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The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 14,2015.

NAC FOODS of Palisades Park, NJ is recalling Ground Cumin, because it may contain undeclared Peanut Protein.
The affected Ground Cumin was distributed and sold to retailers located in NJ, NY, and PA.
The recalled products are packaged in plastic containers under the brands Mimi’s Products and Rosa Maria. Recalled products can be identified by LOT# 2948E which is located under the Expiration Date 3/2017.

  • MIMI’S PRODUCTS GROUND CUMIN 1 OZ UPC 707425-054242 - LOT #2948E - EXP.DATE 3/2017
  • MIMI’S PRODUCTS GROUND CUMIN 9 OZ UPC 707425-032318 - LOT #2948E - EXP.DATE 3/2017
  • ROSA MARIA GROUND CUMIN 6 OZ UPC 707425-160417 - LOT #2948E - EXP.DATE 3/2017

Consumers are urged to return product to place of purchase or to NAC Foods located at 239 Commercial Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ 07649 for a full refund. Consumers can contact the company at 201-592-8920 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4836

The following peanut allergy alert is from USDA on January 14, 2014.

Agri Star Meat & Poultry, a Postville, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 1,690 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.
The following items, produced on September 29, 2014, are subject to recall: [Label]

  • 13.5 oz. vacuum-packed packages containing 8 pieces of “Aaron’s BEST GLUTEN FREE Beef Franks Hot & Spicy CHIPOTLE.”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 4653A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations nationwide
The problem was discovered when the company’s ingredient supplier informed them that the ground cumin spice, used to produce the Hot and Spicy Beef Franks, may have been contaminated with peanut residue.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Yaakov Labowitz, VP of Sales and Marketing, at (718) 440-0459.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4835

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on January 14, 2015.

Imagine Flavor, Inc / Imagine Chocolate, Inc., Studio City, CA: Imagine Flavor is selling chocolates bearing an unauthorized OK (pareve) kosher symbol on the packaging. These products are not certified by OK Kosher Certification and contain dairy ingredients. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4834

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 12, 2015.

Socafe Cappuccino Hot Chocolate, Socafe, Newark NJ: Socafe Cappuccino and Hot Chocolate cups are certified by the Orthodox Union as OU-D products. A small quantity of packaging was mistakenly labeled with a plain OU, 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=A4832

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 12,2015.

SPICE N' MORE CORP. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling its 2.5-oz. containers of "ALL ISLAND SPICE" cumin powder, 7-oz. containers of "CASABLANCA", "H HARVEST", "SPICE CLASS" AND "LEADER MERET" cumin powder and 12-oz containers of "SALMA", "SPICE CLASS", "LA MINA" AND "KEY FOOD" cumin powder purchased from September 23, 2014 to November 30, 2014, because they may contain undeclared peanuts.
The recalled "CASABLANCA", "SALMA", "SPICE CLASS", "LA MINA", "LEADER MERET", "ALL ISLAND SPICE", "KEY FOOD" AND "H-HARVEST" cumin powder were distributed NY, NJ, PA, VA, MD, MI, MA and SC in wholesale and retail stores.
The product comes in 2.5-oz., 7-oz. and 12-oz., clear plastic containers with UPC Codes #07329600144, #81868501051, #02391315908, #81597800822, #81597800423, #63923510835, #63923510117, #63923513235 and #60953908472.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the peanut-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by contamination of the product from its country of origin.
Consumers who have purchased 2.5-oz., 7-oz. and 12-oz. containers of "CASABLANCA", "SALMA", "SPICE CLASS", "LA MINA", "LEADER MERET", "ALL ISLAND SPICE", "KEY FOOD" AND "H-HARVEST" cumin powder are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-417-0746, Monday-Friday 9am-4 pm ET.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4831

The following kashrus alert is from the Central Rabbinical Congress with additional informtion from the OU on January 9, 2015.

Please be advised that Pereg Quinoa Pops cereal, All Flavors Natural, Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry bear an unauthorized CRC symbol. (hisachdus harabbonim).
The Central Rabbinical congress CRC does not certify any Pereg Qinoa Pops Cereal . Corrective measures are being taken.

Ed. note: These products are certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4830

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 8, 2015.

Napa Valley Mustard Honey Mustard Flavor Pretzel Nuggets, CPD, Fullerton CA: missing D - Dairy Designation
Napa Valley Mustard Co. Honey Mustard Flavor Pretzel Nuggets are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU Pareve product. A limited batch of this product was produced with a seasoning blend that contains a dairy ingredient. That limited batch was stickered with a special ingredient and dairy allergen statement, however, the OU symbol on that batch is missing the D - Dairy designation. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4829

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certifcation on January 9, 2015.

Various sizes and types of A.Haim bread, Brooklyn, NY is bearing an unauthorized OK symbol on packaging. OK Kosher Certification does NOT certify any A. Haim products. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4828

The following kashrus advisory is from OK Kosher Certifcation on January 9, 2015.

Please be advised that a limited amount of Sweet Pepper Dip produced by TUV-TAAM SALADS, (Brooklyn, NY) were erroneously labeled with both the OK -D kosher symbol and pareve labels. The product is kosher and pareve.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4827

The following health alert is from the California Department of Public Health and fdaon January 8, 2015.

Santa Barbara Smokehouse, Santa Barbara, CA is voluntary recalling the following brands and batches of cold smoked salmon produced and packed between December 17th and December 24th 2014 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes,
Cambridge House Private Reserve, Cambridge House Mild, Cambridge House Mild 4oz, Cambridge House Royal, Cambridge House Royal 4oz, Cambridge House Royal Pastrami, Cambridge House Royal Lemon and Dill, Cambridge House Royal Prime Tenderloin, Cambridge House Mild Lemon Pepper, Cambridge House Balmoral, Cambridge House Balmoral 4oz, Cambridge House Gravadlax, Cambridge House Mild Citron Vodka, Coastal Harbor, Coastal Harbor Oak, Coastal Harbor Oak Beech, Coastal Harbor Beech, Coastal Harbor Oak Beech Pastrami, Coastal Harbor 1lb Trimmings, Coastal Harbor Nova, Santa Barbara Smokehouse Balmoral, Harbor Point Atlantic, Harbor Point Scottish Style, Gelsons Market Cambridge House Private Reserve, Fresh & Easy Atlantic Smoked Salmon 4oz, Fresh & Easy Scottish Smoked Atlantic Salmon 4oz, Fresh & Easy Smoked Salmon Trimmings 4oz, Channel Island Atlantic, Local Abundance 4oz, Local Abundance Norwegian, Local Abundance unsliced, Gordon Foods Private Reserve Wild.
Batch numbers found on the rear of the package: 200, 596, 4261, 5042, 5251, 5264, 5609, 5699, 5731, 5761, 5792, 5904, 5924, 5934, 5969, 5979, 6012, 6029, 6042, 6054, 6061, 6072, 6082, 6175, 6194, 6204, 6214, 6285, 6304, 6314, 6322, 6339, 6344, 6351, 6362, 6379, 6434, 6449, 6452, 6461, 6479, 6481, 6492, 6572, 6569, 6572, 6584, 6594, 6604, 6612, 6664, 6674, 6684.
From CDPH: the Santa Barbara Smokehouse’s recalled cold-smoked salmon was packed under the Cambridge House, Channel Island Smokehouse, Coastal Harbor, Santa Barbara Smokehouse and Harbor Point brand names, and has pack dates of 8-22-14, 9-17-14 through 9-19-14, and 12-17-14 through 12-24-14. The recalled products were vacuum-packed and distributed as both fresh and frozen products. The CDPH website has a list of the specific product names and codes affected by this recall and product photos.
CDPH recommends not eating any cold-smoked salmon manufactured by Santa Barbara Smokehouse with pack dates between 8-22-14 and 12-24-14. Other brands that may have also been packed during this time frame include: Fresh & Easy, Tetsujin and Imperial House. CDPH also recommends that anyone in possession of those products with those pack dates place the product into a garbage bag and put it in the trash.
Consumers who have purchased any of the above products are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. 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=A4825
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