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South African kashrus alert on Kee Ingredient, South Africa

March 15, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:

Kee Ingredient products are no longer certified..

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Kashrus alert on Doce Vida Industria e Comercio de Produtos Alimenticios Naturais, S.A. Anápolis, Brazil

March 7, 2017 - from the OK:

Doce Vida Industria e Comercio de Produtos Alimenticios Naturais, S.A., Anápolis, Brazil was certified by OK Kosher for many fruit pulp products.
Doce Vida Frutaê Grape Pulp was never certified - this product bears an unauthorized OK Kosher symbol on the packaging.

As of March 1st, 2017, Doce Vida Industria e Comercio de Produtos Alimenticios Naturais, S.A. is no longer certified by OK Kosher.

Any products sold after this date are not under OK Kosher Certification.
Corrective actions have been taken.

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Codex-ing DuraPro Natamycin Mistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol

February 6, 2017 from the OK Kosher Certification:

Codex-ing DuraPro Natamycin 50L, Codex-ing, Miami, FL 33166:
Codex-ing DuraPro Natamycin 50L bears a plain OK kosher symbol on the packaging, instead of the required OK-D. This product is certified kosher dairy.

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Specialty Commodities, Inc Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Cashew Allergen in Dry Roasted Almonds

January 21, 2017 - from the FDA:

Specialty Commodities, Inc. (SCI), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), is recalling a specific lot of dry roasted almonds because they may contain undeclared cashews.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the cashew-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of cashews. The recalled dry roasted almonds were distributed between December 22, 2016, and January 19, 2017, to three customers, one of whom redistributed them for sale in either bulk bins or clam shells to retail outlets in California, including Safeway and Nugget Markets.
Representatives of SCI are working with DSD Merchandisers Inc., the distribution customer, and these outlets to ensure the product is removed from shelves and returned. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.
Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary process irregularity that occurred at the third-party contract manufacturer that processed and packaged the almonds for SCI. Then, an inventory processing irregularity resulted in the almonds being forwarded to the impacted customers.
Please direct any customer inquiries to 770-752-8229 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

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Kashrus alert on Farbe Munchen de Mexico

January 23, 2017 - from the Star-k:

A letter of certification issued to Farbe Munchen de Mexico, of Mexico City, ostensibly by STAR-K, is forged. The certificate lists colors and extracts under the brand name Farbe. STAR-K has never certified this company. For more information contact info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

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Perfotek Hydrolyzed Collagen Unauthorized Use of OK Kosher Symbol

January 17, 2017 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Perfotek Hydrolyzed Collagen +Peptides (all sizes) bears an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging. This product is NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective actions are being taken.

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Schreiber Processing Corp. Recalls Chicken Tender Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination and Misbranding

January 9, 2017: from USDA:

Schreiber Processing Corp., a Maspeth, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,330 pounds of chicken tender products that may be contaminated with plastic and misbranded, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The breaded chicken breast tenders were produced on December 8, 2016 and packaged on December 9, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]
10-lb. boxes containing “Meal Mart BATTERED & BREADED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS” bearing item code 03-CTB and production code 0246
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-787” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional and retail locations in New Jersey, New York, and Washington.
The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint.
There have been no confirmed reports of injury or illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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Kashrus alert on Accelerated Freeze Drying Co., Ltd

December 29, 2016 - from the Star-k:

Accelerated Freeze Drying Co., Ltd., of Bangalore, India, is no longer certified by Star-K due to Kashrus violations. For more information contact info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

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Dawn Food Products Recalls Limited Quantities of Bulk Bakery Mix Products Due to Possible Health Risk

December 21, 2016 - from the FDA:

Dawn Food Products is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of bakery mix products manufactured for Dawn by a third party and affected by a recall from Valley Milk Products of milk powder due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
As a result, out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling affected items distributed by Dawn Foods, including the following items which could become available at retail locations. A full list of the affected products distributed by Dawn Foods has been provided to our wholesale customers:

Product # - 00727521 R&H Speedy Crème Instant Pudding and Pie Filling Mix 6 bags 4 lb 2 oz
Lot Numbers614171306141713161587135615871366165713062327131
Product # - 00257857 R&H Speedy Crème Instant Pudding and Pie Filling 6 bags 4 lb 2 oz
Lot Numbers616571346165713561657132616571336256710562567106

Manufacturing date ranges for these two products are 05-19-2016 through 10-05-2016. All impacted product should be returned to the place of purchase for proper credit.

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Valley Milk Products, Strasburg, Virginia Recalls Limited Amount of Milk and Buttermilk Powder Because of Possible Health Risks

December 9, 2016 - from the FDA:

Valley Milk Products is announcing a recall of 50-pound bags of nonfat high heat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder that were produced from December 10, 2015 to July 5, 2016 due to potential Salmonella contamination, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product.
The products included in the recall can be identified by the following lot numbers which can be found in the lower right front of each bag.

·High Heat Nonfat Dry Milk Powder 50# bags with a shelf life of 18 months with the following Lot numbers # (see picture of the milk powder bag at the end of this notice):
H151210, H151226, H160106, H160126, H160212, H160406, H160422, H160621,
H151216, H151227, H160109, H160129, H160218, H160411, H160425, H160627,
H151217, H151230, H160111, H160201, H160222, H160412, H160502, H160705,
H151219, H151221, H151222, H151224, H151231, H160101, H160103, H160105,
H160112, H160115, H160119, H160125, H160202, H160205, H160208, H160211,
H160223, H160224, H160227, H160323, H160414, H160415, H160419, H160420,

· Sweet Cream Buttermilk Powder in 50# bags with a shelf life of 12 months with the following lot numbers: (see picture of the buttermilk powder bag at the end of this notice)
B151218, B160107, B160113, B160121, B160127, B160203, B160209,
B160215, B160216, B160225, B160302, B160316, B160326, B160418,

These products are not sold directly to consumers, but are used as ingredients in a number of foods uch as bakery products and distributed by brokers. None of the recalled finished product tested positive for Salmonella but environmental sampling performed by the FDA was positive for Salmonella. Valley Milk is currently investigating the cause for the positive environmental samples.

Below are some pertinent facts and references to aid food manufacturers in determining the disposition of their affected products.

For companies that used the Valley Milk recalled milk powder or buttermilk powder in a consumer ready-to-eat product and there is no FDA-recognized kill step or inactivation step in their processing system, their supplier should be immediately notified with such details as the product which contained the recalled Valley Milk powder products, the amounts of the products, whether these products are in storage or have already been distributed, where the distributed products are and records or other evidence that the recalled Valley Milk powder was used. Their supplier will in-turn notify Valley Milk.

The FDA is available to help companies review their specific processes and determine if additional action is warranted.

All customers that have received these products have been notified by Valley Milk and instructed to return the suspect powder or document the destruction of the powder, after contacting Valley Milk for specific instructions. In case someone identifies Valley Milk powders with the above lot numbers in their dry storage warehouse and has not been ontacted by a Valley Milk representative, please contact Michael Curtis at 301-512-5053 or mcurtis@mdvamilk.com immediately for instructions.

At Valley Milk Products, we are dedicated to producing dairy products that meet the highest quality and safety standards required by our customers as well as complying with all government food safety requirements. Valley Milk Products has a long history of producing these products from our own dairy farmers in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We will continue to work cooperatively with the FDA and the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide products that meet our customers’ requirements, meet or exceed government food safety standards and provide the nutritious benefits of dairy products to customers throughout the United States.

For additional information, please contact:

Amber Sherian
Director of Corporate Communications
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.
1985 Isaac Newton Square West, Suite 200
Reston, Virginia 20190
703-742-6800, extension 7406
8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET

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