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Weis Markets Issues Recall for Undeclared Egg Allergen In WQ Banana Puddin Ice Cream

April 17, 2019 from FDA:

Weis Markets today said it has issued a recall for its Weis Quality Banana Puddin Ice Cream (48oz) since the product’s ingredient label fails to list an egg allergen due to a supplier error.

his product has been removed from sale. It was sold in 200 Weis Markets’ stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and West Virginia. The ice cream is packaged in a scround container with a UPC of 041497-01305. All lot codes are affected. An example of the label has been included with this release. Customers who have purchased this product may return it for a full refund.

Customers requiring additional information may contact Weis Customer Service at 1-866-999-9347 Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.

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Warning Issued in Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookie Recall

April 16, 2019 from NBC New York and Mondelez: M

ondelēz Global LLC announced today a limited voluntary recall in the United States of certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13oz cookies.

This voluntary recall is being conducted because of the potential for certain product to contain an unexpected solidified ingredient. Some reports of potential adverse health effects have been received.

Description Retail UPC Best When Used By Dates
CHIPS AHOY CHEWY COOKIE (13 OZ) 0 44000 03223 4 07SEP2019 08SEP2019 14SEP2019 15SEP2019 (Located on left top side of package by lift tab

This recall is being conducted in the US. Consumers who have this product should not eat it. Consumers can contact the company at 1-844-366-1171, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall. Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm EDT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6786

Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nut in Limited Quantities of Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar Bulk and Chunky Monkey Pint

April 15, 2019 from FDA:

Unilever is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk and Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey pints, which may inadvertently contain tree nuts including almonds, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts that are not declared in the ingredient list or allergy information list. Both affected products include a "Contains Walnuts" and a "May contain other tree nuts" label on the back of the pack.

The affected Ben & Jerry’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk product is sold in a tub containing 2.4 gallons with a Consumer UPC of 076840104246 and best by date of SEP1520BJ4. The affected Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey pint is sold in a pint tub (473 mL) with a Consumer UPC of 076840100354 and best by dates of AUG2820BH2, AUG2920BH2, or AUG3020BH2.

The products were manufactured in the United States. The affected Chunky Monkey pints were distributed nationwide and reached consumers through retail stores. The affected Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk products were distributed nationwide and reached consumers through wholesale and scoop shops. No product was shipped outside of the U.S.

The recall was initiated after an undeclared nut was found during the production operation.

Consumers who have purchased containers of the above products with the affected UPC and date codes are asked to immediately discontinue use of the product, retain the outer container, and call 833-236-1237 for further information 24/7.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6785

FDA Investigating a Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Carrau Linked to Pre-cut Melons

April 12, 2019 from FDA:

Caito Foods, LLC, of Indianapolis, Ind., has recalled products containing pre-cut melons because they are potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Additionally, Caito Foods, LLC has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products.
FDA worked with CDC and state partners to trace the distribution of pre-cut melon mixes from individual case patients back to Caito Foods, LLC. FDA is also continuing its traceback investigation to identify the specific source of these melons. Salmonella Carrau is a rare type of Salmonella but has been historically seen in imported melons. Reports from Caito Foods LLC indicate that imported melons were used in the suspect pre-cut melon mixes. FDA’s traceback investigation is examining shipping records to try to determine a country and if possible, a farm of origin for the melons.
Consumers should not eat the recalled pre-cut melon products. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Consumers in these states who have purchased pre-cut melon products and cannot determine whether they were produced by Caito Foods, LLC should throw those products out.

Retailers and restaurants should also not serve the recalled pre-cut melon products and should throw the product out.

These products were distributed by:

Additional information about this recall is here.

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Conagra Brands Announces Recall of a Limited Amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste Cans Due to Potential Presence of Mold

April 4, 2019 from FDA:

Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans. After the canning process, the final product could have been damaged, creating the potential for mold.Conagra Brands became aware of the issue after receiving calls from consumers.
The products covered by this recall were distributed for retail sale in the U.S. The specific product information is listed below. Given the product may contain mold, consumers are advised not to use it and to either throw it away or return it to the store where originally purchased.

Item DescriptionCase UPCItem UPCCase Batch/Lot CodeItem Batch/Lot CodeBest By Date
HNT PSTE TOM NSA 12/6Z00-0-27000-38809-900-0-27000-38807-552919025102105902510OCT 16
2020

No other Hunt’s products or Conagra Brands' products are impacted by this recall.

Conagra Brands has informed the FDA of this recall and is working with customers to ensure the impacted product is removed from store shelves and is no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Conagra Brands Consumer Care team at 1-888-280-0301, open 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit https://www.hunts.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6783

Kashrus Advisory on Alfasi Reserve wines

March 7, 2018 from the OK, mentioned in the 2019 Kashrus Magazine Pesach guide:

Alfasi Reserve, Royal Wine Corp., Bayonne, NJ 07002
All Alfasi Reserve wines produced before 2017 are not mevushal.
The 2017 Alfasi Reserve wines are mevushal, as stated in English, but bottles may be mislabeled with the words 'Not Mevushal' in Hebrew.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6278

Wakefern Food Corp. Voluntarily Recalls Wholesome Pantry Organic Nut Butters Because of Possible Health Risk

March 28, 2019 from FDA:

Wakefern Food Corp. has initiated a voluntary recall of a variety of Wholesome Pantry Organic nut butters because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Five varieties of nut butters, packed in 16 ounce plastic jars, with best by dates of June 2020 and earlier, have been recalled:


These products were sold in ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer and Dearborn Market stores located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and Virginia. Wakefern was made aware of the issue when their supplier, Oskri Organics Corporation of Lake Mills, WI, notified them that several nut butters produced in their facility had tested positive for Listeria bacteria. Though no Wholesome Pantry Organic nut butters tested positive for the bacteria, a voluntary recall was initiated out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers with questions may call Customer Care at 1-800-746-7748 Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and weekends from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6782

Mexican kashrus alert - Los dulces de la marca Micho

March 29, 2019 from KMD Mexico:

Los dulces de la marca Micho que contienen caramelo o gomitas no están autorizados aún portando el logo KMD

Translated by Google Translate: Micho sweets that contain candy or gummies are not authorized yet bearing the KMD logo.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6781

Theo Chocolate Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bars

March 28, 2019 from FDA:

Theo Chocolate of Seattle, WA is voluntarily recalling 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate bars (UPC 8 74492 00325 8) because they may contain undeclared milk.
The affected product features lot code 3092529 with a Best-By date of 1/2020. The lot code and Best-By date are found on the back side of the bar’s packaging.
The affected product was distributed nationwide to select retailers from January 30th, 2019 to March 11th, 2019.
No other product sold under the Theo Chocolate brand is affected by the recall.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a small number of 3oz Salted Toffee Dark Chocolate bars were mis-labeled with 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate labels and shipped to select distributors, retail stores and consumers. The toffee contains butter, which is a milk allergen, but the 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate label does not declare milk.
Consumers who have the 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate bars with the affected lot code 3092529 with a Best-By date of 1/2020 and have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, should not consume the product and immediately dispose of the product.
For retailers, sale of Theo Chocolate 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate with lot code 3092529 and a Best-By date of 1/2020 should stop immediately. Product should be removed from shelves and disposed.
We encourage anyone with questions or concerns about this matter to call 866-800-2920 or email Questions@TheoChocolate.com, 8am – 5pm EST, Monday – Friday.

Ed. note: This product bears a Star-D designation.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6780

Import Alert for Mexican papayas over widespread Salmonella contamination

March 28, 2019 from FoodSafetyNews:

"The conditions that two years ago led to a deadly multistate salmonella outbreak due to Maradoly papayas imported from Mexico remain largely unchanged."

"mported papayas from Mexico remain under an import alert issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that permits U.S. ports of entry to detain the Mexican produce without physical examination. FDA’s concern once again is the potential for widespread Salmonella contamination Mexican grown papayas for the American market."

"In 2017, Maradol Papayas were associated with four outbreaks involving eight strains of Salmonella. These included Salmonella Urbana, Salmonella Newport, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Anatum, Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Agona and Salmonella Gaminara."

More than 250 people were sickened in those outbreaks involving about one-half of U.S. states due to Mexican-grown papayas. Two deaths were also blamed on the imported fruit. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in 2017 went so far as to recommend that “consumers not eat, restaurants not serve and retailers not sell Maradol papayas..”

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