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Mondelēz Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Product in the U.S., including Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands Due to Possible Health Risk

July 21, 2018 - FMondelex:

Mondelēz Global LLC announced today a voluntary recall in the United States , including Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands, of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products. The se products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.
The recall includes the following products:

Canadian Food Recall Warning - Christie brand Ritz Bits Sandwiches (Cheese and Pizza Flavours) recalled due to Salmonella

July 20, 2018 - CFIA
Mondelēz Canada is recalling Christie brand Ritz Bits Sandwiches (cheese and pizza flavours) from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Christie Ritz Bits Sandwiches - Cheese Flavoured 180 g 2019JA12
0 66721 00216 7
Christie Ritz Bits Sandwiches - Pizza Flavoured 180 g 2019FE14
0 66721 00556 4
Christie Mini Ritz Bits Sandwiches - Cheese Flavoured 30 x 42 g (1.26 kg) 2019MR13
0 66721 00609 7
Christie Mini Ritz Bits Sandwiches - Cheese Flavoured 42 g 2019MR13
0 66721 00608 0
Christie Ritz Bits Sandwiches -Cheese Flavoured 180 g - 6 Snak Paks 2018NO24
0 66721 01623 2

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H-E-B Voluntarily Issues Recall Two Variety Packs of Creamy Creations Ice Creams and Sherbets in 3-Ounce Cups Recalled due to Broken Metal in Processing Equipment

July 18, 2018 - FDA:

H-E-B is voluntarily issuing a recall for two variety packs of Creamy Creations ice cream and sherbets in 3-ounce cups due to broken metal found in processing equipment during routine maintenance. The potentially affected products were distributed only to H-E-B stores in Texas. Please note, the product was not distributed to the Houston area or Mexico.

ProductSizeCode Date
Orange Lime
Sherbert Cup
Chocolate Cup

Customers who purchased the items should stop eating the product and can return it to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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Starbucks Ends Expanded Star-K Kosher Information Program

July 13, 2018 from the Star-K:

Please be advised that starbucks corporation has decided to end the expanded star-k kosher information program.
Consumers are advised that effective immediately the STAR-K can no longer vouch for the kashrus of many of the items previously listed as recommended at these stores.
Items no longer approved include Frappuccinos, Mocha, and Caramel Sauce.
All recommendations for unflavored coffee are still the same.
In addition, Starbucks has also decided to end the kosher-friendly store program which was available in select stores in NY and NJ.
The Star-K webpage has been updated to reflect these changes.
Consumers who would like to see this program reinstated should contact starbucks directly.
Customers must confirm kashrus of additives to coffee by themselves by checking for reliable kosher symbols.

Star-K Starbucks recommendations chart.

July 11, 2018 COR Twitter Feed
COR's position has always been to allow regular & decaf unflavoured coffee/tea from Starbucks or any other coffee shop. COR advises to avoid purchasing any other products made in restaurants/coffee shops that aren't under reliable kosher certification.

Ingredient Notice: Starbucks Beverage Preparation

July 13, 2018 from FARE

Starting July 10, Starbucks removed dairy labels from steaming and blending pitchers. Because our beverages are made using shared equipment (steaming wands, blender pitcher, rinsers) the removal of the sticker is more transparent and realistic of how the pitchers are used. As a beverage standard, our baristas use a rinsed pitcher for each handcrafted beverage. If you have questions or concerns, please ask your barista to remake the drink using a fresh pitcher and please remember that this does not guarantee that the beverage will be allergen-free.
Concerns should be directed to Starbucks Customer Service at 800-Starbuc (800-782-7282).

July 15, 2018 from Jpost.com
The Jerusalem Post reported that A spokesperson for the company told them by email: "Starbucks worked with the Star-K program to test a kosher-friendly equipment rinse practices certification in seven stores in New York and New Jersey for two years. This was not a national test. At the conclusion of the test, we decided to sunset the program." "When asked why Starbucks chose to sunset the program at this time and if the company has any plans for reaching out to other kosher certifying agencies or to kosher-keeping consumers, the spokesperson said: 'We do not have further information to share about [sic] this time.'"

CRC Guide to Starbucks Beverages

July, 2018: CRC:
Over the years, Starbucks shops have evolved from simple coffee shops to stores that serve many kosher and non-kosher items, with the most serious non-kosher items being hot meat sandwiches. The standard daily clean up at Starbucks includes a hot wash of all utensils and some parts of that washing are done without soap. This clean up process challenges the kosher status of the otherwise kosher products and each product must be judged by a competent halachic authority.
When evaluating these issues, Rav Schwartz שליט"א, Rosh Beis Din of the cRc, acknowledged that there is basis for being lenient on many of the items being sold at Starbucks stores, but directed the cRc to be true to the mission of a reliable Kashrus Agency which only recommends items that are free of all shailos and not those which are only acceptable b’dieved.
Rav Schwartz noted that this is especially true because there are viable alternatives in every Starbucks store, and even more options in those locations that do not serve hot meat sandwiches. These are generally the Starbucks “kiosks” that can be found in some airports, highway rest-stops, supermarkets etc., and at these locations the cRc is able to recommend many more beverages, as noted on the list below. [Some kiosks, such as those found at Target, share sinks and other equipment with nearby stores; those Starbucks facilities have the status of the full-service stores noted below.]
To fully explain the details, questions, and shailos involved in this issue the cRc printed an analysis of the topic in the Spring 2011 edition of The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society , and that article is available on the cRc website.
The list is accurate at this time for stores in the United States and Canada, and since the information is subject to change this list should not be used after May 30, 2019 . [The list here is limited to beverages and does not address foods sold in Starbucks (e.g. sandwiches), or toppings and other items added to beverages.] It is also worth noting that many items sold at Starbucks are dairy and chalav stam.

London Beth Din - Coffee Shops (Starbucks, Costa, Caffe Nero etc)

Please note that it is always preferable to purchase hot drinks from a kosher supervised establishment, but if this is not possible, it would be permitted to have plain coffee in a disposable cup from any coffee shop, provided that the coffee and water come from a machine which does not dispense any liquid other than water or plain coffee.
One may add cold milk or plain soya milk from its original container. Hot water, milk or coffee from jugs is better avoided.
Whipped toppings, frothed milk and beverages such as cappuccinos, frappuccinos and hot chocolate etc are not permitted.
Starbucks Coffee Syrups are no longer KLBD certified.

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British Kashrut Alert - Dorset Cereals Choc Cherry Granola

July 18, 2017: From the London Beth Din:
Dorset Cereals Choc Cherry Granola listed on p.34 of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2018 as KLBD Parev is now certified KLBD Dairy and bears the KLBD D logo on the box.

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Kashrus Alert - Schmidt Baking Butterbread

July 18, 2018 from the Kof-K:

A limited number of bags for Schmidt Baking Butterbread were inadvertently printed with an unauthorized KOF-K logo on this product’s packaging. The KOF-K does not certify dairy bread and the use of the KOF-K was a mistake that the company has immediately corrected.

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Some Sprouts Market Corner breads bear a mislabeled Scroll K and are NOT kosher certified

July 16, 2018 from the Vaad of Denver:

Some Sprouts Market Corner breads bear an unauthorized Scroll K certification and are NOT certified. Packages with the information and the Scroll K symbol printed directly on the packaging ARE kosher certified. Packages that have a label affixed to the packaging with information and the Scroll K symbol on the affixed label are mislabeled and are NOT kosher certified. See below for pictures of both types and a full listing of products that are certified and a full listing of those that are NOT certified despite the erroneous Scroll K symbol.
Left: Label affixed on package IS NOT kosher certified
Right: Bag printed with certification IS kosher-certified

Certified when bearing the Scroll K:
Sprouts Market Corner Challah
Sprouts Market Corner 8 slice San Francisco Style Sourdough
Sprouts Market Corner 8 slice Italian Country
Sprouts Market Corner 8 slice Chia Cracked Rye
Sprouts Market Corner 8 slice Honey Spelt
Sprouts Market Corner 8 slice Lucky 7 Multigrain
Sprouts Market Corner SF Style Sourdough Rolls 8 Pack

Not Certified Items:

Sprouts Market Corner SF Style Sourdough 14 oz.
Sprouts Market Corner Seedsational 14 oz.
Sprouts Market Corner Cranberry Raisin Walnut 14 oz.
Sprouts Market Corner Kalamata Green Olive 14 oz.
Sprouts Market Corner Ciabatta 14 oz.
Sprouts Market Corner Rosemary 14 oz.
Sprouts Market Corner Sesame Semolina 14 oz.
Sprouts Market Corner Baby Boule 10 oz.

Corrective measures have been taken.

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The PictSweet Company Recalls 12 Ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussel Sprouts for Undeclared Milk and Soy Allergens

July 13, 2018 - FDA:

The Pictsweet Company has recalled 960 cases of Pictsweet Farms 12-ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts because they may contain undeclared milk and soy allergens.
The recall affects only Pictsweet Farms 12-ounce Baby Brussels Sprouts identified by UPC code 0 70560 97731 9 with production codes beginning with the following five digits: 1508K and a “BEST IF USED BY MAY 30, 2020.” A photo of the package is included with this release. The following information is printed on the back panel of each package (bag) as shown below.
The states in which the product were distributed are as follows: Alabama, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The company initiated this recall after it was discovered that butter sauce containing milk and soy allergens were included in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk or soy allergens.
Consumers who have purchased Pictsweet Farms 12 ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts with the code listed above may contact our consumer affairs line at 1-800-527-0986 from 9am to 5pm Central Daylight Time, Monday – Friday or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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Utz Quality Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy in Utz® Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips

July 16, 2018 - FDA:

Utz® Quality Foods, LLC., is voluntarily recalling select expiration dates of Utz® Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips due to undeclared soy allergen. This recall was initiated after learning a certain number of packages were mislabeled. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The items subject to this voluntary recall were distributed to retail outlets in the following states: AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV

Item DescriptionUPCExpiration Date
Expiration Date
Utz 2.875 oz. Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips0-41780-00153-5October 6thOctober 20th
Utz 7.5 oz. Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips0-41780-00049-1August 18thOctober 27th

Please see below for an example of reading the expiration dates and UPC code:

Consumers are urged NOT eat the products subject to this voluntary recall. Consumers who purchased the recalled product may return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange, or they may simply discard it.

For further information please contact the Customer Care Team: Email: customerservice@utzsnacks.com or, call 1-800-367-7629 Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time Retailers and wholesalers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers.

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Candian Food Recall Warning - Europe's Best brand Field Berry Mixes recalled due to Salmonella

July 13, 2018 - CFIA

Hain Celestial Canada, ULC is recalling Europe's Best brand Field Berry Mixes from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Europe's Best Field Berry Mix 600 g 2020MA03
8 71454 03618 7
Europe's Best 4-Field Berry Mix 2 kg 2020MA02 8 71454 00200 7

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Cape Cod White Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips Mislabeled "OU" Without "D" Designation

July 13, 2018: From the Kashrus Magazine:

Cape Cod White Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips, "OU-"”-certified, bears only a plain "OU" with no "D" designation. Ingredients include whey, sour cream powder, cream, nonfat milk, cheddar cheese, milk, cheese cultures, buttermilk, dairy flavors, enzyme modified cheddar cheese, pasteurized milk, and whey protein extract.

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