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South African kosher alert on Knorr Chicken, Beef and Vegetable soups

'september 4, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg: Please be aware that Knorr Chicken, Beef and Vegetable soups appear on the list as being Kosher, these items are not Kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6067

Canadian Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - President's Choice® Blue Menu Trail Mix recalled due to undeclared wheat and soy

August 25, 2017 - from the CFIA:

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling President's Choice® Blue Menu Trail Mix from the marketplace because it contains wheat and soy which are not declared on the label. People with an allergy to wheat and soy or a sensitivity to gluten should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
President's Choice® Blue Menu Trail Mix 250 g Best Before 2018 JN 14 0 60383 18390 5

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6066

Rabbi Herman PRELIMINARY GUIDE TO CHODOSH - 3 Sept 17

"Here is the a PDF file of the new Preliminary Guide to Chodosh. As noted in the preface, it is preliminary. It is meant to let you get going with the new Chodosh season. The final Guide will BE"H be completed when the mashgichim provide us with their input, some time after sukkos. This Preliminary version is scheduled to go to the printer this week, for those who have paid to have the printed version be mailed to them via US mail."

"Many people have sent me questions by email the past few weeks. I apologize for not having had the time to answer them. Hopefully, this attached Guide will provide most of the answers they sought."

Rabbi Herman: PRELIMINARY GUIDE TO CHODOSH September 3, 2017

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6065

Papaya Salmonella cases top 200; more farms implicated

September 2, 2017 from FoodSafetyNews:
"As of Thursday, there were 210 confirmed victims in the U.S. They are infected with seven different serotypes of Salmonella. The victims are spread across 23 states, with one death reported in New York, according to the CDC." " Three separate outbreaks linked to papayas from different farms have been identified."
The three farms in Mexico that FDA has confirmed as having Salmonella-contaminated papayas are:

  • Carica de Campeche in Tenabo, in the state of Campeche;
  • Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, in the state of Colima; and
  • El Zapotanito in La Huerta, in the state of Jalisco.

Three brands of maradol papayas — all sourced from the Carica de Campeche farm, which was the first one linked to the current outbreaks — have been recalled in the United States. They are:
  • Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande Produce;
  • Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s; and
  • Valery brand papayas distributed by Freshtex Produce LLC.

"The FDA is working to ensure that there are no other brands of papayas on the market that may have originated from the Carica de Campeche, Caraveo Produce of Mexico, and El Zapotanito farms."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6064

Kosher Alert Supreme Chocolatier Chocolate Gummi Bears

August 31, 2017 from the OU:

Supreme Chocolatiers Chocolate Gummi Bears, Supreme Chocolatiers, Staten Island NY bear an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Supreme Chocolatiers Chocolate Gummi Bears. Some packaging 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=A6062

Kosher Alert Redmond Mashed Potatoes

August 31, 2017 from the OU:

Instant Mashed Potatoes, Global Foods Inc. Las Vegas NV bears an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Redmond Instant Mashed Potatoes. Some packaging bears an unauthorized OU. This product lists butter as an ingredient. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6061

South African kosher alert on Lifestyle Weigh Powder

August 31, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg: Lifestyle Weigh Powder is erroneously marked Parev, this product is Dairy. The company is in the process of correcting the packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6060

South African kosher alert on Clover Slightly Sweet Gouda cheese

August 31, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg: Please be aware that Clover Slightly Sweet Gouda cheese erroneously bears the Beth Din logo, majority of them have been recalled. Clover are in the process of correcting the packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6059

Kashrus advisory - HEINZ BBQ SAUCES, WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCES and store brand products

August 29, 2017 from the COR Detroit:
Heinz has a number of OU certified BBQ sauces. Three of them, Kansas City Style, Memphis Style, and Texas Style state "OU Fish" and contain anchovies. The amount of anchovies in these sauces is less than 1/60, and therefore, according to most Poskim, these sauces may be used with meat. Some Poskim, however, are stringent. Consult your Rav.

Some “OU Fish” products contain more than 1/60 fish, and according to all opinions may not be used with meat. Some examples are Lea & Perrins, Great Value, Market Pantry and ShopRite brands of Worcestershire sauces, which all state “OU Fish”. Brands of Worcestershire sauces that list anchovies and bear a plain OU contain less than 1/60 fish.

Consumers should be aware that STORE BRANDS AND GENERIC BRANDS, especially at discount stores, frequently change suppliers (i.e., the outside manufacturers that produce the product for the stores), which often results in a change or loss of the product’s Kosher status. In addition, a store may have multiple suppliers with different Kosher statuses for the same product, so that at some store locations a product may be Kosher while at other locations it is not. In some instances, even the same store may have a mixture of Kosher and non-Kosher versions of the same product, as with the frosting mentioned above. Consumers should therefore be especially careful when buying such products to check each package every time for proper Kosher certification.

Locally, this is especially common at Aldi and Save-A-Lot stores, with Millville and Kiggins brands of cereals, Carlini and Westcott brands of oils and cooking sprays, Nature’s Nectar orange juices, Friendly Farms dairy products and almond milk, Little Salad Bar hummus, Clancy’s potato chips, Happy Harvest tomato sauce, etc. This also occurs occasionally with Kroger and Meijer brands of products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6058

Kashrus advisory on Dole Fruit Snacks Orange and Strawberry & information on The Dole Grape product

August 10, 2017 from the OU Twitter feed and modified by the OU:

The Dole Fruit Snacks Orange and Strawberry, are fine without the OU symbol in the US.

August 29, 2017 - From the COR Detroit: The Grape variet is not certified

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6036
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