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Insect Infestation alert on Natural Earth Brown Sushi Rice

March 16, 2018 from the Star-K:

Natural Earth wishes to advise consumers that there have been reports of infestation in bags of Natural Earth Brown Sushi Rice. This infestation seems to have been caused by improper storage in some regions. In consultation with Star-K, Natural Earth is recalling the brown sushi rice. Consumers should either check the rice prior to use or they may return the product. Natural Earth apologizes for the inconvienence and wishes to assure consumers that they are working with the STAR-K to ensure all their products moving forward are stored properly and clean from any infestation concerns.


Insect Infestation alert on Natural Earth Red Quinoa

February 19, 2018 from the Star-K:

Natural Earth wishes to advise consumers that there have been reports of infestation in bags of Natural Earth Red Quinoa with expiration code 12-20-20, lot code 154. This infestation seems to have been caused by improper storage in some regions. In consultation with Star-K, Natural Earth is advising that consumers should check these bags prior to use by soaking the quinoa in water for 10-15 minutes and lightly stirring it. If there is infestation present, insects will be seen floating on the surface of the water. If no insects are seen, the quinoa may be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6252

Kashrut Alert - Hickory Harvest Gummy Bears

March 14, 2018 from the OK:

Hickory Harvest Gummy Bears, Hickory Harvest Foods, Akron, OH 44319 has a MISTAKEN USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL:
A limited amount of Hickory Harvest Gummy Bears 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=A6282

South African Kashrut alert on Elite Milk Chocolates for Pesach

March 13, 2018: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:

Please be aware that the Elite Milk Chocolates for Pesach are Milchik and not Parev as the white sticker states.

The following variations are incorrectly marked:

  1. Mini Mix 400 gr
  2. Milk Chocolate Berry Truffle 100 gr
  3. Mini Coconut Bar 190 gr
  4. Chocolate Flake Log 25 gr
  5. Mini Smarties 300 gr
  6. Milk Chocolate with Hazel Almonds 100 gr
  7. Mini Caramel Bar 190 gr
  8. Milk Chocolate Strawberry 100 gr
  9. Strawberry Filled Chocolate Bars 50 gr
  10. Chocolate Fingers 96 gr

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6283

NYC’s Promenade Bar & Grill Becoming Not Kosher

March 13, 2018 - from the YeahThatsKosher and confirmed by the OK:

"Manhattan’s first fully kosher sports bar, Promenade Bar & Grill, will be dropping its kosher certification later this week and becoming a non-kosher establishment, open on Shabbat, confirmed by the restaurant’s owners. The last kosher meals will be served this coming Thursday evening."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6281

Kashrus informtion on Trader Joe Cinnamon Rolls

March 5, 2018 from a reader and confirmed by the OU with additional information from a reader on March 13, 2018:

The Trader Joe Cinnamon Rolls with Icing in a tube is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).
What does DE mean? Parve products made with heat on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat, but not with meat.
"From the OU: Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee."
"Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you call our office every 3 months to reconfirm the DE status of this product."

Ed. note: The already baked pull-apart Trader Joes Cinnamon Rolls are dairy OU-D. Contents include milk, butter

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6274

Starwest Botanicals Inc. Product Recalls Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

March 9, 2018 from the FDA:

Starwest Botanicals is voluntarily recalling Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole), which is packaged in Mylar 1 pound bags and in bulk packs.
The product was sold nationwide by several different methods. It was either shipped directly to Starwest Botanicals customers who purchased online from firm’s website or mail order customers, or held for pickup up by the customer at Starwest Botanicals. The product was sold between January 15, 2018 and March 2, 2018.
The lot number of Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) 1 pound with UPC 7-6796302528-9 included in this recall. The item# 209735-01 and lot number (75593) can be found on the label affixed to the bag.
The lot number of Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) bulk pack with UPC 7-6796302527-2 included in this recall. The item# 209735-00 and lot number (90186-00) can be found on the label affixed to the bulk pack.
Consumers in possession of this voluntary recalled product may return it to Starwest Botanicals in Sacramento, CA for a full refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact Starwest at 1-800-800-4372 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm PST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6280

Kosher Alert Dom Reserve Salad Shrimp

March 9, 2018 from the OU:

Dom Reserve North Atlantic Salad Shrimp, Dom International, Toronto ON has an unauthorized OU.
The Orthodox Union does not certify Dom Reserve North Atlantic Salad Shrimp. 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=A6279

Kashrus Advisory on Alfasi Reserve wines

March 7, 2018 from the OK:

Alfasi Reserve, Royal Wine Corp., Bayonne, NJ 07002
All Alfasi Reserve wines produced before 2017 are not mevushal.
The 2017 Alfasi Reserve wines are mevushal, as stated in English, but bottles may be mislabeled with the words 'Not Mevushal' in Hebrew.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6278

Kashrus alert on various Nature Valley Granola bars

March 6, 2018 - From the editor's question to the OU:
Some varieties of Nature Valley Granola bars are not certified and do not bear the OU kosher symbol. Please check each package for the symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6277

Kodiak Cakes Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Kodiak Cakes Blueberry Chia Energy Waffles 10.72 oz. Product UPC code is 7 05599 01215 0.

March 5, 2018 from the FDA:

Kodiak Cakes of Park City, UT is recalling all lots and codes of Kodiak Cakes Blueberry Chia Energy Waffles 10.72 oz that were on shelf prior to March 5, 2018 because they contain undeclared milk.
The recalled frozen waffles were distributed nationwide to retail grocery stores. See attached picture to identify the retail packages of the product.
The improper labeling was discovered when a consumer notified Kodiak Cakes that a family member had a reaction to the product and that “milk” was not included in the allergen statement. While the specific ingredient “whey” is included in the ingredient declaration, the presence of milk is not identified in the ingredient list or declared in the allergen “contains” statement.
Consumers who have purchased this item may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, consumers can either call the company at 801.328.4067 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm Mountain Time or send an email to flapjacks@kodiakcakes.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6276
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