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The following fruit washing information is from the Star-K Keeping You Kurrent for May, 2015.

"Please note our updated strawberry washing instructions. We have added a pre-rinse to more completely facilitate the removal of the insects.
Strawberries (Fresh only; frozen cannot be washed and are required to have a reliable hashgocha; dried strawberries do not require checking.)

  1. Pre-rinse all the strawberries in water.
  2. Prepare a basin of detergent solution, using at least two tablespoons of detergent per gallon of water.
  3. Agitate the strawberries in the solution for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Let the strawberries soak for at least one minute in the solution.
  5. Rinse off each strawberry.
  6. It is advisable to remove the tops. Otherwise, pay careful attention to rinsing off the top area well.
  7. No further checking is required"

Ed. note: Kashrut.com has information from a number of kashrus agencies at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#WASHING


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The following dairy allergy alert is from the FDA on May 28, 2015.

The Popcorn Factory of Lake Forest, Illinois is voluntarily recalling 600 4oz bags of "Lite Works Dill Pickle Popcorn," (the "Product") because it may contain undeclared milk.
Product was distributed nationally in Burlington Coat Factory retail stores.
The Product comes in a 4oz foil bag. A 5 digit lot code is printed along with the best by date just above the price sticker located on the lower left of the backside of the bag. The lot code of the recalled product is 15111, the best by date is SEP 17, 2015. .
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the wrong food product ingredients were packaged in the foil bags during production. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an error in the company's production and packaging processes.
Consumers who have purchased the 4oz bag of Lite Works Dill Pickle Popcorn with lot code 15111, best by date SEP 17, 2015 are urged to discard the product. Consumers with questions may contact The Popcorn Factory at 1-888-238-8107. Customer Service is available Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm CST. Customers who purchased the recalled product may contact The Popcorn Factory for a replacement.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5006

The following Candian insect infestation alert is from the CFIA on May 29, 2015.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting an investigation into the presence of Iron Cross Blister beetles (Tegrodera spp.) in imported leafy vegetables following recent consumer complaints of these beetles in pre-packaged salads. There have been no confirmed illnesses or injuries associated with the consumption of these products.
Fresh produce can harbour insects that may be injurious to consumers, but this is rare. The Iron Cross Blister beetle is very distinctively coloured, with a bright red head and bright yellow markings on the wings, separated by a black "cross". This particular beetle should be treated with caution as it may release an irritating chemical called "cantharidin". This chemical may cause blisters at the point of contact.
Consumers are advised to wash and visually inspect their leafy vegetables thoroughly. The beetle should be removed without touching or crushing it. If found, please advise your local CFIA office.

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The following health alert is from the CFIA on May 28, 2015.

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling President's Choice brand hummus and dip products from the marketplace because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
President's Choice Roasted Garlic Hummus 454 g All codes 0 60383 03583 9
President's Choice Hummus 454 g All codes 0 60383 03582 2
President's Choice Spicy Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 03598 3
President's Choice Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 03580 8
President's Choice Spicy Hummus 454 g All codes 0 60383 03597 6
President's Choice Caramelized Vidalia Onion Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 06051 0
President's Choice Roasted Garlic Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 03581 5
President's Choice Roasted Garlic Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13518 8
President's Choice Roasted Pepper and Paprika Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13517 1
President's Choice Roasted Red Pepper and Chipotle Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13519 5
President's Choice Butter Bean & Roasted Garlic Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13392 4
President's Choice Moroccan-Style Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13387 0
President's Choice Olive Tapenade Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13388 7
President's Choice Red Harissa Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13390 0
President's Choice Sweet Potato and Harissa Dip 280 g All codes 0 60383 13391 7

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5004

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc on May 28, 2015.

While most Mt. Dew products are acceptable as kosher even without a kosher certification on the label the Mt. Dew Kick Start Energy Drinks are an exception as they may contain added kosher sensitive ingredients such as white grape juice. As such, only those cans of Mt. Dew Kick Start Energy Drinks that bear a reliable kosher certification on the actual can should be considered as certified kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5002

The following kashrus alert is from Dallas Kosher on May 28, 2015.

The Houston location of kosher Madras Pavilion (on Kirby) is now closed. Kosher Madras will be relocating soon.
Please note: the Sugarland Madras is NOT kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5001

The following kashrus notice is from the Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush on May 27, 2015.

Effective 25 Iyar 5775/May 14, 2015 Shwarma Avenue 1022 Avenue P Brooklyn, NY is being certified by the Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush.

The following kashrus alert from Kehilah Kashrus of Brooklyn on May 20, 2015.

Due to kashrus violations Kehilah Kashrus no longer certifies Shawarma Ave., 1022 Ave. P, Brooklyn, NY 11230

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4996

The following food safety alert is from the FDA on May 22, 2015.

Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Royal Oaks, CA announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling the one bulk item mentioned below. This item was distributed to the East Coast on May 7, 2015.
The product may contain very small stainless steel wire, the kind and type used in the screening process during manufacturing.
Consumers who have purchased the items mentioned below should return it to the retail store where they purchased it for a full refund. If they have any questions, they should call Falcon Trading Company's customer service at 1-831-786-7000.


Item Code UPC Code Item Description Pack Size Case Quantity Lot Codes
023617 086700936177 SUNRIDGE CANDY-COCONUT CHEWS, VANILLA 10 LB BAG 156 BOXES 1081545 AND 1101545

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5000

The following kashrus advisory is from the OU on May 18, 2015.

The Orthodox Union certifies Paskesz/Sweet’n Low Butterscotch Hard Candy as an OU Pareve product. The ingredient panel mistakenly lists a dairy ingredient that was not used in the production of this Paskesz candy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4999

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on May 21, 2015.

OCEAN FRESH CURRIED FISHand OCEAN FRESH PICKLED FISH bear an unauthorised kosher sign. The company apologises for the error.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4998
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