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Meijer Recalls Meijer Brand Packaged Produce Due to Possible Health Risk

October 21, 2017 from the FDA:

Meijer is announcing a recall of various packaged Meijer brand produce items due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall affects the following products sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin purchased September 27, 2017 through October 20, 2017. The items will be in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights. The list of recalled products is here
Meijer received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from Mann Packing, a Meijer supplier based in Salinas, Calif. that sources the Meijer branded produce items.
Customers should stop using the product and either dispose of it or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. For additional information, please contact Meijer at 800-543-3704, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6099

BrightFarms Announces Voluntary Regional Recall of Produce Due to Potential Presence of E. coli

October 20, 2017 from the FDA:

BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Roundy's Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm.

The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano's Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick 'n Save stores in Wisconsin.

The recall includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with best by dates located on the label of the package: 10/24/2017, 10/25/2017, 10/26/2017, 10/27/2017.

  • BrightFarms Baby Spinach (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spring Mix (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spinach Blend (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Greens Blend (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Kale (3 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Arugula (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Romaine Mix (4 oz. package)

Basil products, packaged in clear plastic clamshells with best by dates located on the label of the package: 10/24/2017, 10/25/2017, 10/26/2017, 10/27/2017.

  • BrightFarms Basil (.75 oz. and 2 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Thai Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Lemon Basil (.75 oz. package)

The recall is limited to products grown at the company's Rochelle, Illinois farm. BrightFarms products from greenhouses in other regions are not affected.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should discard them or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions are encouraged to call (646) 480-5262 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Consumers can also email info@brightfarms.com with the subject line: Recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6098

Kashrus advisory on PRETZILLA Products

October 17, 2017 - from COR Detroit and confirmed by the cRc:

Most PRETZILLA brand PRODUCTS, e.g. buns, balls, wreaths, soft pretzels, etc., are cRc certified and Pas Yisroel, and bear the cRc symbol. However, some Pretzilla products, e.g. twists, and Bites with Cheese Dip, are not certified and do not bear the cRc. Always check each label carefully.

Fresh Express brand Iceberg Garden salad remains certified when bearing the Star-K symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6096

Stonyfield Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Specific Code Date of Strawberry O'Soy Soy Yogurt

October 17, 2017 from the FDA:
Organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield, is voluntarily recalling a specific code date of its O’Soy Strawberry soy yogurt because it may contain an undeclared milk allergen.
Product was initially distributed to the following states and the list will be updated as information becomes available: CA, CT, FL, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI. The yogurts are sold at natural food stores and grocery retailers nationwide.
The specific product being recalled comes in 5.3 ounce cups and has the code date of November 4, 2017 on the lid and carrying the following product code printed along the side of the cup: O’Soy Strawberry UPC Code:0-52159 00603-7.
Consumers who may have purchased the potentially affected O’Soy Strawberry soy yogurts with this code date are asked to immediately dispose of them. Stonyfield is advising their distribution network to immediately remove these specific code-dated yogurts from retail shelves.
The recall is due to the possibility that some product shipped from its Londonderry plant may contain dairy yogurt instead of soy yogurt as labeled. The issue was identified after receiving two consumer complaints. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers with questions should contact Stonyfield Consumer Relations at 1-800-PRO-COWS, Monday- Friday 9-12pm, 1:30-5pm, or email us at crelations@Stonyfield.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6095

Revised Kashrus Alert on Kosher/Non-Kosher Candy Assortments

September 26, 2016a and October 17, 2-17 - from the COR Detroit:

KOSHER / NON-KOSHER CANDY ASSORTMENTS: Many Variety bags of assorted individually wrapped candies now in stores contain a mixture of Kosher and non-Kosher candies. Some of these assortments bear an OU or OU-D on the back of the bag after the ingredient listings of the Kosher items. This has in the past caused confusion to some consumers who did not discern that the OU symbol refers only to that particular type of candy, and not to the entire contents of the bag. The Kashrus status of each specific type must be carefully checked.
Following are examples of these assortments currently in stores:

  • Hershey - 80, 100, 150, and 175 Pieces etc. assortments contain non-Kosher Jolly Rancher items, together with Kosher OU items. The bags bear a disclaimer on the back stating, “This Bag Contains Kosher and Non-Kosher Items.”
  • Mars - 40, 60, 90, and 250 Pieces etc. assortments contain non-Kosher Starburst and/or Skittles items, together with Kosher OU items. These bags do not bear a disclaimer.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5657

DOLE ICEBERG SALADS AND OTHER BRANDS TEMPORARILY NOT CERTIFIED

October 17, 2017 - from COR Detroit and confirmed by the Star-K:

DOLE ICEBERG SALADS AND OTHER BRANDS TEMPORARILY NOT CERTIFIED: The Star-K has advised that due to logistical issues that are preventing its Mashgichim from being able to monitor Dole Iceberg lettuce properly, it is not certifying any Dole Iceberg products at this time, and the bags therefore do not bear the Star-K symbol. The Star-K hopes to resume certification when the season changes and harvest operations move to Arizona, which will be sometime in November.
This applies to Dole Classic Iceberg, Dole Shredded Lettuce, and also to several other brands such as Fresh Selections [Kroger], Little Salad Bar [Aldi], and Marketside [Walmart], which normally bear a Star-K.
This change affects only Iceberg lettuce products. Cabbage and Coleslaw products remain certified, but only when bearing the Star-K symbol.

Fresh Express brand Iceberg Garden salad remains certified when bearing the Star-K symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6094

Insect infestation alert on Greenfield Bow Tie Noodles

October 17, 2017 - from COR Detroit:

GREENFIELD’S BOW TIES EGG NOODLES (large, 12 oz.) with expiration date 5/05/18 has been found to contain insects in some bags, and should be inspected before use by spreading the product across a white paper plate and looking for signs of infestation. It is advisable to spot-check all pasta at this time of year, since pasta that was improperly stored in warm conditions during the summer is more liable to develop infestation. At the store, check that there is not a large amount of powder at the bottom of the package. Also shake the package and look for insects at the bottom. When cooking, check for any insects that float up to the surface of the water. If infestation is found, do not use the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6093

KELLOGG’S CEREALS CLARIFICATION

October 17, 2017 - From COR Detroit:

As stated in the 9/19/17 Kashrus Alerts, Kellogg’s cereals that bear a K are now OU certified, except for Kellogg's Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Cereal, which is not OU certified even when the package bears a K. Please note that some Kellogg’s cereals, including Frosted Mini-Wheats and several others, do not bear a K and have never been certified Kosher, and they remain non-Kosher.Kellogs items currently certified KVH Kosher DON'T contain gelatin and have a K.


Kashrus advisory - Kellogg's Products containing gelatin & interesting story on gelatin in Kellogg's products

August 10, 2017 - From KVH Kosher twitter feed:

Kellogs items currently certified KVH Kosher DON'T contain gelatin and have a K indicating kosher. Kellogs items with gelatin are NOT certified as kosher.

Interesting story that goes with the above advisory:
Hindu leader slams Kellogg’s for not disclosing beef gelatin

August 16, 2017 from FoodSafety.com:

"Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism (USofH), is calling out Kellogg’s CEO John A. Bryant for failing to disclose that some of the company’s cereals contain beef-based gelatin."
"Zed says the world’s 1 billion Hindus were shocked to learn that some of the Kellogg’s cereals they’ve been eating for years without concern, in fact, contained beef-based gelatin, which is not disclosed on packaging or labels." "Gelatin is a protein made from the skins and bones of pigs and cows. It’s a common ingredient in many products. Hindu religion prohibits followers from eating meat from cows."
"Kellogg’s has confirmed that beef-based gelatin is an ingredient in all varieties of Kellogg’s Frosted Pop-Tarts, Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats cereal. All Kellogg’s fruit flavored snacks and all Kellogg’s Krave Treat Bars contain either pork or beef-based gelatin."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6030

Canadian Kosher Alert: Lynch Creamy Horseradish Sauce is Dairy

October 17, 2017, - From the COR:

Please be advised that Lynch Creamy Horseradish (as seen below) carries a COR Dairy logo in which the "Dairy" designation is small and hard to read. Consumers should be aware that the product is indeed DAIRY. The company is updating their packaging to ensure compliance with labeling protocols.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6092

Canadian Kosher Alert: Cheese Bagels Manufactured by Fiera Foods are Dairy

October 17, 2017, - From the COR:

Fiera Foods Cheese Bagel, 452 gram bag is DAIRY and kosher certified.
Distribution: This product is sold in Quebec, Ontario and Maritime provinces
Corrective action has been taken.

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