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The following South African kashrus alert is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on February 27, 2009.

The Chocolate Den in the Glendower Shopping Center sells both kosher and non-kosher products. A number of kosher certificates (some outdated) are displayed which may give the impression that the store is under Beth Din supervision. The Beth Din advises that this store is not under supervision and takes no responsibility for the kashrut of products in this store. Consumers are advised to shop with discretion.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2671

The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on March 2, 2009.

The Star-K has discovered that ingredients used in some Star-K certified Caljava Cake Decorations (Sweet Inspirations and Payless brands) were manufactured on dairy non-cholov Yisroel equipment. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2670

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on February 26, 2009.

Skittles Candy Fan, UPC# 6 09454 61492 6 and Skittles Dry Erase Message Board, UPC# 6 09454 61501 5, Candyrific- Louisville, KY: An unauthorized OU-D symbol was inadvertently placed on these products' labels. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2669

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on February 26, 2009.

Brands: Newland / or other brands manufactured by Zhejiang Zhongda Newland Co., Ltd.
Their Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Bok Choy bear an unauthorized OU symbol and are not certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2668

The following kashrus alert is from the Kof-K on February 24, 2009.

A limited number of the following products from JOEY'S FINE FOODS, INC. mistakenly bear the KOF-K PARVE symbol.

  • CARROT CAKE JUMBO 5OZ
  • DOUBLE FUDGE CAKE JUMBO 5OZ
  • MINI BLACK & WHITE 9OZ
These products contain dairy ingredients and are certified KOF-K DAIRY.
Consumers have that have purchased these mislabeled products can return them to the place of purchae for a full refund.
Corrective action has been taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2666

The following kashrus advisory is from the OK on February 24, 2009 .


Please be advised that Arrowhead Mills Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour in 2 lbs.bags with a lot code of 06OCT09 produced by Arrowhead Mills has been found to contain a undeclared dairy allergyin. The product has been recalled.
Individual packages of the product with a Best By date of 06OCT09A1 and a time stamp between 8:12 and 10:12 A.M.should be considered as dairy (and should therefore not be used to bake bread or pareve dishes).

The following milk allergy alert is from the FDA on February 20, 2009 .


Arrowhead Mills, Inc., Hereford, TX announced that it is taking the precautionary measure of recalling Arrowhead Mills Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour (2 lbs.) with a lot code of 06OCT09 because of the possibility of the presence of an undeclared dairy allergen in a limited number of bags within this lot. The lot code is located on the right side of the upper front panel of the individual bag of flour. No other lot codes of this product or any other Arrowhead Mills products are affected in any way and there have been no reported illnesses.
Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein run the potential risk of a health problem or illness if they consume this product.
The recalled product was distributed to natural food stores nationwide. Arrowhead Mills is working with distributors to actively recover any affected product remaining on store shelves.
Arrowhead Millsฎ Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour (2 lbs.)
Unit UPC code # 74333-47242
Lot code: 06OCT09
Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged to return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall may call the company at 1-800-749-0730, Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm Mountain Time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2659

The following kashrus alert is from Rabbi Mendel Gurkow of Shaloh House, Stoughton on February 24, 2009 .

In consultation with Rabbi Sendor, Rabbi Gurkow will continue to oversee the Hashgacha at Shalom Tel Aviv in Stoughton. Please disregard earlier announcement.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2665

The following health alerts from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on February 23, 2009 .

STATEMENT FROM AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER PATRICK HOOKER Regarding the Suspension of the Ahava Cheese Plant in Ogdensburg "It is unfortunate that one of our dairy processing facilities is suspended from operation, however recent inspections found its products to have excessive levels of bacteria and coliform, as well as containing non-food grade oil. In addition, Ahavaโ€™s facility and equipment are in extreme disrepair, posing further potential contamination.
"The action taken today is effective immediately and stops all cheese processing and distribution at the Ogdensburg plant. Department inspectors have already seized over 25,000 pounds of cheese unfit for consumption, and all other product will be held until a determination is made that it is not adulterated. While Ahava only sold its products in bulk, the Department is committed to identifying any retail outlets that may have received Ahava products to assure the safety of the product.
"Since all operations at the Ogdensburg plant are currently suspended, we have notified the New York State Department of Labor of the possible job loss. The Department of Labor will take steps to provide services to all impacted employees."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2664

The following soy allergy alert is from the FDA on February 20, 2009 .

Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, San Diego, CA is issuing a precautionary recall of the 5-ounce variety of Genova solid light tuna in olive oil. Due to a production error, the product is mislabeled and contains albacore tuna in soybean oil with vegetable broth that contains soy. Tri-Union Seafoods' trace-back measures determined distribution of the product at retail was limited to 900 cases - the vast majority of which were distributed to the Northeast (two cases were distributed to Publix stores in the Southeast). The 5-ounce variety of Genova solid light tuna in olive oil was distributed in January and February. Consumers who purchased the 5-ounce variety of Genova solid light tuna in olive oil with the UPC code 4800013265, "Best By Date 10/17/12" and product code DEHAH 1A225 or DEHBH 1A225 are asked to return it to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. The UPC code (also known as bar code) is found on the side of the can and the best by date and product code are ink jet printed on the bottom of the can. Consumers looking for additional information, please call 1-877-843-6376.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2663

The following kashrus alert is from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission on February 20, 2009.

Dum Dum lollipops from Spangler Corporation with a "K" or OU on them are acceptable. Chewy Dum Dums from Brazil are not kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2662
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