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The following kashrus alert was from the Vaad of Seattle on July 31, 2008

Effective immediately, Thomas Kemper Orange Crème Soda and Thomas Kemper Vanilla Crème Soda are now DAIRY (Chalav Stam) due to a reformulation, even if the dairy designation does not appear. All other Thomas Kemper Soda flavors (www.tksoda.com) remain parve. The company is aware of the problem and is working with the Seattle Va’ad to correct the labels.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2468

The following health alert was from the FDA on July 30, 2008

Laboratory testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that both a sample of serrano pepper and a sample of irrigation water collected by agency investigators on a farm in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico (business address is in Nuevo Leon, Mexico) contain Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint as the strain of bacteria that is causing the current outbreak in the United States.
As a result, until further notice, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid raw serrano peppers from Mexico, in addition to raw jalapeño peppers from Mexico, and any foods that contain them.
Previously, FDA inspectors collected a positive sample of jalapeño pepper from a produce-distribution center owned by Agricola Zaragosa in McAllen, Texas. The FDA continues to work on pinpointing where and how in the supply chain this first positive jalapeño pepper sample became contaminated. It originated from a different farm in Mexico than the positive samples of serrano pepper and irrigation water.
On July 17, the FDA announced it had determined that fresh tomatoes now available in the domestic market are not associated with the current outbreak. As a result, the agency removed its June 7 warning against eating certain types of red raw tomatoes.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2458

The following kashrus alert was the OU on July 30, 2008

Vita Herring in Real Sour Cream (32 oz), Vita Food Products- Chicago, IL: This certified product contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2467

The following kashrus alert was the OU on July 29, 2008

Cravin' Trail Mix, Frankford Foods- Philadelphia, PA: This certified product contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2466

The following kashrus alert was the cRc on July 28, 2008

Effective immediately, Brans Nut Co. & Wauconda Orchards, Wauconda, Illinois, packers of assorted nut products, is no longer certified by the cRc.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2465

The following health alert was the FDA on July 28, 2008

Vita Food Products, Inc., Chicago, IL is notifying the public that twelve individual packages of Vita Nova Salmon, were sold at Kroger stores in Houston, TX on or after July 22 of this year may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In addition, 192 individual packages of this same product have either possibly been sold or are being offered for sale at various grocery stores in the Avenol, New Jersey metropolitan area.
The product that is the subject of this public announcement and recall are packages (deep dark blue in color) of smoked salmon that bear the Vita logo in the upper left corner on the part of the packaging that is immediately visible to the consumer. Each package contains 4-10 bacon-style slices (total 3 oz.) of smoked salmon; the slices are contained in a vacuum pack within a box that is 4" wide by 7.5 " in length by 1/2 " in thickness. IMPORTANT: The Code Date of 11/16/08 198 is on the left end flap of each package. This announcement and recall only applies to packages that bear that CODE DATE.
If any consumer purchased a product with that CODE DATE from a retail store on or after July 22, 2008 he or she should not consume any of the Vita Nova Salmon product. Then, the Company asks that it be sealed in plastic bag or placed in some similar container and returned to the retailer from which it was purchased. The Company is asking that any person who has purchased the product with this CODE DATE call this telephone number 1-800-989-8482 . If you are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms such as those described above, go to an emergency room immediately or contact your physician for immediate advice.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2464

The following revised kashrus alert is from the OU on April 4, 2008 and and repeated on July 25, 2008 since this is a frozen product and may still be in the market.

Full Circle Assorted Frozen Shrimp Products, Topco Associates LLC- Skokie, IL: These products are bearing an unauthorized OU symbol and are not certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Corrective action is being taken. 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=A2351

The following kashrus alert was from the Kof-F on July 23, 2008

Please be advised that a very limited amount of TERRA KETTLES PESTO & SMOKED MOZZARELLA was mislabeled KOF-K PARVE. This product is DAIRY. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2463

The following kashrus alert was from the Kof-F on July 23, 2008

Please be advised that THE FRESH MARKET CHILI LIME TORTILLA CHIPS were mislabeled KOF-K PARVE. The product is in fact DAIRY. Corrective measures are being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2462

The following kashrus alert was from the Houston Kashruth Assn. on July 23, 2008

Super Pita (9806 Hillcroft, Houston, TX 713-723-6400) has opened a meat restaurant adjacent to the existing bakery. The bakery products produced at the bakery remain pareve. As of this writing, all other products prepared by Super Pita are either meat or have been produced on meat equipment:

  • All items containing meat are meat
  • The salads are prepared on meat equipment
  • French Fries are to be treated as meat
  • Falafel should be considered meat equipment
The HKA is are working with the owners of Super Pita to produce salads which are pareve. If you have any questions regarding the status of any product, please ask the mashgiach. If you have any further questions, please call Rabbi Urkowitz, 832-656-8194.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2461
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