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The following health alert is from the FDA on April 7, 2009.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today warned consumers not to eat Strubs Norwegian Style Sliced Smoked Steelhead Salmon in 300 gram packages because of potential contamination with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. L. monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death.
Distributed by West Side Foods Inc. of Bronx, N.Y., the smoked steelhead salmon was imported from Canada, and 13 cartons were sold to three kosher retail stores in New York and Maryland.
The Strubs brand Norwegian Style Sliced Smoked Steelhead Salmon was distributed in cartons containing vacuum-packed 300 gram packages bearing UPC code 0 71217 69997 4, registration number "0609", and stickers with a code date of 03MA09. There is no production date on the individual packages. There are 24 individual-300 gram packages per carton.

The following health alert is from the CFIA on March 31, 2009.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Niagara Smoked Fish Limited are warning the public not to consume certain brands of Smoked Salmon and Grav-Lox because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products described below, bearing the registration number 0609, are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC
Strubs Bagelox Norwegian Style Sliced
Smoked Steelhead Salmon
56 g
(2 oz)
0 71217 69999 8
Strubs Norwegian Style Sliced
Smoked Steelhead Salmon
300 g
(10.4 oz)
0 71217 69997 4
Strubs Scottish Style Sliced
Smoked Atlantic Salmon
300 g
(10.4 oz)
0 71217 69975 2
Strubs Danish Style Sliced
Smoked Grav-Lox Steelhead Salmon
300 g
(10.4 oz)
0 71217 69991 2
Niagara Smoked
Fish Ltd.
Steelhead Salmon Cold Smoked Sliced 454 g 6 28063 04457 3
Niagara Smoked
Fish Ltd.
Steelhead Salmon 300 g 6 28063 04300 2
Niagara Smoked
Fish Ltd.
Atlantic Salmon 85 g 6 28063 01003 5
Niagara Smoked
Fish Ltd.
Atlantic Salmon 454 g 6 28063 01016 5
Ocean Jewel Smoked Atlantic Salmon, sliced (party pack) 300 g 0 59371 77356 3

These products have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.
The manufacturer, Niagara Smoked Fish Limited of Mississauga, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
Ed. note: These products bear a COR 468.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2698

The following health alert is from the FDA on April 3, 2009 .

Stonyfield Farm, Londonderry, NH is conducting a voluntary recall of Fat Free Plain Quarts in Stonyfield Farm branded containers limited to specific dates. The products are being recalled because they may contain a presence of food grade sanitizer. Affected products are limited to Stonyfield Farm 32 ounce Fat Free Plain yogurt UPC # 52159 00006 carrying one of the following product codes printed along the cup bottom that start with the following date codes:

  • May 06 09 Time stamped 22:17 thru 23:59 (limited to these specific time stamps only)
  • May 07 09 All time stamps
Approximately 44,000 quarts were distributed to retail accounts nationally.
We have received several reports of people noticing an off-taste when eating the product. We have received no reports of illness of any kind after consuming the product.
The issue was a result of human error in not following our Company’s standard operating procedures. Stonyfield has taken all the necessary corrective action to prevent this from occurring again.
Consumers are advised not to consume the product and to return opened and unopened containers to the store where it was purchased. Anyone returning these products will be reimbursed for the full value of their purchase. Customers with questions should contact Stonyfield Farm Consumer Relations at 1-800-Pro-Cows (776-2697) or visit our website at www.stonyfield.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2703

The following kashrus alert is from cRc on April 3, 2009.

Several stores around the U.S. sell various prepared salads under the certification of the cRc. Please be aware that not all of these salads are certified kosher, and are only certified by the cRc if the cRc logo appears on each individual container.
Some of these salads contain dairy ingredients, and there is indeed a “cRc D” logo on the label. However, the “D” on some of these labels may be small and might be overlooked. In particular, there is a potato salad sold at Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart that is labeled as such. Please make certain to check each label carefully before purchasing.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2702

The following kashrus notice is from cRc on April 2, 2009.

AMIT Women distributed a pizza crust kit under the "Dean Jacobs" label. It originally contained several components including a sauce, pizza crust mix and spices and was all packed in one box which had a cRc–D sticker on it. Some of these boxes may have been opened, separating the different items, but all of these components are under cRc certification even though the cRc is only on the main outside box.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2701

The following shmitta alert is from cRc on April 2, 2009.

For those that do not rely on the Heter Mechira, please be aware that the persimmons from Israel are from shemittah and past the time of biur so you cannot eat them, buy them, return them or do anything else with them other than let them rot and then throw them out.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2700

The following kashrus alert is from Houston Kashrus on April 1, 2009.

Effective immediately Kroger's in-store baked tortillas are not certified as kosher. Existing product with the green scroll HKA sticker are fine. Notification will be sent when the matter is resolved.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2699

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on March 26, 2009.

Please be advised that As of April 1, 2009, OK Kosher Certification will no longer certify Philadelphia Spinach and Artichoke Cream Cheese Spread and Athenos Artichoke & Garlic Hummus Spread. These products will be labeled without the OK or OK D symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2697

The following kashrus alert is from a reader and confirmed by Trader Joes on March 26, 2009.

Trader Joe's Indian Fare Yellow & Dal Basmati Rice and Trader Joes's Indian Fare Thali Aloo Matar are mislabeled as Pareve. They are dairy as indicated by the ingredient list.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2695

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on March 25, 2009.

Smart Balance Omega Buttery Spread made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, GFA: A limited amount of this certified product has been erroneously distributed with lids from the Light Omega Buttery Spread which bear an OU Pareve designation. While the Light variety is certified pareve, the regular Omega Buttery Spread contains dairy ingredients. Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2694

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Denver on March 24, 2009 .

Lea's Kosher Café, located at 1535 S. Havana St., Unit M, Aurora, CO 80012, has closed down.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2693
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