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Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. Recalls Various Ready to Eat Herring Products Because of Possible Health Risk

December 2, 2016 - from the FDA:

Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. of Staten, Island, New York is recalling various refrigerated ready to eat herring products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected ready to eat herring products were distributed to customers located New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and North Carolina. Wholesale customers of bulk containers must discontinue sales of existing stock of these items immediately and destroy any returned product as soon as possible.
This recall action is specific to the products here:
The Bulk Herring products have pack dates of “11/2/16” – “11/30/16”. The Herring products packaged in retail containers have Best Before dates of: 11.30.2016 through 02.28.2017. Herring products packaged in vacuum packaged bags include Pack Dates of 11.09.16 - 11.30.16.
*Herring products packaged in retail package have a 90 day shelf life, herring products in bulk buckets have a 28 day shelf life , and herring products in vacuum packages have a 21 day shelf life.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5722

Food Recall Warning - Trader Joe's brand Mediterranean Hummus recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

December 2, 2016 - from the CFIA:

Transilvania Trading is recalling Trader Joe's brand Mediterranean Hummus from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product was sold at Pirate Joe's, located at 3744 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus 454 g Use By dates up through and including 12/15/16. NA

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor. Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recalls of Certain Hummus Products Because of Possible Health Risks

November 30, 2016 - From the FDA:

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU #90642) and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU #91107) with “USE BY” date codes up through and including 12/15/2016, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus were distributed only to Trader Joe’s stores in AZ, CA, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT and WA. The products come in 16 ounce plastic tubs with SKU numbers printed on the top labels and “USE BY” date codes stamped on the bottom of the tubs, along with the plant identification code “C”. To clarify, products with plant identification code "J" were produced in a different facility and are NOT affected by this recall. In addition, Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips (SKU #97136) is NOT part of this recall.
The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in product manufactured on the same equipment. The company subsequently identified the source of the issue and has corrected the matter. All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.
Consumers should discard the product immediately or return it to their point of purchase for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Bakkavor Foods at (855) 312-7504, Monday through Friday 8:00P.M. - 5:00P.M. PST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5721

Israeli produce alert

December 2, 2016 from the COR Detroit:
BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Kroger, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. They include Sunset brand, Gilad, Arava, Field & Farm, Mor and other brands of colored peppers. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. The same brand may have some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each package or pepper should be checked.
One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons ("Sharon Fruit"), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.
One Stop Kosher Food Market’s produce department is monitored by the COR, and produce sold there does not have this issue.

November 30, 2016 - from KVH Kosher Twitter Feed:

Greater Boston Kosher consumers please note that Produce from Eretz Yisroel has once again been spotted in local Grocery Stores. Israeli Produce generally needs to be Tithed before being used. Ask your LOR for details, or if you already used without Tithing.

Information on tithing can be found here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5720

Kashrus advisory on Kroger's Cream Cheese

November 30, 2016 from Buckeye Kosher Twitter Feed:

Kroger's Cream Cheese product may no longer bear the OU symbol; please check packaging before purchasing.

Ed. note: In general one should always check each package for the kosher symbol before purchasing it.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5719

Kosher Alert LITTLE SALAD BAR HUMMUS

November 30, 2016 from the COR Detroit:

LITTLE SALAD BAR HUMMUS, sold at Aldi in several varieties, bore an OU in the past. Due to supply issues, Aldi is now temporarily using a non-certified supplier in the Midwest and in some other areas, and the newer containers now in stores do not bear an OU. Each individual container should be carefully checked for the OU symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5718

Kashrus alert on Cosmopolitan Food Group and all its brands, including Palermo, Milas, Casa di Oliva, Zayit

Alert reissued on November 29, 2016 by the editor in consultation with the Star-K since the products are still in stores. These products are being sold at Ocean State Job Lot.


The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on December 30, 2015.

Cosmopolitan Food Group No Longer Certified

Please be advised that Cosmopolitan Food Group and all its brands, including Palermo, Milas, Casa di Oliva, Zayit, and Original Gourmet, has been terminated due to Kashrus violations. Consumers are advised not to use any of these products, even when bearing a Star-K, with the exception of unflavored olive oils.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5285

Compliments brand Broccoli Slaw recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

November 28, 2016 - From the CFIA:

Sobeys Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Broccoli Slaw from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Compliments Broccoli Slaw 340 g Best Before 16 NO 25 0 68820 10422 3

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan
Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Ed. note: This is a product from the United States. Most likely other brands are also contaminated.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5717

Zaro's Bakery is now certifed for packaged goods only

November 11, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:

Zaro's Bakery is now OK certified for their prepackaged items only. They produce baked goods (pareve and dairy). Products are OK certified only when bearing our kosher symbol. Please note that the Zaro retail establishments are not certified by the OK.


Zaro’s Bakery in NYC Loses Hashgacha

November 2, 2016 from the Yeahthatosher and confirmed by Rabbi Cohen:

Rabbi Cohen has withdrew supervision from all Zaros's stores and bakeries. The products are no longer certified, even products bearing the OKS the symbol or displaying the certificate.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5696

Kashrus alert on Chambord Desserts Pumpkin Pie

November 25, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Chambord Desserts Pumpkin Pie, Chambord Desserts, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11203 mistakenly bears the OK symbol instead of the required OK D symbol. This product contains dairy (as stated in the ingredient list) and is certified kosher dairy. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5716

Kashrus alert on Prince Tahini Products

November 21, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Tahini - All Products, The Prince Tahina Manufacturers Ltd., Eilaboon 1697200 Israel- UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL
Prince Tahini products bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the packaging. The company website also contains an unauthorized OK Passover symbol. This company and their products are NOT certified by OK Kosher certification. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5715
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