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The following South Aftican kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on October 9, 2015.

Please be aware, that all snack bars manufactured under the name "barry's", carrying a "parev" logo, are incorrectly labelled and should be labelled as "Milchik".

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5168

The following milk, wheat and tree nuts (pecans) allergy alert is from the FDA on October 7, 2015.

New England Natural Bakers Inc. Greenfield, MA, is issuing a voluntary recall for one specific lot (747 cases) of Trader Joe’s Coconut Cranberry Granola with "Best By 08/19/16" printed on the package, because Pecan Praline Granola containing milk, wheat and tree nuts (pecans) was packaged into the Coconut Cranberry Granola box.
The potentially affected product was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Washington D.C.
The Trader Joe’s Coconut Cranberry Granola (SKU 51131) is packaged in a 16 oz. box, with “Best By” date 08/19/16 printed at the top of the package UPC Code: 0051 1315 printed on side panel.
The voluntary recall was initiated by New England Natural Bakers Inc. after Trader Joe’s was contacted by a customer. One allergic reaction has been reported to date. All affected product has been removed from store shelves.
Customers who have purchased the Trader Joe’s Coconut Cranberry Granola may return it to Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact New England Natural Bakers Inc. at (413)772-2239 8:30AM-5:00PM EST, Monday – Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5167

The following milk allergy alert is from the FDA on October 6, 2015.

Snack Out Loud Foods™ today announced a recall of 56 cases of Sea Salt Crunchy Bean Snacks labeled with the lot #63361, UPC #760055900037, Expiration Date 7/9/2016. This recall has been voluntarily initiated due to the possibility of Ranch product being packaged in Sea Salt single-unit serving film, which does not list milk as an allergen.
The Crunchy Bean Snacks were distributed to Colorado and California, and the company has reached out to consumers through its distributors and retail stores. The Crunchy Bean Snacks being recalled can be identified as Snack Out Loud Sea Salt Crunchy Bean Snack, 1.2oz, Lot #63361, UPC #760055900037, Expiration Date 7/9/16. The product would come in a small, single-serving bag.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes.
Consumers who have purchased Snack Out Loud Sea Salt Crunchy Bean Snacks 1.2oz package with Lot# 63361, UPC #760055900037, and Expiration Date of 7/9/16 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-855-888-8108 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5166

The following wheat allergy alert is from the FDA on October 5, 2015.

General Mills is voluntarily recalling several days of production of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates in July of this year because of an undeclared allergen – wheat – with potential adverse health effects.
Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced on these dates at the company's Lodi, California facility are being recalled because an isolated incident resulted in wheat flour being inadvertently introduced into the gluten free oat flour system at its Lodi facility. As a result, the products may contain an undeclared allergen – wheat – in products labeled as gluten-free.
General Mills will recall and retrieve affected cereals produced on those dates from customer warehouses and store shelves. Consumers with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance should not consume products bearing the affected code dates and should contact General Mills for a replacement or full refund.
This voluntary recall includes four days production of original (yellow box) Cheerios, and thirteen days of production of Honey Nut Cheerios at its Lodi, California facility with the following "BETTER IF USED BY" code dates and the plant code LD which indicates the product was produced at Lodi, California:

Honey Nut CheeriosYellow Box Cheerios
15JUL2016LD21JUL2016LD 17JUL2016LD

Products containing wheat can cause illness or severe reactions for individuals with wheat allergies or celiac disease. Products containing wheat can also cause illness or discomfort for individuals with gluten intolerance.

General Mills is transitioning five varieties of Cheerios to gluten free. Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals produced at General Mills’ other facilities, or on dates other than those noted at the Lodi, California facility, are not impacted. General Mills’ other gluten-free Cheerios varieties – including Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios and MultiGrain Cheerios – are not impacted and are not being recalled. No other General Mills cereals are affected

Consumers requesting refunds or calling with further questions should contact General Mills Consumer Services at 1-800-775-8370.

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The following health alert is from the Food Safety News on October 3, 2015.

General Mills is recalling 60,000 bags of its Cascadian Farm frozen green beans after one package tested positive for Listeria. It is the second time this year that the bacteria were found in the company’s green beans.
The recall, announced Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, is for 16-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm green beans with a “Better If Used By” date of June 29, 2017. The bags were produced in June 2015.
In August, General Mills recalled 60,000 bags of Cascadian Farm green beans in 10-ounce packages. They were produced in March 2014 and had use-by dates of April 2016.

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 26, 2015.

General Mills today announced a voluntary Class I recall of a limited quantity of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans produced over two days in March 2014. The recall is being issued as a precaution after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
This voluntary recall is limited to 10-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with either of two “Better If Used By” dates printed on the package:

  • 10APR2016
  • 11APR2016

The recalled product was produced and packaged in 2014. No other varieties or production dates of Cascadian Farm products are affected by this recall.
The Cascadian Farm frozen cut green beans were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.
Consumers are urged to dispose of the products affected by this recall. Consumers who have products covered by this recall may contact Cascadian Farm Consumer Relations at 1-800-624-4123 for a replacement.

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The following health alert is from the FDA on October 2, 2015.

Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. VOLUNTARILY RECALLS Nature’s Eats, Natural Macadamia Nuts 6oz and Southern Grove, Simply Raw Trail Mix 8oz with the following lot codes because of a possible health risk:

Nature's Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts 6 oz 35897001
Southern Grove Simply Raw Trail Mix 8 oz 36242004




These products were distributed to Retail Locations in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. The products were sold between 6/20/2015 and 9/9/2015. This notification is intended to inform consumers that may still have any of the above listed products in their possession.
The recall was as the result of a routine, random sampling program conducted by a FDA contracted lab which revealed that the Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nut product contained Salmonella.
The company has ceased the distribution of this specific lot of macadamia nuts from the supplier.
Consumers who have purchased any of the above listed lot codes are urged to not eat or discontinue consuming the potentially affected product and contact the company at 1-844-571-5555 for refund or product replacement information from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday-Friday, Central Standard Time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5164

The following alert is from the Vaad of Denver on September 13, 2015 and September 17, 2015.

"Canned fruits not originating from China and Israel do not require kosher certification, if they only contain one or more of the following ingredients: Ascorbic acid, citric acid, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, water. Note: Other ingredients may require kosher certification. Check with our office for further information."

"Canned vegetables: All canned vegetables need reliable kosher certification. Included are canned vegetables that list only the vegetables, salt and water as ingredients. "

From Kosher Australia (9/29/2015): Australia canneries will can fruit, veg and tarfus on the same lines under heat without a proper kashering, therefore, in Australia cnned fruit and vegetables both need need certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5159

The following insect infestation information is from COR Detroit on September 30, 2015.

"Bags of Unger's Pearled Barley that bear the code 9 28017 stamped on the side of the bag have been found to be infested and have been recalled. They should either be returned to the place of purchase, or should be checked very carefully. To check them, place a small pile of barley - an ounce or two at a time - on a white paper plate (not plastic, which creates a shine) with a very good overhead light that illuminates the plate. Use a finger or credit card to drag a small amount of barley away from the pile, spreading that barley in a single layer. Visually inspect the spread-apart barley, looking for black insects and white or tan worms between or under the kernels. Repeat this until the entire pile has been checked. Then do the same for the rest of the barley in the package."
"Consumers who will store barley or other grains for extended amounts of time are advised to store such products in the refrigerator or freezer in order to prevent infestation."

The following insect infestation information is from Hakhel Organization on September 10, 2015.

"BARLEY ALERT! Packaged barley may be subject to insect and worm presence or infestation through November, as the packages may be stored in warehouses for months, and eggs may even hatch within the package. By the following link, we provide evidence of this fact: http://tinyurl.com/p4zq56t For instance, bags of Unger’s barley lot number 05016 from different cases and checked by different mashgichim were found to be infested."
"We have been advised by a renowned Kashrus expert that the proper manner in which to check barley is as follows: Take a full handful of barley from a bag and check it on a white paper plate (not plastic, which creates a shine) with a very good overhead light which illuminates the plate. Slowly separate and swish the kernels looking for black insects and white worms. Checking on a dry surface, is more effective than placing the barley into water and looking for movement."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5140

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc on September 25, 2015.

Please be advised that smoked salmon from Zhoushan Mountain Spring Smoke House Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang, China) is being sold at Jerry’s Fruit and Market with an unauthorized OK Kosher symbol (that has the words Kol-K underneath the symbol).These products are NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5162

The following shmitta alert is from the cRc on September 25, 2015.

Teds Fruit Market on Devon Ave. is selling Parsley Flakes from a company called Orlando Imports. These flakes are products of Israel and buyers should be aware that these flakes likely grew during the shemittah year.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5161
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