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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kashrus alert on Walmart Party Platter Selects

May 18, 2016 from the COR Detroit:
PARTY PLATTER SELECTS, a party platter being sold at Walmart, features a container of Sabra Classic Hummus in the center, and states "Sabra" prominently on the platter’s outer packaging, which may give the misleading impression that the platter’s other products are Kosher. In fact, Sabra Dipping Co. has no connection to this platter, and the salami, cheese and breadsticks items are non-Kosher. (A non-Kosher company purchases Sabra hummus and inserts it into its platter.)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5488

Kashrus alert on Brooklyn Brewery Beer

May 18, 2016 from the COR Detroit:
BROOOKLYN BREWERY BEERS: Only those Brooklyn Brewery beers that state on the individual bottle "Brewed & Bottled by The Brooklyn Brewery, Utica, NY" are K-COR Detroit certified (even if the label does not yet bear the K-COR symbol). Those that state they are brewed and bottled in Brooklyn, NY are not Kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5487

Insect infestation alert on NFresh Express Classic Garden, Fresh Express Shredded, and Dole Shredded Lettuce

May 17, 2016 from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission with additional information from the COR Detroit on May 18, 2016:
Fresh Express Classic Garden, Fresh Express Shredded, and Dole Shredded Lettuce do not have a kosher symbol at the current time, in this area due to infestations. Please check packages for certification before buying. Corrective action is being taken.

From the COR Detroit: Fresh Express in the Midwest is not affected and continues to bear the Star-K.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5476

Hickory Harvest Expands Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

May 20, 2016: From the FDA:
Hickory Harvest Foods, under advice from its sunflower kernel supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall of a limited number of products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
These recalled items are in addition to the items recalled on May 4, 2016.
The additional products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between the dates of April 20, 2016 and May 18, 2016. Shipments were to the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, Ml, MO, NC, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, and VA. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution Hickory Harvest is recalling all affected products.
Recalled retail items were sold in packaged bags and deli tubs and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. The recalled products are under the Hickory Harvest, Big Y Cranberry, Amish Farms, Raylicious, Liberty, Sheetz, IM Good, and Heinens labels
A full list of products is here
Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email askus2@hickoryharvest.com or call 1-800-448-6887 Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact Hickory Harvest at askus2@hickoryharvest.com to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5486

NORPAC Foods, Inc. Recalls Natural Directions Organic Mixed Vegetables, And Natural Directions Organic Green Peas, Due To Possible Health Risk

May 9, 2016: From the FDA:
NORPAC Foods, Inc. of Salem, Oregon is voluntarily recalling two (2) frozen private label vegetable items, Natural Directions Organic Mixed Vegetables and Natural Directions Organic Green Peas, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This voluntary action is being undertaken because the recalled products contain vegetables that were purchased from CRF Frozen Foods and are part of the recent CRF Frozen Foods recall. The recalled products are Natural Directions Organic Mixed Vegetables and Natural Directions Organic Green Peas. Additional information can be found here.
All retailers who received the products have been contacted. Products being recalled may have been purchased in the states of: AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, and Guam.
Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may call the company contact at 888-641-9349, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5485

Updated: The Pictsweet Company Notifies Consumers That Select Kroger Brand Frozen Vegetables Shipped into the Western US are Included in Previously Announced Recall

May 23, 2016 - from FDA:
As part of the on-going CRF Frozen Foods recall, The Pictsweet Company is notifying consumers that certain Kroger brand frozen vegetable sold in Fry's, King Soopers, City Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Smith's, QFC, and Fred Meyer are included in the recall announced Friday, May 6. These products were packaged by The Pictsweet Company and contain Green Beans or Green Peas recently recalled by CRF Frozen Foods due to a health risk.

The Pictsweet Company Announces Voluntary Recall of Select Frozen Vegetable Items due to Possible Health Risk

May 9, 2016 - FDA:
The Pictsweet Company is voluntarily recalling certain frozen vegetable products because they contain Green Beans or Green Peas recently recalled by CRF Frozen Foods, a Pictsweet ingredient supplier. The affected Pictsweet items were distributed nationwide through retail stores. Recalled products were all manufactured using Cut Green Beans or Green Peas. Products being recalled include “best if used by” dates in the table below and the letter “K” as the 5th digit of the manufacturing code. This information is printed on the back panel of each package. No other Pictsweet products are impacted by this recall. A list of the recalled products is here.

Health alert on Pictsweet Frozen Spring Vegetables

April 11, 2016: From the FoodSafetyNews.com:
The Schnucks grocery chain is recalling Pictsweet brand "Seasoning Blend" and "Steamable Spring Vegetables" possible listeria contamination from chipped onions. .

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5427

Kashrus alert on PASTENE STUFFED CHERRY PEPPERS

May 23, 2016 - from the Rabbinical Council of New England (KVH) in response to a reader's question:
Please be advised that PASTENE STUFFED CHERRY PEPPERS, Prosciutto & Provolone bears a non-authorized KVH Kosher Symbol. Corrective action is being taken. (This product is NOT KOSHER).
The Product was seen at Ocean State Job Lot. Consumers spotting this product are asked if possible to send a picture to: violations@kvhkosher.org

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5484

CDFA ANNOUNCES RECALL OF RAW MILK, RAW SKIM MILK AND RAW CREAM AT ORGANIC PASTURES DAIRY OF FRESNO COUNTY

May 23, 2016 - from CDFA:
Raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County with a code date of June 1, 2016 is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order. The quarantine order followed the confirmed detection of Salmonella bacteria in raw whole milk and raw skim milk.
Under the recall, Organic Pastures Dairy brand raw milk, raw skim milk and raw cream labeled with a USE BY date of JUN 01 2016 is to be pulled immediately from retail shelves, and consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators.

Organic Pastures recalls raw milk


February 7, 2016 Organic Pastures is recalling the following raw raw milk products because because state tests showed foodborne pathogens.

  • Use by date: 1/23/16
    Lot code: 20160105-1
  • Use by date: 1/26/16
    Lot code: 20160106-2
This product may have been released to the Northern and Central Coast areas of California. These lot codes did not reach Southern California.

February 12, 2016: California Retail Distribution List is here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5330

Kosher Alert Aperion Grill and Bar

May 11, 2016 from Kosher Miami:
For reasons that do NOT include kashrus violations, please be advised that Aperion Grill and Bar, located at 1009 Kane Concourse in Bay Harbour, FL is no longer under KM supervision, effective at 7:30 PM May 11, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5483

Kashrus alert on Napoleon Pitted Kalamata Olives

May 16, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification with additional information from the OU on May 19, 2016:
Napoleon Pitted Kalamata Olives bear an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging. Corrective action is being taken.

From the OU: The OU certifies Napoleon Pitted Kalamata Olives that bear the OU.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5474
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