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The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7777

Baker Farms Recalls Various Brand Name of Kale Due to Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

September 16, 2021 from FDA:

aker Farms is recalling their Baker Farms, Kroger & SEG Grocers brand names of Kale, 1 lb plastic bags with BEST BY 09-18-2021 107020-21832 due to contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes.

On 9-15-2021 the firm was notified by a customer that the product test positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The products were distributed between 8/30/2021 – 9/1/2021. These products were packaged in clear plastic and sold primarily in retail stores located in the States of: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, NC, NY & VA.

Products affected are:

Product Size UPC Production
Code
BEST BY
Baker Farms Kale 1 lb 8 13098 02001 6 107020-21832 09-18-2021
Kroger Kale 1 lb 0 11110 18170 1 107020-21832 09-18-2021
SEG Grocers Kale 1 lb 0 38259 11482 7 107020-21832 09-18-2021

The Best By Date and Production Code is located on the front of each package. No other bagged greens are included in this recall.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume the product but to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or they may discard the product. Consumers with questions may contact Mr. Richard G. Baker at richard@bakerfamilyproduce.com or (229) 769-3113 Monday – Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm EST.


The Kroger Co. Issues Voluntarily Recall on 16-Ounce Kroger Bagged Kale Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

September 16, 2021 from FDA:

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is voluntarily recalling its 16-ounce Kroger bagged kale product, produced by Baker Farms, due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

his voluntary recall includes 16-ounce bags of Kroger branded Kale (see picture below), with the UPC 11110-18170 with a best by date of 09-18-2021, which is printed on the front of the package below the light blue bar. All affected products were pulled from our Produce departments on Sept. 16, 2021. The products were distributed by Kroger grocery stores in the Columbus, Nashville and Atlanta Divisions, servicing Columbus and Toledo, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; eastern West Virginia; and the states of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Customers who have purchased the affected product are urged to dispose of it or return it to their local store for a full refund. Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7776

Buurma Farms Inc. Recalls Plain (Flat) Parsley Due to Possible Health Risks

September 14, 2021 from FDA:

Buurma Farms Inc. of Willard, OH, is voluntarily recalling 320 boxes of its Plain Parsley after testing showed possible contamination with Shiga-toxin producing E.coli.

The product being recalled is Buurma Plain (flat leaf) Parsley with a harvest date of August 30, 2021 from their Gregory, Michigan location. A random, routine regulatory sample collected on 9/7/21 at a customer’s distribution center by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) tested positive for non-O157 STEC (Shiga-toxin producing E. Coli) and reported 9/13/21. The sample is currently being genome sequenced to determine if it is pathogenic but out of an abundance of caution the product is being recalled. Buurma Farms Inc. is coordinating closely with regulatory officials in connection with the recall. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The product being recalled was harvested on August 30, 2021. It was sold and shipped in 30 count cartons to retailers in Ohio and Michigan between 8/31/21 and 9/3/21. It was also sold in 60 count crates to wholesalers in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and South Carolina between 9/2/21 and 9/4/21. Retailers and wholesalers can find the product code on the orange lot code sticker on each case and at the end of the GTIN number below the bar code on the PTI label. Only plain flat leaf parsley with a lot code of “2A242A6” and a PTI lot code of “2B243A6” is included in this recall. Retailers and wholesalers known to have received this product have already been contacted and asked to pull any potentially contaminated product from distribution.

Individual bunches of flat parsley sold to retailers for purchase by consumers would likely have a “BUURMA FARMS Plain Parsley” twist-tie with a price look-up (PLU) number of 4901 and a UPC code of 33383 80125. The PLU and UPC numbers are not unique to Buurma Farms and would be on all flat/plain parsley regardless of where it is from. The wholesale distribution channels involved in the recall do not have the twist-tie and instead have only a plain red rubber band on the bunch.

No other plain leaf parsley is included in this recall. Production of the product involved has been suspended until FDA and other regulatory agencies have completed their investigation. The product involved should already be out of distribution but if consumers have any product they question, do not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the consumer hotline at 1-866-827-3362 which is available Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm EST. Media contact is Joel Buurma, Food Safety Director, Buurma Farms Inc. 419-935-6411, joel@buurmafarms.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7775

Kashrut Information - Silk Non Dairy Milks, Yogurts and Creamers

September 17, 2021 from the OU in response to the editor's question:

The Silk Non Dairy Milks, Yogurts and Creamers are 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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7774

Kosher Alert Great Value Salt & Vinegar Kettle Potato Chips- revised by the OU

September 9, 2021 from the OU:

Great Value Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips, Walmart Inc., Bentonville AR has a missing D - Dairy Designation.
The Orthodox Union certifies Great Value Salt & Vinegar Kettle Potato Chips as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7766

Kashrut Information - Java House Cold Brew Sumatran Dark Roast Coffee Dual Use Liquid Pods

September 14, 2021 from the OU in response to the editor's question:

The Java House coffee 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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7773

Kashrut Alert - Cardio Support & ReLive Again from EFT, Inc

September 14, 2021 - from the KSA

Please be advised that the following two products produced by EFT, Inc Bear an unauthorized KSA Kosher symbol. Corrective action has been taken.:


THESE ITEMS ARE NOT KOSHER CERTIFIED EVEN WITH A KSA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7772

Kashrut Information - Trader Joes Crispy Crunchy Crisps

September 14, 2021 from the OU in response to the editor's question:

Trader Joes Crispy Crunchy Crisps 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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7771

Mexican kashrut Alert - Susalia brand "sugar-free chocolate covered chips

September 13, 2020 from KA Kosher Mexico Twitter feed:

Por un lamentable error el producto "totopos cubiertos de chocolate sin azúcar" de la marca Susalia, tienen nuestro sello de calidad kosher. Estos productos no están certificados como kosher, por lo que no recomendamos su consumo. Estamos trabajando en remediar esta equivocación.

Translated by a Google Translate: Due to an unfortunate mistake, the Susalia brand "sugar-free chocolate covered chips" has our kosher quality seal. These products are not certified as kosher, so we do not recommend their consumption. We are working on remedying this mistake. A

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7770

Kashrut Information - Aunt Jemima's Lite Syrup

September 13, 2021 from the OU in response to the editor's question:

Aunt Jemima's Lite Syrup bearing an OUD is DE.


Kashrut Information - Pearl Milling company syrup- used to be Aunt Jemima's

September 1, 2021 from the OU in response to the editor's question:

The Pearl Milling original syrup 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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A7760
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