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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Public Health Alert Concerning Nopalina Flax Seed Powder and Nopalina Flax Seed Capsules and Salmonella Contamination

January 23, 2020 from the FDA:

The FDA is advising consumers to stop using Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder) and Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (capsules) identified by the lot numbers above due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers of these products who are experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their health care provider. To date, there are no reports of illnesses associated with the products.

Consumers who have purchased Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder) and Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (capsules) manufactured by Salud Natural Entrepreneur, Inc. with the specific lot numbers listed below.

Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder, 1 lb. bags)

Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder, 1 lb. bags)

Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder, 2 lb. bags)

Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder, 1 lb. bags)

Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (capsules, 120 count)

The lot numbers can be found on the bottom back of the product label.

The FDA collected a product sample of senna leaves powder, an ingredient used to manufacture the Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (powder) and Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber (capsules), that tested positive for three types of Salmonella including Salmonella Gaminara, Salmonella Kentucky, and Salmonella Oranienburg. The FDA notified the firm of the results. To date, we are not aware of illnesses linked to these products

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7078

Israeli Allergy Alert - Some Ronsi Bakery Confectionery products

January 21, 2020 from health.gov.il

The manufacturer -Ronsi Bakery Confectionery informs of the suspicion for the presence of dairy ingredients in the following cakes:

Prepackaged stripe cakes:

  1. Parevewhipped cream Toffeecake
  2. Parevewhipped cream Pesek Zmancake
  3. Parevewhipped creamcoconutcake
  4. Parevewhipped creamchocolatecake
  5. Parevewhipped cream double-chocolate mousse cake
  6. Pareve whipped cream Cremeschnitte cake
  7. Pareve whipped cream wafer rolls mousse cake
  8. Pareve whipped cream nut cake
  9. Pareve whipped cream chocolate-vanilla cake
  10. Pareve whipped creamblack forestcake11.Pareve whipped cream cookie cake

Round cakes sold in bulk:

  1. Pareve whipped cream lotus round cake
  2. Pareve whipped cream round nut cake
  3. Pareve whipped cream black forest round cake
  4. Pareve whipped cream chocolate round cake
  5. Pareve whipped cream Pesek Zmanround cake
  6. Pareve whipped cream toffee round cake
  7. Pareve whipped cream Oreo round cake
  8. Pareve cream puffs
  9. Parevewafer rolls
  10. Pareve savarins

Following testing conducted by the National Food Services of the Ministry of Health, the Northern District Health Bureau, and suspicion for dairy ingredients has been found in the products mentioned above carrying the expiry dates up to and including the 30/3/2020.

Individuals who are allergic to the dairy and all the additional allergens appearing on the label are requested not to consume this product.

The aforementioned products have been removed from the outlet store's shelves,and the company is working to fix the malfunction.

For clarifications and questions,we can be contacted via telephonenumber: 04-6795582

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7077

Israeli Health Alert - Matamei Sova Semachot (Bnei Brak) Cream Cake With Butterscotch

January 16, 2020 from health.gov.il

"MATAMEI SOVA SEMACHOT (BNEI BRAK) LTD." is announcing:Suspicion for the presence of listeria monocytogenes bacteriain cream cake with butterscotch.

"MATAMEI SOVA SEMACHOT (BNEI BRAK) LTD." is notifying its consumers that in a sampling conducted by the National Food Services –The DistrictHealth Bureau, Tel Aviv,suspicion for the presence of listeria monocytogenes bacteriain the 500-gr cream cake with butterscotchhas been found, the product's bar code 200044.

"MATAMEI SOVA SEMACHOT (BNEI BRAK) LTD." has recalled all the products from the shelves and is requesting not to consume the product. The product is marked with the expiry date 23.01.20. .

"MATAMEI SOVA SEMACHOT (BNEI BRAK) LTD." apologized to its consumers.For any questions please contactour customer service,telephonenumber 03-6746464, Perla.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7076

Kosher Alert Save-A-Lot Frozen Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

January 22, 2020 from the OU:

PickWell Farms Frozen Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Save A Lot, Ltd., St. Anne MO has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Save-A-Lot Frozen Broccoli with Cheese Sauce. Some bags bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7075

Kashrut alert Giant and Stop & Shop Brand Fresh Vegetables

January 21, 2020 from the Star-K:

Giant and Stop & Shop brand packaged fresh vegetables, (Soup Mix containing dill and parsley; Brussel Sprout Halves; Cauliflower Rice and 8 Vegetable Blend) bear an unauthorized Star-K. Product is being removed from store shelves. Consumers who purchased these vegetables must check them prior to use. Brussel sprouts are not recommended.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7074

Important Notice to Owners of GE Sabbath Mode Ovens

January 16, 2020 from the Star-K:

It has come to our attention that GE mistakenly removed a critical piece of information from some STAR-K certified oven manuals. In the following list of GE, Hotpoint and Crosley models, Sabbath Mode does NOT control the light inside the oven. The light WILL turn on if you open the oven even when in Sabbath Mode.

Owners of these ovens should either leave the light on over the duration of Shabbos/Yom Tov or simply remove the light bulb ahead of time.

List of affected models is here. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7073

Kashruth Alert Hannah Caramelized Onion Dip

January 14, 2020 from the OU:

Hannah Caramelized Onion Dip, Hannah International Foods, Seabrook, NH has a missing D - Dairy Designation.
The Orthodox Union certifies Hannah Caramelized Onion Dip as an OU D-Dairy product. This product contains dairy as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7072

Outbreak Investigation of E. coli: Salad Mix (DecembOutbreak Investigation of E. Coli: Romaine from Salinas, California (November 2019)

January 15, 2020 from the FDA:

As of January 15, 2020, the CDC reports that the outbreak appears to be over. Contaminated romaine from the Salinas, CA growing region that made people sick in this outbreak is likely no longer available. Consumers need not avoid romaine lettuce, or any other produce, from the Salinas, CA growing area.

FDA will continue its investigation into potential sources and contributing factors that led to the outbreak in order to inform future prevention efforts.

FDA, CDC, and California health and agriculture authorities concluded their investigation of the common grower noted as having supplied romaine lettuce linked to three concurrent outbreaks; this outbreak which includes cases in the U.S. and Canada; one outbreak in Washington state potentially linked to leafy greens; and the third outbreak, with cases in the U.S. and Canada, linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits.

When investigators arrived on the ranches there was no romaine lettuce in the ground and the fields had been plowed, as the growing season had already ended. Investigators collected water, soil, and compost samples to be analyzed. So far, sample results have come back negative for the three outbreak strains of E. coli. FDA did find a strain of E. coli that is unrelated to any illnesses in a soil sample. This strain of E. coli was determined to be of low risk to people. Although this grower was determined to be a common supplier for all three outbreaks based on available supply chain information, the romaine lettuce from this grower does not explain all the illnesses seen in the three outbreaks.

As part of FDA’s ongoing efforts to understand and prevent foodborne illnesses linked to leafy greens, the FDA will conduct a root cause investigation. The investigation will be conducted throughout this year’s romaine lettuce planting, growing, and harvesting season. Results will be shared publicly when the investigation and analysis are concluded.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7071

Kashrut Alert - Dough Dough, located in the Mall Of America, 372 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN

January 15, 2020 from the cRc:

Effective immediately, Dough Dough, located in the Mall Of America at 372 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN, 55425, is no longer certified by the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7070

Kashrut Alert - Oneg Shabbos Gourmet Butcher

January 14, 2020 from the Star-K:

Oneg Shabbos Gourmet Butcher, located at 164-08 69th Avenue, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365, is using an unauthorized STAR-K symbol in their advertisements. Oneg Shabbos Gourmet Butcher is NOT CERTIFIED by the STAR-K.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7069
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