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The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on on October 23, 2014.

Phytolab brand herbal products, distributed by Natalia Import, LLC, of Brooklyn, NY, bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. The company is not Star-K certified.
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4730

The following health alert is from the FDA on October 22, 2014.

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, San Diego, CA has issued a voluntary recall on specific codes of pouched Albacore tuna due to defects in the pouch seals which could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, and could lead to illness if consumed.

  • Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna in Water, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 8660024011, 8660024031, 5763800424. Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna In Water, Net Wt. 5oz, UPC 8660024016; UPC 8660024051, 5763800425.
    UPC: 8660024011, 8660024016, 8660024031, 8660024051: "Best By" dates: March 2017 to September 2017. UPC: 5763800424, 5763800425: All "Best By" dates
  • Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna with Jalapenos and Olive Oil, Net Wt. 2.5 oz, UPC 8660024012: Best By dates: March 2017 to September 2017
  • Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna with Sundried Tomatoes and Olive Oil, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 8660024013; est By dates: March 2017 to September 2017
  • Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna with Chipotle and Olive Oil, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 8660024014; est By dates: March 2017 to September 2017
  • Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Omega-3 Albacore Tuna with Omega 3 Tuna Oil, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 8660024191; Best By dates: March 2017 to September 2017
  • Bumble Bee Premium Lightmeat Tuna in Water, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 5763800426. Bumble Bee Premium Lightmeat Tuna in Water, Net Wt. 5oz, UPC 5763800427.; All "Best By" dates
  • Bumble Bee Jalapeno Albacore Tuna with Jalapeno & Olive Oil, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 5763800428; All "Best By" dates
  • Bumble Bee Chipotle Albacore Tuna with Chipotle & Olive Oil, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 5763800429: All "Best By" dates
  • Bumble Bee Sun Dried Tomato with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Olive Oil, Net Wt. 2.5oz, UPC 5763800430: All "Best By" dates

Distribution Pattern: nationwide in US

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4729

The following health alert is from the FDA on October 22, 2014.

Michael Foods, Inc., MN has voluntarily recalled Shell Eggs packaged under the following labels because the shell eggs are contaminated with Pseudomonas fluorescens:

  • Abbotsford Farms Cage Free Pasteurized Shell Eggs, Grade A Large Brown Eggs, packaged as 15 dozen per 1 case. Distributed by Abbotsford Farms, Gaylord, MN 55334. UPC Code 1 00 14616 64010 7.
  • AbbotsFord Farms Cage Free 1 Dozen Large Eggs Pasteurized for Safety. The product was packaged as 1 case of 15 1-dozen eggs per carton. Distributed by Abbotsford Farms, Gaylord, MN 55334. UPC Code 1 00 14616 64010 6. (3) Pepetti's Pasteurized Shell Eggs made with Grade A Large White Eggs, packaged as 15 dozen per 1 case. Distributed by: Michael Foods, Inc., Minnetonka, MN 55305. UPC Code 1 07 46025 86990 7.
  • Glenview Farms Pasteurized Shell Eggs made with Grade A Large White Eggs, packaged as 15 dozen per 1 case. Distributed by U.S. Foodservice Inc., Rosemount, IL 60018. UPC Code 5 07 58108 62234 5.
  • Crystal Farms One Dozen Large Eggs, Pasteurized Eggs. The product was packaged as 1 case of 15 1-dozen eggs per carton. Distributed by Crystal Farms, Lake Mills, WI 53551-0753. UPC Code 1 00 75925 00032 6.
  • GFS Large Pasteurized Eggs, packaged as 15 dozen per 1 case. Distributed by Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids, MI 49548. UPC Code 0 00 93901 26545 6.

Code Info (1) AbbotsFord Farms, Product No.: 14616-64000, Lot Nos.: 4143W, 4150W, 4157W, and 4171W. (2) AbbotsFord Farms, Product No.: 14616-64010, Lot No.: 4136W. (3) Papettis, Product No.: 46025-86990, Lot Nos.: 4131W-4144W, 41417W-4150W, 4153W-4157W, 4160W-4164W, 4168W-4172W, 4174W-4176W. (4) Glenview Farms, Product No.: 58108-62234, Lot Nos.: 4131W, 4139W, 4147W, 4153W, 4160W, 4167W, and 4174W. (5) Crystal Farms, Product No.: 75925-00032, Lot Nos.: 4135W, 4142W, 4149W, 4156W, 4163W, 4170W, and 4177W. (6) GFS, Product No.: 93901-26545, Lot Nos.: 4132W, 4140W, 4148W, 4154W, 4161W, 4168W, and 4175W.
Distribution Pattern: Nationwide distribution. No product was distributed to foreign, military, or government facilities.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4728

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on October 22, 2014.

New York Youth Club’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Happauge NY bear an unauthorized OU Pareve mark. The Orthodox Union does not certify any NYYC cookies. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4727

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on October 22, 2014.

Countryside Creamery Homestyle Spread (Margarine), Aldi Inc.: Homestyle Spread (margarine) is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU-D Dairy product. This product contains milk as indicated on the ingredient panel. Some packaging was printed without the D - Dairy designation. Packaging has been revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4726

The following updated peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on October 15, 2014.

Mars Chocolate North America is recalling M & Ms due to undeclared peanuts. Mars Chocolate North America Milk Chocolate M & M's Net Wt. 3.40 oz packed in a brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box 12 Theater boxes per case Distributed by Mars Snackfoods US LLC., Hackettstown, NJ 07840-1503 UPC 40000294764 Code info: 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; and 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. 

Distribted to: 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

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 health alert is from the CFIA on October 21, 2014.

Bailey Farms, Inc. of Oxford, NC is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers was distributed to Meijer, Inc. and customers may have purchased this product from October 14th to October 19th at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
In addition this product was distributed to Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors, Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group, LLC.,C&S Wholesalers, John Vena, Inc. and Harris Teeter. Consumers who suspect they may have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers from the above listed companies between the dates of October 2, 2014 to October 21, 2014 should check with the above listed companies to verify if the product was subject to recall.
Consumers with questions can contact Bailey Farms, Inc. M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST 1-888-820-2545.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4725

The following sulfite allergen alert is from the CFIA on October 17, 2014.

KT Supermarket in Quebec is recalling following product because of undeclared sulfites:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Glicks Finest Apricot Preserves 340 g RABBIGLICK12
Best By 071117
8 40762 01350 6

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4724

The following peanut and egg allergen alert is from the FDA on October 15, 2014.

Mars Chocolate North America, Hackettstown, NJ is voluntarily recalling Twix Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. pouch due to undeclared peanuts and eggs. The recalled product is Twix Unwrapped Bites 7.0 oz. distributed by Mars chocolate na, llc Hackettstown, NJ 07840-1503 USA UPC 040000484325 contained in a Metallized-golden stand up pouch (SUP) package 5 pouches per carton, 2 cartons per case.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4723

The following health alert is from the CFIA on October 21, 2014.

Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted 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 Flax Seed Powder 227 g BIO13SGF291 8 54260 00626 1
Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder 454 g BIO13SGF291 8 54260 00553 0


The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 27, 2014.

Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Flax Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to Salmonella. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. The following products have been sold nationally.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder 227 g AHM626140818D 8 54260 00626 1
Organic Traditions Sprouted Flax Seed Powder 454 g AHM553140818D 8 54260 00553 0
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g AHM621140808D
AHM621140811D
AHM621140811N
8 54260 00621 6
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g AHM547140806N
8 54260 00547 9


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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4586
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