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The following healt alert is from the PRNewswire and FoodSaftetyNewson July 26, 2015.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds sold in its retail stores due to possible contamination from Salmonella.
A sample of Kroger Garlic Powder from a store in North Augusta, South Carolina was tested by the FDA and found to be contaminated with Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. Out of an abundance of caution, the company has recalled all four seasonings produced on the same equipment in the same facility.
Stores under the following names in the 31 states where Kroger operates are included in this recall: Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, City Market, Smith's, Dillons, Baker's, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Owen's, and Scott's.
Kroger has removed the potentially affected items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls. Kroger is recalling the following items:

Product UPC Codes Size
Kroger Ground Cinnamon 1111070034 Sell by: May 19 18PS4 18.3 oz
Kroger Garlic Powder 1111070039 Sell by: May 18 17PS4 24.7 oz
Kroger Coarse Ground
Black Pepper
1111070041 Sell by: May 18 18PS4Sell by: May 19 18PS4 17.1 oz
Kroger Bac’n Buds 1111070025 Sell by: May 20 18PS4 12.0 oz

Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.
Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5081

The following kashrus alert is from the COR Detroit on July 15, 2015 and confirmed by the OK.

HAPPY HARVEST TOMATO SAUCE sold locally at Aldi in 8 oz. cans no longer bears a reliable Kashrus certification symbol, and is not recommended.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5080

The following kashrus alert is from Buckeye Kosher Twitter Feed and confirmed by the Kof-K on July 23, 2015.

Kroger Mini Muffins marked chof-k w/o dairy designation. These are certified dairy as reflected in ingredient label

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5079

The following kashrus advisory is from the Rabbinical Council of New England dated July 14, 2015.

Please be advised that as of July 14, THE CHUBBY CHICKPEA (Canton, MA) Catering, Commissary & Food Truck is no longer certified by KVH Kosher due to operational changes.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5078

The following kashrus alert is from the COR Detroit on July 15, 2015 and confirmed by the OK.

HUNT’S TOMATO SAUCE’s new "Reseal & Reuse" 33.5 oz. carton is not currently certified and does not bear an OK symbol, and should be considered non-Kosher. (There may also be a 7.4 oz. carton with the same status.)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5077

The following kashrus alert is from the COR Detroit on July 15, 2015.

ZANE FOODS and WESTBORN MARKET brands of HUMMUS, BABAGANOUSH and GARLIC CREAM are no longer certified by COR Detroit, even when bearing the K-COR symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5076

The following kashrus alert is from the COR Detroit on July 15, 2015.

BASKIN ROBBINS ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM and BASKIN ROBBINS PINK BUBBLE GUM ICE CREAM varieties are not Kosher, and therefore do not bear a Star-D on their containers.

Kashrut.com has information on Ice Creama and Frozen Desserts at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/ice_cream.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5075

The following Mexican kashrus alert from KMD Mexico on July 21, 2015.

El Instituto Gastronómico Corbuse Interlomas ubicado en Jesús del Monte Nº 35 L-25 en la Colonia Jesús del Monte, Huixquilucan ya no cuenta con nuestra supervisión

The Culinary Institute located Corbuse Interlomas in Jesus del Monte No. 35 L -25 in the Colony Jesus del Monte, Huixquilucan no longer under KMD supervision

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5073

The following information on chodosh is from Rabbi Y. Herman and published at cRc on July 21, 2015.

The following is the new weekly crops bulletin from the US Department of Agriculture. The oats harvest is slowly starting. The harvest of the spring wheat and barley has not yet started, but is imminent. Here is the first tentative estimate of Chodosh dates. All the items below are subject to revision:

  1. Freshly baked items using spring wheat, including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies may be Chodosh in the Midwest after the PURCHASE DATE of Aug 8. Elsewhere in the US, this date would be Aug 15.
  2. Packaged foods from spring wheat may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 8, or the PURCHASE date of Aug 22.
  3. Noodles and pasta may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 15 and the PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
  4. Barley, such as pearled barley, may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 8 and PURCHASE date of Aig 22.
  5. Oats: Last year, according to the O-U all oats used in cereals had a Chodosh PACKING date of Sept 1 or later, PURCHASE DATE of Sept 15 or later. Exceptions to this included General Mills cereals such as Cheerios and Quaker oats. We are waiting for an update on this for the forthcoming season from the O-U. Oats used in non-cereal products such as oatmeal cookies, may be Chodosh starting a packing date of Jul 26.
  6. Barley malt (also listed in the ingredients as “malt”) may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Dec 15. Package codes should be checked after the purchase date of Jan 15 for beer and Mar 15 for malt in other products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5072

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc on July 21, 2015.

Produce from Israel requires special attention to ensure that it is "kosher". This includes oversight that it is neither arlah nor from shemittah, and that terumah and ma’aser are separated.
For more on those terms, see IsraeliProduce
As part of its certification of Hungarian Kosher (Skokie), the cRc addresses these issues for bell peppers, carrots, Jaffa oranges and any other Israeli produce offered for sale. Accordingly, consumers may consume all produce sold at this store and can rest assured that all of the mitzvos specific to the land of Israel have been fulfilled.

Kashrut.com has information on Shmitta and Terumos and Maasros at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5071
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