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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

The following kashrus alert is from the OU Daf HaKashrus issue for December, 20101.

PureVia sugar Substitute packets that are certified OU-D are currently being served at a major Hilton Hotel in the tri-state area (and in other facilities). This hotel does a lot of business with kosher caterers and all mashgichim and consumers should be aware of this and check all sugar and sugar substitute packets on all catering jobs. The dairy product is called PureVia (a Stevia extract product) and comes in a green and white packet. Although the company has reformulated their product and it is now pareve, but packets with OU-D are in fact dairy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3348

The following kashrus alert is from the Central Rabbinical Congress on February 9, 2011.

"Due to Kashrus Violations, we removed our Supervision from Kosher Pizza & Bagel's 4502 16th Ave, Brooklyn NY We have no responsibility on the store."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3347

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on February 3, 2011.

Please be advised that breads produced by Voila Bakery (65 Porter Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237) bear the OK-D symbol on the boxes. THESE BREADS ARE NOT CERTIFIED. OK Kosher Certification does not certify any Viola breads except for the brioche roll which is OK dairy.
Ed. note: Most of their cakes are certified OK-D.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3345

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on February 1, 2011.

SPLENDA® Flavors for Coffee - Mocha, McNeil Nutritionals - Fort Washington, PA: This product erroneously bears the OU-Pareve symbol although it contains a dairy ingredient. All future cartons will be printed with the correct OU-D designation.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3344

The following kashrus alert is from the COR on February 2, 2011.

This is to advise that Concord Bakery Chocolate Filled Fingers bearing the date code beginning with 11017 contain a non-kosher ingredient. This product is not kosher and should not be used. Corrective measures have been taken to ensure that future production of this item is kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3343

The following nut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 28, 2011.

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, which may contain Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream, resulting in the presence of an undeclared almond allergen. Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream UPC: 41415- 13343 Lotcode, found on bottom of carton: Sep 12 2011 B7 PLT 12-444. The product is packaged with a Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream bottom carton and a Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream lid. The recall affects the company’s five state operating areas of FL, GA, AL, SC and TN.
Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. The issue was brought to the attention of store personnel when a customer noticed the mix-match packaging. There have been no reported cases of illness. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com.”

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3342

The following health alert alert is from the FDA on January 28, 2011.

Sabor Farms, LLC., Salinas, CA is recalling fresh cilantro because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The cilantro was on store shelves in multiple states beginning January 14 and likely sold or removed from sale before January 28, 2011.
Consumers should be aware that the cilantro bunches do not contain identifying lot codes. Each bunch is sold with a distinctive, but general twist-tie for cilantro. Samples of the four relevant twist ties are pictured below. For purposes of retailers and distributors, the packaging from which test samples were taken did have specific lot codes that allowed for product traceback to the specific farm and harvest dates (Jan. 13 – 14, 2011). The potentially affected products are:

  • Nature’s Reward label 05013 22/ 16 10 and 05014 22/ 16 10,
  • Ocean Mist label 16 cisf 1j / 2 0113 11 and 16 cisf 1j / 2 011411,
  • Tanimura & Antle label 22 01 13 151348 and 22 01 14 151348 and
  • Queen Victoria label 16520142 / 16 10 22 and 16520132 / 16 10 22.
      No other brands or lots are affected.
      Consumers who believe they have purchased the affected cilantro should not consume any of the product. Consumers who have concerns may contact Sabor Farms at (831) 970-9754 or by email at info@saborfarms.com .

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3341
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