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Revised Canadian Kosher Alert: Delieuze Harissa (Red Peppers)

March 22, 2018, - From the MK:

The MK wishes to inform the public that HARISSA (RED PEPPERS) DELIEUZE BRAND are kosher for Passover. However, they bear an unauthorized MK symbol and were produced without MK supervision. Corrective action has been taken.

From the MK: The batch of Harissa was produced under the supervision of Rabbi Wolf from Amsterdam.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6284

Chris’s Cookies Recalls Chocolate Chip Cookies Due to Undeclared Peanuts

March 16, 2018 from the FDA:

Chris’s Cookies has recalled one lot of its Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Cookie 12 Oz (340g) Bags (Barcode#: 0068 0752) after a report that Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were discovered in a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bag, and therefore the product may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat this product.
The recalled product was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores in ONLY the following states: CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, Northern Virginia, PA, RI, VT and Washington D.C. The affected products are stickered on the side of the bag with Lot CODE: 2060 and date codes SELL BY 031218 through 031818
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a bag labeled as Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Cookies instead contained Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. While there is a warning statement on the label that the product may contain traces of peanuts, “peanuts” is not listed as an ingredient.
No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported to date. All of the affected Chocolate Chip Cookies have been removed from sale and destroyed. Consumers, who have purchased the affected product and have a peanut allergy, please do not eat it. Discard the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Contact the company at 201-288-8881 with any questions, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6291

Kashrus alert on Streit's Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters

March 19 2018 from the Kof-K:

Streit's Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters contain milk and butter and was mistakenly labeled as Kof-K pareve. This product is certified Kof-K Dairy and Kosher for Passover. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6288

Natural Grocers Issues Recall on Coconut Smiles Organic Due to Salmonella

March 19, 2018 from the FDA:

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado-based natural grocery chain, is recalling Natural Grocers brand 10-ounce Coconut Smiles Organic due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 10 ounces and bears the “Natural Grocers” label. All packages with packed-on dates prior to 18-075 are subject to recall. The packed-on date can be found in the bottom left-hand corner of the label.

UPC CodeDescriptionPacked on Date
8034810Coconut Smiles OrganicALL PACK DATES PRIOR TO 18-075

The recalled product was distributed to 145 Natural Grocers stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Six illnesses have been reported by individuals who ate Coconut Smiles Organic purchased from Natural Grocers. Consumers who may have purchased this product should return it to the store for credit or refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Customer Service at 303-986-4600, ext. 80531, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6290

International Harvest, Inc. Recalls Organic Go Smile! Raw Coconut Because of Possible Health Risk

March 16, 2018 from the FDA:

International Harvest, Inc of Mount Vernon, NY is recalling 14,620 lbs. of bulk and 24,270 bags of Organic Go Smile! Raw Coconut, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The product was distributed to customers via online retailers, retail stores, and distributors. Product was directly distributed to the following states: NY, NJ, CT, CA, CO, OK, GA, VT, IL, FL, ME, WA, NH, and UT.
Recalled products are as follows:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6289

River Valley Sprouts Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts and Garlic Alfalfa Sprouts Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

March 16, 2018 from the FDA:

River Valley Sprouts is voluntarily recalling its 5 ounce Alfalfa Sprouts, 4 ounce Alfalfa Sprouts, 5 ounce Garlic/Alfalfa and 5 ounce Variety sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella,
The recalled sprouts were packed and shipped from March 6-March 15. The sprouts were distributed in Minnesota and Wisconsin and were sold through various grocery stores. Some packages have sell by dates on the label. March 15-March 25.
The product is packaged in a plastic cup or clam container.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 5 ounce packages of Alfalfa Sprouts. At River Valley Sprouts every batch of seed is sanitized at 20,000 PPM of calcium hypochlorite and irrigation water is tested for salmonella and E. coli.
Consumers who still have this product are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or destroy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6287

Bayer Issues Voluntary Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products

March 15, 2018 from the FDA:

Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that:


The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.
The ingredients listed on the front sticker of the carton may potentially be different from the ingredients listed on the back of the carton. This may lead consumers to ingest a product to which they may have an allergy or anaphylactic reaction, an ingredient which may be contraindicated for their medical condition or they intend to otherwise avoid. There may be potential for serious health consequences. To date, no complaint has been received that resulted in an adverse health consequence.
Consumers with questions about this recall can contact Bayer Consumer Relations at: 1-800-986-0369 (available Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET). Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6285

Insect Infestation alert on Natural Earth Brown Sushi Rice

March 16, 2018 from the Star-K:

Natural Earth wishes to advise consumers that there have been reports of infestation in bags of Natural Earth Brown Sushi Rice. This infestation seems to have been caused by improper storage in some regions. In consultation with Star-K, Natural Earth is recalling the brown sushi rice. Consumers should either check the rice prior to use or they may return the product. Natural Earth apologizes for the inconvienence and wishes to assure consumers that they are working with the STAR-K to ensure all their products moving forward are stored properly and clean from any infestation concerns.


Insect Infestation alert on Natural Earth Red Quinoa

February 19, 2018 from the Star-K:

Natural Earth wishes to advise consumers that there have been reports of infestation in bags of Natural Earth Red Quinoa with expiration code 12-20-20, lot code 154. This infestation seems to have been caused by improper storage in some regions. In consultation with Star-K, Natural Earth is advising that consumers should check these bags prior to use by soaking the quinoa in water for 10-15 minutes and lightly stirring it. If there is infestation present, insects will be seen floating on the surface of the water. If no insects are seen, the quinoa may be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6252

Kashrut Alert - Hickory Harvest Gummy Bears

March 14, 2018 from the OK:

Hickory Harvest Gummy Bears, Hickory Harvest Foods, Akron, OH 44319 has a MISTAKEN USE OF OK KOSHER SYMBOL:
A limited amount of Hickory Harvest Gummy Bears were mistakenly labeled with an OK Kosher symbol. This product is NOT KOSHER. Corrective actions are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6282

South African Kashrut alert on Elite Milk Chocolates for Pesach

March 13, 2018: From the Beth Din of Johannesburg:

Please be aware that the Elite Milk Chocolates for Pesach are Milchik and not Parev as the white sticker states.

The following variations are incorrectly marked:

  1. Mini Mix 400 gr
  2. Milk Chocolate Berry Truffle 100 gr
  3. Mini Coconut Bar 190 gr
  4. Chocolate Flake Log 25 gr
  5. Mini Smarties 300 gr
  6. Milk Chocolate with Hazel Almonds 100 gr
  7. Mini Caramel Bar 190 gr
  8. Milk Chocolate Strawberry 100 gr
  9. Strawberry Filled Chocolate Bars 50 gr
  10. Chocolate Fingers 96 gr

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6283
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