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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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3981

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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3980

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K on September 13, 2012.

Artichoke Hearts and Artichoke Quarters distributed by Flora Foods bears an unauthorized Kof-K. The product is sold primarily in Florida and on the Internet. Future packaging will not bear the Kof-K.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3979

The following health alert is from the FDA on September 12, 2012.

DFI Marketing Inc. of Fresno, CA is voluntarily recalling cantaloupe because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Through the company’s comprehensive recall and trace back systems, it has been determined the suspected cantaloupes include approximately 28,000 cartons of bulk-packed product. The cantaloupes are packed in 6, 9, 12, 15, or 18 cantaloupes per carton. Specific information on how to identify the product: All cantaloupes are packed in a DFI brand carton and the following is stamped in black on the carton “826 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE.”
The cantaloupes were packed on August 26, 2012. The cantaloupes may have been distributed from August 27 to September 10, 2012 primarily to retail customers in the following states and one country: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico. We believe, due to the perishable nature of cantaloupe, the majority of this recalled product is no longer in commerce.
Retail customers who may have received this product should contact DFI Marketing Inc. Consumers who may have this product should discard it or return it to the store where they purchased it. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-559-449-0244 24 hours a day.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3978

The following health alert is from the Schnucks.com on September 7, 2012.

Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Ind. has expanded its original recall of cantaloupes to include watermelons distributed over this past growing season could have been contaminated with Salmonella newport. Schnucks stores in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa:

  • In Schnucks, Logli and Hilander stores (outside of Indiana,) these recalled watermelons can be identified by a sticker – “Indian Hills – Product of USA.” If you have product bearing that sticker please do not use. Return it to your store for a full refund.
  • Schnucks stores in Indiana: Customers of the five Indiana Schnucks stores, where the product is delivered directly by the local grower will NOT see stickers. If your watermelon does not have a sticker, return it to your store for a full refund.
As of Sept. 7, all watermelons currently in Schnucks stores originate from farms outside the recall zone. Please be advised that Agrofood dried fruit, nuts and granola products bear an unauthorized Star-K. The Star-K has never certified these products. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3977

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on September 13, 2012.

Please be advised that Agrofood dried fruit, nuts and granola products bear an unauthorized Star-K. The Star-K has never certified these products. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3976

The following kashrus alert is from the Rabbinical Council of California on September 12, 2012.

Nana Restaurant, 1509 S. Robertson Blvd Los Angeles, CA is closed and will be moving to a new location. Above address will operate as a non-kosher entity under new ownership.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3975

The following dairy allergy and kashrus alert is from Kosher LA and a reader on September 10, 2012.

Sweet Dreams Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Mix is missing the dairy designation on the kosher symbol. This product contains dairy ingredients as as seen on the ingredient panel. This product was purchased at BJ's.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3974

The following kashrus alert is from OK Kosher Certification on September 6, 2012.

Please be advised that as of July 1, 2012 Kanakis Ilias Partnership, Messina, Greece, Manufacturer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil is no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3973

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on September 7, 2012.

Kirkland Signature Funhouse Treats, sold at Costco, is a bag that contains a variey of small individually wrapped candies. Until recently, all the candies in the Funhouse Treat bag were certified by the Orthodox Union. Recently, a candy that is not certified by the Orthodox Union was added to the variety. Mistakenly, some outer bags bear an OU symbol. Costco is correcting this error and the new bags will no longer have the OU. The individually wrapped candies with an OU or OU-D are certified by the Orthodox Union.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3972
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