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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

New Slurpee flavors

June 21, 2017: The following are new kosher slurpee flavors are from 7-11 and are pareve:

  • Cotton Candy Slurpee
  • Sour Lemon Lime Slurpee

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=A5966

Kosher Alert GoBitos Roasted Chickpeas

June 20, 2017 from the OU:

GoBitos Roasted Chickpeas (5 flavors) Tangy Ranch; Sweet & Hot Thai Chili; Garlic Parm; Aged White Cheddar; Hot Hot Ghost Pepper, GLK Foods, Appleton WI missing D - Dairy Designation
The Orthodox Union certifies GoBitos Roasted Chickpeas as OU D - Dairy products. There are five varieties – Tangy Ranch; Sweet & Hot Thai Chili; Garlic Parm; Aged White Cheddar; Hot Hot Ghost Pepper. These products contain dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. The products are labeled with a plain OU symbol, without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Kashrut alert on Swirls & Twirls in Oceanside, NY

June 19, 2017 - from the YeahThatsKosher with confirmation from the Vaad of Oceanside:

Swirls & Twirls in Oceanside, NY has lost its hashgacha due to allowing non-kosher food into its premises. This establishment Was under the Vaad of Oceanside

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Kashrus alert on Western Family vegetable and fruit products

June 20, 2017 - from KosherCheck.org (BCK):
Please be advised that various Western Family brand cookies bear an unauthorized Kosher check logo and are not certified kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC. Corrective measures are being implemented.

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Dallas Kashrus alerts on non-kosher fish at Tom Thumb in Dallas and Tom Thumb chips

June 20, 2017: From the Dallas K:
As you can see the from the attached pictures the packages contains shrimp sold at Tom Thumb stores in Dallas. An alert customer picked up the bag and noticed a Hechsher printed on the bottom! It is from a very reliable and reputable certifying agency in London. A critical reading of the text under the logo should let you know that it is only the packaging that is kosher but not its contents! Obviously that is very misleading and the company was unauthorized to placed the symbol on the empty bags. The packaging made its way over to the United States where it was sold to a number of supermarkets. Please be aware that the shrimp in that package is not kosher! Nor is the salmon or tilapia!

From the Dallas-K:
The Tom Thumb on Preston & Forest is selling chips (see left) that are temporarily non kosher.

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United Natural Trading LLC Announces Voluntary Recall of Products Containing Organic and Natural Chopped Dates Due to Possible Health Risk

June 16, 2017: The FDA:

United Natural Trading LLC, Edison, NJ, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of products containing Organic and Natural dates (see below) and sold under the Nature’s Promise, Woodstock, Market Basket, and Wholesome Pantry brands due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.

Description Lot Number  Best By Date UPC# 
Nature’s Promise Organic Campfire Trail Mix 12oz.1710011/23/2017688267066092
Nature’s Promise Organic Campfire Trail Mix 12oz.1711512/23/2017688267066092
Nature’s Promise Cranberry Trail Mix 12oz.1713811/18/2017688267066122
Nature’s Promise Cascade Trail Mix 12oz.1715812/30/2017688267066160
Woodstock Organic Kumbaya Mix 10oz.1709611/23/2017042563009366
Woodstock Organic Kumbaya Mix 10oz.1712411/23/2017042563009366
Woodstock Organic Kumbaya Mix 10oz.1710011/23/2017042563009366
Market Basket Cape Cod Cranberry Mix 10oz.1713212/30/2017049705408322
Market Basket Cascade Trail Mix 11oz.1715612/30/2017049705408377
Market Basket Fiber Frenzy 10oz.1715012/30/2017049705409107
Wholesome Pantry Cape Cod Cranberry Mix 8oz.1714212/30/2017041190054855
Wholesome Pantry Organic Trail Mix 8oz.1714212/14/2017041190054992
Wholesome Pantry Organic Trail Mix 8oz.1716012/15/2017041190054992

The lot numbers are printed on the back of each retail bag. The date containing products were shipped to retailers and distributors in limited quantities throughout the United States. 

This recall was issued as a precaution because our firm received a recall notice from Hudson Valley Farms/ Bedemco recalling their natural and organic dates for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers who have any remaining product with these lot numbers should not consume it, but rather should discard it. Consumers should retain their store receipts, packaging reflecting lot numbers or any other proof of purchase they may have or return to the store for a refund. Retailers and consumers with questions may call Millie Carra at United Natural Trading, LLC customer service at 732-650-9905, which is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST) Monday - Friday.

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Recall Expansion in New Jersey on Fewer than 650 units of Ava’s Brand Organic Roasted Unsalted Cashews and Organic Roasted Unsalted Almonds

June 16, 2017 from the FDA:

Hampton Farms is expanding its voluntary recall to include Ava’s Brand Organic Roasted Unsalted Cashews and Ava’s Brand Organic Roasted Unsalted Almonds distributed only in New Jersey. This is the result of a recall expansion from Hampton Farms’ supplier, Hudson Valley Foods, Inc. of Highland, NY advising Hampton Farms that ingredients sold to the company have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
All affected distributors and retail customers have been notified and the affected products are being removed from store shelves. Combined, fewer than 650 units of Ava’s Brand Organic Roasted Unsalted Cashews and Ava’s Brand Organic Roasted Unsalted Almonds products were offered for retail sale in New Jersey.
This announcement applies only to the Ava’s Brand Organic Roasted Unsalted Cashews and Organic Roasted Unsalted Almonds product listed below and does not include any other items or the same item outside of this lot code:

  • Ava’s 8 oz. Organic Roasted Unsalted Cashews
    UPC 8-10111-01036-8
    Lot# 11817 Exp 4/28/18
    Lot# 12617 Exp 5/1/18
    Lot#15917 Exp 6/5/18
  • Ava’s 8 oz. Organic Roasted Unsalted Almonds
    UPC 8-10111-01032-0
    Lot#10217 Exp 4/10/18

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 Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm (EST) at 413-732-4193, press 0.


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

House of Thaller Recalls Selected Pine Nut Hummus Products Because of Possible Health Risk

June 19, 2017: The FDA: :

House of Thaller, a Knoxville Tennessee company, is voluntarily recalling selected 10 ounce packages of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping, because an ingredient supplier notified us that their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
These products were distributed nationwide through various grocery retailers from April 18, 2017 to June 13, 2017, and in Canada on April 20, 2017.
To check your product for this recall, refer to the lot code printed on the top of the cup. The lot code will begin with a “USE BY” date followed by the letter “W” and a 7 digit code. This is the information to reference when checking your product against the recall list.

BrandProduct NameContainer UPCExpiration & Lot Code
Fresh Foods MarketArtisan Hummus - Pine Nuts72036027054USE BY 23 JUN 2017A W1704176
USE BY 07 JUL 2017A W1704383
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705037
USE BY 20 JUL 2017A W1705122
USE BY 02 AUG 2017A W1705296
USE BY 17 AUG 2017A W1706102
LantanaWhite Bean Hummus with Pine Nut & Herb Topping896863001434USE BY 19 JUN 2017A W1704129
USE BY 20 JUN 2017A W1704138
USE BY 22 JUN 2017A W1704161
USE BY 22 JUN 2017A W1704164
USE BY 22 JUN 2017A W1704165
USE BY 29 JUN 2017A W1704253
USE BY 29 JUN 2017A W1704254
USE BY 29 JUN 2017A W1704257
USE BY 30 JUN 2017A W1704274
USE BY 30 JUN 2017A W1704275
USE BY 04 JUL 2017A W1704346
USE BY 06 JUL 2017A W1704365
USE BY 06 JUL 2017A W1704366
USE BY 12 JUL 2017A W1704403
USE BY 12 JUL 2017A W1705004
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705041
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705044
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705045
USE BY 18 JUL 2017A W1705088
USE BY 24 JUL 2017A W1705175
USE BY 24 JUL 2017A W1705176
USE BY 24 JUL 2017A W1705177
USE BY 26 JUL 2017A W1705199
USE BY 26 JUL 2017A W1705200
USE BY 27 JUL 2017A W1705201
USE BY 27 JUL 2017A W1705203
USE BY 27 JUL 2017A W1705207
USE BY 02 AUG 2017A W1705306
USE BY 02 AUG 2017A W1705307
USE BY 03 AUG 2017A W1705315
USE BY 03 AUG 2017A W1705316
USE BY 05 AUG 2017A W1705335
USE BY 05 AUG 2017A W1705336
USE BY 09 AUG 2017A W1705390
USE BY 10 AUG 2017A W1705401
USE BY 10 AUG 2017A W1705402
USE BY 15 AUG 2017A W1706065
MarketsideClassic Hummus with Pine Nuts681131138475USE BY 28 JUN 2017A W1704145
USE BY 19 JUN 2017A W1704066
USE BY 19 JUN 2017A W1704065

The products come in 10 ounce, clear, round plastic cups with a clear or colored plastic lid:

  • Fresh Foods Market Artisan Hummus, Pine Nuts – clear lid edge
  • Lantana White Bean Hummus with Pine Nut & Herb Topping – white or beige striped lid edge
  • Marketside Classic Hummus with Pine Nuts – solid black lid edge

In June, we were notified by HVF, Inc., an ingredient supplier, of a recall involving Roasted Pine Nuts. HVF, Inc. supplied the Roasted Pine Nuts used to create the Topping/Garnish for selected varieties of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping. Routine sampling of a different item produced by the supplier for a different company revealed positive Listeria Monocytogenes findings. HVF, Inc. is recalling all products made in their facility during the time of the potential contamination.

No other brands or flavor varieties produced at our manufacturing plant are affected by this recall.

Customers who have purchased any of the products described above should not consume them and contact:

House of Thaller Customer Service Center, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST at 855-215-5142


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Kabir’s Bakery issues allergy alert on undeclared milk in “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Twist” and “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Danish” in four ounce plastic packages, all container codes

June 19, 2017: The FDA: :

Kabir’s Bakery issues allergy alert on undeclared milk in “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Twist” and “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Danish” in four ounce plastic packages, all container codes. Kabir’s Bakery of Brooklyn, NY is recalling “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Twist“ and “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Danish” in four ounce plastic packages, all container codes, due to the presence of undeclared milk. Consumers who are allergic to milk run the risk of serious life threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recalled “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Twist” and “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Danish” were distributed in retail stores throughout New York City. The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Market food inspectors and subsequent analysis by food laboratory personnel. Lab tests revealed the presence of milk in the “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Twist.” Per President Kabir the “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Danish” also contains milk. Milk is not declared on both product’s labels. Consumers who have purchased “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Twist” and “Kabir’s Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Danish” in four ounce plastic packages are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kabir’s Bakery owner Humayun Kabir at 718-852-1768.


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cRc New Strawberry Policy

June 16, 2017 - from the cRc:

The cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council) has been finding a high occurrence of insects in strawberries so that the previous method of rinsing and rubbing under a strong stream of water is not being efficient in removing the bugs (especially those that are hiding under the seeds). Therefore, until further notice, we recommend the following method to clean the strawberries from insects:

  1. cut off tops (try to avoid making a hole);
  2. soak and agitate strawberries in soapy water (do not substitute with vegetable wash) using a concentrated solution of approximately one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid mixed together with no more than 8 cups of water for 2 minutes. (We have found Seventh Generation Non-Fragrance Natural Dish Liquid Soap to be the ideal soap for those who are concerned about a “soapy aftertaste”);
  3. rub each strawberry thoroughly under a stream of cold water with hand (or preferably with a bristled brush like a toothbrush);
  4. soak and agitate strawberries a second time for 2 minutes in new soapy water with the same ratio as above;
  5. rinse strawberries.

Once all five steps are done you may enjoy the strawberries without further inspection. Please note that this does not apply to organic strawberries that are very difficult to get cleaned and therefore should be avoided at this time. Of course, if one wants to avoid the above steps, one can eat the strawberries (even organic) by simply cutting off the tops and peeling off the entire outside of the strawberries, followed by a rinse.

All frozen strawberries without added flavors or colors are acceptable. All frozen strawberries packed only with sugar are acceptable. Canned strawberries require a reliable hashgacha.

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