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The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on February 11, 2013.

Please be advised that Spring Bakery 121-15 Jamaica Ave. Richmond Hill, NY 11418 is no longer Star-K / Star-D certified. Any use of the Star-K / Star-D symbol is unauthorized.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4128

The following kashrus alert is from the OU dated February 7, 2013.

Tootsie Roll Large Pops, Tootsie Roll Industries Inc., Chicago IL, are certified by the Orthodox Union as an O- D dairy product. Individual pops have the OU-D on their wrapper. Some bags were mistakenly printed with a plain OU. Corrective measures were implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4127

The following chadosh alert concerning cheerios is from the COR on February 8, 2013.

We have just received a report that General Mills started incorporating new crop oat flour into the “Cheerios cereals” as early as November 2012. We are trying to obtain actual dates. Until we obtain actual dates, please use the following guidelines:

  • Cheerios (excluding Multigrain) - Best Before date of 14NO2013 or earlier.
  • Best Before dates between 15NO2013 and 07DE2013 are sofek yoshon.
  • Best Before dates after 07DE2013 are very possibly chodosh.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4126

The following kashrus alert is from the Scroll-K (Vaad HaKashrus of Denver) on February 8, 2013.

New Belgium Springboard Ale was mistakenly included in a Folly Pack variety pack of beer bearing the Scroll K symbol. Springboard Ale is not kosher certified. All the other varieties in this variety pack are Scroll K certified. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4125

The following revised health alert is from the FDA on February 6, 2013.

Sprouters Northwest is voluntarily recalling all varieties of sprouts products, wheatgrass and pea shoots due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
All varieties of sprouts products including 3-Bean Munchie, Alfalfa, Bean, Broccoli, Brocco Sandwich sprouts, Clover, Deli, Spicy; Wheatgrass and Pea Shoots that were distributed through 1/30/2013 in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada through retail stores and food service distribution chain.
The affected products are sold under the Sprouters Northwest, LifeForce and Brassica brand names and are packaged in plastic clamshell containers, plastic cups, plastic trays in 3 oz., 4 oz., 5 oz., and in plastic 1 lb. 2lb, or 5lb. bags. The Best by Dates are including all and up to 2/17/2013. Trader Joe's Organic Pea Shoots (SKU 92756), packaged in a 4 oz. clamshell offered only in Oregon and Washington state are also affected. The Best by Dates are through 02/16/13. The Best by Date sticker is located in the top right hand corner, front of the package.
The problem was identified through surveillance finished products samples collected at retail locations and at the firm by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Sprouters Northwest is working with WSDA and the Food & Drug Administration on this recall.
Consumers who have purchased a specific lot of items mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of it. Consumers with questions may contact the Sprouters Northwest at 1-253-872-0577 from 7AM to 2PM PST.


The following health alert is from the FDA on January 28, 2013.

Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Washington is recalling 1953 pounds of alfalfa, clover, brocco sandwich sprouts, and spicy sprouts due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Products were distributed from 1/10/13 to 1/18/13 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada through retail stores and food service distribution chain.

The affected products are sold under the Sprouters Northwest brand and are packaged in plastic clamshell containers and plastic 1 lb bags.

The affected products are:
 

ProductSizeBest by DateUPC
Clover Sprouts5oz container1/26/20130 33383 70235 3
Clover Sprouts1 lb bag1/26/20130 79566 12351 5
Clover Sprouts2lb tray1/26/20130 79566 12351 5
Clover Sprouts4oz container1/26/20138 15098 00201 6
Brocco Sandwich Sprouts4oz container1/26/20138 15098 00028 9
Spicy sprouts4oz container1/26/20138 15098 00202 3
Alfalfa sprouts4oz container1/31/20138 15098 00108 8
Alfalfa sprouts3oz container1/31/20138 51042 00402 6

The problem was identified through a surveillance sampling and two samples collected at retail locations were tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

The firm is working with WSDA and the Food & Drug Administration on this recall.

Consumers should not consume the recalled sprouts products and are advised to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-253-872-0577 from 7AM to 2PM PST.

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on January 28, 2013.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to consume the LifeForce Foods brand Sprouts described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

All codes of the following LifeForce Foods brand sprouts, product of USA, packaged in plastic clamshell containers of 85 grams, are affected by this alert:

Product UPC
Brocco Sprouts 8 51042 00400 2
Spicy sprouts 8 51042 00401 9
Alfalfa sprouts 8 51042 00402 6

These products have been distributed through Canada Safeway stores in British Columbia only.

The importer, Canada Safeway Limited, Calgary, AB, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4117

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 31, 2013.

LAY’S SALT AND BLACK PEPPER FLAVOURED POTATO CHIPS has erroneously been marked as parev. This product is MILCHIK. Simba has apologised for the error.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4124

The following soy and milk allergy alert is from the FDA on January 30, 2013.

R-Kane Products, Inc, Pennsauken, NJ is recalling all outstanding supplies of its Z PRO HIGH PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT, because it contains soy and milk, allergens which are not declared on the labels of individual packets of the product. The product is distributed in boxes containing 24 packets. The outer box declares the presence of these allergens.
Z PRO HIGH PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT was distributed nationwide between January 1, 2006 and January 24, 2013, to bariatric centers and bariatric physicians who dispense the product to patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.
This recall was initiated after an FDA inspection noted that these allergens were not disclosed on the inner packets of the product. Product shipped after January 24, 2013 contains the allergen disclosure on both the outer box packaging and the individual inner packets of the product.
Additional information on what consumers should do with the product maybe be obtained by calling Robert Kaskey, 1-856-663-0644 (M –F 10 AM to 4:00 PM EST).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4123

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

NORTHEAST brand TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD IN NATURAL JUICE, distributed by Northeast Marketing Co., Lakeville, MA, bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. Corrective measures have been taken. Consumers who find other items produced by this manufacturer bearing a Star-K symbol should notify Star-K at 410-484-4110.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4122

The following additional Israeli chodosh information is from Yoseph Herman on February 1, 2013.

The continuing guidelines on purchase of Cheerios in Israel, as well as elsewhere, is the same as was formulated by the O-U and was printed in the Guide. Namely, wheat and wheat starch listed in the ingredients are Yoshon. If WHEAT GERM is listed then the Chodosh date on the package is Aug 16 '13. If there is no wheat germ but there is barley (not malt) such as Multigrain Cheerios, the Chodosh date is Aug 22 '13. If there are no wheat germ or barley, but there are oats then the Chodosh date is Nov 7 '13. When the O-U in Israel and when Osem the importer of Cheerios announced that all Cheerios in Israel are Yoshon, they meant that they only import those batches of Cheerios that satisfy the guidelines that have been published. This can be easily verified by checking the "best if used by" date on the packages.


The following additional Israeli chodosh information is from jerusalemkoshernews on January 26, 2013.

"General Mills in Israel Yoshon clarification:
All General Mills products imported to Eretz Yisroel either through Nestle or through General Mills Israel are Yoshon regardless of the production dates.
The OU does not take responsibility for products imported through private importers.
By “private importers”, the OU means the following:
It was explained to me that for as long as a box of cereal is marked “Approved by the Chief Rabbinate” ( אישור רבנות ראשית ישראל) then it is official and it is fine. Boxes that are not marked like this, which are often found in small grocery stores in areas around Israel, are not included in this Yoshon alert and may indeed be problematic and one must check Yoshon codes to make a determination. "

The following chodosh information is from Rabbi Y. Herman on January 18, 2013.

"Quaker oats MADE IN CANADA, such as the instant oats packets made in Canada and sold in the USA (that are not listed in the "beis" section) have a package Chodosh date that is 7 days earlier than stated in the table. Namely, for instant oats packets, the Chodosh date should be Mar 17 14. Those with later dates may be Chodosh. We apologize for not making this clear distinction between cereals made in the USA and those made in Canada.
The O-U in the USA and the O-U in Israel have issued differing advisories regarding the status of Cheerios cereals sold under the Nestle label in Israel. The latest advisory of the O-U main office in the USA still applies the same guidelines for the Cheerios in Israel as they have been advising for those being sold in the USA. Namely, wheat and wheat starch in the ingredients are Yoshon. If WHEAT GERM is listed then the Chodosh date on the package is Aug 16 '13. If there is no wheat germ but there is barley (not malt) such as Multigrain Cheerios, the Chodosh is Aug 22 '13. If there are no wheat germ or barley, but there are oats then the Chodosh date if Nov 7 '13.
The O-U in Israel stated that all Cheerios stated that ALL Cheerios sold in Israel are Yoshon. The Guide is maintaining contact with the O-U office in the USA. Once these differences are resolved, we will issue a further bulletin on this matter.

Ed Note: One can sign up for chodosh information from Rabbi Yoseph Herman by email by sendinb a blank email message to Chodosh-subscribe@jif.org.il

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4119

The following kashrus alert is from the COR on January 31, 2012.

Le Mille Feuilles Patisserie (COR 1081) Located at 3507 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, is no longer under COR certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4121
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