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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kosher Alert Fairway Tikka Masala

December 8, 2016 from the OU:

Fairway Tikka Masala (spice blend), Fairway, NY NY Missing D - Dairy Designation
The Orthodox Union certifies Fairway Tikka Masala spice blend as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated on the ingredient panel. Some labels were printed with a plain OU, without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5729

Kashrus Alert: Imagine Chicken Broth

December 8, 2016- from the COR Detroit and the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

Many IMAGINE brand Soups & Broths are Kosher and bear the OU symbol. Currently, this includes “Creamy” soups (OU Pareve), Vegetable and Vegetarian broths (OU Pareve), and “Kosher Chicken Broth” (OU Meat). However, there are also many Imagine soups (chunky style) and broths (regular chicken and beef) that are not Kosher and bear no OU. Each carton needs to be carefully checked for the OU symbol.

In particular, consumers should be aware that Imagine Chicken Broth, containing real chicken, is made in both Kosher and non-Kosher versions. The Kosher version states “Kosher” prominently in the product name and bears OU Meat. Cartons without Kosher marking are non-Kosher.

From the COR Detroit: ONE 32 OZ. CARTON OF NON-KOSHER IMAGINE brand CHICKEN BROTH (with no Kosher marking) MAY HAVE MISTAKENLY BEEN SOLD RECENTLY AT ONE STOP KOSHER FOOD MARKET. PLEASE CHECK YOUR PURCHASES.

Ed. Note: Consumers should check each package of each product that one purchases for the kosher symbol

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5728

Golden Star International Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs & Soybean Oil/Lecithin in "Bon Appetito Walnut Ladies Finger Cookies"

November 2, 2016 - from the FDA:

Golden Star International Inc. is recalling its 10-oz. packages of "Walnut Ladies Finger Cookies" food treats because they may contain undeclared Eggs and Soybean oil/lecithin. People who have allergies to these allergens run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled cookies were distributed through retail National Wholesale Liquidator stores in N.Y and N.J.
The product comes in a 10-oz., clear plastic package marked with UPC # 6 4474469876 7, with an expiration date of 11/14/16 stamped on the side.
The recall was initiated during a routine U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection after it was discovered that the product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the allergens. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a printing error.
"Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and our company are certain that the problem has been corrected. Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-429-0606, Monday-Friday 9am -4 pm ET."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5727

Kashrus alert on Hannaford Hot Cocoa Mix with Mini Marshmallows

December 7, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Hannaford Hot Cocoa Mix with Mini Marshmallows, Hannaford Supermarkets, Scarborough, ME 04074 bears an unauthorized OK-D kosher symbol on the packaging. This product is NOT KOSHER. Action Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5726

First Street Berry Medley Unauthorized use of OK Kosher Symbol

December 7, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
First Street Berry Medley, sold in Smart & Final stores, Commerce, CA 90040 bears an unauthorized OK Kosher symbol on the packaging. This product is NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Action Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5725

Voluntary Class II Recall of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled

November 18, 2016 - from the FDA:

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary Class II recall of one production run of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bars due to the presence of small plastic pieces found in a limited number of bars sold in the U.S. Clif Bar has not received any reports of injuries as a result of the plastic; however, the company is initiating the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution.

Only product meeting the following criteria is affected:

  • Individual bars of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bars with “best by” dates of 10JUN17N4 or 11JUN17N4
  • 12-count caddies of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bars with “best by” dates of 10JUN17N4 or 11JUN17N4; and

UPC Codes:
a. Bar: 7-22252-26800-6
b. 12-count Caddy: 7-22252-36800-3
c. Case: 00722252-56800-7

No other CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bar products, pack sizes, configurations, or flavors are affected.


The company is asking consumers to return product to the store where purchased to request an exchange or full refund. Affected product should then be discarded and not consumed.
Consumers with questions may contact 1-866-967-9776, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5724

Kosher Alert McCormick Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors

December 5, 2016 from the OU:

McCormick Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors 1oz. (UPC 52100070711), McCormick & Co. Hunt Valley, MD:
The Orthodox Union certifies Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors 1oz. (UPC 52100070711) as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients panel. Some packaging was printed with a plain OU, without the D - Dairy designation. Future packaging is being revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5723

Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. Recalls Various Ready to Eat Herring Products Because of Possible Health Risk

December 2, 2016 - from the FDA:

Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. of Staten, Island, New York is recalling various refrigerated ready to eat herring products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected ready to eat herring products were distributed to customers located New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and North Carolina. Wholesale customers of bulk containers must discontinue sales of existing stock of these items immediately and destroy any returned product as soon as possible.
This recall action is specific to the products here:
The Bulk Herring products have pack dates of “11/2/16” – “11/30/16”. The Herring products packaged in retail containers have Best Before dates of: 11.30.2016 through 02.28.2017. Herring products packaged in vacuum packaged bags include Pack Dates of 11.09.16 - 11.30.16.
*Herring products packaged in retail package have a 90 day shelf life, herring products in bulk buckets have a 28 day shelf life , and herring products in vacuum packages have a 21 day shelf life.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5722

Food Recall Warning - Trader Joe's brand Mediterranean Hummus recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

December 2, 2016 - from the CFIA:

Transilvania Trading is recalling Trader Joe's brand Mediterranean Hummus from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product was sold at Pirate Joe's, located at 3744 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus 454 g Use By dates up through and including 12/15/16. NA

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor. Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recalls of Certain Hummus Products Because of Possible Health Risks

November 30, 2016 - From the FDA:

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU #90642) and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU #91107) with “USE BY” date codes up through and including 12/15/2016, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus were distributed only to Trader Joe’s stores in AZ, CA, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT and WA. The products come in 16 ounce plastic tubs with SKU numbers printed on the top labels and “USE BY” date codes stamped on the bottom of the tubs, along with the plant identification code “C”. To clarify, products with plant identification code "J" were produced in a different facility and are NOT affected by this recall. In addition, Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips (SKU #97136) is NOT part of this recall.
The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in product manufactured on the same equipment. The company subsequently identified the source of the issue and has corrected the matter. All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.
Consumers should discard the product immediately or return it to their point of purchase for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Bakkavor Foods at (855) 312-7504, Monday through Friday 8:00P.M. - 5:00P.M. PST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5721

Israeli produce alert

December 2, 2016 from the COR Detroit:
BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Kroger, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. They include Sunset brand, Gilad, Arava, Field & Farm, Mor and other brands of colored peppers. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. The same brand may have some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each package or pepper should be checked.
One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons ("Sharon Fruit"), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.
One Stop Kosher Food Market’s produce department is monitored by the COR, and produce sold there does not have this issue.

November 30, 2016 - from KVH Kosher Twitter Feed:

Greater Boston Kosher consumers please note that Produce from Eretz Yisroel has once again been spotted in local Grocery Stores. Israeli Produce generally needs to be Tithed before being used. Ask your LOR for details, or if you already used without Tithing.

Information on tithing can be found here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5720
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