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South Africa: Kashrus alert Mediterranean Delicacies Salmon Pate

April 12, 2016 from the Beth Din of Johannesburg
Please be aware that Mediterranean Delicacies Kosher for Passover salmon pate is incorrectly labelled as Parev. The product is Milchik and is Chalav Yisrael.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5429

South Africa: Yoshon alert Shula’s Bakery

April 11, 2016 from the Beth Din of Johannesburg
Please be aware, that as of Tuesday 11 April 2016, Shula’s Bakery will no longer be Yoshon.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5428

Health alert on Pictsweet Frozen Spring Vegetables

April 11, 2016: From the FoodSafetyNews.com:
The Schnucks grocery chain is recalling Pictsweet brand "Seasoning Blend" and "Steamable Spring Vegetables" possible listeria contamination from chipped onions. .

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5427

Supervision Change Unger's Bakery & Deli, Cleveland, OH

April 7, 2016 - from Localjewishnews.com:
Unger's Bakery & Deli, Cleveland, OH has changed supervision and is now under the supervision of Rabbi Binyomin Grunwald. Hashgacha is limited to the store's in-house baked goods and the delicatesen. All olther products have their own hashgacha as per the label.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5425

Kashrus alert on the JCC Cafe, Tenafly, NJ

April 8, 2016 from the RCBC:
The RCBC withdrew its certificate of supervision Cafe at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5424

Kashrus alert on ProBar Bolt Strawberry Energy Chews

April 8, 2016 from the OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify strawberry flavored Bolt Organic Energy Chews, ProBar LLC, Salt Lake City UT. This product bears an unauthorized OU Symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5423

SABBATH MODE UPDATE

April 7, 2016 From the Star-K:
Recently there has been much discussion about “Sabbath Mode” appliances. While there is a machlokes haposkim with regard to whether one can rely on the "Grama" for changing temperatures on Yom Tov, a Shabbos compliant oven is critical for every Shomer Shabbos home. Without a mode to disable unwanted oven display activity, it is near impossible to use these ovens in any way on Shabbos. To "se an oven on Yom Tov even without changing temperatures, a "Sabbath Mode” is needed to make sure the oven will not violate Yom tov nor shut off after 12 hours.

This is a message that must be clarified to every consumer regardless of any other Halachic issues that can and should be discussed with one’s own posek.

As an example, this morning we received a call from a consumer who had bought a range with a 12 hour shutoff built into the oven. She wanted to know if we had any solution for her. We told her that unfortunately, without buying a new control board for the oven, there is no way to override that. Now she will not be able to use her oven on YomTov. Without a Sabbath Mode, of which the most critical feature is the ability to override that shutoff, the frum consumer would not be able to use most ovens on YomTov.

In order for a Sabbath Mode to be reliable, it needs certification. The Star-K works with major appliance manufacturers to ensure that their appliances meet our halachic specifications. Appliances are tested for compliance.

The Star-K recently discovered that some of the ovens that we certify are not compliant. It is extremely disappointing for a certification agency to discover that a company is not conforming with its particular stipulations.

In the spirit of transparency, and our mandate to keep the consumer informed, we have just issued some alerts based on a review of several of the appliance manufacturers.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5422

LG OVEN ALERT

April 7, 2016 From the Star-K:
LG OVEN ALERT We have been advised that for all LG STAR-K certified ovens, closing the door turns the oven on immediately. Please consider these ranges, both gas and electric, de-certified until further notice. In order to avoid this issue, install a Oven Shabboswitch available at your local bookstore or here. Any method of keeping the plunger switch on the frame of the oven depressed will work. If using tape, make sure it can withstand the heat of the oven. (Duct tape may not work.) If you own one of these ovens, and wish to receive updates, send an email to rivkaleah@star-k.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5421

Fresh From Texas Recalls Apple Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

April 5, 2016: From the FDA:
Fresh from Texas of San Antonio, Texas is voluntarily recalling multiple products containing sliced red apples which are identified below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported to date. The product was sold by H-E-B stores in Texas. A list of products and pictures can be found here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5420

Kashrus Alert on Wellesley Farms Cheese Cakes

March 31, 2016: From the OK Kosher Certification:
Please be advised that Wellsley Farms 9" Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake, 9" Cookies and Cream Cake, and 9" Raspberry Cream Cheese Cake were mistakenly labeled with the OK kosher symbol and not the OKD kosher symbol. These products contain dairy ingredients as stipulated in the ingredient and allergen panels. These products are DAIRY.
Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5418
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