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Jack Brown Produce, Inc. Recalls Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples Due to Possible Health Risk

December 19, 2017 from the FDA:

Jack Brown Produce, Inc. of Sparta, MI is recalling Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples processed and shipped by one of its suppliers, Nyblad Orchards, Inc., on December 11 through December 16, 2017, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled apples were distributed through retail stores in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. The product at issue consists of the following types of apples sold or distributed by Jack Brown Produce, Inc. under the brand name "Apple Ridge" including:

  • Honeycrisp apples in two-pound clear plastic bags;
  • Gala, Fuji, and Golden Delicious apples in 3-pound clear plastic bags;
  • Fuji and Gala apples in 5-pound red-netted mesh bags; and
  • Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples that were tray-packed/individually sold.
The potentially-affected product can be identified by the following lot numbers printed on the bag label and/or bag-closure clip:

    Fuji: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, 174
    Honeycrisp: NOI 159, 160, 173 Golden Delicious: NOI 168
    Gala: NOI 164, 166 on either the product labels and/or bag-closure clip.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program at the Nyblad Orchards, Inc. facility which revealed that finished products contained Listeria monocytogenes. Jack Brown Produce, Inc. has ceased the distribution of any further products processed at Nyblad Orchards as the FDA and the Company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples under the brand name "Apple Ridge" on or after December 11, 2017 are urged to destroy the product and contact Jack Brown Produce, Inc. for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 616-887-9568 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) and ask for Lisa Ingalls.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6181

Mexican kashrus alert on Fried chicken by Alazraki

December 14, 2017 from KMD Mexico:

EL ESTABLECIMIENTO FRIED CHICKEN POLLO BY ALAZRAKI DEJA DE CONTAR CON NUESTRA SUPERVISION KOSHER POR INCLUMPLIR LAS NORMAS DE KASHRUT

Translation by Mildred Seigel: Fried chicken by Alazraki is no longer kosher. The hashgacha has been taken away.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6180

Kashrut information on Trader Joe's Gorgonzola Cheese Crackers

December 6, 2017 from the OU in response to a question from the editor:

Trader Joe's Gorgonzola cheese crackers that have an OU-D list animal rennet on the ingredient list. This is a printing error. The product is kosher and does not contain animal rennet.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6179

Kashrus alert on uncertified facilities listing a kosher symbol

December 15, 2017 - from cRc:

Many one stop shops or gas stations sell smoothies or hot drinks where the base used to make these drinks are cRc certified. There are times that these establishments advertise the cRc logo in (or outside) their stores which gives off the impression that the cRc is taking full responsibility for the kashrus of the finished product while in reality we have no relationship with the store and the preparation of their products. Two recent examples are the Signin Oil Station on 300 Hurley Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 and Mobil Gas Station on 7176 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6178

Kashrus advisory on Passover hotel certification

December 15, 2017 - from cRc:

The cRc wants to inform all those that rely on the cRc list of recommended kosher agencies (http://www.crcweb.org/agency_list.php) to keep in mind that many times the recommendations do not extend to Pesach Hotels. Each hotel and its hashgacha should be independently reviewed annually despite any previous approvals.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6177

Kashrus alert on Yahara Bay Distillers including Yahara Bay and Rokker Vodka.

December 15, 2017 - from cRc:

Please be advised that, effective immediately, Yahara Bay Distillers, Madison, WI, is no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. This includes all Yahara Bay products, as well as Rokker Vodka. Products currently bearing the cRc logo are kosher-certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6176

Insect infestation advisory on frozen raspberries and blackberries

December 15, 2017 - from cRc:

Please note that due to a high incidence of insects that have been discovered in current batches of frozen blackberries and raspberries, the cRc is currently recommending that store-bought frozen blackberries and frozen raspberries not be consumed whole. This should not be construed as a prohibition against purchasing frozen blackberries and raspberries for purposes of blending thoroughly to produce smoothies and the like - although the cRc intends to conduct further review into this matter.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6175

Kashrus information on various soda products

December 15, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

  • MOUNTAIN DEW SPIKED LEMONADE and SPIKED RASPBERRY LEMONADE SODAS are Kosher. [Note - not to be confused with “SPIKE” ENERGY DRINK, which is not approved.]
  • TAHITIAN TREAT FRUIT PUNCH SODA from Dr. Pepper / Seven Up is now Kosher, including any product purchased since September 2017.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6174

Chalav Yisroel alert on JERUSALEM OF GOLD MILK CHOCOLATE COINS & MEDALLIONS

December 15, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

JERUSALEM OF GOLD MILK CHOCOLATE COINS & MEDALLIONS with OU-D do not state Cholov Yisroel on the label, and are not Cholov Yisroel.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6173

Chodosh alert on OBERLANDER CHANUKAH AND DREIDEL COOKIES

December 15, 2017 from the COR Detroit:

OBERLANDER CHANUKAH AND DREIDEL COOKIES with lot numbers 05090117 through 07113017 are not Yoshon, even though the label states Yoshon, due to a mix-up by the distributor of the flour being used. Packages with earlier and later lot numbers are Yoshon, if stated so on the label.


Urgent Bulletin From The Guide To Chodosh

December 6, 2017 from Rabbi Herman

The Kof-K has asked that we notify our Yoshon-observant public that the next release of Oberlander's Chanukah and Dreidel cookies this year are NOT Yoshon. There was a mix-up by the distributor of the flour being used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6160
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