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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

Amrita Health Foods Voluntarily Recalls Protein Bars For Possible Health Risk

August 2, 2017 from the FDA:

Hudson Valley Foods, Inc. of Highland, NY has advised Amrita Health Foods of Pleasantville, NY that sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter sold to the company for a short period of time have been recalled.

Amrita Health Foods is recalling a limited number of Amrita Bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled Amrita Bars were distributed across the country via retail stores, ecommerce and direct

Amrita Health Foods is recalling the following flavors of Protein bars produced from April 24th, 2017 – May 31st, 2017 with best buy dates of 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018. The Best Buy dates are on the back of the package near the UPC code.

  • Amrita Chocolate Maca Bar, 60g (UPC 853009004056) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Dark Chocolate Quinoa, 60g (UPC 853009004438) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Sunflower Seed Butter, 60g (UPC 853009004414) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Chocolate Chip Coconut, 50g (UPC 853009004391) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Mango Coconut, 50g (UPC 853009004018) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Apricot Strawberry, 50g (UPC 853009004056) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Pineapple Chia, 50g (UPC 853009004025) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Apple Cinnamon, 50g (UPC 853009004049) : Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
  • Amrita Cranberry Raisin, 50g (UPC 853009004032): Best Buy date between 04/24/2018 to 05/31/2018
All affected distributors and retail website customers have been notified. The product was available nationwide in retail stores as well as by mail order/direct delivery.
This announcement applies only to the above list and specific Best Buy dates of Amrita Health Foods Protein bars outlined below and does not include any other items outside of the following Best Buy dates.
No other Amrita Health Foods products are included within this recall. This recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There has been no reported illness to date from this recall.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by Hudson Valley Farms. Amrita Foods was notified directly by Hudson Valley Farms and the FDA of the potential contamination and risk for illness from this product. Amrita Health Foods immediately ceased production and distribution upon receiving this news for the consideration of our consumers.

Consumers should not consume these products. Affected product may be returned to the place of purchase for an exchange. Consumers with questions may contact Amrita Health Foods Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm (EST) at 1-888-728-7779.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6015

Kashrus Alert on some restaurants in Berlin

August 2, 2017 from the KAJ Berlin Twitter feed

"Please be aware that neither Café Shilo nor Hummus&Friends have an acceptable kosher certification although they promote themselves as such."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6013

Kashrus Alert - NANY Sauces

July 31, 2017 from the OK:

NANY Sauces, Beersheva, Israel have an UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL
All Nany products bear an unauthorized OK Kosher symbol on the packaging. These products are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6012

Additional Kashrus information on Ruyh's Vegeterian Restaurant in Florence, Italy

August 1, 2017 from the the Jewish Community of Florence:

Ruth's Vegetarian Dairy Restaurant in Florence, Italy is now under the certification of Rav Alberto Sermoneta Chief Rabbi of Bologna and Florence dated 10 Av 5777 to 25 Tishri 5778.


Kashrus information on Ruyh's Vegeterian Restaurant in Florence, Italy

July 19, 2017 from the IKC & the Jewish Community of Florence:

The IKC has been certifying Ruth's since May.


Kashrus alert on Ruyh's Vegeterian Restaurant in Florence, Italy

July 12, 2017 from the Comunità Ebraica di Firenze:

"Please note that Ruth's kosher vegeterian restaurant in Florence's Italy is no longer under the supervision of the Jewish community and /or it's chief rabbi. The kashruth certification of the community and its Rabbi is not valid any longer since last three months."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5989

Kashrus advisory - Golda Meir House, Newton, MA

July 26, 2017 from Rabbinical Council of New England:
Please be advised that Golda Meir House located at 160 Stanton Avenue Newton, Massachusetts, 02466 will no longer be certified kosher by KVH Kosher due to the client's decision. EFFECTIVE July 27, 2017

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6011

Kashrus correction on CAFE K CONEY ISLAND

July 26, 2017 from the Star-K:
"A listing in the most recent KASHRUS KURRENTS incorrectly identified Café K Coney Island as a STAR-D establishment. In fact, all Café K locations are under STAR-K, Cholov Yisroel certification. We regret the error and sincerely apologize for any confusion."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6010

Vibrant Health Products Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Egg In LiveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns

July 28, 2017 from the FDA:
Vibrant Health Products, a family-owned bakery in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada, has voluntarily recalled one lot of liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns due to a packaging error. As a result, this product may contain undeclared egg. The precautionary recall was necessitated when it was discovered that liveGfree Gluten Free White Bread was packaged into liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Bun packaging. The liveGfree Gluten Free White Bread contains egg, which is not listed in the ingredients or as an allergen on the liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns.
The recalled liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns were sold through certain ALDI stores from 4/13/2017 to 7/27/2017 in the following states: Arkansas, Washington D.C., Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
The recalled product is in an 11.3-ounce blue package marked “liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns” with lot numbers ending in #0897 on the front of the package and the UPC #0 41498 25980 8 on the back of the package. The package has an allergen statement that states, "Made in a facility that also produces products with eggs."
Consumers who have purchased the 11.3-ounce packages of liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns with the above lot number should return them to the ALDI store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may contact the supplier of the gluten-free buns, Vibrant Health Products, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday: Jenene Kilian at 604.743.4455 or jkilian@vibranthealthproducts.com. For media inquiries, contact Radha Marcum at 360.306.7322 or rmarcum@vibranthealthproducts.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6009
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