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The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on May 21, 2014.

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) is voluntarily recalling STRONG & KIND bars as well as KIND Healthy Grains Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt bars after learning that, contrary to KIND's strict quality specifications, its supplier roasted pumpkin seeds using equipment that had also been used to roast peanuts.
The five STRONG & KIND bars that are affected by the recall are clearly labeled on the packaging: Roasted Jalapeño, Honey Smoked BBQ, Thai Sweet Chili, Honey Mustard, and Hickory Smoked. In addition, KIND Healthy Grains Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt bars are also clearly labeled.
The six bars were distributed nationally in supermarkets and other retail food and non-food outlets.
Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact the company 1 855.884.5463 Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST or e-mail the company at customerservice@kindsnacks.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4581

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on May 21, 2014.

Please be advised that RASHABOV BAKERY (314 Belleville Turnpike, Kearny, NJ) is no longer certified by OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION If you see this product on the market with the OK kosher symbol, please call the OK at 718-756-7500.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4579

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on May 21, 2014.

Please be advised that KOSKA 1907 Chocolate Coated Turkish Delight with Rose Petals distributed by MERTER HELVA SAN VE TICARET, A.S. (Istanbul, Turkey) bears an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging. THIS ITEM IS NOT CERTIFIED BY OK KOSHER. The product is being recalled.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4578

The following dairy allergy alert is from the FDA on May 19, 2014.

Middle East Bakery of Lawrence, MA is recalling all lots of Market Basket Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pancakes, because they may contain undeclared milk.
The Market Basket Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pancakes were sold at Market Basket Supermarket Stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The pancakes are sold in the frozen food department. Each package contains (12) Market Basket, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pancakes in a 14.4 oz. (408 g) box with UPC 4970571120.
This press announcement is being issued as a result of a FDA inspection. All recalled lots have been removed from the supermarket shelves. It was discovered that product containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes.
Consumers who have purchased the Market Basket Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pancakes should discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Middle East bakery at (978) 688-2221, Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:00 EST. what

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4577

The following food safety alert is from the FDA on May 19, 2014.

Lansal, Inc.( d.b.a Hot Mama’s Foods), announced today that as a precaution it is voluntarily recalling approximately 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes. Lansal, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all products manufactured at the same facility and distributed to both wholesalers and retailers during the same time. These include the following products that are packaged in plastic containers:

UPCItemUse by DatesAffected Areas
85239233405Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus 10oz.JUN/11/2014National
8968630 01823Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus 2lb. (Non-retail item; Ingredient item used in SuperTarget store production of 2 items, Archer Farms Mediterranean Veggie Hummus Wrap and Archer Farms Hummus Veggie Snacker)JUN/11/2014National
85239233498Target Archer Farms Roasted Garlic with Roasted Garlic Tapenade 17 oz.JUN/9/14 & JUN/12/14National
85239233481Target Archer Farms Roasted Red Pepper with Roasted Red Pepper Topping 17 oz.JUN/12/2014National
30034065881Giant Eagle Chipotle Hummus 8oz.MAY/7/2014 & MAY/14/14Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland.
30034064747Giant Eagle Garlic Hummus 8oz.MAY/7/2014 & MAY/14/14Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland.
988582Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus 8oz.APR/28/14 & APR/29/14 & MAY/9/24Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia (Southern), Washington
435451Trader Joe’s 5 Layered Dip Small 11.5oz.APR/15/2014Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio & Wisconsin
274043Trader Joe’s 5 Layered Dip Large 24oz.APR/15/2014Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio & Wisconsin
8968630 01410Tryst Yellow Lentil Hummus with Sunflower Seeds & Apricots 10oz

Only Products with the following Lot Codes:

USE BY JUN/10/14 E Time stamp & USE BY JUN/12/14 E Time Stamp

Midwest & Pacific Northwest regions of United States


The potential for contamination was found during a routine test of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus (10 ounce) by the Texas Department of Health. No illness has been reported.

Lansal, Inc. has contacted all impacted retail customers and distributors instructing them to remove all affected product from sale and is working with the appropriate agencies including state Departments of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and local authorities.

Consumers who have purchased the above hummus products are urged not to eat it and to dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may call toll free (877) 550-0694 from 8:00A.M. to 8:00P.M. Eastern Standard Time 7 Days a week.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4576

The following Pas Yisroel and Yoshon alert is from the cRc on May 15, 2014.

Effective May 25th, all Z Best Bakery products certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) will no longer be Pas Yisroel. Their products are also not Yoshon.
Only products certified by the cRc that state on the label that it is Pas Yisroel should be consider as such.

This includes all baked goods coming from manufacturers such as Today’s Temptations and Biondillo’s which are NOT Pas Yisroel or Yoshon.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4575

The following Chometz she'avar achar Pesach information is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on May 15, 2014.

The cRc has verified that the only store in Ben Gurion Airport that does not buy or sell any chometz over Pesach and has properly sold their chometz for 2014 is the James Richardson Store at Gate D7.


The following Chometz she'avar achar Pesach clarification is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on May 12, 2010.

The cRc wishes to clarify the kosher status of the duty-free shops located in Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.
Although all of the duty-free shops sell their chometz, as required by the Rabbanut, they continue to be open during Pesach selling chometz items. The exception to this is the duty-free shop located adjacent to gate D7, which not only sells their chometz for Pesach, but they also are very careful to only sell kosher for Passover products during Pesach.
Additionally, the duty-shop at gate D7 employs Shomrei Torah U'mitzvos to ensure that these strict guidelines are adhered to.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3075

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on October 31, 2013, updated on November 18, 2013, updated on January 21, 2014 with additional information on May 19, 2014.

Please be advised that La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce and La Choy Sweet & Sour Duck Sauce produced by ConAgra Foods in Boisbriand, Quebec Canada were inadvertently labeled without the OK Kosher Certification symbol:.
These products with the following lot codes and "Best by date" are Kosher and Pareve.

La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce 10OZ

LOT CODE BEST BY DATE

5011321300 – 2016 JUL 16
5011323900 – 2016 AUG 11
5011327400 – 2016 SEP 15
5011329800 – 2016 OCT 09
5011331600 – 2016 OCT 27
5011332700 – 2016 NOV 07
5011335200 – 2016 DEC 22
5011401400 – 2016 DEC 29
5011402900 – 2017 JAN 13
5011405700 – 2017 FEB 11
5011408700 – 2017 MAR 12
5011412500 – 2017 APR 19


La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce 10OZ

LOT CODE BEST BY DATE

5011321300 – 2016 JUL 16
5011323900 – 2016 AUG 11
5011325200 – 2016 AUG 24
5011326000 – 2016 SEP 01
5011327300 – 2016 SEP 14
5011327400 – 2016 SEP 15
5011329700 – 2016 OCT 08
5011329800 – 2016 OCT 09
5011331600 – 2016 OCT 27
5011331700 – 2016 OCT 28
5011332600 – 2016 NOV 16
5011335100 – 2016 DEC 12
5011335200 – 2016 DEC 22
5011401300 – 2016 DEC 28
5011401400 – 2016 DEC 29

Labels are being corrected.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4392

The following food quality recall is from the Kraft and FDA on May 19, 2014.

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling select Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone's Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese, and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese products. Some ingredients used in these products were not stored in accordance with Kraft's temperature standards. While unlikely, this could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness; therefore, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution. The affected products all have code dates from May 9, 2014 through July 23, 2014.

A full list of the recalled products is here.

Consumers can find the code date on the bottom of the cup or the top of the package. Simply Kraft products with a plant code of 36-2158 on the cups or a "W" in the case code (e.g., "W 21 JUL 2014") are not affected. Simply Kraft products subject to the recall are only those with a plant code of 06-245 on the bottom of the cup and case code date without any "W" (e.g., "21 JUL 2014").
No other Knudsen, Breakstone's, Simply Kraft or Daily Chef products are impacted by this recall.
Consumers who purchased any of these products should not eat them. They should return them to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-6307 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4572

The following almond allergy alert is from the FDA on May 19, 2014.

WhiteWave Foods is voluntarily recalling half gallon containers of Silk Light Original Soymilk because they may contain undeclared almondmilk.
We believe fewer than 21,402 half gallon units of product have been directly shipped to retailers and wholesalers in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The product recall is taking place due to an inadvertent error related to using the wrong carton packaging. It is not due to contamination in the manufacturing process.
The half gallon containers are printed with “use by” dates of either June 22, 2014 or June 23, 2014 (printed as 06/22/14 or 06/23/14) on the front of the carton above the pour spout and a Universal Product Code (UPC) of 25293 60101 on the back of the package. This recall only applies to the plant codes listed below.

  • 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 5 1
  • 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 5 2
  • 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 4 3
  • 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 4 4
Consumers should look for UPC information on the back of the individual half gallons and the lot codes on the front of the half gallon above the pour spout.
Consumers who purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions can contact the Company at 1-866-663-4349 during extended business hours May 19, 2014 through Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm central time. Beginning Thursday, May 22, 2014 consumers with questions can contact the Company from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm central time Monday-Friday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4574
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