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Jubilee Gummy Bears were mistakenly labeled with an OK kosher symbol

December 21, 2017 from the OK:

Jubilee Gummy Bears, Terrafina LLC, Bronx, NY 10457 have a mistaken Use of OK Kosher Symbol:
Please be advised that Jubilee Gummy Bears, sold at Jubilee Market Place locations, were mistakenly labeled with an OK kosher symbol. This product is NOT KOSHER. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6184

Israeli produce alert

December 21, 2017 from Kosherquest:

Trader Joes is selling red, yellow and orange peppers from Mexico,, Canada and Eretz Yisroel all mixed together. They seem to have color codes designated for each of these countries. Please be very cautious when purchasing these peppers and ask the management for clarity if necessary. Numerous other stores are beginning to carry bell peppers from Eretz Yisroel recently. Check the origin of the peppers before you purchase.

November 22, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Kroger, Target, Walmart, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. This involves Sunset brand, Field & Farm, and other brands of colored peppers. [Some other brands seen in past years were Gilad, Arava, and Mor.] Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. Often the same brand has some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each individual package or pepper should be checked.
One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, clementines  and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

Information on tithing can be found here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6141

Gel Spice Company, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy And Wheat In Beef Flavored Bouillon Cube Products.

December 19, 2017 from the FDA:

Gel Spice Company, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain Spice Time and Spice Supreme Beef Flavored Bouillon Cube products (identified below) because they contain undeclared soy and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction(s) if they consume these products.

Brand/Description and Net WeightProduct LabelsBest By Date Code(s)*UPC NUMBER
Spice Time Beef Flavored
Bouillon Cubes
NET WT. 1.7 OZ (48 g)
"See below for the product label"11/06/20079679000543
Spice Supreme
Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes 25 Count
NET WT. 3-1/2 OZ (98 g)
"See below for the product label"11/20/20076114304419
Spice Supreme
Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes
NET WT. 1.7 OZ (48 g)
"See below for the product label"09/26/20 11/06/20 12/05/20076114304426

* “Best By Date” coding can be found on the back of the product bottle, below the product cap and above the product label.

The beef flavored bouillon cube products identified above were distributed by Gel Spice throughout the United States to retail locations and distribution centers located in: Alabama; California; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Montana; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; South Dakota; Texas; Virginia; and Washington.

Consumers who have purchased the Spice Time and Spice Supreme products identified above are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Customers are encouraged to visit Gel Spice’s website (http://recall.gelspice.com) to register to receive a replacement product at no charge.  Customers with questions about the recalled product may also call Gel Spice at 201-354-2203 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, or may e-mail the company at recall@gelspice.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6183

Amba Fidi in Lower Manhattan is No Longer Kosher

December 19, 2017 - from the YeahThatsKosher:

Amba Fidi, a small kosher Middle Eastern restaurant in Manhattan’s Downtown Financial District is now under new management and is no longer kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6182

Springfield Smoked Fish Expands their Recall of Smoked Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk

December 19, 2017 from the FDA:

Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, MA is expanding their voluntary recall of smoked fish products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Recalled products were distributed and sold at retail stores and wholesale establishments in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania from May 2017 through December 2017. Product was also sold nationwide through online sales.
The initial recall was limited to 1lb pre-sliced Nova Salmon produced on 11/24/17. The recall expansion includes product produced between May 22, 2017 and December 12, 2017, the date the facility ceased production of the products.
These products were sold under the brand names Springfield Smoked Fish and Rachael’s Springfield Smoked Fish.

Full list of recalled products and pictures is here

The recall expansion was initiated as a result of environmental and product sampling conducted by the firm. Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the recalled products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact Springfield Smoked Fish for disposal or return of the product.

Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-413-737-8693, Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6170

Jack Brown Produce, Inc. Recalls Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples Due to Possible Health Risk

December 19, 2017 from the FDA:

Jack Brown Produce, Inc. of Sparta, MI is recalling Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples processed and shipped by one of its suppliers, Nyblad Orchards, Inc., on December 11 through December 16, 2017, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled apples were distributed through retail stores in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. The product at issue consists of the following types of apples sold or distributed by Jack Brown Produce, Inc. under the brand name "Apple Ridge" including:

The potentially-affected product can be identified by the following lot numbers printed on the bag label and/or bag-closure clip:
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program at the Nyblad Orchards, Inc. facility which revealed that finished products contained Listeria monocytogenes. Jack Brown Produce, Inc. has ceased the distribution of any further products processed at Nyblad Orchards as the FDA and the Company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples under the brand name "Apple Ridge" on or after December 11, 2017 are urged to destroy the product and contact Jack Brown Produce, Inc. for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 616-887-9568 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) and ask for Lisa Ingalls.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6181

Mexican kashrus alert on Fried chicken by Alazraki

December 14, 2017 from KMD Mexico:


Translation by Mildred Seigel: Fried chicken by Alazraki is no longer kosher. The hashgacha has been taken away.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6180

Kashrut information on Trader Joe's Gorgonzola Cheese Crackers

December 6, 2017 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

Trader Joe's Gorgonzola cheese crackers that have an OU-D list animal rennet on the ingredient list. This is a printing error. The product is kosher and does not contain animal rennet.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6179

Kashrus alert on uncertified facilities listing a kosher symbol

December 15, 2017 - from cRc:

Many one stop shops or gas stations sell smoothies or hot drinks where the base used to make these drinks are cRc certified. There are times that these establishments advertise the cRc logo in (or outside) their stores which gives off the impression that the cRc is taking full responsibility for the kashrus of the finished product while in reality we have no relationship with the store and the preparation of their products. Two recent examples are the Signin Oil Station on 300 Hurley Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 and Mobil Gas Station on 7176 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6178

Kashrus advisory on Passover hotel certification

December 15, 2017 - from cRc:

The cRc wants to inform all those that rely on the cRc list of recommended kosher agencies (http://www.crcweb.org/agency_list.php) to keep in mind that many times the recommendations do not extend to Pesach Hotels. Each hotel and its hashgacha should be independently reviewed annually despite any previous approvals.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6177
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