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Evanger’s Pet Food and Against the Grain Voluntarily Recalls Additional Products Out of Abundance of Caution due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital

March 3, 2017 - from the FDA:

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily expanding its recall of Hunk of Beef and is also recalling Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital.
The 12 oz. cans of dog foods that are being voluntarily recalled have the following barcodes. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:

  • Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: 20109
  • Evanger’s: Braised Beef: 20107
  • Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: 80001

The three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. These products were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide. This voluntary recall affects only Hand Packed Beef Products, which is a unique method in which large chunks of meat are manually placed into the can by hand, not machine.
Consumers may return any can of the aforementioned products to their place of purchase for a full refund for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

February 3, 2017 - from the FDA:

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.
The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.
Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.
The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.
Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Ed note: Hunk of Beef is endorsed by the cRc Kosher for Passover (for dogs)

Article in Food Safety News about Evangers is here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5810

Egg Ingredient Notice: Tastykake

March 1, 2017: from FARE:
Tastykake would like consumers to know it is adding eggs to the recipe for its Cheesecake Baked Pie. This seasonal product is expected to be in stores April 2, 2017 - June 17, 2017. For more information, consumers may contact Tastykake Consumer Relations at 1-866-245-8921 or www.tastykake.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5836

Mistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol by Barry Callebaut Cacao Barry CHM-O38LSUP-US-U77 (Milk Chocolate Callets 5kg)

March 1, 2017 from the OK:
A limited number of packages of Barry Callebaut Cacao Barry CHM-O38LSUP-US-U77 (Milk Chocolate Callets 5kg) sold in the United States were mistakenly printed with the OK (Pareve) symbol instead of the correct OKD symbol. This product is Dairy, as stated clearly on the label. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5835

New Slurpee flavors

March 1, 2017: The following are new kosher slurpee flavors are from 7-11 and are all pareve:

  • Trolli® Pineapple Lime Slurpee®
  • St. Paddy’s Day Sour Lemon Lime Slurpee

The Kashrut.com Slurpee list can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/slurpees.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5834

Kosher Alert Cadia Frozen Berries (4 varieties)

February 24, 2017 - from the OU:

Organic Raspberries; Organic Triple Berry Blend; Organic Strawberries; Organic Tropical Berry Blend, Cadia Foods, Brea CA has unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Cadia Frozen Organic Raspberries; Organic Triple Berry Blend; Organic Strawberries; Organic Tropical Berry Blend. Some packaging bear an unauthorized OU. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5833

Kosher Alert Scharffen Berger Chocolate Tasting Square

February 24, 2017 - from the OU:

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Tasting Squares (boxes of 48-5oz. Tasting Squares), The Hershey Company, Hershey PA is missing D - Dairy Designation:
The Orthodox Union certifies Scharffen Berger Chocolate Tasting Squares as an OU D - Dairy product. Some boxes of 48 - 5 oz.Tasting Squares bear a plain OU symbol, without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5832

Kosher Alert Tarall’Oro Orecchiotti Arcobaleno Pasta

February 24, 2017 - from the OU:

Tarall'Oro Orecchiotti Arcobaleno, Pastifico Di Bari Rarall'Oro, Italy has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Tarall’Oro Orecchiotti Arcobaleno pasta. This product contains squid ink. Some labels for this product bear an unauthorized OU. This product is being sold in Europe (and possibly elsewhere). Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5831

Cinnaholic Cherry Creek is certified Scroll K DE

February 22, 2017 from the Vaad of Denver:
Cinnaholic Cherry Creek, 3000 E 1st Ave, 197A, Denver, CO 80206 is kosher certified DE by the Scroll K. Please be sure to read carefully the Kosher Letter displayed in the store. The same would be advised for the various Scroll K Ice-cream shops that offer toppings.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5830

Kashrus information on Kroger Hazelnut Spread with Breadsticks

February 17, 2017 - from Kosherquest.org and confirmed by the OU:

Kroger Hazelnut Spread with Breadsticks is now certified Kosher under O/UD (dairy) supervision.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5828

Kashrus alert on Eat Meat Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA

February 23, 2017 - from Kosherquest.org and confirmed by the RCC:

Eat Meat Kosher Grill, located at 14845 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, Ca. is no longer certified by the RCC (not for any violations).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5829
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