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The following certification change is om the OK and Chabad of Tenafly on November 22, 2011.

The OK is no longer certifying HAMSA RESTAURANT, Tenafly, NJ. It is now certified by the Chabad of Tenafly.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3648

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Queens on November 22, 2011.

Please be advised that effective immediately, Nasicha Restaurant, located at 98-92 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY is no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3649

The following milk allergy alert is from the FDA on November 18, 2011.

Diamond Crystal Brands Inc.,Savannah, Ga., ISSUES ALLERGEN ALERT FOR UNDECLARED MILK in 12-ounce GFS® sugar canisters that were inadvertently filled with non-dairy coffee creamer. These items were shipped in 24-can cases labeled GFS® non-dairy coffee creamer. Non-dairy coffee creamer contains sodium caseinate, which is a milk derivative.
The items include:

  • CASE LABEL: GFS® NON-DAIRY COFFEE CREAMER-24/12 ounce - Lot G293 B Located on the side of the case.
  • CANISTER LABEL: GFS® SUGAR – Lot G293 B Located on the bottom of the canister.
The recall was initiated after receiving a customer inquiry.
Customers who received product affected by this recall will be contacted directly by a Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. customer service representative. Implicated product is to be quarantined for final disposition by Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. Customers with questions or concerns about the recall may contact Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. at 800-654-5115 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3647

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

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of Irwindale, CA is recalling a total of 5,379 cases of bagged salad products containing Romaine lettuce, as listed below, with the Use-by Date of November 18, 2011 because they may be contaminated with E. coli (E.coli O157:H7). E.coli O157:H7 is an organism that may cause diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. The recall extends only to the listed products with this Use-by Date and sold in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. No other Ready Pac Foods, Inc. products are included in the recall.

  • 10oz. Ready Pac Bella Romaine 0-77745-21407-8 NOV 18
  • 10oz. Raley’s Caesar Romaine 0-46567-71642-8 NOV 18
  • 10oz. Trader Joe’s Romaine Salad 0013-2145 NOV 18
  • 16oz. Trader Joe’s Very American Salad 0020-7225 NOV 18
  • 9oz. Safeway Farms Hearts of Romaine 0-21130-98358-2 NOV 18

The voluntary recall was initiated based on a single positive random sample result for E.coli O157:H7 reported to Ready Pac by the FDA. Because it is still possible that products bearing the Use-by Date of November 18, 2011 could be on store shelves, this recall extends to retailers as well as consumers.
Instructions for Consumers: Check your refrigerator for the above listed products with the Use-by Date of November 18, 2011. The Use-by Date can be found in the upper left hand corner of the package with the UPC numbers located on the back side of the bag.
Consumers who may have purchased the affected product are asked to record the Use-by Date and UPC number, immediately dispose of the product, and contact the Ready Pac Consumer Affairs representative, toll-free at (800) 800-7822, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) to obtain a full refund.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3646

The following health alert is from the FDA on November 18, 2011.

The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on two specific Best-If-Used-By dates of 16 oz. Smucker's® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product was distributed in: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The affected product, which is packaged in 16 oz. jars, is as follows:

  • UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar's label below the bar code)
  • Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004
  • Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012
  • Chunky product only (not creamy)
  • Impacted product would have been purchased between November 8 - 17, 2011
No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.
Consumers who have purchased Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the above Production Code and Best-If-Used-By dates are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon. The company may require proof of purchase. Consumers with questions can contact the company to speak to a customer service representative at 1-888-550-9555 between Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3645

The following South African kashrus notice is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on November 16, 2011.

The following "Weighless" Products are now Kosher and Parev, with or without the Beth Din logo:

  • Weighless Biscuits (Choc Chip, Oat Crunch, Short Bread)
  • WeighlessMuesli (Plain, Fruit, High Fibre Bran & Raisin) (Mehadrin)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3644

The following South African kashrus notice is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on November 16, 2011.

The following Jungle Products are now Kosher and Parev, with or without the Beth Din logo: Jungle Energy Crunch Muesli (Granola, Lifestyle, Nuts & Raisins, Raisin, Tropical Fruit & Nut) (Mehadrin).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3643

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K on November 10, 2011.

King Of Pita Bakery, Inc., Manassas, VA is no longer under Kof-K Kosher Certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3642

The following health alert is from the FDA on November 4, 2011.

Badia Spices, Inc, is recalling approximately 3,800 lbs. of Pinenuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The pine nuts were sold in retail stores in FL, NY, PA, MD, and NJ - between June 2011 and October 2011. No illnesses have been reported for any Badia brand pine nuts.
Badia Spices is recalling the following lots of Pinenuts:

  • (UPC) 033844 00068 – 1 oz Pine nuts in small plastic bags Lot # 84666
  • (UPC) 033844 00733 – 2 oz Pine nuts in pet bottles Lot # 83184, 85442
Badia Spices, Inc. repacked bulk pine nuts which were imported from Turkey and subsequently recalled by Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Consumers with questions or concerns are to contact Badia Spices, Inc, at 305-629-8000 Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm EST, or via email info@badiaspices.com.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on November 11, 2011.

The previous public warning issued on November 4, 2011 has been amended to correct the lot code of the Sysco brand product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and David Roberts Food Corporation are warning the public not to consume certain David Roberts brand and Sysco brand pine nuts, described below, because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following pine nuts products are affected by this alert:

Brand Format Size UPC Codes
Sysco Plastic bag 1.5 kg 00734730026268 Lot 1322
David Roberts Plastic tubs 90 g 0 67261 24656 1 Lot 1323
Best Before Aug 17, 2012
David Roberts * Plastic bags 1.5 kg None Lot 1323
None* Plastic tubs Variable
90-100 g
None Pack date: AU 17, 2011
Sold only at David Roberts Food Corporation retail store: 426 Watline Avenue, Mississauga, ON. These products have been distributed to food service accounts in Ontario and sold at the David Roberts Food Corporation retail store located at 426 Watline Avenue, Mississauga, ON. For more information, consumers and industry can call David Roberts Food Corporation at 905-502-7700.

The following health alert is from the FDA on October 26, 2011.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Rochester, NY is recalling approximately 5,000 lbs. of Turkish Pine Nuts sold in the Bulk Foods department of most Wegmans stores in NY, PA, NJ, VA, and MD between July 1 and October 18, 2011 due to possible Salmonella contamination. This recall only applies to Turkish Pine Nuts sold in bulk. Other pine nuts sold at Wegmans are not affected by this recall. The recalled Turkish pine nuts were imported from Turkey by Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. The recalled product was not sold at the company’s Northborough, Massachusetts store, which opened on Sunday, October 16.
Consumers who have purchased this product should discard any that remains in their homes and visit the service desk at Wegmans for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1(800) WEGMANS (934-6267) Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3625

The following food recall is from the NYC dept of health and mental hygiene on November 9, 2011.

The New York City Health Department has identified 56 cases of Salmonella bacteria-related illness in New York City that are linked to eating MealMart brand kosher broiled chicken livers from the Schreiber Processing Corporation that were not cooked. Even though they are labeled as "broiled" and may appear cooked, chicken livers from this manufacturer are not thoroughly cooked and should not be eaten unless they are cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Salmonella illness has also been linked to chopped liver made from this uncooked product. Chopped liver made by the consumer after purchasing this product should also be fully cooked before consuming or discarded. Cases of illness have also been identified in NJ, PA, MD, and MN.
MealMart has issued a recall of this product and is cooperating with the Health Department’s investigation. The New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets and Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service have collaborated with the NYC Health Department to identify cases of illness associated with this Salmonella Heidelberg strain, a common bacteria associated with food poisoning in humans. The Health Department recognized a pattern of people reporting that they ate kosher broiled chicken livers or chopped liver before their illness began and this past week confirmed that the cases of Salmonella Heidelberg identified during the period of February through November 2011 had a common DNA “fingerprint.” Of the 56 people who were diagnosed with infection from this Salmonella strain, 12 were hospitalized. This Salmonella strain has been found in samples of kosher broiled chicken livers and in samples of chopped liver made from the same broiled chicken liver produced by MealMart Company in Maspeth, N.Y. Though consumers reported that they believed the product to be fully cooked, it is not safe to eat without additional cooking.
In stores, “broiled chicken livers” are often re-packaged and sold in smaller quantities or are used to prepare chopped liver sold at deli-style establishments. Retail stores and other establishments in the following communities may have either re-packaged this product or used it to prepare chopped liver that was sold to customers:

New York:Bronx, Brooklyn, Cedarhurst, Far Rockaway, Ferndale, Flushing, Kew Gardens, Lawrence, Loch Sheldrake, Monsey, New York (Manhattan), Ocean Side, Parksville, Roslyn Heights, Schenectady, South Fallsberg, Suffern, Wesley Hills, Woodridge
New Jersey:Elizabeth, Englewood, Freehold, Highland Park, Howell, Lakewood, Moonachie, Passaic, Paterson, Teaneck
Pennsylvania:Mckeesrocks, Philadelphia
Maryland:Baltimore
Minnesota:New Hope

For specific retailers that sell these products and other establishments associated with this outbreak within these communities, visit the Salmonella outbreak link on the NYC Health Department’s website

The following food recall is from the USDA on November 9, 2011.

Schreiber Processing Corporation, Maspeth, N.Y. is recalling an undetermined amount of broiled chicken liver products that are linked to a cluster of Salmonellosis illnesses. The illnesses are linked to the consumption of broiled chicken livers which appear to be ready-to-eat, but are in fact partially cooked and need to be fully cooked before consumption. Illnesses are also linked to chopped liver made from this product at retail stores. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg was isolated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets from samples of broiled chicken livers from the establishment, and chopped chicken livers produced at retail from these livers. These products would have been repackaged and will not bear the original packaging information. The products subject to recall include: [View Labels (PDF Only)] 10 lb. boxes with two, 5 lb. bags of "Meal Mart Broiled Chicken Liver; Made for Further Thermal Processing" 10 lb. boxes of loose packed "Chicken Liver Broiled" Each bag or box bears the establishment number "P-787" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was distributed to retail stores and institutional users in MD, MN, NJ, NY, PA, FL, OH, RI. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/RC_090-2011_Retail_List.pdf.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3636
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