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The following health alert is from the FDA on September 28, 2012.

Jer's™ Chocolates announced today that it has taken the precautionary measure of issuing a voluntary limited recall of some of its Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Gourmet Jer's Squares produced from July 9, 2012 to September 24, 2012.
The voluntary recall was initiated upon learning that SUNLAND, Inc., the supplier of the peanut butter used in the production of Jer's™ Chocolates, has recalled all peanut butter product from May 1, 2012 - September 24, 2012 because of potential contamination with Salmonella.
For more specific information regarding the SUNLAND recall, please visit the manufacturer's website by viewing SunlandRecall.pdf1.
SUNLAND, Inc. has stated that twenty-nine people have reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states. These illnesses were associated with Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products produced by Sunland, Inc.
Jer's™ Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Jer's™ Squares HAVE NOT been associated with any of the reported illnesses and ALL of Jer's Chocolates products have passed its internal quality control tests and procedures.
All other products, including Jer’s Chocolates Gift Boxes and Peanut Brittle Bites from the California plant, are not affected by the voluntary recall. Customers who have purchased these items are urged not to eat the products, and to dispose of them or return them to the retailer for a full refund.
Items Recalled are specific lot numbers Jer's Squares 4oz and 16oz Gable Boxes and 3oz Peanut Butter Bars that were distributed from July 9, 2012 through September 24, 2012.
Please call Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm Pacific Time with any questions. (858) 792-2287.

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The following health alert is from the FDA on September 28, 2012.

  • Late July Organic Snacks Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, UPC 89044400070, 5 oz.
  • Late July Organic Snacks Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, UPC 89044400071, 1.125 oz.
  • Late July Organic Snacks Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, UPC 89044400072, 9 oz. No illnesses have been reported to date. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.
    Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Late July Organic Snacks customer service at 888-857-6225. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at (800) 767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

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  • The following health alert is from the FDA on September 26, 2012.

    Justin’s today announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of its Classic Peanut Butter 16oz jars and Honey Peanut Butter 1.15oz and .5oz single-serve squeeze packs (see associated Best By dates below). This voluntary recall is in response to Sunland Inc. voluntarily recalling nut butter products. For more information on the Sunland recall, please see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website (www.fda.gov) or read Sunland’s official statement at: www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf.
    The below lots of Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter 16oz jars and Honey Peanut Butter 1.15oz and .5oz single-serve squeeze packs are being voluntarily recalled because peanuts used in the production of these identified products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
    No Justin’s almond butter, hazelnut butter, peanut butter cups or candy bars are involved in this recall. These products were manufactured using nuts not sourced from Sunland Inc.
    Justin’s was just notified by our contract manufacturer, Fresca Foods, Inc. located in Louisville, CO that Sunland peanuts were used in production of certain peanut butter products in the past, therefore Justin’s is voluntarily participating in the recall.
    The products were distributed nationally to numerous supermarket chains and were available for purchase on the internet from 7/14/12 to 9/26/12.
    The specifics of the affected products are as follows:

    UPCProduct DescriptionPackage SizeBest By Dates
    855188003004Classic Peanut Butter Jars16oz08-07-13
    855188003042Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs1.15oz07-24-13, 07-25-13
    894455000391Honey Peanut Butter .5oz Squeeze Pack.5oz.07-14-13, 08-10-13, 08-13-13, 08-14-13, 08-15-13

    Best By dates can by located for the jars to the left of the UPC code, and for the squeeze packs on the back, top seal.
    Sunland reports that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland.
    Consumers who purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. They can bring in a receipt in place of product and discard the product at home. Retailers should destroy all corresponding products with the above lot information.
    Anyone with questions may contact the company at 303-449-9559 or comments@justinsnutbutter.com, or visit www.justinsnutbutter.com disclaimer icon . Phone lines are staffed from 9-5pm MST Monday through Friday.

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    The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on on Sept 26, 2012 .

    General Mills is voluntarily recalling a single day's production of Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars because of a labeling issue. Product produced on this date may have been packaged incorrectly, and may contain allergens not listed on the box's ingredient label, specifically peanuts.
    A production error resulted in a limited number of properly labeled, individually wrapped Peanut Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar packages being inserted into 6-count boxes labeled as Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars. The Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars carton does contain an allergen statement indicating the product "may contain peanuts."
    This voluntary recall includes only 6-count boxes of Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars with one Better if Used By date printed on the top of the box: 26FEB2013
    Consumers allergic to peanuts, or who are unsure of whether they are allergic to peanuts, should not consume Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar products from 6-count boxes bearing the Better if Used By date 26FEB2013 on the top of the box, and should contact General Mills for replacement or a full refund.
    Consumers requesting refunds or calling with further questions should contact General Mills Consumer Services at 1-800-231-0308

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    The following health alert is from the FDA on September 22, 2012 and FDA on Sept 27, 2012 .

    Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 9 oz. Leafy Green Romaine Salad with the expired Use-by Date of September 16 and September 26, 2012 and Product Code H256808 as a precaution in an unlikely event that consumers may still have the expired salad in their refrigerators. The recall was necessitated by a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes on a single package out of many samples collected for the U. S. Department of Agriculture random sample testing program.
    Because it is beyond the expiration date, the salad is no longer available for sale in stores. No illnesses are reported in association with the product recall. No consumer complaints have been received about the salad. No other Fresh Express products are being recalled.
    In an unlikely event consumers may still have this particular salad – now well beyond its Use-by Date and expected usability – in their refrigerators, they should not eat it and throw it out. Consumers with questions may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Recalled salad details are:

    • Product: Fresh Express Leafy Green Romaine Salad in a 9 oz. package
    • Use-by Date: September 16 (located in upper right hand corner of package)
    • Product Code: I246A5BMG (located in upper right hand corner of package)
    • Distribution: Primarily Midwest and Eastern states of the U.S.
    According to Fresh Express instructions and retail store procedures, expired salads are removed from store shelves.

    (No other Fresh Express Salads are included in this recall)

    Brand Product Name Size UPC Production Code Best If Used By Date Possible Distribution States
    Fresh Express Leafy Green Romaine 9 oz. 0 71279-26112 6 I246A5BMG SEP 16 IL, MI, MN, ND, NY, NJ, SD, WI, IA, IN, OH, PA
    Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine 18 oz. 071279-262017 H256A08 SEP 26 CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV,

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    The following Canadian insect infestion alert advisory is from the COR on September 9, 2012.

    Please be advised that we have found thrip infestation in Ontario red cabbage. Until further notice, we recommend the all red cabbage undergo the following procedure:

    1. Discard loose outer leaves
    2. Cut head into 4 quarters
    3. Peel off the outer leaf of one of the quarters directly over the light box (if one owns a lightbox)
    4. Gently tap the leaf on the lightbox (if one owns a lightbox)
    5. Examine for moving thrips (they would be white)
    6. If even one insect is found, then the cabbage may not be used.
    7. If no insect is found then repeat steps 3-5 again and then again a third time.
    8. If no insects are found on the light box then you may proceed to shred or cut the leaves.
    9. Soak the leaves in a soapy solution. Rinse well.
    10. Check the water for thrips.
    The other option would obviously be to purchase pre-washed red cabbage with a reliable kosher certification.
    If you have any questions feel free to contact COR at 416 635-9550 or questions@cor.ca.

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    The following kashrus alert is from the OU on September 20, 2012.

    Praline Pecans Granules from Ready Roast, Ready Roast LLC., Madera CA contain butter, as indicated on the label. This product is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D -Dairy product. Some labels bear a plain OU without the D - Dairy designation. Corrective measures have been implemented.

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    The following South African alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on September 21, 2012.

    Some batches of SALLY WILLIAMS 125g Dark Chocolate enrobed Nougat, a parev product, have been made with Milchik chocolate.
    These batches still bear the Parev logo.
    The affected Batch codes are 30112013 and 31122013. Sally Williams has rectified this error and future batches will revert to Parev.
    Please Note: This only applies to the 125g Dark Chocolate enrobed Nougat with the above batch codes – all other Sally Williams products are correctly labelled.

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    The following health alert is from the FDA on September 19, 2012.

    The Kroger Co. is asking customers to check their refrigerators for certain Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach 10 ounce packages (UPC: 0001111091649) with a "best if used by" date of September 16. This product, supplied by NewStar Fresh Foods LLC, is being recalled because the product may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Customers should return the items to stores for a full refund or a replacement. Customers can visit www.kroger.com/recall for more information.
    Stores under the following names in 15 states are included in this recall:

    • Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, central and eastern Tennessee, and Michigan. Kroger, Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scott’s and Food 4 Less stores in Indiana, Illinois and eastern Missouri.
    • Dillons, Baker’s, and Gerbes stores in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
    Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Fry’s, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, QFC, Smith’s, King Soopers, City Market and Food 4 Less/Foods Co. in California.
    Kroger is asking customers to carefully check their refrigerators for this recalled Fresh Selections product because it may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Any opened or unopened products included in this recall should not be consumed and should be returned by customers to their local Kroger store for a full refund or replacement. Customers with additional questions can contact 1-800-KROGERS.

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    The following South African Israeli produce alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on September 14, 2012.

    Grains, fruits, and vegetables (and their extracts) that grow in the halachic boundaries of Eretz Yisrael are subject to many extra kashrut laws due to the kedusha (holiness) of the land. These include:

    • The requirement to separate terumah (the Priestly tithe)
    • The requirement to separate the various forms of ma’aser (tithes for the Levites, the poor, and the portion that was to be eaten in Jerusalem in Temple times)
    • Shmita (produce of the Sabbatical year)
    • A stricter form of Orla (produce of a tree within its first 3 years).
    Processed foods from Israel with a reliable hechsher guarantees that all these halachic issues have been taken care of.

    All pomegranates bought after 12 p.m. today have had Terumah and Ma’aser separated at the following retail stores:

    • Food Lover’s Market Norwood
    • Freshfellas
    • Kosherworld
    • Pick n Pay Norwood
    Fresh Produce: The Kashrut Department is now aware of the following fruit that are being imported from Eretz Yisrael and require Terumah and Ma’aser to be separated:
    • Figs
    • Plums
    • Nectarines
    • Peaches
    • Mango
    • Black Grapes
    • Pomegranates
    Instructions on how to separate Terumah and Ma’aser can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables.

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