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The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 11, 2014.

Premier Ingredients is recalling Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products 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
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 250 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 1 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 75 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 90 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 10 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano 65 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 100 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano Rubbed 1.1 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano Rubbed 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Italian Herb 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4689

The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 11, 2014.

Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 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
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g AHM/SFCB19014
AHM621140814N
AHM621140815D
AHM621140825D
8 54260 00621 6
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g AHM/SFCB19014
AHM547140815D
AHM547140825D
8 54260 00547 9


The following health alert is from the FDA on June 6, 2014.

Navitas Naturals©, the Superfood Company™, today announced an expansion of its voluntary and precautionary recall to include additional expiration dates of products containing Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
The affected products were distributed nationally and include:

  • Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, 8oz, UPC 858847000369 all best by dates up to and including 11/22/2015
  • Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, 8oz, UPC 858847000314 all best by dates up to and including 11/05/2015
  • Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, 8 oz, SKU 506436 all best by dates up to and including OC 2015
No other Navitas Naturals products are affected by this recall.
Consumers who have purchased either of these products are urged to not eat the products, and to dispose of them or return them to the store where they were originally purchased.
Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact 888-886-3879.

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 65, 2014.


HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. Cheektowaga, NY is expanding the voluntary recall of Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia& Flax Seed Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The recall is being expanded to include more lot numbers and other products that contain Chia Seeds. These products have been distributed nationwide.
The products and lot numbers included in this voluntary recall have been expanded to include:
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA SEED POWDER Lot numbers: All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365; All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006162, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005462; and all bulk sizes;
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER Lot numbers: All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365; All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006216, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005479; and all bulk sizes.
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS CHIA SEEDS Lot numbers: All codes starting with ASCBO13; NET WT. 8oz. UPC 854260006131, and NET WT. 16oz. UPC 854260006148; and all bulk sizes.
  • ORGANIC TRADITIONS ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD TRAILMIX Lot numbers: ALL LOTS ending in 003-13 to 005-14; NET WT. 3.5oz. UPC 854260010701.
No other Organic Traditions products are affected by this recall.
The recall was expanded as the result of positive test results received by our company on the sample of Sprouted Chia/Flax that contained the bacteria.
Consumers that have purchased any of these products with the above stated lot numbers are asked not to consume the product, and discard it or return the product to the original point of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 730, Monday – Friday, 9am –5pm ET. For media inquiries, please contact us at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 722, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm ET.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on June 25, 2014.

The food recall warning issued on June 13, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 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
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g AHM353030,
AHMMIX353030
AHM310291,
AHMMIX310291
8 54260 00621 6
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g AHM353030,
AHMMIX353030
AHM310291,
AHMMIX310291
8 54260 00547 9

The following health alert is from the FDA on June 4, 2014.

HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. of Cheektowaga, New York is voluntarily recalling Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia/Flax Seed Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination. The products that were recalled are listed below in the CFIA alert with the addition of 50 lb bags.
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia seed powder and Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax seed powder were sold to distributors, retailers, and through internet sales in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Consumers with questions may contact the Health Mattes America at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 730, Monday – Friday, 9am –5pm ET.


The following health alert is from the CFIA on June 11, 2014.

The food recall warning issued on June 7, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Advantage Health Matters and Noorish Inc. are recalling various products containing chia seeds or sprouted chia seed powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Organic Traditions Dark Chia Seeds Various bulk sizes All codes starting with ASCBO13 None
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder Various bulk sizes

All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365

All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156

None
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder Various bulk sizes

All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365

All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156

None
Noorish Superfoods Chia Seeds 500 g* All packages sold from Noorish Inc. at 8440-109 Street in Edmonton, AB from September 26, 2013 to June 11, 2014 inclusive None * The affected product may have been sold in bulk at Noorish Inc. at 8440-109 Street in Edmonton, AB from September 26, 2013 to June 11, 2014 inclusive. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on June 7, 2014.

The food recall warning issued on June 6, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
BioEssential Botanicals is voluntarily recalling sprouted chia powder sold in bulk due to possible Salmonella contamination. The bulk product has been used to manufacture various products under several brand names. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.
Please note that the affected products listed in the table may have been sold without a code marked on the package. These products without a code would also be included in the recall

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 227 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00616 2 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 454 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00546 2 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 25 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 50 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00621 6 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 8 54260 00547 9 Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 25 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 50 lb All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 None Advantage Health Matters
Back 2 the Garden Sprouted Chia Seed Powder 200 g All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365 All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156 Variable Back 2 the Garden
Pete's Gluten Free Sprouted Fiber Blend 400 g Best Before May 28 2016 None Finally Gluten Free

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported nine cases of Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford that are linked to this outbreak.


The following health alert is from the FDA on May 28, 2014.

Navitas Naturals, the Superfood Company is voluntarily recalling products which contain Organic Sprouted Chia Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination.

The CDC reported nine cases of Salmonella Newport from seven states.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4586

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on September 10, 2014. <

Marlow Mini Red Ju Ju Fish, Marlow Candy Englewood, NJ are not certified by the Orthodox Union. Some packages were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4688

The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on September 9, 2014.

  1. IMPORTANT CHANGE REGARDING MALT: Over the past several decades the Guide to Chodosh has stated that barley malt is Yoshon up to at least the manufacturing date of December 15. This was based on information gathered from many malt producers and is still the practice at some. Now at least one major producer of malt informed us that they will start using Chodosh barley to produce their malt by October 15! While products using this malt will not reach the consumers for some time, this is a warning to manufacturers of Yoshon products and mashgichim. Please note that the CHODOSH DATE RECOMMENDED BY THE GUIDE TO CHODOSH FOR MALT HAS CHANGED FROM DECEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15. This affects cereals and other items using malt. It also affects beer from barley malt (most beers are from barley malt.)
  2. THE CHODOSH SEASON IS IN FULL SWING; By now all products using spring wheat, oats or barley must be checked to make sure that they are Yoshon. This includes freshly baked items from bakeries, pizza shops and bagel shops that should have hashgocho for Yoshon. It also includes packaged items. These should only be assumed to be Yoshon if there is Yoshon hashgocho on the package, or by confirming with dating codes that the item was manufactured before the cutoff date.
  3. The August 14 information below should still be valid. Note that for Cheerios cereals the oats will become Chodosh starting a packing date of Oct 20. Those types of Cheerios that have WHEAT GERM in the ingredients, may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Aug 18 (date on the box would be Aug 25 15.)


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on August 12, 2014.

The latest report from the US Dep’t of Agriculture confirms that the harvest and spring wheat and barley have begun. That is allowing us to formulate the recommended Chodosh cutoff dates for the forthcoming season. These are given below. Note that dates given below for oats used in Quaker and General Mills (such as Cheerios) cereals may still change.

  • FRESHLY BAKED ITEMS USING SPRING WHEAT including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies. May be Chodosh in the mid-West (such as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis) after a PURCHASE date of Aug 18. Elsewhere in the US, Aug 25.
  • PACKAGED FOODS FROM SPRING WHEAT not including noodles and pasta may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Aug 18, PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
  • NOODLES AND PASTA may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Aug 25, PURCHASE date of Sept 8.
  • BARLEY such as pearled barley may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Aug 18, PURCHASE date of Sept 1.
  • OATS in non-cereal applications, such as oats flour in cookies, may be Chodosh starting with a PACKING date of Aug 4, PURCHASE date of Aug 28. Oat meal and other oats products from Quaker may be Chodosh with a PACKING date of Aug 19, PURCHASE DATE OF Sept 3. Cheerios may be Chodosh starting a PACKING date of Sept 15, PURCHASE date of Oct 1. Cereals from most other manufacturers, the oats may be Chodosh with a PACKING date of Sept 1, PURCHASE DATE of Sept 15. Remember, the oats dates for Quaker and Cheerios will probably still be revised.


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 29, 2014.

The following latest tentative Chodosh starting dates are based on the US Dep't of Agriculture Jul 28 US weekly harvest report:

  • Oats
    • Oats other than cereals packing date of Aug 5, purchase date Aug 19
    • Oats in most cereals packing date of Sept 1, purchase date Sept 15
    • Quaker oats packing Aug 19, purchase Aug 29
    • Oats in Cheerios packing Sept 15, purchase Oct 1
  • Spring wheat
    • freshly baked bakery products, pizza, etc Aug 13 in the midwest, Aug 20 elsewhere
    • packaged foods with spring wheat, packing date of Aug 13, purchase date Aug 29
  • Barley packing date of Aug 20, purchase date Sept 3
These are tentative dates, subject to change.


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 22, 2014.

Based upon the latest bulletin from the US Dep't of Agriculture, the harvest of the Chodosh oats crop is entering its 3rd week. The harvest of the Chodosh wheat and barley crops have not yet started.
The following are advanced estimates of the PURCHASE dates when items may start being Chodosh. These dates are subject to change.

  • Oats in Quaker cereals September 1
  • Oats in most other cereals September 15
  • Oats in Cheerios and other General Mills cereals October 1
  • Freshly baked wheat products such as breads, challahs, bagels, pizza August 15 in the Mid West, August 22 in the rest of the US.
  • Packaged wheat products September 1
  • Pearled barley September 15.


The following chodesh information is from Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 15, 2014.

The harvest of the Chodosh crops have begun. As of this week 11% of the new oats have been harvested. Based on the experience of previous years, most of the new, Chodosh oats should not reach the cereals until September or later. This is to be confirmed for this year. The spring wheat and barley harvests have not yet begun.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4623

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on September 10, 2014.

Green Juice Market located at 509 West 41 Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) Miami Beach, Florida printed menus with an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify Green Juice Market. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4687

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on September 9, 2014.

Poppy's Chicken Soup, Poppy's Soups, Deerfield IL, in small cups made for use in brewing machines, bear an unauthorized OU. This product does not contain chicken but does contain dairy. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4685

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on September 10, 2014.

All Kiri and Babybel products bearing the Hechsher of Rabbi M A Bamberger (who passed away in February 2014) that were produced after January 2014 are not kosher certified by Rabbi Bamberger and therefore not approved by the Beth Din.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4686

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on September 9, 2014.

Twining Chai Latte Black Tea, Twinings - Keurig in K-Cup packs are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains milk as indicated on the cup's label. Some labels and outer boxes were printed without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4684

The following kashrus advisory is from the OK Kosher Suprvision on September 3, 2014.

Please be advised that CONGREGATION AGUDAS ACHIM is advertising their Texas Kosher BBQ Championship bearing an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the advertisement. OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION DOES NOT CERTIFY THE BQ CHAMPIONSHIP. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4683

The following peanut and egg allergy alert is from the FDA on September 5, 2014.

Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX® Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. Stand Up Pouch with the code date: 421BA4GA60.
Fewer than 25 cases of the stand-up pouches in this single lot code may contain product containing peanuts and eggs without listing them on the ingredient label. The issue was identified after a consumer notified us of peanuts in their TWIX® Unwrapped Bites product.
This specific code date was shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses in Indiana, Texas, Oregon, Tennessee and Connecticut. These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.
The TWIX® Brand Unwrapped Bites product comes in a 7 ounce, metallized-golden package marked with lot # 421BA4GA60 and with an expiration date of 03/2015 stamped on the back.
Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves. In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number, 7 days a week, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (est): 1-800-551-0907.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4682
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