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The following insect infestation alert are from the Star-K on March 20, 2015.

Please note that due to current insect infestation brought about by the changing seasons, many of the Star-K bagged lettuces that normally bear the Star-K symbol are not currently passing our mashgiach's inspection. These bags do not bear a Star-K symbol. This includes both romaine and iceberg lettuces. Consumers are urged to check bagged lettuce carefully for the Star-K symbol to ensure the lettuce has been checked and is certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4921

The following shmitta alert are from the Star-K and the MK on March 20, 2015.

Star-K: Please be aware that carrots from Israel are being sold in the Baltimore area and across the U.S. The packages state "Product of Israel." These carrots may have Kedushas Shviis and require special care. If you bought them, and still have them in your possession, contact your local Orthodox rabbi for further guidance.
Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by Star-K and produce sold there does not have this issue

MK: Please be advised that fruit and vegetables grown in Israel are now being sold in stores across Quebec. Due to the special halachic implications pertaining to these products, please ask your rabbi for guidance.

Informatioon on Shmitta can be found at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA including links to charts with timing of when fruits achieve shmitta status.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4920

The following kashrus alert are from the OU on March 18, 2015.

Market Pantry Products: White Cooking Wine; Sherry Cooking Wine; Marsala Cooking Wine; Red Cooking Wine: White Wine Vinegar, Target Corporation, Minneapolis MN: The Orthodox Union does not certify Market Pantry cooking wines or white wine vinegar. Some labels were mistakenly labeled with an OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4919

The following additional health alert is from the FDA on March 18, 2015.

First Source, LLC of Buffalo, New York is voluntarily recalling 3,276 plastic tubs (6 oz.) of Wegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled Wegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces 6oz tubs were distributed to Wegmans’ 85 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts and sold between January 27, 2015 and March 17, 2015.
Product: Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Walnut Halves & Pieces, NET WT 6 oz, packed in clear plastic tubs
Specific Code Date on packages: Best Before 1/27/16 (located on the bottom label) UPC: 077890358009
Wegmans will place automated phone calls to customers who purchased the recalled product using their Shoppers Club card and the press release will be posted on their website.
Consumers who have purchased this product should return it to the service desk at Wegmans for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1(855) 934-3663 Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4918

The following additional health alert is from the FDA on March 18, 2015.

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a specialty retailer of organic and natural products, is expanding their recall of Natural Grocers brand Organic Garlic Powder to all lots as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
This recall was initiated after being notified of positive Salmonella findings in product from our supplier, which was repackaged by us.
The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags with Natural Grocers label notating Julian pack on dates and pricing per pound. The product was produced in size ranges of 0.25 pound to 0.30 pound. The lots being recalled are identifiable by Julian packed on date and include:
61-15, 40-15, 20-15, 351-14, 006-15, 316-14, 329-14, 288-14, 301-14, 275-14, 267-14, 252-14, 237-14
The product was distributed to Natural Grocers’ 95 stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Consumers can find the specific locations of Natural Grocers stores at: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locationsdisclaimer icon.
Only packages bearing the Julian packed on dates listed above are subject to recall.

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 17, 2015 and in Canada at CFIA on March 18, 2015.

Frontier Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic garlic powder that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, and one product sold under the Whole Foods Market brand due to potential Salmonella contamination.
The product in question was raw material received by Frontier, which tested positive for Salmonella during a test by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Given that Salmonella may be present, Frontier is immediately initiating this recall.
Recalled products were sold in all 50 states and in some parts of Canada to distributors, retailers and consumers. Below the release is a list of products containing the organic garlic powder. List and images of the affected products can be viewed at the following link: www.frontiercoop.com/recall. (ed. note: not all of the products are certified as kosher).
On foil bulk packages, the four-digit lot code will be found on the front label directly above the UPC code. On bottled items, the four-digit lot code can be found on the bottom of the bottle. On seasoning mixes, the four-digit lot code is embossed on the right side of the packet.
Consumers should not consume these products and should either throw away any remaining products or return to the point of purchase for a refund.
Please contact Frontier Co-op with any questions or to inquire about replacement or reimbursement at 1- 800-669-3275 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4916

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 17, 2015 and in Canada at CFIA on March 18, 2015.

Trader Joe’s Company is recalling Raw Walnuts because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide.
The products are packaged in clear plastic bags with the UPC Codes printed on the back. For the Raw California Walnut products, the “BEST BY” dates and Lot Numbers can be found printed on the back of the packages. For the Organic Raw Walnut products, the “BEST BY” dates can be found printed on the front of the packages. All potentially affected Raw Walnut products are as follows:

UPCProduct Description“BEST BY” DatesLot Numbers
00373685Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Pieces – 16oz12/2015GU4345
00943338Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces – 16 oz12/2015GU4346
00519342Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces – 16 oz12/2015GU4350
00519328Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Premium Walnut Halves – 16oz12/2015GU4343
00586627Trader Joe’s Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces – 12ozOCT 15 2015
OCT 16 2015
OCT 17 2015
OCT 20 2015
OCT 21 2015
NOV 17 2015
NOV 18 2015
NOV 19 2015
NOV 20 2015
NOV 28 2015
DEC 01 2015

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by an outside company contracted by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in certain packages of Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts.

Out of an abundance of caution, Trader Joe’s removed all lots of these products from store shelves and will suspend sale of these products while the FDA and the manufacturers involved continue their investigation into the source of the problem.

To date, Trader Joe’s Company has not received any illness complaints related to these recalled products.

Customers who have purchased any of this recalled Raw Walnut product are urged not to eat it, and to dispose of the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00AM to 6:00PM PST].

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4917

The following kashrus alert are from Rabbi Bess on March 9, 2015.

Many liquid medications contain food grade glycerin which is often derived from animals and is therefore, treif. This is especially a problem with children’s medications that are quite palatable.

The following liquid medications do not contain any animal ingredients. The glycerin is vegetable based:

  • Advil Infant’s Suspension White Grape Dye-Free [Artificial flavor]
  • Advil Children’s Suspension [All flavors including Dye-Free] [Artificial flavor]
  • Tylenol Infant drops - Cherry or Grape [Artificial flavor] NOT Dye-Free
  • Tylenol Children’s Suspension - Cherry Blast or Grape [Artificial flavor] NOT Dye-Free
  • Motrin Infants’ Drops - Berry and Dye-Free Berry
  • Motrin Children’s - Berry and Dye-Free Berry
The following liquid medications do contain animal ingredients. The glycerin is animal based:
  • Tylenol Infant Drops - Cherry Dye Free
  • Tylenol Children’s Suspension Cherry Blast - Dye-Free Benadryl Children’s Allergy Liquid Benadryl children’s Allergy Plus Congestion Liquid

Store brands of Suspensions should not be used since glycerin is commonly derived from animal sources.

From Rabbi Bess: There is a "generic" Benadryl without glycerin made by RIJ Pharmaceutical Corp, 40 Commercial Ave, Middletown, NY 10941. It is distributed by Kinray Inc. Whitestone NY 11357. It is sold as Preferred Plus in Lakewood.

Kashrut.com has year-round information for Over the Counter Medications, Nutraceuticals and Vitamins at www.kashrut.com/articles/medicine_list

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4911

The following kashrus alert is from the MK on March 13, 2015.

Steve’s Ice Cream Products bear an unauthorized KOF-K on their packaging.
These following products are NOT KOF-K certified and may be NON Kosher:

  • Brooklyn Blackout
  • Blackberry Crumble
  • Whoopies N' Sweet Cream
  • Dark Chocolate Salty
  • Vanilla Burnt Sugar
  • Speculoos Cookie Butter
Steve’s is working to remove all affected products from shelves in stores and warehouses and is currently correcting the labels.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4915

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on February 27, 2015.

Badia Spices, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall on Badia brand ground cumin product. Peanut is an allergen that is not declared on the product’s ingredient statement.
The recall was initiated after the firm was notified that a ground cumin sample collected by the State of NY Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Laboratory tested positive and had potentially been produced with undeclared peanut protein.
The Product is packaged in plastic bottles.
Product was distributed nationwide in retail stores, commencing in July, 2014.
This recall notice only affects the following products:

Product Name and Description Package Weight UPC Lot # Best By Dates
Badia Ground Cumin 7 oz. 033844-00002-8 117151 7/2019
Badia Ground Cumin 2 oz. 033844-00007-3 116837 7/2019
Badia Ground Cumin 16 oz. 033844-00516-0 116696 7/2019

The product is considered safe for consumers who do not have peanut allergen sensitivities.

Consumers who have peanut allergen sensitivities are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 305-629-8000, 8 am to 4:30 pm EST Monday-Friday, or via email to qualitycontrol@badiaspices.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4914

The following kashrus alert is from the MK on March 13, 2015.

Please be advised that Bonfire Food Services located at Académie Solomon Schechter 4940 Macdonald is no longer under MK supervision with immediate effect

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4913
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