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The following health alert is from the FDA on March 13, 2014.

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. of Albany, OR has voluntarily recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores after determining the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Precautionary recall measures began on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Consumers who may have purchased the product were contacted by phone and US. Mail, and a letter regarding the voluntary recall was posted on the Costco website. Furthermore, the affected product was removed from Costco floors. Any Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit that is currently available for purchase has been rigorously tested and is safe for consumption. No other products made by Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. are affected.
Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit is sold in a red and white case containing 20 pouches of freeze-dried snacks. Consumers who have purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit with the following “Best Before Dates,” listed on the upper left corner of the front panel of the case, are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Best Before Date: FEB 14 2015 - MAR 11 2015 (which reads FEB142015 - MAR112015)
Customers with questions may contact the company at recall@ofd.com. or 1-888-641-2933 (this line is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time).
Cases of the potentially contaminated Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit were distributed to Costco Wholesale stores in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4524

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification on March 13, 2014.

Please be advised that MELANIE DARK CHOCOLATE "ELITE 90%" (and other products with this brand name) distributed by DESLY INTERNATIONAL CORP. (Brooklyn, NY) bears an unauthorized OK kosher symbol on the packaging.
THESE ITEMS ARE NOT CERTIFIED BY OK KOSHER.
IT WAS SOLD IN PURIM STORES ACROSS THE NEW YORK AREA.
The product is being recalled.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4523

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on March 11, 2014.

Giant and Stop & Shop Jalapeno Cheddar Cream Cheese Spread UPC: 6882671425, Ahold USA, Quincy, MA: Product with the date codes USE BY 061314 AND USE BY 070514 bears an OU-D and mistakenly contains non-kosher cheese. The product has been withdrawn. All other Giant and Stop & Shop cream cheese bearing an OU-D are not affected.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4520

The following sulfite allergy alert is from the FDA dated February 24, 2014.

Net Foods Import & Export at 711 2nd Street, Secaucus, NJ 07094 is recalling Net Food Brand Turkey Diced Apricots because they contain undeclared sulfites. The recalled Net Food Brand Turkey Dried Apricots comes in 16.1 oz. clear plastic containers with the following UPC Code 8697445250019. The product was sold nationwide and is a product of Turkey.
Analysis of the dried apricots by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed they contained 4955 ppm per serving.
Consumers who have purchased Net Food Brand Turkey Dried Apricots should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 347-484-2256, Sevki Uzundal, Net Food Import & Export.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4519

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on March 6, 2014.

Great Taste Chocolate Lover's Cheesecake sold at Giant Tiger stores bears an unauthorized COR with no dairy designation. The product is DAIRY and kosher certified by another certifying agency.
Corrective action is being taken to ensure correct labeling.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4518

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on March 6, 2014.

Please be advised that the following Luna Chocolate Bars are missing their Dairy/DE designations:

Items that are DAIRY
Chocolate Latte with Espresso Splash 100g UPC 6 28603 92666 6

  • Luscious White Chocolate Almond Bark 150g UPC 6 28603 92675 8
  • No Sugar Added Velvety Milk Chocolate Bar 80g UPC 6 28603 92679 6
  • No Sugar Added Decadent Milk Chocolate Almond Bar 100g UPC 6 28603 92681 9

Item that is DE (Dairy Equipment)
  • No Sugar Added Intense Dark Chocolate Bar 80g UPC 6 28603 92680 2

    All of these products are only sold in Metro Stores in the GTA.
    Corrective measures have been taken.

    The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4517
  • The following pas yisroel alert is from the COR Detroit on March 5, 2014.

    COOPER STREET COOKIES are no longer Pas Yisroel. They are certified Kosher when bearing the K-COR symbol.

    The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4516

    The following pas yisroel alert is from the COR Detroit on March 5, 2014.

    LAWASH brand FLATBREAD from American Bakery Products that is manufactured after March 15, will continue to be certified Kosher by the COR when bearing the K-COR symbol, but will no longer be Pas Yisroel. The date of manufacture can be determined by the last six digits of the manufacturing code stamped on the bag; e.g., 031514 = March 15, 2014.

    PITA BREAD from American Bakery Products will remain Pas Yisroel (glow plug method), when bearing the K-COR symbol.

    The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4515

    The following nut allergy alert is from the FDA on March 5, 2014.

    Ludington, Michigan – House of Flavors Ice Cream Company, based in Ludington, Michigan, is recalling its Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream because it's ingredients may include an undeclared nut allergen. The Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream was only distributed in Aldi stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The recall was initiated after receiving two complaints of chocolate covered nuts found in the product and included associated allergic reaction from consumers allergic to nuts.
    Only Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream packed in 1.5 quart containers stamped with UPC code 4149816310 and date code 13340 and 13341 and marked "Best by Date: Dec. 7, 2014" are affected by the recall. No other Aldi products or are any other Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream or other Belmont Ice Cream products are affected by the recall.
    Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Anyone requiring more information should contact House of Flavors consumer affairs at 1-800-930-7740, extension 2229, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. until 5 pm. (EST).

    The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4514

    The following dairy allergy alert is from the FDA on March 3, 2014.

    Twin Marquis, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling specific lots of Twin Marquis COOKED NOODLE and LO MEIN NOODLE listed below because they contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
    The recalled products were distributed in NY, PA, NJ, CT, VA, MD, MA, NC, FL, and MI through Asian food retail stores and food services (Chinese and Asian restaurants).
    Twin Marquis LO MEIN NOODLE, NET WT. 5 LB (refrigerated or frozen), is a yellow raw noodle packed in a plastic film bag package, and bears UPC # 7 60941 90718 8. The following lots are being recalled: 10329, 10330, 10331, 11301, 11302, 11304, 11305, 11306, 11307, 11308, 11309, 11311, 11312, and 11313. Twin Marquis COOKED NOODLE, NET WT. 16 OZ, UPC 7 60941 10421 1, and NET WT. 5 LB (refrigerated or frozen), UPC 7 60941 90714 0, is yellow boiled noodle packed in a plastic film bag package. The following lots are being recalled: COOKED NOODLE 16 OZ, Lots: 10329, 10330, 10331, 11301, 11302, 11304, 11305, 11306, 11309, 11311, 11312, and 11313. COOKED NOODLE 5 LB, Lots: 10329, 10330, 10331, 11301, 11302, 11304, 11306, 11308, 11309, 11311, and 11213. The secondary (outer) packages are brown cardboard boxes. The lot numbers are printed on primary plastic packages and outer boxes.
    The recall was initiated after receiving notice from the FDA during an audit check that the dried whole egg powder supplied by DEB-EL Food Products, LLC contains undeclared milk and thus being recalled. The packaging of dried whole egg powder (lot # 1843) did not reveal the presence of milk. The Twin Marquis’ noodle products listed above were made using the dried whole egg powder as an ingredient.
    Consumers who are allergic to milk should not consume the above products. Consumers who have purchased the above products and lot numbers are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-386-6868, Monday - Friday, 9am - 6 pm, ET.

    Ed. note: From the OU, this is an allergen issue only, the products are pareve.

    The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4513
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