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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

Soluciones Cosméticas Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Due to The Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol (Wood Alcohol): Updated August 7, 2020

August 9, 2020 from the FDA

Soluciones Cosméticas voluntary recalled all lots of Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free sold in 16.9 ounce bottles to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol). This release provides additional information about the packaging for the recalled products.

The product is used as a hand sanitizer and is packaged in 16.9 ounce plastic clear bottles with blue tops or green tops with UPC Codes 816822026667 or 7503007103178. The lot numbers range from 0100K01 to 0148K01. This product was distributed nationwide to wholesale distributors and retailers.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Soluciones Cosméticas at 866-912-8410 Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm Eastern Time or by email at bersihrecall6551@stericycle.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1054

Roque Plast S.A. de C.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Command Brands Gel AntiBac Instant Hand Sanitizer Lots 200371-12, 200371OH-05, 170420OH-06, 170420OH-8 Due to Potential Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

August 4, 2020 from the FDA

Roque Plast S.A. de C.V. is voluntarily recalling lots 200371-12, 200371OH-05, 170420OH-06, 170420OH-8 manufactured by Roque Plast S.A. de C.V. of Command Brands Gel AntiBac Instant Hand Sanitizer to the consumer level. This recall has been initiated due purported potential presence of methanol indicated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when product was presented for import in the United States.

Recalled Products:

The product is used as a hand sanitizer for hand washing to decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. The products are packaged in an 8.4 fl oz (250 mL) PET or High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottle with UPC 8_52239_00689_2. The product is labeled with a red, blue and yellow stripes with the words Command Brands Gel AntiBac Instant Hand Sanitizer written in yellow and blue letters. The product was distributed nationwide throughout the United States.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Rafael Cabrera + 52 55 58165506 Ext. 103, Mon-Fri during business hours 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT) or e-mail to antibac@roqueplast.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1070

Unauthorized OU on PPE sold at airports

August 2, 2020 from Twitter with information from the OU:

Traveler's best Travel Safe + Travel Well PPE Daily Sani Kit and Travel Safe + Travel Well Reusable Face Mask bear unauthorized OU's.

Ed. note: These products are being sold in vending machines in airports. See Hudson press release

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1069

Israeli Product Recall - Body Lotion Bottles from the Oatmeal Series, 500 ml

July 27, 2020 from health.gov.il

Fischer Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announces the recall from shelves of a small number of body lotion bottles from the Oatmeal series, 500 ml, from batch no 1570020520 due to a labeling error.

A very small number of these bottles contains oatmeal soap-less soap but due to a printing error a body lotion label was attached to the front of the product. We apologize for any inconvenience and undertake to continue and ensure our customers' full satisfaction with the quality of all our products. Customers in possession of a product from this batch are required to contact our customer service at 1-800-618-888 and receive a replacement product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1068

Pandemic Reinvigorates Push To Bar Pre-Yom Kippur ‘Kaporos’ Ritual In NYC

August 2, 20120 - from Vos Iz Neias:

"An organization that objects to a pre-Yom Kippur ritual that involves swinging live chickens is renewing its legal effort to stop the religious rite in New York City, citing the coronavirus pandemic."

"n 2017, a state appeals court struck down a lawsuit calling for New York police and health officials to block the practice. But the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos filed a motion last month to renew the lawsuit, first filed in 2015, citing fears that the ritual could spread dangerous pathogens in the air, just as scientists believe that animals in the wet markets of Wuhan, China began spreading the COVID-19 virus."

"There are more than 80 live animal markets in New York City, where the animals are slaughtered on the spot, NY1 reported, which also is a concern of animal activists."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1067

Seattle: City’s Only Kosher Restaurant Closes

August 3, 20120 - from Yeshiva World:

"The only kosher restaurant in the city of Seattle closed its doors over the weekend."

"Bamboo Garden, a vegetarian Chinese restaurant that catered to a broad clientele, was the first restaurant in Seattle to become kosher almost 30 years ago, a boon for Orthodox residents since the observant community is too small to support a restaurant that caters only to those who keep kosher. It closed due to coronavirus woes as well as the owner’s wish to retire."

"Seattle is home to over 60,000 Jews and fortunately, there are still several kosher restaurants in the suburbs. However, according to Resmovits, those restaurants are all vegetarian and the closest kosher fleishig restaurant to Seattle is several hours away, in British Columbia."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1066

Albek de Mexico S.A. de C.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Hand Sanitizers Within Expiry Due to Potential Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

July 31, 2020 from the FDA

Albek de Mexico S.A. de C.V is voluntarily recalling all lots and all brands of hand sanitizer currently in US distribution to the consumer level. This recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution due to detection of methanol in hand sanitizer samples manufactured by Albek when product was presented for import into the United States.

The products are labeled for use as a hand sanitizer (or “antiseptic”) and are packaged for several nationwide distributors in a variety of formats as indicated in the table as follows:

Item

Nuuxsan

Modesa

Assured

Assured

Next

Product Name Nuuxsan Instant Hand Sanitizer Modesa Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera Assured Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe Assured Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera Next Hand Sanitizer
NDC 72758-005-02, 72758-001-08 72758-011-23 72758-010-23 72758-009-23 50066-605-08
Package Format(s) 8 fl oz plastic bottles 8 fl oz plastic bottles 8 oz. plastic bottles< 8 oz. plastic bottles 8 oz. plastic bottles
UPC 713620000175 32251380426 639277928597 639277928610 650240053573
Afected Lot Number(s) All Lots 1931104AL 1931101AL 1931102AL The affected lots are those that end 1001,
1002, 1003, 1004, 1005.

Product Name

NDC

UPC and Lot

Volume/Package

Assured Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and Aloe 72758-010-23 639277928597 8 oz. plastic bottles
Modesa Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera 72758-011-23 639277928610 8oz. plastic bottles
Modesa Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E 72758-012-23 Never Produced
Next Hand Sanitizer 50066-605-08 650240053573 8oz. plastic bottles
Assured Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera 72758-009-23 639277928610 8 oz. plastic bottles
Nuuxsan Instant Hand Sanitizer 72758-005-02 713620000175 8oz. plastic bottles
NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer 72758-001-08 713620000175 8oz. plastic bottles

This NDC was created in 2019 and then replaced by NDC 72758-002-08.

The products were distributed nationwide in the United States beginning on November, 15 2019.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Mrs. Susana Luna (713)961-0262, [days of week] from [state time and zone] or e-mail to .

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1065

LABORATORIOS JALOMA S.A. de C.V. Issues Voluntary Recall of the Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Due to the Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol

August 1, 2020 from the FDA

LABORATORIOS JALOMA S.A. de C.V. is voluntarily recalling all lots and all bottle sizes of the Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer, Ethyl Alcohol 62% With vitamin E to the consumer level. This recall has been initiated because FDA sampled the 500 mL product and found it to be contaminated with undeclared methanol (wood alcohol). Although the contamination was linked to the 500 mL product, due to the abundance of caution, Jaloma is recalling all lots of all sizes within expiry. The NDCs, lot #s, and expiration dates are listed in the table below.

Product(s)

NDCs

Sizes

UPC

Lot #s & Expiration Dates

Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer
Ethyl Alcohol 62%
With vitamin E
65055-600-02 16.9 fl oz.
(1.06 pt) (500 mL)
7 59684 51503 3 0005295
Exp: April, 2022
0006373
Exp: May, 2022
Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer
Ethyl Alcohol 62%
With vitamin E
65055-600-01 4 fl oz
(120 mL)
7 59684 51502 6 0005412
Exp: April, 2022
0007134
Exp: May, 2022
0007834
Exp: May, 2022
0009239
Exp: June, 2022

The product is used as a hand sanitizer for hand washing to decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. The products are distributed in a 4 fl oz (120 mL) Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle and a 16.9 fl oz (1.06 pt) (500 mL) PET or High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottle. Product is labeled with a red logo with the word Jaloma written in white letters. The product was distributed throughout the United States. It was imported to one (1) wholesaler and two (2) distributors.

Each product contains a lot number and expiration date stamped directly on the bottle or on the label of the 16.9 fl oz HDPE bottle in the format below. See table for lot numbers of each individual bottle.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact LABORATORIOS JALOMA S.A. de C.V. during business hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (CT) Toll Free: + 52 1 800 120 0202 Email: asuntosregulatorios@jaloma.com.mx

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1064

Broncolin S.A. de C.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol Due to Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

July 27, 2020 from the FDA

Broncolin S.A. de C.V is voluntarily recalling all lots of Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

The product is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer used to reduce bacteria that potentially cause disease when soap and water are not available and is packaged in 4 bottle sizes; 4.22 fl. oz. (125ml), 8.4 fl. oz. (250 ml), 16.9 fl. oz. (500 ml) and 33.8 fl. oz. (1 Liter). It is a clear plastic bottle with a pump or squeeze cap. All package sizes are labeled with a blue label identifying INBC Trading LLC 4404 Merle Drive, Austin, TX 78745 as the Importer/Distributor (see attachments). Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol was distributed by the importer/distributor between April 26, 2020 to May 18, 2020 , to wholesalers in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas and further distributed Nationwide in the USA.

Broncolin S.A. de C.V via INBC Trading LLC is notifying all US customers by email and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. Consumers, distributors, and retailers that have recalled Herbacil hand sanitizer, should stop using and return to the place of purchase.

Any questions regarding this recall can be directed to INBC Trading LLC at 1-512-241-9034 and/or handsanitizer@inbctrading.com, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5 pm CST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1063

4e Brands North America Issues Expanded Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Hand Sanitizer Due to Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

July 24, 2020 from the FDA

San Antonio, Texas, 4e Brands North America is voluntarily recalling all lots of Hand Sanitizer brands to the consumer level. These products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

Product(s)

Country of Origin

Product Size

Product Label

UPC Code

ASSURED ALOE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 8FL OZ/ 236 ML See Product Image Below 639277490704
ASSURED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 8FL OZ/ 236ML See Product Image Below 639277490698
ASSURED ALOE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 10FL OZ See Product Image Below 639277490704
ASSURED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 10FL OZ See Product Image Below 639277490698
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 2 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023716
BLUMEN ALOE ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 3.4FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023587
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 3.4FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023594
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 7.5FLOZ / 221ML See Product Image Below 814266023624
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 7.5 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023624
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 7.5FLOZ / 221ML See Product Image Below 814266023624
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 15.2 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023921
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 17 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266024096
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 17 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266024096
BLUMEN CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 18 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023914
BLUMEN CLEAR TEA TREE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 18 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266024089
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023693
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023693
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023693
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR TEA TREE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023747
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 70 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023679
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 1.05 GAL See Product Image Below 814266023686
MODESA CLEAR GEL ANTIBACTERIAL Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 032251499357

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact 4e Brands North America LLC during business hours: Monday - Friday 08:00 am - 5:00 pm EST at:

The Blumen Hand Sanitizer 17 oz punp product was recalled by BJ's. Recall info is here.

Costco is recalling item # 1876544, Blumen Hand Sanitizer 33.8 oz. between May 11, 2020 and July 19,2020.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1049
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