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OU Kosher Alert – Update: ShopRite Chocolate Chips

September 5, 2017 from the OU:

ShopRite ShopRite Real Chocolate Chips Semi-Sweet, 24 oz. bag, Wakefern- Keasbey, NJ:

This product is certified as OU Pareve and has been recalled. A few bags with Best if Used By APR 12, 2019, were found to contain a small amount of Kosher Dairy chocolate chips. The vast majority of bags from this lot contained pareve chocolate chips exclusively. A second lot, with a Best if Used By APR 11 2019 has been recalled out of an abundance of caution.
If someone has severe dairy allergies, these guidelines should not be followed and a product baked after May 18, 2017, should not be consumed.
If a consumer baked with the chocolate chips, it does not affect the kosher status of their oven or utensils. Unless one specifically noticed light colored milk chocolate chips, the item baked may be considered pareve.
Unused chocolate chips from the above mentioned “best buy” codes should not be used and returned to the place of purchase.

FDA alert about the same problem:

Wakefern Food Corp. Voluntarily Recalls ShopRite Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate ChipsOU Kosher Alert ShopRite Chocolate Chips

September 1, 2017 from the FDA:

Wakefern Food Corp. has initiated a voluntary recall of its ShopRite brand Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips. The chips were sold in 24 oz. bags bearing a UPC bar code of 041190 02668 and Best if Used By dates of April 11, 2019 and April 12, 2019.
The recall was issued because the package may contain milk chocolate chips, and milk is not declared in the ingredient statement.
The product was sold in ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer and other retail stores located throughout the Northeast. Wakefern has contacted ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer Price Plus Club customers who have purchased this product to alert them to the recall.
Customers who purchased the chocolate chips may return them for an immediate refund or replacement
Customer questions or concerns about the recall can be directed to 1-800-ShopRite (1-800-746-7748) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Israel: Health Officials Warn Of Eggs With Salmonella Threat

September 5, 2017 from YeshivaWorld:
"The Health Ministry calls on the general public not to buy “Yesh Maohf” eggs with a ‘last date of sale’ of 20 October. Officials are also calling on the tzibur at large to destroy 11 million eggs." "Salmonella was found in an environmental examination of coops in Moshav Goren."
"While at times, if infection is suspected, consumers are told to cook eggs completely but in this case, officials instruct consumers to destroy the eggs. Officials do not want the eggs returned, for this will spread the infection. Consumers are instructed to take the loss and destroy eggs."

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Country Fresh Orlando LLC, Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

September 2, 2017 from the FDA:
Country Fresh Orlando, LLC. of Orlando, Florida, is recalling 5,999 cases of diced bell pepper, vegetable kabobs, and creole and fajita mixed diced vegetables (product descriptions attached), because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product in question was shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, under the Country Fresh and store brand labels described in the product listing.
The product bears “BEST IF USED BY” dates between August 12, 2017 (8/12/17) through August 20, 2017 (8/20/17). The product is in either a clear plastic container as labeled below or in Styrofoam trays overwrapped with clear plastic film as labeled below. No products except those on this list are subject to this recall.
Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 281-453-3305, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT. The list of products subject to this recall are as follows:

DescriptionStoreDescription of PackagingUse by Date RangeStates Distributed
Fajita Blend 12ozSoutheastern GrocersOverwrap8/12/20178/18/2017FL
Stir Fry VegetableSoutheastern GrocersOverwrap8/12/20178/18/2017FL
Vegetable Kabob 23ozSoutheastern GrocersOverwrap8/12/20178/18/2017FL
Green Pepper Diced 6ozSoutheastern GrocersClamshell8/13/20178/20/2017FL, GA
Creole Mix 6ozSoutheastern GrocersClamshell8/13/20178/19/2017AL, FL, GA, LA, MS
Tri-Pepper Dice 6ozSoutheastern GrocersClamshell8/12/20178/19/2017AL, FL, GA, LA, MS
Fajita Mix 6ozSoutheastern GrocersClamshell8/13/20178/19/2017AL, FL, GA, LA, MS
Kabob Sensations Veggie Kabob 15ozPublix Supermarkets, Inc.Overwrap8/12/20178/18/2017AL, FL, GA
Dice Tri-Pepper 7ozWal-Mart Stores Inc.Clamshell8/13/20178/20/2017AL, FL, GA
Marketside Veggie Kabobs 23ozWal-Mart Stores Inc.Overwrap8/13/20178/20/2017AL, FL, GA
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Southeastern Grocers recalls SEG freshcut produce for Listeria

September 3, 2017 - from the Food Safety News:

Southeastern Grocers LLC has recalled freshcut produce products from BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más grocery stores.
The recalled products are packaged under the Southeastern Grocers SEG brand.
The specific products reportedly under recall are:

  • SEG “Tri Pepper Dice” in 6-ounce packages with a UPC number of 3825911565;
  • SEG “Stir Fry Vegetable” in 10-ounce packages with a UPC number of 3825911781;
  • SEG “Fajita Blend” in 12-ounce packages with a UPC number of 3825911785; and
  • SEG “Vegetable Kabob” in 23-ounce packages with a UPC number of 3825911592.
The packages reportedly have “sell by” dates between Aug. 12 and Aug. 20.

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South African kosher alert on Knorr Chicken, Beef and Vegetable soups

'september 4, 2017: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg: Please be aware that Knorr Chicken, Beef and Vegetable soups appear on the list as being Kosher, these items are not Kosher.

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Canadian Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - President's Choice® Blue Menu Trail Mix recalled due to undeclared wheat and soy

August 25, 2017 - from the CFIA:

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling President's Choice® Blue Menu Trail Mix from the marketplace because it contains wheat and soy which are not declared on the label. People with an allergy to wheat and soy or a sensitivity to gluten should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
President's Choice® Blue Menu Trail Mix 250 g Best Before 2018 JN 14 0 60383 18390 5

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"Here is the a PDF file of the new Preliminary Guide to Chodosh. As noted in the preface, it is preliminary. It is meant to let you get going with the new Chodosh season. The final Guide will BE"H be completed when the mashgichim provide us with their input, some time after sukkos. This Preliminary version is scheduled to go to the printer this week, for those who have paid to have the printed version be mailed to them via US mail."

"Many people have sent me questions by email the past few weeks. I apologize for not having had the time to answer them. Hopefully, this attached Guide will provide most of the answers they sought."

Rabbi Herman: PRELIMINARY GUIDE TO CHODOSH September 3, 2017

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Papaya Salmonella cases top 200; more farms implicated

September 2, 2017 from FoodSafetyNews:
"As of Thursday, there were 210 confirmed victims in the U.S. They are infected with seven different serotypes of Salmonella. The victims are spread across 23 states, with one death reported in New York, according to the CDC." " Three separate outbreaks linked to papayas from different farms have been identified."
The three farms in Mexico that FDA has confirmed as having Salmonella-contaminated papayas are:

  • Carica de Campeche in Tenabo, in the state of Campeche;
  • Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, in the state of Colima; and
  • El Zapotanito in La Huerta, in the state of Jalisco.

Three brands of maradol papayas — all sourced from the Carica de Campeche farm, which was the first one linked to the current outbreaks — have been recalled in the United States. They are:
  • Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande Produce;
  • Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s; and
  • Valery brand papayas distributed by Freshtex Produce LLC.

"The FDA is working to ensure that there are no other brands of papayas on the market that may have originated from the Carica de Campeche, Caraveo Produce of Mexico, and El Zapotanito farms."

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Kosher Alert Supreme Chocolatier Chocolate Gummi Bears

August 31, 2017 from the OU:

Supreme Chocolatiers Chocolate Gummi Bears, Supreme Chocolatiers, Staten Island NY bear an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Supreme Chocolatiers Chocolate Gummi Bears. Some packaging bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Kosher Alert Redmond Mashed Potatoes

August 31, 2017 from the OU:

Instant Mashed Potatoes, Global Foods Inc. Las Vegas NV bears an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Redmond Instant Mashed Potatoes. Some packaging bears an unauthorized OU. This product lists butter as an ingredient. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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