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Passover Kashrut Alerts


Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

February 3, 2017 - from the FDA:

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.
The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.
Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.
The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.
Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

Ed note: Hunk of Beef is endorsed by the cRc Kosher for Passover (for dogs)


Against The Grain Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Pulled Beef Due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital

February 14, 2017 - from the FDA:

Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.
The 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being voluntarily recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label).
Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.
In 2015, this one lot of product was distributed to independent pet retail stores in Washington and Maryland, though it has been verified that this lot is no longer on any store shelves. This voluntary recall only affects one specific lot of food.
Consumers may return any can with the aforementioned lot number, to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 708-566-4410 between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0471

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Passover Info

February 10, 2017 - From the Star-K:

Please note there is a change in Ancient Harvest quinoa for Passover this year. If you are interested in purchasing this product, now is the time to ask your grocer to order.

The following products are approved for Passover use when bearing the STAR-K symbol and a “Best By” date of 2/01/19 through 2/28/19. A Kosher for Passover statement on label is not necessary.

  • Ancient Harvest
    White Grains Traditional Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box, 27 oz. pouch)
    Inca Red Grains Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box)
    Tricolor Grains Harmony Blend Quinoa, Organic (12 oz. box)

The following products are approved for Passover use when bearing the STAR-K symbol. A Kosher for Passover statement on label is not necessary.

  • Ancient Harvest
    White Quinoa 50lb bulk bag, Organic

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0472

Palermo Olive Oils are not Kosher for Passover

November 29, 2016- from the editor:

Palermo Olive oils with a Star-K P are still in the stores including Ocean State Job Lot. These products are not certified by the Star-K and are not usable for Passover.


Palermo First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not Kosher for Passover

Feb. 8, 2016: From the Star-K in response to the editor's question:
Palermo First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil bears an unauthorized Star-K P.
This product is not certified for Passover and is not usable for Passover.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0438

Kashrus alert on Prince Tahini Products

November 21, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Tahini - All Products, The Prince Tahina Manufacturers Ltd., Eilaboon 1697200 Israel- UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL
Prince Tahini products bear an unauthorized OK symbol on the packaging. The company website also contains an unauthorized OK Passover symbol. This company and their products are NOT certified by OK Kosher certification. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0470

PregVit® and PregVit® folic 5 Certified Kosher & Passover Compliant

October 26, 2016, - From the COR:
Recently, Health Canada required that Duchesnay, the manufacturers of PregVit® and PregVit® folic 5, remove the COR kosher logo from their packaging as Health Canada wishes to limit the certifications mentioned on packaging to certifications that it controls. Over the last few weeks, the packaging change has been rolled out and this has led to questions from kosher consumers. Please note that PregVit® and PregVit® folic 5 remain certified as kosher and Passover compliant by the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) and the COR kosher logo can still be found in the "Preparing your Pregnancy booklet which is included in the product boxes.
You can contact the Kashruth Council of Canada at info@cor.ca.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0469

Passover and Kashrus Alert on Terra DeLyssa Infused Olive Oils

October 6, 2016 - from the Star-K:

Terra de Lyssa organic infused olive oils, manufactured in Tunisia, bear an unauthorized STAR-K P. These oils are not authorized to bear the STAR-K, and are not Kosher for Passover.
Corrective action is being taken. For more information, contact STAR-K at info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0467

THE ALERTS THAT ARE BELOW THIS ARE FROM PASSOVER 2016. SOME OF THESE PRODUCTS MIGHT BE AROUND DUE TO A LONG SHELF LIFE OR THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED ARE STILL RELEVENT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0468

Pesach Kosher Alert Mikee's Apricot Candied Chicken Sauce

April 22, 2016 - From the Kof-K:
Pesach Kosher Alert Mikee's Apricot Candied Chicken Sauce
Please note this product bearing lot number L1615C and labeled Kosher for Passover in fact, by accident, contains 5% Kitniyot. For further information email Mreich@kof-k.org.

Toothpaste and Mouthwash for Passover

April 20, 2016 - From the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:
Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The following brands ARE acceptable:

  • Toothpaste- Colgate (All), Tom’s of Maine, Aim (All), Arm & Hammer, Close Up, Orajel, Ultrabrite Mentadent, Aquafresh, Pepsodent, Sensodyne, Close Up
  • Mouthwash- Listerine: Advanced Citrus, Antiseptic (Gold), Cool Mint, Fresh Burst, Soft Mint, Total Care Zero, Zero. Scope (All), Act, Colgate (Listerine strips are not approved for Passover)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=PO465

Tofu is NOT acceptable for Passover

April 18, 2016 - From the Scroll-K:
Tofu is NOT acceptable for Passover, even for Sefaradim. Tofu is made by extraction methods that use grain alcohol in the processing of the soybeans.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=PO464
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