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The following kashrus alert is from the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia (Kosher Check) on March 20, 2014.

Please be advised that COCONUT SUGAR sold by PHILMARKET INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (PMIC) of Manila, Philippines are no longer certified kosher by the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia (Kosher Check). For more information, please contact Richard Wood at (604) 731-1803 ext 103. or by email info@bckosher.org

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4532

The following kashrus alert is from the the Kof-K posted on Marach 22, 2014.

KOF-K KASHRUS ALERT: “a limited number of four-ounce bags of Kettle brand Baked Sea Salt Potato Chips (Diamond Foods), labeled KOF-K PARVE, were mistakenly exposed to a milk-based sour cream seasoning. The affected product contains DAIRY ingredients and should not be treated as PARVE. For further information, call: 201-837-0500 or email info@kof-k.org.


The following dairy allergy alert is from the the FDA on February 13, 2014.

Kettle Brand is issuing a voluntary recall on a limited run of its 4-ounce Kettle Brand Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips because of potential exposure to milk-based sour cream seasoning, a potential milk allergen not declared on the ingredient label. The brand is recalling 144 cases as a precaution. The product was distributed to 12 customer warehouses that supply retail stores nationwide. This is the only item impacted, and there have been no reports of illnesses or injury.

Product NameUPC CodeManufacturing CodeBest-Buy Date
Kettle Brand Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips84114 10984 209309210, ending with four numbers ranging from 05:00 – 10:3001MAY14

Consumers interested in a replacement or refund are encouraged to contact Consumer Affairs online via http://www.kettlebrand.com/contact/contact_kettle/ or by calling 503-364-0399 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday – Friday.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4493

The following kashrus notice is from the OK twitter feed on March 19, 2014.

CORRECTION: Leon's Pantry Tahini bearing the OK was an authorized OK kosher production. Future product without the OK is NOT certified.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4531

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification on March 19, 2014.

Please be advised that Choc N Nuts produced by TERRAFINA, LLC (Bronx, NY) was mistakenly labeled with the OK pareve Kosher symbol instead of the OK-Dairy. THIS PRODUCT IS DAIRY. The product is being recalled from the market.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4530

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K in response to a reader's queston on March 18, 2014.

A very limited amount of non-kosher shelf stable Cream of Chicken Soup, co-packed for Tabathchnick Fine Foods Inc and bearing the Tabatchnick brand has been illegally diverted into the retail marketplace. The non-kosher product was never intended for retail distribution. The non-kosher shelf stable soup is similar in appearance to kosher certified Tabatchnick Shelf Stable Soups however, the non-kosher soup is packaged in a 22 oz container opposed to the Kosher certified varieties which are packaged in a 32 oz size. Kosher consumers should be aware that the shelf stable Cream of Chicken soup is in fact NOT KOSHER and as such, does not carry any kosher designation.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4529

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on March 17, 2014.

Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. (“Fannie May”) is recalling 19 units of its 14.0 oz., rectangle box of spring wrapped assorted chocolates because the box includes one piece of candy that contains peanuts, a known allergen, and the food ingredient label on the box did not state that the product contained peanuts.
The product being recalled is a 14.0 oz., rectangular gift box measuring 9 1/2” by 7” in size that contains 24 pieces of assorted chocolates including one caramel/peanut candy. The light purple with spring flowers-wrapped rectangular-shaped box contains an orange-striped band. In the center of the orange-striped band is a white rectangle with a picture of 5 chocolate pieces and the name "Fannie May", product type “Assorted Chocolates”, and product description “rich dark & milk chocolates & pastels with an assortment of decadent fillings” in brown lettering on the band around the box. Also, the front-bottom of the orange-striped band states "NET WT. 14 OZ. (396g)". The back of the box has a full nutritional label which also states: “This product has been produced on equipment shared with peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, milk, eggs and wheat”.
The item is identified as SKU #75032 with the UPC number on the label of 0 52745 72804 6. Lot information on this product is 14058 or 14059. Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. determined that the 19 boxes of chocolates were available for sale beginning March 3 in specific retailers in seven (7) states: Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona. . Retailers that sold the product include, but are not limited to, Walgreens, Hallmark Gift Shops, CVS and other independent retailers.
Consumers that have purchased the Fannie May 14.0 oz. rectangular spring box of assorted chocolates are urged to dispose of the product.
Fannie May is working in cooperation with the FDA. Information on the product recall can be found on the home page of the Company’s website located at: www.fanniemay.com. Consumers with questions may contact a dedicated customer service representative at the Company by dialing 330-494-0833 Extension 193, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST or email customerservice@fanniemay.com.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4528

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 14, 2014.

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida is voluntarily recalling one lot of its 2.5 ounce packages of Organic Basil because of potential contamination with Salmonella. The recall only affects one specific lot of Infinite Herbs brand Organic Basil packaged in 2.5 ounce clamshell bearing the "Date Packed 02/21 20422". The "Date Packed" information can be found on the back side label below the country of origin statement. The product was only distributed to Trader Joe's stores located in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia and Tennessee.
Consumers who have purchased this lot of Infinite Herbs Organic Basil are urged not to eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 305-599-9255 or via email to customer_service@infiniteherbs.com.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4527

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

Simply Natural Foods, LLC of Commack, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling its 85g (3oz) Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar, because FDA testing indicated that bars from certain lots contained high levels of milk protein, while the label of the product stated that it may contain traces of milk.
Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar was distributed in Indiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, California, Washington, New York and Florida for sale to consumers in retail stores.
The product is packaged in plastic foil packaging containing 85gms (3oz) of dark chocolate with the product name of “Simply Lite Dark Chocolate,” with the lot numbers 01182015A and 01192015A.
This voluntary recall was initiated after it was discovered that the Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of high levels of milk protein. The current packaging states that “The product may contain traces of milk,” wherein greater levels, in excess of trace amounts, of the milk protein have been discovered through analytical testing. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a source of chocolate having greater than trace amounts.
Consumers who have purchased Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bars from the affected lots are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company toll free at 1-866-923-1549, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, ET.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4526

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