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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Insect Infestation alert - Somerfield Farms blueberries

August 16, 2019 from the CRC:

The cRc has been conducting extensive research on the infestation of blueberries and has been finding a very high rate of infestation in non-organic Somerfield Farms blueberries. These blueberries are being sold at some of the local Chicago supermarkets and should be avoided at this time.


Insect Infestation alert - Organic Blueberries

August 12, 2019 from the CRC:

While regular blueberries fresh must be rinsed well in water and a cursory inspection for maggots is needed, organic blueberries have been found to be very infested and the cRc recommends that they should be avoided altogether. U-pick farms are using less pesticides than commercially sold berries. Therefore, the cRc recommends that berries from a U-pick farm should be soaked and agitated vigorously in a solution of water with soap or veggie wash before use. Additionally one should cut open a handful of blueberries to check if there are any worms present.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6913

Outbreak Investigation of Cyclospora Illnesses Linked to Imported Fresh Basil, July 2019 - updated

August 16, 2019 from the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora illnesses linked to fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV located in Morelos, Mexico.

Siga Logistics de RL de CV recalled potentially affected basil on July 24, 2019.

Recommendations

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6885

AWERS, Inc. Recalls Grained Salmon Caviar 95g Because of Possible Health Risk

August 15, 2019 from FDA:

AWERS, Inc. of Bellevue, WA is recalling Grained Salmon Caviar 95g (Sockeye Salmon Caviar) with “BEST BEFORE OCT 07 2020”, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Grained Salmon Caviar 95g was distributed in California, New York, Oregon, Washington and product may have further distributed to other states and Canada.

Product is packed in a metal tin with Cyrillic lettering. The tin is green, with red and white writing with an easy open pull lid. The “BEST BEFORE OCT 07 2020” is printed on the bottom on the tin (See attached photo).

Consumers must inform AWERS, Inc. if they possess any Grained Salmon Caviar 95g tins with “BEST BEORE OCT 07 2020”. Customer must ship remaining affected product back to the firm or destroy it with permission from AWERS, Inc. for a full refund.

AWERS, Inc. can be reached by phone at (425) 747-7866, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 6 pm PST, or by email at awersinc1@gmail.com.

Canadian Food Recall Warning - Grained Salmon Caviar recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria

August 14, 2019 from CFIA:

Kananaskistrade is recalling Grained Salmon Caviar from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Code(s) on Product
N/A (Cyrillic characters only) Grained Salmon Caviar 95 g 8 85202 00044 3 Best before OCT 07 2020

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings. The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6916

UPDATE ON MONTICELLO KASHRUS SCANDAL: New York State Kashrus Inspector Investigates

August 13, 2019: From Matzav.com:

From HaRav Yisroel Pinchas Gornish, Rav Khal Chizuk Hadas:
"We would like to publicly thank Rav Yosef Wikler, editor-in-chief of the KASHRUS Magazine for all his help and for directing us to Rabbi Aaron Metzger, the New York State Kashrus inspector, who immediately took action and traveled on Wednesday, August 14, to investigate the 24-Hour Bistro restaurant located in World Resort Casino."
"In the course of the investigation, Rabbi Metzger has had the kashrus certificate removed and prohibited the casino from displaying any signs indicating that kosher food is served on the premises."
"All kosher signs in the casino have been removed and there is no kosher food served at the World Resort Casino."

Resort World Casino's Bistro 24/7 Restaurant bears unauthorized claim to be certified by Rabbi Yisroel P. Gornish

August 13, 2019: From the Kashrus Magazine and Matzav.com:

Bistro 24/7 in Resort World Casino, Monticello, NY, a non-kosher restaurant, is posting an outdated kosher letter from Rabbi Yisroel P. Gornish which had been issued to a restaurant that has closed (La Cuisine, 1911 Avenue M, Brooklyn). The letter is dated 2017 (5777) and is expired. It has been placed near the food items. Many kosher observant people have been misled by this sign over the last year since the restaurant opened.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6915

Mexican kashrus alert on David Kosher Market

August 12, 2019 from One Kosher Mexico Instagram:

David Kosher Market deja de contar con supervisión One Kosher a partir de hoy.

David Kosher Market stops having One Kosher supervision as of today.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6914

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Limited Recall of Baby Spinach - corrected

August 09, 2019 from the FDA

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach. The products being recalled are 6 oz Dole Baby Spinach bag, Lot code W20308A (UPC code 0-71430-00964-2), and 10 oz Dole Baby Spinach clamshell, Lot code W203010 (UPC code 0-71430-00016-8), both with Use-by dates of 08-05-2019, due to a possible health risk from Salmonella.

The lot code and Use-by date are located on the upper right corner of the bag or on the top label of the clamshell; the UPC code is located on the bottom left corner of the back of the bag or on the bottom label of the clamshell. The impacted products were distributed in IL, IN, KY, MI, NJ, NY, OH, TN, VA, and WI. This product is expired and should no longer be on retail shelves. Consumers are advised to check product they have in their homes and discard any product matching these lot and UPC codes and Use-by dates.

This precautionary Recall notification is being issued due to a sample of Baby Spinach which yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Michigan.

No other Dole products are included in the recall. Only the specific Baby Spinach products listed, with the exact Lot codes, UPC codes and Use-by dates identified above, are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Lot codes, UPC codes and Use-by dates should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111, which is open 24 hours a day.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6911

Chodosh Season Begining

Information from from Mrs. Rosskamm, The Guide to Chodosh, Hot Line 718-305-5133. Email: yherman20@gmail.com

August 13, 2019:

August 6, 2019:

July 31, 2019:

July 23, 2019: The oat harvest has begun. The wheat harvest is due to start shortly. Barley and Durum Wheat used in pasta are not far behind. While I do not have a cut off date yet, I am expecting to have one by next week.

From the COR Detroit: Those who want to purchase Yoshon items to store over the Chodosh season should do so now.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6892

Kashrus Information - Boulevard Brewery - Retraction

August 13, 2019 from the Vaad HaKashruth of Greater Kansas City:
A few months ago we submitted an alert regarding our client Boulevard Brewery, declaring that the beer products should be considered DE. We have since researched this further together with experts in kashrut, and we have now determined that the beer is indeed halachically pareve.


March 19, 2019 from the Vaad HaKashruth of Greater Kansas City:
All beer manufactured by Boulevard Brewery should be assumed DE (produced on dairy equipment) even when these letters are not printed alongside the KCK.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6770

Kashrut advisory - SUNDAE SHOPPE CHERRY/GRAPE/ORANGE JUNIOR POPS

June 26, 2019, 2018 from the COR Detroit and confirmed by the OU:

SUNDAE SHOPPE CHERRY/GRAPE/ORANGE JUNIOR POPS regular and Sugar-Free, sold at Aldi, now bear an OU-D due to dairy equipment. They may be eaten after meat, but not with meat.

From the OU: Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you call our office every 3 months to reconfirm the DE status of this product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6912

Insect Infestation alert - PREWASHED BRANDS OF ICEBERG GARDEN SALAD

August 8 2019 from the COR Detroit:

PREWASHED BRANDS OF ICEBERG GARDEN SALAD that normally bear Kosher certification, such as Fresh Express [Star-K], and Dole, Kroger and Aldi’s Little Salad Bar [OK], have been found recently without the Kashrus symbol on some bags. This is due to increased infestation levels in some batches, or to non-approved processing lines. Every bag should be checked for the symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6910
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