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The Latest on Oreo Cookies

July 14, 2017 from the OU Daf HaKashrus Vol. 22 / No. 9 and reconfirmed with the OU on October 5, 2018:

At the present time the following Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment:


The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of these cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a Halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (botel bishishim) and of no consequence. The bottom line of all this is that these cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously.
Please bear in mind that the manufacturer may choose in the future to reformulate these products and add dairy ingredients. Since these products already bear OUD symbols, formulation changes would not be reflected in the OUD logo. As such, we recommend that consumers check regularly with our office to confirm the status of these items.

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Gravel Ridge Farms Recalls Cage Free Eggs Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

September 8, 2018 from the FDA and the CDC on October 2, 2018:

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Canadian Kosher Alert: Shop Rite Parmesan Couscous

March 22, 2018, - From the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that Parmesan Couscous made for ShopRite Trading Company has been inadvertently mislabeled with a MK Pareve symbol. This product is in fact DAIRY. Products are being recalled. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6582

Kashrus Alert - Kettle Krinkle Cut Wasabi Ranch Potato Chips

September 20, 2018 from the Kof-K:

Snyder's Lance: The 5 oz.size Kettle Brand®, Krinkle Cut Wasabi Ranch Potato Chips has beenincorrectly labeled with KOF-K PARVE symbol. The product contains Natural Flavors that contain MILK and should be treated as KOF-K DAIRY. Corrective actions are being taken.
For replacement of affected product, please call Snyder Lance Consumer Response center at 1-800-438-1880 option#1, Monday– Friday, 8am to 4:30pm, EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6581

Kosher Alert Sysco Yasou Feta Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing

October 4 from the OU:

Sysco Imperial Yasou Feta Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing, Sysco Corporation, Houston TX has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Sysco Yasou Feta Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing. Some 1 gallon containers of this product were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6580

Kosher Alert Azgranata Grape Juice

October 3 from the OU:

+ More Grape Juice, Azgranata, Azerbaijan has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Azgranata Grape Juice. Some containers bear an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is sold in Europe. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6579

Voluntary Recall on Harris Teeter Low Fat Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt Due to Undeclared Peanut Product

September 25, 2018 from the FDA :

Harris Teeter is notifying shoppers of a voluntarily recall of Harris Teeter Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Cookies & Cream 1.5 qt laminated cartons, UPC 0 72036 98182 0, with all SELL BY DATES up to 07/30/19 due to undeclared peanut product.
Product was distributed to Harris Teeter stores located in DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, & VA between 6/6/2018 thru 09/23/2018. The company will use loyalty card data to notify shoppers of the recall via voicemail and email.
The firm was notified of the problem via a consumer comment of finding peanut butter cups in the product. Subsequent investigation indicated that the problem was caused by a mix-up of the cartons.
Customers who purchased this product may return it to Harris Teeter for a full refund. Customers with questions should contact Harris Teeter’s Customer Relations Department at 1-800-432-6111, and select option 2. Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 6pm EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6578

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation Voluntarily Recall

September 24, 2018 from the FDA :

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation is voluntarily recalling all of its products produced at the Keaau facility between Sept. 6 - 21, 2018 due to a potential contamination of Escherichia coli (E. coli). The recall was initiated due to E.coli being detected in the well water and distribution system that supplies the firm?s operations. No illnesses related to the water have been reported to the state.
Mauna Loa is voluntarily recalling their products out of an abundance of caution under the advisement of the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH). E. coli bacteria can exist in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate soil and may persist in soil for a number of years. E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. On Sept. 21, 2018 DOH notified Mauna Loa that a water sample in their distribution system was positive for E. coli. It was thought that a possible reason for contamination was the result of a disinfection system malfunction. Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation took immediate action to notify employees and the public within 24 hours of receiving notification from DOH of the possibility of contamination. It was advised that the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Water System consumers and employees NOT drink/consume the water while investigations continued. Subsequent test samples remained positive for E.coli and the State DOH has advised Mauna Loa to recall its products as an additional safety measure. The firm has been closed since Sept. 21, 2018 and will remain closed until the water clears State DOH drinking water standards. The DOH has been in constant communication with Mauna Loa regarding the issue to ensure all safety standards are being met. The products, produced between Sept. 6 - 21, 2018, and listed on the following pages are being recalled due to possible contamination with E. coli. Product Recall Information:

Product UPC Lot# Size
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04003-6 NOCNCTK,  NOHCCTK, NONECTK 4.5 oz. Roasted Salted Can
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04016-6 NOCACTK,  NOCOCTK, NOHNCTK,  NOCRCTK 27 oz. Roasted Salted 6 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04031-9 NOCACTK, NOCHCTK, NOCOCTK, NOCRCTK, NOCSCTK, NOCTCTK, NOCCCTK,  NOCNCTK .5 oz. Roasted Salted Pouch
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04122-4 NOHCCTK 13.5 oz. Roasted Salted 3 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04170-5 NOCCCTK,  NOCHCTK, NOCNCTK 1.15 oz. Roasted Salted Pouch
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04200-9 NOCHCTK,  NONECTK 10 oz. Roasted Salted Bag
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04201-6 NONECTK,  NONSCTK 10 oz. Roasted Salted Bag
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamias 0-72992-04205-4 NOCACTK,  NOHCCTK, NONSCTK 10 oz. Honey Roasted Bag
Mauna Loa Maui Onion Garlic Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04210-8 NOCNCTK 10 oz. Maui Onion Garlic Bag
Mauna Loa Dark Chocolate  Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04350-1 NOCRCTK 10 oz. Dark Chocolate Bag
Mauna Loa Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel  Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-04355-6 NOCRCTK 10 oz. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-05320-3 NOCOCTK,  NONECTK, NONSCTK 4.5 oz. Honey Roasted Can
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-05321-0 NOCSCTK,  NOCOCTK, NOCTCTK 27 oz. Honey Roasted 6 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Maui Onion Garlic Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-05322-7 NOCCCTK 4.5 oz. Maui Onion Garlic Can
Mauna Loa Maui Onion Garlic Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-05327-2 NOCACTK, NOCHCTK, NOCOCTK, NOCRCTK, NOHCCTK,  NOHNCTK .5 oz. Maui Onion Garlic Pouch
Mauna Loa Honey Roasted  Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-05361-6 NONECTK,  NONLCTK, NONSCTK 1.15 oz. Honey Roasted Pouch
Mauna Loa Chocolate Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-05463-7 NONECTK,  NONSCTK .6 oz. Milk Chocolate Pouch
Mauna Loa Shortbread Cookies 0-72992-05766-9 NOCACTK, NOCNCTK, NOCSCTK, NONRCTK, NONSCTK 10 oz. Chocolate Dipped Mac Nut Shortbread Cookie Box
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-06122-2 NOCHCTK 13.5 oz. Assorted 3 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-06126-0 NOCSCTK,  NOCTCTK 29 oz. Assorted 3 Pack Cans Box
Mauna Loa Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts 0-72992-34156-0 NOCHCTK 25 oz. Roasted Salted Bag

The above products were packaged in Keaau, Hawaii and sold only in retail stores in Hawaii. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the products immediately or attempt to return them to the store where purchased.
Mauna Loa is committed to the highest industry standards and is working diligently to determine the cause of the contamination. The facility has multiple safeguards in place to ensure safety and quality and is reviewing its process thoroughly to avoid any future contamination issues. Mauna Loa utilizes the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) management system as one of the ways it addresses food safety. It is also fully compliant with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.
If you have any questions, please call 1(844) 344-5444, Monday ? Friday, 8am-4pm HST. This is a toll-free number.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6577

Allergy Alert Issued in Whole Foods Market Stores Nationwide for Undeclared Milk in 365 Everyday Value White Corn Tortilla Chips

September 25, 2018 from the FDA and the CFIA:

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 365 Everyday Value White Corn Tortilla Chips because the product may contain undeclared milk that was not listed on the product label.
The affected product was sold in Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market 365 stores nationwide and in Canada. The product was packaged in 20 oz. bags labeled 365 Everyday Value White Corn Tortilla Chips Salted-Party Size with UPC code 9948247145 and best-by dates between January 24-25, 2019, printed on the front top of the packaging. The issue was discovered after a customer notified Whole Foods Market that the tortilla chip bag also contained other snack mix products. All affected product has been removed from store shelves.
Customers who purchased this product at Whole Foods Market can bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund. Consumers with additional questions can call 1-844-936-8255 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, or 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CST Saturday through Sunday.

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Kosher alert on Beyond Meat Products

September 21, 2018 from the OK Twitter Feed:

Beyond Meat products do not yet bear the OK symbol. Please be aware when purchasing any product that it is ESSENTIAL to check for a kosher symbol before purchasing. Products that do not bear the OK symbol should not be considered kosher certified.

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