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Kashrus Alert on Costco Tilapia Loins

October 20, 2016 from the OU in response to a reader's question:

Some Costco tilapia loins currently do not bear an OU. The OU only stands behind the ones with OU printed on the bag. Please contact Costco corporate to let them know that you would like to see the OU kosher symbol on every package, and cannot purchase it without the OU symbol on the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5679

Yom Tov alert concerning Water Urns and Pump Pots

October 16, 2016 from the Chicago Rabbinical Council:

The cRc is in the process of researching whether one may add cold water to hot water urns and pump pots on Yom Tov. A number of these devices claim that it is permitted to add water, and thus far, our testing has shown that - in certain devices – this claim is not accurate. We recommend that cold water should not be added to any urn or pump pot on Yom Tov, absent a contrary ruling from one’s local Halachic Authority.

October 21, 2016 from the London Beth Din:
The Shabbos urns bearing the KLBD logo do not require Tevillas Keilim ONLY when bought directly from the supplier "Innovative Consumer Goods, Inc." in the USA or "Domestic Stores" in the UK, otherwise from a reliable Jewish Merchant who bought it directly from the supplier.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5680

Non-Glatt Meat being sold at Costco

October 14, 2016 from the Chicago Rabbinical Council, Kosher Miami and COR Detroit:

From COR Detroit: "Costco has introduced a new line of meat from Tomer Kosher Foods which is certified by Triangle K and Rabbi Elimelech Lebowitz. Please note that this meat is non-glatt and is not recommended. (Although Rabbi Lebowitz’s symbol resembles that of Rabbis Kook and Rubin of Israel, there is no relationship.)"

From Kosher Miami: "Furthermore, it has been reported to Kosher Miami that in the local Costco store in North Miami, the meat is displayed right next to the Solomon's Glatt Kosher meat, and it is very easy to confuse the two products."

Ed. note: Costco customers who miss the glatt ground beef, should fill out the consumer response form at their local store and let them know.

October 16, 2016 - From the cRc: Non-Glatt Meat
The cRc recently sent out an alert about Tomer Kosher Meats being sold at Costco which was meant to alert the consumer that Costco has now begun selling non-glatt meat and that consumers should be conscientious when shopping. It was not meant as a recommendation of said product for those that consume non-glatt meat.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5678

Publix Recalls Publix Premium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Due To Possible Listeria monocytogenes Contamination From Aspen Hills, Inc. Cookie Dough Pieces

October 10, 2016 - From the FDA:

Aspen Hills, the supplier of the cookie dough pieces used as an ingredient in the Publix Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream, notified Publix that some of their product could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream due to the possibility of the product containing Listeria monocytogenes.
The ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina with a UPC of 000-41415-03843, and a sell by date of May 27 2017, which is printed on the bottom of the half gallon container.
Publix customers with additional questions may call the Publix Customer Care department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting the website at www.publix.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5677

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company Recalls Select Products Containing Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pieces Purchased From Outside Supplier Aspen Hills Due To Possible Health Risk

October 11, 2016 - From the FDA:

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Inc. is recalling select ice cream products, because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by Aspen Hills, Inc., which has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The ice cream products were distributed to the following states AL, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, PA, SC, TX, WA, WI & WV. The ice cream products were distributed to various ice cream shops around the country, online outlets and limited grocery stores.
4,183 3 Gallon Cartons and 5,296 Pints are affected by this recall.
This recall includes the following products with code dates provided:

  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. 3 Gallon Cartons
  • CCookie Dough Ice Cream 12/29/17, 12/19/17, 12/13/17, 12/6/17, 11/26/17 & 11/15/17
  • CHeaps of Love Ice Cream 12/29/17, 11/24/17 & 11/8/17
  • CPeanut Butter Cookie Dough 12/1/17 & 11/18/17
  • CSticks & Stones 12/27/17, 12/2/17 & 11/10/17
  • CYippee Skippee 12/1/17
  • CChocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. Pints
  • CCookie Dough Ice Cream 12/13/17, 12/9/17 & 11/26/17
  • CThe Baked Bear brand 3 Gallon Cartons
  • CCookie Dough 12/6/17, 11/26/17 & 11/15/17
The affected product can be identified by the code date listed on the bottom right hand corner of the product label on 3 gallon cartons and by the code date listed on the bottom of each pint. Customers are urged to destroy or return the affected products.Full credit will be offered for a full refund of the products in question. Consumers may contact us at 800-466-8043 or via email at info@chocolateshoppeicecream.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5676

Roland Foods, LLC, Initiates A Voluntary Recall of Roland® Preserved Lemons Due to Undeclared Sulfites in Product

October 11, 2016 - From the FDA:

Roland Foods, LLC in cooperation with the manufacturer in Morocco, is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Roland® Preserved Lemons due to undeclared sulfites in the product. People who have a severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The affected lots of Roland® Preserved Lemons were distributed nationwide and to Canada to food distributors, food service customers, and super market chains for further distribution or use. The following product is subject to the voluntary recall:

  • Product: Roland® Preserved Lemons
  • Lot #: 20
  • Item #: 61002 (on case label)
  • UPC #: Item UPC 4122461002 and Case UPC 10041224610023
  • Pack Size: NET WT. 12.35 OZ.; 12 glass jars per case
  • Production Codes: DA: 169Z P: 0618 (ink jet printed on the jar lid)
  • Product: Roland® PRESERVED LEMONS - BELDI
  • Lot #: 21
  • Item #: 61002 (on case label)
  • UPC #: Item UPC 4122461002 and Case UPC 10041224610023
  • Pack Size: NET WT. 13 OZ.; 12 glass jars per case
  • Production Code: P: Q0303 (ink jet printed on the jar lid);
No other lots of Roland® Preserved Lemons are affected by this voluntary recall.
The recall was initiated after the firm received a notification from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets that the product containing sulfites was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of sulfites. Subsequent testing conducted by a private laboratory confirmed the presence of sulfites in the product. Roland Foods has notified the foreign manufacturer of the findings in order to conduct an investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have a sensitivity to sulfites and had purchased the affected Roland Preserved Lemons are urged not to consume the product and to return it to the place of purchase. Consumers can visit www.rolandfood.com, or contact its Consumer Hotline at 1-800-221-4030 ext. 222, Monday – Friday, 9 am -5 pm EST, for further information about the voluntary recall and for instructions on obtaining replacement product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5675

With an Emphasis on Kosher, Coffee Bean Closes 12 Stores in New York

October 11, 2016 Koshertoday
The specialty coffee chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf abruptly closed its 12 Manhattan locations last week. "The shops were all franchises, not company-owned. The word is that the current franchise owners somehow ran into difficulty and that the company is committed to find another franchise operator. Ironically, the network was the closest thing to being a national kosher chain, albeit that not all of it stores were kosher."

Kosher Information on Certified Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Stores

September 5, 2016 from the KosherLA:
"All Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf food items, including ALL BAKED CASE GOODS, in Kosher LA certified Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Stores are, and have always been, kosher certified."
"There have been NO changes in any facilities and all bakery items come from the same Kosher LA certified bakery that they have always come from in years past."
"Any other sources of information are FALSE and inaccurate. The Los Angeles, San Diego, etc. CBTL stores and Nevada CBTL stores which have always been kosher certified by Kosher LA in their entirety, still remain Kosher certified. For any further questions 310-246-3417."

Every Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf store that is kosher supervised by Kosher LA has a Teuda stating what is kosher in that particular store. Please refer to these teudot.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5640

Voluntary Recall of Turkey Hill Select Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream – 48 oz. size

October 7, 2016 from the TurkeyHill:
Turkey Hill Dairy is recalling select 48 oz. containers of its Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream because the package may contain Rocky Road Premium Ice Cream instead of Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream.
These packages may include undeclared ingredients of ALMONDS and EGGS, and could be harmful to people with food sensitivity or allergy to these ingredients.
The recalled product information includes:

    Name of product: Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream Container size: 48 oz. (1.5 QTS - 1.42L)
    UPC code: 20735-42095
    Sell-by date: May 23, 2017 (Found printed on the bottom of the package)

Only packages of Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream with Rocky Road Lids and the "sell by" date of May 23, 2017 are being recalled.
The recalled Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream is limited to packages sold at select stores in PA., NY., NJ., MA., CT., DE., MD., VA., WV., OH., RI., ME., VT., MO., AL., NH., NC., SC., GA., MI., IN., KY,. MS., IL. and TN. All affected stores have been instructed to remove the product from their shelves.
All affected packages would have been purchased in store after 09/08/2016.
Turkey Hill Dairy has not received any reports of illness concerning this product recall. For consumers who are not allergic to almonds and eggs, there is no safety issue with the product.
If you purchased a Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream - 48 oz. with the code date of May 23, 2017 you can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Turkey Hill Dairy at 1-800-MY-DAIRY for a replacement/refund (1-800-693-2479).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5674

Kosher Alert Supremo Italiano Mozzarella Cheese

October 7, 2016 from the OU:
Supremo Italiano Mozzarella Cheese, Restaurant Depot, Jetro, College Point NY: The Orthodox Union does not certify Supremo Italiano Mozzarella cheese. Some boxes were printed with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5673

British Kashrus info on CoFresh products

October 6, 2016: From the London Beth Din twitter:
Cofresh Channa Dall, London Mix + PLAIN Rice Sticks (not flavoured ones) now KLBD #KosherCertified Parev, no logo.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5672
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