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Salmonella Regularly Found In Poultry Sold In Israel

August 15, 2016: YeshivaWorld:
"Chickens sold in Israel are contaminated with salmonella but are nonetheless marketed for retail sale." Shipments of meat that are disqualified for export to Europe due to salmonella infection over 10% are commonly found for sale in Israel. "
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Israel: Listeria in Milutal Frozen French Fries

August 11, 2016: YeshivaWorld:
Milutal (מילוטל) French Fries have been recalled because of detection of listeria
"The company announced that some of its product has been contaminated and a recall has already been issued as of Thursday afternoon. Any consumer with the product is instructed to refrain from eating it, but rather return it to the place of purchase."
"Company officials add that even if one was to eat the frozen chips, one would have to heat the item in hot oil and in most cases, that would eliminate the bacteria. However, consumers are urged not to rely on this."
Infected are:
  • 2kg bags from the mehadrin line with ‘permitted for use’ date up to July 25, 2017
  • 2.5kg bags for use until July 27, 2017
  • American chips 2.5kg bag for use until July 26, 2017
  • 800 gram bags of frozen potatoes for use until July 28, 2017.
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Israel: Salmonella in Tahini

Shamir Salads: The Independent Lab Failed To Detect Salmonella In Tehina

August 16, 2016: YeshivaWorld:
"Prince tehina was sent to Shamir Salads accompanied by test results from an independent lab, which failed to determine the presence of salmonella. It has since been learned those tests were not conducted as they should have been."
"On July 25th, Prince sent its tehina for inspection to the Microbiological Institute in Nesher, an independent lab, which failed to detect the presence of salmonella, apparently because the inspection was not performed in line with protocol. However, an inspection conducted in the Strauss factory, salmonella was detected and they filed the results of the tests with Prince Tehina."

Salmonella Scare in Israel: Health Ministry to Sue Country’s Largest Tahini Manufacturer

August 11, 2016: JewishPress:
The Israeli Ministry of Health on Thursday ordered a halt to all sales of products containing tahini made by Prince Tahina, the largest manufacturer of tahini in the Middle East and one of the biggest in the world, amid a burgeoning scandal in Israel over salmonella found in various Israeli products.
"The bacterium was discovered on Wednesday in Shamir salads, which contains tahini made by Prince Tahina."
"Additionally, over 200 tons of Prince Tahina products are to be destroyed. The Health Ministry alleges that the manufacturer had been aware of the contamination since July 24 and that it will be prosecuted for not having reported it."

Israel on Salmonella hunt: HaNasich recalls hummus and tahini

August 11, 2016: from BarfBlog:
Tehinat HaNasich, a subsidiary of Shamir Salads, reported on Wednesday night that traces of Salmonella were discovered in samples of their raw tahini products.
Shamir has issued a recall on the following items:
  • All hummus products with expiration dates ranging from September 1, 2016 to September 18, 2016.
  • All tahini products with expiration dates ranging from September 16, 2016 to October 3, 2016.
  • All eggplant tahini products with expiration dates ranging from September 1, 2016 to September 18, 2016.
The company noted that all of their non hummus or tahini products are safe for use, as are hummus and tahini products that don’t fall within those date ranges.
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Rabbi Herman CHODOSH BULLETIN-15 Aug 16

In general, if you have last year’s Guide, you can use the package cutoff code for any item given in last year’s Guide and modify the date to conform to the packing dates given here for each type of grain, spring wheat, oats or barley. Just change the date and the year. If you do not have last year’s Guide, you may get it by sending email to chodosh@moruda.com.


  • Quaker oats (hot cereals) Jan 10 ‘18
  • Cheerios (all types sold outside of Israel) Aug 6 ’17. Cheerios sold in Israel, the OU is working to make that Yoshon.
  • Nature Valley Granola Jul 26 ’17 (the date on the individual bars, not on the outside box)
  • Shoprite oats Jan 20 ‘18
  • Village Farms, Sturms oats Jul 20 ‘18
  • Kemach, Taanug oats Jul 20 ‘17

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

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Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Nutribar brand Original Chocolate Supreme Meal Replacement Powder recalled due to undeclared egg

August 11, 2016 - CFIA:
Stella Pharmaceutical Canada Inc. is recalling Nutribar brand Original Chocolate Supreme Meal Replacement Powder from the marketplace because it may contain egg which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to egg should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold nationally and through Internet sales.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Nutribar Original Chocolate Supreme Meal Replacement Powder 530 g BB: 2016 NO 20
6 27578 00573 4

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

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Freihofer Bread Is Made In Both Kosher and Non-Kosher Facilities

August 3, 2016 - From Kashrus Magazine:
Freihofer Bread is made by Bimbo. Many of their Freihofer breads are made in both kosher-certified bakeries and non-certified bakeries. The same name bread may appear in one store with an "OU" or a "KOF-K" and in another store with no hechsher, having been manufactured in a non-kosher facility. It is imperative to scrutinize the label.

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OU Kosher Advisory Heinz Mustard

August 9, 2016 from the OU:
Heinz Mustard (12.75 oz.) is inadvertently missing the OU symbol from the product label. This product continues to be OU Kosher certified. The OU will be incorporated into the inkjeted code on the cap until new labels can be put into circulation.

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Kashrus alert on Creation Foods Spinach and Cheese Borekes

August 12, 2016 - from the MK:
Please be advised that the Spinach and Cheese Borekas from Creation Foods bear an unauthorized MK PAREVE symbol. Furthermore, the company has had not had supervision as of FEBRUARY 2016.

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Consumer Advisory - CFIA advises consumers to use caution with infant formula products due to potential product substitution and/or tampering

August 11, 2016 - CFIA:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has become aware of a report from a Walmart store located in Kanata, Ontario of tampering by product substitution in an infant formula product. This type of issue is not typically associated with the manufacturing process but can occur occasionally when a consumer returns altered products to the retail store for a refund.
The infant formula product had an outer container which appeared intact but the product inside the inner packages had been substituted. There has been no illness associated with this complaint.
Consumers using infant formulas should examine the packaging material to ensure that the security seal is intact and has not been altered or the product substituted. If you have product that appears to have been altered, do not use or consume it and contact your local law enforcement authority or the CFIA.

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Kashrus alert on Western Family vegetable and fruit products

August 8, 2016 - from KosherCheck.org:
Please be advised that the following Western Family brand products bear an unauthorized BCK logo and are not certified kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC.

  • Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • Frozen Berry Blend
  • Frozen Dark Fruit Blend
  • Frozen Bite Sized Blend
  • Frozen Blackberries
Corrective measures are being implemented.

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