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The following Canadian health consumer advisory is from the CFIA on October 30, 2008.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Hershey Canada are advising the public that certain Hershey chocolate products previously recalled on November 12, 2006, have been found for sale in a small number of independent retail outlets in the Etobicoke and North York areas of Toronto, Ontario. This advisory does not involve any products in Halloween packaging.
The CFIA believes that some Hershey products recalled in 2006 re-entered the marketplace through improper channels and reached a number of local, independent distributors, who are supplying small variety stores in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Consumers in the GTA are advised to check the codes on all Hershey products in their possession and before purchasing to ensure they do not bear codes that begin with numbers ranging from 6417 to 6455 inclusively. No other product is affected. The CFIA advises all retailers and wholesalers to check their Hershey chocolate products and remove any product with affected codes from distribution immediately.
Various Hershey chocolate products manufactured by Hershey Canada Inc. bearing codes beginning with numbers ranging from 6417 to 6455 inclusively were recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. For a complete list of recalled products from November 2006 visit the CFIA web site at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2006/20061112e.shtml .

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The following change in supervision alert is from the Queen's Vaad on October 31, 2008.

Please be advised that Haim's International Health Foods, located at 141-04 77th Rd.Flushing, NY, is no longer under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. They are now under the supervision of the Buhkarian Rabbinical Council.

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The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Seattle on October 30, 2008.

Due to kashrut violations, the kosher certification of Teapot Vegetarian House in Redmond, WA has been suspended, effective October 30, 2008 until further notice.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2546

The following revised kashrus alert is from the OU on October 30, 2008.

The Jelly Belly Candy Company- Fairfield, CA has incorrectly represented the following products (sold in bulk bins) as being OU certified:

  • Swedish Fish candy
The Jelly Belly Candy Company has incorrectly represented the above product (sold in bulk bins) as being OU certified. Corrective action has been taken. Please note that Cinnamon Imperial candy and Lemon Drops candy, which were the subject of a Kashruth Alert released on October 27, 2008, are in fact OU certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2544

The following change in supervision is from the Kosher Miami on October 27, 2008.

Please be advised that effective October 27, 2008, Kikar Tel Aviv, 5001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL is no longer certified by Kosher Miami.
Ed. note: Kikar Tel Aviv is now certified by OK Kosher Certification

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2545

The following kashrus alert is from the cRc on October 27, 2008.

Effective immediately, all products manufactured by Flavor Shakes, Inc, are no longer under the certification of the cRc, even when bearing the cRc on the label. This includes products under the “7 in 1 Cookie Kit” label and “Chef Select” Bread Dipping Sauce.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2543

The following kashrus notice is from the Atlanta Kashrus Commission on October 24, 2008.

The Cake Company, 2191-B Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, is in the process of relocating and opening a café (non-kosher) at another location. The AKC will be discontinuing certification of the Cake Company as of November 1, 2008.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2542

The following kashrus alert is from the K'hal Adath Jeshurun on October 24, 2008.

The following statement is from KAJ: "We remind the public that K’hal Adath Jeshurun (“KAJ”) terminated its supervision of Agriprocessors (Rubashkin, Aaron’s Best) effective April 16, 2008. Only those products produced prior to April 16, 2008 are under the supervision of our Rabbinate. Recently, certain Agriprocessors products have appeared bearing our label. We have no knowledge as to whether those products were produced before or after April 16, 2008."
Ed. note: Products bearing an OU are under the OU.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2541

The following South African kashrus notice is from the UOS on October 12, 2008.

Some boxes of Kellogg's Rice Krispies have been labeled as milchik, in error. The product remains Parev. Kellogg’s have apologised for the error and will correct it in their next print run.
Ed. note: Kellogg's Ric Krispies in the United States are pareve when bearing a K are under the Rabbinical Council of New England.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2540

The following Canadian health alert is from the CFIA on October 14, 2008.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume no name brand all-purpose flour because the product may contain excessively high levels of folic acid, iron, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
The affected product, no name brand all-purpose flour, is sold in 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) bags bearing lot codes beginning with 125J and UPC 0 60383 01375 2. This product has only been distributed in Ontario to the following stores: No Frills, Cash and Carry, Freshmart, Fortinos, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws, Independents, Valu-Mart and Your Independent Grocer. If the lot code is not evident, consumers are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have the affected product.
The flour has a normal light beige colour when dry, but may turn yellow-orange when mixed with water. Based on normal levels of consumption for products made from this flour (such as bread), symptoms of flushing of the skin (red colour, warm feeling and/or itching), as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea could be experienced from the iron and niacin. Consumers are advised not to consume the flour or any products made with the flour, regardless of the quantity used. Consumers are advised to consult their physician if they have medical concerns.
The manufacturer, Prairie Flour Mills Ltd., Elie, Manitoba, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2539
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