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Sabra Dipping Company is Marketing Party Platter Selects, the Platters are NOT KOSHER

July 27, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification"

Please be advised that although the hummus is kosher certified, the Platters are NOT KOSHER, and do not bear the ok kosher symbol on the label. Sabra Dipping Company is marketing Party Platter Selects, available exclusively in WalMart. The Party Platters include Sabra® Classic Hummus, Breadsticks, Salami and Cheeses Corrective action is being taken.


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.)

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Gel Spice, Inc. Issues Alert on Elevated Lead Levels in One Lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder

July 28, 2016 - From the FDA:

Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder because the product contains elevated lead levels.
The recalled "Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric" is packaged in 3.75 oz. PET jars. It has a code of B/B 03/08/19 and B/B 05/18/19 on the neck of the container.The package also has a UPC code of 81026-01230. The product was distributed at Big Lots Stores throughout the United States.
Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated level of lead.
Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing.
Consumers who have purchased “Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric” should discard the product. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may call (201) 564-0435.

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Rabbi Herman CHODOSH BULLETIN-28 JUL 16

"We have not yet received official confirmation from the US Dep’t of Agriculture of the start of the harvest of the Chodosh spring wheat and barley. However, it is certain that this has begun. We have received a message from a mashgiach that at least one mill received shipments of Chodosh spring wheat on Friday, Jul. 22 and a second mill has received Chodosh on Jul 27. These 2 mills are in the Midwest, near the harvest areas. I will not issue final Chodosh cutoff dates for the upcoming season until the official word is out from the US Dep’t of Agriculture, expected this coming Tuesday. Meanwhile below are the updated revised tentative Chodosh starting dates.

  1. Freshly baked items using spring wheat, including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies may be Chodosh in the Midwest after the PURCHASE DATE of Jul 29. Elsewhere in the US, this date would be Aug 12.
  2. Packaged foods from spring wheat may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Jul 29, or the PURCHASE date of Aug 12.
  3. Noodles and pasta may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 17 and the PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
  4. Barley, such as pearled barley, may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 2 and PURCHASE date of Aug 16.
  5. Oats: Oats in all products, including cereals, may be Chodosh starting with a PACKING date of Jul 20, PURCHASE date of Aug 3. (The known exception is for General Mills cereals including all Cheerios, for which the Chodosh packing date is July 31 or later.)
  6. Barley malt (also listed in the ingredients as “malt”) may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Dec 15. Package codes should be checked after the purchase date of Dec 15 for beer made from barley malt and Mar 15 for malt in other products.

Even though pesach was late on the solar calendar this year, still almost all of the 3 crops of interest were planted after pesach and are Chodosh. The early harvest this year is due to weather conditions in the growing areas.
Those who want to purchase Yoshon items to store over the Chodosh season should do so now, as soon as possible.
The next revised update on this topic is due BE”H one week from now."

This information is from GUIDE TO CHODOSH-YOSEPH HERMAN,
HOT LINE 718-305-5133,
EMAIL: yherman@earthlink.net

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Kashrus information on dishwasher detergents and dishwashing supplies

July 13, 2016 - From the cRc Twitter Feed with additional information from the cRc based on a reader's question:
All soap pads, dish washer soaps and other things used for a dish washer, detergents (both liquid, powder or pods, polishes and any other cleaning substance, even those used for dishes, do not require any kosher or kosher for Passover certification.
From the cRc Twitter feed: Dishwasher detergents, including gel packs, tablets, liquids and powders do not need a hechsher

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Kashrus information on flavored coffee

July 19, 2016 - From the cRc Twitter Feed:
Flavored coffees require a hechsher.

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Kosher Advisory Ritz Crackers

July 25, 2016 from the OU:
Family Size Ritz Original Crackers, Mondelez Global LLC, East Hanover NJ: The Orthodox Union certifies Family Size Ritz Crackers as an OU-D product. Some of the packaging for the 12-pack Family Size Ritz Original Crackers with the UPC Code 4400004575 was printed without the OU D symbol. This product is kosher and dairy. Corrective actions have been implemented.

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Kashrus information on flavored water

July 20, 2016 - From the cRc Twitter Feed:
Flavored water requires a hechsher.

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General Mills Expands Retail Flour Recall

July 25, 2016 - from the FDA:
Consumers are reminded not to eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour Due to four new confirmed illnesses, General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previously announced U.S. retail flour recall that was originally announced on May 31, 2016. The illnesses reported to health officials continue to be connected with consumers reporting that they ate or handled uncooked dough or ate uncooked batter made with raw flour. No illnesses have been connected with flour that has been properly baked, cooked or handled. The addition of new flour production dates is the result of General Mills conducting proactive flour testing and new information from health officials who are using new whole genome sequencing techniques to trace illnesses. E.coli (several sub-types) has been detected in a small number of General Mills flour samples and some have been linked to new patient illnesses that fell outside of the previously recalled dates. At this time, it is unknown if we are experiencing a higher prevalence of E.coli in flour than normal, if this is an issue isolated to General Mills’ flour, or if this is an issue across the flour industry. The newer detection and genome sequencing tools are also possibly making a connection to flour that may have always existed at these levels. “As a leader in flour production for 150 years, General Mills is committed to convening experts to work with government officials to learn more and create new protocols, if needed,” said General Mills President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Harmening. “Most importantly, we want all the avid home bakers out there to have peace of mind and know the most important thing they can do to keep safe is to not eat uncooked flour.” Flour is a raw ingredient that is intended to be cooked or baked. Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present and the normal flour milling process does not remove these bacteria. In order for severe E. coli illness to occur from flour, all three of the following things have to happen: The flour a consumer is using has to contain the rare sub-types of E.coli that can make you sick. The consumer has to eat raw dough, batter or other uncooked food made with the flour, or handle the raw dough and not wash their hands. The consumer’s individual health characteristics will impact if they get sick and how severely. Some consumers have mild symptoms and others get very sick. It is not always known who will get sick and who will not. Previously announced recalled flour production dates ranged from November 4, 2015 through December 4, 2015. The expansion announced today includes select production dates through February 10, 2016. The new recall applies only to the specific product and date codes listed below.

  • 13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra
    Package UPC 000-16000-18980
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates 14MAY2017PK
  • 2lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC 000-16000-10710
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC, 13AUG2017KC through 21AUG2017KC
  • 10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC 000-16000-10410
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC
  • 5lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC 000-16000-10610
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates 18JUN2017KC, 01AUG2017KC, 13AUG2017KC through 21AUG2017KC
  • 5lb Gold Medal Self Rising Flour
    Package UPC 000-16000-11610
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates 27OCT2016KC
  • 4.25lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
    Package UPC 000-16000-12670
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates 01AUG2017KC, 19AUG2017KC, 20AUG2017KC, 21AUG2017KC
  • 5lb Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
    Package UPC 000-16000-19610
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates 01AUG2017KC, 14AUG2017KC, 15AUG2017KC, 16AUG2017KC, 17AUG2017KC, 19AUG2017KC, 20AUG2017KC
  • 2lb Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached
    Package UPC 000-21130-53000
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB 15 AUG 2017, BB 16 AUG 2017
  • 5lb Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All Purpose Enriched
    Package UPC 000-21130-53022
    Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB 01 AUG 2017

Consumers are asked to throw away any flour in their possession that is part of this recall. A full list of retail products included in the flour recall since May 31, 2016 can be found at www.generalmills.com/flour.
Consumers with questions or requesting replacement product should contact General Mills at 1-800-230-8103. Consumer information can also be found at www.generalmills.com/flour.


General Mills Expands Flour Recall to Include Additional Dates from Last Fall

July 1, 2016 - from the FDA:
General Mills of Minneapolis, MN, continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121, and is expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. The recall is being expanded due to a newly-reported illness that appears to have stemmed from the consumption of raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall.
The recall affects the following retail flour products. It includes 8 SKUs (stock keeping units or UPC codes) of Gold Medal Flour, 1 SKU of Signature Kitchens Flour and 1 SKU of Gold Medal Wondra flour. If you have any of the products listed below, they should be thrown away. Consumers with additional questions or requesting a replacement should contact the company at 800-230-8103. Additional recall information can also be found at http://www.generalmills.com/flour:

The specific products in the recall include:

13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra
Package UPC 000-16000-18980
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 23FEB2017KC, 24FEB2017KC
2 lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10710
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC, 13JUN2017KC, 14JUN2017KC
2lb Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-11710
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 09AUG2016KC, 10AUG2016KC, 16AUG2016KC, 17AUG2016KC, 06SEP2016KC, 07SEP2016KC
10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10410
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 16MAY2017KC through 20MAY2017KC, 05JUN2017KC
5lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC
5lb Gold Medal Self Rising Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-11610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 10AUG2016KC, 11AUG2016KC
4.25lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-12670
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 21MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC
5lb Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-19610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 19MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 11JUN2017KC, 12JUN2017KC
10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour- Banded Pack
Package UPC 000-16000-10650
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 15MAY2017KC
2lb Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached
Package UPC 000-21130-53000
Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 27 2017


Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens Flour Recalled Due to Possible E. coli O121 Contamination

May 31, 2016 - From General Mills and Barfblog and the FDA:

General Mills is collaborating with health officials to investigate an ongoing, multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 that may be potentially linked to Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour (sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme). Out of an abundance of caution, a voluntary recall is being made. To date, E. coli O121 has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility and the company has not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting confirmed illnesses related to these products.
State and federal authorities have been researching 38 occurrences of illnesses across 20 states related to a specific type of E. coli (E. coli O121), between December 21, 2015, and May 3, 2016. While attempting to track the cause of the illness, CDC found that approximately half of the individuals reported making something homemade with flour at some point prior to becoming ill. Some reported using a General Mills brand of flour.
Based on the information that has been shared with General Mills, some of the ill consumers may have also consumed raw dough or batter. Consumers are reminded to not consume any raw products made with flour. Flour is an ingredient that comes from milling wheat, something grown outdoors that carries with it risks of bacteria which are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.
If you have any of the products listed below, they should be thrown away. Consumers with additional questions or requesting a replacement should contact the company at 800-230-8103. Additional recall information can also be found at www.generalmills.com/flour.

13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-18980
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017
2 lb. Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10710
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC thru 03JUN2017KC
2lb Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-11710
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 23AUG2016KC
10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10410
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 02JUN2017KC,  03JUN2017KC
5lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-10610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC thru 31MAY2017KC, 01JUN2017KC, 03JUN2017KC thru 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC thru 14JUN2017KC
5lb Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
Package UPC 000-16000-19610
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC
10lb Gold Medal All Purpose Flour- Banded Pack
Package UPC 000-16000-10410
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC
5lb Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached
Package UPC 000-21130-53001
Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 28 2017
5lb Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All Purpose Enriched
Package UPC 000-21130-53022
Recalled Better if Used by Dates BB MAY 27 2017

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Kashrus alert on OU Philly Swirl Ices

July 26, 2016 from the OU:
Philly Swirl Swirl Cup, Philly's Famous Water Ice, Inc. Tampa FL: Due to an error, a non-certified product appears in some boxes of Philly Swirl Cups. The candy coated spoons are not certified by the Orthodox Union, yet, the box bears an OU symbol. Notices were placed inside each box to notify consumers that only the ices are certified kosher, and not the spoons. Other corrective actions are being implemented. The Orthodox Union certifies Philly Swirl ices.

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Kashrus alert on JACK’S SNACKS Vegan Nutty Energy Bar

JULY 21, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
NORTH PENGUIN Ice cream, crepes, slush, tea, etc
Jacks Snacks LLC, Brooklyn, NY 11223: JACK’S SNACKS Vegan Nutty Energy Bar mistakenly bears the OK kosher symbol instead of the OK-DE kosher symbol. Corrective action is being taken.

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