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The following kashrus advisory is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on July 17, 2014.

Please be advised that LADADIKA TAVERNA Pindus, Thessaloniki, Greece has an unauthorized ~ kosher symbol in the window of their restaurant. OK Kosher Certification does not certify Ladadika Taverna. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4638

The following Canadian health alert is from the FDA on July 23, 2014.

Industry is recalling Earth Circle Organics and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand Organic Carob Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.
The following products have been sold in British Columbia and Alberta, and may have been sold in other provinces or through Internet sales.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 16 oz 3642, 3404, 3221, 3267 8 94932 00228 3
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 5 lb 3405, 3262 8 94932 00273 3
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 20 lb 3487, 3387, 3292 8 13313 01148 5
Earth Circle Organics Organic Carob Powder 55 lb 201901, 196201, 194801, 188901, 0786 8 94932 00274 0
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic 75 g 3405 1 37101 67696 1
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic ½ lb (227 g) 3405, 3262 1 37101 61636 3
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic 2 lb 3405 None
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Carob Raw Powder (Ceratonia siliqua) Organic 10 lb 3405 None


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

Earth Circle Organics, (River Canyon Retreat, Inc., dba) has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination.

Products were sold to distributors and retail outlets in North America.

 Product SKU Lot #UPC Code Exp Date 
CRBP16ow3642; 3404; 3221; 3267 894932002283 6/5/2015 
CRBP5lb3405; 3262 894932002733  6/5/2015
 CBP20lb 3487; 3387; 3292813313011485 6/5/2015
 CRBP55lb 201901; 196201; 194801; 188901; 0786894932002740 6/5/2015

No other Earth Circle Organics products are affected by this recall and no illnesses have been reported to date. This recall is initiated as a precautionary measure due to a possibility of contamination.

Consumers that have purchased these products with the above stated lot numbers and expiration dates 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 Earth Circle Organics at 530-273-3663 ext 216, Monday – Friday from 9 am-5 pm PST. Email correspondence can be sent to recall@earthcircleorganics.com .

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4637

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on July 23, 2014.

Please be advised that Disposable Styrofoam Products produced by KANGUPOR (Cartagena, Colombia [SA]) bear an unauthorized OK Kosher symbol. THIS ITEM IS NOT CERTIFIED BY OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4636

The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 22, 2014.

Based upon the latest bulletin from the US Dep't of Agriculture, the harvest of the Chodosh oats crop is entering its 3rd week. The harvest of the Chodosh wheat and barley crops have not yet started.
The following are advanced estimates of the PURCHASE dates when items may start being Chodosh. These dates are subject to change.

  • Oats in Quaker cereals September 1
  • Oats in most other cereals September 15
  • Oats in Cheerios and other General Mills cereals October 1
  • Freshly baked wheat products such as breads, challahs, bagels, pizza August 15 in the Mid West, August 22 in the rest of the US.
  • Packaged wheat products September 1
  • Pearled barley September 15.


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 15, 2014.

The harvest of the Chodosh crops have begun. As of this week 11% of the new oats have been harvested. Based on the experience of previous years, most of the new, Chodosh oats should not reach the cereals until September or later. This is to be confirmed for this year. The spring wheat and barley harvests have not yet begun.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4623

The following Canadian weekly strawberry updaten is from MK on July 17, 2014.

Please be advised that Quebec strawberries were now found to be highly infested and therefore cannot be used until further notice.


The following Canadian weekly strawberry updaten is from MK on July 10, 2014.

Please be advised that Quebec strawberries were found to be clean of infestation.
METHOD OF CLEANING:

  1. The crown should be cut off
  2. Make sure not to make a hole in the fruit.
  3. The fruit should then be soaked in soapy water and rinsed, after which they may be used.
THIS NOTICE IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 10-17TH, 2014.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4624

The following health alert is from the Wawona packing and FDAon July 19, 2014 and the CFIA on July 21, 2014.

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products. Consumers can identify the recalled products by the information provided in the list below and photographs. Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them and should discard them. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 1-888-232-9912, M-F, 8am-5pm ET , or visit www.wawonapacking.comdisclaimer icon for a copy of this press release.

Information on companies which sold the fruit:

  • Wawona Packing Recalls Product List
  • Information from Wawoma Packing
  • http://inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/" target='cfia'>CFIA list of recalled Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet fresh, whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluot
  • BJ's
  • California Tree Fruit
  • Costco
  • Majestic Pearl White Nectarines
  • 2 lb bag of Nectarines
  • Sweet2Eat Organic Nectarines and Peaches
  • Sam's
  • Black Diamond Black Plums
  • Summer Flame Peaches
  • Trader Joes Peaches
  • Dierbergs stores

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4635

The following revised kashrus alert is from Kosher Miami and the ORB on July 10, 2014 and July 22, 2014.

Please be advised that Pita Nosh located in the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach is NOT under the supervision of Kosher Miami, nor under the supervision of the ORB. They have a letter on display from KM and ORB that attests to the meat from a meat distributor, not to Pita Nosh.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4617

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification on February 28, 2014 and reissued on July 21, 2014.

Please be advised that Post Limited Edition Honeycomb with Twisted Marshmallow Cereal is not kosher certified. It contains NON-KOSHER ingredients and does NOT have a kosher symbol on the package. Please use extra care when purchasing Honeycomb to ensure you buy original certified Honeycomb cereal ONLY.

Ed. note: One of my readers alerted me to the fact that the product with the marshmallows has the same UPC number as the product without. The only difference is a banner across the lower part of the front of the box indicating that there are marshmallows inside and no kosher symbol.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4508

The following wheat allergy alert is from the FDA on July 16, 2014.

Barricini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels in Net Wt 6.5 oz. plastic tub, UPC 075655235181 Back Panel: Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Barricini Manufactured by Bazzini Holdings, LLC Allentown, PA 18106 have been voluntarily recalled because of undeclared wheat. The back panel applied to some containers of milk chocolate peanut butter pretzels was for milk chocolate peanut butter cups, which does not declare wheat. The product was distributed nationwide, excluding Pacific States

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4633

The following dairy allergy alert is from the FDA on July 16, 2014.

Ah! Laska Organic Cocoa Non Dairy Chocolate Mix; Low Fat, Vegan, USDA Organic; Net Wt. 12 oz. (340 g);
UPC 7-60519-10028-7;
Ingredient: Organic cane sugar, organic cocoa powder (non-alkaline) organic, rice syrup solids, xanthan gum (a natural thickener) carrageenan (a natural seaweed extract emulsifier), maltodextrin, organic vanilla powder. Made in a facility that processes peanuts, sesame, dairy, eggs, fish, and soy. This product is wheat free and gluten free. Distributed by Ah!Laska 313 Iron Horse Way Providence RI Product of USA
Lot 3280, Best by April 2015
This product has been voluntarily recaled by Koru Pacific Packaging, Inc. because internal testing confirmed the presence of milk allergen in finished product that is labeled "Non-Dairy". The product has nationwide distribution.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4632
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