Kashrut & Health Alerts

Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Kroger Value Coney 8 count and Kroger Value Hamburger 8 count, are no longer being produced in the Denver facility and are therefore no longer certified by the Scroll-K. Products that bear the Scroll K symbol were produced before this change took effect and are certified. King Soopers Coney 8 count and King Soopers Hamberger 8 count remain certified by the Scroll K.          Vaad of Denver, March 23, 2012.

Agadir Restaurant, located at 3599 NE 207th Street, Aventura, FL is no longer under Kosher Miami supervision, effective March 7, 2012. It is our understanding that they are no longer kosher certified.  Kosher Miami, March 7, 2012.

Dr Oetker Plain Chocolate Chips, listed as approved pareve, have changed formulation and are now approved Dairy. Dr Oetker Fine Cook’s Dark and Extra Dark Cooking Chocolate, are approved Dairy. These have replaced Continental Plain and Continental Extra Dark, which are listed as approved pareve           London Beth Din, March 7, 2012.

Gourmet Kosher Catering, formerly known as Emerald Catering, is no longer under Kosher Miami certification. It is our understanding that they are now under Florida K based in Orlando, Florida.      Kosher Miami, March 2, 2012.

Rainbow Dust Edible Blossoms and Rainbow Dust Edible Butterflies, now contain E120 and they are therefore not kosher.             London Beth Din Twitter feed, March 2, 2012.

Del Fuerte Sauces, are not certified if the expiration date is after December 2013.          KMD Mexico, March 1, 2012.

Mislabeled

Endomune Advanced Probiotic Capsules, Medical Care Innovations, San Antonio, TX, bear an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures have been implemented.         OU, March 21, 2012.

G & S Bakery, products bear an unauthorized VHQ. Corrective measures are being taken.       Vaad of Queens, March 15, 2012.

Ben-David Winery bottles of Merlot 2008, was found to be using the OK symbol without authorization. The label states “OK-P” (Kosher for Passover), but, in actuality, the wine has a regular non-mehadrin supervision and is the product of heter mechira grapes.  Kashrus Magazine and OK, March 12, 2012.

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars, are not OU certified. A free sample of the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate variety distributed last week mistakenly displayed an OU on the outer bag.       COR Detroit and OU, March 5, 2012.

D’Meals chocolate products, bear an unauthorized cRc logo. These products, sold in Mexico, are not certified kosher by the cRc and are being withdrawn from the market.         Chicago Rabbinical Council, February 27, 2012.

Dr Pepper in Israel, bears an unauthorized KLBD logo and it is neither kosher certified nor kosher approved by the LBD. Dr Pepper has been approved by the LBD based on detailed correspondence with the manufacturers but the syrup used is not kosher certified in the UK. Dr Pepper bought overseas could have different formulations even if manufactured in the UK so we cannot advise on its kosher status. The soda was also not approved by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.          Israeli Chief Rabbinate, Jerusalem Kosher News, and London Beth Din, January 27, 2012

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Blue Bird Perfect Guacamole Seasoning Mix, is missing the “D” dairy designation. The ingredient panel clearly states that it contains dairy. Corrective measures have been implemented.     OU, March 20, 2012.

First Street 94% Fat Free Microwave Popcorn and Extra Butter Microwave Popcorn, were mistakenly labeled with the OK (pareve) symbol on some packages, instead of OK-D. These products are dairy. Corrective action has been implemented. If you see these products please contact the OK office at 718-756-7500.         OK Kosher, March 13, 2012.

Timothy’s World Coffee White Hot Chocolate K-cup, is marked as “pareve” but the product is in fact dairy.     KSA Kosher, March 12, 2012.

Dirty Potato Chips Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips, were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU mark, without the D-Dairy designation on some 2 oz. packages. Corrective measures are being implemented.            OU, March 6, 2012.

Mediterranean Foods Snoek Pate and Salmon Pate, is incorrectly labeled as pareve. These products are dairy. Mediterranean Foods have undertaken to place dairy Beth Din Stickers over the incorrect labeling and have apologized for the error.          Beth Din of Johannesburg, March 6, 2012.

Bellacicco Garlic Breads, inadvertently omitted the Kof-K symbol from some bags. These products are certified as Kof-K Pareve even when not bearing the Kof-K symbol. The company is in the process of correcting the labels.           COR Detroit with additional information from the Kof-K, March 6, 2012.

Chunks O Fruti Strawberry Dipped in Chocolate fruit bars, bears an unauthorized Star-K with a French/English label. The coating is made on dairy equipment and should bear the Star-D Dairy symbol. Corrective action has been taken.            Star-K, February 28, 2012.

Other Alerts

Kosher ground beef, is made out of the kosher pieces of meat trimmed by hand. No mechanically separated beef or pink slime is used in any OU-certified production.     OU, March 26, 2012.

Mon Cuisine frozen meals, Alle Processing, should be double wrapped, when warming the frozen meal in a microwave. Mon Cuisine is changing its packaging to alleviate this issue by overwrapping the carton.         OU, March 22, 2012.

Health Alerts

Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix candies, are being recalled because they contain malted milk balls which were made with undeclared wheat, one of the major food allergens. The candies are labeled “Gluten Free” when they actually contain gluten. Distribution was nationwide. An assortment of seasonal Peter Rabbit Deluxe Easter Mix “Gluten Free” candies  in 2.7 ounce bags with UPC number 071567992794 and Lot codes: 11111, with Best Before date of January 11, 2013l; 111215, with Best Before date of February 15, 2013; Lot code 120120, with Best Before date of March 20, 2013.For more information, contact Jelly Belly at 800-323-9380     Foodpoisoningbulletin.com, March 26, 2012.

Miller’s Cheese, Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company, were recalled for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Affected product includes: 5 lbs Parmesan manufactured 12/8/2011 with UPC 0 7881236350 7; 20lbs Parmesan manufactured 12/8/2011 with UPC 0 7881236350 7.

FDA, March 21, 2012.

Daizen Farms eggs, were produced by hens that ate feed contaminated with rodent droppings and may contain Salmonella. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recommends against eating these eggs.            foodpoisoningbulletin.com, March 21, 2012.

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Protein Plant Based, is being recalled in the 1 kg size for undeclared Tree nut allergen.             CFIA, March 12, 2012.

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Supervision Changes & Withdrawals

Sally’s by Creation Frozen Unbaked products; Yogurt Cakes; Sufganiyot, are no longer under COR certification as of June 12, 2012. All products, even when bearing COR 287, are not kosher certified. COR, June 20, 2012.

Jona’s Pizza, located at 5650 Sterling Road, 544 W. 41st St, 2530 N.E. Miami Garden Dr, and 2520 N.E. 186th Street, Miami, FL, is no longer certified by OK Kosher as of June 14, 2012 due to kashrut violations. For more information please contact OK Kosher Certification at 718-756-7500, info@ok.org. All four restaurants are now under the supervision of Rabbi Asher Suissa of Congregation Ohr Yaakov.        OK and Kashrut.com, June 18, 2012.

Metro Garden, located at 116-35 Metropolitan Avenue Kew Gardens, NY, is no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Vaad of Queens, June 14, 2012.

Carvel, located at 11037 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90025 is no longer certified by the RCC. Rabbinical Council of California, May 30, 2012.

Café Harvard, located at 5688 Monkland Avenue in Montreal no longer bears MK Kosher Certification.          Montreal Kashruth, May 30, 2012.

Chic Rentals, located at 8600 Darnley in Montreal no longer bears MK Kosher Certification.    Montreal Kashruth, May 23, 2012.

Mislabeled

Monsour Papa Guava Nectar (product of Egypt), Monsier Papa, Hialeah, FL bears an unauthorized OK (parve) symbol. This product is not certified by OK Kosher. Product has been recalled and labels are being corrected.   OK, June 22, 2012.

Terrafina Butterscotch Lovers Mix, bears an unauthorized OK symbol. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Product has been recalled and labels are being corrected. OK, June 21, 2012.

Two for the Road Scotch Mints, David Roberts Food Corp. bears an unauthorized COR 564. This product is not kosher. Corrective measures have been taken. Product has been recalled by the manufacturer. Kindly contact the COR office at 416-635-9550 if you should find this product bearing a COR.   COR, June 20, 2012.

Orgullo Mexicano Queso Cotija, bears an unauthorized OU mark and is not certified by the Orthodox Union. The cheese was sold in the NY, NJ area and possibly elsewhere. Corrective measures are being implemented.         OU, June 13, 2012.

Krispy Kreme mini-crullers, distributed in Kroger’s with the number 65 on the bag have an unauthorized OK on their label and are not recommended. Krispy Kreme products with “AKC” or “#149” are acceptable.        Atlanta Kashruth Commission, June 7, 2012.

Tropical Delight Exotics Strawberry Banana Beverage, was labeled with an unauthorized COR 13. This product is not kosher certified and contains non-kosher grape juice. Corrective measures have been taken.      COR, June 1, 2012.

Village Halawa, distributed in Johannesburg, South Africa bears an unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does not certify this product. Corrective measures are being implemented.          OU, May 30, 2012.

Underground Coffee Company, has been using an “OU” lookalike logo on its products which it registered in New Zealand. The “OU” issued a legal challenge in 2009. This case has not yet been resolved.OU, May 30, 2012

Hammond’s Candies English Toffee, bears an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures have been implemented.     OU, May 18, 2012.

Mislabeled Dairy/Parve

Fred’s Taco Seasoning Mix, contains whey, a dairy ingredient as listed on the ingredient panel. Some products were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU, without the “D” dairy designation. Corrective measures have been implemented.       OU, May 29, 2012.

Health Alerts

Sienna Bakery White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies, are being recalled because they have potential undeclared walnut allergens as master cases may contain retail boxes that are labeled as White Chocolate Macadamia Nut but have Oatmeal Walnut Raisin cookies inside. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Affected product was sold through GFS Marketplace stores from May 11th through June 7th in the states of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Consumers with additional questions regarding this recall may contact Debra Dartsch, CEO at Best Maid Cookie Company at 1-888-444-0322.FDA, June 8, 2012.

Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream; Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Fudge Covered Wafer Cookies; and Chocolate Nougat Crunch, are being recalled because they are missing the allergen advisory statement: “Fudge covered wafer pieces have been manufactured on shared equipment that processes peanuts and tree nuts.” This allergen advisory statement should be at the end of the ingredients list of pint sized containers, but was inadvertently omitted from the recalled product. Consumers who have purchased Chocolate Nougat Crunch pints may call 877-270-7397, which is operational 24 hours a day seven days a week, for a replacement coupon.        FDA on June 12, 2012.

Castle Farms “Unpasteurized” Raw Farm Milk, should not be consumed due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Castle Farms, located at 1051 Route 249 in Irving, New York, holds a Department permit to legally sell raw milk at the farm.  To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with product from Castle Farms.      Meadmedia, June 12, 2012.

Truitt Bros Pacific Northwest Premium Navy Beans, may contain undeclared soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Product affected is 15oz cans with code: MDSB S1GTD, Best By: 7/18/14 (located on the top or bottom of the can), UPC: 8222524145. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 503-362-3674.             FDA on June 15, 2012.

Oskri “Peach Granola”, was recalled because it may contain undeclared cashews. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to cashews and/or other nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled product was distributed nationwide to travel plazas and retail stores. The product comes in a 3.53 ounce, flexible plastic bag, UPC 666016111743, marked with the following stamp, which can be found on the front of the bag in the upper right corner: P 3/3/12 EXP 9/9/13 LOT 75. C ontact Alisha Smith of Oskri’s Quality Department by emailing quality@oskri.com or by calling 1-920-648-8300.       FDA, May 30, 2012.

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