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Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Limited Recall of Curly Leaf Parsley Due to Possible Contamination with Non-O157 Shiga-Toxin Producing E. coli

September 10, 2021 from FDA:

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of conventional Curly Leaf Parsley. The product being recalled is Dole® Curly Leaf Parsley, with harvest dates of August 18, 2021, and August 19, 2021. A random, routine regulatory sample collected in Michigan tested positive for non-O157 STEC (Shigatoxin-producing E. coli). Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials in connection with the Recall; no illnesses have been reported.

The product was distributed to retail stores, wholesalers, and distributors in two pack sizes – 60-count (74 cases) and 30-count (39 cases). Retailers, wholesalers, and distributors can find the product code in the lower right portion of the PTI label. The product code for both the 60 count cases and the 30 count cases is 0 07143 000310 3. Individual bunches of parsley purchased by consumers have a price look-up (PLU) number on binding twist-ties of 4899 and a UPC code of 0 3383 80330 0. The Curly Leaf Parsley subject to this Recall was distributed in FL, IA, MI, MN, and MO.

This precautionary recall is being initiated due to a positive non-O157 STEC result found on a single sample collected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture during routine random sampling.

Only conventional Curly Leaf Parsley harvested on the dates noted above bearing the specific PLU and UPC code found on the bunches and PTI label codes found on the cases are included in this Recall. No other Curly Leaf Parsley items are included in the Recall. Consumers who have any product with these UPC/PLU Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111, which is open Monday-Friday 8am-3pm PST.

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McKee Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in Little Debbie® Mini Nutty Buddy Cookie Bites Sandwich Cookies

September 10, 2021 from FDA:

McKee Foods of Collegedale, Tenn., is recalling 25 cases of Little Debbie® Mini Nutty Buddy Cookie Bites Sandwich Cookies, because they may contain undeclared pecans. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. This recall does not impact Little Debbie® Nutty Buddy® Wafer Bars or any other Little Debbie products.

Little Debbie® Mini Nutty Buddy Mini Cookie Bites Sandwich Cookies are sold in individual bags with a product weight of 2.5 oz. The only products covered by this recall have best-by dates of Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, 2021 as shown below: The covered Little Debbie® Mini Nutty Buddy Cookie Bites Sandwich Cookies were distributed through retail stores in the following locations:



Kentucky Jackson, Columbia, Somerset and surrounding areas
North Carolina High Point, Greensboro, Asheville, Clemmons and surrounding areas
Tennessee Sweetwater, Jackson, Piney Flats, Lebanon, Powell Crossroad, Knoxville, Maryville, Clarksville, Morristown, Crossville, Nashville, Collegedale and surrounding areas

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing pecans was included in packaging that did not reveal the presence of tree nuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the production processes of the contract manufacturer that makes and packages the product for McKee Foods.

Consumers who have purchased these Little Debbie® Mini Nutty Buddy Cookie Bites Sandwich Cookies from the geographic areas listed above may contact the company at 1-800-422-4499 with the package code information for refunds, Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET.

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Kosher Alert Kroger Kickin' Buffalo Dipper + Spread

September 9, 2021 from the OU:

Kroger Kickin' Buffalo Dipper + Spread, The Kroger Company, Cincinnati OH has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Kroger Kickin' Buffalo Dipper + Spread. Some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Corrected Yoshon Information- GOLD MEDAL ALL PURPOSE FLOUR and BREAD FLOUR with “KC”

September 5, 2021 from the OU:

GOLD MEDAL ALL PURPOSE FLOUR and BREAD FLOUR with “KC” in code, may be viewed as yoshon with a use by date of February 9, 2023 or before. The packing date is August 9. (A use by date for Gold Medal Flour is 18 months after the packing date.)

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Insect Infestation Alert - O’Goody’s Dates Pitted 9 oz. from ESKD

September 6, 2021: From the Scroll-K:

Anyone who purchased O’Goody’s Dates Pitted 9 oz. from the East Side Kosher Deli, Denver, CO should not use this product, as it has been found to be infested. The product should be discarded or returned to the East Side Kosher Deli for a full refund. ESKD apologizes for any inconvenience.

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Kashrut Alert - Starbuck’s Refreshers

September 5, 2021: From the AKC:

Starbuck’s Refreshers contains non-kosher grape juice and is not kosher.

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Atlanta Kashrus Information

September 5, 2021: From the AKC:

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September 3, 2021 from the COR Detroit:

GEFEN dried GARBANZO BEANS (CHICK PEAS) in 16 oz. bags has been found to have a serious infestation problem in many bags, and is not recommended at this time.

Ed. note (1) (from the COR Detroit: These products were seen at Lakewood and Monsey.
From the OU (2)2: The infested products are no longer in the stores.

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Frito-Lay Issues Limited Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Milk in Wavy Lay’s Original Potato Chips Distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia

August 11, 2021 from FDA:

Frito-Lay today issued a voluntary recall of a limited number – 31 bags – of 7 3/4 oz. Wavy Lay’s Original Potato Chips as they may contain undeclared milk ingredients. The recall is the result of an investigation following a consumer contact.

The products were distributed to certain retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and consumers would have been able to purchase them as early as July 23, 2021.

No other Lay’s products, flavors, sizes or variety packs are recalled.

Consumers with the product described below can contact Frito-Lay Consumer Relations at 1-800-352-4477 (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday).

Size UPC Code Date & Manufacturing
Representative Image
Wavy Lay’s
Potato Chips
7 3/4 oz.
(219.7 grams)
0 28400 04380 9 Either (1) or (2) See image above
Must have both
“Guaranteed Fresh” date of
02 Nov 2021
the Manufacturing Code
1712 17944
85 21:30
Must have both
“Guaranteed Fresh” date of
19 Oct 2021
the Manufacturing Code
1713 20044
18 03:37

September 3, 2021 From the COR Detroit: LAY’S WAVY ORIGINAL POTATO CHIPS bearing an OU mistakenly contains Sour Cream & Onion potato chips [not OU certified, and dairy] in a small number of 73⁄4 oz. bags.

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Rosh Hashanah Information

August 31, 2021 Information from the Star-K:

At this time of year, when many of us are enjoying fresh figs and dates as well as leeks and black eyed peas, STAR-K reminds you to check these items properly.

Star-K Rosh HaShana Checking Guide is here

September 2, 2021 Information from the cRc Twitter Feed:

Plain dates (dried or fresh - domestic, pitted etc.) don't need to be kosher-certified, but they do need to be checked for bugs. Slice open a handful from the container & check inside. If no insects are found, the rest may be eaten without checking.

August 25, 2021 Information from the COR- Detroit:

  • BLACK EYED PEAS are often infested and require careful checking. The following is based on the Star-K procedure for checking dried, canned or frozen black eyed peas, and applies even if the product bears Kashrus certification. (Note: All canned peas and beans always require Kashrus certification, for general Kashrus concerns.)
    [Note: For those who prefer not to rely on checking, some Poskim advise that the Rosh Hashana simanim custom can be fulfilled without eating the item, by placing it on the table and looking at it.]

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