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The following repeated kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification dated August 12, 2009.
Please be advised that MEDITERRANEAN PITA BREAD LLP Elmwood Park, NJ (Manufacturers of Fattal's Pita Bread LLP) are no longer certified by OK Kosher Certification Due to Kashrus violations. Consumers are urged to notify OK Kosher Certification if they see these products with an OK symbol. 718-7567500 or email info@ok.org.

The following repeated kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification on October 6, 2008.
Please be advised that Fattal's Pita Pockets produced by Fattal's Bakery, Patterson, NJ bears an unauthorized OK symbol on the label. OK Kosher Certification does NOT certify this company or this product. If any consumer sees a oackage with the unauthorized OK symbol, please call the OK Kosher office at 718-756-7500.

The following kashrus alert is from the OK Kosher Certification on November 5, 2007.
Please be advised that the OK Kosher Certification does NOT certify Fattal's Pita Pockets produced by Fattal's Bakery, Patterson, NJ. Packaging bearing the OK symbol is unauthorized.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2201

The following peanut allergy alert is from the FAAN and the New York State Department of Agriculture on August 31, 2009.

Petri Baking Products Inc. is recalling "Stop & Shop Home Town Bakery Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies" due to undeclared milk and peanut. The product was distributed to Stop & Shop stores in CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, and RI. The 8.9-oz. package bears UPC 6-88267-08457-7 and "sell by" date of Feb. 22, 2010 A. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 346-1981.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2840

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 27, 2009.

Melon Acres announced the recall of cantaloupes distributed through Farm-Wey Produce of Lakeland, FL due to potential health concerns. The cantaloupes were shipped August 13th and 14th and were identified as 41 MG 10, Bin Numbers 4753-4980. These bins were distributed to Aldi's in Greenwood, IN and Meijer in Lansing, MI, Newport, MI, and Tipp City, OH. The recall was issued following a testing on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed one of a sample of twenty cantaloupes taken by that Agency tested positive for Salmonella. The FDA reported the positive test to Melon Acres on Friday, August 21, 2009. As of this date, there have been no reports of illness. Further, the FDA and Melon Acres identified the field in which the contaminated sample was grown. No further shipments will be made from the source field. Melon Acres is currently working with the FDA to identify the source of contamination.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2839

The following egg, milk, and wheat allergy alert is from the FAAN on August 20, 2009.

Van’s International Foods is recalling “Van’s All Natural Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes” due to undeclared egg, milk, and wheat. The product was distributed in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. The 12.4-oz. package bears lot number 200060629B1, UPC 0-89947-60604-9, and “best if used by” date of March 30, 2010. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (303) 848-6013 or e-mail customerservice@vansintl.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2837

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on August 20, 2009.

Eastsun Foods IQF Broccoli and IQF Cauliflower: These products bear an unauthorized OU symbol and fraudulently appeared on a letter of certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2836

The following yoshon update is from the Star-k Keepingyoukurrent for July 2009..

Yoshon-Below is the Last packing date when one can asume the following items are Yoshon without any special designation:

  • Oats - July 26, 2009
  • Wheat (flour) and Barley - August 7, 2009
  • Malt - October 15, 2009
All items after the above packing dates must bear a Yoshon markig that is baked by an approved kosher certifying agency. Please note that this year, General Mills has decided to discontinue their Yoshon program which they used in previous years. Instead, all vendors who wish to offer Yoshon using GM flour needed for their Baltimore/Washington area kosher customers. Only those items that have Yoshon printed on the product is acceptable.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2835

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc on August 13, 2009.

We have been informed that area fruit and vegetable stores are now selling cucumbers from Israel. There is presently no problem with Shmittah on fresh cucumbers. However, if the produce is not under a reliable hashgacha, one is still required to take Terumah and Maaser. Israeli produce is usually identified by a sign or sticker on the fruit and/or vegetable. Consumers should always be careful when buying any produce and follow thru with the proper procedures when purchasing produce from Israel.
Ed. note: Kashrut.com has links to information on Teruma and Maaser on www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2834

The following allergy alert is from the FDA dated July 10, 2009.

Liberté Brand Products, St Hubert, Quebec, Canada announced that it is recalling all Liberté Méditerranée Wild Blackberry Yogourt 6 oz code dated Sept 02 distributed in the USA because it may contain undeclared walnuts and plums. Liberté Méditerranée Wild Blackberry yogourt was distributed nationwide. The product is packaged in a 6oz retail plastic container with the expiry code date of September 02 printed on the foil lid. The UPC Bar code is 0 65684 65434 5. Liberté initiated the recall on August 11th 2009, when the company received an email from a consumer that found that containers labelled as Liberté Wild Blackberry yogourt actually contained the Liberté Méditerranée Plum and Walnut fruit preparation. Notwithstanding our internal quality safeguards, the Plum and Walnut filling was inadvertently put into the Wild Blackberry containers for some subset of this production run. The company has notified its distributors and retailers where the product was distributed and has asked that the products be removed from the shelves. Consumers who have Liberté Méditerranée Wild BlackBerry Yogourt 6oz should destroy the product and contact Liberté at 1-888-340-9306 x 0 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm EST) or via email at info@liberte.ca for a full refund.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2833

The following revised kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Buffalo on August 5, 2009.

Mendel's Restaurant located on Queen St. in Niagara Falls Canada is no longer under the BVK.
Ed. note: The restaurant is certified by Rabbi Zalman Zaltzman, Chabad-Lubavitch Shliach in Niagara.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2827

The following kashrus alert from the OK on July 10, 2009.

Please be advised that ROYAL CANDY COMPANY Brooklyn, NY has been distributing tootsie roll midgies, vanilla caramels, other soft candies with an unauthorized OK symbol. Only the hard candies are certified by OK Kosher Certification Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2832
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