KASHRUT & HEALTH ALERTS

Supervision Changes & Withdrawals
Mamash Kebab, 1827 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY is no longer certified by Kehilah Kashrus.         Kehilla Kashrus, October 15, 2009
 
Sweet Delights Cakes and Pastries, is no longer certified by the OU as of June 30, 2009. Any products currently bearing an OU are unauthorized. Consumers spotting these products are encouraged to call the Orthodox Union at 212.613.8241, or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.      OU, September 25, 2009
 
Mislabeled
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, October 14, 2009
 
Eating Right Kids Fruit Punch, Lucerne Foods, Inc., Pleasanton, CA, mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU on the plastic overwrap. This fitness water beverage is sold in 4 packs of 12 fl. Oz. with UPC: 0 79893 70013 7. Regular fruit punch flavored water beverage is OU certified when bearing the OU mark.    OU, September 30, 2009
 
Mislabeled Dairy/Parve
Fairway Tikka Masala Seasoning, Vanns Spices, Baltimore, MD, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.        OU, October 12, 2009
 
Back To Nature Pacific Heights Blend and Bar Harbor Blend, from Back To Nature Foods Company is dairy and the labels are being changed to specify OU-D. The label currently only has an OU on dairy equipment.    OU, September 21, 2009
 
Other Alerts
Alei Katif Romaine Lettuce, is now being produced in California under strict supervision and guidelines. The new production with code number 273 or greater is grown in greenhouses that are controlled and supervised by professional mashgihim to be insect free, and could be eaten without any doubt after following the washing instructions printed on the bag.          New Square and the KAJ, October 12, 2009
 
Health Alerts
Baking Classics Walnut Halves and Pieces (16oz bags); and Baking Classics Nut Topping (2oz bags), John B. Sanfilippo & Son, has recalled its two lines in its Baking Classics range due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The Baking Classics brand Nut Topping has a UPC code of 04113002059 and a best before date of 28 September 2010. Walnut Halves and Pieces have a UPC code of 04113001174 and a best before date of 24 September 2010. These products are distributed by Supervalue.       Just Food and foodsafety.ksu.edu, October 12, 2009
 
Children’s and Infants’ Tylenol products, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, is being voluntarily recalled because of the detection of bacteria in a raw material. The list of affected products, manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008, can be found at www.tylenolprofessional.com/assets/TYLENOL_Letter_091809.pdf or at www.tylenol.com/page.jhtml?id=tylenol/news/subpchildinfantnews.inc.     McNeil Consumer Healthcare, September 18, 2009
 
Nosher’s Choice Just Fruit, Americas Favorite Noshers Inc., Brooklyn, NY 11205 is being recalled because it contains undeclared sulfites.   NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, September 22, 2009
 
 
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Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Weighless Choc Chip; Oat Crunch; Short Bread Biscuits; and Plain; Fruit; High Fibre Bran & Raisin Weighless Muesli, are now kosher and parve, with or without the Beth Din logo.          Beth Din of Johannesburg, November 16, 2011.

Jungle Granola; Lifestyle; Nuts & Raisins; Raisin; Tropical Fruit & Nut Energy Crunch Muesli, are now kosher and parve, with or without the Beth Din logo          the Beth Din of Johannesburg, November 16, 2011.

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

King of Pita Bakery, Inc., Manassas, VA is no longer under Kof-K kosher certification.            Kof-K, November 10, 2011.

Dadds Continental Bakery, Lodi, NJ, is no longer under Kof-K kosher certification.      Kof-K, November 2, 2011.

MeLatte of JCC Owings Mills Baltimore and Johns Hopkins David Koch Cancer Research Building, are no longer under the certification of Rabbi Sholom Salfer. The facility is now under the certification of Rabbi Weiss, effective November 1, 2011

Star-K and Rabbi Yosef Zvi Weiss, November 2, 2011.

Mislabeled

Country Road Bulgarian Sheep Milk Feta Cheese, Gourmet Food Imports, bears an unauthorized OU and is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective actions are being implemented.OU, November 4, 2011.

Sally’s Creation Food Services Cheese Bourekas; Olive and Cheese Bourekas; Spinach and Cheese Bourekas, contain non-kosher cheese and should not be used. Corrective measures have been taken. Products have been recalled by the manufacturer. These products were sold primarily at Sobey’s and FreshCo in Chicago. Those who have used these products are advised to be in touch with COR for guidance.      COR, November 7, 2011.

Candy Jackpot/Kidsmania Bubble Gum, bears an unauthorized OU sticker on product from plastic slot machines. This product is not a Concord Confection product and is not certified by the Orthodox Union. It is being withdrawn from the marketplace.     OU, November 7, 2011.

Dairybelle Cheddar; Mature Cheddar; Fiddlers and Colchester cheeses, are kosher certified with or without the Beth Din logo. Dairybelle Edam and Gouda cheeses are not kosher certified.        Beth Din of Johannesburg, October 31, 2011.

7 Eleven “Fresh to Go” Apple Red, Green w/Cheese; Carrot, Celery w/Cheese; Red Grapes w/Cheese, contain non-kosher cheese and were mistakenly labeled with a cRc. Corrective action has been taken.          cRc, October 31, 2011.

Van Dierman Masterbakers, Netherlands, is advertising their baked goods as being certified by OK kosher certification. OK does not certify any Van Dierman Masterbakers products. Corrective measures are being taken.    OK, October 26, 2011.

Mr. Garden Norwegian Style and Scottish Style Lox Haven Smoked Salmon, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. OK kosher certification does not certify these products. Corrective measures are being taken.      OK, October 26, 2011.

Mountain Spring Smoke House Gold Standard Smoked Atlantic Salmon, bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. OK kosher certification does not certify these products. Corrective measures are being taken.   OK, October 26, 2011.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Diamond Crystal GFS Sugar, is being recalled because some canisters were inadvertently filled with non-dairy coffee creamer. These items were shipped in 24-can cases with lot number G293 B. Non-dairy coffee creamer contains sodium caseinate, which is a milk derivative. Customers who received product affected by this recall will be contacted directly by a Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. customer service representative. Customers with questions or concerns about the recall may contact Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. at 800-654-5115.           FDA, November 18, 2011.

Other Alerts

President’s Choice (PC) fresh herbs, are now being packaged from Israel. These herbs are therefore subject to the laws of terumot and ma’asrot such that terumot and ma’asrot must be taken before they may be consumed.  COR, November 7, 2011.

Health Alerts

Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky 16 oz., is being recalled because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Affected product bears UPC: 5150001701, Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004, and Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012. Impacted product would have been purchased between November 8 – 17, 2011. Consumers are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon. Contact Smucker’s at 888-550-9555. FDA, November 18, 2011.

MealMart brand kosher broiled chicken livers, are being recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella. Chicken livers, although labeled “broiled”, are not sold fully cooked and must be cooked before consuming. This Salmonella strain has been found in samples of kosher broiled chicken livers and in samples of chopped liver made from the same broiled chicken liver. For specific retailers that sell these products and other establishments associated with this outbreak within these communities, visit the Salmonella outbreak link on the NYC Health Department’s website.            NYC Dept of Health, November 9, 2011.

Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup 15 oz, has been recalled because of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers should not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Product with Best If Used By date of 05 04 14 was distributed to the Safeway store in Corte Madera, CA. This date code sold at other retail outlets has not been affected. Consumers who have purchased affected product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Tabatchnick at 401-528-8634.                        FDA, November 9, 2011.

Badia Spices Pinenuts, has been recalled because it may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. Affected product includes (UPC) 033844 00068 – 1 oz Pine nuts in small plastic bags Lot # 84666  (UPC) 033844 00733 – 2 oz Pine nuts in pet bottles Lot # 83184, 85442. The product was sold in retail stores in FL, NY, PA, MD, and NJ – between June 2011 and October 2011. No illnesses have been reported. Badia Spices repacked bulk pine nuts which were imported from Turkey and subsequently recalled by Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.     FDA, November 4, 2011.

Chocolate Crisp Bumble Bar Organic Energy Bar, contains undeclared milk, peanut, and soy. The bars are stamped with DE. The chocolate does not contain dairy but is processed on the same line as dairy.     CFIA, November 3, 2011

Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic Personals ice cream, was mislabeled and contains undeclared wheat. Affected product is 5.5 fl. oz. size in cartons with Lot Number 10009 “Best Used By” date 10/1/2012, – UPC 0 70640 00463. A limited number of packages, of Super Chunky Cookie Dough ice cream were packed in cartons of Peanut Butter Panic ice cream. The ingredient statement on the carton does not declare wheat, which is an ingredient in the Super Chunky Cookie Dough product. Contact Wells consumer affairs at 800-331-0830.       FDA, October 27, 2011.

Wegmans Food Markets Bulk Turkish Pine nuts, is being recalled because it may contain Salmonella. Approximately 5,000 lbs. of nuts sold in the bulk foods department of most Wegmans stores in NY, PA, NJ, VA, and MD between July 1 and October 18, 2011 are affected.  Consumers who have purchased this product should discard any that remains in their homes and visit the service desk at Wegmans for a full refund. Contact Wegmans consumer affairs department at (800) WEGMANS (934-6267).        FDA, October 26, 2011.

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