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The following British kashrus alert is from the London Beth Din on January 5, 2011.

Baxters Mint Jelly listed on p.85 now contains White Wine Vinegar and is Not Kosher. Old stock which does not list White Wine Vinegar in the ingredients declaration is still approved Parev.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3307

The following British kashrus alert is from the London Beth Din on January 5, 2011.

Dr Oetker Green Colouring listed on p.32 as approved Parev is shortly to have a new formulation. New stock will include Glycerine in the ingredients declaration and will be Not Kosher. Old stock is still approved Parev.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3306

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 WA, OR, ID, and AL 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. Production of these products has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem. 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.

These sprouts were also sold in Canada and were recalled by the CFIA on January 4, 2010:
The following Sprouters Northwest brand Deli Sprouts, product of USA, sold up to and including January 3, 2011 are affected by this alert.

Product Size UPC Distribution
Deli Sprouts
Item # 9494532
5 oz 0 33383 70267 4 British Columbia
(Wal-Mart Supercentres)
Deli Sprouts
Item # 9477578
5 oz 0 33383 70267 4 Alberta & Saskatchewan
(Wal-Mart Supercentres)
This product has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3305

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Queens on November 31, 2010.

Please be advised that Tel Aviv Restaurant, Great Neck, NY is no longer certified by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens, effective December 31, 2010.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3303

The following health alert is from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on January 2, 2011.

Bethel Livestock Farm, 522 Happy Avenue, Swan Lake, NY, is voluntarily recalling additional milk products. This is the second batch of milk to be recalled this week 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 name Bethel Creamery Pasteurized Whole Organic Milk (Kosher Cholov Yisroel) and packaged in half gallon plastic containers. The recalled products today have a use by date of JAN 11 2011 and were distributed to five stores in Orange and Rockland Counties. Earlier this week, Bethel Livestock Farm recalled product with the use by date of JAN 7 2011, which was distributed to six locations in Brooklyn and Rockland County.
Samples taken during a follow up inspection of the processing facility by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Milk Control and Dairy Services Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the product was improperly pasteurized.
Consumers who had purchased Bethel Creamery Pasteurized Whole Organic Milk with use by dates of either JAN 7 2011 or JAN 11 2011 are urged to return it to the place of purchase or discard the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3302

The following kashrus information is from the Kosherquest.org with additional information from the RCC on December 30, 2010.

Schwartz, Le Palais, Unique, Renaissance Bakeries are Pas Yisrael. The Magnolia Bakery is not Pas Yisrael. Baby cakes Bakery is actually gluten free so therefore not Pas.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3301

The following kashrus alert is from the Dallas K on December 27, 2010 and confirmed by the OU.

Wacky Mac Macaroni & Cheese is OU-D cholov stam not cholov yisroel. The cheddar cheese packets inside the box may mistakenly state Star-K-D which designates cholov yisroel.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3300

The following kashrus news is from the Star-K January Keeping You Kurrent.

Recertified: River Ranch value added bagged salads are now recertified Star-K Pareve when the Star-K symbol appears by the date code. The following private label brads produced by River Ranch are now Star-K recertified: Compliments, Cross Valley Farms, Freshl/Fresh & Easy, Heidi, Promark, Marketside, Shaw's, Shurefresh, Sysyco, The Farmer's Market


The following kashrus advisory is from the Star-K on October 15, 2010.

Effective immediately, RIVER RANCH FRESH FOODS, LLC is no longer under Star-K Certification. The company has been purchased by Taylor Farms, CA. This should not be confused with Taylor Farms, MD, which is under Star-K Certification.

The following brands are affected by this change:
Fresh1/Fresh 'n Easy, The Farmers Market, Dewy Fresh, Promark, Popeye, River Ranch, Shaw’s Market Fresh, Compliments, Sysco Natural, Archer Farms, Cross Valley Farms, Winn Dixie.
Ed note: These products will be certified as kosher by the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco
The company can be reached at 800-538-5868.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3213

The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on December 28, 2010.

From the Cape Town Kashrut Department:
WOOLWORTHS Royal Highlands trout parcels: unauthorized Beth Din logo. This product is under investigation and should not be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3299

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on December 22, 2010.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and McCormick Canada are warning the public not to consume the following sesame seeds and sesame blend with herbs products described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella:

Brand Product Weight UPC Lot codes
Club House One Step Lemon and Herbs Seasoning 134 g 0 66200 00255 8 0300, 0315 and 0330
Club House Sesame Seed 575 g 0 66200 91296 3 0321
Sysco Sesame Seed 575 g 0 74865 44892 5 0321
Trade East Sesame Seed 575 g 6 20868 69667 4 0334

The lot codes are printed by an ink jet on the package. These products were distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

McCormick Canada, London, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call McCormick Canada at 1-800-265-2600 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday) or www.Clubhouse.ca - Contact Us.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3298
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