

Israeli olive oils: Tevel; Maayan Hashemen; and Katit Me’ulah Galilee Press among other, are produced with false and unauthorized certification claims. The National Rabbanut hechsher should be accepted on olive oil only if accompanied by a hologram. Tevel olive oil falsely claims certification from Badatz Beit Yosef. Maayan Hashemen falsely claims Chug Chatam Sofer Bnai Brak. Katit Me’ulah Galilee Press falsely claims Badatz Yoreh Deah.             Israeli Chief Rabbinate on December 20, 2011.

Food Bazaar Supermarket, has been labeling many products with the OK Kosher symbol without the permission of the OK Kosher Certification. These products are not certified by OK Kosher certification. Corrective measures are being taken.             OK, December 12, 2011.

President’s Choice Bannock Topped Pie, has an OV but is not certified by the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis (OV).   COR and OV, December 9, 2011

Fine Line Select Chopped Spinach, bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. This product is not certified by Star-K. Corrective measures are being taken.    Star-K, November 23, 2011.

Elron Trade BBQ King barbecue peanuts, bears an unauthorized Star-K. This product is not certified by Star-K. Corrective measures are being taken.         Star-K, November 23, 2011.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

SMA Breast Milk Fortifier, listed as approved parev on p.33 of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2011, is in fact Dairy.            London Beth Din on December 15, 2011.

Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal cinnamon flavor and Banana Bread, mistakenly omitted the dairy designation from the label of a small amount of this product. These products are dairy and corrective measures were implemented.           OU, December 2, 2011.

Other Alerts

John West Canned Strawberries, contain E120 (red food coloring made from crushed beetles) and are therefore not kosher.             London Beth Din on December 15, 2011.

Kawartha Dairy Moose Tracks Ice Cream, is incorrectly labeled as “Chocolate Ice Cream” in 1.5L size with UPC code: 0 62229 08913 6.           CFIA, December 6, 2011.

Heinz Pure Apple Cider Vinegar small bottles, doesn’t have a COR because it is made on a line with non kosher wine vinegar.            COR, November 16, 2011.

Health Alerts

Greenwood Mushroom Farm sliced mushrooms, is being recalled because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.            CFIA, December 10, 2011.

Pacific International Marketing Cilantro, is being recalled because it may contain salmonella. A total of 6,141 cartons distributed in Pacific International Marketing packs of 60 bunches, 30 bunches and 20- 3 bunched sleeves. The bunched cilantro is labeled “Pacific” on the twist tie and bears UPC code 33383 80104 and 40695 80104. The product was distributed in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana, South Carolina, and Missouri through retailers. Cilantro purchased after November 16thbut before December 10this affected and consumers who have purchased affected product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Pacific International Marketing at 831 755 1398.   FDA, December 9, 2011.

Tejava Premium Iced Tea, is being recalled in 12 oz glass bottles, because they may contain glass fragments which could be harmful if swallowed. Production lots being recalled include UPC 6-54871-24901-2, four pack UPC 6-54871-04901-1, and single bottle UPC 6-54871-00901-5. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are asked to return the product to the store where it was purchased and coupons, product replacement, or credit will be issued. The 1 liter size of Tejava® Premium Iced Tea is not affected and is not part of this recall.  FDA, December 9, 2011.

Ocean Spray Original Flavor Craisins, is being recalled because it may contain metal pieces. Product sold in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages as well as bulk sweetened dried cranberries in 10-pound packages may contain very small hair-like metal fragments that are unlikely to cause consumer injury. No injuries or adverse effects have been reported regarding these products to date. No other Ocean Spray brand products are affected. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy the product, save the UPC label and best by date and contact Ocean Spray            FDA, November 25, 2011.

Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky (16 oz.), is being recalled because it may be contaminated with salmonella. The affected product has UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code) production codes: 1307004 and 1308004 best-if-used-by dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012. The impacted product would have been purchased between November 8 – 17, 2011 No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to discard it immediately.           FDA, November 18, 2011.

Bumble Bee Chocolate Crisp Organic Energy Bar, is being recalled because of undeclared allergens: milk, peanut, soy. The bars are stamped DE (dairy equipment). The product does not contain dairy ingredients, but is processed on the same line as dairy.    CFIA, November 4, 2011

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