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Kashrus alert on Pesco

Septembre 7, 2016 - From the cRc Twitter Feed with additional information from the cRc based on a reader's question:
Pisco, a type of brandy, requires kosher certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5630

Schmitta alert on Prigat Squeezed Orange Juice- No Labeling dDifference

September 6, 2016 from a reader:
Please note that Prigat Squeezed Orange Juice (from Israel) has in the past had a mehadrin hechsher and now have a heter mehira hecksher. Please note that the mehadrin juice had the identical label except for the hechsher.
Ed. note: Check the hecksher of other juices as well.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5629

Kosher Alert Fun Filled Hoop

September 6, 2016 from the OU:
Fun Filled Hoop (gumballs), American Finished Products Inc., Bronx NY: The Orthodox Union does not certify Fun Filled Hoop (a plastic hoop filled with gumballs). This products bears an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5628

Kanan Enterprises Conducts Voluntary Recall of Cashews with Sea Salt

September 3, 2016 - From the FDA:

Kanan Enterprises announces the voluntary recall of Southern Grove Cashews with Sea Salt due to possible presence of peanuts.
The only item that is affected by this recall is Southern Grove Cashews With Sea Salt, a 10 ounce stand up pouch bag with a UPC 0 41498 18992 1 and a date code of Best By May 24 2017 KN and Best By AUG 05 2017 KN. No other products or date codes are affected. We shipped this product to Ohio and Kansas. Our customer shipped some of the product to Minnesota.
Consumers with this reported product should not consume this product. They should destroy it or return the product to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions should call 1-800-860-5464, 8:15 am – 5:00pm EST, Monday – Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5627

Kashrus alert on Le Grill Restaurant & Reception Hall, Montreal, Canada

September 6 2016 - from the MK:
Please be advised that with immediate effect, the MK Canada’s kosher certifier no longer certifies Le Grill Restaurant & Reception Hall, located in the Quality Hotel Midtown, 6445 Decarie, Montreal, QC H3W 3E1, Canada.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5626

Asher's Chocolates/Lewistown, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Candy Products Because of Possible Health Risk

September 2, 2016 - From the FDA:

Asher’s Chocolates/Lewistown, Inc., an affiliated partner of Chester A. Asher Inc. (“Asher’s”) is initiating a voluntary recall of multiple chocolates, chocolate bars, cellophane wrapped chocolates, and individually wrapped chocolates, etc. under the Asher’s brand due to possible Salmonella contamination of items produced in their Lewistown, PA facility distributed nationwide.

Asher’s Brand Products under this voluntary recall are:

Product UPCLabel DescriptionLot#Size
11516Milk Chocolate Pretzel Pieces 8 oz.0003344698 oz.
11517Dark Chocolate Pretzel Pieces 8 oz.0003344708 oz.
14765Milk Chocolate Vanilla Caramel with Sea Salt 4 oz.0003375564 oz.
47350Dark Chocolate Hostess Mint 6 oz.0003356156oz.
55115KEYSTONE CRUNCH 4 OZ BAG000336374, 0003376584 oz.
55165KEYSTONE CRUNCH 6 oz.0003355916 oz.
55180Milk Chocolate Coated Boardwalk Crunch 4 oz.0003356254 oz.
55185KEYSTONE CRUNCH 1 LB00033637516 oz.
63385Milk Chocolate with Fall String 4 oz.0003358524 oz.
63386Dark Chocolate mini Pretzels Fall String 4 oz.0003358484 oz.
65902Dark Chocolate Molasses Pop 4 oz.000336201, 0003358004 oz.
65902Dark Chocolate Molasses Pop 2 oz.0003363762 oz.
67395Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Heaven 3 oz.000337016, 0003376633 oz.
75005Milk Chocolate Nonpareil Pop 1.25 oz.000335701, 0003365201.25 oz.
75027Milk Chocolate Crisped Rice Pop with Fall Leaves 3 oz.000337574, 0003376733 oz.
75030Milk Chocolate Crisped Rice Pop with Christmas Seeds 3 oz.0003365213 oz.
75037Milk Chocolate Crisped Rice Pop Multi Seeds 2.25 oz.000335803, 0003371732.25 oz.
75085Milk Chocolate Non Peril with Fall Seed 4 oz.0003359634 oz.
75086Dark Chocolate Non Pareils with Fall Seed 4 oz.0003358584 oz.
75087White Confectionery Coating Non pareils with orange and yellow seed 4 oz.0003371784 oz.
75107White Confectionery Coating Peanut Butter Cup 2.35 oz.000336377, 000337560, 0003376652.35 oz.
75141Milk Chocolate POTATO CHIP 4 oz.0003359184 oz.
75151Milk Chocolate Coated Mini Pretzels 4 oz.000335843, 0003364814 oz.
75152Dark Chocolate Coated Mini Pretzels 4 oz.000335590, 0003364824 oz.
75153White Confectionery Coated Mini Pretzels 4 oz.0003355894 oz.
75245Milk Chocolate Pretzel Rod 3pcs Asst. with Asher Bow 3.5 oz.000335802, 000335910, 000336608, 0003371773.5 oz.
75260Milk Pretzel Rod 3 piece assorted 3.5 oz.000335699, 0003376643.5 oz.
75261Milk Chocolate Pretzel Cluster 4 oz.000335930, 000336198, 000336378, 000336879, 0003370134 oz.
75277Milk Chocolate Coated Potato Chip Coffee Bag 8.5 oz.0003360448.5 oz,
75279Milk Boardwalk Crunch Coffee Bag 6 oz.0003350436 oz.
75282Dark Chocolate costed POTATO CHIP COFFEE BAG 8.5 oz.0003358518.5 oz.
76025Milk Chocolate Crisped Rice Pop Multi Seeds 3 oz.000335722, 000337573, 0003354623 oz.
82379Milk SF Almond Butter Toffee 3 oz.0003359553 oz.
82421Milk Chocolate Fruit Center Bar 3.5 oz.0003354143.5 oz.
83851Dark Chocolate Almond Bark (Scored) 4 oz.000335647, 0003358564 oz.
83855Milk Chocolate Non Pareils with multi seed 4 oz.0003358544 oz.
83856Dark Chocolate Non Pareils with White Seed 4 oz.0003358554 oz.
83858Milk Chocolate Mini Pretzels 4 oz.0003355884 oz.
83859Dark Chocolate Mini Pretzel Ash Label 4 oz.0003358624 oz.
83860White Confectionery Coated Mini Pretzels 4 oz.000335969, 0003372454 oz.
87145Milk and Dark Chocolate Fall Pretzel Pre Pack 3 per case0003364504 oz.
 

The recalled items can be identified by the production code printed on the side of the label. No other production codes are affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. No products manufactured by C.A. Asher Inc./Asher’s Chocolate Co. of Souderton PA are involved in this recall.

The recalled candy products were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The potential for contamination was noted after a single sample from routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in a group of products. “The safety and wellbeing of our customers is our primary concern, and we are taking this incident very seriously. In our 124 years of business, we have never previously detected Salmonella in our testing. We are working and cooperating fully with the U. S. Food & Drug Administration on this voluntary recall,” said Jeff Asher, President and CEO. “We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience.”

Consumers who may have purchased any product are urged not to consume it. Consumers should contact Customer Service to arrange for return of product and a refund. Customer Service can be contacted by email at customerservice@lewistownashers.com or by calling 888-288-3880 between 9AM and 5PM Eastern Time, Monday - Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5625

Kosher Advisory Sunny Select Bean Soup Mix

August 31, 2016 from the OU:
Sunny Select Bean Soup Mix with Beans and Ham Flavor Packets, Super Store Industries, Lathrop CA: The Orthodox Union certifies Sunny Select Bean Soup Mix that comes with a Beans and Ham Flavor Packet. The ingredient panel lists non-kosher ingredients, however, the product does not contain non-kosher ingredients. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5624

Rabbi Herman CHODOSH BULLETIN-2 Sept 16

THE NEW PROBLEM WITH FLOUR

A few weeks ago a very large amount of Gold Medal flour was recalled because of salmonella contamination. As a result, the normal supply chain of wheat to mills has been upset, as mills are trying to get wheat to make up the shortfall. For the Yoshon consumer, this means that the rules that have helped us for the past many years may not be relied on, at least temporarily. This affects national brands such as Gold Medal flour from KC and Heckers and Ceresota flours. It may also affect some of the Jewish brands. Therefore, until further notice, any flour purchased in groceries for home baking can NOT be assumed to be Yoshon unless (1) they have a Yoshon label under hashgocho or (2) have a dating code to indicate that they were packed before Jul 29 ’16. Some sample codes are given below.

WARNING ABOUT BARLEY: The O-U has warned that significant amount of worm contamination has been found recently in pearled barley. We have been warning in the Guide for years that barley must be checked for worms before use, all year around. PLEASE NOTE that this is not a Yoshon-related problem, since the worms have been reported even before the Chodosh season has started and no barley has yet been stored for Yoshon use.

NOTE TO MASHGICHIM: The revised Chodosh packing date for the Bay State flour mill in Clifton, NJ is Aug 22, not Aug 28.

SELECTED DATING CODES FOR ALL PURPOSE FLOUR

  • Gold Medal (all mills) Feb 7 ’18.
  • Heckers and Ceresota Jan 29 ‘18
  • Pillsbury Jan 29 ‘18
  • Shoprite July 29 ‘17
  • Stop and Shop Jul 29 ‘18

For other brands and other types of flour, modify the code in last year’s Guide as detailed below, or call the Hot Line.

Star-K Yoshon Quick Reference Guide 2016 as of September 1, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5623

Mexican kashrus alert on FRESH IXTAPA, FRUCITOS and MAISE GOURMET

September 1, 2016 from KMD Mexico:

Los productos de las siguientes marcas ya no cuentan con nuestra supervisión aun portando nuestro logo en el empaque.

  • FRESH IXTAPA
  • FRUCITOS
  • MAISE GOURMET

Translation by Google Translate:
The products of the following brands no longer have our supervision even carrying our logo on the package.

  • FRESH IXTAPA
  • FRUCITOS
  • Maise GOURMET

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5622

Voluntary Recall of Cartons of Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies 5 Pack (Best By Date Oct 8, 2016), Chocolate Chip Muffins 5 Pack and 10 Pack (Best By Date Oct 8, 2016) and Variety 20 Pack – Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Chip Muffins and Blueberry Muffins (Best By Date Sep 24, 2016) due to Choking and/or Cutting Hazard from Presence of Small Pieces of Plastic

August 31, 2016 - From the FDA:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies (5 pack), Chocolate Chip Muffins (5 pack and 10 pack boxes) and Variety Pack (20 pack) due to the presence of small pieces of plastic caused by a manufacturing failure at a contract manufacturer’s bakery in Illinois. The product being recalled has “Best By” dates, UPC codes and was distributed in the states identified below. In each case, the code number “3098” is printed next to the Best By date on the outside of the box.

Product Best By Date UPC Code States of Distribution
Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies – 5 pack (Net Weight 9.75 oz.) October 8, 2016/3098 7203001342 AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins – 5 pack (Net Weight 8.25 oz.) October 8, 2016/3098 7203001353 CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI WV
Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins – 10 pack (Net Weight 1 lb. 0.5 oz.) October 8, 2016/3098 7203002111 IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, WI
Entenmann’s Little Bites Variety – 20 pack (Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Chip Muffins and Blueberry Muffins – Net Weight 2 lb. 2.5 oz.) September 24, 2016/ 3098 7203001799 AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV

The product was distributed to retail stores in the last two weeks.

The company announced the recall after receiving consumer reports of plastic in product. One injury was reported. FDA has been notified on this voluntary recall.

All recalled products are being removed from store shelves. No other Entenmann’s products are affected.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled product should dispose of it or they can return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-984-0989 at any time 24 hours a day.

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