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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kosher Alert Gursoy Cocoa Hazelnut Spread

February 19, 2019 from the OU:

Gursoy Cocoa Hazelnut Spread, Gursoy, Turkey has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Gursoy Cocoa Hazelnut Spread. This product is labeled with an unauthorized OU mark and contains dairy ingredients. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Kashrus Alert - Red Straw Tea Bar

February 19, 2019 - from the OK:

Red Straw Tea Bar, Los Angeles, CA 90067 has an UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL:
Red Straw Tea Bar locations (Westfield Century City, and Cypress Village Shopping Center) are displaying an unauthorized OK Kosher symbol on menus. These establishments are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective actions are being taken.

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Chukar Cherries Expands Recall Of Amaretto Rainier Ultra Dark Chocolate Cherries Pouches Due To Undeclared Milk

February 18, 2019 from FDA:

Chukar Cherries of Prosser, WA is recalling 7.5oz Amaretto Rainier Ultra Dark Chocolate Cherries because they may contain undeclared milk.
The 7.5oz Amaretto Rainier Ultra Dark Chocolate Cherries were distributed in CA, CO, MD, ME, OR, and WA through retail stores. The product is sold in plastic pouches, UPC 0 11261 22307 7, and a Best By date of 11/2019 is found underneath the UPC code on the back side of the package.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that Amaretto Rainier Ultra Dark Chocolate Cherries containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk.
The company revised labels on new lots to include the allergen advisory statement since November 2018. Consumers who have questions or have purchased the recalled product may contact Chukar Cherries at 1-509-786-2055 from 8am to 5pm PDT.

Ed. Note: The product bears a Kof-K D.

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Star-D alert - Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock Beer

February 18, 2019 from the Star-K:

Please note that Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock Beer will now be certified STAR-D DAIRY and will bear the STAR-D symbol. Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock Beer bearing old labels do not bear any symbol and are dairy.
The beer contains dairy ingredients and should not be consumed with meat or after eating meat.
Chocolate Bock is currently included in a Samuel Adams multi flavor pack which contains other STAR-K certified beers which are Pareve. The full list of currently certifed Samuel Adams beers is available HERE.

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Nature’s Path Foods Recalls A Specific Production Run Of Envirokidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch And Jungle Munch Cereals Due To Undeclared Gluten

February 15, 2019 from FDA:

Nature’s Path Foods announced a voluntary recall of a specific production run of EnviroKidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch cereals for they may contain undeclared gluten (wheat and barley). People who have a wheat allergy, celiac disease or sensitivity to gluten and wheat should not consume the cereals with the BEST BEFORE DATE listed below due to potential adverse health effects. Nature’s Path is also removing any affected cereals from customer store shelves and warehouses.

Product Name – United States Size UPC Best Before Date
EnviroKidz Choco Chimp 10 oz 0 5844987024 1 08/27/2019
EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch 10 oz 0 58449 86002 0 08/24/2019
EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch 10 oz 0 58449 86002 0 09/21/2019
EnviroKidz Jungle Munch 10 oz 0 5844987028 9 08/01/2019

Canada

Product Name - Canada Size UPC Best Before Date
EnviroKidz Choco Chimp 284 g 0 5844987023 4 08/27/2019
EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch 284 g 0 58449 86002 0 08/24/2019
EnviroKidz Jungle Munch 284 g 0 5844987027 2 08/01/2019

Shown below are the images of the product packaging associated with this recall.

The error was isolated to one facility and due to air contamination as a result of incorrect production scheduling. Other gluten-free Nature’s Path and EnviroKidz products are not impacted and are not part of this voluntary recall.
Consumers requesting a refund for the affected cereals should return the product to their retailer. Consumers may also contact Nature’s Path Consumer Services at 1-866-880-7284 (between Monday and Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm PST) or email at ConsumerServices@naturespath.com.

Canadian Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Various EnviroKidz brand cereals recalled due to undeclared wheat and gluten

February 15, 2019 from the CFIA

Nature's Path Foods Inc. is recalling various EnviroKidz brand cereals from the marketplace because they may contain wheat and gluten which are not declared on the label. People who have an allergy to wheat, celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch Corn Puffs Organic Cereal 284g 08/24/2019 0 58449 86002 0
EnviroKidz Jungle Munch Cinnamon Organic Cereal 284g 08/01/2019 0 58449 87027 2
EnviroKidz Choco Chimps Chocolate Organic Cereal 284g 08/27/2019 0 58449 87023 4
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Mexican kashrus alert - RESTAURANTE SHAWARMAN TK

February 12, 2019 from KMD Mexico:

Ubicado en Avenida Tecamachalco 67 Colonia Tecamachalco deja de contar con supervisión KMD a partir de esta fecha

Translated by Google Translate: Located at Avenida Tecamachalco 67 Colonia Tecamachalco no longer has KMD supervision as of this date

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Public Health Alert Concerning Potential Salmonella Tennessee Contamination of Soom Foods 1 oz. Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread

February 13, 2019 from FDA:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers of potential Salmonella Tennessee contamination of Soom Foods Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread. This product is individually packaged in 1 oz. (30 ML) pouches or packets with a stamped lot number of “67333D” on the bottom. The spread is packaged in purple laminated paper packets with a tear-away tab on one end.


New FDA alert on Salmonella outbreak says threat from tahini continues

February 8, 2019 from FoodSafetyNews and FDA
"A renewed public warning today from the FDA says a salmonella threat from certain imported tahini products is ongoing. Some of the recalled products may have label information in Hebrew only, making them difficult for many U.S. consumers to identify."
"Although only five confirmed Salmonella Concord infections have been reported to federal officials, the recalled tahini products have long shelf lives with expiration dates well into 2021."
"The FDA found Salmonella Concord in a sample of tahini collected at the point of import. That sample was of Baron’s brand tahini manufactured by Achdut Ltd. The FDA reported whole genome sequencing was used to determine that the Salmonella Concord in the Baron’s tahini was the outbreak strain."
"The FDA is advising consumers not to eat recalled Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, and Pepperwood brand tahini and Soom brand Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread (lot code 071318CH) with expiration dates ranging from April 7, 2020 to May 21, 2020 and Baron’s brand tahini with the expiration date of May 5, 2021. The product lot codes range from 18-097 to 18-141. Consumers should discard the product or return the product to the store for a refund."

Achdut Recalls Multiple Brands of "Tahini" Because It May Be Contaminated with Salmonella Clarification for Baron's Expiration Date

December 11, 2018 from FDA, November 27, 2018 from the FDA and the FDA & CDC:

Achdut LTD. of Ariel, Israel, is recalling its Tahini products of all packages and sizes produced on the following dates: April 7th to May 21st 2018, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled "Tahini" was distributed internationally in retail stores and through mail orders.

The tahini products are Tahini, Whole Tahini, Organic Tahini and Seasoned Tahini. Container sizes: 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, 18Kg), with lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141 or with expiration dates April 7th to May 21st 2020, while the Baron’s brand carries an expiration date of 5/5/2021. The brand names of the products are: Achdut, Baron's, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom and Achva.

Achdut is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a US import sample of Achdut Tahini linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by FDA and public health officials.

The probable root cause for this recall is cross contamination. The company has eliminated the source of contamination and preventive steps were taken.

Consumers who have purchased the Tahini above are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 972-3-9068020, Sun-Thu 08:00-17:00 GMT+2.

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Star-K alert - French Kosher Bakery

February 13, 2019 from the Star-K:
French Kosher Bakery located at 579D Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, NY, is no longer STAR-K certified.

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Liquor list updates from the Chicago Rabbinical Council:

February 7, 2019 - The following information is from the cRc:

The following is a list of recent changes to the cRc Liquor List.
Please note that products listed as Certified are preferable to those listed as Approved.

Newly Certified
Beer Dettling Vieille Kirsch OU logo required
Beer Jailbreak Brewing Check Liquor List Star-K logo required
Beer Kirkland Signature Check Liquor List KCOR certified
Liqueur Righteous Road Righteous Seven Liqueur OU logo required
Scotch Tomintoul Tlath OU logo required
Newly Approved (not certified)
Irish Whiskey Teeling Small Batch
Irish Whiskey West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt
Scotch Glen Moray 12 Year Old American Cask
Scotch Glen Moray 18 Year Old
Scotch Glenfiddich Fire & Cane
Scotch Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill (Only "First Fill" is approved.)
Scotch Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
Scotch Glenmorangie 19 Year
Scotch Glenmorangie Allta
Scotch Glenmorangie Spìos
Scotch Highland Park Full Volume Single Malt
Newly Non-Recommended
American Whiskey Blackened Whiskey
American Whiskey Clyde Mays Alabama Style Whiskey
Beer 16 Mile Brewing Co All Varieties
Beer AleWerks Brewing Co All Varieties
Beer Great Lakes Brewing Company All Varieties
Bourbon High West A Midwinter Nights Dram
Bourbon Jim Beam Legent
Bourbon Noble Oak Bourbon
Brandy Clear Creek All Varieties
Irish Whiskey Jameson Signature Reserve
Liqueur Chase Liqueur All Varieties
Other Ginger Tipple All Varieties
Rye Angel's Envy Rye
Scotch Glendronach Revival 15 Year
Scotch Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
Scotch Glengoyne 18 Year Old
Scotch Glengoyne 21 Year Old
Scotch Glenlivet Cipher
Scotch Glenmorangie Signet
Scotch Highland Park Magnus
Scotch Johnnie Walker Wine Cask Blend
Scotch Lagavulin Distillers Edition
Tequila Qui Platinum Extra Añejo Tequila
Vodka Rain All Varieties

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Peanut Allergy Alert: RXBAR- updated recall

January 15, 2019: from FARE:
RXBAR is voluntarily recalling certain varieties of bars because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have peanut allergies run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Varieties being recalled are:


No other RXBAR flavors or RXBAR products are affected by the recall. Please go to www.rxbar.com/recall for a detailed list of Best By dates included in this recall.
RXBAR identified the potential for peanut in two varieties – Chocolate Sea Salt and Coconut Chocolate – in December and initiated a recall of those varieties. We are expanding the recall out of an abundance of caution after recently receiving consumer contacts regarding allergic reactions to additional varieties.
People who have purchased affected product and who have peanut allergies should discard the product and contact their local retailer or RXBAR for replacement or a full refund. Consumers can contact the RXBAR consumer service team at info@rxbar.com or 1-312-624-8200 Monday through Friday, 8:30am CT - 6pm CT and Saturday and Sunday 10am CT - 1pm CT.

Updated Canadian Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain RXBAR brand Protein Bars recalled due to undeclared peanut

February 8, 2019: from CFIA:
The food recall warning issued on January 15, 2019 has been updated to include additional product information. RXBAR is recalling certain RXBAR brand Protein Bars from the marketplace because they may contain peanut which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to peanut should not consume the recalled products described below. The following products have been sold nationally through Internet sales (www.amazon.ca, www.rxbrands.ca, and possibly other websites) as well as possibly through retail.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
RXBAR Protein Bar – Blueberry 624 g (12 x 52 g) Best By dates between 03 21 2019 to 05 21 2019 and 07 07 2019 to 09 29 2019 8 57777 00426 3
RXBAR Protein Bar – Blueberry 52 g Best By dates between 03 21 2019 to 05 21 2019 and 07 07 2019 to 09 29 2019 8 57777 00419 5
RXBAR Protein Bar – Chocolate Sea Salt 624 g (12 x 52 g) Best By dates between 03 04 2019 to 09 11 2019 and Best By 10 11 2019 8 57777 00430 0
RXBAR Protein Bar – Chocolate Sea Salt 52 g Best By dates between 03 04 2019 to 09 11 2019 and Best By 10 11 2019 8 57777 00423 2
RXBAR Protein Bar – Coconut Chocolate 624 g (12 x 52 g) Best By dates between 03 01 2019 to 10 13 2019 8 57777 00428 7
RXBAR Protein Bar – Coconut Chocolate 52 g Best By dates between 03 01 2019 to 10 13 2019 8 57777 00421 8
RXBAR Protein Bar – Mint Chocolate 624 g (12 x 52 g) Best By dates between 03 02 2019 to 04 18 2019 and 07 26 2019 to 08 09 2019 8 57777 00434 8
RXBAR Protein Bar – Mint Chocolate 52 g Best By dates between 03 02 2019 to 04 18 2019 and 07 26 2019 to 08 09 2019 8 57777 00433 1

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