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Food Recall Warning - Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Sweet Peas recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

April 23, 2016 from the CFIA:
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Sweet Peas from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold by Costco warehouse locations in British Colombia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Organic by Nature Sweet Peas - Organic (frozen) 2.5 kg Best by dates:
10.22.17
12.03.17
03.16.18
8 46358 00061 9
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Twin City Foods, Inc. Recalls Frozen Organic Peas And Mixed Vegetables Because Of Possible Health Risk

May 6 2016 from the FDA:
As part of the ongoing recall of CRF Frozen Foods vegetables, Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington is voluntarily recalling items containing organic peas it received from CRF Frozen Foods. These products include Central Market Organic Peas and Mixed Vegetables, HEB Organic Mixed Vegetables, Sweetfrost Mixed Vegetables, and Woodstock Organic Mixed Vegetables due to the potential for these products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
A list of recalled products is here.

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Food Recall Warning - Harmonie brand, IGA brand, Co-op brand, Western Family brand and unbranded frozen vegetable products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

May 7 2016 from the CFIA:
BC 126833300 is recalling Harmonie brand, IGA brand, Co-op brand, Western Family brand and unbranded frozen vegetable products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products. The list of products is here.

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Information on chometz achar Pesach

The following information is from a number of sources. There are also different opinions so I am posting the information with its source. Be reminded that in many communities, there is not a problem with chometz achar Pesach in the local kosher store whose chometz has been sold by the local vaad or rabbi.

  • May 2, 2016 - Rabbi Elazar M. Teitz sold the chometz for Shop Rite Supermarkets and Price Rite
  • The Kof-K has sold the chomets for Jethro/Restaurant Depot, and all Fairway stores under the KOF-K Kosher Supervision.
  • May 2, 2016 - The Badatz Btzedek Tikspoit (The Beth Din of HaRav Ch. Yisoel Belsky ZT"L has sold the chometz and Chometz containing products of C&S, a Jewish owned food distibutor that provides products to many supermarkets and stores. A copy of the letter is here.
    The following is a list of the top customers on the C & S website:
    (Please note that this does not apply to the individual stores but rather to the supplier/distributor known as C&S Wholesale Grocers. Individual stores require their own Chometz sale if they have Jewish owners.)
    • Big M
    • Key Food
    • Sav-Mor Markets
    • BI-LO
    • Kroger
    • Scolari's
    • Food 4 Less–Stockton
    • MainStreet Market
    • Shaw's
    • Food Town
    • Market Basket
    • Southeastern Grocers
    • Food World
    • Marsh Supermarkets
    • Star Market
    • Foodland–Hawaii
    • Nugget Markets
    • Stop & Shop
    • Giant–Carlisle
    • O'Malia's
    • Super Fresh
    • Giant–Landover
    • Pathmark
    • Target
    • Grand Union
    • Piggly Wiggly
    • Tops Friendly Markets
    • Harvey's
    • Walgreen's–Hawaii
    • Winn-Dixie
    • Holiday Quality Foods
    • Safeway
    The Food Emporium
    Food Basics
  • Chicago area: May 2, 2016 - From the cRc - The following CHICAGO AREA STORES are either owned by gentiles or have arranged to sell their chometz for Passover:
    All cRc certified stores, caterers and factories
    • Aldi's (All Locations)
    • The Animal Store (Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Anton's (Highland Park, IL)
    • Binny's Liquors (All Locations)
    • BJ's (All Locations)
    • City Fresh Market (Devon & Kedzie, Chicago, IL)
    • Costco (All Locations)
    • CVS Pharmacy (All Locations)
    • Dempster Fruit (Skokie, IL)
    • Dollar Tree Stores (All Locations)
    • Food 4 Less (All Locations)
    • Garden Fresh Market (All Locations)
    • Jerry's Market (Milwaukee Ave. & Oakton, Niles, IL)
    • Jewel (All Locations)
    • Kmart (All Locations)
    • Kroger (All Locations)
    • Lincolnwood Produce (Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Mariano's (All Locations)
    • Marketplace on Oakton (Skokie, IL)
    • Meijer (All Locations)
    • OSCO Pharmacy (All Locations)
    • Petco (All Locations)
    • Pet Smart (All Locations)
    • Pet Supplies Plus (Lincolnwood, IL)
    • Rosen's Drugs (Devon Ave., Chicago, IL)
    • Sam's Club (All Locations)
    • Save A Lot (All Locations)
    • Seven-Eleven (All stores in the Chicago & Skokie areas)
    • Starbuck's (All Locations)
    • Ted's (Devon)
    • Target (All Locations in Chicago Area ONLY)
    • Trader Joe's (All Locations)
    • Treasure Island (All Locations)
    • Wal-Mart (All Locations in Chicago Area)
    • Walgreen's (All Locations)
    • Whole Foods (All Locations)
  • Detroit Area: Post-Pesach 5776 Information –from the COR Detroit:
    All K-COR certified Meijer Sam’s Club Warehouse
    establishments Nutrifoods Superior Kosher Meats
    AldiOne Stop Kosher MarketTrader Joe's
    Costco Plum Market Wal-Mart
    CVS Randazzo Walgreens
    Family Dollar Stores Rite Aid Westborn
    GFS (Gordon Food Service) Save-A-Lot Whole Foods
    K-Mart (11 & Greenfield)

    Buying chometz from Kroger and Target in the Detroit area after Pesach involves Halachic uncertainty. Although these stores are owned by non-Jews, there is a possibility that they are supplied by C&S, which is a privately-owned Jewish food distributor, and the chometz sold after Pesach may have been in C&S' possession during Pesach. Since it is difficult to gather precise information, it is advisable to wait until two weeks after Pesach, May 15, before buying "pure" chometz items (e.g., bread, grain cereals, pasta, cookies and pretzels) from these stores. But it is permitted to purchase immediately after Pesach most other products, including such items as pearled raw barley, dry cake mixes, flour (without malted barley), glue, all kitniyos, ketchup, mayonnaise, medicines, mustard, vinegar, vitamin tablets, baker’s yeast, and yeast extract.
    published May 3, 2016
  • New York: STATUS OF STORES TO SHOP IN AFTER PESACHfrom Congregation Ohab Zedek This list current as of April 12, 2016
    You Can Shop in the Following Establishments All chains listed on this grid are owned by non-Jews:
    7 Eleven Duane Reade Target
    A & P Food Emporium Trader Joe’s
    Associated Gristedes Waldbaum’s
    BJ’s Wholesale Club Key Food Walgreen’s
    Costco Pathmark Walmart
    CVS Rite Aid Whole Foods
    D’Agostino Sam’s Club Westside Market
    1. Barzini’s, Fairway, and Fresh Direct have Jewish ownership and their chametz was sold. Please ask about these establishments as they were open during Pesach.
    2. Jewish Owned Establishments that sold only Passover products during Pesach.
    3. Limitations after Pesach apply only to the purchase of chametz. You can purchase non-chametz items, including kitniyot, in any Jewish Owned Establishment immediately after Pesach.
  • Los Angeles:From Kosherquest.org:

    A Jew may buy from the following stores immediately after Pesach:

    7-ElevenGelson'sSmart & Final
    99 cent storeJetro/Restaurant DepotSmith’s
    AlbertsonsJon’sTarget (in California)
    BevMoK-Mart Trader Joe’s
    Big LotsNuts & MoreVons / Pavilions
    Bristol FarmsPetcoWalgreens
    Coffee BeanPetsmartWalmart
    Costco
    CVSRalphs/Kroger
    Dollar Tree,
    ErewhonSadafWine & Liquor Depot
    Food4LessSafeway
    Fresh & EasySam’s ClubWhole Foods
  • Boston Area: From Young Israel of Brookline
    • Supermarkets & Convenience/Drug Stores:
      • BJ’s, Costco, CVS, K-Mart, Rite-Aid, Shaws/Star Market, Stop & Shop, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s
    • Kosher Restaurants/Caterers/Bakeries/Grocery:
      16 Handles, Blacker’s Bakers, The Butcherie, Café Eilat, Catering by Andrew, Cheryl Anns, ColdPress, J.P. Licks, Jerusalem Pita & Grill, Kupel’s, Ora Catering, Rami’s, Rubin’s Deli, Rosenfeld Bagel Co., Stop & Shop Bake Shop, Shaw/Star Bake Shop, Taam China
  • Washington-DC area from the Capitol K
    Chametz may be purchased from the following stores immediately after Pesach 2016:

      All Capitol K establishments and caterers.
      National stores
    • B.J.’s, Costco, C.V.S., Food Lion, K-Mart, Mars, Petco, Petsmart, Royal Farms, Rite-Aid, Sam’s Discount Warehouse, Save A’ Lot, Shopper’s food, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Wegmans, Walgreens, Win Dixie
      Stores in our community
    • Aldi’s, H-Mart, Harris Teeter, Mom’s, Shop Rite of White Oak, Whole Foods
    • Chametz may only be purchased from Snider’s beginning four weeks after Pesach.
    • Due to possible Chometz distributed by a Jewish company, if one has an option of purchasing Chometz from other stores, it is commendable not to purchase Chometz from Giant, Safeway, and Target until four weeks after Pesach.
  • Lakewood: From the LakewoodScoop based on the Star-K:
    "Purchasing Chometz from Target – even locally in Lakewood and Howell – immediately after Pesach should be avoided if possible, according to Rabbi Shmuel Heinemann of the Star-K. Rabbi Heinemann explains that the items may be from a Jewish distributor that does not sell its Chometz, posing a problem for consumers in regards to Chometz not owned by a non-Jew over Pesach.If possible, says Rabbi Heinemann, one should avoid purchasing items from Target until four weeks after Pesach."
    In addition, you must inquire regarding each Shoprite store.
    Purchasing Chometz items immediately after Pesach from the following national stores, is okay.
    BJ’sCVSCostco
    Food LionK-MartMars
    PetcoPetsmartRite-Aid
    Royal FarmsSam’s Discount WarehouseShoppers Food Warehouse
    Sav-A-LotTrader Joe’sWalgreens
    Walmart

    More information at www.kashrut.com/Passover/ChometzAfterPassover.

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  • Kosher Alert Marina Tuna

    May 5, 2016 from the OU: Marina Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil, Marina Group, Hebron Israel bear an unauthorized OU:
    The Orthodox Union generally certifies Marina Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil, however, Marina Tuna Chunks bearing the following codes were manufactured without OU supervision and bear an unauthorized OU:
    MN5INN ALNNBAZ together with any of the following codes 8EB10; 9ABCK; 9AB3K; 9A9CK; 9ACCM; 9AC3M; 9AD3M; 9ADCM; 9AECM; 9AE3M; 9AFCM; 9AF3M; 9AC3K; 9ACCK; 9AD3K; 9ADCK; 9AE3K; 9AECK; 9AF3K; 9AFCK; 9ALCK; 9AM3K. This product is sold in the West Bank.

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    Kosher Alert Natural Treats

    April 15, 2016 from the Central Rabbinical Congress:
    "Due to kashrus violations we removed our supervision from

    'Natural Treats', Fresh Made Juices
    769 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
    3801 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

    We have no responsibility on their products anymore."

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    Sunflower Kernel Products (Multiple brands) Recalled for Listeria (US/Nationwide)

    May 4, 2016From StopfoodbourneIllness.com
    Multiple brands of products containing sunflower kernals from SunOpta including: Planters Sunflower Kernels, Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Kernels, Giant Eagle (bulk – three central Ohio area Market District stores), Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, Kroger Salad Toppers Sunflower Kernels, Brown & Haley brand Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor have been recalled because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes.

    Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

    May 4, 2016 from the FDA
    SunOpta is voluntarily recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
    The products were produced at SunOpta’s Crookston, Minn. facility between the dates of February 1, 2016 and February 19, 2016. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution SunOpta is recalling the products.
    Recalled retail items were sold in clear printed plastic packages and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:

    Product DescriptionSizeUPCLot #Best By Date
    Dakota’s Best Biggy’s Roasted and Salted Kernels16 oz.834648001484FEB-11-17C202/11/2017
    Planters Sunflower Kernels3 oz.0290000127147065A3, 7065B3, 7065C3
    7066A3, 7066B3, 7066C3
    7067A3, 7067B3, 7067C3
    03/06/2017
    03/07/2017
    03/08/2017

    Recalled products were distributed to distribution centers between February 22, 2016 and February 25, 2016 in Illinois and North Dakota, and may be redistributed to other states nationwide.

    Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email contactus@sunopta.com or call 1-877-237-4374 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

    Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact SunOpta at contactus@sunopta.com to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

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    Vitalicious Issues Allergy Alert For Undeclared Milk In SELECT Apple Crumb VitaTops

    May 2, 2016 from the FDA
    Vitalicious Acquisition LLC, of Jamaica, NY, is voluntarily recalling select lots of VITALICIOUS Apple Crumb VitaTops because they may contain undeclared milk.
    The VITALICIOUS Apple Crumb VitaTops were sold nationwide directly to consumers via online ordering only, not sold in stores and began shipping on March 21, 2016.
    The affected VITALICIOUS Apple Crumb VitaTops are packed in a clear plastic film, NET WT. 2 oz. (55g) with the following LOT CODES and sold frozen in cases of 12 units, 24 units, or variety packs:

    • VitaTops APPLE CRUMB LOT 16 075 C (stamped on top of film)
    • VitaTops APPLE CRUMB LOT 16 078 C (stamped on top of film)

    No other VITALICIOUS brand products are included in this recall action.
    There has been one reported illness to date.
    The voluntary recall was initiated after it was discovered that the incorrect ingredient statement which failed to declare the presence of milk was included with the Apple Crumb VitaTops online orders. The company has revised the ingredient statement to declare the presence of milk. Consumers who have an allergy to milk and are in possession of the affected Apple Crumb lot codes are encouraged to dispose of it, and contact the company for a refund. Consumers with questions may call Vitalicious at 718-439-0200 ext. 627, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT or by email to: julie@vitalicious.com.
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    Kashrus alert on ERNIE & ELLIE’S

    March 17, 2016 - The MK wishes to inform the public that the MK has withdrawn their certification from ERNIE & ELLIE’S and all products produced by them.

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    7-Eleven Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Fresh Fully Baked Chocolate Chunk, Sugar and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    April 29, 2016 from the FDA
    7-Eleven, Inc. of Irving, TX is recalling fully baked chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies produced by CSM Bakery Solutions frozen cookie pucks because they may contain undeclared peanut.
    Fully baked cookies prepared from frozen pucks were distributed and sold prior to Friday, April 22 at 45 7-Eleven stores in Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.
    Chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies are sold fresh in a self-serve bakery case or within a countertop self-serve, acrylic case. There is no UPC code or label attached to these cookies.
    7-Eleven was notified that these products may contain undeclared peanut by its supplier and has pulled all fully baked and frozen cookie pucks provided by CSM Bakery Solutions from our stores until the issue with our supplier is resolved.
    Consumers who have purchased the above are urged to discard. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-255-0711, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm EDT.

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