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The following kashrus notice is from the OU on November 18, 2009.

The OU now stands behind products bearing the Half Moon K symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2908

The following health alert is from the FDA on November 20, 2009.

Service Smoked Fish Corp., Brooklyn, NY, is recalling specific "Use-By" dates and lot codes of Brooklyn's BEST brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Smoked Nova Salmon was distributed in the greater New York area, NJ, CT, and the areas of Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA, and Portland, OR. Consumers may have purchased the product from retail food stores. The Smoked Nova Salmon was vacuum-packed in clear, plastic bags of various size packages including 3 oz., 4 oz., 8 oz., 12 oz., 16 oz. and random weight sides with the brand name "Brooklyn's BEST" appearing on a circular label inside the vacuum bag. A "Use-By" date appears on the bottom of the gold board. Units with "Use-By" dates of 12/03/09 through 12/19/09 are being recalled. The product was also air-packed in bulk boxes. Air-packed units with lot numbers 060 through 043 are being recalled. No other use-by dates or lots numbers are involved in this recall. Consumers who have purchased the above "Use-By" dates or lot codes of "Brooklyn's BEST" brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-388-4067, Monday - Friday, 7 am - 3 pm.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2907

The following allergy alert is from the FDA and the FAAN on November 18, 2009.

Nassau Candy Distributors is recalling "Tasty Dish Snack Tub: Chocolate Almonds," and "Tasty Dish Snack Tub: Chocolate Raisin,"” due to undeclared almonds, milk, and soy. The products were distributed through Bed Bath & Beyond retail stores nationwide. The 9.75-oz. Chocolate Almonds with SKU 16915300, UPC 444444564610, and the 11-oz. Chocolate Raisins with SKU 16915335, UPC 444444564627, have a 4” clear film safety shrink band. The tubs being recalled were missing the back ingredient label. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (516) 433-7100, ext.297.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2906

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on November 18, 2009.

Dynamic Health Liquid Joint Elixir - All Forms, Dynamic Health Laboratories – Brooklyn, NY: This product bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2905

The following information is from the FDA on November 13, 2009.

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has filed a complaint for permanent injunction against seafood processor Haifa Smoked Fish Inc. of Jamaica, N.Y., and two of its top officers for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
If the court grants the injunction requested by the government, the company would stop the manufacture, distribution, and sale of its products, unless and until it has implemented measures to correct insanitary conditions and control the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono.) at the Haifa Smoked Fish facility. The act refers to unsanitary conditions as insanitary.
Since 2001, the FDA and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) have inspected the Haifa Smoked Fish facility on numerous occasions. The inspections revealed insanitary conditions that could lead to the contamination of the finished product with L. monoor other pathogenic microorganisms. The act refers to unsanitary conditions as insanitary.
FDA analyses of samples taken during the inspections revealed that food products and environmental surfaces, including food-contact surfaces, were contaminated with L. mono. The defendants also continually failed to comply with FDA's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations. HAACP regulations require that seafood processors identify all food safety hazards likely to occur for each kind of seafood product, and develop and implement adequate plans to prevent and control those hazards.
The FDA issued warning letters to Haifa Smoked Fish in 2001 and 2004. In response, company officers promised to correct the violations. Subsequent inspections, however, revealed that the company did not make the corrections.

The following health alert is from the FDA dated July 10, 2009.

Haifa Smoked Fish, Inc is voluntarily recalling all Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009. The product is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled product was distributed to retailers and distributors in the New York State area. Consumers could possibly purchase the product through retail stores outside the New York State area.
The recalled product required refrigeration at 38F or below until consumed. It is packaged in either air-packed or vacuum-packed plastic wrap. It contains a label bearing UPC number 832007000263. The packages do not bear any lot codes. The recalled product is sold by weight.
Consumers who have purchased Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-523-889, Monday thru Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays until 3pm Eastern Time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2816

Kehilah Kashrus has made the decision to reinstate the following restaurant with our Kashrus certification on November 16, 2009.

Mamash Kebab located at 1827 Coney Island Ave. is once again under strict supervision of Kehilah Kashrus

The following kashrus alert is from Kehilla Kashrus on October 15, 2009.

Please be advised that MAMASH KEBAB, 1827 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY is no longer certified by Kehilah Kashrus.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2879

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Supervision dated November 11, 2009.

Please be advised that as of November 10, 2009 OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION has revoked our certification of Ouri's Superior Catering Brooklyn, NY and Ouri’s Sports Kosher Catering Bronx, NY Contact OK Kosher Certification at 718-756-7500, info@ok.org.
Ed. note: They continue to be certified by CMD, Rabbi David Navaro.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2902

The following yoshon notice is from New Square on November 12, 2009.

This will certify that Unger's brand Frozen Pie Shell & Tart Shell bearing one of the following lot numbers 09306, 09307, 09308 are made of Yoshon flour.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2901

The following yoshon notice is from New Square on November 12, 2009.

This will certify that Unger's Pizza Crust bearing one of the following codes "Best before March 9, 2010, March 10, 2010 are made of Yoshon flour.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2900

The following kashrus alert is from a reader on November 12, 2009.

Some of the Haribo jellyfish and other Haribo products in the kosher section in Shaw's in Canton, MA are not kosher and are also made with animal gelatin. The same brand makes specials kosher runs (with fish Gelatin) and are distributed by Paskesz Candies.
Ed. note: Always look for the kosher symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2899
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