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The following kashrus alert is from the OU on March 25, 2015.

Premier Parchment Paper, Premier Food Packaging, Brooklyn NY: The OU does not certify Premier Parchment Paper. The OU symbol on this product is not authorized. Corrective measures are being implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4930

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 24, 2015.

Watsonville, CA — This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Superior Foods, Inc., organic frozen spinach suppliers that Superior Foods, Inc., may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Product was distributed Nationwide at Target retail stores.

Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach 10-oz steam in bag

  • DPCI # (Department, Class, Item.) 270-00-0663
    UPC Code - 85239 00663
    Production Date Code and Best By Code
    4360SF3 through 7 J1 Best By 26/06/2016
    4360SF3 through 7 J2 Best By 26/06/2016
    5026SF4 through 8 J1 Best By 26/07/2016
    5026SF4 through 8 J2 Best By 26/07/2016
    5051SF2 through 4 J1 Best By 20/08/2016
    5051SF2 through 4 J2 Best By 20/08/2016

Consumers who have any of the product identified are urged to dispose it, or return it to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or full refund.
Consumers with questions may call 1-866-672-0811 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4929

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 23, 2015.

Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington is recalling the following products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

  • Cadia Organic Cut Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages
    UPC 15369 01165
    Package code: 23424
    Product distributed only in California
  • Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages
    UPC 41250 02362
    Package code: BEST BY FEB 2017 50415
    Distributed to warehouses in MI, OH, and WI
  • Wild Harvest Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages
    UPC 11535 50170
    Package code: SELL BY 08.DEC.2016 L084WE, Distributed to warehouses in AZ, CA, WA
    Package code: SELL BY 22.JAN.2017 A225WE, Distributed to warehouses in PA and VA
    Package code: SELL BY 30.JAN.2017 A305WE, Distributed to warehouses in DE, ME, PA, and VA
    Package code: SELL BY 04.MAR.2017 C045WE, Distributed to warehouses in ME and PA
  • Wegmans Organic Just Picked Spinach, 12 oz. frozen packages
    UPC 77890 32932
    Package code: BEST USED BY JAN.26.2017 50265, Distributed to warehouses in NY and PA
    Package code: BEST USED BY FEB.02.2017 50335, Distributed to warehouses in NY and PA

The Recalled Product was supplied to Twin City Foods by Coastal Green Vegetable Company LLC of Oxnard, CA which initiated a recall of the bulk spinach on March 20, 2015 due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Twin City Foods immediately notified all affected customers and initiated recalls of the retail packages on March 20, 2015.

Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged to not consume the product and immediately return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the retailer at which they purchased the affected product.

Consumers with any questions may contact Mark Hubbard at (804) 385-3772 Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, or email to mhubbard@mwcllc.com.


The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4926

The following kashrus advisory is from the OU on March 19, 2015.

Salad Bar Creamy Italian Dressing, Supreme Oil, Englewood NJ: The Orthodox Union certifies Salad Bar Creamy Italian Dressing as an OU Pareve product. The ingredient panel mistakenly lists dairy ingredients.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4928

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 22, 2015.

Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 73,897 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the products identified on Attachment A. This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers that Amy’s may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products were distributed to stores nationwide in the United States and in Canada.
Consumers who have any of the products identified in the chart above are urged to dispose them or return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers may also call Amy’s at (707) 781-7535 [Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Pacific)].
A list of the recalled products is at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm439397.htm

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4927

The following health alert is from the CFIA on March 22, 2015.

The food recall warning issued on March 20, 2015, has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.
Nador Inc. is recalling cumin-containing products from the marketplace because they contain almond which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to almond should not consume the recalled products described below. A list of the recalled products and label pictures is at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2015-03-22/eng/1427053021407/1427053025008.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4925

The following kashrus alert is from the OK on March 23, 2015.

Please be advised that while OK Kosher certifies many Snapple products, not all are Kosher certified.
Snapple Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink is no longer certified.
This includes Regular and Diet.
Consumers are urged to check for the OK symbol before purchasing any products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4924

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 21, 2015.

Nutiva, an Organic Superfoods company, has initiated a voluntary product recall of the following O’Coconut™ products after being notified by supplier that samples of a raw material in this product have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The affected products include:

Product #DescriptionPackagingUnit UPCDisplay UPCMaster Case UPCLot CodeExp Date
BAR312O'Coconut™ ClassicSingles/Bag of 86-92752-10557-9N/A6-92752-10558-618FEB15L18 FEB 16
BAR202O'Coconut™ Hemp & ChiaSingles/Caddy of 246-92752-10502-96-92752-10503-66-92752-10386-524FEB15L24 FEB 16
BAR302O'Coconut™ Classic Singles/Caddy of 246-92752-10500-56-92752-10501-26-92752-10385-820FEB15L20 FEB 16

The latter two items (BAR202 & BAR302) were distributed via Nutiva.com or as samples only.

Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact (800) 993-4367 or email help@nutiva.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4923

The following insect infestation alert are from the Star-K on March 20, 2015.

Please note that due to current insect infestation brought about by the changing seasons, many of the Star-K bagged lettuces that normally bear the Star-K symbol are not currently passing our mashgiach's inspection. These bags do not bear a Star-K symbol. This includes both romaine and iceberg lettuces. Consumers are urged to check bagged lettuce carefully for the Star-K symbol to ensure the lettuce has been checked and is certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4921

The following shmitta alert are from the Star-K and the MK on March 20, 2015.

Star-K: Please be aware that carrots from Israel are being sold in the Baltimore area and across the U.S. The packages state "Product of Israel." These carrots may have Kedushas Shviis and require special care. If you bought them, and still have them in your possession, contact your local Orthodox rabbi for further guidance.
Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by Star-K and produce sold there does not have this issue

MK: Please be advised that fruit and vegetables grown in Israel are now being sold in stores across Quebec. Due to the special halachic implications pertaining to these products, please ask your rabbi for guidance.

Informatioon on Shmitta can be found at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA including links to charts with timing of when fruits achieve shmitta status.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A4920
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