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Upcoming Chodosh Season Reminder

June 30, 2020: From the COR Detroit:

THE CHODOSH SEASON is approaching. Those who want to purchase Yoshon items to store over the Chodosh season should prepare to do so. Please note that all grain and flour products that will be stored should be refrigerated in order to avoid insect infestation.

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Kashrut alert - COCA-COLA, SPRITE and FANTA SODAS made in MEXICO

June 30, 2020: From the COR Detroit:

COCA-COLA, SPRITE and FANTA SODAS made in MEXICO and sold in U.S. stores in 12 oz. glass bottles are not certified Kosher and are not recommended.


Kashrut alert - Coca Cola Products from Japan, Korea, India, Romania Without Hashgacha

June 9, 2020 from the COR Detroit and confirmed by the OU:

New COCA-COLA STRAWBERRY from Japan, now available online in the U.S., is not Kosher approved.

June 11, 2020 from Kashrus Magazine:

Coca Cola Products from Japan, Korea, India, Romania Without Hashgacha:
There are literally dozens of unique flavors of Coca Cola and of Pepsi (which are being produced often as “Special Edition” products) in Japan, Korea, India, Romania, Mexico, etc. These come in normal-size cans and bottles as well as in many unique styles of bottles and cans. Until recently, only when one traveled outside the U.S. would they see this products. Today, however, they are all being sold online, delivered right to your door. One problem—they are not kosher certified, and they very much require kosher certification. The latest are Coca Cola Strawberry, Coca Cola Peach, and Coca Cola Vanilla Float. You will also find Coca Cola from Japan with the following flavors: Lemon, Plus Vitamin C, Lime, Orange, Pl us Catechin, Plus Coffee. Mexi-Coke is being made in Mexico. Also, you can find Pepsi J-Cola, Pepsi J-Cola Zero, and Midnight flavors from Japan available. Please spread the word about these foreign products not having hashgacha.

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Kashrut Alert - TENLI GUMMY WORMS from VIDAL CANDIES of SPAIN

June 30, 2020: From the COR Detroit and confirmed by the Star-K:

TENLI GUMMY WORMS from VIDAL CANDIES of SPAIN are not Star-K certified. Some cases bear an unauthorized Star-K.

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Kashrut Alert - Rita's of Coney Island

June 29, 2020: From the Star-K:

Rita's of Coney Island, located at 1327 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY has not renewed its Kosher certification and is no longer certified by STAR-D Kosher Certification.


Kosher Advisory Rita’s on Surf Avenue

March 31, 2016: From the OU:
Effective March 31st, 2016- The Orthodox Union will no longer be certifying Rita's Coney Island, located on Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.

Yeahthatskosher.com reported that they are now under the Star-D.

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Fresh Express Issues a Precautionary Recall of Products Containing Iceberg, Red Cabbage and Carrots Produced at Its Streamwood, IL Facility Due to a Potential Cyclospora Risk

June 25, 2020 from the FDA:

Fresh Express, out of an abundance of caution, has issued a voluntary recall of branded and private label salad products produced at its Streamwood, IL facility that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrot ingredients due to a possible health risk from Cyclospora. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 200 illnesses have been reported in connection with a current outbreak of Cyclospora occurring in primarily Midwest states.

The Fresh Express recall includes only those salads that are clearly marked with the letter Z at the beginning of the Product Code, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package. Products containing the ingredients iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrots AND displaying the Product Code Z178, or a lower number, are recalled.

Recalled products were distributed to select retail stores between June 6 and June 26 in various states including, for example, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Consumers who may have a recalled salad should discard it immediately and not eat it. Consumers with questions, or to obtain refunds, may contact the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at (800) 242-5472 on Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Fresh Express Precautionary Recall 06/27/2020 Streamwood IL Facility-Produced Salads Containing Iceberg Lettuce, Red Cabbage or Carrots AND Product Code of Z178 or a Lower Number (No other Fresh Express salads are included in this recall)

List of all of the recalled products is https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/fresh-express-issues-precautionary-recall-products-containing-iceberg-red-cabbage-and-carrots" target='fda'>here. `


Outbreak Investigation of Cyclospora: Bagged Salads (June 2020)
Fresh Express recalls products made in its Streamwood, Illinois production facility with either iceberg lettuce, red cabbage or carrots

June 25, 2020 from the FDA:

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to salad products that were made by Fresh Express containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots and that were sold in several regions of the United States. The investigation includes Fresh Express branded products as well as products made by Fresh Express for retail store brands sold at ALDI, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, ShopRite, and Walmart. Investigators continue to look into whether other retail brands may be impacted.

On June 27, 2020, Fresh Express recalled products containing either iceberg lettuce, red cabbage or carrots and displaying the product code Z178, or a lower number. The “Best by” date on the products run through July 14, 2020. The product code is located in the upper right-hand corner of the front of each package. Consumers should not eat, and restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve any of the recalled products. These products may either be branded with the Fresh Express label, or they may be branded with a number of retail store brand labels. The recalled retail store brands are ALDI Little Salad Bar, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco Signature Farms, ShopRite Wholesome Pantry, and Walmart Marketside.

The recalled products displaying the product code Z178 or lower were sold in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The recalled products were made in the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Illinois and have the potential to be contaminated with Cyclospora. The recent Fresh Express recall also includes previously recalled store brands.

Product Recall: See the Fresh Express June 27, 2020, press release for complete details on the recalled products.

Company

Size

Best If Used By

UPC Code

Retailers*

Distribution*

Walmart

12-ounce and
24-ounce

5/19/20–7/4/20

6 81131 32894 4
6 81131 32895 1

Walmart

IA, MN, MI, NE, ND, SD, WI

Hy-Vee

12-ounce

Hy-Vee

IA, IL, MO, KS, NE, SD, MN, WI

Jewel-Osco

12-ounce

5/16/20 – 7/4/20

21130 98135

Jewel-Osco

IL, IN, IA

ALDI

12-ounce

5/1/20-6/29/20

4099100082975

ALDI

AR, IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, ND, SD, WI

June 30, 2020 from the COR Detroit: Little Salad Bar and Marketside salads that bear an OK Kosher symbol (as in the local Detroit area) are not produced by Fresh Express, and are not included in this recall.]

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Correction - Canadian Food Recall Warning - Fresh Express brand salad products recalled due to Cyclospora

June 29, 2020 from CFIA:

The food recall warning issued on June 28, 2020 has been amended to correctly identify the affected products. The corrections for these products are marked by an asterisk (*).

Brand Product Size UPC Production Code Best Before Date
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar 323 g 0 71279 30931 6* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 08*
Fresh Express American 312 g 0 71279 24100 5* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 11*
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Thai 'N' Cashews 332 g 0 71279 30925 5* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 11*
Fresh Express Veggie Lover's 312 g* 0 71279 28106 3* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 11*
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Sunflower Crisp 315 g 0 71279 30933 0* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 11*
Fresh Express Iceberg Garden 680 g 0 71279 10411 9* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 12*
Fresh Express Iceberg Garden 340 g 0 71279 10302 0* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 12*
Fresh Express Shreds Iceberg* 227 g* 0 71279 15101 4* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 12*
Fresh Express Green & Crisp 312 g 0 71279 10813 1* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 12*
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Asian 340 g 0 71279 30929 3* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 13*
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Southwest 326 g 0 71279 30930 9* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 12*
Fresh Express 3 Colour Deli Cole Slaw* 397 g 0 71279 12302 8* All packages bearing a lot code beginning with "Z177" or a lower number All best before dates up to and including Jul 14*

Ed. note: This information is presented to protect people and not as an indication of kashrus status. Many of these products contain non-kosher ingredients.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7224

Mexican kashrut alert - Taitto sabor Habanero

June 26, 2020 from KMD Mexico twitter:

Productos Yaleh que No cuentan con nuestra supervisió:n:

Translated by a reader: Yaleh Products which are not under our supervision:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7223

Important Kashrus Advisory from the MK

June 26, 2020 from the MK:

Please be advised that Coffee shops such as Second Cup order Kosher certified baked items, which are advertised as such. These items are upwrapped and reheated in non-Kosher ovens at the establishment and are therefore to be treated as non-Kosher at all times.

Only items in their original packaging, which are untampered with, bearing a reliable Kosher certification mark may be purchased at these estabishments.

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Israeli Milk Allergy Alert - SHEMO Bakery Cranberries with white chocolate coating"

June 18, 2020 from health.gov.il

SHEMO Bakery Company Ltd. announces that due to mistake in allergenic information labeling in the product label, 30 jars of cranberries with white chocolate coating were glued with "may contain milk" label. In practice, the product contains milk.

Product details: Jars of "Cranberries with white chocolate coating" (item code 8057), weighing 100 gram and labeled last day of marketing: 2.9.20.
The product is safe for usefor the public, except forconsumers, who are allergic to milk or other additional allergens, listed on the product's label.
Consumers, who are sensitiveto milk or other additional allergens, listed on the product's label, are requestednot to consume the product.

"SHEMOBakery" company Ltd. apologizes to her clients for the mistake and is taking immediate actions for collecting the products from shelves. For further information regarding the return, contact: 048492273.

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Israeli Health Alert - Arak Gat Winery Ltd. is Recalling Its Product: San Francisco Brandy-Flavored Spirit, 200 ml

June 15, 2020 from health.gov.il

Upon inspection by the Food Service in the Health Bureau, Center District, the denatured substance of the tertiary butyl alcohol type, which may cause skin or eye irritation, was found in the product:

Manufacturer's Name: Arak Gat Winery Ltd.
Barcode: _7290002934219

Consumers in possession of this product are urged not to consume it.

Arak Gat Winery Ltd. is recalling the product from the marketing venues in coordinated efforts with the Food Service in the Ministry of Health.

Please refer to your inquiries to yekev.arak.gat@gmail.com or 0522645800.

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