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Kashrus alert on Cedar Burgol from Phoenicia

The MK wishes to inform the public that Burgol Cedar Brand produced by Phoenicia bears an unauthorized pareve symbol.Corrective action has been taken.

The preceeding kashrus alert is from the MK on January 28, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5322

House of Flavors Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in Purple Cow Cookie Butter Ice Cream

House of Flavors, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a small batch of 8 oz. cups of Purple Cow Limited Edition Cookie Butter Ice Cream, sold at Meijer stores, that contain Purple Cow Butter Pecan Ice Cream with a Purple Cow Butter Pecan lid.
For consumers who are not allergic to nuts, there is no safety issue with this product. The company is conducting an internal audit to determine possible cause. To date, there has been one complaint and no illnesses reported related to the recalled product.
Only 8 oz. cups of Purple Cow Limited Edition Cookie Butter that contain Purple Cow Butter Pecan Ice Cream with a Purple Cow Butter Pecan lid sold at Meijer with UPC Code 13733 61945 and marked Best By November 21, 2016 are affected by the recall. The product was sold at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. No other Purple Cow products sold at Meijer stores are involved in the recall.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Anyone requiring more information should contact House of Flavors consumer affairs at 1-800-930-7740, extension 2229, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. (EST).

The preceeding pecan allergy alert is from the FDA Enforcement Report on on January 27, 2016..

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5321

FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Poona Linked to Cucumbers

The FDA, CDC, and state and local officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona linked to "slicer" cucumbers, supplied by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce and grown in Baja, Mexico. This type of cucumber can also be called "American" cucumbers.
According to the CDC, as of January 26, 2016, 888 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona have been reported from 39 states.
CDC Update: On January 26, 2016 the CDC reported an updated case count. Since the last update on November 19, 2015, 50 more ill people have been reported from 16 states. Tennessee was added to the list of states with ill people, bringing the total number of states to 39.
The number of reported illnesses has declined substantially since the peak of illnesses in August and September; however, it has not returned to the number of reported illnesses that would be expected to be seen (about 1 every month). The investigation into the source of these illnesses is ongoing.


Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) is recalling all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition label because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

  • 1 1/9 Bushel Limited Edition Cucumber Carton, Sizes: Plains (60-84 count), Extra Large (48 count), Large (60 count), Super Select (72 count), Super Select Special (84 count). These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored carton which reads Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers. This variety is often referred to as a Slicer or American cucumber. It has a dark green color. It typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches.
    • Distribution Pattern Limited Edition cucumbers were distributed in the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah and reached customers through retail, food service companies, wholesalers, and brokers.
  • 5/4 Limited Edition Cucumber Carton, Sizes 24SP, 36/36SP, 48. These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored carton which reads Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers. This variety is often referred to as a Slicer or American cucumber. It has a dark green color. It typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches.

The preceeding food safety alert is from the FDA Enforcement Report on on January 26, 2016..

The entire alert can be found at www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0468.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5318

Mislabeled H-E-B Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Chips

H-E-B Jalapeno Kettle Cooked chips is a kosher certified DAIRY product. The 1 oz bag (sold as part of a variety pack) does not indicate the 'dairy' designation. This product is sold at H-E-B stores in Texas. Corrections have been implemented.

The preceeding kashrus information is from Dallas Kosher on January 28, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5320

Baskin Robbins Pink Bubble Gum Ice Cream is now kosher

The Star-D is certifying Baskin Robbins. All products are dairy, Cholov Stam.

  • Rocky Road Ice Creams and any other flavors containing miniature marshmallows are NOT kosher.
  • Pink Bubble Gum Ice Cream is now kosher when bearing a Star-D.
  • Decorations on store made custom built cakes and loose toppings in individual stores are NOT under the Star-D certification and must be checked individually by the consumer.
  • The products certified are Ice Cream, Frozen Dairy Desserts, Whipped Topping, Soft Serve Ice Creams, Ice Cream Cakes, Frozen Yogurt, Novelty Items, Sherbets, Sundae Bars, Ices/Sorbets, and Pre-packed items from these categories, when bearing the Star-D symbol.

Additional information: Baskin Robbins Pink Bubble Gum Ice Cream is a seasonal flavor, and will be available beginning in March.

The preceeding information is from Star-D updated January 28, 2016:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5319

Woolworths Grated Mozzerella is not kosher

Please be aware, that "Woolworths grated mozzarella cheese" has been incorrectly labeled with the Beth Din logo. This product is not Kosher. Woolworths are taking immediate corrective action and apologize profusely for the error.

The preceeding South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 27, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5317

Woolworths in Sea Point, South Africa no longer kosher

Please be aware, that as of tomorrow the 28th of January 2016, the fresh fish counter at the Woolworths in Sea Point, will no longer be under Beth Din supervision.

The preceeding South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 27, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5316

Finish Jet Dry Rinse Aid

Finish Jet Dry Rinse Aid is certified as kosher by the OU even though there is no symbol on the label.

The preceeding information is from the OU in response to a reader's question on January 26, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5315

Kosher Standards on Kosher Spirits Continue to Evolve

Based on the findings of a recent AKO Liquor Committee Meeting, the cRc has decided to update the following liquor policies, as follows:

  • Tequila: Unflavored tequila, regardless of class and category, is recommended without hashgacha unless the label indicates that it was aged or finished in wine casks.
  • Rum: Unflavored rum, regardless of color or class, is recommended without hashgacha unless the label indicates that it was aged or finished in wine casks.
  • Canadian Whisky: Canadian Whisky is recommended only if it is known to only contain kosher ingredients or has reliable certification.
  • Gin: Standard gin is recommended without hashgacha (even when containing juniper berries and other botanicals) unless the label states that it is produced from grapes, wine, milk, lactose, or whey. Special attention should be paid to gin from France, New Zealand, and Australia. Flavored gin (e.g. Lemon-flavored gin) requires hashgacha. Sloe Gin is a liqueur and requires certification.
  • Beer: The current beer policy remains the same but please be aware that flavored beer requires hashgacha, even if only flavored with spices, botanicals, and fruit.

The preceeding information is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on January 26, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5314

Somersaults Crunchy Nuggets are Dairy Equipment

All the OU certified Somersaults Crunchy Nuggets, are 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.
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.

The preceeding information is from the OU in response to a reader's question on January 21, 2016.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5313
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