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The following kashrus alert is from the OK on November 10, 2014.

Please be advised that a limited amount of CHOCOLATE ORCHARD Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds and Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews produced by CIBO VITA, INC. (Fair Lawn, NJ) were mistakenly labeled with the OK kosher symbol instead of the OK D symbol. THESE PRODUCTS ARE DAIRY, Corrective action is being taken.

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The following health alert is from the FDA posted on November 7, 2014.

Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. of Byron, CA is voluntarily recalling Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds), due to them possibly containing elevated levels of naturally occurring hydrogen cyanide according to laboratory test results.
Bitter almonds are the wild form of the edible "sweet almonds." Bitter almonds contain a chemical called glycoside amygdalin, which becomes transformed into toxic prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) after they are crushed or chewed. Eating foods that contain prussic acid may result in some or all of the following signs and clinical symptoms within minutes: dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, restlessness, and weakness. Exposure to higher quantities of food containing prussic acid may cause other more serious health effects including convulsions, loss of consciousness, low blood pressure, lung injury, slow heart rate, and respiratory failure leading to death. Showing these signs and symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has been exposed to cyanide. Treatment with supportive measures and available specific and efficacious antidotes frequently allows survival.
The products were labeled as “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Italy” and “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Spain,” and were packaged in 13.5 oz. plastic tubs. The recalled products have sell-by dates from 4/18/15 to 6/7/15 and a UPC code of UPC 9-99482-00071-7. The recalled product was distributed to Whole Foods Market stores only in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Reno, Nevada and Boise, Idaho. The list is here.

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The following kashrus alert is from the OK Twitter feed on November 7, 2014.

A limited amount Kraft shake'nBake Herb&Parmesan CrustMix with OKD symbol is NOT kosher. UPC 066188128516 BBdate 16AU25 & 16SE23 dist in CANADA.

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The following kashrus and dairy allergy alert is from the Seattle Vaad and the FDA posted on November 7, 2014.

Seattle Vaad: Pleased be advised that some packages labeled Schwartz Brothers Everything Bagel kosher pareve are actually bagels with cheese on top that have been mislabeled. If you have purchased this product recently, please carefully check to see if there is cheese on top. The product has been recalled and corrective action has been taken.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Seattle Vaad at 206-760-0805

FDA: Schwartz Brothers Bakery of Seattle, Washington is recalling "Everything Bagels" because product contains milk but it is not declared as the ingredient on the label. Product was distributed between 10/9/14 and 11/5/14 through the QFC retail stores of the Washington and Portland, Oregon areas.
The product was packed in clear 4-pack plastic bag, with visible image of cheese melted on top of the bagels. “Everything Bagels” has the UPC number 7 17887 23121 1 and the “best by” dates of 10/14/14 to 11/10/14.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing Cheese was distributed in packaging with a label that did not declare "Milk" in the ingredients statement and Contains statement. The label however has a statement indicating that the item is “"roduced in a facility that processes Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat."
Consumers who have purchased Schwartz Brothers Bakery “Everything Bagels” at QFC store are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 888-970-6938 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM pacific time.

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The following Israeli health alert is from the Janglol.net and Israeli health ministry on November 4, 2014

Unilever would like to notify the public that during a routine check of certain products, the company has decided to recall these products because there is a possibility that the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes may be present:

  • Klik Ugi 75 grams with use-by dates from 8 July 2015 to 15 July 2015
  • Klik XL Ugiot v'Deganim 85 grams with use-by dates from 16 July 2015 to 18 July 2015
  • Klik In Nougat Halavi 38 grams with use-by dates from 31 March 2015 to 3 April 2015
Consumers who have purchased this product are asked to refrain from eating it, to call 1-800-780-780 (Israeli number) to receive a replacement product have have the recalled product collected.

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The following kashus alert is from the Wisconsin K posted on November 5, 2014

The following snack mix products packaged by Great Skott under the supervision of Wisconsin K are Dairy. The kosher logo has the word "Dairy" printed too small to see:

    Guacamole Medley
  • Tailgate Mix
  • Man Mix
  • Party Mix
  • Sourdough Pretzels - All Flavors
  • Granola: Honey Nut & Chocolate Cranberry

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The following Canadian kashus alert is from the COR on November 5, 2014.

Distinction Cappuccino French Vanilla 907g product was inadvertently labeled without a "dairy"designation on the COR logo. This product is kosher DAIRY. Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling in future.

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The following kashrus information is from Updates to cRc liquor list dated October 2, 2014.

Updates to cRc liquor list between July and September 2014:

Newly Certified

  • Alexander Beer, Green .................................. Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weisz certified, symbol required
  • Bootlegger21, Vodka and Whiskey ................ OU certified, symbol required
  • Cointreau, all varieties ................................... KF certified, no symbol required
  • Glen Garioch Scotch, assorted varieties ........ KLBD certified, symbol required
  • Hamashkeh Blended Scotch ......................... KLBD certified, symbol required
  • Howe Sound Brewing, assorted varieties ...... Kosher Check certified, symbol required
  • J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider, all varieties .......... Michigan Kosher Supervisors certified, no symbol required
  • Malka Beer, assorted varieties ...................... Rabbi Shlomo Ben Eliyahu (Israel) certified, symbol required
  • Peter Heering, Coffee Liqueur and Cherry Liqueur ....... OU certified, symbol required
  • Red Stag Hardcore Cider ................................ OU certified, symbol required
  • Redd’s Apple Ale ............................................ OU certified, symbol required
  • Smith & Forge Hard Cider .............................. OU certified, symbol required
  • Valentine Gin, assorted varieties ................... Michigan Kosher Supervisors certified, symbol required
  • Van Gogh Vodka, assorted varieties .............. OU certified, symbol required
  • Yahara Bay Extra Dry Gin, Lightning Whiskey, Premium Rum, Premium Vodka ............ cRc certified, symbol required
  • Yankee Folly Hard Apple Cider ........................... OU certified, symbol required

Newly Recommended (not certified)

  • Anchor Brewing, Anchor Summer Beer
  • Bernheim, Wheat Whiskey, Unflavored
  • Deanston Scotch, 12 Year Old
  • Glenfiddich Scotch, Excellence 26 Year Old
  • Glenglassaugh Scotch, Evolution
  • Goose Island Beer, Endless IPA
  • Heineken Beer, Unflavored Midleton Scotch, Barry Crocket Legacy
  • Myers’s Rum, assorted varieties ......................... See the cRc liquor list for details

Newly Non‐Recommended

  • Bushmills Irish Whisky, Assorted varieties ......... See the liquor list for details
  • Highland Park Scotch, 12, 15, and 18 Year Old Jim Beam, Kentucky Fire
  • Lagavulin Scotch, Distillers Edition ..................... Note: This does not include the Lagavulin 16 Year Old.
  • The Balvenie, 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask Edition .................................... Note: The original (non‐sherry cask) edition remains recommended.
  • The Macallan, Fine Oak 18 Year Old "The Speyside" Scotch, Any age ......................... Note: This refers to the specific brand produced by “The Speyside” company.

Ed. note: The information above was prepared by Chicago Rabbinical Council, 773-465-3900. For more information or questions, please contact them.

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The following kashrus alert is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council November 3, 2014.

Please be aware that Café Latte Toffee and Caramel Macchiato Toffee under the Walgreens brand was labeled with a plain cRc logo.
Both products are indeed dairy (Cholov Stam) as indicated on the ingredients and allergen statement.
Future labels are being revised.

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The following health alert is from the FDA on October 31, 2014.

Marathon Ventures, Inc. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts as a precautionary measure because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The issue was brought to the Company’s attention by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following routine testing.
The items below were sold after March 11, 2014, through grocery, food service and other retail outlets throughout the country.

0 15400 86635 4 Shurfine Macadamia Diced Nuts 5oz/142g Best By: 11 MAR 2015
        Best By: 23 JUN 2015
        Best By: 11 AUG 2015
0 15400 16635 5 Western Family Macadamia Diced Nuts 5oz/142g Best By: 11 MAR 2015
        Best By: 23 JUN 2015
        Best By: 11 AUG 2015
        Best By: 6 OCT 2015
0 75450 13287 8 HyVee Macadamia Nuts 2oz/57g Best By: 27 AUG 2015
        Best By: 28 AUG 2015
        Best By: 10 OCT 2015
0 85239 52108 3 Market Pantry Chopped Macadamia Nuts 2.25oz/64g Best By: 28 APR 2015
        Best By: 1 MAY 2015
        Best By: 28 MAY 2015
        Best By: 1 JUL 2015
        Best By: 23 JUL 2015
        Best By: 21 AUG 2015
        Best By: 16 OCT 2015
0 75049 42186 4 Pear’s Gourmet Macadamia Nuts Raw 16oz/454g Best By: 23 JUL 2015
  Cash-Wa Distributing Macadamia Nuts Raw 5lbs/2.27kg
06509 Pegler Sysco Macadamia Nuts Raw 5lbs/2.27kg
Bulk Case Mayan Gold Macadamia Nuts Style #5 25lbs PO# 0011766 SDC 0034

Consumers may direct their questions regarding the recalled items to Marathon Ventures, Inc. Customer Service toll-free at (800) 828-7688 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30PM Central Time or via e-mail at customerservice@marathonventuresinc.com.

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