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The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on October 6, 2011.

Effective October 1, 2011 PARDES / TOV PIZZA, 4001 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, is no longer Star-K certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3602

The following South African kashrus notice is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on October 5, 2011.

Pick 'n Pay kosher bakeries in Norwood, Killarney and Gallo Manor are 100% Parev. The labels which list the ingredients on their rolls, breads and pastries, are prepared at PnP Head Office for ALL their bakeries nationally, and therefore include "milk" as an ingredient on some of their products. We appreciate the confusion which this creates for the kosher consumer, and are working with Pick 'n Pay to create separate labels for their kosher bakeries. This process has been on-going for some time, and we hope to have a resolution soon. In the meantime we can assure our kosher consumers that there is absolutely no milk in these products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3601

The following milk allergy alert is from the CFIA and the FDA on October 4, 2011.

Flowers Foods is voluntarily recalling the following Mrs. Freshley"s multipack cereal bars, labeled in English/French for Canadian distribution, because they may contain undeclared non-fat dry milk.

  • Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Apple Cinnamon Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002400
  • Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Blueberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002387
  • Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Strawberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002363
The recalled product involves the following distribution:
  • In Canada: To food and convenience stores in Quebec and Ontario provinces
  • In U.S: To discount stores nationwide in the dual-language (French/English) multipack carton
The recall was initiated after Flowers discovered that product containing non-fat dry milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk, and that product labeled for sale and distribution in Canada was sold for distribution in the U.S.
Canadian and U.S. consumers who have purchased the dual-language (English/French) labeled Mrs. Freshley’s cereal bars with the UPC codes noted are urged to return them to the place of purchase for product replacement or refund. No other Mrs. Freshleys cereal bars are included in this recall; only Mrs. Freshley’s cereal bars in dual-language packages are involved.
Consumers with questions may call Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 1-866-245-8921. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Consumers also may contact the center via e-mail by visiting the Contact Us page at www.mrsfreshleys.com.

Ed. note: The product bears an OU-D.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3600

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR dated September 15, 2011.

Two For The Road Ju Jubes, 80 g packet bears an unauthorized COR 564.
Corrective measures have been taken. This product has been recalled by the manufacturer. Kindly contact the COR office at 416-635-9550 if you should find this product bearing a COR.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3599

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on October 3, 2011.

Glory Foods Black Eyed Peas (canned), bears an unauthorized Star-K symbol. The product is not certified by Star-K and contains dairy ingredients. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3598

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on September 30, 2011.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Fumoir Grizzly Inc. St-Augustin, QC are warning the public not to consume Grizzly brand sliced Smoked Coho Salmon described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Two lot codes of the Grizzly brand salmon, sold in 70 g packages, are affected by this alert: Grizzly Smoked Coho Salmon (sliced) UPC: 7520002010 and codes 20890115 and 20890125. This product has been distributed in Quebec. For more information, consumers and industry can call Fumoir Grizzly Inc. at 418-878-8941.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3597

The following health alert is from the Ontario Health Office on September 29, 2011.

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, and Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, are warning Ontarians not to consume the following brand of smoked salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria:

    Strubs Smoked Salmon ready to eat, lot 09192011, distributed: in 250 gram vacuum packs.
Although the originating processing plant for the product is in Toronto, the extent of the distribution of the product across Ontario is unknown. If you have the product, it is recommended that it be discarded or returned to the retailer or the food supplier. If it is to be returned to the supplier, the product should be clearly marked and kept separate from other food products until it is returned. The smoked salmon may have been purchased from supermarkets, grocery stores or delicatessens. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3596

The following health alert is from the FDA on September 29, 2011.
Jensen Farms of Holly, CO is including whole cantaloupes shipped to the states of Indiana, Louisiana and Wisconsin in its September 14th recall notification.

The following health alert is from the Denver Post on September 23, 2011.
The FDA said an audit of customer records found Jensen cantaloupe was shipped to 22 states, not just the 17 mentioned in the farm's recall. Eight people have now died in the listeria outbreak that began in Colorado, of at least 56 people who have fallen ill from the ailment nationwide.
The new states added to the shipping list Thursday are AR, CA, ID, OH and OK. The states already mentioned in the recall are AZ, CO, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT and WY.
FDA officials said they are conducting a "root-cause investigation and environmental assessment" at the Jensen farm, near Holly and the Colorado-Kansas border. Labs matched listeria DNA from those stricken and grocery-store cantaloupe to machinery and stored cantaloupe at Jensen. Now, investigators are reviewing and sampling everything from field soil to growing and cooling temperatures as they search for the original spot of contamination.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on September 19, 2011.
Certain cantaloupes purchased at Food Basics store located on Sheppard Ave East, North York, Ontario on September 12, 2011 may contain salmonella bacteria. The affected cantaloupes were sold unwrapped. There is no lot code sticker, UPC or product name on the individual cantaloupes.

The following health alert is from the FDA ThePacker.com on September 14, 2011.

Jensen Farms, of Holly, CO is voluntarily recalling their shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. The company is working with the State of Colorado and the FDA to inform consumers of this recall.
The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The whole cantaloupes have a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please contact your retail store for sourcing information. Jensen Farms is requesting any consumer that many have one of these cantaloupes to please destroy the products. The recall involves only whole cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms, and no other commodities are involved. Jensen Farms feels it is prudent to participate in the recall as the State of Colorado has stated (in their September 12th, 2011 press release) that people at a high risk for infection should not eat whole cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford growing region.
Consumers with questions may contact Jensen Farms via email at recall@rfordcantaloupe.com or phone 1-800-267-4561 between the hours of 9am and 4pm MST.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3571

The following health alert is from the FDA on September 29, 2011.

True Leaf Farms is expanding its voluntary recall of romaine to include 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine because of the potential of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The initial recalled product was shipped between September 12 and 13 to a retail food service distributor in Oregon who further distributed it to at least two additional states, Washington and Idaho.
At the request of the US Food and Drug Administration the recall notification is expanded to cover additional product shipped to wholesale food service distributors in 19 states and Alberta, Canada. The states include Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Vermont. All the romaine affected by this recall has a "use by date" of 9/29/11.
The only outlet where the romaine was available for direct consumer purchase was at Unified Grocers, Inc. Cash & Carry Smart Food Service stores in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The product at those outlets was packed in True Leaf Farms cardboard cartons. All bags carry a "use by date" of 9/29/11. This product was labeled as follows: 2# bags, chopped romaine- Bag and box code B256-46438-8.
Consumers with questions or who need information may call Church Brothers, LLC, the sales agent for True Leaf Farms, at 1-800-799-9475, or may visit www.churchbrothers.com for updates.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3595

The following health alert is from the FDA on September 28, 2011.

Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce is voluntarily recalling one lot of organic grape tomatoes sold under the Limited Edition® and Fresh & Easy labels due to a possible health risk from Salmonella.
The organic grape tomatoes are sold in 10.5 oz. plastic "clam shell" containers containing UPC code 033383655925, located on the front of the package, below the barcode. The containers also have the words "LIMITED EDITION" and "Product of Mexico" printed on "he label. The organic grape tomatoes are also sold in 7 oz. plastic "clam shell” containers with Barcode 20025465, and marketed under the “Fresh & Easy” brand. The organic grape tomatoes were distributed to 18 U.S. states (AZ, CA, CT, FL, ID, IL, KS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT) and two Canadian Provinces (British Columbia, Ontario). Consumers with questions may contact Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce at 1 (619) 661-6000, Monday-Friday, 8am–5pm pacific time, or email questions to info@andrew-williamson.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3594
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