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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
62327132625671016256710262567103625671046281713162817132
Product # - 00257857 R&H Speedy Crème Instant Pudding and Pie Filling 6 bags 4 lb 2 oz
Lot Numbers616571346165713561657132616571336256710562567106
62567107625671086281713362817134

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,
H160504,H160506,H160510,H160608

· 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,
B160421

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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Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. Recalls Various Ready to Eat Herring Products Because of Possible Health Risk

December 2, 2016 - from the FDA:

Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. of Staten, Island, New York is recalling various refrigerated ready to eat herring products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected ready to eat herring products were distributed to customers located New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and North Carolina. Wholesale customers of bulk containers must discontinue sales of existing stock of these items immediately and destroy any returned product as soon as possible.
This recall action is specific to the products here:
The Bulk Herring products have pack dates of “11/2/16” – “11/30/16”. The Herring products packaged in retail containers have Best Before dates of: 11.30.2016 through 02.28.2017. Herring products packaged in vacuum packaged bags include Pack Dates of 11.09.16 - 11.30.16.
*Herring products packaged in retail package have a 90 day shelf life, herring products in bulk buckets have a 28 day shelf life , and herring products in vacuum packages have a 21 day shelf life.

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Kosher Alert on Flavor Sciences

December 2, 2016 from the Kof-K:
Please note that effective immediately Flavor Sciences, Lenoir, NC is no longer underthe supervision of the KOF-K. Product received prior to December 1 2016 may be used as kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0528

Kosher Alert MANY ICINGS, FROSTINGS, ETC. NOW DAIRY

November 30, 2016 from the COR Detroit:
MANY ICINGS, FROSTINGS, ETC. NOW DAIRY: [For Bakeries, Foodservice and Commercial establishments]

Due to changes in manufacturing procedures, some bakery ingredients that have been OU Pareve for many years have recently changed their status to dairy, and now bear OU-D on their labels. The products that have changed status include some (not all) icings, frostings, glazes, toppings, fudge bases, crème bases, buttercremes, donut and batter fillings, and possibly other items, from the following brands: Brill, BakeMark, Westco, Henry & Henry, Karp’s, Dunkin Donuts, Costco and others.  Additional changes may occur in the near future, in particular regarding fruit fillings. The label of every individual container must always be checked to determine its correct status


Kosher Alert - H.C. Brill Icing is no longer Pareve

September 23, 2016 from the Kosher Atlanta:
Many of the local bakeries are experiencing pareve icing shortages for icing pareve cakes. The icing they used to get from H.C. Brill (CSM Bakery) has switched its formula to OU-D. The bakeries will have difficulties icing pareve cakes until they can find a pareve supplier.

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Kosher Alert GFS Blue Cheese Dressing

November 29, 2016 from the OU:
GFS Blue Cheese Dressing (1 gallon jars), Gordon Food Service, Wyoming MI: The Orthodox Union does not certify GFS Blue Cheese Dressing. Some labels were printed with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0527

Kashrus advisory on Efe Eyup Sultan Sekerleme ve Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi

November 21, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
"Please be advised as of September 1st 2016 the company Efe Eyup Sultan Sekerleme ve Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification. Any product produced after this date is not under OK certification."

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FDA Investigates Outbreak of Hepatitis A Illnesses Linked to Frozen Strawberries

November 3, 2016- FDA:

The five consignees who received recalled frozen strawberry products from ICAPP are:

  • C.H. Belt of Lake Forest, Ca. (sold under CH World Brand)
  • Jetro/Restaurant Depot of College Point, N.Y. (sold under James Farm brand and unbranded “Bits & Pieces”)
  • Sysco Corporation of Houston, Tex. (sold under Sysco brand) Reddy Raw of Woodridge, N.J. (sold under Regal brand).

Recalled product lists


FDA Investigates Outbreak of Hepatitis A Illnesses Linked to Frozen Strawberries

October 20, 2016 from the FDA:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to frozen strawberries in smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Café locations.
The FDA, CDC and state and local officials are investigating hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections linked to frozen strawberries in smoothies served in Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurant locations. As of October 20, 2016, CDC reports 134 people with hepatitis A linked to this outbreak have been reported from 9 states (AR, CA, MD, NC, NY, OR, VA, WI and WV).
Nearly all ill people interviewed report eating smoothies containing strawberries at Tropical Smoothie locations in a limited geographic area. Preliminary traceback information indicates that the frozen strawberries served in these Tropical Smoothie Café locations were imported from Egypt. Tropical Smoothie Café has stopped using these strawberries nationwide.
If you think you’ve gotten sick from eating a smoothie containing strawberries from a Tropical Smoothie Café, contact your health care provider. At this time, we do not have information to suggest that there is an ongoing risk of hepatitis A virus infection at Tropical Smoothie Cafes. Illnesses are largely limited to Virginia and neighboring states.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local officials are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to frozen strawberries in smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Café locations.
As of October 20, 2016, CDC reports 134 people with hepatitis A linked to this outbreak have been reported from 9 states (AR, CA, MD, NC, NY, OR, VA, WI and WV). Among people with available information, 52 people have been hospitalized. Nearly all ill people reported drinking a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Café in the month before illness started. Of the 54 ill people who were interviewed about the type of smoothie, all reported eating a smoothie containing strawberries. These ill people purchased smoothies at cafés located in a limited geographical area, including Virginia and neighboring states. The ill person in Oregon had purchased smoothies containing strawberries from a Tropical Smoothie Café location in Virginia while traveling. The FDA’s preliminary traceback investigation indicates that the strawberries served in Tropical Smoothie Café locations where ill people reported drinking smoothies were imported from Egypt. Tropical Smoothie Café reported that they stopped using Egyptian frozen strawberries in their locations in Virginia and neighboring states by August 8, 2016. Additionally, on August 19, 2016, the firm reported that they removed Egyptian frozen strawberries from all cafes nationwide.
The FDA’s investigation into the source and distribution of the strawberries is ongoing; and the agency has been in touch with the Egyptian International Health Regulations National Focal Point to discuss the investigation. FDA is working to identify other parts of the relevant supply chain and will take appropriate action as necessary. However, FDA is prohibited by law in most situations from releasing publicly certain confidential commercial information about supply chains.The FDA has initiated increased surveillance of imported strawberries and will provide more information as it becomes available.

November 1, 2016 From "FoodSafetyNews:
"The statement from the Egyptian producer/exporter suggested only one distributor is involved in the U.S."
"In an abundance of caution, Sysco immediately halted shipments and placed all frozen strawberries with a Country of Origin of Egypt on hold on Aug. 19, as soon as questions were raised regarding its quality,” the spokesman for Houston-based Sysco said Monday."

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Voluntary Recall of Potentially Contaminated Cucumbers

November 8, 2016: The FoodSafetyNews:

“Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary product recall for certain lots of cucumbers, delivered to multiple locations in Bakersfield, due to potential salmonella contamination."
"Thousands of public school students, as well as hospital patients, may have been served fresh cucumbers that are under recall because of potential Salmonella contamination."

Ed. note: This is the first notice of a recall that is likely to grow. BJ's is one of the places that received these infected cucumbers.

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