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Maryland Post Pesach Maryland Beer Alert

May 12, 2016: from Star-K:
It has come to our attention that two large beer distribution companies in Baltimore and the surrounding areas are Jewish owned. As such, many brands of beer sold in our area are chometz she’avar alav haPesach, and may not be purchased at this time. A complete list of the affected beers can be found here.
These companies are the exclusive distributors of these brands in the listed areas.
The distributors have informed the Star-K that the stock of beer that they owned over Pesach will not be depleted until sometime in July. A more precise date will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Please check our website after July 1st for an update. Until that time, these beers should not be purchased.
If you have already purchased any of these beers after Pesach, please consult your Rov for guidance.

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Kashrus certification reinstatement on kosher hot dog concession at Progressive Field (Indians Stadium)

May 15, 2016: from localjewishnews.com: The kosher certification has been reinstated at the kosher stand at Progressive Field. The consumer is reminded to look for the Cleveland Kosher certification letter and symbol to insure that the certification is in force.

Kashrus alert on kosher hot dog concession at Progressive Field (Indians Stadium)

April 19, 2016 From the Cleveland Kosher:
Until further notice, the kosher hot dog concession at Progressive Field(Indians Stadium) is not kosher certified. The public will be informed of any updates and changes as they occur.

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Kashrus alert on HyVee Pancake & Sausage

May 17, 2016 from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:
HyVee Pancake & Sausage on a Stick bears an unauthorized OU. This product is not kosher.

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Israeli Carrots Information

Israeli carrots are now being sold in stores outside of Israel. These products require tithing to be used. Kashrut.com has links to information from various agencies about this at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.

May 13, 2016: From the OU Halacha Yomis:
May I presently buy Israeli carrots after the recent Shmita year? (A consumer’s question)
A. Israeli carrots currently being sold in the U.S. (May 2016) at this point can be assumed to no longer be peiros shevi’is and may be purchased lichatchila. In fact, purchasing Israeli products is commendable as it benefits the Israeli economy. However, if the carrots do not have a reliable kosher certification, one must separate the relevant tithes (Terumos and Ma’aseros). This year is the first year of the shemita cycle. This means that ma’aser sheini must be separated. The ma’aser sheini portion can be redeemed by transferring its kedusha (elevated status) to a coin. Even a nickel may be used, provided the ma'aser sheini portion (approximately 9% of the package of carrots) is worth more than a peruta, approximately 3 or 4 cents.

May 16, 2016 -From the MK: Please be advised that carrots and other produce grown in Israel are now being sold in stores. Due to the special halachot which apply to these products, consumers are asked to contact their rabbi as to how these items may be used.

May 15, 2016 - Hisachdus Harabonim Di’Lakewood Kashrus alert: There are currently Israeli carrots being sold in Williamsburg, Borough Park, Monsey, and Lakewood among other areas. Tilths must be separated.Hisachdus Harabonim Di’Lakewood Kashrus alert: There are currently Israeli carrots being sold in Williamsburg, Borough Park, Monsey, and Lakewood among other areas. Tilths must be separated.

Hevel Maon Carrots, Hevel Maon Enterprises, Israel have an Unauthorized OU

May 11, 2016 from the OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Hevel Maon Carrots. This product is being sold in the USA with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Various Dr. Praeger's and Ungar's Products Related to CRF Frozen Vegetable Recall for Possible Health Risk

May 13, 2016 from the FDA:
Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling various not-ready-to-eat frozen food items due to the potential for these products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This voluntary action is being undertaken in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration because the recalled products contain vegetables that are part of the recent CRF Frozen Foods recall.
Products covered by this voluntary recall were distributed throughout the United States in both retail and foodservice packaging and include only those specific products listed below.
No other Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods or Ungar’s Foods branded retail or food service products are impacted by this recall.
Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Affairs Hotline at (877) 772-3437, open between 8 am to 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday, or email to info@drpraegers.com which will be checked regularly Monday through Sunday.

Product Name Item Number Case Lot Retail Lot Best By Date GTIN/Case UPC Retail Unit UPC
Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Burger (CN Labeled) Vegetarian 3.3oz (Foodservice) SVB-SWIN33-CN H16AI-06A   3/8/2018  0100080868066165  
Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Burger (Vegetarian) 3.3oz (Foodservice) SVB-SWIN33 F16AE-03C   5/4/2018 0100080868066172  
N16CI-03A   1/28/2018
Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Burger (Vegetarian) 4.25oz (Foodservice) SVB-SWIN4 H16AI-05A   3/8/2018 0100080868066196  
Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Veggie Burger (Retail) SVB-BB12 N16CH-04A N16CH 1/27/2018 080868060194 080868060194
N16CH-04Z N16CH 1/27/2018
Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Slider (Foodservice) VBBBSL165I H16AI-08A   3/8/2018 0100080868066158  
N16CB-05A   1/21/2018
Dr. Praeger's Bombay Veggie Burgers (Retail) VBBY06 N16CH-02A N16CH 1/27/2018 0160080868000505 080868000505
N16CH-02B N16CH 1/27/2018
Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Balls (Vegan) 1oz (Foodservice) VBBIN H16CB-02B   3/21/2018 0100080868013107  
H16CB-02C   3/21/2018
H16CB-02D   3/21/2018
Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burger Sliders (Vegan) 1.5oz (Foodservice) VBIN-SL R16BJ-03A   4/19/2018 0100080868010151  
R16BJ-03B   4/19/2018
T16AJ-04C   2/9/2018
T16CE-03D   2/24/2018
T16CE-03G   2/24/2018
Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers (Retail) VB12
H16AI-04A H16AI 3/8/2018 080868000107
(VB12 and VB26)

H16AI-04B H16AI 3/8/2018
H16AJ-01A H16AJ 3/9/2018
H16BG-02A H16BG 3/16/2018
H16BG-02N H16BG 3/16/2018
H16CD-02A H16CD 3/23/2018
H16DA-01A H16DA 3/30/2018
N16CH-01A N16CH 1/27/2018
N16CH-01B N16CH 1/27/2018
N16CH-01Z N16CH 1/27/2018
R16AH-01A R16AH 4/7/2018
R16BD-01A R16BD 4/13/2018
R16BD-01B R16BD 4/13/2018
T16AD-01A T16AD 2/3/2018
T16AD-01B T16AD 2/3/2018
T16AD-01Z T16AD 2/3/2018
T16AJ-02A T16AJ 2/9/2018
T16AJ-02B T16AJ 2/9/2018
T16AJ-02C T16AJ 2/9/2018
T16BI-02A T16BI 2/18/2018
T16BI-02B T16BI 2/18/2018
T16BI-02D T16BI 2/18/2018
T16CD-02B T16CD 2/23/2018
T16CD-02A T16CD 2/23/2018
T16CE-03A T16CE 2/24/2018
Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burger (Vegan) 4oz (Foodservice) VBIN4
H16BF-03B   3/15/2018 01000808680100106  
H16BF-03C   3/15/2018
H16BF-03D   3/15/2018
H16CD-02B   3/23/2018
H16CE-01A   3/24/2018
H16CE-01B   3/24/2018
R16AF-03A   4/5/2018
R16AF-03B   4/5/2018
R16AF-03E   4/5/2018
R16CB-01A   4/21/2018
R16CB-01B   4/21/2018
T16AJ-04A   2/9/2018
T16CE-03B   2/24/2018
T16CE-03C   2/24/2018
Dr. Praeger's Chipotle Black Bean Burger 4.25oz (Foodservice) SVB-CBBIN425 H16AI-07A   3/8/2018 0100080868066219  
Dr. Praeger's GF California Veggie Burger 4oz (Foodservice) GLVBIN4 H16CJ-01A   3/29/2018 0100080868010601  
Dr. Praeger's Jumbo California Veggie Burger (Vegan) 5.5oz (Foodservice) JVBIN H16BF-03A   3/15/2018 01000080868010113  
R16AF-03D   4/5/2018
R16AG-02A   4/6/2018
R16AG-02B   4/6/2018
T16CE-03E   2/24/2018
Dr. Praeger's Organic Harvest Veggie Burgers (Retail) LCOVB-R10
E15CG-03A E15CG 10/26/2016 080868301105 080868301105
F15CG-04A F15CG 5/26/2016
F15CG-04B F15CG 5/26/2016
F15CG-04C F15CG 5/26/2016
G15BA-02A G15BA 8/10/2016
H16AI-07B H16AI 3/8/2018
H16CI-02A H16CI 3/28/2017
L14CG-03A L14CG 11/26/2015
L14CG-03B L14CG 11/26/2015
L15AC-03A L15AC 11/2/2016
L15CD-01A L15CD 11/23/2016
L15CD-01B L15CD 11/23/2016
N15CC-03A N15CC 1/22/2016
R15CA-02A R15CA 4/20/2016
V15AG-02A V15AG 7/6/2016
W14BB-01A W14BB 12/11/2015
W14BB-01B W14BB 12/11/2015
Dr. Praeger's Tex Mex Veggie Burgers (Retail) VBTM06 H16AI-03A H16AI 3/8/2018  0160080868000482 080868000480
Season's Choice Black Bean Chipotle Burger (Retail) AL-47198-R24 ALDI-04A H16CE 3/24/2018   041498209124
ALDI-04B H16CE 3/24/2018
Season's Choice Veggie Burger (Retail) AL-47198-R24 ALDI-04A H16CE 3/24/2018   041498209261
ALDI-04B H16CE 3/24/2018
Simply Nature Kale Veggie Burgers (Retail) AL-50206-R30 H16AH-02A H16AH 3/7/2018   041498211080
H16AH-02B H16AH 3/7/2018
H16CC-01A H16CC 3/22/2018
Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers (Retail) TJQCB26 H16AE-01A H16AE 3/4/2018   00532761
H16BA-02A H16BA 3/10/2018
H16BA-02C H16BA 3/10/2018
H16BH-01A H16BH 3/17/2018
N16CI-02A N16CI 1/28/2018
N16CI-02B N16CI 1/28/2018
N16CI-02D N16CI 1/28/2018
R16AG-01A R16AG 4/6/2018
R16AG-01B R16AG 4/6/2018
R16CA-06A R16CA 4/20/2018
T16AE-01A T16AE 2/4/2018
T16BB-01A T16BB 2/11/2018
T16CF-01A T16CF 2/25/2018
Ungar's Veggie Balls (Vegan) 1oz (Foodservice) UVBBIN H16CB-02A   3/21/2018 010008086813103  

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Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc. Recalls IQF Green Beans Because Of Possible Health Risk

May 6, 2016 from the FDA with updated information from the FDA on May 16, 2016:
Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc. (SIFI) of Corvallis, Ore., is voluntarily recalling 10 oz. Stahlbush® IQF Green Bean retail packages because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product was distributed throughout the United Stated and Canada.
The green beans were packaged for Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc. by a co-packer into 10 oz. Stahlbush® IQF Green Bean paper retail packages. Product is frozen and has the UPC code 6 38882 00053 7.
The lot numbers are found on the back of the package and the affected lot numbers and best by dates are:

  • #16034001, with a “best buy” code date of 02/03/18.
  • #15097001, with a “best buy” code date of 04/07/17.
  • #14328001, with a “best buy” code date of 12/2016.
  • #15362001, with a “best buy” code date of 12/28/17.
  • #14310002, with a “best buy” code date of 11/06/16.

No other Stahlbush® products are affected by this recall.  No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with affected Stahlbush® products.

The recall was initiated after SIFI was notified by the supplier of the green beans that the supplier had issued a recall of the green beans.

Consumers who have purchased IQF green beans affected by the recall should not consume the product and are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at customerservice@stahlbush.com or call
541-757-1497, open 9 am through 5 pm PDT, Monday through Friday.

Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc. apologizes for any inconvenience experienced by our valued consumers and retail customers.

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Food Recall Warning (Allergen): Asian Star brand Shrimp Shaped Surimi, Lobster Tail Shaped Surimi and Asian Star Scallop Shaped Seafood recalled due to undeclared egg

April 15, 2016 from the CIFA and an additional recall on May 11, 2016 at CFIA2 :
9281-4268 Québec Inc. / A1 Ocean Fish Kosher Fish market is recalling Asian Star brand Shrimp Shaped Surimi and Lobster Tail Shaped Surimi from the marketplace because they contain egg which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to egg should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Asian Star Shrimp Shaped Surimi 300 g Production Date: 08 FEB 2015
Best Before: 08 FEB
0 85737 50300 0
Asian Star Lobster Tail Shaped Surimi 255 g Production Date: 08 FEB 2015
Best Before: 08 FEB
0 85737 50065 8
Asian Star Scallop Shaped Seafood 300 g Production Date: 08FEB2015
Best Before: 08FEB2017
0 85737 50021 4

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Protein Essentials Collagen and Gelatin Protein Supplements bear an Unauthorized OK Symbol

May 13, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Please be advised that Protein Essentials Collagen and Gelatin Protein Supplements bear an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the labels. Corrective action is being taken.

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Kashrus alert on PAM Butter Flavor No-Stick Cooking Spray (Code: B1-68).

May 5, 2016 OK:
Conagra Foods, Inc. has decided to change the status of PAM Butter Flavor No-Stick Cooking Spray (Code: B1-68) from Pareve to Dairy due to the addition of a dairy butter flavor. All other Pam products are Pareve.

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United Natural Trading LLC Announces Voluntary Recall of Walnuts.

May 10, 2016 FDA:
United Natural Trading LLC, d/b/a Woodstock Farms Manufacturing, Edison, NJ, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of lots of conventional walnuts and walnut-containing products (see attachment for products and lot numbers) that were purchased from Gibson Farms and sold under the Nature’s Promise, Woodstock, Market Basket, and Woodfield Farms brands due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
The lot numbers are printed on the back of each retail bag. The walnut and walnut-containing products were shipped to retailers and distributors in limited quantities throughout the United States.
he recall was issued as a precaution because a single sample in a finished product yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes. The Company is coordinating closely with regulatory officials and has contacted its customers to ensure that any remaining recalled products are removed.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall and no other walnuts or products under the brands are being recalled.
Only the specific lot numbers and sell dates identified in the attachment are included in this recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these lot numbers should not consume it, but rather should discard it. Consumers should retain their store receipts, packaging reflecting lot numbers or any other proof of purchase they may have. Retailers and consumers with questions may call Melissa McCullough at Woodstock Farms Manufacturing customer service at 732-650-9905, which is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST) Monday - Friday.

DescriptionLot NumberBest By DateUPC#
Nature’s Promise Cranberry Trail Mix Net Wt. 12oz.16082Best By 9/17/168826706612
16099Best By 9/17/168826706612
16117Best By 9/17/168826706612
Woodstock Walnut Halves &Pieces Net Wt. 6oz.16092Best By 4/1/174256300860
16106Best By 4/15/174256300860
Woodstock Cape Cod Cranberry Mix Net Wt. 10oz.16079Best By 9/17/164256300877
16091Best By 9/17/164256300877
16098Best By 9/17/164256300877
16126Best By 11/30/164256300877
Market Basket Walnuts Raw Net Wt. 7oz.16083Best By 3/23/174970540809
16105Best By 4/14/174970540809
Market Basket Cape Cod  Cranberry Trail Mix Net Wt. 10oz.16106Best By 9/17/164970540832
Woodfield Farms Walnuts Halves & Pieces Net Wt. 2.5lbs.16112Best By 4/21/177523900194
Nature’s Promise Walnuts Halves & Pieces Net Wt. 7oz.16093Best By 4/2/178826714404
16110Best By 4/19/178826714404

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