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Agri Star Meat And Poultry LLC Recalls Beef Pastrami Products due to Possible Processing Deviation
Aaron’s Beef French Roast Pastrami & Shor Harbor and Roast Pastrami recall

June 21, 2018: from USDA:

Agri Star Meat and Poultry LLC, a Postville, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 3,592 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef pastrami products due to processing deviations that may have led to underprocessing of products and resulted in inadequate curing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE beef pastrami items were produced on April 3 and April 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]


The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4653A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Washington.

The problem was discovered on June 20, 2018, after the firm received a consumer complaint about product discoloration. The firm conducted an investigation and product testing and determined that not all products contained an adequate amount of the curing solution. The establishment notified FSIS on June 21, 2018.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. C
onsumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Lisa Beatty, Quality Assurance Manager at 563-864-7811 or Yaakov Labowitz, Vice President of Sales, at 514-648-8171 ext. 260.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6495

Kashrus Alert - KetoMCT

June 18, 2018 - from the OK:

KetoMCT Oil and KetoMCT Powder from KetoMCT, Life Sense International L.L.C., Long Lake, MN 55356 have an UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL
KetoMCT Oil and KetoMCT Powder bear an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging. This company and their products are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6494

Food Recall Warning - Now Real Food brand Zesty Sprouting Mix recalled due to Salmonella

June 15, 2018 - CFIA

Puresource Inc. is recalling Now Real Food brand Zesty Sprouting Mix from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Now Real Food Zesty Sprouting Mix – Clover, Fenugreek and Radish Seeds 454 g Lot #3031259 and
Lot #3038165
7 33739 07271 9

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6493

Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk

June 15, 2018 from CDC:
CDC has expanded its advice. Do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any “best if used by” date.

June 14, 2018 - FDA:

Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.
Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.
The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The BEST if Used By Date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box.

Description (Retail)UPC CodeSizeBEST If Used By Date
Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.)380003910315.3 ozJUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
Honey Smacks380001481023 oz JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019

Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6487

Kashrus Alert - Cold Stone Creamery, College Park MD

June 15, 2018 from the Capitol K:
Please be aware that the Cold Stone Creamery located on 7314 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, MD is no longer under the supervision of the Capitol-K, (Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6492

Kosher Alert Brooklyn Brine Barrel-Cured Garlic Dill Pickle

June 15, 2018 from the OU:

Brooklyn Brine Barrel-Cured Garlic Dill Pickle, Brooklyn Brine, Brooklyn NY has an unauthorized OU:
Brooklyn Brine Barrel-Cured Garlic Dill Pickle contains a non-kosher ingredient and bears an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union no longer certifies this product. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6490

Kosher Alert Kona Ice Trucks

June 14, 2018 from the OU:

Kona Ice, Florence KY
The Orthodox Union does not certify any Kona Ice trucks. Some trucks carry an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6488

Mexican kashrus alert on Sanborns Chocolate

June 15, 2018 from KMD Mexico:

Por el momento los chocolates de la marca Sanborns dejan de contar con nuestra supervisión.

Translated by Google Translate: At the moment the chocolates of the Sanborns brand no longer have our supervision.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6489

FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide Infections Linked to Pre-Cut Melons

June 14, 2018 - FDA:

FDA advises consumers not to eat recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons. Products have been distributed in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers under several different brands or labels and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon. Other retail locations may be added to the list.


Caito Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Melon Products Because of Possible Health Risk
Trader Joe’s , Whole Foods, Sprouts + More Recall Fresh Cut Melons for Salmonella (US/GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, OH)

June 9, 2018 - FDA and stopfoodborneillness.org

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution. The company has been advised by the CDC that it has linked 58 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation. Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.
Because it is possible that products shipped between April 17 and June 7, 2018 could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.
The potential that these products are contaminated with Salmonella was discovered through analyzing reports made by state departments of public health. Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation.
Consumers seeking information may call 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.
Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT to arrange for disposal or return of the product.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recalled products are here:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6479

Mistaken certification on Jade Pearl Rice Ramen with Soup, Millet and Brown Rice Ramen with Soup

June 14, 2018 from the Vaad of Denver:

The following products sold by Lotus Foods, 921 Richmond Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530/ shop.lotusfoods.com mistakenly bear the Scroll K symbol:

  • Jade Pearl Rice Ramen with Soup
  • Millet and Brown Rice Ramen with Soup
  • Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6486
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