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The following egg allergy alert is from the FDA on February 18, 2015.

Chocolate By Design Inc. of Ronkonkoma, NY, is recalling its Milk Chocolate "Assorted Character Icing Pops", "Christmas Icing Pops" and "Triple Heart Icing Pops" because they contain undeclared eggs. The Icing Pops may also contain trace amounts of FD&C colors Yellow 5 or 6, Red 3 or 40, and/or Blue 1.
The Milk Chocolate “Assorted Character Pops”, “Christmas Icing Pops” and “Triple Heart Icing Pops” were sold to several customers in New York, New Jersey and Virginia from September 2014 through February 1, 2015 for retail sales.
The milk chocolate Icing Pops are made to order and sold in unmarked bulk boxes containing 24 assorted Icing Pops per box. Each Icing Pop is individually wrapped for retail sale in 2 oz. clear cellophane with a curl ribbon closure. The Icing Pops are not coded.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered during the current FDA inspection that the Milk Chocolate Icing Pops were distributed in packaging that did not revea: the presence of egg and the certified food colors. Production of the "Assorted Character Icing Pops", "Christmas Icing Pops" and "Triple Heart Icing Pops" has been suspended until the labeling has been corrected.
Consumers who have purchased any of the 2 oz. "Assorted Character Icing Pops", "Christmas Icing Pops" and "Triple Heart Icing Pops" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-631-737-0082, Mon - Friday 9 am - 4 pm EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4889

The following almond allergy alert is from the FDA on February 16, 2015.

Unilever United States, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of tubs of Breyers® No Sugar Added Salted Caramel Swirl because they may inadvertently contain almonds, which are not listed as an ingredient on the label.
The affected product was distributed in 1.5-quart (1.41L) paperboard tubs marked with a unit UPC of 7756738393, with a best before date of NOV2915GB, located on the bottom of the tub. No other best before dates are affected.
The product was distributed nationwide to limited retailers and reached consumers through retail stores. No product was shipped outside the U.S.
No Breyers® brand gelato, ice cream, or other frozen dairy dessert products are affected by this limited voluntary recall. No allergic reactions have been reported to date. The company initiated the recall as a result of a consumer complaint.
Consumers who have purchased boxes of the above product with the affected UPC and best before date are asked to immediately discontinue use of the product, retain the outer box and call 877-270-7402, which is operational 24 hours a day seven days a week, to request a replacement coupon.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4888

The following peanut allergy alert is from FDA on Feb. 18, 2015.

The FDA is advising people who are highly allergic to peanuts to consider avoiding products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder, because some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein. People who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts may be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. Ground cumin may be sold as a spice, in a spice mix or kit, or as a minor ingredient when used in finished food products like soups and chilies. Most finished products are expected to have low amounts of ground cumin, and therefore low amounts of peanut protein. Products made before 2014 are unlikely to contain the affected ground cumin.
List of Recalled Products.

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 29,2015 with additional information on February 9, 2015 and FDA3 on February 17, 2015.

Spiceco of Avenel, NJ is recalling PRIDE OF SZEGED SWEET HUNGARIAN PAPRIKA because it may contain undeclared Peanut Allergen.
This product was sold between September 18, 2014 and October 13, 2014 to distributors located in IL, NJ, CT, MI, FL, NY, OH, CA and MD .The State Of Virginia was incorrectly listed in the previously issued press releases.
Pride of Szeged Hungarian Paprika is packaged in a metal tin container with the lot numbers 091617PAHU05PS and 091717PAHU05PS printed on the lower edge of the lid and UPC Number 0 78006 00010 2.
The problem was brought to Spiceco’ s attention on January 27, 2015 after the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted a routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area on a 5 oz. container of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Paprika which revealed the presence of peanut allergen. Lot number 091617PAHU05PS showed positive for the presence of a peanut allergen not disclosed on the product label. Further investigation and testing revealed the presence of peanut allergen in LOT # 091617PAHU05PS and LOT# 091717PAHU05PS
Customers who have purchased the above described product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact the company at: 1–732–499-9070 Monday through Friday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4860

The following kashrus advisory is from Ricola in response to a reader's question on February 17, 2015.

Ricola Cough Drops are certified as kosher by Rabbi A Yafee Schlesinger. Ricola Pastilles /Soft Pastilles, Fresh Pearls Breath Mints and the Ricola Sticks (sold in convenience stores) are not kosher.

List of kosher throat lozenges is at www.kashrut.com/articles/medicine_list/#LOZENGES.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4887

The following kashrus alert is from Kosher Miami on February 15, 2015.

Effective at 11:00 PM Sunday February 15 2015, Thai Treats, located at 2176 NE 123rd Street in North Miami will NO LONGER be certified by Kosher Miami, The Vaad HaKashrus of Miami-Dade.
"The restaurant has been sold, and it is our understanding that the new owners will be changing the name and it will be operating as a non kosher restaurant."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4886

The following kashrus alert are from the ORC, Orthodox Rabbinical Council Of Greater Boston on February 15, 2015.

The Simon C Firemen Community (Trilling House) located at 640 North Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368 is no longer certified by Rabbi Nochum Cywiak and is not to be considered kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4885

The following kashrus alerts are from the OU and the OK posted on February 13, 2015.

From the OU:Berentzen Apple Liquor, Berentzen, Haseluenne Germany: The Orthodox Union does not certify Berentzen products. Some Berentzen Apple Liquor bottles have labels with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

From the OK: Berentzen Apple Liquor, Berentzen, Haselunne, Germany: Some bottles of Berentzen Apple Liquor bear an unauthorized OK kosher symbol. OK Kosher Certification does not certify any Berentzen products. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4884

The following health alert is from the FDA on February 11, 2015.

Sunfood of El Cajon, CA is recalling Organic Sacha Inchi Powder, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Staphylococcus enterotoxin.
Organic Sacha Inchi Powder was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.
This product is packaged in 8oz white poly bags with lot number 141027 Expiration date 9/30/2016 and UPC Code 803813-28444 1.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing was done and revealed the possibility of Staphylococcus enterotoxin in the above noted lot number.
Sunfood has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and Sunfood continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased the affected lot of Organic Sacha Inchi Powder are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Sunfood at 1-800-RAWFOOD 8am - 5pm PDT.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4881

The following kashrus alert is from the COR Detroit on January 31, 2015 with additional information from the cRc on January 10, 2015.

FRIENDLY FARMS COTTAGE CHEESE & SOUR CREAM sold at Aldi no longer bear OU certification.

Ed. note: Some of these products are under the Chicago Rabbinical Council when bearing the cRc-D certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4875

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on January 10, 2015.

Due to product reformulation, Soylent 1.4, a dietary supplement, manufactured by Rosa Labs, Los Angeles, CA, is no longer certified by Star-K. Previous versions of the Soylent product remain certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4880
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