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The following British kashrus alert is from the London Beth Din on June 1, 2007.

The June 2007 Update incorporating all alerts, changes and additions to The Really Jewish Food Guide 2007, has now been posted on the LBD website. To view this Update, click the link www.kosher.org.uk/updates.htm

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2072

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on on June 1, 2007.

Please note that a batch of product was made by Woolwich Dairy which was not up to COR kashruth standards and, therefore, the COR symbol was blocked. Always check for COR products.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2071

The following Canadian kashrus alert is from the COR on on June 1, 2007.

Oxford Frozen IQF Diced Onions was inadvertently labeled with an unauthorized COR. This product is not kosher certified. It is being recalled.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2070

The following revised kashrus notice is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on June 1, 2007.

Bulldog Bakery located at 3207 N. Elston, Chicago, IL, produces cakes and pastries that are certified cRc Dairy (non-cholov Yisroel). Please note, however, that the retail bakery is NOT under cRc certification and the breads and rolls are not certified by the cRc. Only those packaged cakes and pastries bearing the cRc-D logo are approved by the cRc.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2068

The following health alert is from the FDA on May 25, 2007.
nSpired Natural Foods of San Leandro, California is voluntarily recalling all MaraNatha Sesame Tahini in 16-oz sizes with a Use By Date of 04/11/08 and earlier, and 15-lb and 32-lb sizes with an expiration date of 01/05/08 (lot 07130) and earlier, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. MaraNatha Sesame Tahini was distributed nationally through distributors, retail stores, and mail order. MaraNatha Sesame Tahini comes in a 16-oz glass jar, and 15-lb and 32-lb pails. Products affected are Organic Raw Sesame Tahini, Organic Roasted Sesame Tahini, Natural Raw Sesame Tahini and Natural Roasted Sesame Tahini. No other products produced by the company, which include Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter and Macadamia Nut Butter, are affected by this action. Consumers who have purchased MaraNatha Sesame Tahini are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-883-8312.

The following health alert is from the FDA on May 22, 2007.

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 365 Organic Everyday Value Sesame Tahini 16-oz, with a Best By Date of 10/02/07 or earlier because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 365 Organic Everyday Value Sesame Tahini was distributed nationally through Whole Foods Market retail stores. The product comes in a 16-oz glass jar with the UPC number 0009948240599. The Best By Date is located on the top of the lid of the jar, any Best By Date of 10/02/07 or earlier is being recalled. No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased 365 Organic Everyday Value Sesame Tahini can return it to Whole Foods Market for a full refund. Questions may be directed to the Company by calling (512) 477-5566 x20656 or via email at privatelabel.customerservice@wholefoods.com.

The following health alert is from the FDA on May 10, 2007.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume MaraNatha brand Organic Raw Sesame Tahini described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product, MaraNatha brand Organic Raw Sesame Tahini, No Salt, a product of USA, is sold in 340 g jars bearing UPC 0 51651 09327 9 and Use By date 07/27/07 (July 27, 2007). This product has been distributed nationally.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2055

The following kashrus alert is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on May 25, 2007.

Please note that the cRc does not recommend flavored coals for barbeque and flavored wood chips without reliable hashgacha.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2067

The following health alert is from the FDA on May 24, 2007.

R.A.B. Food Group, LLC, Secaucus, NJ is recalling the following products

  • Manischewitz Sparkling Concord Grape Juice (UPC# 72700-05361) All Lot Codes
  • Manischewitz Sparkling Niagara Grape Juice (UPC# 72700-05362) All Lot Codes
Several bottles have been found to be fermenting which will cause additional pressure in the bottle. This may lead to the popping of the cap or rupturing of the bottle. There have been several incidents of rupturing bottles which could pose a hazard from broken glass. Immediate disposal of the product is warranted and should be done in a careful manner. There is no health risk posed from consuming the product and no consumer who has ingested the product is at any risk of illness or bad effects. The recalled product has been distributed to retail stores throughout the United States and Canada. Consumers that purchased any of the above products may contact R.A.B. Food Group, LLC for a full refund with proof of purchase. Consumers with questions about the recall or seeking a refund should call 1-201-453-5200.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2066

The following is a response to British News Stories from the London Beth Din on May 14, 2007.

"Articles have recently appeared in the national press concerning the use of whey derived from animal rennet in Masterfoods confectionery. We have been aware for many years that whey can be a by product of cheese-making and that, even today, animal rennet can be used in cheese manufacture. Since whey derived from this source contains only trace amounts of rennet, it is permitted according to halacha. There is therefore no problem with any of the Masterfoods products that are currently on the London Beth Din approved list.";
To access the Kosher Product List go to www.theUS.org.uk.

The following is a response from the OU to questions received based on British news stories posted on May 17, 2007.

Recent news reports have indicated that various Masterfoods/ Mars products produced in Europe were reformulated to contain Animal Rennet. This change does not affect any of the Masterfoods/ Mars products produced in the USA and Canada under OU certification (ed. note: these products bear an OU or OU-D symbol).

The following notice was received from Kosher Austraila on May 24, 2007.
Please note that Masterfoods/Mars products in Australia/New Zealand are kosher certified by Kosher Australia and do not contain any animal rennet derived whey powder.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2060

The following kashrus alert is from the Vaad of Flatbush on May 7, 2007 with clarification from the OU on May 10, 2007 and additional information from the Vaad Hakashrus of Lakewood on May 18, 2007.

Effective immediately the Vaad of Flatbush is no longer responsible for the kashrus at Circa Express, 503 Kings Highway, Brooklyn NY due to kashrus and policy violations.

Ed. note: This store has no relation to the 2 OU Certified Circa-NY restaurants located at : 22 West 33rd Street and 5 Dey Street, NY, NY and the Circa in Lakewood, NJ which is under the supervision of the Vaad Hakashrus of Lakewood.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2050

The following kashrus alert is from Blue Ribbon Kosher on May 16, 2007.

Cascadian Farms Organic Sherbet, all 4 flavors: Harvest Berry, Orange, Rainbow, and Wild Strawberry, under Blue Ribbon Kosher supervision and bearing the Blue Ribbon Kosher symbol, contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the "D" Stam designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.
Areas affected:

  • North/South Carolina: Ingles Markets and Bilo Stores.
  • Midwest: Lund ’s, Byerly’s, Hy-Vee and Kowalski’s stores.
  • Northern California: Whole Foods stores.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A2062
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