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Kashrus and Dairy allergy alert on Undeclared Milk in Lidia’s Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce had wrong label and is actually dairy

March 9, 2017 - from the FDA and March 10, 2017 from Kof-K:

Nonna Foods in Woodbury, New York, is voluntarily recalling 25 ounce jars labeled as Lidia’s Marinara Sauce bearing a Best By Date 06/13/2019, because the product may contain undeclared milk.
The affected jars labeled as Lidia’s Marinara Sauce were distributed to distributors and retail stores located in the following states: New York; New Jersey; Connecticut; Rhode Island; New Hampshire; Massachusetts, Maine; Vermont, Pennsylvania; Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana.
The product is packaged in NET WT 25 ounce glass jars with metal lids, and contains the following codes:

  • Best By Date 06/13/2019 (found on the neck of the jar)
  • UPC code 897712001018 (found on back below Nutrition Facts panel)

No other lots, codes or products are affected by this recall.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a small percentage of Lidia’s Vodka Sauce jars, which contain milk, was incorrectly labeled with the Lidia’s Marinara Sauce label. Lidia’s Marinara Sauce does not contain milk. Subsequent investigation showed that the issue was caused by the application of incorrect labels during the packaging process and was an isolated incident, limited to approximately 750 jars. The matter has been corrected and the firm has instituted corrective measures.
Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged not to consume it and return to place of purchase for full refund, or to contact Cynthia Raneri at L & S Packing Co. for product exchange or full refund, by telephone at (800) 447-1718, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00 PM EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5844

Mexican kashrus information on Los Banquetes Weintraub

March 9, 2017 from KMD Mexico:

A partir del día de hoy la Empresa de Banquetes Weintraub cuenta nuevamente con la supervision KMD.

Translated by Google translate: From today, the Banqueting Company Weintraub again has the KMD supervision.

Mexican kashrus information on Los Banquetes Weintraub

December 28, 2016 from KMD Mexico:

A partir del 28 de Diciembre de 2016. Los Banquetes Weintraub no podrán contratar ningún otro evento con la supervisión de KMD. Sin embargo todos aquellos eventos contratados previamente a esta fecha podrán contar con la supervisión KMD. Les suplicamos de la manera más atenta que se comuniquen a la oficinas de KMD para que registremos la fecha del evento ya contratado. Tel:3872-5050 ext 100

Translated by Google translate: As of December 28, 2016 The Weintraub Banquets will not be able to contract any other event with the supervision of KMD. However, all events contracted prior to this date may have KMD supervision. We kindly ask you to contact the KMD offices to record the date of the event already hired.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5767

Kashrus alert on Ferrara Pan candies

March 6, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

Many varieties of Ferrara Pan Candy are no longer kosher. Packaging with the UMK symbol (Shield K) is still certified. Please check each package for the UMK symbol.

November 8, 2016 - From the UMKosher based on a reader's question:
FERRARA CANDIES - Lemonhead, Red Hots, Atomic FireBall, etc. - that do not bear the UMK symbol are currently manufactured at a non-supervised plant, and are not acceptable. Each package should be checked for the symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5701

Shmitta Alert: 2015 Israeli Wines

March 6, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:
2015 Israeli Wines do not have regular approved kosher certification like the OU or OK because of a shmita concern. The AKC does not recommend purchasing these products, and has asked local stores to remove them from the kosher sections. Check with your rav if you have already purchased such wines.

Shmitta Alert: Recanati Wine

February 16, 2017- from the the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

2015 Recanati Wine does not have OU certification (shmita concern). The AKC does not recommend purchasing this product, and has asked local stores to remove it from the kosher sections.

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Kashrus information regarding beer

March 7, 2017 - From the cRc liquor list:

All standard unflavored beers with no additives are acceptable, even without Kosher certification; see exceptions below. This applies to both American and imported beers, light, dark and non-alcoholic beers. However, since some breweries produce non-kosher beer which can affect even unflavored beer produced on the same equipment, it is recommended to only consume unflavored beer from a non-certified brewery after verifying that they do not produce any non-kosher beer such as oyster, bacon, clam, and lobster. Exceptions include: Beers from home and pub breweries, beer from Israel, milk stouts (and other beers which contain lactose), and flavored beer, including those flavored with spices, botanicals, or fruits, require hashgachah.

From the editor: Additional information on the kashrus of alcoholic beveragesis at www.kashrut.com/articles/liquor2.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5841

Kashrus information regarding Irish Whiskey

March 7, 2017 - From the cRc liquor list:

Many Irish Whiskies are aged in casks that previously held sherry, sauterne, port or other wines. Others have special “finishes” or multiple “maturations” that include wine. All of these practices raise kashrus concerns. The cRc policy is that Irish Whisky is permitted unless the label states that it is aged in a wine cask, has a special finish, or an extra maturation (as noted above). Consumers who wish to adopt this stance should read the label of each bottle before using it, and avoid wording such as double or triple finish, double or triple matured, dual casks or finish, European or French casks, Madeira finish, port, sauterne, or sherry. The cRc listings of recommended Irish Whiskies follows a stricter standard than the one listed above, and only includes Irish Whiskies that are certified and/or are known to not have any contact with wine or wine casks.

From the editor: Additional information on the kashrus of alcoholic beveragesis at www.kashrut.com/articles/liquor2.

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The Soynut Butter Co Expands Recall to All I.M. Healthy Soynut Butters And I.M. Healthy Granola Because of Possible Health Risk

March 7, 2017 - from the FDA:

The SoyNut Butter Co. of Glenview, IL is recalling all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. I.M. Healthy Products were distributed in multiple states and may have been purchased in stores or through mail order. They were also distributed to childcare centers and schools in multiple states.
All Best Buy dates of all varieties are affected. I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter has been packaged in 15 oz plastic jars, individual portion cups, 4 lb plastic tubs, or 45 lb pails. SoyNut Butter is available in Original Creamy, Chunky, Honey Creamy, Unsweetened and Chocolate. The granola has been packaged in individual serving packages, 12 oz bags, 50 oz bags, and 25 lb bulk bag. I.M. Healthy Granola is available in Original, Apple, Blueberry, and Raisin and Cranberry. Best Buy dates can be seen on the labels of the containers stamped in silver or black.
Consumers who have purchased I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products or I.M. Healthy granola products are urged not to consume the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-288-1012, Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 CST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5839

Israeli produce alert - Israeli Clementines at Costco

March 5, 2017: From the editor:

Israeli produce alert Trader Joes - Israeli clementines are being sold currently at Costco. The packages or labels state "Product of Israel." This produce require teruma and maaser to be taken. Information on the purchase of Israeli fruits and vegetables including information on Terumos and Maasrot can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5840

Manzana Products Co., Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Apple Sauces Due to Potential Presence of Foreign Material

February 25, 2017 - from the FDA:

Manzana Products Co., Inc. is voluntarily recalling three different types of Trader Joe's Unsweetened Apple Sauces due to the potential presence of glass pieces. Details are as follows:

States Affected Name of Product UPC "Best Before" Date Codes
AZ, AL, CA, CO, ID, LA, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA Trader Joe's All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce 00014359 ALL CODES Through DEC 16, 2018
National Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce 00194877 ALL CODES Through OCT 06, 2018
National Trader Joe's First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce 00015905 ALL CODES Through AUG 08, 2018

Each apple sauce is packaged in a 24 oz. glass jar and customers can find the "Best Before" date stamped on top of the lid. The recall was initiated after the company received customer reports of glass found in some of these products. All products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.

Customers who have purchased the products listed above should not consume them, but may return it to Trader Joe's for a full refund or dispose of them. Customers with questions may contact Manzana Products Co., Inc. at (707) 823- 5313, 8AM-5PM PST, Monday-Friday.

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Evanger’s Pet Food and Against the Grain Voluntarily Recalls Additional Products Out of Abundance of Caution due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital

March 3, 2017 - from the FDA:

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily expanding its recall of Hunk of Beef and is also recalling Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital.
The 12 oz. cans of dog foods that are being voluntarily recalled have the following barcodes. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:

  • Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: 20109
  • Evanger’s: Braised Beef: 20107
  • Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: 80001

The three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. These products were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide. This voluntary recall affects only Hand Packed Beef Products, which is a unique method in which large chunks of meat are manually placed into the can by hand, not machine.
Consumers may return any can of the aforementioned products to their place of purchase for a full refund for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

February 3, 2017 - from the FDA:

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.
The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.
Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.
The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.
Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Ed note: Hunk of Beef is endorsed by the cRc Kosher for Passover (for dogs)

Article in Food Safety News about Evangers is here.

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