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Brightfarms Announces Voluntary Regional Recall of Produce Due to Potential Presence of Metal Pieces From Construction

May 18, 2017 from the FDA:

BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal as a result of construction at its Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm.

The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at the Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Peapod and Martin’s Food Markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Affected produce may also have been distributed via the Capital Area Food Bank.

The recall includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with best by dates on the package of: 5/22/17, 5/23/17, 5/24/17, 5/25/17, 5/26/17. (Best by dates are located on the label of the package.)

  • BrightFarms Baby Spinach (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spring Mix (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spinach Blend (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Kale (3 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Arugula (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Mixed Greens (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Romaine (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)

The recall also includes the below basil products, packaged in clear plastic clamshells with best by dates: 5/18/17, 5/19/17, 5/20/17, 5/21/17, 5/22/17, 5/23/17. (Best by dates are located on the label of the package.)

  • BrightFarms Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Thai Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Lemon Basil (.75 oz. package)

The recall is limited to products grown at the company’s Elkwood, Virginia farm. BrightFarms products from greenhouses in other regions are not affected.

BrightFarms chose to take this action out of an abundance of caution after discovering that certain produce may have been compromised. Affected retailers have been instructed to remove all affected products from store shelves.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should discard it or return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions are encouraged to call (646) 480-5262 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or email info@brightfarms.com with the subject line: Recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5924

Kashrus Alert - 7-Select Vanilla Creme Cookies

May 19, 2017 from OK Twitter Feed:

A limited amount of 7-Select Vanilla Creme Cookies (sold in 7-Eleven) mistakenly bear plain OK, instead of OK-D. Product is certified kosher dairy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5923

Kashrus Alert on Meklovita Poland cheese sold in Germany

May 18, 2017 from the KAJ Berlin:

Please be informed that the Meklovita Poland cheese with kosher logo was never certified by anyone, the logos are fakes.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5922

Kashrus Alert on Orthodox Chews Salt Water Taffies

February 22, 2017 from the Vaad of Denver:
Salt Water Taffies produced by Orthodox Chews are NOT Scroll K certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5921

Kashrus Advisory - Israeli carrots sold by Baldor Specialty Foods

May 15, 2017 from OK:

Please be advised that until recently the OK certified organic and non-organic carrots from Baldor Specialty Foods. Please note that since Baldor is now receiving carrots from Israel, the OK will not be certifying Baldor’s carrots for the foreseeable future.

May 17, 2017 From the AKC: Many frozen carrots found in local stores come from Israel.

Editor's note: Check the country of origin for fruits and vegetables that you purchase.
Information on tithing of Israeli produce can be found at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5920

New York’s Delicacy Champagne & Orange Smoked Salmon Mistaken use of OK Kosher Symbol

May 15, 2017 from OK Twitter Feed:

New York’s Delicacy Champagne & Orange Smoked Salmon, Fresh2yourdoor, Houston, TX 77096:
New York’s Delicacy Smoked Salmon, Champagne & Orange flavor, bears an OK kosher symbol on the packaging. This product is NOT KOSHER

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5919

Additional information on the kosher status of Snack Artist Dry Roasted Peanuts

May 15, 2017 from the OU in reponse to a reader's question:

Snack Artist dry roasted peanuts (sold at Safeway) are using a kosher gelatin and are certified as kosher by the OU.

Kosher Alert Snack Artist Dry Roasted Peanuts

The Snack Artist Dry Roasted Peanuts., Better Living Brands, Pleasanton CA: The Orthodox Union does not certify The Snack Artist Dry Roasted Peanuts as they contain a non-kosher ingredient. Some containers are labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5287

Horton Fruit recalls bagged spinach products for Listeria contamination

May 13, 2017 - from the Food Safety News:

Horton Fruit Company, Louisville, KY is recalling a trio of fresh spinach products for possible Listeria contamination.
Recalled products include its 10 and 2.5 oz. bags of Fresh Curly Leaf PEAK brand spinach and a 10 oz Harris Teeter Farmer’s Market ready to eat leaf brand spinach. Horton distributed the recalled bags of spinach in West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Illinois.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5918

Kosher Alert U Gottabee Nutz

May 10, 2017 from the OU:

U Gottabee Nutz Smoky Bacon & Blue Cheese Almonds, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Sonoma CA: The Orthodox Union does not certify any U Gottabee Nutz products. U Gottabee Nutz Smoky Bacon & Blue Chees Almonds bear an unauthorized OU. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5917

Kosher alert on Double Donut Apple Strudel Cider Single Serve Cups

May 10, 2017 from UM Kosher:

Double Donut Apple Strudel Cider Single Serve Cups distributed by Crazy Cups bears an unauthorized UMK symbol and is not certified by UMKosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5916
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