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Israel: Salmonella in Tahini

Shamir Salads: The Independent Lab Failed To Detect Salmonella In Tehina


August 16, 2016: YeshivaWorld:
"Prince tehina was sent to Shamir Salads accompanied by test results from an independent lab, which failed to determine the presence of salmonella. It has since been learned those tests were not conducted as they should have been."
"On July 25th, Prince sent its tehina for inspection to the Microbiological Institute in Nesher, an independent lab, which failed to detect the presence of salmonella, apparently because the inspection was not performed in line with protocol. However, an inspection conducted in the Strauss factory, salmonella was detected and they filed the results of the tests with Prince Tehina."

Salmonella Scare in Israel: Health Ministry to Sue Country’s Largest Tahini Manufacturer


August 11, 2016: JewishPress:
The Israeli Ministry of Health on Thursday ordered a halt to all sales of products containing tahini made by Prince Tahina, the largest manufacturer of tahini in the Middle East and one of the biggest in the world, amid a burgeoning scandal in Israel over salmonella found in various Israeli products.
"The bacterium was discovered on Wednesday in Shamir salads, which contains tahini made by Prince Tahina."
"Additionally, over 200 tons of Prince Tahina products are to be destroyed. The Health Ministry alleges that the manufacturer had been aware of the contamination since July 24 and that it will be prosecuted for not having reported it."

Israel on Salmonella hunt: HaNasich recalls hummus and tahini


August 11, 2016: from BarfBlog:
Tehinat HaNasich, a subsidiary of Shamir Salads, reported on Wednesday night that traces of Salmonella were discovered in samples of their raw tahini products.
Shamir has issued a recall on the following items:
  • All hummus products with expiration dates ranging from September 1, 2016 to September 18, 2016.
  • All tahini products with expiration dates ranging from September 16, 2016 to October 3, 2016.
  • All eggplant tahini products with expiration dates ranging from September 1, 2016 to September 18, 2016.
The company noted that all of their non hummus or tahini products are safe for use, as are hummus and tahini products that don’t fall within those date ranges.
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Rabbi Herman CHODOSH BULLETIN-15 Aug 16

In general, if you have last year’s Guide, you can use the package cutoff code for any item given in last year’s Guide and modify the date to conform to the packing dates given here for each type of grain, spring wheat, oats or barley. Just change the date and the year. If you do not have last year’s Guide, you may get it by sending email to chodosh@moruda.com.

THE FOLLOWING IS A STARTING SET OF CUTOFF DATES OR CODES AS THEY APPEAR ON PACKAGES BY MANUFACTURER. THESE DATES ARE TENTATIVE AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE (MOST LIKELY CHANGE TO A LATER DATE)

  • Quaker oats (hot cereals) Jan 10 ‘18
  • Cheerios (all types sold outside of Israel) Aug 6 ’17. Cheerios sold in Israel, the OU is working to make that Yoshon.
  • Nature Valley Granola Jul 26 ’17 (the date on the individual bars, not on the outside box)
  • Shoprite oats Jan 20 ‘18
  • Village Farms, Sturms oats Jul 20 ‘18
  • Kemach, Taanug oats Jul 20 ‘17

This information is from GUIDE TO CHODOSH-YOSEPH HERMAN,
HOT LINE 718-305-5133,
EMAIL: yherman@earthlink.net

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Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Nutribar brand Original Chocolate Supreme Meal Replacement Powder recalled due to undeclared egg

August 11, 2016 - CFIA:
Stella Pharmaceutical Canada Inc. is recalling Nutribar brand Original Chocolate Supreme Meal Replacement Powder from the marketplace because it may contain egg which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to egg should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold nationally and through Internet sales.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Nutribar Original Chocolate Supreme Meal Replacement Powder 530 g BB: 2016 NO 20
NBC3244
6 27578 00573 4

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5589

OU Kosher Advisory Heinz Mustard

August 9, 2016 from the OU:
Heinz Mustard (12.75 oz.) is inadvertently missing the OU symbol from the product label. This product continues to be OU Kosher certified. The OU will be incorporated into the inkjeted code on the cap until new labels can be put into circulation.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5587

Kashrus alert on Creation Foods Spinach and Cheese Borekes

August 12, 2016 - from the MK:
Please be advised that the Spinach and Cheese Borekas from Creation Foods bear an unauthorized MK PAREVE symbol. Furthermore, the company has had not had supervision as of FEBRUARY 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5586

Consumer Advisory - CFIA advises consumers to use caution with infant formula products due to potential product substitution and/or tampering

August 11, 2016 - CFIA:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has become aware of a report from a Walmart store located in Kanata, Ontario of tampering by product substitution in an infant formula product. This type of issue is not typically associated with the manufacturing process but can occur occasionally when a consumer returns altered products to the retail store for a refund.
The infant formula product had an outer container which appeared intact but the product inside the inner packages had been substituted. There has been no illness associated with this complaint.
Consumers using infant formulas should examine the packaging material to ensure that the security seal is intact and has not been altered or the product substituted. If you have product that appears to have been altered, do not use or consume it and contact your local law enforcement authority or the CFIA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5585

Kashrus alert on Western Family vegetable and fruit products

August 8, 2016 - from KosherCheck.org:
Please be advised that the following Western Family brand products bear an unauthorized BCK logo and are not certified kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC.

  • Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • Frozen Berry Blend
  • Frozen Dark Fruit Blend
  • Frozen Bite Sized Blend
  • Frozen Blackberries
Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5583

Update: Gel Spice, Inc. Issues Expanded Recall of Ground Tumeric Powder Due to Elevated Lead Levels

August 5, 2016 - From the FDA:

Gel Spice, Inc. is expanding its recall of ground turmeric powder to include additional brands because of elevated lead levels. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing. The additional products being recalled are identified in the table below.

Brand/Description and Net WeightLot/BB codeUPC NUMBER
Spice Select/8 oz03/18/19076114007730
Market Pantry/0.95 oz05APR2019085239211038
Gel/15 oz04/18/19076114800867
Gel/15 oz05/16/19076114800867
Clear Value /0.75oz04/27/19036800354920
Lieber’s/2 oz05/13/19043427006361
Spice Supreme/2 oz05/17/19076114364628

The products were distributed by various retailers throughout the United States.

Sampling and testing of another product, produced from the same bulk turmeric, revealed the elevated level of lead.

Consumers who have purchased the ground turmeric powders identified above should discard the product.  Consumers with questions about the recalled product may call (201) 564-0435 between the hours of 8 AM to 4 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.


Gel Spice, Inc. Issues Alert on Elevated Lead Levels in One Lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder

July 28, 2016 - From the FDA:

Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder because the product contains elevated lead levels.
The recalled "Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric" is packaged in 3.75 oz. PET jars. It has a code of B/B 03/08/19 and B/B 05/18/19 on the neck of the container.The package also has a UPC code of 81026-01230. The product was distributed at Big Lots Stores throughout the United States.
Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated level of lead.
Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing.
Consumers who have purchased “Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric” should discard the product. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may call (201) 564-0435.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5570

Kosher Alert Imperial Garden

August 5, 2016 from the OU:
Imperial Garden Frozen Organic Brown Rice, Edamame & Kale, JYC International Inc., Houston TX: The Orthodox Union does not certify any Imperial Garden product. Some frozen Imperial Garden Organic Brown Rice, Edamame & Kale is being sold in a display box that has an unauthorized OU symbol. The individual bags do not have an OU on them. This product is sold in some Costco stores (and possibly elsewhere). Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5582

Kashrus advisory on Margarine

August 7, 2016 from the Vaad of Denver:
Margarine in King Soopers: Several flavors of country crock margarine (not all) are Pareve; please check the label. Blue bonnet margarine sticks lactose free are pareve (again), please check the label.

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