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Kashrus Alert - Brux Mix

August 17, 2018 - from the OK:

Brux Mix, Brux Waffle Mix, and Brux Crepe Mix, Brux Brothers LLC,, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 has a mistaken Use of OK Pareve Symbol:
Brux Waffle Mix and Brux Crepe Mix were mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol, instead of the required OK D. These products are certified kosher and dairy, as per the ingredient list. Corrective actions are being taken. Corrective actions are being taken.

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AMPI Recalls Limited Amount of Dry Whey Powder Because of Possible Health Risk

July 25, 2018 from the FDA:

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn., is recalling dry whey powder packaged in 50-pound and 25-kg bags that were produced at the cooperative’s Blair, Wis., dry whey plant from May 1-5, 2018; May 24-29, 2018; June 2-5, 2018; and June 7-14, 2018 due to the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. This is a precautionary recall. All products shipped to the marketplace tested negative for salmonella.
The products included in the recall can be identified by the following lot numbers, which can be found printed along the top of the bag. Images of the bags can be found below.

AMPI dry whey powder is not sold directly to consumers, but is used as an ingredient in a number of foods. It is sold directly to manufacturers and also distributed by brokers. A limited amount was sold for animal feed. All products shipped into the marketplace tested negative for salmonella as part of AMPI’s routine testing program. However, because additional product tested positive for salmonella under AMPI’s routine test and hold procedures, the company is recalling product as a precautionary measure. AMPI has ceased production at its Blair, Wis., dry whey plant, is currently investigating the cause for the positive samples, and will take all necessary remedial actions.
Consumers with questions may contact the AMPI Response Center at 734-773-4220.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0574

Agri Star Meat And Poultry LLC Recalls Beef Pastrami Products due to Possible Processing Deviation
Aaron’s Beef French Roast Pastrami & Shor Harbor and Roast Pastrami recall

June 21, 2018: from USDA:

Agri Star Meat and Poultry LLC, a Postville, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 3,592 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef pastrami products due to processing deviations that may have led to underprocessing of products and resulted in inadequate curing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE beef pastrami items were produced on April 3 and April 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4653A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Washington.

The problem was discovered on June 20, 2018, after the firm received a consumer complaint about product discoloration. The firm conducted an investigation and product testing and determined that not all products contained an adequate amount of the curing solution. The establishment notified FSIS on June 21, 2018.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. C
onsumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Lisa Beatty, Quality Assurance Manager at 563-864-7811 or Yaakov Labowitz, Vice President of Sales, at 514-648-8171 ext. 260.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0573

Kosher Alert Chef's Quality Multi Grain Tortillas

June 6, 2018 from the OU:

Chef's Quality Multi Grain Tortillas, RD Foodservice, College Point NY are not Pas Yisroel.
The Orthodox Union certifies Chef's Quality Multi Grain Tortillas as an OU pareve product. A limited amount of bags were printed with the words 'Pas Yisroel' on them. This product is not Pas Yisroel. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0572

Minex International is distributing a certificate bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol

May 29, 2018 from the OK:

Please be advised that Minex International Karachi, Pakistan M is distributing a certificate bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol. 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/TradeNotices/?alert=T0571

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/TradeNotices/?alert=T0570

Kosher Alert Taiyo Sushi Ginger

April 19, 2018 from the OU:

Taiyo Sushi Ginger - 20lb. container, Taiyo Food International Inc., Flushing NY has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Taiyo Sushi Ginger. This is a 20lb. foodservice item. Some labels have an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0569

International Harvest, Inc. Recalls Organic Go Smile! Raw Coconut Because of Possible Health Risk

March 16, 2018 from the FDA:

International Harvest, Inc of Mount Vernon, NY is recalling 14,620 lbs. of bulk and 24,270 bags of Organic Go Smile! Raw Coconut, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The product was distributed to customers via online retailers, retail stores, and distributors. Product was directly distributed to the following states: NY, NJ, CT, CA, CO, OK, GA, VT, IL, FL, ME, WA, NH, and UT.
Recalled products are as follows:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0568

Taylor Farms diced onion Salmonella risk spurs Haggen recalls

March 19, 2018 from the Food Safety News and PrNewswire:

"A grocery chain in the Pacific Northwest is recalling several deli salads, wraps and other products because they include diced onions from Taylor Farms of Salinas, CA, that are potentially contaminated with Salmonella."
"Neither Taylor Farms not the Food and Drug Administration had posted any recall information for diced yellow onions from the California company."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0567

Starwest Botanicals Inc. Product Recalls Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

March 9, 2018 from the FDA:

Starwest Botanicals is voluntarily recalling Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole), which is packaged in Mylar 1 pound bags and in bulk packs.
The product was sold nationwide by several different methods. It was either shipped directly to Starwest Botanicals customers who purchased online from firm’s website or mail order customers, or held for pickup up by the customer at Starwest Botanicals. The product was sold between January 15, 2018 and March 2, 2018.
The lot number of Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) 1 pound with UPC 7-6796302528-9 included in this recall. The item# 209735-01 and lot number (75593) can be found on the label affixed to the bag.
The lot number of Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods Green (Whole) bulk pack with UPC 7-6796302527-2 included in this recall. The item# 209735-00 and lot number (90186-00) can be found on the label affixed to the bulk pack.
Consumers in possession of this voluntary recalled product may return it to Starwest Botanicals in Sacramento, CA for a full refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact Starwest at 1-800-800-4372 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm PST).

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