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Kashrus Advisory on Baldor Specialty Foods

May 9, 2018 from the OK:

Baldor Carrots, Baldor Specialty Foods, Bronx, NY 10474
Until recently the OK certified organic and non-organic carrots from Baldor Specialty Foods.
Please note that since Baldor is now receiving carrots from Israel, the OK will not be certifying Baldor’s carrots

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6335

Kashrus Alert on VitaJing Herbs

May 8, 2018 from the OK:

VitaJing Herbs, Stouffville, Ontario L4A 8A3 have an UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL
VitaJing Herbs is displaying an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on many of their products. This company is 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=A6334

Voluntary Recall of Certain Golden Flake, Good Health, UTZ and Weis Brand Tortilla Chips Because of Possible Milk Allergen

May 2, 2018 - FDA

Hanover, PA – Utz® Quality Foods, LLC, is voluntarily recalling select expiration dates of some Golden Flake, Good Health, Utz and Weis Brand Tortilla Chip items due to potential contamination of undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The products subject to this voluntary recall were distributed to retail outlets in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV.
The product items and expiration dates being recalled are: table class="table table-bordered table-striped table-condensed">Item DescriptionUPC CodeExpiration Date
FROMExpiration Date
TOUtz 17 oz Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips0-41780-00383-6MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 11.5 oz Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips0-41780-00384-3MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 17 oz Round White Tortilla Chips0-41780-00385-0MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 11.5 oz Round White Tortilla Chips0-41780-00387-4MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 52 oz Tortill Chip 4-Pack0-41780-00388-1MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 64 oz Rount White Tortilla Chips0-41780-00388-1MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 9 oz Organic Blue Tortilla Chips0-41780-01317-0MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 9 oz Organic White Tortilla Chips0-41780-01327-9MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Utz 9 oz Organic Yellow Tortilla Chips0-41780-01337-9MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Weis 11 oz Restaurant Sytle Tortilla Chips0-41497-00426-3MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Weis 11 oz No Salt Round Tortilla Chips0-41497-00427-0MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Weis 11 oz White Round Tortilla Chips0-41497-00425-6MAY 26 18JUN 16 18Golden Flake TORTIYAHS 12.5 oz Tortilla Chips0-72080-41000-0JUN 2 18JUN 23 18Good Health 5.5 oz Black Bean Tortilla Chips7-55355-04100-9DEC 29 18DEC 29 18Good Health 0.143 Black Bean Tortilla Chips7-55355-05910-3DEC 15 18DEC 15 18

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

Bag FrontBag BackExpiration Date Example
Bag Front, expiration date upper right corner
The expiration date may be found in the upper right corner of the bag.
Bag Back, UPC code under ingredient label
The UPC code may be found on the back of the bag under the ingredients.
Expiration date example
The expiration date is noted as the month, day, year. In this example, June 23, 2018.

No other Golden Flake, Good Health, Utz or Weis Tortilla Chip products are being recalled.

Consumers are urged NOT to eat the products subject to this 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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6333

Kashrus Alert- Donuts With A Difference

May 3, 2018 from the Rabbinical Council of New England:
Donuts With A Difference, 35 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155 has decided to no longer retain Kosher Certification.
Effective June 1, 2018, KVH Kosher will no longer certify Donuts With A Difference as Kosher.
For Further Inquiries Contact Us: 617-426-2139 ext. 103

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6332

Kashrus Advisory on Heimishe Gebeks

May 1, 2018 from the OK:

Heimishe Gebeks, 1280 56th St., Brooklyn, NY 11219:
Please be advised that as of April 27th, 2018, Heimishe Gebeks aka Podrigal’s (1280 56th St, Brooklyn 11219) is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6331

Seabear Company Issues a Voluntary Recall of Cold Smoked Wild Coho Salmon Lox Because of Possible Health Risk

May 1, 2018 - FDA

Seabear Company of Anacortes, Washington is voluntarily recalling 1,225/ 3 oz. units of Cold Smoked Wild Coho Salmon Lox, Gerard & Dominique Seafoods brand, affected lot # CSCO-17339, Pack Date 17-340, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.
The recall was initiated because the product's water phase salt testing below 3.5%. Labeling instructions state to freeze or refrigerate, once thawed they can be kept unopened in the fridge for up to 30 days. Because the water phase salt is under 3.5% the product must remain frozen until ready to consume. Keeping in the refrigerator after thawing in a reduced oxygen package has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.
Cold Smoked Wild Coho Salmon Lox, with the affected lot # CSCO-17339, Pack Date 17-340, was distributed directly to distributors in CA, MD, and WA between 12/8/17 and 4/10/18 and it may have been further distributed and sold through retail stores at least in these states.
Cold Smoked Wild Coho Salmon Lox was packaged in a reduced oxygen packaging, net wt. 3 oz. (85g), and has the UPC 7 52047 92635 4.
Consumers are advised to keep product frozen until used and thaw under refrigeration immediately before use. If the consumer has refrigerated product, dispose of immediately even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 338-9903, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6330

Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd Recalls Greenbelt Microgreens Brand Microgreens Because of Possible Health Risk

April 26, 2018 - FDA

Greenbelt Greenhouse LTD of British Columbia, Canada is recalling all Greenbelt Microgreen products with the best before dates from 4/24/18 and 4/30/18 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Greenbelt Microgreen products can be identified by the Greenbelt Microgreen label (which is purple & Green) on the lid of the plastic clamshells which is clear. The best before date can be found on the bottom left corner of the label above the UPC barcode.
The affected Greenbelt Microgreens brand microgreens were distributed to Whole Foods stores in Washington between 04/11/18 and 04/24/2018. The list of recalled products is https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm605702.htm" target='fda'>here.

Consumers with questions may contact Greenbelt Greenhouse LTD at 1-519-647-1112 from Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm EST. Additionally, we can be reached by email at info@greenbeltmicrogreens.ca.

Correction - Canadian Food Recall Warning - Certain Greenbelt Microgreens brand microgreens recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

April 30, 2018 - CFIA

The food recall warning issued on April 24, 2018 has been amended to correctly identify the affected products. The corrections for these products are marked by an asterisk (*). Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd. is recalling certain Greenbelt Microgreens brand microgreens from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described is here.

May 1, 2018 - Additional Micrgreen recall information is here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6321

Romaine Lettuce Information

April 20, 2018 - from the COR Detroit:

ROMAINE LETTUCE: Kosher Gardens / Pos’tiv, Bodek and Andy Boy brands have released statements that their romaine lettuce products are not from Arizona, and are therefore not involved in the E. coli outbreak that has been linked to the Yuma, Arizona region. (Andy Boy is currently the brand that is washed and checked by the COR Mashgiach for the certified containers of romaine lettuce sold at One Stop Kosher Food Market.)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6329

Israeli produce alert & Information

April 30, 2018 from the COR Detroit::
Israeli clementines with an OU were spotted in Costco

ORRI MANDARINS and CLEMENTINES FROM ISRAEL in bags are being sold locally at Costco, Kroger, etc., and state on the label “Product of Israel”. The Jaffa brand at Costco currently bears an OU on the sticker label, and the OU has confirmed that this is authorized and includes the taking of Terumos and Maaseros. The Wespak brand at Costco, and the PCN brand at Kroger, do not bear certification, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros by the consumer.

February 6, 2018 from the editor:
Israeli clementines with an OU were spotted in Costco

January 25, 2018 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

Some Jaffa and other Israeli citrus exported by Tnuport Mehadrin are certified by the OU for teruma, maaser and orlah in closed/sealed packaging with an OU on the label.

January 18, 2018 from COR Detroit:

JAFFA / AMC CLEMENTINES FROM ISRAEL in 5 lb. bags are now being sold at Costco, and require taking of Terumos & Maaseros.  

Reminder- BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are being sold at many local stores, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros.

December 27, 2017 from COR twitter feed:

Jaffa grapefruits and oranges from Israel are available in stores. These grapefruits are subject to the laws of terumos and maaseros (tithing).

December 27, 2017 from Kashrus Magazine:

Biologique Organic Peppers, product of Israel, at Fairways - January 01, 2018 Biologique Organic Peppers, which were produced in Israel, are being sold at Fairways and other NYC stores.

Information on tithing can be found here
COR video on tithing is linked to here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6194

Kosher Advisory Pringles

April 24, 2018 from the OU with additional information from the COR Detoit on April 30, 2018:

Pringles Products, Pringles, Kellogg's Snacks, Battle Creek MI:
Pringles is changing many of their OU pareve potato crisps to OU dairy. This may or may not be a result of a product reformulation. If a Pringles product is marked OUD and ingredients state 'whey' or 'milk', it is real dairy. If the ingredients don’t state ‘whey’ or ‘milk’, it is dairy equipment.The COR Detroit added (This is true even though the allergen statement after the ingredient listing states “Contains Milk & Wheat Ingredients”.) Those that have the plain OU designation are pareve. Consumers should always be careful to check for the kosher designation.

From the COR Detroit: When checking the ingredients, be aware that seasoned varieties now divide the ingredient listing into two paragraphs, “Ingredients” and “Contains 2% Or Less Of”. Some varieties list dairy only at the end of the second paragraph, e.g. BBQ [whey] and Honey Mustard [lactose].
The “Original” (unseasoned) varieties - regular, Lightly Salted and Reduced Fat - will remain plain OU [pareve].

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6323
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