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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kashrus Alert - Triple A Cheese - Feta Lot Numbers

August 11, 2020 - From the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that The following feta cheese lots produced by Triple A Cheese are erroneously marked with a MK certification mark. These products are NOT not kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7281

Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Newport: Red Onions (July 2020)
Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing recalled onions

August 11, 2020 from FDA

On August 1, 2020, Thomson International, Inc. recalled all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination. Recalled products include red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped nationwide from May 1, 2020 to August 1, 2020, sold under the following brand names: Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Food Lion. Recalls have also been initiated by companies that sold onions at Publix Supermarkets, Giant Eagle, Trader Joe’s, and Ralph’s.

In addition, products containing the recalled onions are being identified and recalled. At this time, Giant Eagle, Taylor Farms, and Spokane Produce have recalled products containing recalled onions and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a list of Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Containing Recalled Onions. A full list of available recall information is included below, and will be updated as more products are identified and recalled.

Advice for consumers, restaurants, and retailers: Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing recalled onions. If you cannot tell if your onion is part of the recall, or your food product contains recalled onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

FDA recommends that anyone who received or suspects having received recalled onions use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with recalled products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This includes cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators, and storage bins.


Thomson International Inc. Conducts Voluntary Recall of Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions Because of Possible Salmonella Risk

August 1, 2020 from FDA

Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present. The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Onionswere distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

The onions were distributed in 5 lbs. carton. 10 lbs. carton. 25 lbs. carton. 40 lbs. carton, 50 lbs. carton. bulk, 2 lb. mesh sacks, and 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks 25 lbs. mesh sacks, 50 lbs. mesh sacks under the brand names Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions and Food Lion.

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions. If you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

96 total illnesses have been reported to date including 59 hospitalizations. States with cases include: AK (6), AZ (14), CA (49), CO (10), FL (3), ID (5), IL (10), IN (2), IA (15), KS (1), KY (1), ME (4), MD (1), MI (23), MN (10), MO (6), MT (33), NE (5), NV (5), NY (4), NC (3), ND (5), OH (7), OR (71), PA (2), SC (1), SD (11), TN (5), TX (1), UT (61), VA (4), WA (2), WI (5), and WY (11).

Consumers who have any Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions under the above brand names, or who cannot tell if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that came into contact with the onions. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111.

Canadian Updated Food Recall Warning - Red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions grown by Thomson International Inc. and imported from the USA recalled due to Salmonella

August 1, 2020 from CFIA

Industry is recalling red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions grown by Thomson International Inc., Bakersfield, California, and imported from the USA from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Possibly National, Saskatchewan, Yukon.

Brand Product Size UPC Codes Additional information
  • El Competidor
  • Imperial Fresh
  • Onions 52
  • Tender Loving Care
  • Thomson International
  • Thomson International Premium
  • Thomson Premium
  • Yellow Onions
  • Red Onions
  • White Onions
  • Sweet Yellow Onions
All sizes including bulk Variable All products imported since May 1, 2020
  • Mesh Sack
  • Carton
  • Box
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7268

Kashrut Alerts ORB - Bagels mistakenly labeled Parve at the Winn Dixie of Boca Raton, FL

August 7, 2020 from the ORB:

A limited amount of bagels at Winn Dixie of Boca Raton, FL were mistakenly labeled with ORB Pas Yisroel - Parve, while in fact, they are NOT Parve. They are Dairy - Not Cholov Yisroel. (See pictures below).

The ORB noted that corrective actions are being taken to resolve the issue.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7279

Progressive Produce Voluntarily Recalls Red and Yellow Onions Because of Possible Health Risk

August 10, 2020 from FDA

Progressive Produce LLC is voluntarily recalling a very limited quantity of red and yellow onions as a result of a recall initiated by Thomson International, Inc., which supplied affected onions to Progressive Produce. This recall is being made out of an abundance of caution due to the potential for contamination with Salmonella.

The recalled products were sold on the West Coast, at Trader Joe’s (conventional red onions sold only in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah stores) and Ralph’s (conventional yellow onions sold only in California stores). The onions are sold loose in bulk bins. The red onions have a PLU sticker with the brand name Pacific Gold. No other Progressive Produce onions or other products are impacted by this recall.

onsumers who have purchased recalled products are urged not to consume them and to dispose of them immediately or to return them to the store for a full refund. Consumers may email Progressive Produce for further information at foodsafety@progressiveproduce.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7278

FRESHOUSE II, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Select Mesh Bags and Bulk Shipments of Potatoes, Limes, Valencia Oranges and Lemons Because of Possible Health Risk

August 9, 2020 from FDA

Freshouse II, LLC of Salisbury, NC is recalling the following specific production lots, brands and weights of Valencia Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Organic Limes, and Red B Potatoes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers can identify recalled retail products by looking for the brand, UPC number and, if available the trace number printed on the tag or clip attached to the opening end of the bag. The recalled products were shipped directly to retailer distribution centers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia and to wholesalers in Maryland and North Carolina (see table below).

CONSUMER RETAIL ITEMS
Recall Initiated August 9, 2020
PRODUCT BRAND RETAIL UPC TRACE # printed on tag or clip on bag SIZE LOT # ON BULK CASES
(this information is for retail stores)
Limes Freshouse 33383 14683 174618 174570 174571 174572 2lb mesh bags 16444003
16444603
16444703
Organic Limes Natures Promise 88267 53813 174375 1lb mesh bags X0174375
Red B Potatoes Fresh from the Start 33383 51003 174575
174403 174595
3lb mesh bags 16475401
16453501
16475401
Lemons Fresh from the Start 33383 14020 174551 174552 2lb mesh bags 16453103
16415302
Lemons Wegmans 77890 15917 n/a 2lb mesh bags 16453103
Valencia Oranges Wegmans 77890 52363 n/a 4lb mesh bags 16415104
WHOLESALE BULK ITEMS
Recall initiated August 9, 2020
PRODUCT SIZE Shipper Reference Numbers
(this information is for
wholesale customers)
Lemons 40 lb boxes 1187005, 1187128, 1187103, 1187112
Limes 40 lb boxes 1187112, 1187099, 1187128, 1186832
Red Potatoes 50 lb bags 1187098, 320873, 320992, 2182424
Valencia Oranges 40 lb boxes 1187099, 1187015, 1187112

Consumers who have a recalled item listed above in their possession should not consume it and should destroy the product in a way so that it may not be consumed by others or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Freshouse II, LLC at 631-369-7150, Monday through Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Eastern Time. Consumers may also contact the company via email (customerservice@freshouse.com) or visit the company’s website at www.freshouserecall.com


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Announces Recall of Select Valencia Oranges, Lemons, and Various Products Containing Fresh Lemon Because of Possible Health Risk

August 9, 2020 from FDA

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling its four-pound bag of Valencia Oranges, two-pound bag of lemons, bulk lemons, and a variety of in-store produced seafood and restaurant foods items that contain fresh lemon because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected products were sold in Wegmans stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Brooklyn and Harrison, NY.

Affected produce items, sold between July 31 and August 7, 2020, include:


ustomers should return these products to the service desk for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Wegmans Food Markets 1-855-934-3663 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7277

Change in certification Advisory - The Boulevard, Encino, CA

August 6, 2020 - From the OK:

The Boulevard, 16610 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436:

Ed. note: They are now certified as kosher by Kosher LA

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7276

OU Kosher & Passover Advisory - Season Sardines

August 7, 2020: From the OU:

Season Sardines - Product of Morocco, Season Brand Products:
This product was previously OUP certified (Kosher for Passover) year round. Due to logistical considerations related to COVID-19 work and travel restrictions, this product will be certified OU for year round use. Prior to Passover, an additional quantity of OUP product may be produced. There may be OU and OUP product available in the market simultaneously. When purchasing, consumers should always check for the kosher symbol on the products, and not rely on familiarity of the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7275

Kashrut Alert - Biena Snacks Aged White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs

August 3, 2020: From the OU:

Biena Aged White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs, Biena Snacks, Boston MA has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Biena Snacks White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs. Multi-packs containing .6 oz. bags were produced with an unauthorized OU symbol on the outer packaging. The individual bags do not bear the OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7274

Kashrut Advisory - Hunt's products

August 4, 2020: in response to a reader's question from the OK:

Conagra is a large company with many products; and many products under the Hunt’s brand.

Many of the products are certified by the OK; and many are not certified. For example: Hunt’s Tomato Sauce when sold in cans is certified and will have the OK symbol. The variety of tomato sauce which Hunt’s sells in a cardboard carton, is not certified.

Ed. note: Check each product for the kosher symbol before purchase.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7273

Chodosh Update

August 4, 2020: from Mrs. Rosskamm, The Guide to Chodosh, Hot Line 718-305-5133. Email: yherman20@gmail.com:

The final Chodosh cut off date for oats is July 24th, with a purchase date of August 5th. Dates for individual products using oats should be available in about a week. Note that Oats used in Post and General Mills cereals will be Yoshon through at least September.

The wheat and barley harvest have just begun. No cut off dates are available yet. We expect to have dates in about a week, but that is dependent on many outside factors such as the weather on the plantations.

From Yoshon.com: "If you have the shelf life for your oat product, you can come to this site: Date Calculator. Just add the shelf life of your item to the July 24, 2020 cutoff date, and you will get your product's chodosh cutoff date."

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