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Michael’s® Naturopathic Programs Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Soy in The Dietary Supplement Cholesterol Metabolism Factors

June 23, 2016 - From the FDA:

Michael’s® Naturopathic Programs of San Antonio Texas is recalling certain lots of the dietary supplement Cholesterol Metabolism Factors™, because it may contain undeclared milk (in the form of calcium caseinate) and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Cholesterol Metabolism Factors™was distributed nationwide in the US through retail stores and online (internet) ordering.
The product is sold in white plastic bottles with the Michael’s® Naturopathic Programs brand label. Three sizes of this product are affected by the recall, 90 count, 180 count and 270 count. The following lot numbers and BEST BY dates are included in the recall. The Lot number and BEST BY date are located on the bottom of the bottle or on the back side of the bottle:
A list of the recalled products is here.
The recall was initiated when updated allergen information received from the contract manufacturer included the allergens milk and soy contained in one ingredient in Cholesterol Metabolism Factors™. The label on the affected lots did not reveal the presence of milk and soy.
If you have purchased this product, stop taking it immediately and return it to the place where purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:30 Central time, at 1-800-525 9643 where they can get additional information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5531

Sunflower kernel recall impacts Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars & Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars

June 2, 2016 - From the FDA:

General Mills announced today a voluntary national recall of four specific flavors of Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars. The recall is being issued as part of sunflower kernel supplier SunOpta’s ongoing national recall for the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes. General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this supplier issue.
The four flavors of Nature Valley bars that are part of the recall were distributed to retail establishments throughout the United States. Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the products affected by this recall, regardless of when they were purchased or what date is on the package.
Consumers who have had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-866-896-4365 for a replacement.
This recall only affects four flavors of Nature Valley’s nearly 40 different products. Nature Valley’s other products are not affected by this recall.
Other General Mills products that use sunflower kernels have not been impacted. SunOpta announced the expansion of their sunflower kernel recall yesterday (June 1, 2016) which impacted these four specific flavors of Nature Valley bars.
This voluntary recall includes the following products currently in stores or consumers’ pantries:

  • Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar -Honey, Peanut & Almond with Pumpkin Seeds - 5 count
    Package UPC: 000-16000-47196
  • Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar-Peanut, Almond & Dark Chocolate - 5 count
    Package UPC: 000-16000-45724
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar - Roasted Peanut & Honey - 4 count
    Package UPC: 000-16000-46475
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar - Roasted Peanut & Honey - 16 count
    Package UPC: 000-16000-41308
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar – Almond, Cashew & Sea Salt - 4 count
    Package UPC: 000-16000-46474
  • Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar-Almond, Cashew & Sea Salt - 25 count
    Package UPC: 000-16000-41301
For more information on this recall, please visit www.generalmills.com/sunflowerseeds.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5530

Creative Snacks Co. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts and Soy in Select The Fresh Market Smoked TFM Supreme Nut Mix Bags

June 24, 2016 - From the FDA:

Creative Snacks Co. of Greensboro, North Carolina has issued a precautionary recall on a small quantity of The Fresh Market 12.3 ounce Smoked TFM Supreme Nut Mix bags (UPC 00737094218386) due to the possibility of a mislabeled back label which does not declare Peanuts and Soy on the allergen statement but are included in the contents of the trail mix. According to the company, a total of 186 cases (2,604 units) produced on June 3, 2016 containing The Fresh Market Smoked TFM Supreme Nut Mix could include a label for The Fresh Market Lightly Salted TFM Supreme Nut Mix. Therefore the ingredient statement may not accurately reflect the contents of the bag. The recalled The Fresh Market Smoked TFM Supreme Nut Mix bags were distributed to The Fresh Market only and are identified by a Best Before Date of 01/29/2017.
Creative Snacks Co. representatives are working with The Fresh Market to ensure any incorrectly packaged products are quickly removed from the store shelves. No other The Fresh Market or Creative Snacks Co. products are included in this recall. No illnesses have been reported.
Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST at 336.668.4151, Lindsay Hancock, Creative Snacks Co.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5529

Kashrus alert on Madras Pavilion Restaurant, Richardson, Texas

June 29, 2016: From the Dallas K:
Please note that effective immediately Dallas Kosher has withdrawn kosher certification for Madras Pavilion Restaurant in Richardson, Texas.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5528

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

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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.

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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