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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kosher Advisory - Berkley & Jensen and Wellsley Farms - Cocktail Beef Franks in Pastry

May 10, 2017 from the OU:

Berkley & Jensen and Wellsley Farms Cocktail Beef Franks in Pastry, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.:
BJ’s has discontinued the OU Kosher certification of these products. Product bearing the OU is in fact certified. The new product will not bear the OU symbol. Consumers are urged to always check for the OU symbol when buying products, especially when old inventory and new inventory may be side by side in the freezer.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5932

Recall on Fewer Than 225 Ava's Brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted 8 oz. Tubs in NJ, NY, PA and CT

May 22, 2017 from the FDA:

Hampton Farms is voluntarily recalling Ava's brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted 8 oz. tubs distributed in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. We have been notified by our cashew supplier that the cashews used have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
All affected distributors and retail stores have been notified and the affected products are being removed from store shelves. Fewer than 225 units of this product were offered for retail sale.
This announcement applies only to the Ava's brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted product listed below and does not include any other items or the same item outside of this lot code:
Ava's Brand 8 oz. Organic Roasted Salted Cashews UPC 8-10111-01035-1 Best By 4/28/18, Lot 11817-L2
No other Ava's branded products or any other products produced by Hampton Farms are included within this recall.
Consumers should not consume these products. Affected product may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Hampton Farms at 413-732-4193, press 0.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5931

Kroger recalls Simple Truth macadamia nuts for Listeria risk

May 26, 2017: The FoodSafetyNews and Kroger: :

The Kroger Co. is recalling Simple Truth brand macadamia nuts from various retailers in three states because they may contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
"Consumers can identify the recalled macadamia nuts by looking for the following information on the labels:

  • Simple Truth brand;
    12 ounces;
    UPC number 11110-02478; and
    Sell By: MAY 02 18.

The Kroger Co. distributed the Simple Truth dry roasted macadamia nuts to its branded stores in the greater Cincinnati area — including Northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio plus South Eastern Indiana — and to Dillon’s, Baker’s and Gerbe’s stores.
Consumers may contact the Kroger Co. at 800-576-4377.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5930

Kashrus alert on Le Grec Ranch Dressing and Le Grec Caesar Dressing

May 25, 2017 - from the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that Le Grec Ranch Dressing and Le Grec Caesar Dressing produced by MOREHOUSE FOODS CANADA LTD. have been inadvertantly mislabeled with an MK pareve symbol. This product is in fact dairy. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5929

Hail Merry Issues Voluntary Recall Due to Labeling Error

May 22, 2017 from the FDA:

Hail Merry LLC, a plant-based snack food company, voluntarily recalls its Meyer Lemon Mini Miracle Tart Party Pack of 6 from the market due to a labeling error. The products contain cashews as listed on the "Ingredients" label, however the "Contains" allergen warning statement does not specifically identify "cashews."
The recalled Meyer Lemon Mini Miracle Tart Party Packs of 6 have been distributed nationwide in retail stores. The recall was immediately initiated by Hail Merry after receiving a consumer complaint and identifying the labeling error. No other Hail Merry products are affected by this recall. Hail Merry Meyer Lemon Mini Miracle Tart Party Pack of 6 can be identified by a bright yellow sleeve reading "Meyer Lemon Mini Miracle Tarts®" and wrapped around a black tray containing 6 miniature lemon tarts. Net weight is listed as 4.65oz on the front of the sleeve, and the UPC code 816247010876 on the back.
ail Merry has ceased distribution of the affected inventory as of May 19, 2017. New packaging with a modified "Contains" allergen warning statement has already been created, and the product will again be placed indistribution in the next few weeks.
Consumers who have purchased Hail Merry Meyer Lemon Mini Miracle Tart Party Pack of 6 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Hail Merry at 214.905.5005 x115 or email customerservice@hailmerry.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5928

KASHRUT NOTICE - KRISPY KREME – SODO – 1900 1ST AVE S. SEATTLE UPDATE

May 23, 2017: From the Seattle Vaad Twitter Feed:

The Seattle Vaad is pleased to inform the community that the equipment failure at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 1900 1st Ave S. Seattle, has been resolved. The Vaad has taken the necessary steps to ensure the establishment again meets the required Kashrut standards.
As of today, Tuesday May 23rd, 2017, the Krispy Kreme (at this location only) is again Kosher Certified.


KASHRUT ALERT – KRISPY KREME – SODO – 1900 1ST AVE S. SEATTLE

May 21, 2017: From the Seattle Vaad:

Due to a breakdown of machinery, the donuts now being sold at Krispy Kreme (1900 1st Ave S., Seattle WA 98134) were produced in another location. They are NOT certified kosher.
The donuts sold at 1900 1st Ave S. Seattle are not certified kosher until further notice.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5925

New Slurpee flavors

May 22, 2017: The following are new kosher slurpee flavors are from 7-11 and are all pareve:

  • Pepsi Fire Slurpee
  • Lemonade Slurpee
  • Watermelon Lime Slurpee Lite
  • Jones Fufu Berry

The Kashrut.com Slurpee list can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/slurpees.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5927

Kashrus advisory on Pita King, West Palm Beach, FL

May 22, 2017 - From the OK Kosher Certification:

Please be advised that as of May 22, 2017 Pita King, (444 West Railroad Ave., West Palm Beach, FL) is no longer certified by OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION


Kashrus alert on Pita King Restaurant and to Pita King Catering in West Palm Beach

October 28, 2016 - From the ORB:

Effective immediately, Pita King, 444 W. Railroad Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401, is no longer under the supervision of the ORB. This alert applies both to Pita King Restaurant and to Pita King Catering.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5689

Rogers flour sold by Costco in Canada linked to new outbreak

May 20, 2017: The FoodSafetyNews: :

Another E. coli O121 outbreak traced to flour, this time Rogers brand, has sickened at least six people in British Columbia where public health officials are urging consumers to check their homes for the implicated flour.
Rogers flour Canada CostcoAs of Friday evening neither the company, Rogers Foods Ltd. of Armstrong, British Columbia, nor the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) had posted a recall of the flour. The six people became sick from February through April.
“A sample of flour from one of the ill people was tested by the (British Columbia Center for Disease Control) BCCDC Public Health Laboratory. The flour was positive for the same strain of E. coli O121 as seen in all the illnesses,” according to the public warning from the BCCDC.
The BCCDC recommends consumers dispose of Rogers all-purpose flour in a 10 kg bag with the lot number MFD 17 Jan 19 C. This flour was available to Costco customers in BC beginning in January 2017.”
“The outbreak serves as a reminder that it is not safe to taste or eat raw dough, batter or foods containing raw or undercooked flour — e.g. raw frozen pastries or doughs — regardless of the type of flour used, and that surfaces that come into contact with raw flour should be thoroughly washed as flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria,” according to the public warning from the British Columbia health officials.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5926

Brightfarms Announces Voluntary Regional Recall of Produce Due to Potential Presence of Metal Pieces From Construction

May 18, 2017 from the FDA:

BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal as a result of construction at its Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm.

The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at the Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Peapod and Martin’s Food Markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Affected produce may also have been distributed via the Capital Area Food Bank.

The recall includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with best by dates on the package of: 5/22/17, 5/23/17, 5/24/17, 5/25/17, 5/26/17. (Best by dates are located on the label of the package.)

  • BrightFarms Baby Spinach (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spring Mix (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spinach Blend (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Kale (3 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Arugula (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Mixed Greens (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Romaine (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)

The recall also includes the below basil products, packaged in clear plastic clamshells with best by dates: 5/18/17, 5/19/17, 5/20/17, 5/21/17, 5/22/17, 5/23/17. (Best by dates are located on the label of the package.)

  • BrightFarms Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Thai Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Lemon Basil (.75 oz. package)

The recall is limited to products grown at the company’s Elkwood, Virginia farm. BrightFarms products from greenhouses in other regions are not affected.

BrightFarms chose to take this action out of an abundance of caution after discovering that certain produce may have been compromised. Affected retailers have been instructed to remove all affected products from store shelves.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should discard it or return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions are encouraged to call (646) 480-5262 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or email info@brightfarms.com with the subject line: Recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5924
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