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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.

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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).

Recall Initiated August 9, 2020
(this information is for retail stores)
Limes Freshouse 33383 14683 174618 174570 174571 174572 2lb mesh bags 16444003
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
Lemons Fresh from the Start 33383 14020 174551 174552 2lb mesh bags 16453103
Lemons Wegmans 77890 15917 n/a 2lb mesh bags 16453103
Valencia Oranges Wegmans 77890 52363 n/a 4lb mesh bags 16415104
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.
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Kashrus Advisory - The Boulevard, Encino, CA

August 6, 2020 - From the OK:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kashrut Alert - Nice Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix

August 2 2020: From the OU:

Nice Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix, Wallgreens Inc., Deerfield IL has a missing D - Dairy Designation:
The Orthodox Union certifies Nice Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy, as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements. Some packages were labeled with a plain OU symbol, without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Kashrus Advisory - Riced Cauliflower

August 3, 2020: From the cRc Twitter Feed:

Riced cauliflower can be used for pizza base, pasta alternative, & more! Trader Joe's, Birdseye & Green Giant brands of FROZEN PLAIN riced cauliflower don't not need a hechsher on the label. All other brands & refrigerated/fresh riced cauliflower needs certification. `

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SmithFoods Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Cashew Allergen in Earth Grown Vegan Non Dairy Almond Based Frozen Desserts

July 31, 2020 from FDA

SmithFoods Inc. announced that it is voluntarily recalling 16-oz pint packages of Earth Grown Vegan Non-Dairy Almond Based Frozen Desserts because it may contain an undeclared cashew allergen.

The recalled product was available for purchase at ALDI stores in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The product was also available for purchase by ALDI customers through the company’s partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.

Recalled UPC and lot codes are:




Lot/Best By Code

Earth Grown Mocha Fudge Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert 16-oz /Pint 4099100002836 07-29-2021, 07-30-2021
Earth Grown Chocolate Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert 16-oz/Pint 4099100002850 07-26-2021, 07-27-2021
Earth Grown Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert 16-oz/Pint 4099100002843 07-27-2021, 07-28-2021, 07-29-2021

Consumers who have pints of Earth Grown Non-Dairy Almond Based Frozen Dessert with the codes listed should stop using and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers may contact Customer Contact at 800-776-7076 Monday through Friday from 8a-5p ET.

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