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The following sabbath mode alert is from the Star-K on September 22, 2014.

General Electric Ranges/Ovens
If you have purchased a GE oven or range within the last year, the Sabbath Mode instructions may state: "To turn the oven off, press Cancel/Off at any time. The oven will immediately turn off and ][ will change to ] indicating that the oven has turned off."

Alternatively, your instructions might read:
"To turn the oven off, press Cancel/Off at any time. At a random time between 30 seconds and 1 minute, the ][ icon will change to the ] icon, indicating that the oven has turned off."

Please note: You may NOT turn the oven off on Shabbos or Yom Tov. These instructions apply only after Shabbos/YomTov when you want to reset the oven to normal, non-Sabbath Mode.

For further information, please see http://www.star-k.org/cons-appl-ge-ovenprods.htm or contact the Star-K at 410-484-4110, or info@star-k.org

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4698

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Supervision on September 22, 2014.

"Babaevskiy" brand Chocolate Bars bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. Product is NOT OK kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4697

The following cashew allergy alert is from the GiantFood and StopandShop on September 19, 2014.

NATURES PROMISE CAMPFIRE TRAIL MIX - 12 OZ,
UPC: 68826706609
Codes: All Codes
Woodstock Farms has indentified that this product may contain cashew kernels that are not declared on the ingredient statement.
Concerned Customers with additional questions may contact Woodstock Farms Customer Service at 1-800-526-4349.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4696

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Supervision on September 19, 2014.

Dr. Clark Purity Quick Kidney Release product bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. Product is NOT OK kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4694

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on September 19, 2014.

Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S® Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers:

417DH4JP09 417EM4JP10 417FM4JP09 418AG4JP10 418BG4JP10 418CG4JP10 418DM4JP09 418EG4JP10 419AM4JP09
417EG4JP09 417FG4JP09 417FM4JP10 418AM4JP09 418BM4JP10 418CM4JP10 418DM4JP10 418EM4JP09 419AM4JP10
417EG4JP10 417FG4JP10 418AG4JP09 418AM4JP10 418CG4JP09 418DG4JP10 418EG4JP09 418EM4JP10 419BM4JP10

This theater box item within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.  The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information. 

The issue was identified after a consumer notified us of a M&M’S® Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’S® inside a M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box. 

These specific lot codes were shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses between May 8 and July 1, 2014, located in:  NC, TX, MN, IL, FL, KY, MS, AZ, GA, AI, CA NJ, PA, WA NY, CO, MO, MI, NH, CT, TN, MD, SC, OH, ME, VA, RI, WI, WV, IA, LA, OK, MA, NE, OK, AR, VT, ID and IN .   These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.

The M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box comes in a 3.40 oz brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box  stamped on the right-hand side panel with the lot number and best before date.

Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-627-7852. This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4695

The following kashrus alert is from the Dallas K on September 18, 2014.

Please be advised that Central Market is advertising 'kosher menus' for the Jewish holidays. Central Market is NOT a kosher establishment nor do they offered kosher prepared foods.

Ed. note: Many stores in many locations advertise kosher or holiday menues that are not kosher. In some states they add the line, "We sell kosher and non kosher foods".The ethnically Jewish type products they they are offering are not kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4693

The following walnut allergy alert is from the FDA on September 12, 2014.

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, CA has been notified that specific lots of “Expo Fresh” Roma tomatoes supplied to Taylor Farms Pacific may be contaminated with Salmonella as a result of routine testing. No illnesses have been reported. This lot of Roma tomatoes was used in the following products made by Taylor Farms Pacific for Costco and Safeway and is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure. Only the specific "use by" and "packed on" codes are affected.

  • Costco: Tomatoes Roma Whole 1/25# (packed on 9/5 & 9/6 only)
    Shipped to:
    • Costco B2B Locations in:
    • Hawthorne CA
    • Los Angeles CA
    • Las Vegas NV
    • Lynwood WA
    • Tacoma WA
  • Safeway: Sicilian Vegetable Salad Kit- (use by 9/20 & 9/21 only)
    Shipped to:
    • Vons El Monte CA
    • Safeway Warehouse Tracy Ca
    • Safeway Warehouse Tempe AZ.

The product was sold as “Sicilian Vegetable Salad” at deli counters in Safeway, Vons, and Pavilions stores in California, Nevada, and Arizona.
These products should not be eaten. Customers may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Taylor Farms Pacific has notified the FDA and USDA of this voluntary recall.
Consumers with any questions may contact Taylor Farms Pacific directly at 209-835-6300 ext 186 between the hours of 8am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4692

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on September 3, 2014.

Please be advised that VEGETABLE CHIPS distributed by CATEGORY SOLUTIONS PTY LTD. (Australia) bears an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging.
THIS ITEM IS NOT CERTIFIED BY OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION.
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4691

The following is an answer from the OK on September 12, 2014 to a reader's question regarding Philadelphia Cream cheese:

The below list (see July 2, 2014) of current kosher varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads will remain kosher certified without compromising on any of OK Kosher's high kosher standards.

As previously communicated, the new bacon variety contains actual bacon and will not carry a kosher symbol on the package.

Please use extra care when purchasing Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads and verify that each package bears the OK-D symbol.

The following kashrus advisory is from the OK on July 2, 2014.

After communicating that certain varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads would no longer be kosher certified upon the launch of the new bacon flavor, Philadelphia heard from some fans who expressed disappointment.
As the brand is always listening to its fans, Philadelphia is happy to share that, in working hand in hand with the OK, it has been able to make adjustments to ensure the below list of current kosher varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads will remain kosher certified without compromising on any of OK Kosher's high kosher standards.

  • Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread

As previously communicated, the new bacon variety contains actual bacon and will not carry a kosher symbol on the package.


The following kashrus advisory is from the OK on June 13, 2014 with additional information on June 18, 2014.

Please be advised that Kraft Foods, Northfield, IL will be coming out with a new product PHILADELPHIA BACON CREAM CHEESE SPREAD.This product is not kosher certified. It contains actual bacon and does NOT carry a kosher symbol on the package.
This will unfortunately also affect other Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread products. The following products will no longer be kosher certified:

  • Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread
Please use extra care when purchasing Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads and verify that each package bears the OK-D symbol.

From the OK: The 10 varieties of affected Cream Cheese will likely still be available on store shelves with OK-D through the summer. The main production and release of Bacon Cream Cheese will begin in September. The OK will be resending the alert at the end of August. There is some Bacon Cream Cheese coming out on the market now from the trial run, which is why we put out the alert now.

Ed. note: The Customer service number at Kraft is 1-877-535-5666.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4599

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on September 3, 2014.

Please be advised that Daily Chef Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake sold by Sam’s Club was mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol. THIS ITEM IS DAIRY AND SHOULD HAVE THE OK-D SYMBOL. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4690
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