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The following cashew allergy alert is from the GiantFood and StopandShop on September 19, 2014.

NATURES PROMISE CAMPFIRE TRAIL MIX - 12 OZ,
UPC: 68826706609
Codes: All Codes
Woodstock Farms has indentified that this product may contain cashew kernels that are not declared on the ingredient statement.
Concerned Customers with additional questions may contact Woodstock Farms Customer Service at 1-800-526-4349.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4696

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Supervision on September 19, 2014.

Dr. Clark Purity Quick Kidney Release product bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. Product is NOT OK kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4694

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on September 19, 2014.

Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S® Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers:

417DH4JP09 417EM4JP10 417FM4JP09 418AG4JP10 418BG4JP10 418CG4JP10 418DM4JP09 418EG4JP10 419AM4JP09
417EG4JP09 417FG4JP09 417FM4JP10 418AM4JP09 418BM4JP10 418CM4JP10 418DM4JP10 418EM4JP09 419AM4JP10
417EG4JP10 417FG4JP10 418AG4JP09 418AM4JP10 418CG4JP09 418DG4JP10 418EG4JP09 418EM4JP10 419BM4JP10

This theater box item within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.  The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information. 

The issue was identified after a consumer notified us of a M&M’S® Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’S® inside a M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box. 

These specific lot codes were shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses between May 8 and July 1, 2014, located in:  NC, TX, MN, IL, FL, KY, MS, AZ, GA, AI, CA NJ, PA, WA NY, CO, MO, MI, NH, CT, TN, MD, SC, OH, ME, VA, RI, WI, WV, IA, LA, OK, MA, NE, OK, AR, VT, ID and IN .   These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.

The M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box comes in a 3.40 oz brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box  stamped on the right-hand side panel with the lot number and best before date.

Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-627-7852. This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4695

The following kashrus alert is from the Dallas K on September 18, 2014.

Please be advised that Central Market is advertising 'kosher menus' for the Jewish holidays. Central Market is NOT a kosher establishment nor do they offered kosher prepared foods.

Ed. note: Many stores in many locations advertise kosher or holiday menues that are not kosher. In some states they add the line, "We sell kosher and non kosher foods".The ethnically Jewish type products they they are offering are not kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4693

The following walnut allergy alert is from the FDA on September 12, 2014.

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, CA has been notified that specific lots of “Expo Fresh” Roma tomatoes supplied to Taylor Farms Pacific may be contaminated with Salmonella as a result of routine testing. No illnesses have been reported. This lot of Roma tomatoes was used in the following products made by Taylor Farms Pacific for Costco and Safeway and is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure. Only the specific "use by" and "packed on" codes are affected.

  • Costco: Tomatoes Roma Whole 1/25# (packed on 9/5 & 9/6 only)
    Shipped to:
    • Costco B2B Locations in:
    • Hawthorne CA
    • Los Angeles CA
    • Las Vegas NV
    • Lynwood WA
    • Tacoma WA
  • Safeway: Sicilian Vegetable Salad Kit- (use by 9/20 & 9/21 only)
    Shipped to:
    • Vons El Monte CA
    • Safeway Warehouse Tracy Ca
    • Safeway Warehouse Tempe AZ.

The product was sold as “Sicilian Vegetable Salad” at deli counters in Safeway, Vons, and Pavilions stores in California, Nevada, and Arizona.
These products should not be eaten. Customers may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Taylor Farms Pacific has notified the FDA and USDA of this voluntary recall.
Consumers with any questions may contact Taylor Farms Pacific directly at 209-835-6300 ext 186 between the hours of 8am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4692

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on September 3, 2014.

Please be advised that VEGETABLE CHIPS distributed by CATEGORY SOLUTIONS PTY LTD. (Australia) bears an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging.
THIS ITEM IS NOT CERTIFIED BY OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION.
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4691

The following is an answer from the OK on September 12, 2014 to a reader's question regarding Philadelphia Cream cheese:

The below list (see July 2, 2014) of current kosher varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads will remain kosher certified without compromising on any of OK Kosher's high kosher standards.

As previously communicated, the new bacon variety contains actual bacon and will not carry a kosher symbol on the package.

Please use extra care when purchasing Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads and verify that each package bears the OK-D symbol.

The following kashrus advisory is from the OK on July 2, 2014.

After communicating that certain varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads would no longer be kosher certified upon the launch of the new bacon flavor, Philadelphia heard from some fans who expressed disappointment.
As the brand is always listening to its fans, Philadelphia is happy to share that, in working hand in hand with the OK, it has been able to make adjustments to ensure the below list of current kosher varieties of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads will remain kosher certified without compromising on any of OK Kosher's high kosher standards.

  • Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread

As previously communicated, the new bacon variety contains actual bacon and will not carry a kosher symbol on the package.


The following kashrus advisory is from the OK on June 13, 2014 with additional information on June 18, 2014.

Please be advised that Kraft Foods, Northfield, IL will be coming out with a new product PHILADELPHIA BACON CREAM CHEESE SPREAD.This product is not kosher certified. It contains actual bacon and does NOT carry a kosher symbol on the package.
This will unfortunately also affect other Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread products. The following products will no longer be kosher certified:

  • Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread
Please use extra care when purchasing Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads and verify that each package bears the OK-D symbol.

From the OK: The 10 varieties of affected Cream Cheese will likely still be available on store shelves with OK-D through the summer. The main production and release of Bacon Cream Cheese will begin in September. The OK will be resending the alert at the end of August. There is some Bacon Cream Cheese coming out on the market now from the trial run, which is why we put out the alert now.

Ed. note: The Customer service number at Kraft is 1-877-535-5666.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4599

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on September 3, 2014.

Please be advised that Daily Chef Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake sold by Sam’s Club was mistakenly labeled with a plain OK symbol. THIS ITEM IS DAIRY AND SHOULD HAVE THE OK-D SYMBOL. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4690

The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 11, 2014.

Premier Ingredients is recalling Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 250 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 1 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 75 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 90 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 10 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano 65 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 100 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano Rubbed 1.1 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano Rubbed 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Italian Herb 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4689

The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 11, 2014.

Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g AHM/SFCB19014
AHM621140814N
AHM621140815D
AHM621140825D
8 54260 00621 6
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g AHM/SFCB19014
AHM547140815D
AHM547140825D
8 54260 00547 9


The following health alert is from the FDA on June 6, 2014.

Navitas Naturals©, the Superfood Company™, today announced an expansion of its voluntary and precautionary recall to include additional expiration dates of products containing Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
The affected products were distributed nationally and include:

  • Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, 8oz, UPC 858847000369 all best by dates up to and including 11/22/2015
  • Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, 8oz, UPC 858847000314 all best by dates up to and including 11/05/2015
  • Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, 8 oz, SKU 506436 all best by dates up to and including OC 2015
No other Navitas Naturals products are affected by this recall.
Consumers who have purchased either of these products are urged to not eat the products, and to dispose of them or return them to the store where they were originally purchased.
Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact 888-886-3879.

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 65, 2014.


HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. Cheektowaga, NY is expanding the voluntary recall of Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia& Flax Seed Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The recall is being expanded to include more lot numbers and other products that contain Chia Seeds. These products have been distributed nationwide.
The products and lot numbers included in this voluntary recall have been expanded to include:
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA SEED POWDER Lot numbers: All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365; All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006162, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005462; and all bulk sizes;
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER Lot numbers: All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365; All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006216, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005479; and all bulk sizes.
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS CHIA SEEDS Lot numbers: All codes starting with ASCBO13; NET WT. 8oz. UPC 854260006131, and NET WT. 16oz. UPC 854260006148; and all bulk sizes.
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD TRAILMIX Lot numbers: ALL LOTS ending in 003-13 to 005-14; NET WT. 3.5oz. UPC 854260010701.
No other Organic Traditions products are affected by this recall.
The recall was expanded as the result of positive test results received by our company on the sample of Sprouted Chia/Flax that contained the bacteria.
Consumers that have purchased any of these products with the above stated lot numbers are asked not to consume the product, and discard it or return the product to the original point of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 730, Monday – Friday, 9am –5pm ET. For media inquiries, please contact us at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 722, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm ET.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on June 25, 2014.

The food recall warning issued on June 13, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g AHM353030,
AHMMIX353030
AHM310291,
AHMMIX310291
8 54260 00621 6
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g AHM353030,
AHMMIX353030
AHM310291,
AHMMIX310291
8 54260 00547 9

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 4, 2014.

HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. of Cheektowaga, New York is voluntarily recalling Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia/Flax Seed Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination. The products that were recalled are listed below in the CFIA alert with the addition of 50 lb bags.
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia seed powder and Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax seed powder were sold to distributors, retailers, and through internet sales in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Consumers with questions may contact the Health Mattes America at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 730, Monday – Friday, 9am –5pm ET.


The following health alert is from the CFIA on June 11, 2014.

The food recall warning issued on June 7, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Advantage Health Matters and Noorish Inc. are recalling various products containing chia seeds or sprouted chia seed powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Organic Traditions Dark Chia Seeds Various bulk sizes All codes starting with ASCBO13 None
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder Various bulk sizes

All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365

All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156

None
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder Various bulk sizes

All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365

All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156

None
Noorish Superfoods Chia Seeds 500 g* All packages sold from Noorish Inc. at 8440-109 Street in Edmonton, AB from September 26, 2013 to June 11, 2014 inclusive None * The affected product may have been sold in bulk at Noorish Inc. at 8440-109 Street in Edmonton, AB from September 26, 2013 to June 11, 2014 inclusive. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on June 7, 2014.

The food recall warning issued on June 6, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
BioEssential Botanicals is voluntarily recalling sprouted chia powder sold in bulk due to possible Salmonella contamination. The bulk product has been used to manufacture various products under several brand names. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.
Please note that the affected products listed in the table may have been sold without a code marked on the package. These products without a code would also be included in the recall

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 227 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00616 2 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 454 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00546 2 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 25 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 50 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00621 6 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00547 9 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 25 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 50 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Back 2 the Garden Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 200 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 Variable Back 2 the Garden
Pete's Gluten Free Sprouted Fiber Blend 400 g Best Before May 28 2016 None Finally Gluten Free

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported nine cases of Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford that are linked to this outbreak.


The following health alert is from the FDA on May 28, 2014.

Navitas Naturals, the Superfood Company is voluntarily recalling products which contain Organic Sprouted Chia Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination.

The CDC reported nine cases of Salmonella Newport from seven states.

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