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The following health alert is from the FDA on May 22, 2012.

Harris Teeter is recalling HT Traders Sorbet in the following flavors: Lemon, Raspberry, Mango, Coconut and Orange, due to possible undeclared milk protein. This recall affects the below products:

Product

UPC #

HT Traders Sorbet Lemon

#72036 98196

HT Traders Sorbet Raspberry

#72036 98195

HT Traders Sorbet Mango

#72036 98194

HT Traders Sorbet Coconut

#72036 98197

HT Traders Sorbet Orange

#72036 98193



If you have a milk allergy or are concerned about the recalled product, please return the product to Harris Teeter for a full refund. For additional information regarding this recall, please Harris Teeter at 1-800-432-6111, Option 2 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3864

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on May 23, 2012.

New York Kosher Caterers, Inc. dba Touch of Class Glatt Kosher Caterers LLC., at 1061 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11230 switched certifications and is no longer OU certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3863

The following health alert is from the FDA on May 22, 2012.

Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of Organic Baby Spinach with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella following a random test conducted on a finished package of spinach by USDA. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications. The items subject to the recall include:

Brand Item Description UPC Number Package Code Best By State
Private Selections Organic - Baby Spinach,
5 oz. clamshell
0-11110-91128-5 TFRS 130B
1503 KT34
5-25-12 AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MT,
NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY
Private Selections Organic - Baby Spinach,
5 oz. clamshell
0-11110-91128-5 TFRS 130B
1803 KT34
5-25-12 AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MT,
NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY
Marketside Baby Spinach – Organic,
10 oz. clamshell
6-8113132900-2 TFRS130B16 5-25-12 AR, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MS, MT, NM,
NV, OK, TX, UT, WY


There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items. The “Best By” Code Date for the recalled products can be located on the lower right portion of the front label. These recalled items were distributed from Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. on May 9, 2012 and May 10, 2012.

No other products or code dates are affected by this recall. The company is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding this recall. Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume the products and should dispose of them. Consumers may contact Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. for further information at 866-508-7048 Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm PST. Consumers with concerns about an illness from consumption of this product should contact a health care provider.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3862

The following revised kashrus alert is from the OU on May 22, 2012.

Cashew Medley Fruit and Nuts Mix are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D-Dairy product. This product contains yogurt chips as indicated on the label. Some labels were mistakenly printed without the D-Dairy designation. Corrective measures were implemented

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3852

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Denver and confirmed by the Heart K on May 21, 2012.

Bags of spinach, broccoli or cauliflower sold in Sunflower Market bear an unauthorized Heart K on the bags. These bags are NOT certified by the Heart K.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3860

The following health alert is from the FDA on May 18, 2012.

River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA is initiating a voluntary recall of retail and foodservice bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes following routine random retail salad finished product tests conducted in the marketplace by the Food & Drug Administration.
Retail salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, and The Farmer's Market.
Foodservice salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco. The recalled retail and foodservice salad bags have either "Best By" code dates between 12MAY2012 – 22MAY2012 or Julian dates between 116 - 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags. See www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304724.htm and www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304725.htm for a list for the specific salad products, size, package type, UPC codes and states of distribution.
Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch at their 24-hour customer service center at 1-800-762-7708.

May 19, 2012 Additional product recalls are here

Canadian May 19 recall is here


The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on May 18, 2012.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sobeys Inc. are warning the public not to consume Compliments brand salads and prepared foods described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following Compliments salads, product of USA, are affected by this alert.

Product Name Size UPC Best Before dates
Compliments Garden Supreme 340 g 68820 10627 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Simply Romaine 454 g 68820 10870 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Harvest Romaine 284 g 68820 10871 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments American Blend 340 g 68820 10095 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Coleslaw 454 g 68820 10097 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Garden Salad 340 g 68820 12152 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
Compliments Garden Salad 680 g 68820 12153 12MA12 to
12MA22, inclusive
(May 12 to 22, 2012)
In addition, in store produced products containing lettuce such as salads, sandwiches or wraps purchased prior to May 19, 2012 from IGA and Sobeys stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Sobeys, Price Chopper, or Foodland stores in Ontario should be discarded and not consumed. These clerk-served foods contain lettuce which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. These products have been distributed nationally, except the province of Quebec.
The importer, Sobeys Inc., Mississauga, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3857

The following American and Canadian health alert is from the FDA on May 17, 2012 and CFIA on May 18, 2012.

Caribe Produce LTD Co. of McAllen, TX, is recalling 286 cases of Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand papayas packed in 35 lb. cartons marked with the brand “ Caribeña “ and “ Product of Mexico” stamped on the side. The papayas are sold individually, and each one bears a label which states ~3112 CARIBE7NTILDE;A Papaya MARADOL PRODUCT OF MEXICO www.grandeproduce.com disclaimer icon. A copy of this label is enclosed. These papayas have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand cases were distributed in the Bronx, New York in wholesale stores and through retail stores from May 14th, 2012 to May 17th, 2012. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product.
Consumers who have these Papaya Maradol, Caribentilde;a Brand papayas are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-956-874-9411.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3859

The following American and Canadian health alert is from the FDA on May 19, 2012 and CFIA on May 18, 2012.

Gills Onions, LLC, Oxnard, CA is initiating a voluntary recall of 2,360 pounds, of diced red onions with lot code 51RDA1A2119 and use-by-dates May 14, 15 and 17, 2012 because it may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. The product is beyond its use-by-date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, and no other Gills Onions product is affected by this recall.
The recalled diced red onions were distributed directly from Gills Onions to retailers in Canada and retailers and foodservice distributors in CA, OR, WA, AZ, ID, TX, IL, MI, AK, OH, TN, NJ, GA, and FL.
Recalled product sold at retail was packaged in a 7oz. clear plastic clamshell, labeled Gills Onions with the May 17, 2012 use-by-date and the lot code 51RDA1A2119 stamped on the UPC label. The UPC number in Canada is 643550 00045 0 and the UPC number in the United States is 643550 00041 2. However, since this number can also be on other products, please refer to the lot code in order to identify the recalled product. Photos are available on our website. Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should discard it.
Product sold to foodservice customers was packaged in 5 lb clear plastic bags, identified as Gills Onions Diced Red Onions, and stamped with an expiration date of May 14 or 15, 2012. The lot code 51RDA1A2119 is also stamped on both the bag and box. Photos are available on our website.
This voluntary recall was initiated as a result of a routine and random test directed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Consumers with questions may contact Gills Onions at 1-800-348-2255, M-F 8am-5pm PDT or at 1-209-678-1354 or www.gillsonions.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3858

The following kashrus advisory is from OK on May 16, 2012.

Please be advised that TRADER JOE'S CHOCOLATE CHIPS are no longer certified Pareve. They are certified dairy (non-cholov Yisroel) when bearing the OK-D on the label.
Ed. note: You should complain at your local store or contact Trader Joes at www.traderjoes.com/about/general-feedback-form.asp or 626-599-3700 x 3035.
Additional information from the OK on May 18, 2012: "The kosher status of Trader Joe's dark chocolate chips has been changed from OK pareve to OK-D Dairy.
OK Kosher's decision to change the kosher status of the product is due to a change in the level of monitoring at the facility. Packages of Trader Joe's dark chocolate chips that bear the OK Pareve label were produced at a time when a high level of monitoring of the separation between pareve and dairy enabled OK Kosher to certify the product as pareve.
Currently, the monitoring of the level of separation between pareve and dairy is no longer sufficient to meet the requirements of OK Pareve. Therefore, according to OK standards, we cannot guarantee the pareve status. All other kosher standards and procedures required by OK Kosher are still in place.
OK Kosher is fully aware of the tremendous concern this change has caused consumers and we are working with the manufacturer to find possible solutions. If the status should revert to pareve at some time in the future, the public will be notified."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3855

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on May 16, 2012.

HARRISA produced by Societe Nouvelle Produirs Sesta SA Morocco bears an unauthorized Star-K. The company discontinued Star-K certification in 2011.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3856
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