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The following health alert is from the CFIA on January 15, 2015 and FDA on January 23, 2015.

Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, CA is voluntarily recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Based upon a random sampling, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA") has determined that the Go Raw Brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix, UPC number 8 59888 00040 0, lot number "Enjoy before May 12, 2015 R2," sold in 1 lb. (454 g) re-sealable plastic bags sold by Ecomax, tested positive for Salmonella. At this time, this is the only lot that is affected by this recall.
Although there have been no reported illnesses to date associated with the consumption of this product, out of an abundance of caution Freeland Foods has elected to take the following steps to insure the integrity of its products and protect the public safety. Effective immediately, Freeland Foods will conduct a precautionary voluntary recall to the consumer level of all Go Raw Brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix packages bearing the UPC 8 59888 0040 0 and Enjoy Before May 12, 2015 R2 in the United States. Freeland Foods asks that consumers who have purchased this product destroy or return to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix with the lot number "Enjoy before May 12, 2015 R2," was distributed nationwide and Canada through distributors, retailers and direct customers.
Consumer with questions or concerns may contact the company at 1-877-456-8729 between the hours of 9AM-3PM Monday – Friday or email us at returns@goraw.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A47838

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on January 23, 2015.

Packages of Soft Candy Balls - Sassy Mints Candy distributed by Stewart Candy of Waycross, GA, bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol.
Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4852

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 16,2015.

Tarrier Foods of Columbus, OH is recalling 316 cases of Chopped Twix item 0807, because it may contain undeclared peanuts and eggs.
The Chopped Twix product was distributed to wholesale warehouses in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Florida where it was distributed to foodservices.
The product can be identified by the item number 0870 on the outside of the case. The inside contains two bags in white film marked "CHOPPED TWIX Lot 087034314."
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing peanuts and eggs was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts and egg on the ingredient statement. Subsequent investigations are being performed to determine the temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes."
Consumers who have purchased Chopped Twix lot code 080734314 are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Tarrier Food's Customer Service at (614) 876-8595.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4851

The following shmitta information and clarification is from the the editor on January 22, 2015.

Shmitta, When do Fruits take on the status of Shmitta?

This year 5775 is a shmitta year in Israel. It is a mitzvah to not till the land from Rosh HaShana till the evening before the next Rosh HaShana. Vegetables in the marketplace have started growing during the shmitta year had have the status of shiviis.

Migdaltorah.org stated the "Fruits get the staus of shiviis whey the bud duing the shiviis year. As such, there are no restrictions on the purchase of fruits until the end of winter. Slowly, as these fruits are used up, fruits with Kedushas Sheviis will enter the commercial marketplace."
Kashrut.com has links to articles from a number about Shmitta as well charts published by the London Beth Din and the Star-K at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA . The London Beth Din lists the first fruits being shiviis as peaches and nectarines in February. We don't typically see Israeli peaches and nectarines in the US. Grapefruits, oranges and persimmons will attain the shivvis status in September or October, 2015. Dates in the market will have the shivvis status in August, 2015.

Information on terumah and ma'aser is at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4850

The following milk allergy ingredient notice is from the FARE on January 20, 2015.

Murray Cookies: The Kellogg Company would like you to know that starting in February, 2015; Murray will be adding milk ingredients to the ingredient statement and milk to the allergen statement on six flavors of cookies under the Murray® label. The flavors, Murray®; Butter Cookies, Sandwich Crèmes Chocolate, Sandwich Crèmes Duplex, Sandwich Crèmes Lemon and Sandwich Crèmes Vanilla will contain Wheat, Soy and Milk. The Murray Coconut Cookies will contain Wheat, Coconut, Soy and Milk. No other Murray cookies will be impacted by the allergen composition of these cookies.
The new Murray® cookies allergen information statement will include Contains Wheat, Soy and Milk for the Butter Cookies, Chocolate Crèmes, Duplex Crèmes, Lemon Crèmes and Vanilla Crème varieties. The Murray Coconut cookies will include Contains Wheat, Coconut, Soy and Milk. Because product formulations may change from time to time, consumers are strongly encouraged to read the package label prior to every purchase. For more information, contact us at 1-800-962-1413 or visit our website at http://www.murrayfoods.com.

Austin Cookies: The Kellogg Company would like you to know that starting in April, 2015; Austin will be adding milk ingredients to the ingredient statement and milk to the allergen statement on three flavors of cookies under the Austin® label.
The flavors, Austin® Choco Crèmes®, Lemon OHs! ® and Vanilla Crèmes sandwich will contain Wheat, Soy and Milk. No other Austin cookies will be impacted by the allergen composition of these cookies.
The new Austin® cookies allergen information statement will include Contains Wheat, Soy and Milk Ingredients. Please be aware these cookies are also in Austin variety packs. Because product formulations may change from time to time, consumers are strongly encouraged to read the package label prior to every purchase. For more information, contact us at 1-800-962-1413 or visit our website at http://www.kelloggs.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4849

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 21, 2015.

Sommer Maid butter has been produced in OU certified plants and bearing the OU as well as non-OU certified plants, but not bearing the OU. This is a violation of OU policy and has caused confusion. The OU has insisted that the brand name on the non-OU product be changed. The non-OU butter will now bear the Country Maid brand.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4848

The following kashrus alert is from Kashrut Maguen David on January 21, 2015 and translated by google translate.

La empresa PICK A FRUIT, deja de contar con la supervisión de Maguen David.
Translation: The company PICK A FRUIT, is no longer supervised by Magen David.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4847

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 20, 2015.

Please note that Woolworths tinned tuna with the Beth Din logo is kosher but not Mehadrin.
All other tinned tuna with the Beth din logo is kosher and Mehadrin.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4846

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Denver on January 18, 2014.

Boulder Pita produced by Hajji Bakery bears an UNAUTHORIZED Scroll K symbol. Hajji Baba bakery is no longer certified by the Scroll K. However, they sell their pita brand “Boulder Pita” with a Scroll K symbol on the bag. This use of the Scroll K symbol is UNAUTHORIZED. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4845

The following health alert is from the FDA and CFIA on January 18,2015.

Inventure Foods, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona, has issued a precautionary recall of its RADER FARMS® Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion, and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion because of a potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
These recalled blends themselves did not test positive for Listeria monocytogenes. However, Listeria moncytogenes was detected on spinach and/or kale ingredients on another lot which is currently placed on hold. These spinach and kale ingredients used to manufacture the recalled blends were supplied by the same outside party.
Fresh Start Smoothie Blend is distributed in 48 oz. (3 lbs.) packages at Costco in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan of Canada.
The Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion products are distributed in 35 oz. packages at Walmart in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The packages carry the Rader Farms and Fresh Start logos and are sold in the frozen fruit aisle of the store. The products being recalled are identified in the table below:

Product Name Retailer Size Item Number UPC Lot Code(s)
Fresh Start Smoothie Blend Costco 48 oz. 911885 884038851489 30055A0201
30055B0220
30065A0201
30065B0220
30075A0201
30075B0220
30145B0220
30155A0201
32794A0201
32794B0220
33034B0220
33044A0201
33044B0211
33074A0201
33074B0220
33084A0201
33094A0201
33094B0220
33154A0201
33154B0220
33424A0205
33424B0220
33434A0205
33434B0220
33554A0220
33554B0211
Fresh Start Smoothie Blend Costco Canada 48 oz. 911885 884038851489 30075A0201
30145A0201
30145B0220
32674A0201
32674B0220
32764A0218
32684A0201
32684B0220
32674B0220
32764B0211
32674B0220
32684A0201
32684B0220
32764B0211
Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion Walmart 35 oz. 552888783 884038851533 32274A0201
32584A0201
33644A0220
Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion Walmart 35 oz. 552888782 884038851540 33644A0220
32274A0201
32284A0201
32584A0201

Consumers who have purchased Rader Farms Fresh Start Blends are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Inventure Foods Customer Service department at 866-890-1004, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. PST, email info@inventurefoods.com or visit RaderFarms.com/FreshStartRecall

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