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British Kashrut Alert - Ocean Spray Drinks & other sugary drinks and sodas

July 3, 2017: From the London Beth Din:
Please note that the following Ocean Spray drinks listed on p.91 of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2017 as approved Parev now contain grape juice and are therefore Not Kosher.

  • Cranberry Blackcurrant
  • Cranberry Blueberry
  • Cranberry Pomegranate
  • Cranberry Raspberry

Please note that, due to the new tax to be introduced on sugary drinks many soft drinks manufacturers are already starting to reduce the sugar content of their drinks and may replace sugar with grape juice. Consumers are therefore advised to check the ingredients of ALL soft drinks before purchasing.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6023

Kashrus alert on Dole Iceberg Salads

August 8, 2017 from the COR Detroit and confirmed by the Star-K:
The Star-K has advised that due to infestation conditions of the fields, it will not be certifying any Dole Iceberg salad this week, and this will likely extend into next week. Consumers will therefore find that the newer bags of Dole Iceberg salads now in stores do not bear the Star-K symbol. This also applies to several other brands such as Fresh Selections [Kroger], Little Salad Bar [Aldi], and Marketside [Walmart]. The Star-K also advises that even under normal circumstances, there are usually a few lots of salads a week that are not certified due to infestation, and are still sold nationwide without the Star-K symbol. Every bag should always be checked for the Star-K symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6025

South African kosher alert on Stafford’s Tatar sauce

August 3, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:

Please be aware that all Stafford’s Tatar sauce is Dairy, even when bearing a Parev logo. The Kosher Division of the Beth Din have notified the company to make the necessary changes to the packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6024

Agroson’s LLC Recalls Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand Grown and Packed by Carica De Campeche Because of Possible Health Risk

August 7, 2017 from the FDA:
Freshtex Produce of Alamo, TX is voluntarily recalling “Valery” brand Maradol Papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The Maradol Papayas was distributed to the State of Illinois from July 10 to July 13, 2017. However, the product may have been further distributed outside the state of Illinois.
Consumers can identify the Fresh papayas by the “Valery” name on the box and label grown and packed by Carica de Campeche.
The recall was initiated after Freshtex Produce’s LLC, was notified by the FDA, on August 4, 2017, that other brands of Maradol Papayas from the farm, Carica de Campeche, had tested positive for Salmonella. As of today no illnesses have been reported from the Valery brand of Maradol Papayas but as a precaution the FDA recommended a recall of all Maradol Papayas imported in the month July from the Carica de Campeche farm.
Freshtex Produce LLC has ceased importing papayas from the grower, Carica de Campeche, and is taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its imported produce.
Consumers who may have purchased the Valery brand papayas are advised to dispose of them. Consumers with questions may contact Freshtex Produce at 956-322-4817. Calls will be received from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6021

Kashrus alert on ICEE FROZEN BEVERAGES

July 27, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
ICEE FROZEN BEVERAGES: Not all Icee syrups used in Icee frozen beverages are certified Kosher. In order to determine that an Icee beverage is Kosher, the consumer should check, with the store’s permission, that the box of syrup in the back that is connected to the dispensing machine bears a K-COR, OU or other reliable certification. - This method applies only to Icee FCB’s (frozen carbonated beverages). Icee Slush beverages (non-carbonated) machines are not connected to a syrup box, but are filled manually, and so cannot be verified in this manner.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6020

Kashrus alert on DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE

July 27, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE in all flavors contains dairy ingredients, as listed, but mistakenly bears a plain K-COR symbol without the D.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6019

Information on Chodosh

July 27, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
THE CHODOSH SEASON is beginning very soon. Those who want to purchase Yoshon items to store over the Chodosh season should do so now.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6018

Kashrus alert on VERYFINE JUICE DRINKS: VERYFINE FRUIT PUNCH

July 27, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
VERYFINE JUICE DRINKS: VERYFINE FRUIT PUNCH in the 1-gallon size, sold at Costco, Sam’s Club, etc., no longer bears an OU and is not OU certified. Older product that still bears an OU is acceptable. Smaller sizes of Fruit Punch remain OU certified. -- Some varieties of Veryfine drinks, including Grape, Apple Cranberry Cocktail and others, are not OU certified and do not bear an OU. Always check the label.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6017

Agroson’s LLC Recalls Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand Grown and Packed by Carica De Campeche Because of Possible Health Risk

August 4, 2017 from the FDA:
Agroson’s LLC of Bronx, NY is recalling 2,483 boxes of Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand, grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, as a precaution because other brands that also buy from this farm have been tested positive for Salmonella.
Product was distributed to wholesalers in the following states NY, CT, and NJ, from July 16 to 19, 2017. This product was further to downstream customers, including retail consumers. The papayas were available for sale until July 31, 2017. Consumers can identify the papayas by PLU sticker, cavi MEXICO 4395.
Wholesalers can identify the product by codes found above the handle on the master carton, codes include: 3044, 3045 and 3050. The farm that grew the papayas is also listed on the upper left side of the master carton, CARICA DE CAMPHE.
No other papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC are subject to the recall.
The recall was initiated after Agroson’s LLC, was notified by the FDA, on August 2, 2017, that several brands of Maradol Papaya from the farm, Carica de Campeche, had tested positive for Salmonella. None of the brands were specifically Cavi Brand, but as a precaution FDA recommended a recall of all papayas imported in the month of July from this farm.
Consumers who may have purchased the Cavi Brand Papayas are advised not to eat them and to dispose of them instead. For further questions you may reach Agroson’s at (917) 801-1495. Calls will be received from Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6016

Commonwealth Dairy, LLC Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Almond In Aldi Key Lime Crunch Tilts

August 2, 2017 from the FDA:
Commonwealth DairyRecalling Friendly Farms Key Lime Crunch Tilts because it may contain undeclared almond pieces. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Friendly Farms Key Lime Crunch Tilts were distributed in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and California and were sold in Aldi Stores in those states.
The product is Friendly Farms Key Lime Crunch Tilts which includes two compartments. One containing 1.5% Milkfat Key Lime Greek Yogurt and the other compartment containing white chunks and graham pieces. The container a 5.3oz plastic cup and is green and white.
The product can be identified by the best by date and lot # combinations on the foil as follows.


    Best by date: AUG/26/2017 04-161
    Lot #: A8872 XXXX

    Best by date: SEP/22/2017 04-161
    Lot #: A5003 XXXX

UPC for this product is 041498239091. Photo of the product is included below.
The recall was initiated after a customer discovered that product containing pieces of almonds was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of almonds.
Consumers who have purchased Friendly Farms Key Lime Crunch Tilts are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Commonwealth Dairy, LLC at 1-520-316-4714 between the hours of 8 AM – 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6014
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