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The following almond allergy recall is from the FDA on August 13, 2012.

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall today of a small amount of 12-pack Blueberry Crisp CLIF® Bars and individual mislabeled Blueberry Crisp CLIF Bars in Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar Wrappers with one "Best By" date 17MAR13G3 that were distributed to a limited number of stores predominately east of the Mississippi. The 12-packs may contain Blueberry Crisp CLIF Bars that are mislabeled with Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar wrappers and do not list almonds in the ingredient statement. Clif is taking this precautionary safety step for people who are allergic to almonds.
A small quantity of Blueberry Crisp CLIF Bars were inadvertently placed in Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar wrappers and these mislabeled bars were placed inside correctly labeled Blueberry Crisp CLIF Bar 12-pack boxes. The Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar wrappers contain advisory allergen labeling which states that the product may contain traces of tree nuts.
Only the product meeting the following criteria is affected:

  • 12-pack boxes of Blueberry Crisp CLIF Bars with "Best By" date 17MAR13G3 UPC: 7-22252-30260-1
  • Blueberry Crisp CLIF Bars mislabeled in Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar individual wrappers with the same "Best By" date 17MAR13G3 UPC: 7-22252-10090-0
NO other CLIF Bar products, pack sizes, flavors or "Best By" date codes are affected.
The company is strongly advising consumers who have almond allergies not to consume these mislabeled bars with "Best By" date 17MAR13G3 and discard them to avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction. People with an allergy to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. No allergic reactions have been reported to date. Consumers with questions or who would like replacement coupons may call 888-992-6227, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PDT, Monday-Friday. Details also can be found at www.clifbar.com/almond.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3942

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on August 16, 2012.

YUMMY CRUNCH BISCUITS produced by DELITE FOODS are incorrectly labelled as parev. The product is MILCHIK. Remedial action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3945

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 8, 2012.

Some labels of Ines Vinagre Balsamico distributed by Sesajal S.A., Guadalajara Mexico bear an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify this balsamic vinegar, which is sold in Mexico. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3943

The following peanut allergy recall is from the FDA on August 14, 2012.

Hummingbird Wholesale of Eugene, OR is alerting consumers who purchased Organic Bulk Pinenuts from Natural Food Retail stores between 3/22/2012 and 8/16/2012 that these bulk pinenuts may contain undeclared peanuts.
The Organic Pinenuts were distributed 27.5 pound and 5 pound plastic bags in wholesale packaging to retail stores in WA and OR for sale through bulk bins. The Organic Pinenuts were found to have been contaminated by peanuts through visual inspection.
Consumers concerned about peanut allergenic reactions who have purchased Organic Pinenuts distributed by Hummingbird Wholesale between 3/22/2012 and 8/16/2012 are encouraged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or who want a list of stores who carried the product may contact the company at 1-541-686-0921 from 8am to 4

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3941

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on August 9, 2012.

Italian Home Bakery Breads, Buns, Italian Home Bakery Limited is no longer under COR certification
Notes: The COR kosher symbol has been removed from product packaging. Older products still bearing the COR kosher symbol are considered kosher. New products no longer carry the COR kosher symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3939

The following peanut allergy recall is from the FDA on August 10, 2012.

Two Moms in the Raw of Lafayette, CO is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 4 oz packages of Pesto Sea Crackers which were distributed from 7/2/2012 to 8/6/2012 because they may contain undeclared peanuts.
The recalled product is identified as Two Moms in the Raw, Gluten-Free Pesto Sea Crackers enclosed in brown semi-synthetic packaging with a transparent section displaying the contents. Labeling on the product is green, white, and blue with blue, green, and red print writing. The lot numbers included in this recall are 1008, 1016, 1027, 1055, and 1067. The lot number and expiration date are printed in black ink on the lower portion of the reverse side of the 4 oz package.
The voluntary recall was initiated after Two Moms in the Raw was notified by their raw ingredient supplier that the pine nuts used in the manufacture of the affected lots may have been contaminated with peanuts. NO other Two Moms in the Raw products, lots, pack sizes, flavors or "Best By" date codes are affected.
Consumers who have purchased affected lots of the Pesto Sea Crackers are urged to return them to the place of purchase or discard them immediately. Consumers with any questions should contact Two Moms in the Raw at 720-221-8555 (9-5 MST) or (info@twomomsintheraw.com).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3938

The following additional recall is from the FDA on August 10, 2012.

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Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina, is expanding its recall to include all of this growing season's cantaloupes and honeydew melons that may remain on the market because they may possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The whole cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading Burch Farms referencing PLU # 4319. All cantaloupes involved in the recall were grown by Burch Farms, however some of the cantaloupes may have been identified with a "Cottle Strawberry, Inc." sticker referencing PLU #4319 (note: Cottle Strawberry, Inc. did not grow or process the cantaloupe involved in this recall). Cantaloupes from Burch Farms were shipped in both corrugated boxes (9 cantaloupe per case) and in bulk bins.
Honeydew melons involved in this recall expansion do not bear any identifying stickers and were packed in cartons labeled melons.
Consumers who may have purchased these honeydew melons should contact the store where they purchased their melons, for information about whether those melons are part of this recall. The cantaloupes and honeydew melons involved in this expanded recall were sold to distributors between June 23rd and July 27th, in the following states: FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, and VA, VT and WV. The melons may have further been distributed to retail stores, restaurants and food service facilities in other states.
Questions can be directed to Burch Equipment LLC at 910-267-5781 Monday through Friday, (9:00am to 4:00pm) or email burch@intrstar.net.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3921

The following revised health alert is from the FDA on August 9, 2012.

Fresco Green Farms Inc. of Winchester, CA is recalling 1,643 cases of Cilantro harvested from July 18th 2012 to July 27th 2012, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who believe they have purchased the affected cilantro should dispose of it and it should not be consumed.
The cilantro was on store shelves in California and Minnesota beginning July 19, 2012 and likely sold or removed from sale before August 6, 2012. There have been no illnesses reported. The cilantro is bunched and tied together with a brown rubber band. Each bunch has the following dimensions; 10 inches of length and 1 ¼ width. The individual bunches have no identifying labels or lot numbers. They were distributed in shipping cases labeled “Fresco Green Farms Inc., Hemet, CA. Produce of USA cilantro 2.5dz “ Consumers who may have purchased the cilantro should contact the store where hey purchased it to determine whether the cilantro was included in the recall.
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the USDA, which revealed that the cilantro harvested from July 18th to July 27th has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Fresco Green Farm is taking this matter as high priority and has made extreme quality control measures to identify if any cilantro is contaminated prior to shipping to distributors and retail markets. Consumers whom have concerns may contact Fresco Green Farms Inc. at (562) 205-7673 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Pacific standard time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3937

The following revised health alert is from the FDA on August 8, 2012.

Lucky Country Inc. of Lincolnton, NC is recalling Lot A3057 of Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice with Natural Ingredients from Costco and Smart & Final stores located in California, Arizona, and Utah due to elevated levels of lead.
Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice with Natural Ingredients is packaged in a 1.5lb (680g) gusset bag with zipper. The package is red, white and black in color.
Recent analysis performed by the California Department of Public Health found that the candy contained lead levels as high as 0.18 parts per million which could provide up to 7.2 micrograms of lead per serving. Lucky Country is voluntarily recalling lot A3057 of this candy from all Costco and Smart & Final stores located in California, Arizona, and Utah. Consumers in possession of this lot should not eat the candy and should return the candy to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Lucky Country is cooperating with the California Department of Public Health and the US Food and Drug Administration to conduct the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at customerservice@lucky-country.com or 828-428-8313 during business hours.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3936

The following Canadian wheat allergy and gluten sensivity alert is from the CFIA on August 6, 2012 & additional information at CFIA on August 10, 2012. (ed. note: I am listing all recalled products.)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, serve or use the dried Basil products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with various parties to identify and remove all affected basil products that were made with the dried basil recalled by Shah Trading Co. Ltd., Scarborough, Ontario on August 3, 2012.
Brand Product Size UPC Lot #
All Seasons Basil Rubbed 2.27 kg (5 lb) 0 66844 22133 9 21861R, 21371R, 20791R, 20741R, 20631R, 20531R *
All Seasons Basil Rubbed 2.27 kg (5 lb) 0 66844 20058 7 * 20891R *
All Seasons Basil Rubbed 2.27 kg (5 lb) None * 210111, 211411, 211511, 212211, 213611, 216011, 220811 or no code *
Jardi Basil 13 g 7 72065 23100 1

067 12

These products have been distributed in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces. The importer, Shah Trading Co. Ltd., Scarborough, ON and other distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3931
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