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The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 7, 2013.

Ambra Spaghetti A Nero Di Seppia contains a non kosher ingredient. Some packaging mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is being sold in Europe and corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4293

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 7, 2013.

Heeren Brothers Produce is recalling approximately 5,400 cantaloupes because of a possible health risk to consumers.
The produce, which was distributed to small, independent grocers in Michigan July 23-26, has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and should be discarded and not consumed. The cantaloupes are Athena Cantaloupes, but have no stickers or other markings that identify them as such.
Heeren Brothers Produce became aware of this issue after the Food & Drug Administration conducted a routine sampling and found the cantaloupes contained the bacteria.
Consumers who have questions may contact Heeren Brothers Produce at 616.452.2101 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4291

The following kashrus alert is from the OU dated August 5, 2013.

Lay’s Stax Sour Cream & Onion potato crisps, Comercializadora Pepsico Mexico, Coltongo Mexico contain dairy ingredients and are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product. Some packaging was mistakenly labeled without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective action has been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4290

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on August 6, 2013.

Please be advised that Zhoushan Mountain Spring Smoke House Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang, China) is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification. They continue to distribute SMOKED SALMON and other fish products bearing an unauthorized OK symbol on the packaging. These products are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4289

The following kashrus alert from Kashrus Magazine online on July 23, 2013 and confirmed by Rabbi Spero.

Gifford’s Rainbow Sherbet, Kaf-Q-Dairy-certified (Rabbi Arye Spero), mistakenly bears a plain Kaf-Q without a D designation. The product contains milk and whey as do all sherbets.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4288

The following kashrus alert is from the OU dated July 31, 2013.

Great Value Enriched Instant Grits Butter Flavor is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product. Some packaging was printed without the D – Dairy designation. The product contains dairy as indicated on the allergen and ingredient statements. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4287

The following insect infestation alert is from the Vaad hoeir of St. Louis on August 1, 2013.

Due to the recent discovery of increased insect infestation in broccolini, the Vaad Hoeir has revised its checking policy. We now recommend that broccolini should be washed very well with either a vegetable wash or with a food grade soap solution and then checked with a chazaka.
The procedure is as follows:

  • Place the broccolini in a bowl and add cold water to cover.
  • Add the soap or vegetable wash and thoroughly agitate for 35-45 seconds.
  • Remove the broccolini and check the water for insects.
  • If insects are present, repeat up until 3 times.
  • If insects are still present after 3 times, the broccolini must not be used.

If after the first, second or third times no insects are present in the water, take a handful of broccolini, rinse off with cold water and inspect for insects.
If no insects are found, then the rest of the broccolini should washed and then used without further checking.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4286

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K on July 30, 2013.-

Chef And Events Caterers, Brooklyn, NY is no longer certified by the KOF-K. For any questions, please contact the Kof-K 201-837-0500, EXT. 125

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4284

The following kashrus alert is from the COR on July 30, 2013.-

The Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) wishes to advise that Gia Russa Greek Salad was labeled with an unauthorized COR 77.
THIS PRODUCT IS NOT KOSHER.
Corrective measures are being taken.
NOTE: This product is only sold in the United States.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4283

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K in response to a reader's question on July 30, 2013.-

Please be advised a limited amount of Magnum bars were produced in Germany and Italy which aren’t certified under the KOF-K. The consumer is advised to look for the KOF-K symbol on all Magnum bars prior to purchasing it.Sophia Pomegranate Juice bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions ha

The following Israeli kashrus alert is from the the Israeli Chief Rabbinate posted on July 30, 2013 and translated by Rabbi Shalom Rosenfeld.

Some Magnum bars are made in Israel by Strauss and have the itty-bitty Strauss star symbol in the corner. Those are under the Rabbanut. Some are made outside of Israel (though can be sold in Israel) and only have the Unilever/Good Humor heart symbol, those ones aren't under the rabbanut. The packages could otherwise look almost identical.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4282
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