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Kosher Alert Giant and Stop & Shop Mozzarella Sticks - alert revised

June 6, 2019 from the OU:

Giant, Stop & Shop Frozen Mozzarella Sticks, Retail Business Services, Scarborough, ME has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Giant and Stop & Shop brand Mozzarella Sticks, sold in Giant supermarkets. Some boxes bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6839

Kashrus Alert- Salmon Bearing an Unauthorized Kof-K. Appeals to Public to help stop frauduent acitvity.

June 13, 2019 a repost from the Yeshiva World & confirmed by the Kof-K:

The Kof-K has been infomed that there is salmon being sold in Uruguay in South America as well as possibly in Latvia bearing an unauthorized Kof-K symbol. The Kof-K symbol is prominently displayed on the front of the packaging. The Kof-K is aggressively trying to trace the origin of this Salmon packer and currently finding extremely challenging to do so. We are applealing for the public's help in stopping this fraudulent activity.

If you see this product or any similar looking product, please call Rabbi Yehuda Rosenbaum, Kof-K administrative Director at 201-837-1967 IMMEDIATELY with the location of the product so further action can be taken.

In the meantime PLEASE HELP US get the word out by forwarding this alert to all of your contacts. Help us prevent anyone from mistakenly eating this productr that is not Kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6845

Outbreak Investigation of E. Coli O26 Linked to ADM Milling Co. Flour, May 2019

June 13, 2019 from the FDA:

On June 13, 2019, King Arthur Flour, Inc., a customer of ADM Milling Co., issued press, to inform customers of the recall of five-pound bags of unbleached all-purpose flour with the following lot codes and best by dates:

BEST USED BY 12/07/19 LOT: L18A07C
BEST USED BY 12/08/19 LOTS: L18A08A, L18A08B
BEST USED BY 12/14/19 LOTS: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C


Consumers should not use or eat recalled flour. At this time recalls include:

ALDI Baker’s Corner All Purpose flour

King Arthur Flour

Due to potential contamination with E. coli O26, do not eat any raw cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.

Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw batter or dough products.

Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour or cake mix may spread easily due to its powdery nature.

If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local ALDI store for a full refund. Please direct any customer inquiries for ADM Milling to 800-422-1688 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6819

Townsend Farms, Inc., Notifies Costco of Possible Health Risk and Recalls Conventional Frozen Kirkland Three Berry Blend

June 11, 2019 from the FDA

Out of an abundance of caution, Townsend Farms, Inc. has notified Costco that a recent FDA test indicated that a domestic conventional frozen blackberry product manufactured by Townsend Farms, Inc., may be contaminated with Hepatitis A. Townsend Farms, Inc. used the domestic conventional frozen blackberry to manufacture the Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend product with Best By Dates between February 16, 2020, and May 4, 2020. Costco only sold the product in stores located in San Diego and Los Angles, California and Hawaii. No product manufactured for Costco by Townsend Farms has tested positive for Hepatitis A. Costco has no product in its current inventory. Costco has been notifying its members about the potential health risk.

This Notice affects the following product:

Best By codes located in the white box on the back of the Product bag:

According to the FDA and CDC there have been no customer illness reports to date related to any product manufactured by Townsend Farms, Inc., using these blackberries.

Members who have purchased the above product should not consume it. Instead, photograph the product bag for your records, dispose of the product and contact your local Costco for a full refund.

Costco members who have questions should contact Townsend Farms, Inc., customer service representatives at 877-244- 0947 or by email at TownsendFarms4283@stericycle.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6844

Kroger Recalls Select Frozen Private Selection Berries for Possible Health Risk

June 7, 2019 from the FDA

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (48 oz), Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (16 oz), and Private Selection Frozen Blackberries (16 oz) manufactured by Townsend Farms due to possible Hepatitis A contamination.

No customer illnesses have been reported to date. Kroger was informed by the FDA that a sample of the Private Selection frozen berries was tested by the FDA and found to be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

Kroger is recalling the following items, which were distributed to all Kroger family of store bannersExternal Link Disclaimer across the country:

Kroger has removed the potentially affected items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls. Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to midnight EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6841

Kashrus alert - Al Khyam

June 11, 2018 from CRC:

All products under the “Al Khyam” brand bear an unauthorized cRc logo. The Chicago Rabbinical Council does not presently certify any products under the "Al Khyam" brand. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6843

Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Limited Quantity of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices

June 5, 2019 from FARE:

Unilever is voluntarily recalling a limited number of boxes of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices, which may inadvertently contain Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices. Although the slices were individually wrapped and identified as Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices, the ingredient peanut butter (containing the known allergen peanut), is undeclared on the outer product packaging.

This limited voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The affected product is sold in a paperboard box, containing 9 fL oz (266 mL) (3 individually wrapped ice cream slices) with UPC code of 076840657940 best by dateAUG1218LT2 and lot number of AUG1218LT2.

The product was manufactured in the United States. The product was distributed nationwide and reached consumers through retail stores. No product was shipped outside of the U.S. No other Ben & Jerry’s products – besides this specific lot of Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pints Slices - are affected by this voluntary recall, including other Pint Slices, pints or any products served in Ben & Jerry's franchised Scoop Shops.

The recall was initiated after receiving one consumer complaint, where it was discovered that Vanilla Peanut Butter Cups Pint Slices were distributed in outer packaging that did not call out the presence of peanut butter. Unilever has not received any reports of illness associated with this product, but the company is voluntarily recalling this product out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who have purchased boxes of the above product with the affected UPC code and date code are asked to immediately discontinue use of the product, retain the outer box and call 877-270-7397, which is operational 24 hours a day, for more information about the recall and to request a replacement coupon. A consumer services representative is available between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EDT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6842

Kashrut Advisory on Dannon Yogurt

June 11, 2019 from the OU in response to a reader's question:

The following Dannon yogurts, are currently certified kosher even without the OU-D symbol:

coffee 4 pack 3663201827
coffee 3663201374
vanilla 3663200101
plain 3663200100

December 19, 2018 from the OU in response to readers questions:

The OU symbol was mistakenly ommitted from the following flavors of Dannon Yogurt. This applies only to the UPC #'s listed below. There are very similar flavors of yogurt which are not OU certified. The OU is being inkjetted into the date code of the below products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6673

Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC. Recalls Karawan Brand Tahini & SoCo Brand Tahini Because of Possible Health Risk

June 10, 2019 from the FDA

Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC of Jupiter, Florida is recalling all retail and bulk Karawan brand Tahini, sold in Jars: 450g (15.87 oz) and Buckets: 17kg (599.6 oz); 3kg (105.8 oz) that were imported from Palestine (ed note: their wording) between the dates of December 2018 to April 2019 and SoCo Brand Tahini; because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Karawan brand Tahini was directly distributed to New York and Texas. We currently know that distributors have thereafter shipped the product to Massachusetts and Virginia.
Specific information on how to identify the Karawan brand Tahini product includes:

  1. Name of product: Tahini
  2. Brand name: Karawan Tahini
  3. Unit size: Jar: 450g (15.87 oz), Buckets: 17kg (599.6 oz), 3 kg (105.822 oz)
  4. Storage conditions: No refrigeration storage needed.
  5. Expiration Date (s): Two years from the production. The expiration date is located on the lid of the containers.

Retail label for SoCo brand Tahini
Specific information on how to identify the SoCo brand Tahini product includes:

  • Name of product: Tahini
  • Brand name: SoCo Tahini
  • Unit size: Container: 380g (13.4 oz)
  • Storage conditions: No refrigeration storage needed.
  • Expiration Date (s): Two years from the production. The expiration date is located on the lid of the containers.

    This recall has been initiated due to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene laboratory results from two samples of Karawan brand tahini testing positive for Salmonella. Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC has ceased the importation and distribution of the product as FDA and Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

    Consumers who have purchased Karawan brand tahini or SoCo brand Tahini are urged to destroy it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC at 305-570-9050, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6807

    Whirlpool Double Oven Alert WOD51, WOD77, WOD97, WODA7

    June 7, 2019 from the Star-K:

    For these models of wall ovens, we recommend not placing both ovens into Sabbath Mode. To ensure proper functioning, select the Sabbath Mode feature for only the ONE oven you will use on Yom Tov (or on Shabbos as permitted halachically). Until further notice, do not use the other oven on Yom Tov or Shabbos.

    The manufacturer is working on a fix. If you own any of these models, please email your model number, serial number and contact information to appliances@star-k.org so they can notify you when the fix is available.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6840
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