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The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIAond on June 12, 2013.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sunsprout Natural Foods are warning the public not to consume the Sunsprout and SproutsAlive brand alfalfa sprouts described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The manufacturer, Sunsprout Natural Foods, Brantford, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Brand Name Size UPC Additional Info
Sunsprout 140 g 0 57621 13501 7 Best before Code
SproutsAlive 140 g 0 69022 00030 6 Best before Code

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4248

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on June 10, 2013.

Please be advised that International FoodSource LLC is no longer under Star-K Kosher Certification.
These products are generally sold at chain supermarkets such as Shoprite, Coremark, Supervalue, Shoppers, Albertsons, Valero, Kroger, PriceChopper, Mclane, Circle-K Gas Stations.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4246

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the MK on June 11, 2013.

The MK wishes to inform the public that Ice Apple Wine produced by Domaine Pinnacle bears an unauthorized MK.   Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4245

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on June 10, 2013.

Value Naturals Brand Assorted Salt Water Taffy distributed by International FoodSource LLC of Dover, NJ, is dairy and bears an unauthorized Star-K Kosher symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4244

The following updated health alert is from the FDAon May 31, 2013 and on June 7, 2013.

Alderman Farms Sales Corporation, Boynton Beach, Florida is recalling one pint containers of Certified Organic Cherry Tomatoes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
An Alderman Farms’ wholesale customer in Florida purchased 10 cartons containing 12 one-pint containers of the affected cherry tomatoes on 5/22/13. There were no other cherry tomatoes sold from this lot.
The cherry tomatoes are packaged in square-shaped clear plastic clamshell containers labeled as Alderman Farms Organic Cherry Tomato, UPC number 6317195594, with a net weight of one pint and an estimated shelf life of 10 days. The carton lot number affected by the recall is 13269. The clamshell packages are distributed in cartons labeled Alderman Farms.
Alderman Farms became aware of the contamination after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration collected a sample of the cherry tomatoes located at Alderman Farms’ Packing facility located in Boynton Beach, Florida. The sample of lot number 13269 found the cherry tomatoes to be contaminated with Salmonella. Alderman Farms is investigating the source of the contamination. Alderman Farms conducted an independent test on the above mentioned lot and it was found to be negative of Salmonella.
Consumers who have the affected product should either discard it in the trash or return it to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions can leave a message on Alderman Farms’ voice mailbox at 561-369-2801 and they will return your call.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4343

The following kashrus alert is from the Kosher Supervisors of Wisconsin on June 9, 2013.

Irresistible Parmesan Pita Chips distributed in Canada by Metro Brands under the certification of Wisconsin K were mislabeled without a Dairy designation. They contain cheese and are milchig.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4242

The following updated health alert is from the FDAon May 31, 2013 and on June 3, 2013.

Townsend Farms, Inc., Fairview, OR, has announced that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, out of an abundance of caution, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus, based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the FDA and the CDC of an illness outbreak. No other Townsend Farms products, frozen or fresh, are covered by this voluntary recall or linked to the illness outbreak at this time. This release confirms the correct Lot codes for Harris Teeter Products.
The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores under the product name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, 3 lb. bag and UPC 0 78414 404448. The recalled codes are located on the back of the package with the words "BEST BY"; followed by the code T012415 sequentially through T053115, followed by a letter. All of these letter designations are included in this recall for the lot codes listed above. Photos of the package are attached.
The product was also sold at Harris Teeter stores from April 19 until May 7, 2013, under the product name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, 10 oz. bag UPC 0 72036 70463 4. The correct "Lot" and "best by" codes are as follows: Lot Codes T041613E, T041613C and a "BEST BY" code of 101614. Photos of the packaging are attached.
Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately. Consumers with the product should not consume the product. The product should be disposed of immediately. Please keep proof of product purchase.
For questions or more information, contact a Townsend Farms Customer Service Representative by phone or e-mail at 1-800-875-5291; townsendfarms5148@stericycle.com.

The strain of hepatitis A virus (HAV) implicated in this outbreak is rare in the United States, but more common in North Africa and the Middle East. The pomegranate seeds in this mixture were from Turkey.

The following related health alert is from the Foodsafetynewson May 31, 2013 and on June 6, 2013.

A Target pharmacy employee who works at two locations in Alameda County, California handled medications after being infected with hepatitis A as part of the multistate outbreak linked to frozen mixed berries. (see above)
"The county public health department has recommended that the pharmacies contact customers who had prescriptions filled by the employee during that time period when the person was likely contagious,” read the report. “Health officials said transmission of the disease was likely low, however customers are advised to stop taking medications that could have been handled by the infected employee. Customers who took medicine filled by the ill employee are advised to see a doctor and get a hepatitis A vaccination if they are not immunized."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4234

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on June 5, 2013.

Please be advised that various vegan cookies baked by COOKIES FROM HOME (brand name) Gourmet Express, LLC. (Tempe, AZ) were mistakenly packed with a plain OK Kosher symbol. THESE PRODUCTS ARE DAIRY. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4241

The following health alert is from the FDA a on June 3, 2013.

General Mills announced today a voluntary Class I recall of a small quantity of single-serve reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch bowlpak sold in foodservice establishments.
This action is being taken as a precaution because the company was notified by an ingredient supplier that it had recalled an ingredient due to the possible presence of salmonella.
The recall affects approximately 168 cases of product. No other varieties or sizes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch are involved. No other General Mills products are impacted. This voluntary recall includes single-serve reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch bowlpaks with the following “Better if Used By” dates printed on the package:

Foodservice operators or consumers who have this product are urged to dispose of the product and contact General Mills toll-free at 1-800-328-1144 for a replacement.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4240

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on June 4, 2013.

Rainforest Organics Dark Chocolate Bars, manufactured for Rainforest Herbal Products, bears an unauthorized Star-K. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4239
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