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The following revised kashrus alert is from the OU on February 23 2011.

Harmony Gummy Bears and Gummy Worms, Diamond Foods, Fishers, IN: This product is not OU certified. A small quantity of these products have been distributed with an OU symbol on the outer box. The boxes are being re-labeled. Consumers who see these products with an OU should please contact 212-613-8344.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3358

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on February 22, 2011.

Richfood White Cranberry Strawberry Juice Cocktail, UPC: 1116607461, Supervalu Inc., Eden Prairie, MN: This label mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU and is not kosher. Consumers who see these products with an OU should please contact 212-613-8344. The product is being withdrawn from the market.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3359

The following kashrus alert is from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission on February 18, 2011.

Emerald Cove Green Nori Flakes, 2.8 oz. bags, with a "best by" date of 111612, manufactured by Great Eastern Sun in Asheville, NC, were mistakenly labeled with the AKC (Atlanta Kashruth Commission) kosher symbol. The product is not certified kosher. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3356

The following kashrus alert is from the Volover Rav on February 18, 2011.

Due to many inquiries, regarding insect infestation in th stomach (not in the flesh) of the various "Gefen" fish, it is important to again advise the following:

  1. Sardines from Portugal, whether in oil ro water , must first be opened and the inside cleaned out thoroughly. If one is not sure how to clean it, do not eat them.
  2. The "Skinless & Boneless" sardines are OK.
  3. The "Bristing"' Sardines from Scotland, whether in water or oil cannot be cleaned and may not be eaten.
  4. The kippered snacks from Canada are OK.
  5. All tuna is OK.

The following updated kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Flatbush on February 16, 2011.

The Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush has been researching Anisakis infestation in the stomachs of sardines. We have been testing sardines from several countries. The following position is the result of our findings and reflects our opinion on this matter:
At an Asifas HaRabbonim last night in Boro Park we opened numerous cans of sardines from Portugal and Scotland. The sardines were inspected by many Rabbonim and Kashrus experts. The sardines from Portugal were observed to be infested with Anisakis worms in the internal organs and abdominal cavity, as previously confirmed by the Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush. Additionally, the sardines from Scotland were found to be infested as well. In our opinion the necessary cleaning process is too complicated for the layman to attempt.
Therefore it is our position that sardines from Portugal and Scotland should not be used.
It is important to note, that the majority of sardines on the kosher market are from Morocco. Extensive research on sardines from Morocco has shown them to be clean of infestation. The above research was only performed on canned sardines available in the USA, and not on fresh sardines. The country of origin is printed on each package of sardines.


The following are articles explaining the kashrus issues of parasites in fish:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3355

The following health alert alert is from the FDA on February 14, 2011.

Prime Choice Foods announced that it is taking the precautionary measure of recalling certain lots of Garden of Eatin’® Multi Grain Sea Salt Tortilla Chips (9 oz bags), Garden of Eatin’® Multi Grain Everything Tortilla Chips (9 oz bags) and Garden of Eatin’® Multi Grain Blues Sea Salt Tortilla Chips (9 oz bags) due to the presence of undeclared wheat and soy.
The recalled products were distributed to food stores nationwide. The recall only affects the following lot codes:

  • Garden of Eatin’® Multi Grain Sea Salt Tortilla Chips (9 oz) Unit UPC code # 15839-00795 Lot codes: 07MAY11, 08MAY11, 19MAY11, 24MAY11, 02JUN11 and 22JUN11
  • Garden of Eatin’® Multi Grain Everything Tortilla Chips (9 oz) Unit UPC code # 15839-00797 Lot codes: 08MAY11, 24MAY11, 25MAY11, 01JUN11 and 22JUN11
  • Garden of Eatin’® Multi Grain Blues Sea Salt Tortilla Chips (9 oz) Unit UPC code # 15839-00940 Lot codes: 08MAY11, 25MAY11, 26MAY11, 22JUN11 and 23JUN11
The lot code can be located on the right side of the upper front panel of the individual bag. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product was packaged in the wrong bag, and the ingredient statement did not list wheat and soy.
Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged to return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns please call 1-800-434-4246, during extended hours from Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm EST and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3354

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on February 14, 2011.

Please be advised that that Wheatley Bakery (579D Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, NY 11023) is currently under new ownership and OK Kosher Certification has been suspended until further notice.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3353

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on February 14, 2011.

Please be advised that that Real New York Pizza Dough is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification. Product prepared before December 9, 2010, bearing the OK symbol is still certified.
This includes all products bearing the name REAL NEW YORK and REAL BROOKLYN NEW YORK


The following kashrus advisory is from the OK on December 9, 2010.

Please be advised that as of today, Real New York Bagels, Inc, Real New York "Kosher Depot" Bialys- frozen are no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification. Product prepared before December 9, 2010, bearing the OK symbol is still certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3277

The following kashrus alert is from cRc on February 11, 2011.

Please be advised that Sour Brite Gummy Worms from Superior Nut and Candy, Chicago, Illinois, mistakenly bears a cRc on the label. The product is not kosher and is being removed from circulation.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3352

Kashrut.com is presenting information that it received from various kashrut agencies and authorities concerning worms (anasakis) in sardines. Consult with your own rabbi as to your own practice.
The following are articles explaining the kashrus issues:


The following revised kashrus alert is from the OU on February 11, 2011.

There is an issue that has been observed (so far exclusively) in Gefen sardines from Portugal canned in 5769 and 5770. Several other brands from other countries have been checked and found to be clean. We have yet to observe the following concern in any other OU sardine products.
OU Mashgichim checking the gut cavities of sardines have recently discovered small white worms around the internal organs of some sardines (not IN the stomachs, which is a separate issue regarding krill in the stomach of some sardines from Canada). These worms can be distinguished from various sardine blood vessels and sinews in that the worms maintain their shape fairly rigidly, even when agitated in water. They can be curled up or spread out, found most commonly on the underside of the ovaries. The Shulchan Aruch differentiates between parasites found in the flesh of fish (which are permitted) and those found in the stomach, head, behind the ears, etc (which are forbidden).
Due to the difficulty involved in removing the parasitic worms found in the abdominal cavity of sardines, consumers are advised to return unopened cans of Gefen sardines from Portugal to their store of purchase, for a full refund.
In addition, skinless and boneless sardine products are free from this issue.
The Orthodox Union continues to research the issue, and will advise further should we discover this issue in any other products.


The following kashrus alert is from the Volover Rav on January 6, 2011.

“This is to advise that after careful investigation it was determined that insects are found in the intestines of “Gefen” sardines from Portugal (not in the flesh). They must first be opened and the guts completely cleaned out. This is equally so in water sardines, soya oil or olive oil. The ‘skinless and boneless’ sardines are not infested.”


The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Flatbush and Rabbi Bess on February 9, 2011.

The Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush has inspected large quantities of cans of Gefen sardines with skin and bones.
The following position is the result of our findings and reflects our opinion on this matter:
Gefen sardines with skin and bones from Portugal have been found to be heavily infested with anisakis worms in the abdominal cavity. They are forbidden according to all opinions and are not affected by the recent discussion about anisakis worms in the flesh of fish.
The sardines must be gutted and the interior walls scraped to ensure that the worms have been removed. This procedure requires much expertise to ascertain that all the worms have been removed. In our opinion, the consumer should not attempt doing so on his own.
Currently, this alert does not affect the status of skinless and boneless sardines.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3316

The following health alert is from the FDA dated February 4, 2011.

St James Smokehouse Inc, is conducting a voluntary recall of Scotch Reserve Whiskey & Honey Smoked Scottish Salmon 4oz retails packs under Lot code:5797 & batch code: 4759 with UPC# 853729001151 due to potential contamination with Listeria Monocytogenes.
The problem was discovered after routine sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Whereby 1 x 4oz package tested positive out of 3 packages sampled. The 600lbs of product subject to recall were distributed and sold only in The Fresh Market stores located FL, NC, SC, TN, GA, VA,KY, AL, IN, IL, OH, LA, MD, AR, WI, MS, PA, MA, CT, NY.
The code number (Lot code: 5797 & batch code: 4759 and UPC# 853729001151) is located on a white label on the rear of the package. This is the only batch & UPC# affected.
Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-305-461-0231 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3349
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