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The following revised kashrus alert is from the OK on January 19, 2011.


Please be advised that the following batches of KROGER VALUE SEMI SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS, UPC No. 1111086603 product bearing the OK Pareve kosher symbol distributed by KROGER VALUE STORES contain some DAIRY chips. . KROGER VALUE SEMI SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS, UPC No. 1111086603 With a best by date of October 1, 2012 through December 4, 2012 Product has been recalled.

The following allergen alert is from the FDA on January 14 2011.


Barry Callebaut USA LLC is conducting a voluntary recall on its product sold by Kroger Stores under the brand "Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips", 12 oz., UPC Code is 11110–86603 as the product may contain undeclared milk protein.
All “Best By” dates ending in 2012 are affected by this voluntary recall.
The “Best By” date is found printed in black on the end of the back of the bag. The “Best By” date appears in the format “MONTH XX, 2012 (example: November 20, 2012).
The Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips subject to this recall were sold in Kroger-owned stores, including Kroger stores nation-wide; and Dillon’s and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana; Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California, Nevada, Nebraska, New Mexico, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area).
This recall was necessary after several consumer complaints were received and it was determined that the packages of Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips may contain undeclared milk protein. The package ingredient label does not identify that the product may contain milk protein. Consumers who have purchased Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips with the above indicated code dates may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may contact Barry Callebaut USA LLC at 1-866-678-5231(9am - 7pm Eastern).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3322

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on January 19, 2011.

Some Skate was sold yesterday inadvertently at SPAR GENESIS with the Beth Din logo. If you have bought the fish please return to SPAR GENESIS. Any equipment used hot with the Skate must be kashered.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3327

The following chodosh information is from Rabbi Herman on January 18, 2010.

"HARAV HAGOAN ELYASHIV SHLITA RETRACTS PSAK ON BRAN: On Dec 21 we announced that we had received a psak from Harav Elyashiv that stated that wheat bran and oat bran have no problem of Chodosh, even if they come from Chodosh grain. It turns out that the psak was based on the incorrect assumption that such bran today is basically produced for animal food. When it was explained to Harav Elyashiv that such bran is very commonly used for human food, he stated that bran coming from Chodosh grain should be treated as Chodosh. Therefore, where oat bran is listed as an ingredient, the usual packing cutoff date of Jul 26 should be used and for wheat bran Aug 9, as has been assumed thusfar in the Guide."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3326

The following kashrus and Passover alert is from the OU on January 18, 2010.

24 Hour Thermogenics Choco Lettes, Health Management Care a.k.a. Diet Center: This product bears an unauthorized OU-P mark. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union, and is not kosher for Passover. Corrective measures are being implemented. Consumers who see this product should please call the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8344.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3325

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 18, 2010.

Suntree Hickory Smoked Almonds, Suntree LLC - Orosi, CA: This certified product contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3324

The following health alert is from the FDA dated January 12 2011.

MS FISH CORP 808 ALABAMA AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11207 is recalling Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The problem was discovered after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel found the product to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring is packed in a 12 oz plastic container coded 2/0311. It is a product of USA. Product was distributed throughout New York State.
Consumers that have purchased Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring should not consume it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 347-533-8200.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3323

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 11, 2010.

"We have been contacted by a number of consumers noticing the presence of “shrimp” in sardines. This is actually krill, a small shrimp-like crustacean, which is a common source of feed for sardines. Krill is normally digested prior to processing and should not be found in canned sardines, even sardines which contain the stomach. This year, many factors (e.g., size of fish, warmer water temperatures, methods of fishing, etc.) combined to create a very unusual fishing year and an increase in sardines containing undigested krill in their stomachs.
This issue is not one of quality, species substitution or adulteration of any sort: rather an unexpected and previously unforeseen occurrence, which now requires our attention.
While the presence of undigested krill is a rare occurrence, and fluctuates seasonally, all sardines should be inspected prior to consumption or remove the stomach to eliminate any concern. Skinless and boneless sardines are not affected, as their stomachs have been removed."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3321

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 11, 2010.

Tio Pepe's Churros, J & J Snack Foods – Pennsauken, NJ: This certified product contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3320

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

Sprouters Northwest, Inc. of Kent, WA, is recalling all of its clover and clover mix products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recall was initiated January 1st by Sprouters Northwest after learning that a few cases of Salmonella might be linked to sprouts. Sprouters Northwest, Inc. concluded that this type of cautionary, voluntary action was the appropriate and responsible reaction regardless of the limited information available.
The recalled clover products were distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska in retail chains and through wholesale distribution.
The withdrawal includes 4oz. (UPC 8 15098 00201 6) and 5oz. (UPC 0 33383 70235 3) containers of Clover sprouts, 1lb. bags of Clover (UPC 0 79566 12351 5), and 2 lb trays of Clover (UPC 0 79566 12362 1). Also included are Clover Onion sprouts in 4oz. (UPC 0 79566 12361 4) and 5oz. (UPC 0 79566 12361 4) containers, Deli sprouts in 4oz. (UPC 8 79566 12305 4) and 5oz. (UPC 0 33383 70267 4) containers, Spicy sprouts in 4oz. (UPC 8 15098 00202 3) containers, and Brocco sandwich sprouts in 4oz. (UPC 8 15098 00028 9) containers. This affects all of the above products with a “best by” date of 1/16/11 and earlier.
Consumers who have purchased these clover based products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 253-872-0577 Mon-Fri 7AM -11AM

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3319

The following kashrus alert is from a reader's question with information from the OU on January 10, 2011.

Bora Bora granola bars are certified by the OU and bear an OU printed on the label. These products contain dairy ingredients and the OU-D is inkjetted on the label until new labels are printed.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3318
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