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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kashrus Alert on LaChoy Bean Sprouts

September 28, 2016- from the OK Kosher certification:

LA CHOY BEAN SPROUTS has OK certification only on the 28 oz. and #10 can (102 oz.) sizes. - The 14 oz. size cans are not acceptable, and therefore do not bear the OK symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5654

Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Bread Products Due to Possible Presence of Plastic Pieces in Product

September 17, 2016 - From the FDA:

Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc., Burlington, VT has voluntarily recalled approximately 99,000 packages of its bread products due to the possibility that there may be clear plastic pieces in some products. The product recall is limited to the bread products listed below and only those identified by the “use by” dates 9/30/16, 10/1/16, 10/2/16 or 10/3/16, which are printed on the closure tags of each package. Products bearing other “use by” dates were not affected, nor were any of Koffee Kup’s crullers or donuts, which are produced on a different manufacturing line.
Koffee Kup discovered the presence of a foreign object in its bread and roll production through routine screening. The company ceased production immediately and upon further investigation, discovered that a small piece of clear plastic entered the stream of production and broke apart during the production process, thus creating a hard-material choking hazard. The company elected to commence an immediate product recall of all products potentially contaminated by the plastic that entered the production stream.
The recalled products were shipped to U.S. retailers in the states of VT, NH, ME, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, MD,VA, and the District of Columbia. None of the products were shipped by Koffee Kup or its distributors to Canada or to other countries, to the company’s knowledge.
The following Koffee Kup products may be affected. No Koffee Kup products other than those identified below bearing “use by” dates 9/30/16, 10/1/16, 10/2/16 or 10/3/16 were affected.

Seeded Potato Hamburger BunsPotato Hoagie RollsKoffee Kup Sub Rolls
Kaiser RollsKoffee Kup Wheat Sub RollsKoffee Kup Wheat Hamburger
Seeded Kaiser Roll PoppyKoffee Kup Kaiser Rolls(Corn)12 Hot Dog Buns
Wheat Hoagie RollsKoffee Kup Kaiser Rolls(White)Potato Hot Dog Buns
Sourdough Hoagie RollsKoffee Kup Kaiser Rolls(Wheat)12 Burger Buns
Sandwich RollsMarket Basket Plain Bulkie RollsKoffee Kup Hot Dog Rolls
Grinder RollsMarket Basket Wheat Bulkie RollsMarket Basket Plain Sub Rolls
Wheat Kaiser RollsBar-B-Que Sweet BunsHot Dog Buns
Wheat Grinder RollsSeeded Sandwich BunsHamburger Buns
Koffee Kup Hamburger BunsBig Y Bulkie RollsSeeded Kaiser Rolls Sesame
Big Y enriched White GrindersBig Y enriched Wheat GrindersHamb 5.5” Plain 8 PK
Hamb 5.5” Seed 8PAK  

Distributors, drivers and retailers have been notified of the recall and have been directed to remove all potentially-affected products from stores, but some products may already have been purchased by consumers. Customers who purchased any of the above-listed products should NOT eat the product, but should return it to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or a full refund. When possible, customers are asked to return the product with the bag and closing clip.

No injuries have been reported to date.

Consumers with questions can contact Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. at 1-800-841-8102.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5658

Kashrus Alert on Kosher/Non-Kosher Candy Assortments

September 26, 2016- from the COR Detroit:

KOSHER / NON-KOSHER CANDY ASSORTMENTS: Many Variety bags of assorted individually wrapped candies now in stores contain a mixture of Kosher and non-Kosher candies. The Kashrus status of each type should be carefully checked.
Consumers should be aware that some of these assortments bear an OU or OU-D on the back of the bag after the ingredient listings of the Kosher varieties. This can lead to confusion among shoppers who do not discern that the OU symbol refers only to that particular variety, and not to the entire contents of the bag.
Following are examples of these assortments currently in stores:

  • Hershey - 100 Snack Size Pieces, 140 Pieces and 230 Pieces assortments contain non-Kosher Jolly Rancher items, together with Kosher items. The bags bear a disclaimer on the back stating, “This Bag Contains Kosher and Non-Kosher Items.”
  • Mars - 40 Pieces, 90 Pieces, 100 Pieces and 230 Pieces assortments contain non-Kosher Starburst and/or Skittles items, together with Kosher items. These bags do not yet bear a disclaimer.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5657

Kashrus Alert on "SHOLOM MICHIGAN KOSHER SWEET CONCORD WINE"

September 26, 2016- from the COR Detroit:

"'SHOLOM MICHIGAN KOSHER SWEET CONCORD WINE' from St. Julian Wine Co., Paw Paw, Mich., is not under Orthodox supervision and should not be considered Kosher."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5656

Kashrus Advisory on Kashi Cereals

September 26, 2016- from the COR Detroit:

KASHI CEREALS: Some varieties have changed status from plain OU (i.e., pareve) to OU-D. Each box should be checked.
Currently, all Kashi cereals that bear OU-D are DE (dairy equipment) status. (This refers only to Kashi cereals; not to other Kashi products.) Products manufactured on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat without a waiting period, but not with meat.
The OU cautions that even where it states that a product is DE, the OU does not supervise the cleaning of the equipment between dairy and non-dairy productions.
Please note that cereals are subject to frequent reformulations. It is therefore recommended that consumers check for dairy in the ingredient listing on every purchase, and also to contact the OU office at 212-613-8241 or kosherq@ou.org every three months to reconfirm the DE status.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5655

Kashrus Advisory on Wish Bone Salad Dressings

September 26, 2016- from the COR Detroit:

WISH-BONE DRESSINGS currently have OU certification on only two varieties - regular Italian, and Robusto Italian. Additional varieties will be receiving certification in the future. Every jar should always be checked for the OU symbol to verify that it is from a Kosher production.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5653

Albany’s Terra International Restaurant is Dropping Kosher Supervision

September 27, 2016- from the YeahThatsKosher:

The Terra Pescatarian International Restaurant in Albany, NY is dropping it's kosher supervision on September 289, 2016. "The restaurant was the only Cholov Yisroel kosher restaurant in the Capital District region."
"The owners are seeking the possibility of opening a smaller kosher restaurant that can be sustained by the limited kosher observant population, and travelers who pass by on their way between NYC & Montreal."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5652

Pas Yisroel and Yoshon information on Trader Joe's Half Moon Cookies, Trader Joe's Chocolate Brooklyn Babka And Mango Brooklyn Babka

September 26, 2016- from the COR Detroit:

TRADER JOE'S new HALF MOON COOKIES, and TRADER JOE'S CHOCOLATE BROOKLYN BABKA and MANGO BROOKLYN BABKA, bearing OU Pareve, are Pas Yisroel and Yoshon.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5651

Kosher Alert Naturally Irene's - Missing D - Dairy Designation

September 23, 2016 from the OU:
he Orthodox Union certifies Naturally Irene’s Cheese Blintzes as an OU D – Dairy product. Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5650

FDA Suspends Food Facility Registration of SM Fish Corp

September 21, 2016 - FDA:

No food from the facility may be sold or distributed, Ossie’s and Ossie’s Gourmet ready-to-eat seafood products recalled

  • FDA is using authorities granted under the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to suspend the food facility registration of SM Fish Corp. of Far Rockaway, NY, because food, including ready-to-eat (RTE) food, from this facility may be contaminated with L. monocytogenes (Listeria).
  • Consumers with any un-expired RTE food products manufactured by SM Fish should not eat these products, which were sold at the company’s seven retail outlets located in New York and New Jersey, and instead throw these products away. This is an expansion from the July 29, 2016 recall to include all un-expired RTE foods from SM Fish.
  • Consumers should be aware that symptoms of listeriosis can appear from a few days up to a few weeks after consumption of contaminated food.
  • FDA’s decision to suspend the registration of SM Fish was prompted by a second 2016 inspection showing widespread and persistent Listeria contamination throughout its food facility.
  • No food from SM Fish’s facility may be sold or distributed while the food facility registration is suspended.


SM Fish Corp Recalls Select Ossie’s Ready to Eat Salads Because of Possible Health Risk

September 15, 2016 - From the FDA:

SM Fish Corp. of Far Rockaway, NY, is voluntarily recalling OSSIE’S brand ready-to-eat salads because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products were sold at the firm’s seven retail outlets located in New York and New Jersey between August 1, 2016 and September 9, 2016.
The recalled products were packed in plastic deli containers with a UPC Code and "Best By" date codes of 8/21/16 through 10/18/16 (located on the bottom of the tub):

  • OSSIE’S PICKLED LOX DAIRY, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885114136
  • OSSIE’S HERRING IN SOURCREAM, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885114174
  • OSSIE’S TAAM SHABBOS HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109057
  • OSSIE’S STIGLITZ HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109064
  • OSSIE’S WASABI HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109088
  • OSSIE’S SWEDISH MATJES HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109101
  • OSSIE’S DUBLIN HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109002
  • OSSIE’S HONEY MUSTARD HERRING; NET WT. 7 OZ. 739885109019
  • OSSIE’S PICKLED LOX & CREAM, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104113
  • OSSIE’S SHMALTZ HERRING, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104182
  • OSSIE’S ROMAN SHMALTZ HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109026
  • OSSIE’S PICKLED HERRING, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104175
  • OSSIE’S PICKLED HERRING CLEAR, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104205
  • OSSIE’S PICKLED LOX, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104137
  • OSSIE’S EGG SALAD, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570552
  • OSSIE’S EGG WITH MUSHROOM, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570556
  • OSSIE’S EGG WITH SCALLION, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570555
  • OSSIE’S LITE TUNA, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570551
  • OSSIE’S HOME MADE TUNA SALAD, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570550

The recall was the result of sampling and inspectional findings by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA found Listeria monocytogenes in multiple locations throughout the facility. SM Fish Corp. has ceased production and distribution of products following discussion with FDA on September 8, 2016. The company and the FDA continue their investigation as to the cause of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased any of the above listed products are urged not to consume them and promptly discard. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 945-9838, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm EDT, or via email at: recallssmf@gmail.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5641
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