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Israel - Home Made brand Cocoa Nibs, Coconut and Date Bar is not certified by the Eida Hachareidis

November 24, 2019 from the Kashrus Magazine:

Home Made brand snacks (Toot Food Industries, Ltd., Migdal HaEmek, Israel, wwwhomemadebyu.co.il) are certified by the "OU" and by the Rabbinate of Migdal HaEmek. All of their products except "Cocoa Nibs, Coconut and Date Bar" are also certified by the Badatz of the Eida Hachareidis. The Eida does not certify this product due to the inclusion of dates which the Eida feels can present a concern of insect infestation and would require additional levels of supervision.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7021

Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Potentially Linked to Fresh Conventional Blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Fall 2019- update

December 3, 2019 from FDA:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin potentially linked to fresh conventional (non-organic) blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

On December 3, 2019, CDC updated their case counts to 16 illnesses, with the most recent illness onset date on November 15, 2019.

Based on the epidemiological information collected in the investigation thus far, ill patients reported consuming fresh conventional blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in six states: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

However, traceback information to date shows that these berries came from a distribution center that ships fresh berries to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in 11 states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA, and WI. As this investigation continues, the FDA will work with our federal and state partners to obtain additional information during the traceback investigation and will update this advisory as more information becomes available.

Recommendation:
The FDA is urging consumers to not eat any fresh conventional blackberries if purchased between September 9 and September 30, 2019, from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the 11 states mentioned above. People who purchased the fresh blackberries and then froze those berries for later consumption should not eat these berries. They should be thrown away.

If consumers purchased fresh conventional blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the 11 states listed above between September 9-30, ate those berries in the last two weeks, and have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus (HAV), they should consult with their healthcare professional to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated. PEP is recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to HAV in the last two weeks. Those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection do not require PEP.

Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating these blackberries, or if you believe that you have eaten these berries in the last two weeks.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6995

Israeli Health Recall - For Glory (A.M.N.) Ltd. Tunisian Couscous

November 25, 2019 from health.gov.il

For Glory (A.M.N.) LTD wishes to inform the entirety of its clients that following lab testing conducted by the Southern district Bureau Food Services of the Ministry of Health unusual Staphylococcus aureus levels have been found in the following product :
800 gr Tunisian couscous
Expiry : 17/10/20
The company is working to remove the product carrying the expiry as mentioned abovedate from the shelves ; the clients are requested not to consume the product We can be contacted by telephone: 086232370.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7019

Kashrus Alert - Bobbysue’s Nuts! It’s Raining Chocolate

December 2, 2019 from the OK:

Please be advised that Bobbysue’s Nuts!(of Bobbysue’s Nuts! LLC Chappaqua, NY 10514) It’s Raining Chocolate was mistakenly printed with the OKDE symbol instead of the required OKD. This product is certified kosher dairy, and correctly lists dairy in the ingredients. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7017

Insect Infestation Alert - Carolina Brand Brown Rice

December 2, 2019 from the Star-K:

STAR-K certified bags of Carolina brand brown rice with a best by date of September 2021 were found to be infested in Lakewood, New Jersey area stores. The infestation was traced to the distribution chain.
Consumers should not use this product.They are urged to return the rice to the store for a full refund.
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7018

Kashrus Alert - Nuts.com Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (Sugar Free)

December 2, 2019 from the OK:

Nuts.com Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (Sugar Free), Nuts.com, Cranford, NJ 07016 has a mistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol:
A limited amount of Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (Sugar Free) sold by Nuts.com were mistakenly printed with a plain OK symbol.
This product is certified kosher dairy, and correctly lists dairy in the ingredient list.
Corrective actions have been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7016

Brazilian Kashrus alert - VITAO E DELAKASA

November 28, 2019 from the BDK (Beit Din Kashrut Sao Palo Bazil):

Translated by Google translate:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7015

UNFI Voluntarily Recalls Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached

November 27, 2019 from FDA:

UNFI announced today a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached, with a Code of AA BEST IF USED BY 010820 CC 15:58 and UPC Code 711535509158. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli. During routine FDA sampling of the five-pound bag product, results were found to be positive for E.coli.

This recall only affects the following code date of Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached five-pound bags currently in stores or consumers’ pantries. No other types of Wild Harvest® Flour are affected by this recall.

Wild Harvest® Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached (sample label below) Package UPC: 711535509158 Best if Used by Date: 010820 CC 15:58 (can be found on top of the product, see sample below)

Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers with questions may contact UNFI at 855-423-2630 (customer support is available seven days-a-week between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM CST). Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7014

Kashrus Alert- HIDDEN VALLEY DRESSINGS

November 28, 2019 from the COR Detroit:

HIDDEN VALLEY DRESSINGS - Only those bearing OU or OU-D are certified Kosher. Currently, most Hidden Valley products in stores do not bear any Kashrus symbol.


Kosher Alert Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing

October 24, 2018 - From the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis Twitter Feed:

Some bottles of Hidden Valley Original Ranch dressing bear a plain OU Kosher symbol. The product is in fact dairy and has buttermilk listed in the ingredients.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6966

Kashrus Alert- STORE BRANDS AND GENERIC BRANDS

November 28, 2019 from the COR Detroit:

STORE BRANDS AND GENERIC BRANDS frequently change suppliers (i.e., the outside manufacturers that produce the product for the store), which often results in a change or loss of the product’s Kosher status. Stores may also have multiple suppliers for the same product, so that some packages on the shelf bear acceptable Kosher certification while others do not, or some are marked Pareve and others are marked Dairy. Consumers should be especially careful when buying such products to check each package every time for proper Kosher certification.
Following are two current local examples.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7013
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