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Kosher Advisory Tribe Hummus and Flavor Shot Products

February 10, 2017 - from the OU:

All Tribe Products, Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Taunton MA:
New Line of Products: Please note that the Orthodox Union currently certifies all varieties of Tribe hummus. Tribe is launching a new ‘Flavor Shot’ product line. Tribe Flavor Shot products are sold separately from the hummus and are meant to be mixed into the hummus. The Flavor Shot products are not currently certified by the Orthodox Union and do not bear the OU symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5816

Shmitta alert on Dried Dates from Kosher n Natural The Candyman

February 7, 2017, - From the COR:

Please be advised that if you have purchased or received dried dates inside a tray, in a package or loosely from Kosher n Natural The Candyman on Thursday, February 9 or earlier this week, please note that they are produce of Eretz Yisrael and they are Shemittah.
Shemittah produce may not be eaten and must be discarded according to strict criteria. For more information, please contact Rabbi Tsvi Heber.
If you buy or receive dried dates Feb 10th from Kosher n Natural The Candyman they are acceptable.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5815

REMINDER REGARDING DRIED FRUITS

February 9, 2017, - From the Hakhel Organization:
With the growing popularity of dried fruits (and the increased number of Heimeshe brand dried fruits), we remind our readers to exercise caution as to the appropriate bracha over the particular dried fruit. For instance, dried guava may literally be the product of pureed guava, in which case the bracha would be a Shehakol -- just as in fruit leather. Similarly, dried fruit mixtures such as ‘kiwi/pineapple’ slices which appear green and are in larger slices than the size of a kiwi may very likely constitute a bracha of Shehakol. Let the proper bracha reciter beware!
Hakhel Note: If one is not sure, he should make the possible brachos that are necessary on other foods, with the dried fruit in mind--or simply not eat the dried fruit until he determines what the bracha is.

Ed. note: Information on dried fruits and nuts is here.

February 17, 2017 - from a reader's question to the OK: Klein's Naturals Dried Guava is slices and the bracha is ha'eitz.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5814

Updated Food Recall Warning - PC Organics brand baby food pouches recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria

February 8, 2017 - from the CFIA:

The food recall warning issued on February 3, 2017 has been updated to include additional products. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling PC Organics brand baby food pouches from the marketplace because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. A manufacturing error resulted in excess water in the product, which under certain circumstances could support the growth of Clostridium Botulinum and pose a health risk to consumers. Consumers should not consume the recalled products listed here.

The products were sold at the following locations up to and including February 8, 2017.

  • Ontario: Fortinos, Loblaws, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, valu-mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores
  • Atlantic: Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Cash&Carry, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Your Independent Grocer, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores
  • Québec: Club entrepôt, Maxi, Maxi & Cie, Presto, Provigo, Provigo le Marché, AXEP, Pharmaprix, and Intermarché
  • West: Extra Foods, Loblaws City Market, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Your Independent Grocer, Shoppers Drug Mart, and affiliated independent stores


PC Organics brand Apple, Blueberry & Green Pea strained baby food recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria

February 3, 2017 - from the CFIA:

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling one specific lot code of PC Organics brand Apple, Blueberry & Green Pea strained baby food from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
PC Organics Apple, Blueberry & Green Pea strained baby food 128 mL 2017 OC 31 0 60383 06292 7

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5811

Canadian Kashrus alert on Orbit Cookies Mini Heart & Teddy Bear Sugar Cookie Platter

February 7, 2017, - From the COR:
Orbit Cookies Mini Heart & Teddy Bear Sugar Cookie Platter was inadvertently labeled without a ‘dairy’ designation. The product is DAIRY and kosher certified. Distribution: Sold across Canada. Resolution: Corrective measures are being taken

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5813
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Kosher Alert Reggano Pasta with Cheese

February 7, 2017 - from the OU:

Reggano Pasta Entrée Angel Hair with Parmesan Cheese; Pasta Entrée Shells & White Cheddar; Pasta Entrée Angel Hair & Herbs, Aldi Inc. Batavia, IL:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Reggano Pasta Entrée Angel Hair with Parmesan Cheese; Pasta Entrée Shells & White Cheddar; Pasta Entrée Angel Hair & Herbs. An unauthorized OU was printed on some of these products. The products are being withdrawn from the marketplace.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5812

Falafel King Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in "Tzatziki Sauce"

February 2, 2017 - from the FDA:

Falafel King of Boulder, Colorado is notifying the public that its containers of Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream contains milk, a known allergen.
Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is distributed to retail stores in certain areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nebraska.
Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is sold in a 10 ounce plastic container with a black rimmed lid with the UPC #822986-70015-2 and a “Sell By” date printed on the top label. The old label on this product will have a “Sell By” date prior to 03/04/17.
This Allergy Alert was initiated to protect the consumers after it was discovered that the Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream was distributed in packaging that did not declare the presence of milk.
Anyone with questions may contact the Falafel King Corporate office at 303-443-1346 and ask for Amnon Gilady, Owner, Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m. MST.

Ed. note: This product bears an EarthKoher Dairy designation

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Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

February 3, 2017 - from the FDA:

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.
The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.
Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.
The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.
Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Ed note: Hunk of Beef is endorsed by the cRc Kosher for Passover (for dogs)

Article in Food Safety News about Evangers is here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5810

New Slurpee flavors

February 4, 2017: The following are new kosher slurpee flavors are from 7-11 and are all pareve:

  • Cactus Cooler
  • Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • Candy Red Apple
  • Dr Brown's Black Cherry
  • Jones Orange Créme
  • Pepsi Black Cherry
  • Manzanita Sol Apple/Manzana
  • Slurpee is for Lovers
  • Fanta Sour Grape
  • Florida Strawberry Mojito
  • Vernors Boston Cooler
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Buffalo Loganberry
  • Eureka! California Blackberry Lime

The Kashrut.com Slurpee list can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/slurpees.

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