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The following egg allergy alert is from the FDA on December 7, 2012.

Sugar Flowers Plus Inc of Glendale, CA is recalling Cake Decors Pastillage (gumpaste) Flowers because of the undeclared use of egg white wash as a “glue” for the inner petals of flowers. Cake Decors Pastillage (gum paste) flowers have been distributed to Hobby Lobby Stores and by direct online sale through company website, www.cakedecors.com. Some or all Hobby Lobby Locations may carry our Pastillage (gumpaste) line in the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NY, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OH, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY between the dates of March 2004 – November 2012. A recall is being issued after a recent mild allergic reaction was reported to the Food and Drug Administration in regards to Cake Decors Pastillage (gumpaste) Line that has been on the market since 2002. Consumer complained of itchy (tickling) in throat after consuming a small portion of outer petal of Pastillage (gumpaste) Rose - Pink. Stomach cramps were also reported after benadryl was taken for initial symptoms. Consumer was not taken in for medical care as the symptoms alleviated after a short period of time. No medical records were reported or confirmed that that symptoms were due to consumption of product; however egg white wash is used within the product as an adhesive to the inner two petals of the flower but not an ingredient within the Pastillage (gumpaste) dough itself to form the rose. Cake Decors Pastillage (gumpaste) are packaged in a white and blue box with a center cut out to show the product. Product is contained within a clear plastic clam shell. Each box contains 4 flowers, 2 inches in size, one style and color per box. Information on the reported item is as follows:

Rose - Yellow

8 38437 00001 6

Rose - Red

8 38437 00002 3

Rose - Pink

8 38437 00003 0

Rose - Blue

8 38437 00004 7

Cymbidium - W/M

8 38437 00010 8

Cattleya - W/P

8 38437 00011 5

Gladiolus - A/W

8 38437 00012 2

Gladiolus - P/BUR

8 38437 00013 9

Concerned consumers of Cake Decors Pastillage (gumpaste) Flowers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers who have purchased items online or have any questions and/or concerns may contact us on our toll free number:

1-800-972-2935 Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm PST or email at sugarflowersplus@gmail.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4063

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on December 10, 2012.

Mister Snacks, Inc. of Amherst, New York, is recalling its 5 oz. packages of Sunbird Snacks Yogurt Raisins because they may contain undeclared peanuts.
This recall is limited to 161 cases containing twelve Sunbird Snacks 5 oz. Yogurt Raisin packages. The product comes in a 5 oz. clear bag marked with a Lot Number and Expiration Date of "EXP 0513 265" ink-stamped on the back of the package. The product was distributed nationwide in retail stores.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the peanut-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes.
Consumers who have purchased 5 oz. packages of Sunbird Snacks Yogurt Raisins are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 800-333-6393.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4062

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on December 11, 2012.

The Kashrut Guide insert in the Jewish Tradition (dated September 2012 ) indicates that Woolworths Salmon Pate and Woolworths Snoek Pate are PAREV.
Please note that these products are MILCHIK and MUST bear the Beth Din logo.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4061

The following kashrus alert is from BC Kosher on December 7, 2012.

Please be advised that effective December 10, 2012 Sandel Foods Inc. of Chilliwack, BC is certified Kosher Dairy – Not Cholov Yisroel.
Pareve products received prior to December 10th are still certified pareve, but going forward will be certified Dairy.
If you have any question, please contact BC Kosher at (604) 731-1803 or by email info@bckosher.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4060

The following kashrus information is from the COR Twitter feed on December 5, 2012.

If a product is COR pareve and the label has a "may contain milk" disclaimer it is still pareve. This is a gov't required allergen warning.
However, the reverse, dairy certification, but no milk ingredients or allergen warning, flavorings can be milchig and not be reflected on the alergen warning of the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4058

The following kashrus advisory is from the COR on November 27, 2012.

Joe's Tasty Travels Toasted Praline Buttery Almonds, Toasted Praline Buttery Peanuts and Praline Deluxe Nut Mix list butter and milk ingredients on the label's ingredient panel. These products in fact do not contain any dairy ingredients. The products are kosher and pareve. Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling.
Note: There is a milk allergen statement on the packages since milk ingredients exist in the plant. This does not affect the kosher and pareve status of the products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4059

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on December 5, 2012.

The public warning issued on December 2, 2012 has been updated to include additional bulk filberts (hazelnuts).
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the in-shell filberts (hazelnuts) described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The affected product, Ennis variety filberts (hazelnuts), product of USA, was sold from bulk bins up to and including December 4, 2012.
This product was distributed through Loblaw banners as follows:
Ontario - Cash & Carry, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Fortinos, No Frills Quebec - Loblaws, Maxi & Cie, Maxi, Provigo Newfoundland and Labrador - Dominion


The public warning issued earlier on December 2, 2012 (see below) has been updated to include additional products containing filberts (hazelnuts).
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the in-shell Mixed Nuts described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The following mixed nuts, products of USA, are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC
Mixed Nuts 454 g 6 28721 20678 7
Mixed Nuts 1.36 kg 0 33383 70401 2

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on December 2, 2012.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaws Companies Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the in-shell filberts (hazelnuts), product of USA, that were sold in 454 g bags bearing UPC 7 75636 10004 1 and in bulk bins because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
This product was distributed nationally in Loblaws banners - Real Canadian Super Store, Fortinos, Freshmart, Loblaws, No Frills, Valu-Mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, Dominion, Red & White, Save Easy, Cash and Carry, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, AXEP, Group Distribution, Intermarché, Maxi & Cie, Maxi, Presto, Club Entrepôt, Provigo, Extra Foods, Shop Easy, Super Valu, Westfair.
For more information, consumers and industry can call Loblaw Customer Relations at 1-800-296-2332 or customerservice@presidentschoice.ca.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4054

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on December 5, 2012.

Winn Dixie Woven Wheat Crackers are certified by the Orthodox Union as a kosher pareve product. Some packaging mistakenly bear an OU P symbol. This product is not kosher for Passover. The mislabeled products are being withdrawn from the marketplace.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4057

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on December 4, 2012.

Some jars of Sera Grape Molasses, Korhan Pazarlama Ve Dis Tic A.S. Istambul, Turkey mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU. This particular Sera product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. It was distributed for sale in Europe. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4056

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on December 3, 2012.

Springfield Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, Unified Grocers Inc. Commerce, CA are certified as an OU-D Dairy product. The product contains milk derivatives. Recently, some bags were printed with a plain OU, without the D Dairy designation. The mislabeled products are sold primarely in Southern California. The mislabeled products are being withdrawn from the marketplace.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4055
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