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Happy Sprout Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

June 8, 2017 from the Virginia Dept of Agriculture:

Happy Sprout Inc. of Springfield, VA, trading as Good Seed Inc., is voluntarily recalling all packages of soybean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

  1. 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of 21111 10035, produced on or after May 1, 2017.
  2. 2-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of 21112 58772, produced on or after May 1, 2017.
  3. 10-lb bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “Good Seed  Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 1, 2017.

These items were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine surveillance sampling by the Food Safety Program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Subsequent testing by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in sampled product. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Individuals who purchased Good Seed brand soy bean sprouts distributed by Happy Sprout Inc. during these timeframes should return the product to the place of sale for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at 703.832.1232 or VDACS’ Food Safety Program at 804.786.3520.  

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Kosher Alert Zarrin Stuffed Grape Leaves

June 6, 2017 from the OU:

Zarrin Stuffed Grape Leaves, Blansh International, San Jose CA has an unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does not certify Zarrin Stuffed Grape Leaves. Some cans are labeled with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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Star Snacks Co. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt due to the potential presence of glass pieces

June 6, 2017 from the FDA:

Star Snacks Co. of Jersey City, NJ is voluntarily recalling two lots of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt due to the potential presence of glass pieces.
The affected product was distributed in 8.0oz canisters under the following label:

    UPC code 041498179366
    Code: Best by date 11/27/18 & 11/28/18 (printed on the bottom of the can)
    No other product is affected by this voluntary recall.

The recall was initiated after the company received consumer reports of glass found in the product. To date, there have not been any reported injuries. Potentially impacted product has been removed from store shelves.
The product was distributed to ALDI stores in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC., Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Consumers who have purchased the product in question are urged not to consume this product and may return the product to their local ALDI store for a refund or dispose of the item. Consumers with questions may contact Star Snacks at 201-882-4593 or RecallFEQ01@gmail.com, Monday-Friday 9 am – 2 pm EST.

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Scotsburn Ice Milk Fudge Bar Missing Dairy Designation

June 5, 2017, - From the COR:

Scotsburn Ice Milk Fudge Bar was inadvertently labelled with a DE (Dairy Equipment) designation. The product is kosher DAIRY. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5938

Updated Food Recall Warning - Various brands of pie and tart shells recalled due to E. coli O121

June 2, 2017 from the CFIA:

This food recall warning is issued to include products associated with recent flour recalls. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Harlan Bakeries - Edmonton is recalling various brands of pie and tart shells due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
No Name Sweetened Tart shells 570 g Best before dates:
2017 DE 21
2017 DE 23
0 60383 10429 0
Great Value Deep Dish Pie Shells 380 g Best before date:
2017 DE 23
6 28915 08589 1
Great Value Tart Shells 570 g Best before date:
2017 DE 22
6 28915 08591 4


Canadian Updated Food Recall Warning - Various brands of pie and tart shells recalled due to E. coli O121

April 25, 2017 - from the CFIA:

The food recall warning issued on April 12, 2017 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Harlan Bakeries - Edmonton is recalling various brands of pie and tart shells due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
no name Deep Dish Pie Shells 380 g Best before dates:
2017 NO 24
2017 DE 01
0 60383 05599 8
no name Sweetened Tart shells 570 g Best before dates:
2017 DE 01
2017 DE 08
0 60383 10429 0
no name Tart Shells 570 g Best before dates:
2017 NO 28
2017 NO 29
2017 DE 05
2017 DE 19
2017 DE 20
0 60383 68840 0
Great Value Deep Dish Pie Shells 380 g Best before dates:
2017 NO 24
2017 DE 01
6 28915 08589 1
Great Value Tart Shells 228 g Best before date:
2017 DE 21
6 28915 08590 7
Great Value Tart Shells 570 g Best before dates:
2017 NO 29
2017 NO 30
2017 DE 06
6 28915 08591 4
Apple Valley 2" Sweet Tart Shells 640 g Best before date:
2017 NO 24
6 87415 17100 8
Apple Valley 3" Tart Shells 570 g Best before dates:
2017 NO 30
2017 DE 09
6 87415 17103 9
Western Family 12 Tart Shells 228 g Best before date:
2017 DE 07
0 62639 30952 7

It is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter regardless of the type of flour used, as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O121. Food contaminated with E. coli O121 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

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Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. Announces a Voluntary Recall on Select Golden Temple®, Swad®, and Maya® Flour Products in the U.S. Due to Possible E. Coli 0121 Contamination

May 31, 2017 - from the FDA:

In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. today announced a voluntary recall on specific production codes of Golden Temple®, Swad®, and Maya® flour products in the U.S. due to possible E. coli 0121 contamination. The impacted product was produced by Ardent Mills located in Saskatoon, SK Canada.
Impacted product is packaged in 20 lb. paper bags and was distributed nationwide to 19 distributors and two small retailers.
If you have any of the products listed below, please dispose of them immediately. Consumers with impacted product are urged to contact the company at 1-888-569-6728 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET for a product replacement coupon.

Product Description Size UPC Code Lot Codes Best By Date 
Maya® Durum Wheat Atta Flour 20 lbs0 20843 10001 96 286 548
6 287 548  
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag  
Swad® Durum Atta Flour Chappati Flour 20 lbs0 51179 16030 96 294 548
6 299 548
6 300 548
6 308 548
 
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag  
Golden Temple® #1 Fine Durum Atta Flour Blend 20 lbs0 59000 40540 76 286 548
6 299 548  
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018  
Golden Temple® Durum Atta Flour Blend 20 lbs0 59000 41556 76 287 548
6 288 548
6 294 548
6 295 548
6 300 548
6 301 548
6 306 548
6 307 548
6 308 548  
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Feb 2018
Best if Use By Feb 2018
Best if Use By Feb 2018  

The FDA offers these tips for safe flour handling and usage:

  • Recalled products should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and discarded.
  • Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product.
  • Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.


Canadian Updated Food Recall Warning -Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

May 26, 2017 - from the CFIA:

The food recall warning issued on May 11, 2017 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Ardent Mills is recalling various brands of flour and flour products due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Creative Baker All Purpose Flour 10 kg Lot codes containing:
6 285 SK and 2017 OC 11
6 286 SK and 2017 OC 12
6 312 SK and 2017 NO 07
6 313 SK and 2017 NO 08
6 28622 10180 8
Creative Baker All Purpose Flour 20 kg Lot codes containing:
6 293 SK and 2017 OC 19
6 309 SK and 2017 NO 04
6 28622 10142 6
Creative Baker Whole Wheat Flour 10 kg Lot codes containing:
6 280 SK and 2017 AL 06
6 307 SK and 2017 MA 02
6 308 SK and 2017 MA 03
6 28622 10131 0
Brodie Self Raising Cake & Pastry Flour 1 kg Lot codes containing:
6 313 548 and 2018 FE 08
6 314 548 and 2018 FE 09
0 59000 01484 5
Brodie Self Raising Cake & Pastry Flour 2.5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 294 548 and 2018 JA 20
6 294 548 and 2018 JA 21
0 59000 01482 1
Golden Temple No. 1 Fine Durum Atta Flour Blend 9 kg Lot codes containing:
6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12
6 287 548 and 2018 JA 13
6 299 548 and 2018 JA 25
6 300 548 and 2018 JA 26
0 59000 11541 2
Golden Temple Durum Atta Flour Blend 9 kg Lot codes containing:
6 278 548 and 2018 JA 04
6 279 548 and 2018 JA 05
6 293 548 and 2018 JA 19
6 294 548 and 2018 JA 20
6 306 548 and 2018 FE 01
0 59000 11544 3
Golden Temple Atta Wheat Flour 9 kg Lot codes containing:
6 279 548 and 2018 JA 05
6 280 548 and 2018 JA 06
6 292 548 and 2018 JA 18
6 293 548 and 2018 JA 19
0 59000 11545 0
Golden Temple Sooji Creamy Wheat 2 kg Lot codes containing:
6 293 548 and 2018 JA 19
6 312 548 and 2018 FE 07
6 313 548 and 2018 FE 08
0 59000 01552 1
Purity Wheatlets 550 g Lot codes containing:
6 317 548 and 2018 FE 12
6 318 548 and 2018 FE 13
0 59000 03968 8
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 1 kg Lot codes containing:
6 312 548 and 2018 MA 07
6 313 548 and 2018 MA 08
0 59000 01632 0
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 2.5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 278 548 and 2018 AL 04
6 279 548 and 2018 AL 05
6 280 548 and 2018 AL 06
6 296 548 and 2018 AL 22
6 297 548 and 2018 AL 23
6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24
6 310 548 and 2018 MA 05
6 311 548 and 2018 MA 06
6 319 548 and 2018 MA 14
0 59000 01658 0
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 305 548 and 2018 AL 30
6 306 548 and 2018 MA 01
6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12
6 318 548 and 2018 MA 13
0 59000 01654 2
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 10 kg Lot codes containing:
6 292 548 and 2018 AL 18
6 295 548 and 2018 AL 21
6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24
6 301 548 and 2018 AL 27
6 305 548 and 2018 AL 30
6 306 548 and 2018 MA 01
6 308 548 and 2018 MA 03
6 309 548 and 2018 MA 04
6 312 548 and 2018 MA 07
6 313 548 and 2018 MA 08
6 314 548 and 2018 MA 09
6 319 548 and 2018 MA 14
0 59000 01652 8
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Unbleached 2.5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 297 548 and 2018 AL 23
6 298 548 and 2018 AL 24
6 308 548 and 2018 MA 03
6 309 548 and 2018 MA 04
0 59000 01659 7
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Unbleached 5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 302 548 and 2018 AL 28
6 303 548 and 2018 AL 29
6 304 548 and 2018 AL 30
6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12
0 59000 01685 6
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Whole Wheat 2.5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 285 548 and 2018 JA 11
6 286 548 and 2018 JA 12
6 295 548 and 2018 JA 21
6 296 548 and 2018 JA 22
6 309 548 and 2018 FE 04
6 310 548 and 2018 FE 05
0 59000 01510 1
Robin Hood Best for Bread Flour Homestyle White 5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 303 548 and 2018 AL 29
6 314 548 and 2018 MA 09
6 316 548 and 2018 MA 11
6 317 548 and 2018 MA 12
0 59000 01519 4
Robin Hood Best for Bread Blend Multigrain 5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 302 548 and 2018 JA 28
6 303 548 and 2018 JA 29
0 59000 01521 7
Robin Hood Best for Blending Flour 2.5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 319 548 and 2018 FE 14
6 320 548 and 2018 FE 15
0 59000 01534 7
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Whole Wheat 5 kg Lot codes containing:
6 302 548 and 2018 JA 28
0 59000 01684 9
Robin Hood Bread and Roll Mix Homestyle White 1.36 kg Lot codes containing:
6 293 548 and 2017 AU 19
6 294 548 and 2017 AU 20
6 295 548 and 2017 AU 21
6 298 548 and 2017 AU 24
6 299 548 and 2017 AU 25
0 59000 00238 5
Robin Hood Easy Blend Flour 450 g Lot codes containing:
7018628 and 2018 AL 18
7019628 and 2018 AL 19
7020628 and 2018 AL 20
7022628 and 2018 AL 22
7023628 and 2018 AL 23
7024628 and 2018 AL 24
7025628 and 2018 AL 25
0 59000 03502 4
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 1.8 kg Lot codes containing:
6 334 623 05 and 2018 MA 29
6 335 623 05 and 2018 MA 30
6 336 623 05 and 2018 JN 01
6 337 623 05 and 2018 JN 02
7 024 623 05 and 2018 JL 24
7 026 623 05 and 2018 JL 26
0 59000 01823 2


Canadian Updated Food Recall Warning - Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

April 12, 2017 - from the CFIA: The food recall warning issued on April 4, 2017 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation. Ardent Mills is recalling various brands of flour and flour products due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below, with specific best before dates indicated under additional information.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Brodie Self Raising Cake & Pastry Flour 1 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 JA 17 and 6 291 548 0 59000 01484 5 Only product with a best before date of January 17, 2018 (2018 JA 17) and the production code 6 291 548 is being recalled.
Creative Baker All Purpose Flour 20 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2017 OC 17 and 6 291 SK 6 28622 10142 6 Only product with a best before date of October 17, 2017 (2017 OC 17) and the production code 6 291 SK is being recalled.
Creative Baker Whole Wheat Flour 10 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2017 AL 18 and 6 292 SK 6 28622 10131 0 Only product with a best before date of April 18, 2017 (2017 AL 18) and the production code 6 292 SK is being recalled.
Golden Temple Sooji Creamy Wheat 2 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 JA 18 and 6 292 548 0 59000 01552 1 Only product with a best before date of January 18, 2018 (2018 JA 18) and the production code 6 292 548 is being recalled.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 1 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 14 and 6 288 548 0 59000 01632 0 Only product with a best before date of April 14, 2018 (2018 AL 14) and the production code 6 288 548 is being recalled.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 1 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 15 and 6 289 548 0 59000 01632 0 Only product with a best before date of April 15, 2018 (2018 AL 15) and the production code 6 289 548 is being recalled.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 1 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 16 and 6 290 548 0 59000 01632 0 Only product with a best before date of April 16, 2018 (2018 AL 16) and the production code 6 290 548 is being recalled.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 1 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548 0 59000 01632 0 Only product with a best before date of April 17, 2018 (2018 AL 17) and the production code 6 291 548 is being recalled.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 10 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 14 and 6 288 548 0 59000 01652 8 Only product with a best before date of April 14, 2018 (2018 AL 14) and the production code 6 288 548 is being recalled.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 10 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 15 and 6 289 548 0 59000 01652 8 Only product with a best before date of April 15, 2018 (2018 AL 15) and the production code 6 289 548 is being recalled.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 10 kg Lot codes containing BB/MA 2018 AL 18 and 6 292 548 0 59000 01652 8 Only product with a best before date of April 18, 2018 (2018 AL 18) and the production code 6 292 548 is being recalled.

Canadian Food Recall Warning - Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original recalled due to E. coli

March 28, 2017 - from the CFIA and on on April 4, 2017:

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original 10 kg Lot codes containing
BB/MA 2018 AL 17
and 6 291 548
0 59000 01652

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

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Kroger Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Kroger Yellow Sponge Cake Dessert Cups

May 24, 2017 from the FDA:

The Kroger Co. has recalled Kroger Dessert Cups –Yellow Sponge Cake (6.5 oz., 6 Pack) sold in its retail stores because it contains undeclared milk.
All stores operating under names Kroger, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scott’s, Gerbes, Ruler Foods, Dillons, Baker’s, Food4Less and Jay C, located in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

ProductConsumer UPCCodesSize
Kroger Dessert Cups – Yellow Sponge Cake, 6-pack11110-18550All Codes6.5 oz.

Customers who have purchased any of the products described above should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET and Saturday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Kashrus alert on BAKER’S CORNER FROSTING

May 28, 2017 - from COR Detroit:

BAKER’S CORNER FROSTING in 16 oz. containers is sold at Aldi in four varieties. Some containers bear an OU and are manufactured for Aldi by an OU certified plant. However, some containers do not bear an OU and contain animal shortening, as listed in their ingredients. While these two types (Kosher and non-Kosher) are meant to be sold in separate regions, we have found that at many stores both types are on the shelf, and sometimes are mixed even within the same case. Every container should be carefully checked.

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Kashrus advisory on POPSICLE SUGAR FREE ICE POPS

May 28, 2017 - from COR Detroit:

POPSICLE SUGAR FREE ICE POPS are still certified Kosher. The Kof-K DE symbol on new packaging was printed in small white text, which is not so noticeable.

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Kosher Issues at Shaw's in the Sharon, MA area

May 26 2017 from readers with input from the KVH:

  • Please be aware that some Shaw's stores are selling non-certified dairy bread near the deli department. These products do not bear the KVH symbol. As always, check each product for the kosher symbol before purchase.
  • Shaw's in Sharon (maybe elsewhere) is selling dairy garlic spread that is OU-D with a incorrect KVH label bearing just a KVH. This product is dairy as shown on the OU-D on the product
  • Shaw's at Cobb Corner has bagged up Empire smoked turkey which it's selling in the Kosher Section. These bags DO NOT have certification. They are Shaw's packaging.

    ED. note: June 7, 2017- this product is no longer in the store in question.

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