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The following kashrus alert is from the OU on June 10, 2015.

Regal Spice Salad Seasoning, Clark Associates, Lancaster PA: The Orthodox Union does not certify Regal Spice Salad Seasoning. This product bears and unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5021

The following kashrus advisory is from the OU on June 10, 2015.

Recent media reports stated that there is a new Parmigiano Reggiano cheese made with kosher animal rennet which will be recognized as kosher by the Orthodox Union.
These reports are inaccurate. The Orthodox Union reviewed the kosher status of animal rennet and determined that currently there is no animal rennet that meets OU kosher standards for the production of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses made with animal rennet are, therefore, NOT considered kosher by the OU.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5020

The following heath alert is from the FDA on June 4, 2015.

Santa Barbara Smokehouse of Santa Barbara, CA is voluntarily recalling all smoked salmon EXCLUDING HOT SMOKED SALMON from March 1st to April 8th 2015, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Cold Smoked Salmon was distributed within the United States through retail stores and food wholesaler.
The following brands affected in the VOLUNTARY RECALL: Cambridge House, Coastal Harbor, Harbor Point, North Shore S.F. Specialty, Channel Islands and Santa Barbara. Along with the following batch range of 1015 – 3949.
The safety of Santa Barbara Smokehouse product is the primary concern to them, therefore Santa Barbara Smokehouse has tested and received certificates of analysis showing negative results for products in question during that time period. All fresh product has a use by dates of April 29th to May 6th 2015. The company is recommending as a precautionary measure to pull frozen product produced on or before April 8, 2015.
If any of the products listed above are still in possession do not consume and contact Santa Barbara Smokehouse for pick up. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-805-966-9796.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5018

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on June 5, 2015.

Please be advised that Royal Toast, 1450 Clark Ave West Ste 24, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada is no longer under COR certification.
Please note that Royal Toast will continue to operate as a non kosher restaurant.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5017

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on June 5, 2015.

Heinz Organic Cherry Sweet Corn Greek Yogourt and and Banana With Vanilla Yogourt were inadvertently labeled without a "dairy" designation. The products are DAIRY and kosher certified. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5016

The following Canadian kashrus notice is from the COR on June 5, 2015.

Tootsie Rolls were inadvertently labeled without a "dairy" designation. The product is DAIRY and kosher certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5015

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification with additional information from the KOf-Q on June 4, 2015.

Nutritional Shake, MIX 1 LIFE, INC., 10575 N. 114TH, Scottsdale, AZ 85259:
Mix 1 Life, Inc is distributing Mix 1 Life Nutritional Shakes with an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the label. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5014

The following soy allergy alert is from the FDA on June 3, 2015.

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods is recalling 950 retail cases of the Gluten Free California Veggie Burger because it may contain undeclared soy.
The recalled products were distributed to select distributors in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, with further distribution to retail stores in nearby states. z,br>The product is distinguishable as the California Veggie Burger with a red Gluten Free banner below the word “burger”. Each box is marked with UPC code 080868000602, lot code F15BC and an expiration date of 5/12/17.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the soy containing product was packaged in boxes that did not reveal the presence of soy. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s packaging processes, which has been addressed.
Consumers who have purchased this product with sensitivities to soy are urged to discard or return to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Allison Meyer, Director of Marketing, at (201) 703-1300 between Monday and Friday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM US EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5013

The following kashrus information is from the cRc on June 3, 2015.

Revised cRc Iceberg Lettuce Policy
"The general cRc position is that pre-washed (bagged) iceberg lettuce is acceptable from any source, even if it is not certified as kosher. This is because the method of commercially cleaning leafy lettuces is sufficient to remove the insects typically found in iceberg lettuce. However, in recent weeks, lettuce coming from specific regions in California have been more heavily infested than usual, and it has been brought to our attention that the cleaning methods in use have not always been successful in removing all insects from the lettuce. Accordingly, some hechsherim have temporarily removed certification from a number of brands of iceberg lettuce, of which the Fresh Express brand is the most prominent.

We have not been able to independently confirm these results on a national scale, but accept the findings of these hechsherim based on the research of experienced Mashgichim in multiple cities. Accordingly, the cRc recommends that for the remainder of June 2015, consumers nationally should either (a) purchase iceberg lettuce which bears reliable kosher certification, or (b) wash and inspect iceberg lettuce (fresh or bagged) as per the directions found at http://kshr.us/IcebergLettuce.

In contrast to the above, we have inspected many varieties of prewashed iceberg lettuce sold in the greater Chicago area, and found that the washing-methods used locally have remained effective in spite of the temporarily increased level of infestation. Therefore, while it is always preferred to purchase lettuce and similar items with hashgachah, we consider it acceptable for people in the Chicagoland area to continue purchasing prewashed iceberg lettuce even if it is not certified. As an extra measure of caution, we recommend that those who purchase the non-certified lettuce, should visually inspect a few, small, handfuls of lettuce from each bag before eating the rest of the contents of the bag.

In consultation with other hashgochos, we will continue to monitor this situation and will update our recommendations accordingly."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5011

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification with additional information from the KOf-Q on June 3, 2015.

Aunt Millie’s Bakeries’ breads and rolls have been stickered with an unauthorized OK kosher symbol. OK Kosher does certify some Aunt Millie’s muffins as dairy, cholov stam.
From the Kof-Q: Please note that the product is certified by the Kof Q. The product is pareve.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5010
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