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BMA USA, Inc. Oils, Vinegar, Van Nuys, CA 91406 has an unauthorized Use of Heart-K Kosher Symbol and the Star-K P Symbol

September 18, 2019 from OK Kosher and the Star-K in response to the editor's question::

BMA USA, Inc. Oils, Vinegar, Van Nuys, CA 91406 has an unauthorized Use of Heart-K Kosher Symbol
Various BMA USA products are being sold bearing the Heart-K kosher symbol.
BMA USA has not been certified by OK Kosher since November 30, 2017.
Corrective actions are being taken.

Massimo Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil has an unauthorized Star-K P. It is not certified kosher or kosher for Passover by the Star-K.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6943

Kosher LA Advisory - Coffee Bean Las Vegas Franchisee Owned Stores

September 18, 2019 from Kosher LA:

The following Franchisee-Owned Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - Las Vegas is testing out non-Kosher baked goods in a Las Vegas Coffee Bean store located at:
4165 S Grand Canyon Dr. Ste. 106, Las Vegas NV.
The Kosher LA certificate for this store has been removed and this location is no longer certified.
Please share this information with others.
This advisory applies only to the store listed above.
If you would like to voice your concerns for CBTL Las Vegas Store's to stay kosher certified, please contact www.coffeebeanlv.com/contact-us
They need to hear from YOU! For the full list of Kosher LA Certified Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Stores, please visit www.kosherla.org/coffee-bean.html

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6945

General Mills Recalls Five Pound Bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour

September 16, 2019 from FDA:

General Mills announced today a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with a better if used by date of September 6, 2020. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli O26 which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product.

This recall only affects this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour five-pound bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall. Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers who have had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 [Call: 1-800-230-8103] or visit www.generalmills.com.

Guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. E. coli O26 is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

This voluntary recall includes the following code date currently in stores or consumers' pantries:

Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour
Package UPC 016000 196100
Recalled Better if Used by Date 06SEP2020KC

Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O26 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O26 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6942

Canadian Food Recall Warning - Abbott brand Calcilo XD Powder recalled due to rancidity and off-colour

September 13, 2019 from CFIA:

Abbott Laboratories is recalling Abbott brand Calcilo XD powder from the marketplace due to rancidity and off-colour. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Code(s) on Product Reason for Recall
Abbott Calcilo XD Powder 375 g 0 70074 53329 2 79696K80 Chemical - Other, Other

Company information: Abbott Laboratories: 1-855-733-4201

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6941

Preliminary Guide to Chodosh

Information from from Mrs. Rosskamm, The Guide to Chodosh, Hot Line 718-305-5133. Email: yherman20@gmail.com

September 11, 2019:

  1. The Preliminary Guide to Chodosh is here

September 5, 2019 from the Star-K:

  1. Star-K Yoshon Quick Reference Guide 5780 is here
  2. Yoshon/Pas Yisroel Update for Baltimore for Elul 3779
  3. Since Yoshon availability can change at any time, consumers are urged to check with the Mashgiach at each establishment (or look for posted signs) prior to eating or shopping to ascertain Yoshon status. At catered events, the hashgocho cards will always list the Yoshon status for that event.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6940

The Kosher Dairy stand in Brooklyn College Cafeteria is no longer kosher-certified by National Kosher Supervision

September 11, 2019 from Kashrus Magazine:

"As of this date, Rabbi Aaron Mehlman (National Kosher Supervision) no longer certifies the kosher dairy stand in the Brooklyn College Cafeteria which serves kosher pizza and sushi. At present, there is no kosher supervision there at all. "

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6938

Fruitive Clarification

September 11, 2019 from Kashrus Magazine:

"Fruitive, a certified organic restaurant with three locations (two in Washington DC, and one in Norfolk, VA), has a number of Juices that are kosher-certified by the Vaad of Tidewater; however, not all juices are kosher-certified and none of the restaurants are kosher. The company posts a list of their kosher-certified juices on the website and in the stores. The kosher-certified juices are processed using a filter; non-certified juices are not produced using a filter and therefore may be subject to insect infestation. "

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6937

Stark Group International Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergens in Ritter Sport KAFFEESPLITTER - 3.5 Ounce /100 Gram

September 10, 2019 from FDA:

Stark Group International of Greenvale, NY is recalling all codes of its 100 gram packages of Ritter Sport -KAFFEESPLITTER because they may contain undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recalled Ritter Sport KAFFEESPLITTER were distributed nationwide in retail stores. The product comes in a 3.5 ounce/100 gram, brown plastic package. The product UPC code is 000417 927002. No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared milk allergens in the 3.5 ounce/100 gram packages of Ritter Sport- KAFFEESPLITTER which did not declare a milk ingredient on the label. Consumers who have purchased the 3.5 ounce/100 gram packages of Ritter Sport – KAFFEESPLITTER are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 516-626-3704.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6936

Montes brand Andinetas Mix mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol

September 10, 2019 from OK Kosher:

Please be advised that Montes Y Cia SA de CV Jalisco, Mexico brand Andinetas Mix (Chocolate Flavored Gems) sold at Sam's Club locations in Mexico, have been mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol. These products contain milk, and are certified kosher dairy. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6935

Hometown Food Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Cornbread Muffin Mix Due to Possible Presence of Gluten

August 26, 2019 from FDA:

Hometown Food Company today initiated a limited, voluntary, consumer-level recall of approximately 374 cases of two specific lot codes of its Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Cornbread Muffin Mix, due to standard quality batch testing that indicated the presence of gluten derived from wheat, rye, barley, or crossbreeds of these grains.

The affected cases of impacted Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Cornbread Muffin Mix were distributed nationwide through two retailers. The product has the following case item codes, UPC codes, lot codes and Best-If-Used-By dates:

Item Name

Case Item Code

UPC Item Code

Lot Code


Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Cornbread Muffin 7oz

1 1330082014 5

0 1330082014 8

9 204

JAN 23 2021

Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Cornbread Muffin 7oz

1 1330082014 5

0 1330082014 8

9 205

JAN 24 2021

No other Martha White or Hometown Food Company products are impacted by this limited, voluntary recall. All products with other Best-If-Used-By Dates and Lot Codes are not affected by this recall. Best-If-Used-By Dates can be found on the back of the pouch.

"We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this recall may cause and are offering replacement coupons for your product. Please call our toll-free number at 1-866-219-9333 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT."

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