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The following kashrus information is from the Chicago Rabbinican Council and posted on Yeshivaworld.com on January 31, 2010.

The following Ricola items are recommended by the cRc: Green Tea with Echinacea (sugar free), Honey Herb, Honey Lemon with Echinacea, Lemon Mint (sugar free), Lemon Mint, Lemon Verbena, Menthol (sugar free), Mountain Herb (sugar free), Natural Herb (original). Only these items are recommended and does not necessarily require a special kosher sticker on the individual package.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3339

The following Mexican kashrus alert is from the KMD Mexico on January 31, 2010.

Translation: The MCCormack brand of mayonaise is no longer under our supervision as we have not been permitted access to their plant.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3338

The following kashrus notice is from the Star-K on January 31, 2011.

Please be advised that effective April 1, 2011, the STAR-K will no longer be the certifying agency for HOFFMAN & CO. / LEWIS CATERERS, Baltimore, MD.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3337

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FDA on January 28, 2011.

Keebler® is recalling a limited quantity of 8-count cartons of Fudge Shoppe® Jumbo Fudge Sticks sold at convenience stores. This recall was initiated because the cartons contain individually wrapped Jumbo Peanut Butter Sticks. The individually wrapped cookie sticks are correctly labeled.
Consumers with questions or who would like a replacement may contact the Keebler Consumer Response Center at 888-746-3679 from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time, or visit www.Keebler.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3336

The following Candian information concerning Israeli produce is from the COR on January 26, 2011.

Please be advised that Jaffa grapefruits and tangerines from Israel are being sold at local supermarkets. Fresh figs from Israel are still available at local retailers such as Glen Eden Fruit Market at Bathurst and Glencairn.
Finally, Shoham pomegranates from Israel are available on the market. Please note that these pomegranates may not be labeled with a “product from Israel” sticker but they should be identifiable by the name "Shoham".
This produce is subject to the laws of Terumos and Maaseros such that one must separate Terumos and Maaseros from it.

The following kashrus notice is from a reader's question and the editor's conversation with Agrexco on January 3, 2011.

A reader called me about Carmel Mangoes and whether they were from Israel. Agrexco who produces the Carmel label on produce reported to me that they are importing Mangoes to the United States only from Peru.
They are importing the following produce to the United States: from Israel :

  • Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers
  • Sharon Fruit (Persimmons)
  • Herbs
Ed. note: Produce from Israel needs to be tithed before consumption. See www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING for information on tithing.
Ed. note #2: Stores in the US are now required to list the country of origin of produce. When in doubt, ask to see the original box that the produce came in.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3304

The following health alert is from the FDA on January 25, 2011.

State Garden, Chelsea, MA is conducting a voluntary recall of all Salad products produced in our plant on January 4, 2011 which correspond to trace back codes 45693 and 45703 due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Salad Products and Blends under this recall were distributed to retail stores on the East Coast under various sizes and packaged under the brand names: Gold Quality, Hannaford, Natures Place, Natures Promise, Roche Bros, Northeast Fresh, Noreast Fresh, Olivia’s Organics, Signature, Wegmans. See www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm241088.htm for the specific salad product, size, package type and UPC codes.
The trace back code numbers (45693 and 45703) are typically located in the upper right hand corner of labels and bags. The “best if used by” date will be no later than January 15, 2011 for either trace back code. These are the only trace back codes affected.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3335

The following health alert is from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on January 19, 2011.

Milk products distributed by FingerLakes Farms LLC, from Plant #36-1131, are being voluntarily recalled due to improper pasteurization. Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.
The recalled milk products are sold under the names Ithaca Milk Company Lowfat Milk and Ithaca Milk Company Cream on Top Whole Milk. Both of these milk products were packaged in quart, half-gallon and gallon sizes of plastic containers. All of the recalled products have a container code of SELL BY 013111 and were distributed in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Finger Lakes regions.
Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Milk Control and Dairy Services inspectors, and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel, revealed the product was improperly pasteurized.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3334

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K on January 21, 2010.

"Due to kashrus violations, Survivor Industries, Oxnard, CA is no longer under KOF-K Kosher Certification."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3332

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 21, 2010.

7 Seas Frozen Gravlax Smoked Salmon, 7 Seas Company - British Columbia, Canada, Consumers of OU products are advised not to consume 7 Seas Gravlax Smoked Salmon, as it appears that a non kosher ingredient was used in that product. Consumers that see the product in the market should please contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8344.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3331

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 20, 2011.

"Pick 'n Pay kosher bakeries in Norwood, Killarney and Gallo Manor are 100% Parev. The labels which list the ingredients on their rolls and breads, 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. 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=A3330
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