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The following health alert is from FDA on May 5, 2011.

Northeast Produce, of Plainville, CT has been notified by grower Six L's that a specific lot of grape tomatoes supplied to Northeast Produce Inc., may be contaminated with Salmonella. This lot of grape tomatoes was packed for retail stores and in bulk units under the brand names of Fancy Sweet Grape Tomatoes, Cutie Brand” Grape Tomatoes, and Cherry Berries Grape Tomatoes. Further information is at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm254548.htm.

The following health alert is from FDA dated May 3, 2011.

Mastronardi Produce of Kingsville, Ontario is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of grape tomatoes. The products are associated with a recall by Six L’s Packing Company of Immokalee, Florida on April 29, 2011 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
These tomatoes were sold under the following brands: Aldi “From the Vine” Grape Tomatoes, Sunset Grape Tomatoes, Trader Joe’s Splendido Little Tomatoes. See /www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253995.htm for more details.

The following health alert is from CFIA and the FDAon April 29, 2011.

Six L's, Immokalee, Fla. is voluntarily recalling a single lot of grape tomatoes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The specific lot was packed on April 11 and was comprised of grape tomatoes that can be identified by Cherry Berry lot code DW-H in either in clam shells or 20 lbs. cardboard containers. The product was distributed to NC, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Georgia and Canada, and reached consumers through retail stores and restaurant distribution. The contamination was detected through a random sample obtained by the USDA at a distributor in New York. The product is from a farm in Estero, Fla. which has since ceased production of that commodity.
The recall does not include any other tomatoes or produce distributed by Six L's. Consumers who have purchased the specific lot of grape tomatoes mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Six L's at 877-606-1821, ext. 3955, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3423

The following milk allergy alert is from the FDA on May 6, 2011.

Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Inc. of Downers Grove, Illinois is recalling Target Market Pantry Snickerdoodles Cookies marked by the following lot code numbers:

  • 110592W03
  • 110933W03
  • 110941W03
  • 111152W03
  • 111232W03
The lot code information can be found along the left side of the label on the package itself. These products contain undeclared whey (milk). The recalled lot codes were distributed nationwide to Target retail stores starting in March, 2011. The product is packed in clear clamshells. The print on the label says "Market Pantry Cookie Snickerdoodles" Net Wt 15 oz. (UPC 085239442074). No illnesses have been reported to date. People who do not have milk allergies or sensitivities can eat the product without concern. The packaging does contain an allergy advisory statement that states "may contain milk", but we are issuing a voluntary recall as a precaution.
Consumers may return the product to the store where it was purchased for a refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact Ralcorp at 1-888-421-4699 or contact Target Guest Relations at 1-800-316-6151.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3428

The following health alert is from the FDA on May 3, 2011.

Flowers Foods today announces that, out of an abundance of caution, it is voluntarily recalling the products listed below with the following best by date codes: May 11th 0355 119 and May 12th 0355 120.

  • Cobblestone Mill 16 oz 100% Whole Wheat Bread UPC 0 72250 04171 3
  • Natural Grains Honey Wheat English Muffins UPC 0 73105 92029 0
  • Nature’s Own Light Multi Grain English Muffins UPC 0 72250 00377 3
  • Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins UPC 0 72250 00376 6
  • Nature’s Own Honey Wheat English Muffins UPC 0 72250 00876 1
  • Sweetbay 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins UPC 0 99614 64218 8
These products, in packages with the codes noted, may contain small pieces of metal. No injuries have been reported. The affected product may involve the following states--AL, AR, AL, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NM, NC, Oklahoma, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV—as well as the following areas: Southern California, southwest Colorado, southern Illinois, southeastern Kansas, south and central Nevada, southern New Jersey, southern Ohio, southern Pennsylvania, and extreme southwestern Utah.
Consumers are urged to return these products with the best by date/UPC codes noted to the place of purchase for product replacement or refund. Consumers with questions may contact Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 1-866-245-8921.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3427

The following kashrus alert is from cRc on May 3, 2011.

Although all of the duty-free shops sell their chometz, as required by the Rabbanut, they continue to be open during Pesach selling chometz items. The exception to this is the duty-free shop located adjacent to gate D7, which not only sells their chometz for Pesach, but they also are very careful to only sell kosher for Passover products during Pesach. Additionally, the duty-shop at gate D7 employs Shomrei Torah U'mitzvos to ensure that these strict guidelines are adhered to.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3426

The following information on purchae of Chometz foods after Passover 2011 is from a number of sources. The stores listed are acceptable, unless otherwise noted . I have noted next to the name the agency that listed that store on its list of acceptable stores to purchase chometz products at after Pesach. Please note that for some stores such as supermarkets the distributors are different in different parts of the country. Additional information will be added as it is received. (posted on May 5, 2011).

Information is from the following sources:

National Stores
  • A&P (see *2
  • Acme (Highland Park, Edison rabbis)
  • Albertson’s (Eidlitz, Denver, RCC)
  • Aldi’s (All Locations) (cRc, Detroit)
  • Big lots: (RCC)
  • BJ’s (All Locations) (Star-K, cRc)
  • Bristol Farms: (RCC)
  • Coffee Bean (Eidlitz, Kosher LA, RCC)
  • CVS (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, EidlitzCostco (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC)
  • Family Dollar Stores (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Detroit)
  • Farm Fresh (Eidlitz)
  • Dominick's (All Locations)(cRc)
  • Food 4 Less (All Locations)(cRc, RCC)
  • Food Lion (Star-K)
  • Gelson’s (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Giant (see *1 | below for Baltimore); *2
  • Jetro / Restaurant Depot: (Kof-K arranged sale of Chometz, RCC)
  • Jewel (All Locations) (cRc)
  • K-Mart (All Locations) (cRc, Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Kroger (All Locations) (cRc, Detroit)
  • Longs Drugs (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Mars (Star-K)
  • Meijer (All Locations)
  • Nuts & More
  • OSCO Pharmacy (All Locations) (cRc)
  • Pathmark *2
  • Petco (Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz)
  • Petsmart (Star-K, cRc)
  • Ralphs /Kroger (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Rite-Aid (Star-K, Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Royal Farms (Star-K)
  • Safeway* (see below for Baltimore), *2
  • Jetro / Restaurant Depot: (Kof-K arranged sale of Chometz, RCC)
  • Jewel (All Locations) (cRc)
  • K-Mart (All Locations) (cRc, Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Kroger (All Locations) (cRc, Detroit)
  • Longs Drugs (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Mars (Star-K)
  • Meijer (All Locations)
  • Nuts & More
  • OSCO Pharmacy (All Locations) (cRc)
  • Pathmark *2
  • Petco (Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz)
  • Petsmart (Star-K, cRc)
  • Ralphs /Kroger (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Rite-Aid (Star-K, Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Royal Farms (Star-K)
  • Safeway* (see below for Baltimore), *2, Eidlitz, Denver, RCC
  • Sam’s Club (Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC)
  • Save A Lot (cRc)
  • Shaws/Star Market (YI of Brookline, KVH)
  • Seven Eleven (cRc :All stores in the Chicago & Skokie areas, Eidlitz, Denver, RCC)
  • Shop Rite(*3)- R. Teitz arranged sale of chometz
  • Smart and Final: (RCC)
  • Smith’s (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Starbuck's (All Locations) (cRc)
  • Stop & Shop (YI of Brookline, KVH)
  • Superfresh* (see below for Baltimore), (see *2
  • Target* (see *1 for Baltimore), also *2; (cRc: All Locations), Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Trader Joe’s (All Locations) (Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Vons /Pavilions (Eidlitz, RCC)
  • Waldbaum's (see *2
  • Walgreens (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC)
  • Walmart (All Locations)(Star-K, cRc, Eidlitz, Denver, RCC)
  • Wegman's (Star-K)
  • Whole Foods Market (All Locations) (cRc, Eidlitz, Detroit, RCC)
  • Baltimore, MD
    • All Star-k Establishments
    • A-Z Savings
    • Cocoaccinos
    • Dugan’s Liquor
    • Dunkin Donuts (1508 & 7000 Reisterstown Road)
    • 7-Eleven (Fords Ln, Hooks Ln, Old Ct Rd, Reisterstown Rd north of Slade Ave)
    • Savings Center (4003 Seven Mile Lane)
    • Seven Mile Market
    • Sunsplash
    • Village Liquors
  • Boston, MA (from Young Israel of Brookline)
    • Blacker’s Bakers
    • The Butcherie
    • Café Eilat
    • Catering by Andrew
    • Cheryl Anns
    • Grape Leaves
    • J.P. Licks
    • Jerusalem Pita & Grill
    • Kupel’s
    • Milk Street Café
    • Ora Catering
    • Rami’s
    • Rubin’s Deli
    • Rosenfeld Bagel Co.
    • Stop & Shop Bake Shop
    • Taam China
    • Taam China 11
  • Chicago, IL from cRc
    • All cRc certified stores and caterers
    • The Animal Store (Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Anton's (Highland Park, IL)
    • Binny's Liquors (All Locations)
    • City Fresh Market (Devon & Kedzie, Chicago, IL)
    • Dempster Fruit (Skokie, IL)
    • Extra Value Wine & Liquor (Western Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Garden Fresh Market (All Locations)
    • Jerry's Market (Milwaukee Ave. & Oakton, Niles, IL)
    • Lincolnwood Produce (Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Marketplace on Oakton (Skokie, IL)
    • Rosen's Drugs (Devon Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Ted's (Devon Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Treasure Island (All Locations)
  • Denver, CO from www.scrollk.org
    • Amusmints
    • Auerbach’s Kosher Foods
    • Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
    • Crystal Kosher Cuts
    • Dining with Finesse
    • East Side Kosher Deli
    • Grapevine Wines and Liquor
    • Hammond’s Candies
    • King Soopers
    • Millenson Catering
    • Mont Blanc Gourmet Hot Cocoa
    • Occasions by Sandy
    • Old Fashioned Bavarian Bakery
    • Pete’s
    • Robinson Dairy
    • Rocky Mountain Foods
    • Rocky Mountain National Laboratories
    • Rocky Mountain Spice Shalom Park
    • Singer Catering
    • Sweets Candy
    • The Bagel Store
    • The Liege Waffle Factory
    • Udi’s Granola & Gluten Free Bakery
  • Detroit, MI
    • All COR certified establishments
    • Fruitasia
    • GFS (Gordon Food Service)
    • Kroger
    • Meijer
    • Nutrifoods
    • One Stop Kosher Market
    • Randazzo
    • Save-A-Lot 11 & Greenfield and 9 & Woodward
    • Westborn
  • Los Angeles area
    • kosherquest.org
      • Cambridge Farms
      • Jon’s
    • RCC: a Mechirah was done for the following establishments**4
        Sadaf / Soofer Company
      • Erewhon
      • 99 Cent Only Stores
      • Wine & Liquor Depot
      • West Pico Foods (*4 in accordance with Igros Moshe Vol.1 resp. 149 ; vol.2 resp. 91 and other Poskim. See Piskei Teshuvos 448-83)

    *1Baltimore Area, Effective Immediately through 5/24/11- from www.star-k.com/alerts/alerts-April2011.htm.
    There are a number of local stores that receive packaged items through a privately owned Jewish company which does not sell its chometz in accordance with Star-K standards. These stores include TARGET, SAFEWAY, SUPERFRESH and GIANT. Other stores may be identified in the near future and we will issue updates as soon as more information becomes available.
    TARGET, SAFEWAY, and SUPERFRESH: These stores receives many of their chometz groceries, baked goods and frozen chometz products from the aforementioned distributor. Therefore, the Star-K recommends that shoppers delay purchasing chometz items from these stores for a four-week period, through May 24 (the Tuesday after Lag Ba'Omer).
    GIANT: Likewise, Giant procures many of its packaged groceries and frozen foods from the aforementioned distributor. Again, shoppers are advised to delay their purchases of these chometz items during the recommended waiting period. Some examples of these products include:

    • Pasta
    • Cereal
    • Packaged cookies
    • Frozen bagels and waffles
    However, there are many products that Giant procures from a different distributor, which does adhere to Star-K standards in the sale of its chometz, and are acceptable. These products include:
    • All heimishe baked goods, such as those sold under the brand names Greens, Zomicks, Osem, and Kedem
    • All heimishe frozen products in the kosher freezer, such as blintzes and frozen pizza
    In addition, please note that all fresh-baked breads and buns with kosher certification are supplied by local vendors and are acceptable. Examples of these are:
    Giant, H&S, Arnold, and Pepperidge Farm: sandwich bread, rye bread, hot dog and hamburger buns.

    *2: Rabbi Belsky has arranged the sale of the chometz for C & S, the Jewish owned distibutor mentioned in the Star-K alert.

    Ed. note: Check with your local rabbinical authority regarding establishments in your community.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3418
  • The following kashrus alert is from the OK on April 27, 2011.

    "Please be advised that OK Kosher Certification no longer certifies RAFAEL’S BAKERY (121-15 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418) due to Kashrus Violations."

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3425

    The following kashrus alert is from the OU on May 3, 2011.

    Hamakua Kona Coffee Glaze and Honey Macs, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company - Hawaii: These specific varieties of Macadamia nuts are labeled with a plain OU, but contain dairy ingredients, as listed in the ingredient panel, and should be labeled OU-D. The company is correcting this mislabeling.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3424

    The following kashrus notict is from the Star-K on Keeping You Kurrent on April 28, 2011.

    Effective May 1, 2011, Supreme Meats / Glatt Boys, Bronx, NY, is no longer Star-K certified.
    They are also no longer certified by Badatz Beit Yoseph of Queens.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3422

    The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on April 26, 2011.

    Organic Food Bar, Inc., Fullerton, CA is issuing a voluntary recall on the specific listed lots of RAW Organic Food Bars listed below, because they may contain undeclared peanut proteins from cashew butter supplied by one of the vendors. These bars are being recalled because they are made with the same lot of cashew butter that was used in previously tested chocolatey chocolate chips bars. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts should return these lots to the place of purchase. RAW Organic Food Bar lots mentioned below were distributed nationally in USA. The product reached consumers through retail stores, mail order, direct delivery etc. The affected products listed below were shipped in 12 pack cartons to each outlet or direct to consumers. The recalled bars include specific lots of Cinnamon Raisin, Chocolate Coconut, Oooatmeal Apple Pie, Chocolatey Chocolate Chip, Fiber Chocolate Delite, Keerunch Crunchy Chocolate Chip, Oohmega Cherry Pie. Further details are at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253358.htm.
    Consumers who have purchased RAW Organic Food Bar products with the lot # and exp. dates mentioned above are urged return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may also contact the company at 1 800 246 4685, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm PST.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3421

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

    Jonathans Sprouts of Rochester, MA is upgrading its recall of conventional alfalfa sprout products with a specific sell-by date to include all of its alfalfa products, conventional and organic, with all sell-by dates, as a precaution, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Various Jonathan's have been recalled. They are sold at the following stores: A&P, Grand Union, Stop & Shop, Shaws, Hannaford, Donnelans, Foodmaster, Truccis, Roche Brothers. The products containing alfalfa sprouts were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware.

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3419
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