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The following health alert is from the FDA on March 13, 2014.

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salad. The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with Use-by date of March 12, 2014 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
The product code and Use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia) and 3 Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario & Quebec).
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This precautionary recall notification is being issued due one sample of Dole Italian salad which yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Although product is 1 day past its Use-By date and it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is being removed from the stream of commerce.
No other salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and March 12, 2014 Use-by date identified above are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PT) Monday - Friday.
Pictures of recalled products are here.


The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on March 12, 2014.

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is recalling Dole brand Italian Blend salad from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.
The following product is known to have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick and may have been also been distributed in other provinces.
Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Dole Italian Blend Salad 10 oz. (283 g) Best Before:
14-MR-12
0 71430 00819 5

What you should do: Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4521

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on March 11, 2014.

Winking Cow cheeses and dairy products, Triad Food Products LLC, Woodland Park NJ are being sold with an unauthorized OU-D mark. These products are not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4525

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 13, 2014.

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. of Albany, OR has voluntarily recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores after determining the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Precautionary recall measures began on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Consumers who may have purchased the product were contacted by phone and US. Mail, and a letter regarding the voluntary recall was posted on the Costco website. Furthermore, the affected product was removed from Costco floors. Any Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit that is currently available for purchase has been rigorously tested and is safe for consumption. No other products made by Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. are affected.
Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit is sold in a red and white case containing 20 pouches of freeze-dried snacks. Consumers who have purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit with the following “Best Before Dates,” listed on the upper left corner of the front panel of the case, are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Best Before Date: FEB 14 2015 - MAR 11 2015 (which reads FEB142015 - MAR112015)
Customers with questions may contact the company at recall@ofd.com. or 1-888-641-2933 (this line is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time).
Cases of the potentially contaminated Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit were distributed to Costco Wholesale stores in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4524

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification on March 13, 2014.

Please be advised that MELANIE DARK CHOCOLATE "ELITE 90%" (and other products with this brand name) distributed by DESLY INTERNATIONAL CORP. (Brooklyn, NY) bears an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging.
THESE ITEMS ARE NOT CERTIFIED BY OK KOSHER.
IT WAS SOLD IN PURIM STORES ACROSS THE NEW YORK AREA.
The product is being recalled.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4523

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on March 11, 2014.

Giant and Stop & Shop Jalapeno Cheddar Cream Cheese Spread UPC: 6882671425, Ahold USA, Quincy, MA: Product with the date codes USE BY 061314 AND USE BY 070514 bears an OU-D and mistakenly contains non-kosher cheese. The product has been withdrawn. All other Giant and Stop & Shop cream cheese bearing an OU-D are not affected.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4520

The following sulfite allergy alert is from the FDA dated February 24, 2014.

Net Foods Import & Export at 711 2nd Street, Secaucus, NJ 07094 is recalling Net Food Brand Turkey Diced Apricots because they contain undeclared sulfites. The recalled Net Food Brand Turkey Dried Apricots comes in 16.1 oz. clear plastic containers with the following UPC Code 8697445250019. The product was sold nationwide and is a product of Turkey.
Analysis of the dried apricots by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed they contained 4955 ppm per serving.
Consumers who have purchased Net Food Brand Turkey Dried Apricots should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 347-484-2256, Sevki Uzundal, Net Food Import & Export.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4519

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on March 6, 2014.

Great Taste Chocolate Lover's Cheesecake sold at Giant Tiger stores bears an unauthorized COR with no dairy designation. The product is DAIRY and kosher certified by another certifying agency.
Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4518

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on March 6, 2014.

Please be advised that the following Luna Chocolate Bars are missing their Dairy/DE designations:

Items that are DAIRY
Chocolate Latte with Espresso Splash 100g UPC 6 28603 92666 6

  • Luscious White Chocolate Almond Bark 150g UPC 6 28603 92675 8
  • No Sugar Added Velvety Milk Chocolate Bar 80g UPC 6 28603 92679 6
  • No Sugar Added Decadent Milk Chocolate Almond Bar 100g UPC 6 28603 92681 9

Item that is DE (Dairy Equipment)
  • No Sugar Added Intense Dark Chocolate Bar 80g UPC 6 28603 92680 2

    All of these products are only sold in Metro Stores in the GTA.
    Corrective measures have been taken.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4517
  • The following pas yisroel alert is from the COR Detroit on March 5, 2014.

    COOPER STREET COOKIES are no longer Pas Yisroel. They are certified Kosher when bearing the K-COR symbol.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4516

    The following pas yisroel alert is from the COR Detroit on March 5, 2014.

    LAWASH brand FLATBREAD from American Bakery Products that is manufactured after March 15, will continue to be certified Kosher by the COR when bearing the K-COR symbol, but will no longer be Pas Yisroel. The date of manufacture can be determined by the last six digits of the manufacturing code stamped on the bag; e.g., 031514 = March 15, 2014.

    PITA BREAD from American Bakery Products will remain Pas Yisroel (glow plug method), when bearing the K-COR symbol.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4515
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