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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

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4844

The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on January 19, 2015.

"I sent out a reminder last week that since January 15 has passed, even items that contain malt for which dating codes are not known should no longer be purchased without verifying that the malt they contain is Yoshon. (Note that the safe purchase date of Jan 15 did not apply to beer. That date for beer was Nov 15.)"
Pretzels almost always contain malt for flavoring and coloring. That means that most pretzels may be Chodosh by now. However the malt in LIEBERS pretzels is always Yoshon, making these pretzels Yoshon. The mashgiach, Rav Weissmandl has determined that this uses malt that is Yoshon, made from dextrose or corn, as opposed to the usual malt made from barley."


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on January 15, 2015.

The Chodosh Guide had recommended that all items that contain malt, for which the dating code is not known, may be purchased assuming that the malt is Yoshon up to the purchase date of Jan. 15. After that date, one should seek confirmation that the malt is Yoshon. (Note, as mentioned in the Guide, that malt in baking flour, is not a problem according to some poskim.)

  • Liebers pretzels may contain Chodosh malt. We expect more details about this within the next few days.
  • B'Gan/Eden breaded cauliflower is Yoshon.
  • Kineret brownies are Yoshon.
  • Pride of the Farm cookies and Cream ice cream is Yoshon.
  • Items produced under the hashgocho of Chug Chasam Sofer of Bnei Brak are Yoshon, even if produced outside of Israel, for example, Turkey. (Note, this applies only to this hashgocho from Bnei Brak)

The Guide incorrectly stated that items from wheat or oats produced in Canada are Yoshon at least up to Sept 22. This is not correct.
The free .pdf version of Guide to Chodosh for the year 5775 is available by sending an email to chodosh@sefer.org.
Kashrut.com has links to Pas Yisroel and Yoshon products lists at www.kashrut.com/consumer/baked_goods

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4837

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on January 16, 2015.

Packages of Clearly Kombucha Classic Grape Probiotic Elixir bear an unauthorized Star-K symbol. Corrective action is being taken.
Other flavors of Clearly Kombucha bearing STAR-K are authorized.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4843

The following kashrus alert is from the MK on January 16, 2015.

Please be advised that "Sun Snacks" Nut products bear an unauthorized MK symbol. These products are not certified by MK kosher certifier.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4839

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

B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is recalling certain seasoning blends that contain ground cumin that may contain peanut, an allergen that is not declared on the products’ ingredient statements. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled products have been distributed by and are sold by Target and The Fresh Market.
B&M, Inc. was notified by one of their suppliers that one lot of Cumin Ground Conventional and some of the seasonings containing this lot had potentially been contaminated with peanut protein.
The products were shipped to retailers from December 1, 2014 through January 7, 2015. The following products with lot codes and Best By dates are subject to the recall.

BrandProduct Name & DescriptionLot NumberBest By DateUPC
Target Archer FarmsCumin Ground is packaged in a 6oz clear square glass bottle with a silver metal cap and a label weight of 2.8oz (79g).3381403FBest By:
05 JUN 2017
0-85239-02549-9
Target Archer FarmsCumin Ground is packaged in a 6oz clear square glass bottle with a silver metal cap and a label weight of 2.8oz (79g).3421406FBest By:
09 JUN 2017
0-85239-02549-9
The Fresh MarketDark Chili Powder is packaged in a 5x7in clear square bag with a zipper seal and a label weight of 2.24oz (63.5g).3581405RBest By:
25 JUN 2017
7-37094-01841-2
The Fresh MarketDark Chili Powder is packaged in a 5x7in clear square bag with a zipper seal and a label weight of 2.24oz (63.5g).3641401RBest By: 01JUL20177-37094-01841-2
The Fresh MarketDark Chili Powder is packaged in a 4oz clear square glass bottle with a silver metal cap and a label weight of1.85oz (52.4g).0021503ABest By:
04 JUL 2017
7-37094-20425-9

The lot number and best by date can be found on the bottom of the bottle or front of bag.

No other spices and seasonings manufactured by B&M, Inc. for Target and The Fresh Market have been affected by this FDA recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this FDA recall.

Consumers in possession of this FDA recalled product should discard it or return it to the store at which it was purchased for a full refund.  Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4842

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

B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is recalling certain seasoning blends that contain ground cumin that may contain undeclared peanut protein, an allergen that is not declared on the product’s ingredient statements. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled product has been distributed by Harris Teeter.
B&M, Inc. was notified by one of their suppliers that one lot of Cumin Ground Conventional and some of the seasonings containing this lot had potentially been contaminated with peanut protein.
The products were shipped to retailers on December 1, 2014. The following products with lot codes and Best By dates listed below are subject to the recall.

BrandProduct Name & DescriptionLot NumberBest By DateUPC
Harris Teeter, HT TradersBlue Cheese Jalapeno Seasoning is packaged in a 6oz clear square glass bottle with a black metal cap and a label weight of 3.7oz (104.9g).3301401RBest By:  28 MAY 20170-72036-71232-5

The lot number and best by date can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

No other spices and seasonings manufactured by B&M, Inc. for Harris Teeter have been affected by this FDA recall.


Consumers in possession of this FDA recalled product should discard it or return it to the store at which it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4841

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 15,2015.

Garden Lites®, The Delicious Vegetable Company™ owned and operated by Classic Cooking LLC, is issuing a voluntary recall of several products due to the fact that they contain undeclared peanuts. The ingredient cumin provided by a third party vendor was contaminated with peanut allergen. Individuals who have severe sensitivity to peanuts should not consume the designated products as they may run the risk of a serious and even life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. These products were distributed nationwide in retail stores. The recall affects products with the following lot numbers and UPC codes:

PRODUCT NAMESIZELOT#EXP DATESUPC
Garden Lites Kale & Quinoa Soufflé7 oz3219
33014
3517
5/25/2016
5/26/2016
6/23/2016
7-04863-01730-3
Garden Lites Southwestern Soufflé7 oz27814
32214
32314
4/5/2016
5/18/2016
5/19/2016
7-04863-01720-4
Garden Lites Veggie Chili & Cornbread Melt7 oz299144/26/20167-04863-01726-6
Garden Lites Kale & Brown Rice Veggie Bites9 oz28014
28114
30114
30214
27414
4/7/2016
4/8/2016
4/28/2016
4/29/2016
4/02/2016
7-04863-03611-3
Classic Cooking Kale & Quinoa Veggie Cakes6.75 lbs32314
33614
36314
27414
5/19/2016
6/2/2016
6/29/2016
4/1/2016
7-4863-32511-8

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.

Customers seeking a refund are asked to send a digital image displaying the UPC code and expiration date on the package/s affected to info@garden-lites.com or they can mail the product packaging to Classic Cooking Attn: RECALL at 165-35 145th Dr., Jamaica, NY 11434 in exchange for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-439-0200 ext. 627, Mon - Fri 9:00AM To 5:00PM.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4840

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on January 14, 2015.

3 Guys From Brooklyn repackaged Dark Chocolate Raisins and other chocolates and nut products placing an unauthorized OK symbol on the labels. These products are not kosher certified by OK Kosher Certification. Action Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4833

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 14,2015.

NAC FOODS of Palisades Park, NJ is recalling Ground Cumin, because it may contain undeclared Peanut Protein.
The affected Ground Cumin was distributed and sold to retailers located in NJ, NY, and PA.
The recalled products are packaged in plastic containers under the brands Mimi’s Products and Rosa Maria. Recalled products can be identified by LOT# 2948E which is located under the Expiration Date 3/2017.

  • MIMI’S PRODUCTS GROUND CUMIN 1 OZ UPC 707425-054242 - LOT #2948E - EXP.DATE 3/2017
  • MIMI’S PRODUCTS GROUND CUMIN 9 OZ UPC 707425-032318 - LOT #2948E - EXP.DATE 3/2017
  • ROSA MARIA GROUND CUMIN 6 OZ UPC 707425-160417 - LOT #2948E - EXP.DATE 3/2017

Consumers are urged to return product to place of purchase or to NAC Foods located at 239 Commercial Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ 07649 for a full refund. Consumers can contact the company at 201-592-8920 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4836
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