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United Natural Trading LLC Announces Voluntary Recall of Walnuts.

May 10, 2016 FDA:
United Natural Trading LLC, d/b/a Woodstock Farms Manufacturing, Edison, NJ, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of lots of conventional walnuts and walnut-containing products (see attachment for products and lot numbers) that were purchased from Gibson Farms and sold under the Nature’s Promise, Woodstock, Market Basket, and Woodfield Farms brands due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
The lot numbers are printed on the back of each retail bag. The walnut and walnut-containing products were shipped to retailers and distributors in limited quantities throughout the United States.
he recall was issued as a precaution because a single sample in a finished product yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes. The Company is coordinating closely with regulatory officials and has contacted its customers to ensure that any remaining recalled products are removed.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall and no other walnuts or products under the brands are being recalled.
Only the specific lot numbers and sell dates identified in the attachment are included in this recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these lot numbers should not consume it, but rather should discard it. Consumers should retain their store receipts, packaging reflecting lot numbers or any other proof of purchase they may have. Retailers and consumers with questions may call Melissa McCullough at Woodstock Farms Manufacturing customer service at 732-650-9905, which is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST) Monday - Friday.

DescriptionLot NumberBest By DateUPC#
Nature’s Promise Cranberry Trail Mix Net Wt. 12oz.16082Best By 9/17/168826706612
16099Best By 9/17/168826706612
16117Best By 9/17/168826706612
Woodstock Walnut Halves &Pieces Net Wt. 6oz.16092Best By 4/1/174256300860
16106Best By 4/15/174256300860
Woodstock Cape Cod Cranberry Mix Net Wt. 10oz.16079Best By 9/17/164256300877
16091Best By 9/17/164256300877
16098Best By 9/17/164256300877
16126Best By 11/30/164256300877
Market Basket Walnuts Raw Net Wt. 7oz.16083Best By 3/23/174970540809
16105Best By 4/14/174970540809
Market Basket Cape Cod  Cranberry Trail Mix Net Wt. 10oz.16106Best By 9/17/164970540832
Woodfield Farms Walnuts Halves & Pieces Net Wt. 2.5lbs.16112Best By 4/21/177523900194
Nature’s Promise Walnuts Halves & Pieces Net Wt. 7oz.16093Best By 4/2/178826714404
16110Best By 4/19/178826714404

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5470

Frontier Co-op Initiates Voluntary Recall of Organic Hojicha Tea Due to Possible Health Risk.

FDA: Frontier Co-op is voluntarily recalling its Organic Hojicha Tea due to potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled products were sold nationwide between the dates of December 13, 2014 - April 21, 2016. A list of affected product lots is listed below. On foil bulk packages, the four-digit lot code will follow the item number (#2920) on the front label directly above the UPC code.

BrandItem NumberAffected LotsUPCSizeImage
Frontier Co-op29204338
5096
5191
5289
6042
0-89836-02920-11 lb. (16 oz)PDF

The raw material received by Frontier Co-op, which tested positive for Salmonella is being recalled by our supplier. Given that Salmonella may be present, Frontier Co-op is immediately initiating this recall.
Consumers should not consume these products and should either throw away any remaining products or return to the point of purchase for a refund. Please contact Frontier Co-op with any questions or to inquire about replacement or reimbursement at 1-800-669-3275 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time.

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Kosher Alert FrozFruit Creamy Coconut Fruit Bar

May 9, 2016 from the OU:
FrozFruit Creamy Coconut Fruit Bar, Wells Dairy, Grand Prairie TX missing D - Dairy Designation: The Orthodox Union certifies FrozFruit Creamy Coconut Fruit Bars as an OU D-Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements. Some packaging was labeled with a plain OU symbol without the D-Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

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May 5, 2016: From the COR Detroit: JAFFA CLEMENTINES and AMC /JAFFA GRAPEFRUIT from Israel are being sold at Costco and other stores. These products may have Kedushas Shviis, and it is recommended not to purchase them. If already purchased, consult your Rav.

From the OU Halacha Yomis


Shmitta Israeli Clementines are now being sold at Costco.

www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA has links to Shmitta dates which is relevant for fruits that are still shmitta.

The preceeding Israeli produce alert is from the editor on January 27, 2016.

The preceeding Israeli produce alert is from the editor on January 27, 2016.


The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 7, 2016.

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Kosher Alert Allmax Nutrition Creatine Hydrochloride

May 10, 2016 from Kosher Miami:
Please be advised that Creatine Hydrochloride, distributed by Allmax Nutrition, bears an unauthorized KM certification on the label. The product contains gelatin. Corrective measures are being taken.

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Food Recall Warning - Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Sweet Peas recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

April 23, 2016 from the CFIA:
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Sweet Peas from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold by Costco warehouse locations in British Colombia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Organic by Nature Sweet Peas - Organic (frozen) 2.5 kg Best by dates:
10.22.17
12.03.17
03.16.18
8 46358 00061 9
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Twin City Foods, Inc. Recalls Frozen Organic Peas And Mixed Vegetables Because Of Possible Health Risk

May 6 2016 from the FDA:
As part of the ongoing recall of CRF Frozen Foods vegetables, Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington is voluntarily recalling items containing organic peas it received from CRF Frozen Foods. These products include Central Market Organic Peas and Mixed Vegetables, HEB Organic Mixed Vegetables, Sweetfrost Mixed Vegetables, and Woodstock Organic Mixed Vegetables due to the potential for these products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
A list of recalled products is here.

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Food Recall Warning - Harmonie brand, IGA brand, Co-op brand, Western Family brand and unbranded frozen vegetable products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

May 7 2016 from the CFIA:
BC 126833300 is recalling Harmonie brand, IGA brand, Co-op brand, Western Family brand and unbranded frozen vegetable products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products. The list of products is here.

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Information on chometz achar Pesach

The following information is from a number of sources. There are also different opinions so I am posting the information with its source. Be reminded that in many communities, there is not a problem with chometz achar Pesach in the local kosher store whose chometz has been sold by the local vaad or rabbi.

  • May 2, 2016 - Rabbi Elazar M. Teitz sold the chometz for Shop Rite Supermarkets and Price Rite
  • The Kof-K has sold the chomets for Jethro/Restaurant Depot, and all Fairway stores under the KOF-K Kosher Supervision.
  • May 2, 2016 - The Badatz Btzedek Tikspoit (The Beth Din of HaRav Ch. Yisoel Belsky ZT"L has sold the chometz and Chometz containing products of C&S, a Jewish owned food distibutor that provides products to many supermarkets and stores. A copy of the letter is here.
    The following is a list of the top customers on the C & S website:
    (Please note that this does not apply to the individual stores but rather to the supplier/distributor known as C&S Wholesale Grocers. Individual stores require their own Chometz sale if they have Jewish owners.)
    • Big M
    • Key Food
    • Sav-Mor Markets
    • BI-LO
    • Kroger
    • Scolari's
    • Food 4 Less–Stockton
    • MainStreet Market
    • Shaw's
    • Food Town
    • Market Basket
    • Southeastern Grocers
    • Food World
    • Marsh Supermarkets
    • Star Market
    • Foodland–Hawaii
    • Nugget Markets
    • Stop & Shop
    • Giant–Carlisle
    • O'Malia's
    • Super Fresh
    • Giant–Landover
    • Pathmark
    • Target
    • Grand Union
    • Piggly Wiggly
    • Tops Friendly Markets
    • Harvey's
    • Walgreen's–Hawaii
    • Winn-Dixie
    • Holiday Quality Foods
    • Safeway
    The Food Emporium
    Food Basics
  • Chicago area: May 2, 2016 - From the cRc - The following CHICAGO AREA STORES are either owned by gentiles or have arranged to sell their chometz for Passover:
    All cRc certified stores, caterers and factories
    • Aldi's (All Locations)
    • The Animal Store (Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Anton's (Highland Park, IL)
    • Binny's Liquors (All Locations)
    • BJ's (All Locations)
    • City Fresh Market (Devon & Kedzie, Chicago, IL)
    • Costco (All Locations)
    • CVS Pharmacy (All Locations)
    • Dempster Fruit (Skokie, IL)
    • Dollar Tree Stores (All Locations)
    • Food 4 Less (All Locations)
    • Garden Fresh Market (All Locations)
    • Jerry's Market (Milwaukee Ave. & Oakton, Niles, IL)
    • Jewel (All Locations)
    • Kmart (All Locations)
    • Kroger (All Locations)
    • Lincolnwood Produce (Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Mariano's (All Locations)
    • Marketplace on Oakton (Skokie, IL)
    • Meijer (All Locations)
    • OSCO Pharmacy (All Locations)
    • Petco (All Locations)
    • Pet Smart (All Locations)
    • Pet Supplies Plus (Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Rosen's Drugs (Devon Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Sam's Club (All Locations)
    • Save A Lot (All Locations)
    • Seven-Eleven (All stores in the Chicago & Skokie areas)
    • Starbuck's (All Locations)
    • Ted's (Devon)
    • Target (All Locations in Chicago Area ONLY)
    • Trader Joe's (All Locations)
    • Treasure Island (All Locations)
    • Wal-Mart (All Locations in Chicago Area)
    • Walgreen's (All Locations)
    • Whole Foods (All Locations)
  • Detroit Area: Post-Pesach 5776 Information –from the COR Detroit:
    All K-COR certified Meijer Sam’s Club Warehouse
    establishments Nutrifoods Superior Kosher Meats
    AldiOne Stop Kosher MarketTrader Joe's
    Costco Plum Market Wal-Mart
    CVS Randazzo Walgreens
    Family Dollar Stores Rite Aid Westborn
    GFS (Gordon Food Service) Save-A-Lot Whole Foods
    K-Mart (11 & Greenfield)

    Buying chometz from Kroger and Target in the Detroit area after Pesach involves Halachic uncertainty. Although these stores are owned by non-Jews, there is a possibility that they are supplied by C&S, which is a privately-owned Jewish food distributor, and the chometz sold after Pesach may have been in C&S' possession during Pesach. Since it is difficult to gather precise information, it is advisable to wait until two weeks after Pesach, May 15, before buying "pure" chometz items (e.g., bread, grain cereals, pasta, cookies and pretzels) from these stores. But it is permitted to purchase immediately after Pesach most other products, including such items as pearled raw barley, dry cake mixes, flour (without malted barley), glue, all kitniyos, ketchup, mayonnaise, medicines, mustard, vinegar, vitamin tablets, baker’s yeast, and yeast extract.
    published May 3, 2016
  • New York: STATUS OF STORES TO SHOP IN AFTER PESACHfrom Congregation Ohab Zedek This list current as of April 12, 2016
    You Can Shop in the Following Establishments All chains listed on this grid are owned by non-Jews:
    7 Eleven Duane Reade Target
    A & P Food Emporium Trader Joe’s
    Associated Gristedes Waldbaum’s
    BJ’s Wholesale Club Key Food Walgreen’s
    Costco Pathmark Walmart
    CVS Rite Aid Whole Foods
    D’Agostino Sam’s Club Westside Market
    1. Barzini’s, Fairway, and Fresh Direct have Jewish ownership and their chametz was sold. Please ask about these establishments as they were open during Pesach.
    2. Jewish Owned Establishments that sold only Passover products during Pesach.
    3. Limitations after Pesach apply only to the purchase of chametz. You can purchase non-chametz items, including kitniyot, in any Jewish Owned Establishment immediately after Pesach.
  • Los Angeles:From Kosherquest.org:

    A Jew may buy from the following stores immediately after Pesach:

    7-ElevenGelson'sSmart & Final
    99 cent storeJetro/Restaurant DepotSmith’s
    AlbertsonsJon’sTarget (in California)
    BevMoK-Mart Trader Joe’s
    Big LotsNuts & MoreVons / Pavilions
    Bristol FarmsPetcoWalgreens
    Coffee BeanPetsmartWalmart
    Costco
    CVSRalphs/Kroger
    Dollar Tree,
    ErewhonSadafWine & Liquor Depot
    Food4LessSafeway
    Fresh & EasySam’s ClubWhole Foods
  • Boston Area: From Young Israel of Brookline
    • Supermarkets & Convenience/Drug Stores:
      • BJ’s, Costco, CVS, K-Mart, Rite-Aid, Shaws/Star Market, Stop & Shop, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s
    • Kosher Restaurants/Caterers/Bakeries/Grocery:
      16 Handles, Blacker’s Bakers, The Butcherie, Café Eilat, Catering by Andrew, Cheryl Anns, ColdPress, J.P. Licks, Jerusalem Pita & Grill, Kupel’s, Ora Catering, Rami’s, Rubin’s Deli, Rosenfeld Bagel Co., Stop & Shop Bake Shop, Shaw/Star Bake Shop, Taam China
  • Washington-DC area from the Capitol K
    Chametz may be purchased from the following stores immediately after Pesach 2016:

      All Capitol K establishments and caterers.
      National stores
    • B.J.’s, Costco, C.V.S., Food Lion, K-Mart, Mars, Petco, Petsmart, Royal Farms, Rite-Aid, Sam’s Discount Warehouse, Save A’ Lot, Shopper’s food, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Wegmans, Walgreens, Win Dixie
      Stores in our community
    • Aldi’s, H-Mart, Harris Teeter, Mom’s, Shop Rite of White Oak, Whole Foods
    • Chametz may only be purchased from Snider’s beginning four weeks after Pesach.
    • Due to possible Chometz distributed by a Jewish company, if one has an option of purchasing Chometz from other stores, it is commendable not to purchase Chometz from Giant, Safeway, and Target until four weeks after Pesach.
  • Lakewood: From the LakewoodScoop based on the Star-K:
    "Purchasing Chometz from Target – even locally in Lakewood and Howell – immediately after Pesach should be avoided if possible, according to Rabbi Shmuel Heinemann of the Star-K. Rabbi Heinemann explains that the items may be from a Jewish distributor that does not sell its Chometz, posing a problem for consumers in regards to Chometz not owned by a non-Jew over Pesach.If possible, says Rabbi Heinemann, one should avoid purchasing items from Target until four weeks after Pesach."
    In addition, you must inquire regarding each Shoprite store.
    Purchasing Chometz items immediately after Pesach from the following national stores, is okay.
    BJ’sCVSCostco
    Food LionK-MartMars
    PetcoPetsmartRite-Aid
    Royal FarmsSam’s Discount WarehouseShoppers Food Warehouse
    Sav-A-LotTrader Joe’sWalgreens
    Walmart

    More information at www.kashrut.com/Passover/ChometzAfterPassover.

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  • Creative Snacks Co. Issues Recall on Sunflower Seeds and Trail Mixes Including Sunflower Seeds

    May 5, 2016 from the FDA:
    Creative Snacks Co. of Greensboro, North Carolina is recalling specific lot codes of bulk and packaged sunflower seed products due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes. We have been notified by SunOpta, our sunflower seed supplier, that the company has issued a voluntary recall for sunflower seeds that were processed in their Crookston, Minnesota facility between February 1, 2016 and February 19, 2016.
    Creative Snacks is recalling all products that contain the SunOpta sunflower seeds in question. The product being recalled has been distributed to retailers nationwide and is being sold in a variety of formats including plastic rigid containers, small re-sealable bags and in bulk. These products include:

    Item Description UPC Lot Number Best Before Date
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Brain Food – 3.5 oz Snack Bag
    816512015124 6625030816
    6641031516
    6659032416
    6680033116
    6698040516
    1/2/2017
    1/9/2017
    1/18/2017
    1/25/2017
    1/30/2017
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Brain Food - 10 lb. Bulk
    816512013021 1180031016
    4870032116
    4895033016
    4910040416
     
    The Fresh Market
    Brain Food – 25 lb bulk
    n/a 1180031016
    1205032216
    1242033116
     
    The Fresh Market
    Brain Food – 9.5 oz cup
    737094218270 3067030916 11/4/2016
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Brain Food – 9.5 oz cup
    855983002073 2675030316
    2704031016
    2711031416
    2766032416
    2816040416
    10/29/2016
    11/5/2016
    11/9/2016
    11/19/2016
    11/30/2016
    The Fresh Market
    Healthy Snackin’ – 25 lb bulk
      1203032216
    1224032916
     
    Plentiful Planet
    Heart Smart Mix– 25 lb bulk
    030684710285 1224032916
    1156030316
    1204032216
     
    Publishers Clearing House
    Heart Smart Mix – 8 oz bag
    n/a 6710041216 12/8/2016
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Heart Smart – 3.5 oz Snack Bags
    816512012130 6620030316
    6627030916
    6640031516
    6656032416
    6673033016
    6697040516
    12/28/2016
    1/3/2017
    1/9/2017
    1/18/2017
    1/24/2017
    1/30/2017
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Heart Smart – 9.5 oz cup
    855983002066 2674030316
    2764032416
    2819040516
    10/29/2016
    11/19/2016
    12/1/2016
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Heart Smart Mix – 10 lb bulk
    816512013014 1183031416
    4869032116
    4894033016
     
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Roasted, No Salt Sunflower Seeds – 9 oz cup
    816512011294 2741032216
    2818040516
    11/17/2016
    12/1/2016
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Roasted, No Salt Sunflower Seeds – 10 lb bulk
    816512011423 4900033116  
    Plentiful Planet
    Roasted, No Salt Sunflower Seeds – 25 lb bulk
    077420417794 4891032916  
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Sunny Day Splendor – 10 lb bulk
    816512014653 1192031716  
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Roasted, Salted Sunflower Seeds – 10 lb bulk
    816512013892 4861031816
    4881032916
    4903033116
     
    Plentiful Planet
    Roasted, Salted Sunflower Seeds – 10 lb bulk
    077420000873 4869031816  
    Creative Snacks Co.
    Roasted, Salted Sunflower Seeds – 9 oz cup
    816512011218 2684030716
    2742032216
    2801033116
    11/2/2016
    11/17/2016
    11/26/2016

    Consumers who have purchased affected Creative Snacks Co. products with the Best Before dates listed above should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Best before dates can be found on bottom lower right corner of rigid containers and the back lower right corner of resealable snack bags. Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST at 336.668.4151, Lindsay Hancock, Creative Snacks Co.

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