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The following Canadian wheat allergy and gluten sensivity alert is from the CFIA on August 2, 2012.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with sensitivities to gluten not to consume the Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby described below. The affected product may contain gluten which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby, product of USA, is sold in 170 g (6 oz) packages bearing UPC 0 48685 71786 8 and a USE BY date of 15 APR 2013.
This product has been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and may have been distributed nationally.
There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product. Consumption of this product may cause a serious reaction in persons with sensitivities to gluten.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3926

The following insect infestion alert is from the Vaad of Denver on August 1, 2012.

Blueberries: (per the Va'ad HaKashrus of the Five Towns) Thrips can be found on the top of the berry near the hole.
What to do: Until recently, cultivated premium blueberries (Grade A) were able to be used without any special preparation. However, blueberries have been found, both in the U.S. and in Eretz Yisrael, to have thrips on the top of the blueberry near the hole. Therefore, the following simple process should be followed:
Steps for Cleaning Blueberries

  1. Fill up a large receptacle with water and a soapy solution. The receptacle should be large enough to accommodate the amount of product you are using and still enable you to vigorously agitate the berries as described below. The amount of soapy solution should be enough to make the water feel slippery and be "sudsy".
  2. The product should be completely submerged in the water and allowed to soak for three minutes.
  3. Vigorously agitate the berries in the soapy solution.
  4. Remove the blueberries from the receptacle, place them in a colander and rinse them very thoroughly, making sure the stream of water reaches all the berries.
  5. No further inspection is necessary.
Note: These steps are for premium blueberries (Grade A) and to the exclusion of wild blueberries that can be found in the country or other similar areas which can be infested with insects.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3924

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on August 1, 2012.

A number of Cadbury chocolates are being imported into South Africa which appear similar or identical to products produced locally. The only difference will be the place of manufacture. For example, the label on Cadbury Flake large says “made in Egypt for Kraft SA”. The imported products do not bear the Beth Din logo. Our certification applies only to products “made in South Africa” and similar products made elsewhere are not certified. For a complete list of certified Cadbury products, visit www.uos.co.za or via your mobile phone www.uos.co.za/mobi.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3923

The following health alert is from the FDA on July 30, 2012.

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall today of a small amount of 6-packs of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF® Bars that were distributed to limited Target and Walmart stores. These 6-packs may contain Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars that are mislabeled with White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF® Bar wrappers with a "Best By" date of 16MAY13G1 and do not list coconut in the ingredient statement. Clif is taking this precautionary safety step for people who are allergic to coconut.
A small quantity of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars were inadvertently placed in White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF Bar wrappers and these mislabeled bars were placed inside correctly labeled Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar 6-pack boxes. The White Chocolate Macadamia wrappers contain advisory allergen labeling which states that the product may contain traces of other tree nuts.
Only the product meeting both the following criteria is affected:
  • 6-packs of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars with “Best By” date 16MAY13G1 UPC: 7-22252-66030-5
  • Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars mislabeled in White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF Bar individual wrappers found in the above Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar 6-pack box with the same “Best By” date 16MAY13G1
NO other CLIF Bar products, pack sizes, flavors or “Best By‟ date codes are affected.
Consumers with questions or who would like replacement coupons may contact 1-888-851-8456, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PDT, Monday-Friday. Details also can be found at www.clifbar.com/coconut.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3922

The following Canadian egg allergy alert is from the CFIA on July 27, 2012 and and CFIA on July 29, 2012.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Montreal Kosher are warning people with allergies to egg not to consume the Montreal Kosher products described below. The affected products contain egg which is not declared on the labels. All lot codes of the following Montreal Kosher brand products are affected by this alert:
Product Size UPC
Potato Knish 283g 068342006715
Potato Knish 454g 068342007019
Potato Knish 340gg 068342006715

These products have been distributed in Quebec and Ontario.

There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of these products. Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to egg. For more information contact Montreal Kosher at 514-739-3651.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3920

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the Montreal Kashruth on July 26, 2012.

We hereby wish to advise that corn on the cob from Quebec have been checked and found to be infested. It is therefore not permissible to eat corn on the cob from Quebec until further notice.



The following Canadian kashrus notice is from the Montreal Kashruth on July 20, 2012.

We hereby wish to advise that corn on the cob from California have been checked and found to be clear from any infestation. It is therefore permissible to eat corn from California until further notice.



The following corrected Canadian kashrus notice is from the Montreal Kashruth on June 25, 2012.

"We hereby wish to advise that corn on the cob from Georgia USA have been checked and found to be clear from any infestation. It is therefore permissible to eat corn from Georgia USA until further notice."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3903

The following American health alert is from theFDA on July 25, 2012.

Gills Onions, LLC of Oxnard, CA is expanding its July 18 voluntary recall to include additional products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes; a list is provided at the end of this release. The expanded product list includes diced, slivered and whole peeled onions and diced onion/celery mix with use-by-dates on or before August 3. No illnesses have been linked to this recall.
The recalled products were shipped directly from Gills Onions to retailers in Canada and the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Gills Onions and FDA have been conducting concurrent investigations into the possible cause of contamination that led to the company’s July 18 recall. In the course of these investigations, Listeria was found in the facility in which the July 18 recalled product was processed. As a precautionary measure, Gills Onions has expanded the recall to include all products processed in that facility and which may still be in the marketplace. This facility has been out of service since July 17, pending the outcome of the investigation and mitigation efforts.
Consumers with questions may contact Gills Onions at 1-888-220-0436 M-F 8am-5pm PDT. Please visit our website at www.gillsonions.com disclaimer icon for a copy of this release. disclaimer icon  for a copy of this release.

Gills Onions’ July 25, 2012 Expanded Recall

Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington

Recalled

Lot Code

Product Description

Use-by-date

UPCode*
AllDiced Yellow Onions, 7 oz, “Gills Onions” labelOn or before August 3643550000405
AllDiced Red Onions, 7 oz “Gills Onions” labelOn or before August 3643550000412
AllSlivered Yellow Sweet Onions, 5oz, “Gills Onions” labelOn or before August 3643550000092
AllSlivered Red Onions, 5 oz, “Gills Onions” labelOn or before August 3643550000009
AllDiced Celery and Onion, 7 oz , “Gills Onions” labelOn or before August 3643550000429
AllDiced Celery and Onion, 19 oz, “Gills Onions” labelOn or before August 3643550000351
AllDiced yellow onions, 5 lb bag“True Leaf” label On or before August 3898634001018
AllWhole peeled yellow onions,  “Western Onion” labelOn or before August 302060042553
AllDiced yellow onions, 8 oz clear plastic containers sold in Wegmans stores in Syracuse, NYOn or before August 3643550000498
AllDiced Celery & Onions, 8 oz clear plastic containers sold in Wegmans stores in Syracuse, NYOn or before August 3643550000504

CANADA: Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario

Recalled

Lot Code

Product Description

Use-by-date

UPCode*
All

Diced Yellow Onions, “Gills Onions” label

Oignons jaunes frais, en dés, 198g
On or before August 3643550000443
All

Diced Red Onions, “Gills Onions” label

Oignons rouge frais, en dés, 198g
On or before August 3643550000450
All

Diced Celery & Onions, “Gills Onions” label

Céleri et oignons frais, en dés, 198g
On or before August 3643550000467


The following American and Canadian health alert is from the FDA and CFIA on July 18, 2012.

The FDA and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following Gills Onions brand products, Products of U.S.A., sold in 198 g packages, are affected by this alert:

Product UPC* Lot Code Best Before Date / Use By Date
Fresh Diced Yellow Onions 6 43550 00044 3 22YAA1A2184 07/18/12
07/19/12
07/20/12
Fresh Diced Red Onions 6 43550 00045 0 22RAA1A2184 07/18/12
07/19/12
07/20/12
Fresh Diced Celery & Onions 6 43550 00046 7 22YAA1A2184 07/18/12
07/19/12
07/20/12

*The UPC can also be found on products not included in this recall, please refer to the lot code in order to identify the recalled product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3916

The following South African kashrus notice is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on July 20, 2012.

Further to our notice of 17 July, we can now confirm that over the next few days, supervised Chalav Yisrael Mozarella, Feta and Haloumi will be delivered to various stores including Kosherworld, Checkers Balfour Park, selected Pick 'n Pays, Spar Savoy, Spar Sandringham, Spar Norwood and Corner Cafe. These cheeses should now be available on an on-going basis. In the next few days production of hard yellow cheese will commence (e.g. cheddar) but these will take approximately 6 weeks to age and mature.
Kosherworld and Corner Cafe will be receiving retail packs today (Friday 20 July). These cheeses will be branded with the “Harryson’s” label.
Please Note: “Harryson’s” also manufactures regular kosher cheese bearing the Beth Din Milchik logo, therefore, those who require supervised Chalav Yisrael cheese must ensure that the cheese bears a Beth Din Chalav Yisrael sticker.


The following South African kashrus notice is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on July 17, 2012.

We are aware of the current shortage of "Chalav Yisrael" supervised yellow cheese, which is the result of a change in management and operations at Dairy World. Milk, soft cheese and other dairy products are still being manufactured. We have had some new applications for yellow cheese production and these should be available in the near future.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3914

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on July 12, 2012.

eFoods Gold Granola, Food For Health International Provo, UTFood For Health International Provo, UT contains dairy ingredients and is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union as a dairy product. Some packaging is mistakenly labeled with a plain OU, without the 'D' dairy designation. This product is not sold in stores and is available only by contacting the company. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3919

The following kashrus alert is from OK on July 18, 2012.

Please be advised that CREMOSA brand Ricotta Cheese made by Cremosa Food Company LLC (Melville, NY) bears an unauthorized OK symbol. The product is NOT certified by OK Kosher Certification. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3918
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