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The following health alert is from FDA on February 22, 2013.

King Arthur Flour has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of its bags of flour due to the possible presence of small (7-9 mm) blue polyurethane balls that are used in the sifting process. The balls have a smooth surface and no sharp edges and are made from food grade material. Because of their bright blue color and size (about half the diameter of a dime), they are easily seen in the flour. Only 5-lb. bags of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour and King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour that have a Best Used By Date and Lot Codes noted below are affected. This information is printed on the side of the bag beneath the nutrition panel. If the Best Used By Date and Lot Code number are printed on the TOP of the bag, then the product is NOT affected. The following two (2) King Arthur Flour products are included in the voluntary recall: p style="text-align: left">The following two (2) King Arthur Flour products are included in the voluntary recall:

King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, 5-lb. bag, UPC 0-71012-01050-9 With the combination of both the Best Used By Date plus Lot Code beneath nutrition facts panel

Best UsedBy Lot Code
12/26/2013L12A26B
12/26/2013L12A26C
12/27/2013L12A27A
01/18/2014A13A18A
01/18/2014A13A18B
01/21/2014A13A21A
01/22/2014A13A22B
01/30/2014A13A30A
01/31/2014A13A31A

King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour, 5-lb. bag, UPC 0-71012-04105-3 With the combination of both the Best Used By Date plus Lot Code beneath nutrition facts panel

Best UsedBy Lot Code
12/26/2013L12A26A
12/26/2013L12A26B
01/03/2014A13A03A
01/03/2014A13A03B
01/16/2014A13A16B
01/17/2014A13A17A
01/23/2014A13A23A
01/28/2014A13A28A
01/31/2014A13A31A

No other lot codes of this product or any other King Arthur Flour products are affected in any way. Any products with a combination of the Best Used By and Lot Code noted above may be returned to the store for a full refund. For more information call the King Arthur Flour Consumer Hotline at 866.797.9178, open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4149

The following health alert is from FDA on February 20, 2013.

Heartland® Brands is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its granola cereals in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Israel and Trinidad, as a precaution due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh in an ingredient. The ingredient is a grain blend, and the problem was discovered and reported by the ingredient supplier, Dakota Specialty Milling.
The two Heartland® cereal varieties are:

  • Heartland® Harvest Spice Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090394; Best If Used By dates from 20130326 (March 26, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013).
  • Heartland® Fruit & Nut Harvest Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090387; Best If Used By dates from 20130325 (March 25, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013).

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to discard the cereal but retain the Best If Used By code and contact our Consumer Affairs Department toll-free at 888-881-6769, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET and Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, for a full refund of the purchase price.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4148

The following health alert is from FDA on February 21, 2013.

Mondelēz Global LLC announced today a nationwide voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico, of the belVita Breakfast Biscuit product, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties, following notification from a third-party supplier, due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at their facility. The following product is being recalled:

DescriptionRetail UPCBest When Used By Dates
belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety, 1.76 oz0 44000 03192 321 Jan 13 – 29 Sep 13 (bottom of package)
belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety, 8.8 oz0 44000 03194 721 Jan 13 – 29 Sep 13 (top of package)
belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety, 14.08 oz0 44000 03163 316 May 13 – 13 Sep 13 (side of package)
belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon Variety, 1.76 oz0 44000 02824 48 Oct 12 – 2 Sep 13 (bottom of package)
belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon Variety, 8.8 oz0 44000 02825 18 Oct 12 – 2 Sep 13 (top of package)

This recall is limited exclusively to the belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties, manufactured and sold in the United States, including Puerto Rico. No other belVita product is included in this recall.

Consumers who have this product should not eat it and should discard any products they may have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-877-799-5633, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. The company has received a limited number of consumer contacts related to this product, and is issuing the recall as a precaution.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4147

The following kashrus alert is from the OU dated February 21, 2013.

Trader Joe’s This is Not a Tub of Cream Cheese is labeled with an OU Pareve. This product was made using pareve ingredients on dairy equipment. Corrective measures have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4146

The following kashrus information is from the CRC Detroit on February 20, 2013.

There are a number of flavors of Market Pantry brand Ice Pops and Ice Fruit Bars that bear a plain cRc without a D or DE. These in fact do not have any dairy ingredients, and are made in a facility that has separate equipment for dairy and non-dairy products. However, as it is not possible to rule out the possibility that these products may have inadvertently been run on dairy equipment, it is cRc policy that these products should be certified as cRc-DE (dairy equipment) Future packaging will be changed to bear cRc-DE.

The following kashrus information is from the COR Detroit and on December 27, 2012.

MARKET PANTRY FROZEN FRUIT BARS (grape, lime & strawberry) and ICE POPS (assorted, blast-off & tropical) sold at Target mistakenly bear a plain cRc symbol. They should bear cRc DE (dairy equipment).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4109

The following health alert is from FDA on February 19, 2013.

BBU, Inc., the parent of the Bimbo Bakeries companies, has initiated a voluntary recall due to possible presence of flexible wire caused by a faulty screen at a third party flour mill.

This recall does not affect any products currently offered for sale in retail stores but the company, out of an abundance of caution, wants to alert consumers to check any affected products they may still have in their homes.

Recalled products are listed below with the applicable "Best By" dates and their states of distribution. The "Best By" date is printed on the front of the bag on the bread items and on a sticker on the thin style buns product.

PRODUCTSSTATES
Best By dates prior to and including Feb. 17: 
SARA LEE MULTI-GRAIN THIN STYLE BUNSCA ONLY
Best By dates prior to and including Feb. 20: 
ALDI L’OVEN FRESH HEARTY 12 GRAINAR, CT, DC, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA,
MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC,
OK, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WI,
WV
FARM BREAD ALL NATURAL MULTI-GRAINUT
HARMONS 100% MULTI-GRAIN WIDE PAN OVEN-BAKED BREADUT
ARNOLD DUTCH COUNTRY 100% WHOLE GRAINAL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
ARNOLD HEALTHFULL 45 CALORIES PER SLICE MULTIGRAINDC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV
BROWNBERRY HEALTHFULL 45 CALORIES PER SLICE MULTIGRAINIA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND,
OH, PA, SD, WI, WV
BROWNBERRY DUTCH COUNTRY 100% WHOLE GRAINIA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND,
OH, PA, SD, WI, WV
BROWNBERRY GRAINS & MORE DOUBLE PROTEINIA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH,
PA, ND. SD, WI, WV
BROWNBERRY HEALTHFULL NUTTY GRAINIA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND,
OH, PA, SD, WI, WV
STROEHMANN DUTCH COUNTRY 100% WHOLE GRAINDC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV
EARTHGRAINS 12 GRAIN NATURAL BREADALL STATES
SARA LEE 12 GRAIN BREAD HEARTY & DELICIOUSALL STATES

No other brands or products are affected.

BBU is committed to providing high-quality products, and the safety and health of our consumers is our most important priority. We are working closely with the third party flour mill to avoid this issue in the future.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled product can return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-984-0989 at any time 24 hours a day.

Ed. note: some of the above breads are kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4143

The following health alert is from FDA on February 8, 2013.

MKG Provisions of Miami, FL is recalling Atlantic Smoked Salmon Batch# 1768 consisting of several brands of products listed below which have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product batch # 1768 was distributed during the time period from January 23, 2013 through February 1, 2013 to Gold Kosher of North Miami Beach, FL, Sally Sherman Salads of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Boca Raton Resort & Club, In Boca FL. US Foodservice South Florida, US Foodservice Baltimore, Deer Run of Longwood, FL, L'Chaim of Delray Beach, FL, Prestige Smokehouse of Riviera Beach, FL, and Best Value of Miami, FL. There is a square sticker placed on the bag of each product which reads the lot# 1768. Product and packaging details are listed below. ol>

  1. UpRiver Brand Norwegian presliced sides In Upriver vacuum pouch bags
  2. Prestige Brand Scottish presliced sides in clear vacuum pouch bags
  3. Legendary Brand Norwegian pre-sliced sides in legendary vacuum pouch bags
  4. Prestige Brand Pastrami pre-sliced sides in clear vacuum pouch bags
  5. UpRiver Brand Scottish pre-sliced sides in UpRiver vacuum pouch bags
  6. UpRiver Brand Trimmings in clear bags in clear vacuum pouch bags
  7. UpRiver Brand Pastrami pre-sliced sides in UpRiver vacuum pouch bags
  8. UpRiver Brand Peppered pre-sliced sides in Up River vacuum pouch bags
  9. UpRiver Brand Tequila/Cilantro pre-sliced sides in UpRiver vacuum pouch bags
  10. Prestige Brand 16 oz. retail packs in clear vacuum pouch bags
  11. UpRiver Brand 4 oz. Nwgn retail packs in UpRiver vacuum pouch bags
  12. Prestige Brand 4 oz. Irish retail packs in clear vacuum pouch bags
  13. Prestige Brand 4 oz. Nwgn retail packs in clear vacuum pouch bags
  14. Prestige Brand 4 oz. Nova retail packs clear vacuum pouch bags
  15. UpRiver Brand 4 oz. Gravalax retail packs UpRiver vacuum pouch bags
  16. UpRiver Brand Norwegian Presliced sides UpRiver vacuum pouch bags

The recall was the result of an audit by the Florida Department of Agriculture where finished product lab testing contained bacteria. MKG is voluntarily recalling this product. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers should return any of the products purchased mentioned above

Consumers with questions may contact:

Michael Gibson
MKG Provisions Inc.
Phone 305-835-0171
Fax 305-835-0198
From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4142

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on February 19, 2013.

Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is advising the public not to consume select 650 ml size of PC White Corn Black Bean Mild Salsa and 430 ml size of PC Salsa Mild, because some of the products may contain pieces of plastic.
Specifically:

  • 650 ml size of PC White Corn Black Bean Mild Salsa: UPC 060383697211 with product code date BB:2013DE07,
  • 430 ml size of PC Salsa Mild: UPC 060383736194 with product code date: BB:2014JA30
The vendor has identified the source and corrected the issue to ensure no further product issues.
The products were sold at:
  • BC, AB, SK, MB: Extra Foods®, nofrills®, Real Canadian Superstore®, Shop Easy®, SuperValu®, Your Independent Grocer®, Real Canadian Wholesale Club®
  • ON: Fortinos, Loblaws®, nofrills®, Real Canadian Superstore®, Real Canadian Wholesale Club®, valu-mart®, Your Independent Grocer®, Zehrs®, Freshmart
  • Atlantic: Cash & Carry, Real Canadian Wholesale Club®, Dominion, Freshmart, Red & White, nofrills®, Save Easy, Real Canadian Superstore®
  • Quebec: AXEP, Group Distribution, L’Intermarché, Loblaws, Maxi & Cie, Maxi, Provigo, à plein gaz

For a complete list of store information please visit: http://loblawstores.ca/LCLOnline/
Customers can return the products to any of the above mentioned Loblaw banner stores in the provinces indicated where the customer service desk will provide a full refund (including without receipt) or contact customer service at 1-888-495-5111 or customerservice@presidentschoice.ca

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4141

The following Canadian mustard allergy alert is from the CFIA on February 14, 2013.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Continental Strictly Kosher Meat, Poultry and Delicatessen Products Ltd., are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume certain Continental Glatt Kosher brand meat products described below. The affected products contain mustard which is not declared on the label. The following Continental Glatt Kosher brand meat products are affected by this alert:

Product Size Best Before dates UPC
Beef Frankfurters variable All dates up to and including 13 AL 03 where mustard is not declared on the label None
Beef Frankfurters 375 g All dates up to and including 13 AL 03 where mustard is not declared on the label 0 64904 11110 1
"B.B.Q." Beef Frankfurters 375 g All dates up to and including 13 AL 03 where mustard is not declared on the label 0 64904 11110 1
Cocktail-Beef Frankfurters 250 g All dates up to and including 13 MR 14 where mustard is not declared on the label 0 64904 11109 5
Beef Bologna variable All dates up to and including 13 MR 13 where mustard is not declared on the label None

These products have been distributed in Québec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.

The manufacturer, Continental Strictly Kosher Meat, Poultry and Delicatessen Products Ltd., (EST. 29) Mont-Royal, Québec, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.

For more information, consumers and industry can call Abe Herzog and Abraham Bineth, Continental Strictly Kosher Meat, Poultry and Delicatessen Products Ltd., at 514-522-1196 ext. 232;

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4140

The following health alert is from http://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/alerts/">Kellogg's on February 15, 2013.

Kellogg Company has initiated a voluntary recall in the US of three sizes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal packages due to the possible presence of glass fragments.

The food affected by the recall can be identified with the following information:

11.2-ounce package
    - UPC Code 38000 59923
    - Better if Used Before: DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 00:13 through DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 02:30

22.4-ounce twin pack
    - UPC Code 38000 78356
    - Better if Used Before:
        - NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 07:00 to NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 08:51
        - NOV 30 2013 KNB 105 15:00 to NOV 30 KNB 105 17:05

37-ounce package
    - UPC Code 38000 20940
    - Better if Used Before:  NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 17:31 to NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 20:05

If your package is any size other than 11.2, 22.4 or 37 ounces, it is NOT impacted by this recall.

If your package has the letters KXA, KXB, or KXC following the Better if Used Before Date, it is NOT impacted by this recall.

Consumers who may have purchased the recalled product should contact Kellogg Consumer Affairs by clicking here or by calling 1-800-962-1413 Monday-Friday 8 AM - 6 PM Eastern Time. Kellogg will provide a replacement coupon to reporting consumers and may also make arrangements to retrieve the product for further evaluation.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4139
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