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Kosher Alert iSpice Chicken Soup Base

October 18, 2018 from the OU:

iSpice Chicken Soup Base (35lb. container), iSpice Foods LLC., Jackson AL has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify iSpice Chicken Soup Base, a food service item. Some containers were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective measures are being implemented.The Orthodox Union does not certify iSpice Chicken Soup Base, a food service item. Some containers were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective measures are being implemented.

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Kosher alert on Roasted Seaweed/Nori Distributed By Takaracom, Queens, NY

October 11, 2018 from the Kof-K:

ROASTED SEAWEED/NORI DISTRIBUTED BY: TAKARACOM QUEENS, NY are NOT KOF-K certified. Corrective measures have been implemented.
For further information call: KOF- K Kosher Supervision, 201-837-0500 info@kof-k.org

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Kosher Alert Sysco Yasou Feta Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing

October 4 from the OU:

Sysco Imperial Yasou Feta Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing, Sysco Corporation, Houston TX has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Sysco Yasou Feta Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing. Some 1 gallon containers of this product were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Kashrus alert on NORI SEAWEED SHEETS

September 7, 2018 from the COR Detroit:

NORI SEAWEED SHEETS require reliable Kashrus certification due to a concern of being processed on non-Kosher equipment, and also due to a serious issue of infestation. A number of Nori brands have recently been recalled, although they bear a Kashrus symbol, due to either infestation or unauthorized use of the symbol. The following list was issued by the Star-K:

Recalled Nori Brands as of September 5, 2018
[The lot numbers are usually inkjetted on the bag or package.]

  1. Sweet City – Star-K symbol. Two recalled lots: 092520 and 131820
  2. China Mehadrin – CRC (Hisachdus) symbol. One recalled lot: 3200/02426 1803 3242618043 2018 5A3B
  3. Sushi Metzuyan – Star-K symbol. One recalled lot: 121919
  4. Nantong Huaxin Seaweed – All bear an unauthorized Kof-K symbol. Should be considered not Kosher.
  5. Ushia Sushi – All bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. Should be considered not Kosher.
  6. Sushi Maven - Volover symbol. ALL lots recalled EXCEPT two:
    1. Best by Date: 09/30/2019 may be used.
    2. Best by Date: 01/10/2019 may be used.

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Kashrus Alert - All Puree LLC (Middlehope, NY)

September 7, 2018 from the cRc:
Effective immediately, all products manufactured by All Puree LLC (Middlehope, NY), are no longer being certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. This includes product bearing the cRc logo.

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August 30, 2018 - from Kof-K

Please be advised that these products have been manufactured without kosher certification and bear an unauthorized KOF-K with k#3646 on the label. Corrective measures have been implemented

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Kashrus Alert - Oligra Sudamericana Oils

August 30, 2018 - from Merco Kosher:

Merco Kosher has issued the following letter that "Due to Oligra's refusal to be inspected at oour leisure and time, restricting our access totheir plant and outside reports of cross contamination of oils and other products inclucing possibel dairy pathogens, at present we are removing our supervision and cancelling previous issued certificates till further notice.
All logos and documents pertaining should be distroyed.
Their products should be consideded Not Kosher.

MercoKosher Letter is here

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Kashrus Alert - Brux Mix

August 17, 2018 - from the OK:

Brux Mix, Brux Waffle Mix, and Brux Crepe Mix, Brux Brothers LLC,, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 has a mistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol:
Brux Waffle Mix and Brux Crepe Mix were mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol, instead of the required OK D. These products are certified kosher and dairy, as per the ingredient list. Corrective actions are being taken. Corrective actions are being taken.

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AMPI Recalls Limited Amount of Dry Whey Powder Because of Possible Health Risk

July 25, 2018 from the FDA:

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn., is recalling dry whey powder packaged in 50-pound and 25-kg bags that were produced at the cooperative’s Blair, Wis., dry whey plant from May 1-5, 2018; May 24-29, 2018; June 2-5, 2018; and June 7-14, 2018 due to the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. This is a precautionary recall. All products shipped to the marketplace tested negative for salmonella.
The products included in the recall can be identified by the following lot numbers, which can be found printed along the top of the bag. Images of the bags can be found below.

AMPI dry whey powder is not sold directly to consumers, but is used as an ingredient in a number of foods. It is sold directly to manufacturers and also distributed by brokers. A limited amount was sold for animal feed. All products shipped into the marketplace tested negative for salmonella as part of AMPI’s routine testing program. However, because additional product tested positive for salmonella under AMPI’s routine test and hold procedures, the company is recalling product as a precautionary measure. AMPI has ceased production at its Blair, Wis., dry whey plant, is currently investigating the cause for the positive samples, and will take all necessary remedial actions.
Consumers with questions may contact the AMPI Response Center at 734-773-4220.

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Agri Star Meat And Poultry LLC Recalls Beef Pastrami Products due to Possible Processing Deviation
Aaron’s Beef French Roast Pastrami & Shor Harbor and Roast Pastrami recall

June 21, 2018: from USDA:

Agri Star Meat and Poultry LLC, a Postville, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 3,592 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef pastrami products due to processing deviations that may have led to underprocessing of products and resulted in inadequate curing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE beef pastrami items were produced on April 3 and April 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4653A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Washington.

The problem was discovered on June 20, 2018, after the firm received a consumer complaint about product discoloration. The firm conducted an investigation and product testing and determined that not all products contained an adequate amount of the curing solution. The establishment notified FSIS on June 21, 2018.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions 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.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. C
onsumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Lisa Beatty, Quality Assurance Manager at 563-864-7811 or Yaakov Labowitz, Vice President of Sales, at 514-648-8171 ext. 260.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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