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Consumer Kashrut Alerts

South African kashrus alert on Thrive Cereal

June 30, 2016: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:

Please be aware that the 750g packets of Thrive cereal are labelled Parev. This is a labelling error, and this product is Milchik (not Chalav Yisroel). The labelling is in the process of being rectified and the company apologises for the confusion caused.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5527

Kashrus alert on Nature's Sunshine Pau D'Arco

June 27, 2016 from the Star-K:
Nature's Sunshine Pau D'Arco: Please be advised that Nature’s Sunshine Pau D’Arco (Stock # 504-2 with a Hebrew label) bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. It is a gelatin capsule product and is not kosher. The product was distributed in Israel. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5525

Kashrus alert on Royal Fine Foods Tahini To Go

June 29, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Royal Fine Foods Tahini To Go, Prefer Products Brands, Inc., Warren , MI:
Prefer Products Brands, Inc. is packaging and distributing Royal Fine Foods Tahini To Go bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging. This product is not certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective action is being taken. We would like to hear your thoughts on how we served you today, Please email us at service@ok.org. We value your opinion! N

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5526

Kashrus alert on MegaFlora products

June 23, 2016 from the OK Kosher Certification:
Please be advised that The following MegaFlora products of the company FoodState Inc., Derry, NH are no longer under the certification of OK Kosher Certification:

  • MegaFlora Plus 1218B Kids N Us MegaFlora 1219B
  • MegaFlora FL4200B Flora 5-14 Complete Care
  • Flora 20-14 Ultra Strength Flora 50-14 Clinical Strength
  • Flora 200-14 7 Day Intensive 1257B
ALL OTHER FOODSTATE AND MEGAFOOD PRODUCTS BEARING THE OK KOSHER SYMBOL ARE CERTIFIED BY OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5524

Kroger Supplier Expands Sunflower Products Recall

May 21, 2016 - From the FDA:

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it has expanded a recall of several products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes following supplier SunOpta's expansion of its voluntary recall.
roger has removed the following 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 has expanded its recall to include all code dates of Kroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix.

Stores operating under the following names are included in this recall: Kroger, Jay-C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, King Soopers, City Market, Fry's, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith's. Products can be found in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5522

Bolthouse Farms Voluntarily Recalls Protein Beverages Due to Possible Spoilage

June 22, 2016 - From the FDA:

Bolthouse Farms is voluntarily recalling a selection of protein drinks due to possible spoilage that may cause the beverages to appear lumpy, taste unpleasant and have an off odor. These products should not be consumed. The issue was identified after the company received consumer complaints, including reports of illness. The cause of this issue is currently under investigation. The recall includes Protein PLUS shakes with 'best by' dates between 6/20/16 to 9/18/16:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION UPC CODE
Protein PLUS Chocolate 325ml/11 oz 0-71464-01868-9
Protein PLUS Chocolate 450ml/15.2 oz 0-71464-30650-2
Protein PLUS Chocolate 946ml/32oz 0-71464-30651-9
Protein PLUS Vanilla Bean 325ml / 11 oz 0-71464-01867-2
Protein PLUS Vanilla Bean 15.2 oz 0-71464-01639-5
Protein PLUS Vanilla Bean 32 oz 0-71464-01640-1
Protein PLUS Coffee 325ml / 11 oz 0-71464-01869-6
Protein PLUS Coffee 450ml/15.2 oz 0-71464-01627-2
Protein PLUS Coffee 946ml/32oz 0-71464-01628-9
Protein PLUS Coconut 450ml/15.2 oz 0-71464-01892-4
Protein PLUS Strawberry 450ml/15.2 oz 0-71464-01890-0
Protein PLUS Strawberry 946ml/32oz 0-71464-01891-7
Protein PLUS Banana Honey Almond Butter 325ml/11 oz 0-71464-01918-1
Protein PLUS Banana Honey Almond Butter 450ml/15.2 oz 0-71464-01893-1
 

The recall also affects the following Mocha Cappuccino products.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION DATE CODE UPC CODE
Mocha Cappuccino Perfectly Protein 450ml/15.2oz Best by: 9/2/16 0-71464-30051-7
Mocha Cappuccino Perfectly Protein 946ml/32oz Best by: 8/2/16 and 8/3/16 0-71464-30050-0
 

The best by dates are printed on the cap and label at the neck of the bottle and the UPC appears on the bar code.

The recall affects 3.8 million bottles that have been distributed nationally in the United States.

Bolthouse Farms is advising people not to drink these beverages and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information call 1-866-535-3774 between 6:00am to 7:00pm PST, Monday to Friday or visit Facebook/BolthouseFarms.

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The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5523

Kashi Company Expands Date Codes of Two Products Related to Previously Announced Recall of Snack Bars and Bear Naked Granola

June 16, 2016 from From the FDA:
Kashi Company is amending the date codes for Kashi GOLEAN® Honey Pecan Baklava Bars and Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter related to its previously announced recall of snack bars and granola that contain ingredients made from sunflower seeds distributed by its supplier, SunOpta, that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
This update includes two new "Best If Used Before" dates on Kashi GOLEAN® Honey Pecan Baklava Bars, and one new "Best If Used By" date on Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter. The updated information is:

  • Kashi® GOLEAN® Honey Pecan Baklava Bars, 5-count with UPC Code 18627 10474 – "Best If Used Before"dates of Jul21 16; Aug07 16; Sep13 16; Sep22 16; and Oct20 16
  • Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter, 11 oz pouch with UPC Code 84623 10163 – "Best if Used By"dates of Aug 13 2016 to Jan 11 2017
The date codes can be found on the top of the box of the Honey Pecan Baklava Bars, and at the bottom of the pouch of the Bear Naked Granola.
This update impacts product sold only in the United States. More information can be found at www.consumeralert.kashi.com Consumers can call 1-877-747-2467, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET. Consumers may also contact us via https://www.kashi.com/contact-us.


Kashi Company Voluntarily Recalls Two Varieties of Snack Bars and Two Varieties of Bear Naked® Granola Due to Potential Health Risk After Sunflower Seed Supplier Increases Scope of Impacted Products

June 3, 2016 - Kashi Company is expanding its previously announced voluntary recall to include two varieties of Kashi® brand snack bars – including one product in Canada – and two varieties of Bear Naked® granola because they contain ingredients made from sunflower seeds distributed by its supplier, SunOpta, that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. SunOpta expanded the scope of impacted products after Kashi announced its recall in the United States on May 31.
The recalled products include two varieties of Kashi® snack bars and two varieties of Bear Naked® granola. The following products, which also include those that were listed in the May 31 recall announcement, were distributed throughout the United States and Puerto Rico:

Description (Retail)UPC CodeSizeBetter If Used Before Date/Best If Used By Date
Kashi® Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars18627 030007.4 oz (6 ct)MAR0117 or earlier
Kashi® GOLEAN® Honey Pecan Baklava Bars18627 104747.95 oz (5 ct)Jul2116; Aug0716; Sep1316
Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter84623 1016311 ozAUG 14 2016 to JAN 11 2017
Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Pepita + Hemp + Sunflower Butter84623 1016810.5 ozOCT 14 2016 to DEC 04 2016
Description (Club)UPC CodeSizeBest If Used by Date
Kashi® Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars18627 1030242 oz (35 ct)MAR0117 or earlier
Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola , Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter84623 1017326 ozDEC 24 2016; DEC 25 2016; JAN 11 2017; JAN 12 2017; JAN 13, 2017
Description (Food Service)UPC CodeSizeBest If Used by Date
Kashi® Trail Mix Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars18627 3794814.4 oz (12 ct)MAR0117 or earlier
Kashi® GOLEAN® Honey Pecan Baklava Bars18627 1047119 oz (12 ct)Jul2116; Aug0716; Sep1316
Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola , Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter84623 10179Case of 1.2 oz sample pouchesDEC 02 2016; DEC 03 2016

The following products were distributed in Canada:

Description (Retail)PC CodeSizeBest Before/Meilleur Avant
Kashi® Whole Grain Trail Mix Bars0 18627 43610 2210 g (6 ct)2017 JA 04RE
2017 JA 05RE
2017 JA 06RE
2017 FE 10 RE
Kashi® Whole Grain Bars0 18627 50406 1630 g (18 ct)2016 SE 11 EX
2016 NO 30 EX

Images of these products can be found at www.consumeralert.kashi.com


Kashi Company Voluntarily Recalls One Variety of Kashi® Granola Bars and One Variety of Bear Naked® Granola Due to Potential Health Risk Related to Sunflower Seeds

May 31, 2016 - From the FDA:

Kashi Company today announced a voluntary recall of Kashi®' Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars and Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter in the continental United States because they contain ingredients made from sunflower seeds distributed by our supplier, SunOpta, that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall is limited to Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars and Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter packed in two sizes. These products were distributed throughout the continental United States:

Description (Retail)UPC CodeSizeBetter If Used Before Date/Best If Used By Date
Kashi® Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars18627 030007.4 oz (6 ct)JAN0417; JAN0517; JAN0617; JAN0717; JAN0817; JAN09 17
Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter84623 1016311 ozJAN 10 2017 and JAN 11 2017
Description (Club)UPC CodeSizeBest If Used by Date
Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola , Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter84623 1017326 ozDEC 24 2016; DEC 25 2016; JAN 11 2017; JAN 12 2017; JAN 13, 2017

People who have purchased affected product should discard it and contact Kashi for a full refund. Additional information is available on the Kashi website at www.consumeralert.kashi.com and by calling consumer hotline at 1-877-747-2467, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. PST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5497

South Africa: Kashrus alert Woolworths Soya Yoghurt

June 22, 2016 - From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:
Please be aware that the cultures used in the manufacturing of Woolworths Soya Yoghurt, manufactured by Clover Milkyway, are now dairy based. The yogurts are now considered Milchik even when labelled Parev. Woolworths are in the process of updating their packaging.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5521

Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. Recalls Raw Macadamia Nuts Sold at Whole Foods Market® Stores in CA, NV, OR, and WA Due to Possible Health Risk

June 21, 2016 - From the FDA:

Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts sold in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington Whole Foods Market stores due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The product was labeled as "Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts" and was packaged in 6 oz clear plastic tubs. The recalled products have “best by” dates of 8/21/16 through 11/6/16, and a UPC code of 99948200132. The product was distributed only to Whole Foods Market stores in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. B
ased upon routine testing conducted by an FDA-contracted laboratory, it was determined that the raw macadamia nuts products tested positive for Salmonella.
Customers who have purchased this product at Whole Foods Market stores in the affected states should discard it and may bring in their receipt for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. at 925-634-6126. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8:00AM TO 3:30 PM PST.

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Pinnacle Foods Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of C&W Early Harvest Petite Peas and C&W Petite Peas Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

June 21, 2016 - From the FDA:

Pinnacle Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of C&W Early Harvest Petite Peas and C&W Petite Peas because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes.
The frozen products are being recalled as a precaution with the health and safety of our consumers as our top priority. Pinnacle Foods initiated the recall after the contract packer of the products, National Frozen Foods, notified the Company of the issue. The Food and Drug Administration has been made aware of this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products were distributed nationally and online. All affected distributors and retail customers are being notified and the recalled products are being removed from store shelves. The recalled items can be identified by a "Best by" code printed on the back of the bag. Only the following codes are affected by this recall:

C&W Early Harvest Petite
UPC 0-70332-00159-4
16 oz. bag
Peas C&W Petite Peas
UPC 0-70332-00158-7
16 oz. bag
Mar-07-18Mar-23-18
Mar-17-18Mar-28-18
Mar-28-18Mar-29-18
Mar-29-18 

No other products produced by Pinnacle Foods are affected by this recall.

Consumers should not consume these products. Affected product may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Pinnacle Foods at 1-888-299-7646.

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