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The following health alert is from the FDA on December 23, 2011.

Avon Heights Mushrooms, in full cooperation with the FDA is recalling certain packages of fresh packaged spinach. The brands include Krisp Pak 1 Ooz bags, Better Brand 10oz.bags, and Avon Heights 4-2.51b bags. The implicated packages have a "best if used by" code of DEC16 and codes DP 340 and T691. During routine surveillance sampling, one package of Better Brand 10oz spinach tested positive for ecoli 0157h. Out of a preponderance of caution the company is recalling all packages produced on the affected day. Consumers should discard the product with the specific codes and write to the company address on the package for a refund. Refunds will only be given for the product with the above specified codes.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3700

The following health alert is from the FDA on December 22, 2011.

Green Valley Food Corp. of is recalling 650 cases of Let's Grow Healthy Together! Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers, because the results showed to be contaminated with Salmonella. “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers were distributed in Texas via truck deliveries to all customers in Texas. All customers were retail chains and food distribution centers. If you are a customer affected by this recall you will be receiving a letter asking for the quantities you were shipped and their whereabouts. Please, respond as soon as possible. The product is in a plastic container that measures 4-inch by 4-inch container that has a lid. The containers UPC number is 714722228818. The label has blue lettering that states “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers. The code date on the shipping box is an orange tag that will state the number,”3440210”. The “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers will have a white tag on the upper right hand side of the label with the date of 1/1/2012.
Should you have any “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers please dispose of the product by throwing away in a trash receptacle, this is a cautionary measure to assure our customers of safe products. Consumers who have purchased these “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers with a best used by date of 1/1/2012 should dispose of the product immediately. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (214) 939-3900 from Monday thru Friday from 6:00am to 4:00pm and on Saturday from 6:00am to noon, or via email at info@greenvalleyfood.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3699

The following British health alert is from the food.gov.uk on December 21, 2011.

Natco Foods Ltd is recalling specific batch codes of ground cumin, as salmonella has been detected in some parts of the affected batch. Investigations into the source of contamination are ongoing.

    Product Details:
    Natco Ground Cumin - 100g jar, 400g packs, 1kg packs and 5kg packs.
    Best before date: September and October 2013
Batch codes
  • 100g jars – 110930-BN6581, 111006-BN6731, 111018-BN7045 and 111018-BN7046
  • 100g pack – 111004-BN6661
  • 400g pack – 110929-BN6528, 110929-BN6527, 111024-BN7208
  • 1kg pack – 111006-BN6768
  • 5kg pack – 110929-BN6515, 111021-BN7166

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3698

The following kashrus notice is from the OK on December 22, 2011.

Please be advised that Food Bazaar Supermarket (Bogopa) now sells a variety of products that are certified by OK Kosher Certification. Products are pare ve OK or dairy OK-D according to the symbol on the product label. The previous alert is withdrawn.


The following kashrus alert is from the OK on December 12, 2011.

Please be advised that Food Bazaar Supermarket (Bogopa) has been labeling many products with the OK Kosher symbol without the permission of the OK Kosher Certification. These products are 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=A3682

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on December 22, 2011.

Please note that there are some varieties of NESTLE ICE-CREAM that are NOT kosher certified. All kosher certified products have a Beth Din Logo.

If the product has a Beth Din logo and word MILCHIK does NOT appear under the Beth Din logo, the product is PAREV.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3697

The following health alert is from the FDA on December 21, 2011.

Cal Fresco, LLC ("Cal Fresco") is voluntarily working with the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) to coordinate a recall of fresh Jalapeño and Serrano chili peppers for potential contamination with Salmonella.
The Jalapeño recall is limited to one (1) lot (Lot #205610) containing approximately 18,500 pounds of peppers. The source of the contamination is unknown. The lot was distributed to retail stores within California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Canada between December 3 and December 5, 2011. The product was shipped in cases under both the Cal Fresco (10 and 25 pound cases) and Grower Alliance (40 pound case) labels. The product is typically sold at the retail level in bulk by weight and has no retail packaging associated with it.
The Serrano Peppers Based upon information provided to Cal Fresco by the FDA and CDPH, the Serrano peppers were delivered to a retail distribution center Spokane, Washington on December 8, 2011. The source of the contamination is unknown. This recall was the result of a random USDA sampling of bulk Serrano peppers on December 12 at a Spokane, WA distribution center which revealed the presence of Salmonella in some, but not all, of the sampling. Cal Fresco has a sampling, traceability and recall program in place to detect and prevent the distribution of contaminated product. However, because the USDA Sample and Isolated Pathogen Information Report failed to disclose individual lot numbers, and because the results of that report were not provided to Cal Fresco until December 19, 2011, (five days after the sampling occurred), Cal Fresco must rely on information provided by the FDA and CDPH to trace the contaminated peppers to their source. Based upon that information, Cal Fresco has identified the affected peppers as being part of Lot #205467, originating in Mexico. Cal Fresco has ceased the distribution of all produce from this supplier while the FDA, the California Department of Public Health, and the company continue their investigation into the source of the contamination. This product is typically sold at the retail level in bulk by weight and has no retail packaging associated with it. All retail suppliers that received this affected product are located in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada and Southern California, Alaska, Washington and Dallas, Texas.
Consumers who purchased the above described Serrano peppers between the dates of December 8 and December 21, 2011 should contact the store from where they purchased the product and inquire as to whether the affected product was sold by that store location. If so, the customer should discard or return any unused product to that store for a refund. Consumer questions may be directed to Cal Fresco at 714-690-7700 between 5 AM and 1 PM PST.


The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on December 21, 2011.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume the Serrano peppers imported from the USA, described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Unlabelled from bulk at Safeway stores and various independent grocery stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon, between December 5 and 20, 2011, inclusively.


The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on December 10, 2011.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume the jalapeno peppers described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected fresh jalapeno peppers, imported from the USA, were sold as follows:

  • Unlabelled from bulk at Safeway stores and various independent grocery stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon, between December 3 and 20, 2011, inclusively.
  • Unlabelled from bulk or in 4.5 kg Cal Fresco brand cases at Loblaws banners (Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Real Canadian Superstore, Lucky Dollar and Your Independent Grocer) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, between December 3 and 20, 2011, inclusively.
Consumers who have purchased bulk, unlabelled jalapeno peppers are advised to check with their place of purchase to determine if they have the affected product. The importers are voluntarily recalling the affected product 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=A3695

The following health alert is from the FDA dated December 14, 2011.

Starwest Botanicals is voluntarily recalling Starwest Organic Celery Seed (Whole) because it has potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product is packaged in Mylar 1lb and 2 oz pouches. The product was sold by several different methods. It was either shipped directly to on-line or mail order consumers, or held for pickup by consumers at Starwest Botanicals. The product was sold between April 26, 2011 and December 14, 2011.
This recall includes the following:

  • Starwest Botanicals Celery Seed (Whole) 2oz. with UPC 7-6796310619-3 and lot number F7073 found on the bottom of the pouch.
  • Starwest Botanicals Celery Seed (Whole) 1 pound with UPS 7-6796307864-3 and lot number 40203 found on the bottom of the pouch.
Starwest Botanicals became aware of the potential contamination after being notified by a customer. No other Starwest spices have been affected by this voluntary recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall.
Consumers in possession of this recalled product may return it to Starwest Botanicals in Rancho Cordova CA for a full refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact Starwest at 1-800-800-4372 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST).


The following health alert is from the FDA on December 16, 2011.

B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling O Organics Organic Celery Seed sold in Safeway stores due to potential Salmonella contamination. The product is sold at all Safeway-owned stores, including Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.
O Organics Organic Celery Seed is packaged in a glass bottle with a net weight of 1.8oz (51g) and marked with a UPC 0-7989341124-8. The product was sold at stores from May 25, 2011, through December 16, 2011. Bottles with the following lot codes and “Best By” dates are subject to the recall:

Lot Number

Best By Date

1381102A

May 18, 2013

2141102A

August 02, 2013

2591106A

September 16, 2013

2741106A

October 01, 2013

2921102A

October 19, 2013

3321110A

November 28, 2013

 
The lot number and best by date can be found on the bottom of the bottle. No other O Organics spices have been affected by this voluntary recall. B&M, Inc was notified by their supplier that a lot of Organic Celery Seed had potential Salmonella contamination. The recall is based on a positive result for salmonella that was found during routine testing.

Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to the store at which it was purchased for a full refund.  Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST) or you may contact Safeway directly anytime at 1-800-SAFEWAY.


The following health alert is from the FDA on December 16, 2011.

Swanson Health Products is voluntarily recalling Swanson Organic Celery Seed (Whole) which is packaged in plastic bottles with a net weight of 1.4 oz. (40 grams) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The product was sold by several different methods. It was either sold at the Swanson Health Products retail store, 109 Broadway N., Fargo, ND, shipped directly to on-line or mail-order consumers, or held for pick up by the consumer at Swanson Health Products headquarters. The product was sold between June 16, 2011, and December 16, 2011. The lot number of Swanson Health Products Brand Celery Seed (Whole) with code UPC 0-8761424048-0 included in this recall is BESTBY03JUN2013 1541102C. The lot number and Best By date can be found on the bottom of the bottle. Swanson Health Products became aware of the potential contamination after being notified by its supplier, B & M, Inc., Mount Vernon, Missouri. B & M, Inc. had earlier learned of the potential contamination from its supplier. No other Swanson spices have been affected by this voluntary recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall.
Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to Swanson Health Products headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, for a full refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST) or Swanson Health Products Customer Care at 1-800-451-9304 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3691

The following kashrus alert is from the OK dated December 19, 2011.

Please be advised that the following flavors of Snapple 11.5 cans made by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, St. Louis, MO are now made on dairy equipment and are labeled OK-DE:

  • Diet Lemon Tea
  • Green Apple Juice
  • Kiwi Strawberry
  • Lemon Tea
  • Mango Madness
  • Orange Mango
  • Peach Tea
  • Raspberry Tea
Note: Any Snapple cans of these flavors still on the market with labels bearing the OK symbol (not marked DE) were produced on pareve equipment.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3696

The following Israeli kashrus alert is from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate on December 20, 2011.

#4: Many (Israeli) olive oils with unauthorized hechshers. The national Rabbanut hechsher should be accepted on olive oil only if accompanied by a hologram. (See picture). "Tevel" olive oil claims "badatz beit yosef"; "maayan hashemen" oil claims "chug chasam sofer bnai brak"; "katit me'ulah, Galilee press", by "badatz yore deah" -- all of these are bogus.


The following kashrus alert is from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and translated by Jerusalem Kosher News on November 16, 2010.

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has posted a listing of olive oils bearing fraudulent certification in time for Chanukah. The products may include orla or tevel (untithed) oil or ood colorings, flavorings, emulsifiers as well as other oils. A complete list of oils with pictures can be found here.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3248

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on December 20, 2011.

Please be advised that the following products distributed by NUTTY NATURALS (Brooklyn, NY) have mistakenly been labeled with the OK-D symbol and are being recalled.

  • Choco Almond
  • Choco Peanut
  • Choco Pretzel
  • Choco Raisin
These products are not certified by OK KOSHER CERTIFICATION

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3694
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