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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

The following is a cancellation on November 7, 2011 of the health alert at CFIA.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is cancelling the alert issued on October 5, 2011. The CFIA is now advising the public that the Strubs ready-to-eat Danish Style Smoked Grav-Lox Atlantic Salmon described below does not represent a health risk associated with Salmonella. The original October 5, 2011 CFIA alert was based on a third-party contract laboratory report that Salmonella was detected in a sample of the Strubs ready-to-eat Danish Style Smoked Grav-Lox Atlantic Salmon. Subsequently, the same laboratory reported that the Salmonella positive result was in fact a false positive, attributed to laboratory cross contamination. Therefore, the alert issued on October 5, 2011 is cancelled.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on October 6, 2011.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Foodfest International 2000 Inc. are warning the public not to consume Strubs ready-to-eat Danish Style Smoked Grav-Lox Atlantic Salmon described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The affected product, Strubs ready to eat Danish Style Smoked Grav-Lox Atlantic Salmon, is sold in 7 oz / 200 g packages bearing UPC 0 71217 69915 8 and lot code 09262011. This product has been distributed in Ontario. For more information, consumers and industry can call Foodfest International at 905-709-4775 x 0 - Customer Service.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3606

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR dated November 7, 2011.

Please be advised that President’s Choice (PC) is now packaging fresh herbs grown in Israel. The consumer may not immediately notice that they are grown in Israel due to way the information is presented on the side of the package. These herbs are subject to the laws of Terumos and Maaseros such that Terumos and Maaseros must be taken before they may be consumed. For instructions on how to separate Terumos and Maaseros, see www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.
From the COR: "Please note: We encourage the support of Eretz Yisroel and the purchase of its many products. However, at the same time we must ensure the kashrus of each such product."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3640

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR dated November 7, 2011.

The following products from Creation Food Services Ltd under the brand names of Creation Food Services, Sally's contain non kosher cheese and should not be used:

  • Cheese Bourekas
  • Olive and Cheese Bourekas
  • Spinach and Cheese Bourekas
Corrective measures have been taken. Products have been recalled by the manufacturer.
Note: the products described above were sold primarily at Sobey's (Clark and Hilda) and FreshCo (Steeles and Bathurst), please be in touch with our office for direction as it may be necessary to kasher your kaylim, depending on the circumstances.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3639

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on November 7, 2011.

Candy Jackpot/Kidsmania Bubble Gum (in plastic slot machine), Kidsmania/Candy Novelties El Monte CA; This bubble gum machine bears an unauthorized OU sticker, stating Concord Confection distributed by Quality Frozen Foods. This product is not a Concord Confection product and is not certified by the Orthodox Union. It is being withdrawn from the marketplace.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3638

The following health alert is from the FDA on November 9, 2011.

United Natural Foods, Inc. is recalling Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup, because it have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
The following product has been recalled: TABATCHNICK 15 OZ YANKEE BEAN SOUP UPC 07126229491
Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup was distributed to the Safeway store in Corte Madera, CA. The date code affected states: Best If Used By 05 04 14. This date code sold at other retail outlets has not been affected.
These items have been recalled due to a lack of temperature control during the distribution process. UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer.
Consumers who have purchased Tabatchnick Yankee Bean Soup are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Lisa Madsen of the Company at 1-401-528-8634, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3637

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on November 3, 2011 and CFIA on November 4, 2011 and http://active.inspection.gc.ca/scripts/database/recarapp_refsubmit.asp?lang=e&ref=6837 on November 8, 2011.

The following Organic Energy Bar - Chocolate Crisp from Corwin Distribution Limited, Distribution: Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and PURESOURCE INC, distibuting nationwide in Canada were recalled because of undeclared Allergen - milk, peanut, soy
Product List:

  • BUMBLE BAR ORGANIC ENERGY BAR - CHOCOLATE CRISP 45 g All codes 0 60590 10072 5 Allergen - Milk
  • BUMBLE BAR ORGANIC ENERGY BAR - CHOCOLATE CRISP 45 g All codes 0 60590 10072 5 Allergen - Peanut
  • BUMBLE BAR ORGANIC ENERGY BAR - CHOCOLATE CRISP 45 g All codes 0 60590 10072 5 Allergen - Soy
  • UMBLE BAR ORGANIC ENERGY BAR - CHERRY CHOCOLATE 40 g All codes 7 60590 05023 5 Allergen - Milk

Ed. note: The bars are stamped with DE. The chocolate does not contain dairy but is processed on the same line as dairy.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3634

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on November 4, 2011.

Country Road Bulgarian Sheep Milk Feta Cheese, Gourmet Food Imports, Lafayette CA is cheese is not certified by the Orthodox Union and bears an unauthorized OU. Corrective actions are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3635

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc on October 31, 2011.

The following "grab and go" fruit / vegetable and cheese packs from 7 Eleven under the 'Fresh to Go' brand contain non-kosher cheese and were mistakenly labeled with a cRc. Corrective action has been taken.

  • Apple Red, Green w/Cheese
  • Carrot, Celery w/Cheese
  • Red Grapes w/Cheese

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3633
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