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The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on August 19, 2014.

MaraNatha and Trader Joe's brands almond butters and peanut butters are being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
MaraNatha natural almond butter – raw no sodium 340 g 2015MA07 0 51651 09306 4
MaraNatha natural almond butter – roasted no sodium 340 g 2014DE11, 2015JA16, 2015MR25, 2015MA08, 2015MA09 0 51651 09305 7
MaraNatha natural almond butter – roasted no sodium 737 g 2014DE08, 2014DE09, 2014DE10, 2014DE11, 2015JA11, 2015JA15, 2015JA16, 2015FE14, 2015FE15, 2015FE16, 2015MR20, 2015MR21, 2015AL15, 2015AL16, 2015MA22, 2015MA23, 2015MA24, 2015JN18, 2015JN19, 2015JN20 0 51651 09286 9
MaraNatha no stir almond butter – creamy no hydrogenated oils 340 g 2014DE16, 2015JA24, 2015FE26 0 51651 09345 3
MaraNatha no stir almond butter – crunchy no hydrogenated oils 340 g 2014DE16, 2015JA24, 2015JA25, 2015FE26 0 51651 09346 0
MaraNatha no stir peanut butter - creamy low in sodium 500 g 2015MA20 0 51651 09340 8
MaraNatha no stir peanut butter - crunchy low in sodium 500 g 2015MR13, 2015MR14 0 51651 09341 5
MaraNatha organic peanut butter - creamy no added sugar 500 g 2015JA03, 2015JA04, 2015FE05, 2015FE06, 2015MR01, 2015AL07 0 51651 09330 9
MaraNatha organic peanut butter - crunchy no added sugar 500 g 2014DE31, 2015FE05, 2015MR09, 2015AL08, 2015MA14 0 51651 09331 6
Trader Joe's Almond Butter - Raw Crunchy Unsalted 454 g 28DEC14 up to and including 18JUN15 0091 9890
Trader Joe's Almond Butter – Raw Creamy Unsalted 454 g 27DEC14 up to and including 18JUL15 0056 9958


The following health alert is from the FDA on August 19, 2014.

nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. The potential risk was brought to the Company’s attention by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following routine testing. The Company has received reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these specific products. nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is committed to producing the highest quality products and our top priority is the safety of our consumers. For this reason we are initiating this voluntary recall of the products below as a precautionary measure.

Recalled Retail Lots
Item Description Unit UPC Best By Date Range
Arrowhead Mills Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz. 074333470328 31DEC14 thru 14MAY15
Arrowhead Mills Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz. 074333470526 31DEC14 thru 14MAY15
MaraNatha Roasted Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz. 051651060325 24DEC14 thru 17JUN15
MaraNatha Roasted Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz. 051651092012 26DEC14 thru 06JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Roasted Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz. 051651060219 23DEC14 thru 04JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Roasted Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz. 051651092036 04JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Raw Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz. 051651092128 22DEC14 thru 01JUL15
MaraNatha Organic Raw Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz. 051651092173 14APR15 thru 01JUL15
MaraNatha Raw Almond Butter 16 oz. 051651092180 05APR15 thru 02JUL15
MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz. 051651092197 07APR15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz. 051651092203 06APR15 thru 07APR15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz. 051651092210 06JAN15 thru 20MAY15
MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz. 051651092326 03JAN15 thru 25JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz. 051651092333 02JAN15 thru 15MAY15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz. 051651092357 04JAN15 thru 27JUN15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz. 051651092364 05JAN15 thru 28JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Raw Almond Butter 8 oz. 051651092630 13APR15 thru 30JUN15
MaraNatha Roasted Creamy Almond Butter 26 oz. 051651092890 04DEC14 thru 21APR15
MMaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 26 oz. 051651092913 03JAN15 thru 25JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 26 oz. 051651092920 02JAN15 thru 25JUN15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Almond Butter 12 oz. 051651093682 12DEC14 thru 21JUL15
MaraNatha No Stir Crunchy Almond Butter 12 oz. 051651093699 17DEC14 thru 20JUL15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz. 051651093750 04JAN15 thru 10APR15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz. 051651093767 05JAN15 thru 19MAY15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Almond Butter 12 oz. 051651093682 14DEC14 thru 14JUL15
MaraNatha No Stir Crunchy Almond Butter 12 oz. 051651093699 17DEC14 thru 18JUL15
MaraNatha Creamy Maple Almond Butter 12 oz. 051651093866 30MAY15 thru 31MAY15
MaraNatha Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 340 grams 051651093057 11DEC14 thru 02JUN15
MaraNatha Creamy Raw Almond Butter 340 grams 051651093064 07MAY15 thru 05JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams 051651093309 03JAN15 thru 24JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams 051651093316 31DEC14 thru 15MAY15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams 051651093408 20MAY15
MaraNatha No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams 051651093415 13MAR15 thru 28JUN15
MaraNatha Creamy Almond Butter No Salt 340 grams 051651093453 16DEC14 thru 11MAY15
MaraNatha Crunchy Almond Butter No Salt 340 grams 051651093460 16DEC14 thru 14MAY15
MaraNatha Creamy Almond Butter 737 grams 051651092869 08DEC14 thru 03JUL15
Kroger No Stir Creamy Almond Butter 12 oz. 011110791214 11DEC14 thru 05JUL15
Safeway Open Nature Almond Butter 12 oz. 079893113746 11DEC14 thru 03JUL15
Trader Joe's Crunchy Raw Almond Butter 16 oz. 00919890 28DEC14 thru 18JUN15
Trader Joe's Creamy Raw Almond Butter 16 oz. 00569958 27DEC14 thru 18JUL15
Whole Foods 365 Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. 099482406578 23DEC14 thru 24DEC14
Whole Foods 365 Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. 099482406561 24DEC14 thru 26DEC14
Whole Foods 365 Organic Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. 099482405960 23DEC14

The use-by date can be found on the top of the jar lid. The Company is currently working with customers and retailers to remove and destroy products with the above use-by dates from store shelves and warehouses.

Products were distributed across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Dominican Republic. The products also were available for purchase on the internet.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact the Company at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST for a replacement or refund, and with general inquiries.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4666

The following revised kashrus alert is from the OU on August 12, 2014 with additional information from the OU on August 19, 2014.

The original alert from the OU on August 12: The Orthodox Union certified Coco Libre Coconut Milk, Maverick Brands, Palo Alto CA as an OU D-Dairy product because it is processed on the same equipment as dairy products. Some stores sell boxes of Coco Libre Coconut Milk, each box contains four individual containers of Coco Libre. The individual containers are correctly labeled with an OU D, however, the outer box has a plain OU without the D-Dairy designation. Corrective measures are being implemented.

Information from the OU on August 19, 2014: "Please note that the OU-D coconut water in the recent alert is in fact pareve. The OU had allowed this company to make coconut water at 2 different plants, one which processes dairy, so all their labels had OU-D labels in case they used the dairy plant. It came to the RC’s attention that in fact, this company has stopped using the dairy plant and does not intend to use it in the foreseeable future. So the product is pareve, made on pareve equipment."

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4656

The following kashrus information alert is from the Star-K based on a question from the editor posted on August 18 2014.

Sam Adams beers are certified as kosher by the Star-K. Most of the certified beers bear a Star-K, However, some beers that are kosher are missing the kosher symbol. If you have a question about the kosher status of a particular beer, you can contact the Star-K at 410-484-4110.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4665

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 13 2014.

Allegro Original Marinade, 12.7 fl oz (375 mL), UPC 0 74964 00100 7, Best By 6/17/17, Lot 14168 have been recalled because elevated yeast level with likelihood of premature spoilage.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4664

The following macademia nut allergy alert is from the FDA on August 13 2014.

Simply Enjoy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, 7oz., m Tate's Wholesale, Llc., East Moriches, NY have been recalled because recent tests show that the "Simply Enjoy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies", Use by date Nov 5 2014, contain undeclared Macademia Nuts.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4663

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on August 13 2014.

KIND, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of the following products due to the potential presence of peanut protein:
Kind Maple Pumpkin Baked Bar,Strong & Kind Honey Mustard, Strong & Kind Thai Sweet Chili, Strong & Kind Roasted Jalapeno, Strong & Kind Hickory Smoked, Strong & Kind Honey Smoke BBQ Bars

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4662

The following kashrus alert is from the MK on August 15, 2014.

Please be advised that Abulafia pita products Is no longer certified by the MK with immediate effect.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4661

The following kashrus advisory is from the OU Daf HaKashrus, August 2014.

AT THE PRESENT TIME, most varieties of Oreo Cookies contain dairy ingredients, with three notable exceptions.
Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies, Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies and Mini Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment. The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of these three cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a Halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (botel bishishim) and of no consequence. The bottom line of all this is that these three cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously.

Please bear in mind that the manufacturer may choose in the future to reformulate these products and add dairy ingredients. Since these products already bear symbols, formulation changes would not be reflected in the logo. As such, we recommend that consumers check regularly with our office to confirm the status of these items.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4660

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Suprvision on August 13, 2014.

Please be advised that NORTHWEST OLIVE OIL is distributing several products bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging under the following brand Names:
Crescent Olive Oil, Torino Olive Oil, Angela Olive Oil, Toscana Olive Oil, Bountiful Baskets Apple Cider Vinegar, Bountiful Baskets Coconut Oil
OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION DOES NOT CERTIFY ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4658

The following health alert is from the Yahoo News on August 13, 2014.

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick® Ground Oregano, 0.75 oz bottle, UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other McCormick Ground, Whole or Oregano Leaves products.
he product subject to this recall is:


    McCormick® Ground Oregano 0.75 oz bottle
    UPC NUMBER: 52100003566 (as seen on label: 0-523561-6)
    MCCORMICK ITEM NUMBER: 900356
    AFFECTED DATE CODES: BEST BY AUG 21 16 H, BEST BY AUG 22 16 H
    SHIPPING DATES: April 4, 2014 to August 5, 2014
    STATES SHIPPED TO: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WV
    INTERNATIONALLY SHIPPED TO: Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Indonesia, Jamaica, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, and Virgin Islands

The potential risk was brought to McCormick's attention by FDA during routine testing. This recall affects 1,032 cases that were shipped of the affected date codes.
McCormick has alerted customers and grocery outlets to remove the product with the affected date codes from store shelves and distribution centers immediately, and to destroy this product in a manner that would prevent any further consumption.
Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-632-5847, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM (Eastern Time), for a replacement or full refund, and with general inquires.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4659
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