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Kosher Alert Royal Jelly in Raw Honey

February 22, 2018 from the OU:

Royal Jelly in Raw Honey, Healthy Organic LLC, Union City NJ ahs an unauthorized OU:

The Orthodox Union does not certify Royal Jelly. Some containers of Royal Jelly in Raw Honey bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

Editor's note: Links to articles explaining kosher issues in honey can be found at www.kashrut.com/trade/sweetenerslist.

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Snyder’s Lance Announces Voluntary Recall of a Limited Amount of 6.5 oz Emerald® Glazed Walnuts Due to Potential Presence of Undeclared Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews and Pecans

February 21 2018 from the FDA:

Emerald® Nuts is initiating a voluntary recall for a limited amount of its 6.5oz Glazed Walnuts product, distributed nationwide, due to the potential presence of undeclared peanuts, almonds, cashews and pecans in the product.

The voluntary recall is limited to only the specific production codes listed below. To locate the production code on the package, consumers should look next to the nutrition facts panel. No other production codes, sizes or varieties of Emerald® products are affected by this recall.

Information regarding Emerald product affected by this recall:

Product NamePackage
UPC Code
Production Code
Best before date
6.5oz Emerald®
Glazed Walnuts
0 1030080894 7EN1216XX215 DEC 2018

Consumers who may have purchased the product listed above should not consume it but should contact Consumer Affairs for a full refund online at http://slletsconnect.com/emerald/ or by calling 800-438-1880 and selecting #1 between 8am and 5pm Pacific Time, Monday – Friday. 

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6257

Kashrus Alert - Woodpecker Yogurt Pretzels

February 20, 2018 from the OK:

Woodpecker Woodpecker Natural Raspberry Flavored Yogurt Pretzels and Woodpecker Natural Blueberry Flavored Yogurt Pretzels, Cibo Vita, Inc., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 has a mistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol.

A limited amount of Woodpecker Natural Raspberry Flavored Yogurt Pretzels and Woodpecker Natural Blueberry Flavored Yogurt Pretzels mistakenly bear a plain OK symbol instead of the required OK D.
These products are kosher and dairy, and correctly list dairy ingredients in the ingredient panel.
Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6256

Kosher Alert: Minute Maid Peach Punch Concentrate Not Kosher

February 21, 2018 - From the COR:

Minute Maid Peach Punch Concentrate Unauthorized Use of COR Symbol This product is NOT KOSHER even when bearing a COR 226 symbol. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6255

Kashrut advisory on The Chocolate Girl, Los Angeles, CA

February 21, 2018 from the Star-K:

In the Winter 2018 Kashrus Kurrents, The Chocolate Girl retail store located in Los Angeles, which operates under the name TCG, was incorrectly listed as being certified STAR-D.

The correct information is as follows: The Chocolate Girl retail store located in Los Angeles, which operates under the name TCG, is certified STAR-K. ALL Pareve items are Star-K certified and ALL dairy items are certified Star-K/Cholov Yisroel.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6254

Walmart, Loblaw, Metro recall popcorn in Canada; insects found

February 21, 2018 - from FoodSafetyNews and the CFIA and CFIA and CFIA:

"Canadian officials posted a nationwide recall of Great Value brand popcorn from Walmart stores after a consumer complained of finding insects in the product."

"Consumers can identify the recalled Great Value brand popcorn be looking for the UPC number “6 81131 76007 2” on the package labels.>

"Three days after the Great Value recall, Canadian grocery retailer Loblaw Companies Ltd. recalled “no name” popcorn from stores nationwide. The Loblaw notification on the CFIA website also cited “extraneous material” as the reason for the Class 3 recall."
"The unbranded popcorn subject to the Loblaw recall has a date code of July 26, 2018, and a UPC number of 0 60383 01061 4."

"In December 2017 Metro Brands recalled Selection brand popcorn in 1- and 2-kilogram packages from stores across Canada, also because of 'extraneous materials.'"

"The recalled Selection brand popcorn in the 1-kilogram size has the UPC number of 0 59749 88103 6 and date codes of “BB / MA 2018JL26 to BB / MA 2018SE29.” The recalled Selection brand 2-kilogram packages have the UPC number 59749 88102 and date codes of 'BB / MA 2018JL25 to BB / MA 2018SE29.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6253

Kashrus information on WOW Air Meals departing from Tel Aviv

February 18, 2018 from the Matzav.com and Tamam:

"From there, people change to a continuing flight to the U.S. The food is provided by the TMM company which has an Israeli hechsher."
"Tamam is the world’s largest kosher cuisine food producer – Kosher Certified by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and under the supervision of Rabbi Moshe Nachshoni."

Kashrus alert on WOW Air Meals departing from Tel Aviv

January 30, 2018 from the OK:

WOW Air is displaying an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on their menus for flights departing from Tel Aviv. These meals are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6231

Insect Infestation alert on Natural Earth Red Quinoa

February 19, 2018 from the Star-K:

Natural Earth wishes to advise consumers that there have been reports of infestation in bags of Natural Earth Red Quinoa with expiration code 12-20-20, lot code 154. This infestation seems to have been caused by improper storage in some regions. In consultation with Star-K, Natural Earth is advising that consumers should check these bags prior to use by soaking the quinoa in water for 10-15 minutes and lightly stirring it. If there is infestation present, insects will be seen floating on the surface of the water. If no insects are seen, the quinoa may be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6252

Insect infestation alert on kale sold at Hungarian Kosher Super Market

February 15, 2018 - The following information is from the cRc:

Please be aware that the prewashed and checked kale sold at Hungarian Kosher Super Market under the cRc supervision beginning Wednesday February 14, 2018 has been found to be infested despite being properly washed and checked using the cRc protocol. We are evaluating our procedures to prevent this type of mistake from happening in the future. In the interim, please return the product for a full refund. Alternatively, after placing the kale in soapy water, each individual piece should be scrubbed thoroughly (being careful to unfold any curled up pieces) under running water.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6250

Liquor list updates from the Chicago Rabbinical Council:

February 15, 2018 - The following information is from the cRc:

"In honor of Chodesh Adar the cRc is happy to share with the kosher consumer the latest additions to the cRc’s liquor list. The full list, which includes these additions, can be found at www.crcweb.org/LiquorList.pdf." (ed note: Kashrut.com has links to liquor lists from a number of kosher agencies at https://www.kashrut.com/articles/liquor2:

Newly Certified: BEER: Angel City, Assorted Varieties (Star-K logo required), Cobra, King, Premium, Zebra (KLBD logo required), McKenzie River, Assorted Varieties (OU logo required), Traveler Beer Co., Assorted Varieties (Star-K logo required). BRANDY: Boukha Bokobsa, Fig Alcohol (OU-P logo required). GIN: Dripping Springs, Gin (HKA certified), Empress, 1908 (Kosher Check logo required). OTHER: Ginger Tipple, Assorted Varieties (OK-P logo required), Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Assorted Varieties (OK-P logo required). RUM: Richard Distilling, Assorted Varieties (AKC logo required), Cruzan, Black Strap Rum- Dairy (OU-D certified). SAKE: G Sake, Assorted Varieties (Oregon-K logo required), Momokawa, Assorted Varieties (Oregon -K logo required), Moonstone, Assorted Varieties (Oregon -K logo required). SCOTCH: Bowmore, No.1 (KLBD logo required). TEQUILA: Cava, White Tequila (OU-P logo required). VODKA: Dripping Springs, Vodka (HKA certified), 3 Kilos, Vodka (OU-P logo required), David’s Harp Vodka, Citron Lemon Flavored (OU-P logo required), Peacock, Vodka (OU-P logo required), The Metropolitan Martini Co., Vodka Martini (OU-P logo required), Zachlawi, Assorted Varieties (OU-P logo required), Barton Naturals, Vodka, (cRc logo required), Rodrigues Markland Cottage, Sedna Vodka (COR logo required).

Newly Recommended (Not Certified): Beer: Goose Island, Four Star Pils, Ommegang, Art of Darkness, BPA, Gnomegang, Hop House, Soothsayer. IRISH WHISKEY: Bushmills, Red Bush. SCOTCH: Ancoc, 16 Year Old, Balvenie, Peat Week 14 Year 2002 Vintage, Kilchoman, 2006 Vintage (5 Year), 2007 Vintage (6 Year), 2008 Vintage (7 Year), Old Pulteney, 12 Year Old, Noss Head, Speyburn, Bradan Orach.

 Newly Non-Recommended: AMERICAN WHISKEY: Clyde Mays, Whiskey, Slaughter House, American Whiskey. BEER: Mackeson, XXX Triple Stout Milk Beer, Sweetwater Brewing, All Varieties, Branchline Brewing Co., All Varieties, Summit Brewing, All Varieties, Veil Brewing Co. , All Varieties. BOURBON: Angel's Envy, Bourbon, Jim Beam, Distiller’s Masterpiece, Kelsey Creek, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), Rock Hill Farms, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), Straight Edge, Bourbon, Trader Joe's, Kentucky Bourbon Straight Whiskey, Zackariah Harris, Unflavored (Only acceptable if purchased before Pesach 1992/5752), CANADIAN WHISKY, All Varieties (Reliable Hechsher Required). IRISH WHISKEY: Bushmills, Black Bush, Kilbeggan, Single Grain Irish Whiskey. RYE: Basil Hayden's, Dark Rye. SCOTCH: Glengoyne, 21 Year Old, Glenlivet, 25 Year Old, Ardbeg, An Oa, Auchentoshan, 12 Year, Bowmore, 10 Year Old, Bruichladdich, 16 Year, First Growth Series, CUVÉE "C", Buchanan’s, 18 Year Special Reserve, Glenfarclas, 21 Year Old, 25 Year Old, Glenfiddich, Project XX, Winter Storm, Glenlivet, 21 Year Old, Highland Park, Magnus, Jura, 10, Kilchoman, 2009 Vintage (8 Year), Speyburn, 10 Year Old.

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