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The following kashrus alert is from the COR on September 11, 2008.

The following products were labeled with an unauthorized COR. These products are not kosher:

  • Pasta Quistini Jumbo Ravioli with Portobello Mushrooms & Ricotta
  • Pasta Quistini Sundried Tomato & Cheese Tortolloni
Action has been taken to recall these products

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2507

The following kashrus notice is from the OK on September 9, 2008.

Please be advised that Air Stream Foods 3400 Lawson Blvd., Oceanside, NY 11572, producers of packaged fruits and vegetables, is not certified by the OK Kosher Certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2506

The following South African kashrus notice is from the Johannesburg Beth Din on September 8, 2008.

In response to a number of queries regarding our previous notice regarding cut and fruits and vegetables, we wish to clarify as follows:
Halacha allows for one to buy cut up fruits and vegetables (which do not require checking for infestation) from a reputable fruit and vegetable shop, even where there is no supervision. This applies to all “non sharp” items, such as potatoes, butternut, carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, squash, peppers, pineapple, mango, mushrooms, melons etc.
One should not however purchase cut up “sharp” items such as onions, garlic, lemons, spring onions, radish etc, unless absolutely certain that the knives and equipment are dedicated to fruits and vegetables only. If in doubt, it is preferable not to buy them.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2505

The following health alert is from the FDA on September 4, 2008.

Sprouters Northwest, Inc., Kent, Washington is recalling its alfalfa sprout products (alfalfa sprouts, onion sprouts, and salad sprouts) because they may be linked to a recent outbreak of Salmonellosis in OR and WA. To date, 13 cases of Salmonella Typhimirium infection have been associated with the consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts. The recalled sprouts were distributed in WA, OR, ID, and AK in retail stores and through wholesale produce suppliers. The products are Sprouters Northwest brand and include all lot numbers with a best by date of 9/17/08 or earlier of: 5oz alfalfa sprout cups UPC - 033383701417, 4oz alfalfa clamshells UPC-815098001088, 1lb bags of alfalfa sprouts UPC - 079566123508, 2lb trays of alfalfa sprouts UPC – 079566123492, 5oz salad cups UPC - 033383702674, 4oz salad clamshells UPC - 815098002061, 5oz alfalfa onion sprout cups UPC - 033383701905, and 4oz onion sprout clamshells UPC – 815098002054. Consumers who have purchased any of these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Wholesalers / retailers should remove the product from sale, cease distribution, and arrange for product return. Questions can be directed to the company at 253-872-0577.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2504

The following nut allergy alert is from the FDA on September 4, 2008.

The Hershey Company today announced a voluntary recall of 7.25-ounce plastic bottles of Hershey's Chocolate Shell Topping because they contain undeclared almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The only 7.25-ounce bottles of Hershey's Chocolate Shell Topping affected have the code 69N printed on the back of the bottle below the UPC symbol. The UPC/Bar Code is 346000. The item in question was available for purchase nationwide after July 8, 2008. No Hershey confectionery items or other shell toppings are involved in this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product is completely safe for consumers who do not have an allergy or sensitivity to almonds. Consumers who have purchased the item in question should contact Hershey Consumer Relations at 1-800-468-1714.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2503

The following South African kashrus alert is from the South African Beth Din on September 4, 2008.

Please Note: Boston Cappuccino, Boston Hot Chocolate and Pick ‘n Pay Hot Chocolate are no longer kosher. The Beth Din logo has been removed from the packaging. Existing stock with the Beth Din logo may be still be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2501

The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 2, 2008.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ravine Mushroom Farms Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Fresh Obsessions brand Ready To Serve Pre-washed Sliced White Mushrooms described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, Fresh Obsessions brand Ready To Serve Pre-Washed Sliced White Mushrooms, is sold in an 8 oz / 227 g package bearing UPC 0 69200 00902 2 and lot code R12398. This lot code can be found ink jetted on the cellophane wrapper on the side of the package. This product has been distributed in Ontario. The manufacturer, Ravine Mushroom Farms Inc., Woodbridge, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2500

The following kashrus alert is from the Chicago Rabbinical; Council on September 2, 2008.

The following products distributed by The Sassafras Company of Chicago Bears an unauthorized cRc and Kof K. Corrective measures are being taken.

  • Chocolate Moose Mousse
  • Kid’s Milkshake Mix
  • Sundae Kit

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2499

The following South African kashrus alert is from the South African Beth Din on September 1, 2008.

“Just Sweet Sugar Free Muesli Chocrunch” and other “Just Sweet” biscuits, cakes and sweets bear an unauthorized Beth Din logo. These products are not approved and should not be consumed. Appropriate action has been taken against the company.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2498

The following kashrus notice is from Yudel's rest of the story on August 13, 2008 and September 2, 2008.

Travelers should be aware that at the Dunkin Donuts on the New York State Thruway Sloatsburg rest area only the donuts are certified as kosher by Rabbi Safra. (Cholov Stam). Per New York State law, details of supervision are posted in the establishment.

A reader has reported that he has seen frum people purchasing donuts and bagels from the Dunkin Donuts in Monticello, NY. This store is self certified by the store manager and not any outside rabbinic organization.
One should always check for kosher certification and and other available documentation.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2482
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