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Kashrus alert on C.A.S. brand Cheesecakes and Cheesecake Products

July 20, 2016: From the BVK (Buffalo Vaad HaKashrut):
All C.A.S. brand Cheesecakes and Cheesecake Products, made under their own label ('Arthur Paul’) and under Private Labels are certified by the BVK as DAIRY (not Cholev Yisroel). Some boxes have gone out with the hashgacha "BVK" yet without the 'D' or "Dairy" designation . This product is indeed DAIRY and the issue of the mistaken labels is being resolved post haste.

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Kashrus alert on Orange Crush and Hawaiian Punch

JULY 14, 2016 from the CRC:
There are several drink mix powders on the market that use the brand name of popular sodas (pops) on the market, such as Orange Crush and Hawaiian Punch.
These are just brand names that were bought through a licensing process and have absolutely no connection to the actual soda company. They would all require a reliable kosher certification on each label to be consider kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5552

Kashrus alert on Cibo Vita Protein Fusion Mix

JULY 14, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Cibo Vita Protein Fusion Mix, Inc Fair Lawn, NJ is mistakenly bears the OK kosher symbol on the packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5551

Unauthorized OU Port Royal Vegetarian Beans

July 13, 2016 from the OU:
Brands: Port Royal Premium, Vegetarian Beans, Port Royal Sales, Woodbury NY Issue: Port Royal Premium Vegetarian Beans are certified by the Orthodox Union. A limited quantity of non kosher beans were labeled with the Port Royal Premium Vegetarian Beans labels, bearing the OU Symbol. The mislabeled product is being withdrawn from the marketplace. The properly labeled Port Royal Vegetarian Beans contain the letters “FDV” as part of the production code that is on the can.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5550

OU Kosher Advisory Sally Sherman Cole Slaw

July 13, 2016 from the OU:
Sally Sherman Cole Slaw, Sally Sherman Foods, Mount Vernon NY with a date codes R-054 until R-157 are not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5549

Kashrus alert regarding PRESSEAT RESTAURANT, Sherman Oaks, CA

July 13, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
PRESSEAT RESTAURANT, 14518 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, has been using the OK symbol on their website and on the menus in the restaurant. This restaurant is NOT KOSHER CERTIFIED. Corrective action is being taken. We would like to hear your thoughts on how we served you today, Please email us at service@ok.org. We value your opinion!
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5548


The progress of the 3 crops, spring wheat, oats and barley is ahead of normal. According to the latest weekly bulletin from the US Department of Agriculture, the harvest of the Chodosh oats has just barely started. The spring wheat and barley harvest may start within 1 week. Our tentative recommended cutoff dates for packaged foods is Jul 20 for oats and July 27 for wheat and barley products (not malt, which is much later). These are packaging dates. It should take several weeks beyond that for the Chodosh packages to reach the local groceries. However, freshly baked goods in bakeries, such as bread, challah, bagels may be Chodosh (tentative) starting Jul 27 in the mid West and Aug 3 elsewhere in the US.
Even though pesach was late on the solar calendar this year, still almost all of the 3 crops of interest were planted after pesach and are Chodosh. The early harvest this year is due to weather conditions in the growing areas.
Those who want to purchase Yoshon items to store over the Chodosh season should do so now, as soon as possible.

This information is from GUIDE TO CHODOSH-YOSEPH HERMAN,
HOT LINE 718-305-5133,
EMAIL : yherman@earthlink.net

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5547

Kashrus alert regarding Great Value Frozen Broccoli & Frozen Cauliflower

July 11, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
The following products are being sold in Wal-Mart Stores bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol. This is product of Mexico.

  • Great Value Steamable Broccoli & Cauliflower
  • Great Value Cut Broccoli
  • Great Value Steamable Broccoli Cuts
  • Great Value Broccoli Florets
  • Great Value Steamable Broccoli Florets

Corrective action is being taken.
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Snack Factory brand Pretzel Crisps - Original recalled due to undeclared milk

July 11, 2016 - CFIA:
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling the following product due to undeclared milk:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps - Original 737 g JUL 01 2017 0 49508 00692 3
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5545

General Mills pulls Betty Crocker mixes because of E. coli

July 11, 2016 - FoodSafetyNews.com:
The following Betty Crocker Cake Mixes have been recalled because they may contain flour that is linked to an ongoing 21-state E. coli O121 outbreak that has sickened 42 people since December 2015:
The Betty Crocker cake mixes now under recall in the United States and label information that can be used to identify them are:

  • Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
    Package UPC 000-16000-40997
    Better if Used by Dates 25MAR2017, 28MAR2017, 27APR2017, 28APR2017, 23MAY2017, 24MAY2017, 25MAY2017
  • Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
    Package UPC 000-16000-40987
    Better if Used by Dates 12APR2017, 13APR2017, 14APR2017, 28MAY2017, 29MAY2017, 30MAY2017, 07JUL2017, 08JUL2017
  • Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix
    Package UPC 000-65633-46589
    Better if Used by Dates 27AL2017, 08JN2017, 09JN2017
This product is posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website with the recall notice.

In Canada only one variety of Betty Crocker cake mix is under recall, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The recalled Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix Rainbow Bit in 432-gram packages can be identified by specific label information, including:

  • 27AL2017 PV08JN2017 PV
    09JN2017 PV
    UPC 0 65633 46589 3

U.S. consumers with questions or requesting Betty Crocker replacement product should contact General Mills at 800-230-8103. Canadian consumers with questions about the Betty Crocker products including in the recall, or requesting replacement, should contact General Mills Canada at 800-526-4579.

Flour and Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recall

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