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Daisy’s Bakery Inc. Issues Alert On Undeclared Milk In "Gourmet Concha"

December 28, 2017 from the FDA:

Daisy’s Bakery Inc. of Clifton, New Jersey is recalling 4 ounce packages of Gourmet Concha, because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Daisy’s Bakery Gourmet Concha was distributed in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina in retail stores through direct delivery.
The product is white, round with a seashell shape stamped on top of a 4 ounce sweat bread, clear plastic package marked with the lot numbers 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470 and 471 marked in yellow or white numbers on the back of the package. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk containing product was distributed with a label that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes. Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.
Consumers who have purchased a 4 ounce package of Daisy’s Bakery Gourmet Concha are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Daisy’s Bakery Inc. at 973-340-3200 office hours are Monday- Friday; 7am- 5pm.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6192

Kashrut alert on H-E-B Brand Extra Strength Gas Relief Softgels

December 28, 2017 from the Star-K:

H-E-B brand Extra Strength Gas Relief softgels distributed in H-E-B supermarkets in Texas, bears an unauthorized STAR-K.The product contains gelatin and is not Kosher. Corrective action is being taken.  

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6191

Updates from the Guide to Chodosh

December 28, 2017 from Rabbi Herman:

CHODOSH BULLETIN, 28 DEC 17.
Yoseph Herman, email yherman@earthlink.net. Hot Line 718-305-5133

CAUTION ON MATZOS FOR PESACH
Last year we noted that spring wheat flour is being added to winter wheat flour in the production of some hand matzos. At that time we were informed that all the added spring wheat has been from stored spring wheat to make sure that the matzos remains Yoshon. However, in some cases this year some hand matzos bakeries have not been able to obtain Yoshon spring wheat for this purpose. Therefore, some hand matzos this year may be Chodosh. The Guide to Chodosh will not survey all the bakeries to ascertain which will be Yoshon and which will not. Do not contact the Guide for information about this. Instead, call the mashgiach of your specific matzo bakery.
Page 22. Has a paragraph incorrectly held over from earlier years regarding all matzos using only winter wheat. In fact, as noted above, matzos and items using matzo meal need to be individually checked to make sure that they are Yoshon. The new Guide does have a listing of such items that have been checked for this.

CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE FULL GUIDE TO CHODOSH

The full Guide for the season was published on 10 Dec 17. The following are updates to this Guide.

  • Section 4.1 Cakes, cookies and crackers
    • Ostreicher cookies are all Yoshon. Their name was left out of the index.
  • Section 7.1 Barley
    • Unger's Barley is Yoshon, category א. The index incorrectly listed this as category ד.
  • Section 8.1 Breadfast cereals
    • Malt-O-Meal cereals. The wheat is always winter wheat and is Yoshon. The oats may be Chodosh starting with a packing date of Oct 15 '17.
    • Nature Valley Granola bars the revised Chodosh date on the package is Sept 8 '18.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6190

Kashrus alert on MEIJER brand CANOLA, CANOLA BLEND, CORN and VEGETABLE OILS

December 25, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

MEIJER brand CANOLA, CANOLA BLEND, CORN and VEGETABLE OILS used to bear an OU on their labels, but no longer do, and may have changed to a non-Kosher supplier. LWe are in the process of verifying their status.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6188

Kosher Alert Best Choice Refried Beans

December 22, 2017 from the OU:

Best Choice Refried Beans, Best Choice, Kansas City KS in Traditional and Jalapeno varieties has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Best Choice Refried Beans. This product is not kosher and some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6186

Kashrut alert on Jubilee Pure Milk Chocolate Almonds, Jubilee Honey Roasted Cashews and Jubilee Pure Dark Chocolate Almonds

December 22, 2017 from the OK:

Please be advised that Jubilee Pure Milk Chocolate Almonds, Jubilee Honey Roasted Cashews and Jubilee Pure Dark Chocolate Almonds, sold at Jubilee Market Place locations, were mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol, instead of the required OKD.These products are kosher and dairy. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6187

Benecol Light and Original is now DAIRY

December 22, 2017 from the Vaad of Denver:

Benecol Light and Original (formerly OU pareve), a cholesterol-lowering margarine product, in removing the last .5 grams of trans fat, reformulated the products adding buttermilk to the mix. While it is now labeled OU-D, consumers who have been purchasing the product as pareve for years can easily make the mistake of assuming it is still pareve.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6185

Jubilee Gummy Bears were mistakenly labeled with an OK kosher symbol

December 21, 2017 from the OK:

Jubilee Gummy Bears, Terrafina LLC, Bronx, NY 10457 have a mistaken Use of OK Kosher Symbol:
Please be advised that Jubilee Gummy Bears, sold at Jubilee Market Place locations, were mistakenly labeled with an OK kosher symbol. This product is NOT KOSHER. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6184

Israeli produce alert

December 21, 2017 from Kosherquest:

Trader Joes is selling red, yellow and orange peppers from Mexico,, Canada and Eretz Yisroel all mixed together. They seem to have color codes designated for each of these countries. Please be very cautious when purchasing these peppers and ask the management for clarity if necessary. Numerous other stores are beginning to carry bell peppers from Eretz Yisroel recently. Check the origin of the peppers before you purchase.

November 22, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Kroger, Target, Walmart, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. This involves Sunset brand, Field & Farm, and other brands of colored peppers. [Some other brands seen in past years were Gilad, Arava, and Mor.] Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. Often the same brand has some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each individual 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.

Information on tithing can be found here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6141

Gel Spice Company, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy And Wheat In Beef Flavored Bouillon Cube Products.

December 19, 2017 from the FDA:

Gel Spice Company, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain Spice Time and Spice Supreme Beef Flavored Bouillon Cube products (identified below) because they contain undeclared soy and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction(s) if they consume these products.

Brand/Description and Net WeightProduct LabelsBest By Date Code(s)*UPC NUMBER
Spice Time Beef Flavored
Bouillon Cubes
NET WT. 1.7 OZ (48 g)
"See below for the product label"11/06/20079679000543
Spice Supreme
Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes 25 Count
NET WT. 3-1/2 OZ (98 g)
"See below for the product label"11/20/20076114304419
Spice Supreme
Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes
NET WT. 1.7 OZ (48 g)
"See below for the product label"09/26/20 11/06/20 12/05/20076114304426

* “Best By Date” coding can be found on the back of the product bottle, below the product cap and above the product label.

The beef flavored bouillon cube products identified above were distributed by Gel Spice throughout the United States to retail locations and distribution centers located in: Alabama; California; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Montana; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; South Dakota; Texas; Virginia; and Washington.

Consumers who have purchased the Spice Time and Spice Supreme products identified above are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Customers are encouraged to visit Gel Spice’s website (http://recall.gelspice.com) to register to receive a replacement product at no charge.  Customers with questions about the recalled product may also call Gel Spice at 201-354-2203 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, or may e-mail the company at recall@gelspice.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6183
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