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The following worldwide health alert is from the FDA on August 13, 2007.

Gilchrist & Soames, an Indianapolis-based provider of toiletry products for the hotel industry, has initiated a worldwide voluntary recall of its Gilchrist & Soames 0.65oz/18ml toothpaste manufactured in China for the company by Ming Fai Enterprises International Co., LTD, after independent tests showed some samples of the toothpaste contained diethylene glycol, or DEG.
Hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Barbados, Dominican Republic or Turks & Caicos that received the recalled toothpaste from the company's United States distribution center, and those located in the U.K., Ireland, Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the UAE serviced by the company's U.K. distribution center, are being asked to destroy any remaining inventory. Hotel guests, who may have received the recalled toothpaste from hotels in any of these countries, should safely dispose of it. Gilchrist & Soames U.S. headquarters (1-866-587-6542) that hotel guests may call if they desire more information about the recall. The European Union Web address for further information about toothpaste manufactured in China is http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/dyna/rapex/rapex_archives_en.cfm..

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2139

The following British kashrus alert is from the www.kosher.org.uk/updates.htm on August 10, 2007.

Supermarket own brand Vegetarian Burgers and Quarter Pounders are no longer kosher approved. The following products are affected:

  • ASDA Vegetarian Burgers
  • Morrisons Vegetarian Burgers
  • Sainsbury's Meatfree Burgers
  • Sainsbury's Meatfree Quarter Pounders
  • Tesco Vegetarian Burgers
  • Tesco Vegetarian Chargrilled Quarter Pounders
The remainder of the Vegetarian Sausages, Lincolnshire Sausages, Garlic Kievs and Mince which are listed in the Guide continue to be approved.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2138

The following revised kashrus alert is from the cRc and confirmed by the OU on August 10, 2007.

Nature Valley Granola Bites are not certified by the OU. A number of Nature Valley Granola Bars are certified by the OU, and bear the OU symbol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2135

The London Beth Din August 2008 Update has now been posted on their website at www.kosher.org.uk/updates.htm.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2137

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 7, 2007.

Donnamax Inc., Brooklyn, NY, has initiated a voluntary recall of the following brands of toothpaste made in China:

  • DentaPro brand CAVITY FIGHTING FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE, FRESH SPEARMINT FLAVOR, NET WT. 6.4 oz. - Item No. 9112, UPC 8 71290 00062 5, and
  • Bright Max Toothpaste, NET WT. 6.4 oz. - Item No. 9111
This recall has been initiated because the products may contain diethylene glycol (DEG), also known as "diglycol". The FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisoning from toothpaste containing DEG. However, the agency is concerned about potential risks from chronic exposure to DEG in certain populations, such as children and individuals with kidney or liver disease. DEG in toothpaste has a low but meaningful risk of toxicity and injury to these populations. Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but FDA is concerned about unintentional swallowing or ingestion of tooth paste with DEG.
CONSUMERS WHO HAVE THE PRODUCTS SHOULD STOP USING THEM, AND RETURN THEM TO THE PLACE OF PURCHASE, OR THROW THEM AWAY. The toothpaste products were sold to retail stores located in the states of NY, PA, MA, MI, OH, IL, MI, SC, GA, FL, and ID. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Retailers should immediately examine their inventory for the recalled brands of toothpaste, remove them from sale, destroy any units found, and report the quantity destroyed on the response form to Donnamax Inc. as soon as possible.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2136

The following South African kashrus alert is from the UOS on August 3, 2007.

Spar Margerine brick is Milchik and not Parev as stated previously. Spar Margerine tubs are also Milchik.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2134

The following health alert is from the FDA on August 3, 2007.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain brands of French Cut Green Beans in 14.5 ounce cans manufactured by Lakeside Foods Inc, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin because the product may not have been processed adequately to eliminate the potential for botulism toxin.
The affected Lakeside cut green beans are sold nationwide under the following labels: Albertson's, Happy Harvest, Best Choice, Food Club, Bogopa, Valu Time, Hill Country Fare, HEB, Laura Lynn, Kroger, No Name, North Pride, Shop N Save, Shoppers Valu, Schnucks, Cub Foods, Dierbergs, Flavorite, IGA, Best Choice and Thrifty Maid. The specific codes (top line of can code) involved are: EAA5247, EAA5257, EAA5267, EAA5277, EAB5247, EAB5257, ECA5207, ECA5217, ECA5227, ECA5297, ECB5207, ECB5217, ECB5227, ECB5307.
Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should dispose of them immediately. If the code on an affected can is missing or unreadable, consumers should throw the product out. Lakeside Foods recommends that consumers with any questions or concerns about the recall should call the company at 800-466-3834 ext. 4090.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2133

The following revised kashrus alert is from the OK Organized Kosher Ceritfication on August 13, 2007.

Please be advised that the OK Kosher Certification does not certify California Nuggets Roasted Salted Gourmet Corn or any other products produced by Golden West nuts, Inc. Ripon, CA. These products bear an unauthorized OK symbol. These products are not OK certified.

ed note: This product is certified by Rabbi Chiswald.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2132

The following South African kashrus alert is from the UOS on July 31, 2007.

Beacon Sparkles Summer Berries have been erroneously marked with the Beth Din logo . These are not kosher. Beacon have apologised for the error and have removed the logo, but some old stock still remains on supermarket shelves.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2130

The following health alert is from the FDA on July 29, 2007.

Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat fresh ginger imported from China after the California Department of Pesticide Regulations residue monitoring program detected the presence of aldicarb sulfoxide in some batches of imported ginger. Aldicarb sulfoxide is a pesticide that is not approved for use on ginger.
The product is known to have been distributed to Albertson's stores and Save Mart stores in northern California by Christopher Ranch of Gilroy, California. Consumers who may have purchased this product from Albertson's stores and Save Mart stores in northern California should discard it.
Symptoms of aldicarb poisoning in humans are likely to occur within the first hour following exposure. Ingestion of foods contaminated with aldicarb at low levels can cause flu-like symptoms (nausea, headache, blurred vision) which disappear quickly, usually within 5 or 6 hours. However, at higher levels, ingestion of aldicarb contaminated food can also cause dizziness, salivation, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle stiffness and twitching, and difficulty in breathing. Individuals who may have consumed this product and have any of the above symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2129
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