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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
GU4349
GU4356
00519342Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces – 16 oz12/2015GU4350
00519328Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Premium Walnut Halves – 16oz12/2015GU4343
GU4344
GU4351
GU4352
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
N/A

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

The following health alert is from the CFIA on March 10, 2015 and March 13, 2015.

The food recall warning issued on February 20, 2015 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Elite Salads International is recalling Elite Salads brand schmaltz herring products from the marketplace because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Elite Salads Schmaltz Herring 200 g All codes up to and including Best Before: May. 08, 2015 7 77739 10035 5
Elite Salads Schmaltz Herring 200 g All codes up to and including 15MA08 None
Elite Salads Schmaltz Herring 454 g All codes up to and including 15MA08 None
Elite Salads Spicy Schmaltz Herring 200 g All codes up to and including Best Before: May. 08, 2015 7 77739 10005 8
Elite Salads Spicy Schmaltz Herring 200 g All codes up to and including 15MA08 None
Elite Salads Spicy Schmaltz Herring 454 g All codes up to and including 15MA08 None

More information: Elite Salads International: info@elitesalads.com.


The following health alert is from the CFIA on February 10, 2015 and CFIA on February 20, 2015..

Elite Salads International is recalling Elite Salads brand White Fish from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Elite Salads White Fish 200 g Best Before Mar. 15, 2015 7 77739 00060 0
Elite Salads White Fish 200 g Best Before Feb. 25, 2015 7 77739 00060 0

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.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4882

The following kashrus alert are from the Star-K on March 11, 2015.

Ellee's Granola Company, Doral, FL, maker of Ellee's cookies and granolas, is no longer under Star-D certification. All products bearing date codes beyond March 10, 2015, are to be considered not certified by the Star-D, even when bearing a Star-D symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4912

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on March 4, 2015.

AA-All American Manufacturing & Supply Co. Edible Ink, All American Manufacturing & Supply Co., Philadelphia, PA: All American Manufacturing & Supply Co. is manufacturing and distributing various colors of edible ink bearing the OK Kosher Certification kosher symbol on the packaging, without the permission of OK Kosher Certification. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4910

The following kashrus alert are from the OU on February 24, 2015 with additional information in response to a reader's question on March 9, 2015.

Regal Spice Ham Soup Base.and Regal BEEF Spice, Clark Associates, Inc., Lancaster PA: The Orthodox Union does not certify Regal Spice Ham Soup Base and Regal BEEF Spice Soup Base. These products bears an unauthorized OU symbol and are not kosher. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4899

The following kashrus alert are from the OU on March 3, 2015 with additional information from Kashrut Maguen David on March 4, 2015.

The Orthodox Union does not certify any Evolution Nutraceutics products, bottled and sold in Mexico. Some Evolution Nutraceutics products bear an unauthorized OU Symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

These products are certified by Kashrut Maguen David

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4909
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