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Kashrus Information on Bottled Water Products

February 2, 2016: The cRc twitter feed listed the following information regarding bottled water products:

  • Bottled water, including with added minerals does not need a hechsher. Water with added vitamins does need a hechsher.
  • Bottled water with added flavor also needs hashgacha.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5327

Braga Organic Farms Issues Voluntary Recall of Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk

Braga Organic Farms announces the voluntary recall of pistachios due to potential contamination with Salmonella.
The recalled nuts were distributed in retail stores in California, Oregon and Washington, and it was distributed through online sales nationwide.
The product comes in a clear or green standup bag, with the date code stamped on the bottom of the bag.
A list of affected products and code dates is listed below; no other Braga Organic Farms products are associated with this voluntary recall.

Product
SizeUPCBEST BY OR PURCHASE DATE
Raw Pistachio Kernels8 oz896547002047JUN 29 2016, JUL 04 2016, JUL 18 2016, JUL 25 2016, JUL 26 2016
1 lb810126020215Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
2 lbs896547002306JUN 28 2016, JUL 13 2016, JUL 27 2016
5 lbs896547002641Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
Trail Mix8 oz896547002139JUN 29 2016, JUL 7 2016, JUL 11 2016, JUL 26 2016
1 lb810126020451Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
2 lbs896547002320JUL 01 2016, Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
5 lbs896547002603Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
25 lbs896547002492Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/29/16
Nut Mix8 oz896547002177JUL 06 2016, JUL 07 2016, JUL 11 2016, JUL 18 2016
1 lb810126020192Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
2 lbs896547002351JUL 01 2016, Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
5 lbs810126020208Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
25 lbs896547002412Purchased 12/28/15 to 1/27/16
 

Consumers who have purchased this recalled product should not consume it. They should destroy it or return it to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions should call 855-661-2101, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm, PST, Monday through Friday.

The preceeding food safety alert is from the FDA on February 1, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5325

Dole Salad Recall

1/28/16: Lysteria has been isolated from sick people. All of these people reported eating Dole packaged salads.

Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers:

Consumers should not eat packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio and Restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell, packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio.
The packaged salads produced in this facility were sold under various brand names including:

  • Dole
  • Fresh Selections
  • Simple Truth
  • Marketside
  • The Little Salad Bar
  • President's Choice
Consumers can identify these packaged salads by the letter "A" at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.
At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that packaged salads produced at other Dole processing facilities in the United States are linked to illness.
This advice is particularly important for consumers at higher risk for listeriosis, including pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.

Dole distributed the salads to retailers in: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Massachusetts., Maryland, Minnesota. Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec
No additional Dole facilities are affected. Other Dole products, including fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and packaged salads from Dole’s other processing facilities (with product codes beginning with the letters “B” or “N”), are not part of this voluntary withdrawal.
Retailers and consumers who have any remaining product with an “A” code should not consume it, and are urged to discard it. Retailer and consumer questions about the voluntary withdrawal should be directed to the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111) (hours are 8:00am-8:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday). Media inquiries should be directed to Bil Goldfield at 818-874-4647.

The CFIA also has a Candian recall of Dole and PC Organics products with a list of the reclled products here.

The preceeding food safety alert is from the CDC, FDA and the CFIA on January 22, 2016 with additional information from FDA on February 1, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5310

Garden of Life, LLC Recalls Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Garden of Life LLC is voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai because they have the potential to contain Salmonella Virchow.
Consumers who believe they may have a Raw Meal product affected by this recall, should look for the following lot codes prominently stamped on the underside of the plastic container. The following is the list of lots affected:
A full list of the recalled products is here
If, however, a consumer has purchased a product from any of the lot codes listed wishes to return it, they should return the unused portion of the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Questions may be directed to the company at 1-866-465-0051, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST.

The preceeding health alert is from the FDA/a> on on January 29, 2016..

Kashrus alert on Cream of Wheat® Cinnabon Instant To-Go Cups

Cream of Wheat® Cinnabon Instant To-Go Cups, B & G Foods, Parsippany, NJ were inadvertently mislabeled with an OK kosher symbol - omitting the "D" (dairy) designation. Corrective action was immediately taken.

The preceeding kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification on January 28, 2015.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5323

Kashrus alert on Cedar Burgol from Phoenicia

The MK wishes to inform the public that Burgol Cedar Brand produced by Phoenicia bears an unauthorized pareve symbol.Corrective action has been taken.

The preceeding kashrus alert is from the MK on January 28, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5322

House of Flavors Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in Purple Cow Cookie Butter Ice Cream

House of Flavors, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a small batch of 8 oz. cups of Purple Cow Limited Edition Cookie Butter Ice Cream, sold at Meijer stores, that contain Purple Cow Butter Pecan Ice Cream with a Purple Cow Butter Pecan lid.
For consumers who are not allergic to nuts, there is no safety issue with this product. The company is conducting an internal audit to determine possible cause. To date, there has been one complaint and no illnesses reported related to the recalled product.
Only 8 oz. cups of Purple Cow Limited Edition Cookie Butter that contain Purple Cow Butter Pecan Ice Cream with a Purple Cow Butter Pecan lid sold at Meijer with UPC Code 13733 61945 and marked Best By November 21, 2016 are affected by the recall. The product was sold at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. No other Purple Cow products sold at Meijer stores are involved in the recall.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Anyone requiring more information should contact House of Flavors consumer affairs at 1-800-930-7740, extension 2229, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. (EST).

The preceeding pecan allergy alert is from the FDA Enforcement Report on on January 27, 2016..

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5321

FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Poona Linked to Cucumbers

The FDA, CDC, and state and local officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona linked to "slicer" cucumbers, supplied by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce and grown in Baja, Mexico. This type of cucumber can also be called "American" cucumbers.
According to the CDC, as of January 26, 2016, 888 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona have been reported from 39 states.
CDC Update: On January 26, 2016 the CDC reported an updated case count. Since the last update on November 19, 2015, 50 more ill people have been reported from 16 states. Tennessee was added to the list of states with ill people, bringing the total number of states to 39.
The number of reported illnesses has declined substantially since the peak of illnesses in August and September; however, it has not returned to the number of reported illnesses that would be expected to be seen (about 1 every month). The investigation into the source of these illnesses is ongoing.


Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) is recalling all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition label because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

  • 1 1/9 Bushel Limited Edition Cucumber Carton, Sizes: Plains (60-84 count), Extra Large (48 count), Large (60 count), Super Select (72 count), Super Select Special (84 count). These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored carton which reads Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers. This variety is often referred to as a Slicer or American cucumber. It has a dark green color. It typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches.
    • Distribution Pattern Limited Edition cucumbers were distributed in the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah and reached customers through retail, food service companies, wholesalers, and brokers.
  • 5/4 Limited Edition Cucumber Carton, Sizes 24SP, 36/36SP, 48. These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored carton which reads Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers. This variety is often referred to as a Slicer or American cucumber. It has a dark green color. It typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches.

The preceeding food safety alert is from the FDA Enforcement Report on on January 26, 2016..

The entire alert can be found at www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0468.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5318

Mislabeled H-E-B Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Chips

H-E-B Jalapeno Kettle Cooked chips is a kosher certified DAIRY product. The 1 oz bag (sold as part of a variety pack) does not indicate the 'dairy' designation. This product is sold at H-E-B stores in Texas. Corrections have been implemented.

The preceeding kashrus information is from Dallas Kosher on January 28, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5320

Baskin Robbins Pink Bubble Gum Ice Cream is now kosher

The Star-D is certifying Baskin Robbins. All products are dairy, Cholov Stam.

  • Rocky Road Ice Creams and any other flavors containing miniature marshmallows are NOT kosher.
  • Pink Bubble Gum Ice Cream is now kosher when bearing a Star-D.
  • Decorations on store made custom built cakes and loose toppings in individual stores are NOT under the Star-D certification and must be checked individually by the consumer.
  • The products certified are Ice Cream, Frozen Dairy Desserts, Whipped Topping, Soft Serve Ice Creams, Ice Cream Cakes, Frozen Yogurt, Novelty Items, Sherbets, Sundae Bars, Ices/Sorbets, and Pre-packed items from these categories, when bearing the Star-D symbol.

Additional information: Baskin Robbins Pink Bubble Gum Ice Cream is a seasonal flavor, and will be available beginning in March.

The preceeding information is from Star-D updated January 28, 2016:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5319
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