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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

Kashrut Information - Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

July 12, 2021 from the OU in respose to a question from the editor:

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze is labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).

What does DE mean? Parve products made with heat on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat, but not with meat. Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee.

Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you call our office every 3 months to reconfirm the DE status of this product.

Ed. note: There is a shelf-stable version of this product that is OU pareve.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7712

Kashrut Information - Planet Oat Oatmilk Creamer

July 12, 2021 from the OU in respose to a question from a reader:

Planet Oat Oatmilk Creamer bears an OU-D. DAIRY-FREE is DE.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7711

Israeli Kashrut Alert - fresh broccoli/cauliflower with a false hecksher

July 30, 2021 from the Jerusalem Kosher News:

Rough Translation: This brand of fresh broccoli/cauliflower has a false hechsher. What's more it says "use by 2023", which is a clue something's fishy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7710

Israeli Kashrut Alert - Butcher at number 27 in Nahariya industrial zone

July 30, 2021 from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate:

Rough Translation: Butcher at number 27 in Nahariya industrial zone selling lamb that wasn't koshered properly, including but not limited to the precence of forbidden fats (chelev), not salted or properly deveined as required by Jewish Law (halacha). This refers to the Kahanim (כהנים) meat factory at above address

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7709

E. coli Outbreak Linked to Cake Mix

July 28, 2021 from FDA:

Sick people in this outbreak reported tasting or eating raw cake batter made from a variety of cake mixes. A single brand or type of cake mix has not been linked to the illnesses.

Seventy-five percent of sick people are children under the age of 18. Children are more likely to have a severe E. coli infection.

Eating raw cake batter can make you sick. Raw cake batter can contain harmful germs like E. coli. Germs are killed only when raw batter is baked or cooked. Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with cake mixes, flour, and other raw ingredients.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7708

BrightFarms Announces Voluntary Recall Expansion of Packaged Salad Greens Sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan

July 28, 2021 from FDA:

BrightFarms today initiated a voluntary recall expansion of additional packaged salad greens that are past expiration date and were produced in its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

The recall includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with "best by" dates through 7/26/2021:

1. BrightFarms Baby Spinach (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)

PRODUCT NAME

PACKAGES

UPC

Best by Date

BrightFarms Baby Spinach

4 oz. package
8 oz. package
5706200439
5706200449
Expired

The affected BrightFarms-branded products were sold by retailers listed in the July 15 recall notice below.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to BrightFarms Packaged Salad Greens

July 16, 2021 from CDC and FDA:

BrightFarms today initiated a voluntary recall of packaged salad greens produced in its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalled Food: BrightFarms salad greens produced in Rochelle, IL

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7694

Voluntary Recall Notice of McCormick Italian Seasoning Products and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

July 27, 2021 from FDA:

McCormick & Company, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

The four products subject to this recall include:

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 1.31 oz bottle
UPC NUMBER: 052100049731
MCCORMICK ITEM NUMBER: 901582629
AFFECTED DATE CODES: BEST BY MAY 26 24 K, BEST BY MAY 27 24 K, BEST BY JUN 04 24 K, BEST BY JUN 05 24 K

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 2.25 oz bottle
UPC NUMBER: 052100038254
MCCORMICK ITEM NUMBER: 901455463
AFFECTED DATE CODES: BEST BY JUN 30 24 H, BEST BY JUL 01 24 H

McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning 1.75 lbs. bottle
UPC NUMBER: 52100325743
MCCORMICK ITEM NUMBER: 932574
AFFECTED DATE CODES: BEST BY Jun 12 24 H

Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning 153g bottle
UPC NUMBER: 066200021047
MCCORMICK ITEM NUMBER: 901543520
AFFECTED DATE CODES: BB / MA 2022 SEP 06

The four products were shipped to the following locations:

SHIPPING DATES: June 20, 2021 through July 21, 2021
STATES SHIPPED TO: AL, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI
INTERNATIONALLY SHIPPED TO: Bermuda, Canada

The potential risk was brought to McCormick’s attention by FDA during routine testing. This recall affects cases that were shipped of the affected date codes.

McCormick has alerted customers and grocery outlets to remove the product with the affected date codes from store shelves and distribution centers immediately, and to destroy this product in a manner that would prevent any further consumption

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-635-2867, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM (Eastern Time), for a replacement or full refund, and with general inquires.

Canadian Food Recall Warning - Frank's RedHot brand Buffalo Ranch Seasoning recalled due to Salmonella

July 27, 2021 from CFIA:

McCormick Canada is recalling Frank's RedHot brand Buffalo Ranch Seasoning from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning 153 g 0 66200 02104 7 BB 2022 SEP 06
The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7707

Chodosh Final oats date

July 26, 2021 Information from from Mrs. Rosskamm, The Guide to Chodosh, Hot Line 718-305-5133. Email: yherman20@gmail.com

"The final cut off date for oats is July 23 with a purchase date of August 1st. All oats products can be bought through August 1 without checking any codes. After August 1st, codes should be checked. Please be aware that I am not able to begin calculating codes until I have the final dates. It will take a few days for me to complete the task. "
"The wheat and barley harvest have begun. I am monitoring the reports and will issue updates as soon as they are available. " Mrs. Rosskamm, Guide to Chodosh


Chodosh Harvest Updates

July 19, 2021 Information from from Mrs. Rosskamm, The Guide to Chodosh, Hot Line 718-305-5133. Email: yherman20@gmail.com

"The Oat Harvest is continuing, yet it is going a bit slower than originally anticipated. As of now we are looking at an estimated oats date of July 20. I will have more information next week.
The wheat and barley harvest are due to begin in 7-10 days.

The chodosh textline has resumed operations and will be answered nightly Sunday-Wednesday. We will try to answer Thursday as well. The texts are not checked on Erev Shabbos at all. Texts can be sent to 914-522-0096. DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER!!

The chodosh hotline is updated once a week, Sunday or Monday. Questions can be called in anytime during the week. You can call 718-305-5133.

"The printed guides should be mailed out before Rosh HaShana."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7699

Hershey's Lemon Ice

July 26, 2021 from the Kof-K:

Hershey's Lemon Ice bear a K. It is certified under KOF-K - DE.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7706

Old Soul’s Farms LLC Recalls Leafy Green Products Due to Possible Health Risk

July 26, 2021 from FDA:

Old Souls Farms, LLC, located at in St. Paris Ohio is initiating a voluntary recall of greenhouse leafy green products following a positive test of Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall will include the following greenhouse products: Arugula, Basil, Finstar, Green Bibb, Romaine, and Spring Mix. Our bulk product has been affected by this recall, these sizes range from 1 – 25 pounds clear bags. The affected lot dates of bulk product are below. If bought in bulk, the lot code is located on the case label.

Arugula (lbs) Basil (lbs) Finstar (lbs) Green Bibb (lbs)
(02)06.04.2021.AR.
(02)06.08.2021.AR.
(02)06.09.2021.AR.
(02)06.10.2021.AR.
(02)06.11.2021.AR.
(02)05.28.2021.BS.
(02)05.31.2021.BS.
(02)06.01.2021.BS.
(02)06.02.2021.BS.
(02)06.03.2021.BS.
(02)06.04.2021.BS.
(02)06.07.2021.BS.
(03)05.25.2021.FS.
(03)05.27.2021.FS.
(03)05.21.2021.GB.
(03)05.24.2021.GB.
(03)05.25.2021.GB.
(03)05.26.2021.GB.
(03)05.27.2021.GB.
(03)05.31.2021.GB.
Romaine Spring Mix
(01)05.21.2021.ROM.
(01)05.24.2021.ROM.
(01)05.25.2021.ROM.
(01)05.26.2021.ROM.
(01)05.27.2021.ROM.
(01)05.31.2021.ROM.
(03)05.21.2021.SM.
(03)05.24.2021.SM.
(03)05.25.2021.SM.
(03)05.26.2021.SM.
(03)05.27.2021.SM.
(02)05.31.2021.SM.
p>Our clamshells were also affected, these range in sizes of 1 oz, 4 oz, and 5 oz. The affected clamshell greenhouse products lot codes are 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 201, 202, and 203. These lot codes and best by dates can be located at the bottom of the clamshell. The expiration dates for all Arugula, Finstar, Green Bibb, Romaine, and Spring Mix are 7/23/2021, 7/24/2021, 7/25/2021, 7/26/2021, 7/27/2021, 7/29/2021, and 7/30/2021. The Basil expiration dates are 7/20/2021, 7/21/2021, 7/22/2021, 7/23/2021, 7/24/2021, 7/26/2021, and 7/27/2021.

The positive test for Listeria monocytogenes was from a routine facility test of rainwater holding tanks in the greenhouse facility as well as testing from a customer who received contaminated Basil product. Multiple samples of all products from multiple Lot Codes as well as additional water testing has been completed. The positive test for Listeria monocytogenes in product has been determined that it was an isolated event. However, out of an abundance of caution we decided to recall all product as stated above.

Any consumers who purchased the possibly affected products are advised to not consume and dispose of it immediately. Consumers with any questions and concerns may contact the company at 937-802- 9192 We are available Monday – Friday from 7 am – 3 pm ET.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7705
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