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The following change in certification is from the Kof-K on February 22, 2007.

Please note that Streit's Matzoh does not bear the KOF-K any longer. As of Jan 1, 2007 the KOF-K was no longer certifying Streits. Only those products that bear the KOF-K are certified by the KOF-K.
ed. note: These products are certified by Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1981

The following kashrus alert is from the CRC on February 21, 2007.

Several cities around the United States have a TCBY yogurt store, selling soft serve yogurt and other products. None of these stores were ever under the certification of the cRc, but for a period of time, the yogurt base was under the supervision of the cRc.
However, while the stores are still in operation, the manufacturer of that product is no longer in business. Some stores are using a yogurt base under various other supervisions, but none are presently certified by the cRc. It is the responsibility of the individual consumer to inspect the kosher status of this and other products before each purchase.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1979

The following health alert is from the FDA on February 16, 2007.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers late Friday not to use certain jars of Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast baby food because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. The manufacturer, Hain Celestial Group of Melville, N.Y., initiated a recall on Feb. 9 of 4,072 cases of individual jars and 38,298 variety packs, the FDA said in a prepared statement. Production and distribution of the baby food has been suspended while the FDA and the company work to determine the source of the problem.
The food, part of the firm's "2nd Vegetables, Fruits and Blends" line intended for babies 6 months and older, was distributed through retail stores and sold through the Earth's Best Website, the FDA said The agency urged consumers to throw away any jars they might have.
The affected product was sold in single individual jars and in variety packs (which contains 4 jars of the apple peach barley in the pack along with other varieties). The food is part of the firm's "2nd Vegetables, Fruits and Blends" line intended for babies 6 months and older. The food was distributed through retail stores and sold through the Earth's Best website. If consumers have any of the specified jars in their home, they should not use it and destroy it immediately. The affected baby food is as follows:

Baby Food UPC Code Lid Expiration Date
Earth’s Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast (4.5 ounce jars) 23923-20223 PF6J14 NP EXP 14 SEP 08 A
Earth's Best Organic 2 Wholesome Breakfast Variety Pack (12 pack) 23923-20295   13 SEP 08
Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley (4.5 ounce jars within 12 pack) 23923-20223 PF6J14 NP EXP 14 SEP 08 A

Consumers who have questions should contact Hain Celestial Group at 1-800-434-4246.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1976

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on February 21, 2007.

America's Choice

  • Sixteen Bean Soup Mix with Ham Seasoning UPC #75480753595:
  • Sixteen Bean Soup Mix with Chili Seasoning UPC #754807535943
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company-Montvale, NJ: This product bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Individuals spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8148 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1977

The following health alert is from the FDA on February 20, 2007.

BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. today announced the voluntary recall of pre-packaged Wellsley Farms brand fresh mushrooms purchased between February 11 and February 19, 2007 due to a potential health risk.
Test results reported from a routine inspection of produce, showed the possible presence of trace amounts of E. coli from one lot code of Wellsley Farms brand sliced fresh mushrooms. Confirmatory testing is ongoing. Although BJ's has not received reports of illnesses, as a precautionary measure BJ's has removed from sale all potentially affected products.

  • Wellsley Farms fresh Sliced Mushrooms, 20 ounces -- SKU 016377
  • Wellsley Farms fresh White Mushrooms, 24 ounces -- SKU 016375
  • Wellsley Farms fresh Portabella Caps, 16 ounces -- SKU 016573
  • Wellsley Farms fresh Baby Bella Caps, 10 ounces -- SKU 016572
  • Wellsley Farms fresh White Mushrooms, 10 ounces -- SKU 016376
BJ's members who purchased Wellsley Farms brand fresh mushrooms between February 11 and February 19, 2007 should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to any BJ's Wholesale Club for a full refund. Consumers who have further questions may contact BJ's toll free Member Care line at 1-800-BJS-CLUB.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1978

The following kashrut alert is from the CRC on February 16, 2006.

Certain packages of Cheese Danish from Bagel Country, Skokie, IL, are dairy as indicated on the ingredient panel. However, the label mistakenly states that the product is pareve. The product is indeed cRc kosher/dairy, and is Cholov Yisroel, Pas Yisroel, and Yoshon. Future packages are being corrected.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1974

The following health alert is from FDA on Febuary 14, 2007.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected. If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected. Consumers with questions should contact ConAgra at 866-344-6970.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1973

The following kashrut alert is from BC Kosher on February 12, 2007.

We have been informed that Hunt's Thick & Rich Premium Pasta Sauce Four Cheese (680 ML) was erroneously labeled with the OK symbol. The product is NOT certified by the OK and is NOT kosher

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1972

The following kashrut alert is from the CRC on February 13, 2007.

Effective immediately, Healthy Treats, Manitowoc, WI, is no longer certified by the cRc. Any product still bearing the cRc may be used.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1971

The following kashrut alert is from the OU on February 9, 2007.

Brivais Vilnis Assorted Herring, Sprats, and Sardine Products imported byInterpage Inc. - Brooklyn, NY: These products are bearing an unauthorized OU symbol and are being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8148 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A1970
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