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The following food safety alert is from the FDA Enforcement Report on December 9, 2015.

The following Save-A-Lot Food Stores Inc, Earth City, MO have been recalled because they tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes:

  • Whole Kernel Corn Frozen Fresh Net Wt / Peso Neto 16 oz (454 g) 1 lb, UPC 0 51933 20293. Product is packed in cases of 18-16oz. bags. Distributed by/for: Save-A-Lot Food Stores Ltd., Earth City, MO 63045.
    Product was distributed to distribution centers in the following states: FL, GA, IN, KY, MD, MI, NC, NY, and OH. There was no foreign, military, or government distribution.
  • Wylwood Mixed Vegetables Steam Bag Keep Frozen Net Wt / Peso 12 oz (340 g) , UPC 0 51933 02030 6. Product is packed in cases of 18-12 oz. bags. Distributed by/for: Save-A-Lot Food Stores Ltd., Earth City, MO 63045.
    Product was distributed to distribution centers in the following states: FL, GA, IN, KY, MD, MI, NC, NY, and OH. There was no foreign, military, or government distribution.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5265

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on December 15, 2015.

Blommer Chocolate Pure Dark Chocolate; Pure Dark Chocolate with Almonds, The Blommer Chocolate Company: The Orthodox Union certifies Blommer Pure Dark Chocolate and Pure Dark Chocolate with Almonds as OU D - Dairy products. These products contain dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements. Some labels bear a plain OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5264

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on November 24, 2015 reissued December 15, 2015.

Kosher Alert BJ’s Cranberry Mix, Wellsley Farms, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Westborough MA: The Orthodox Union certifies Wellsley Farms Cranberry Mix as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements. Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5230

The following kashrus alert is from the Yeahthantskosher.com on December 13, 2015 .

Manhattan’s Olympic Pita, 8 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 has closed and has been sold. It will be reopening as a non-kosher restaurant under a different name.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5263

The following Israeli food safety alert is from the Barfblog and Arutz7 posted on December 11, 2015 .

Israeli officials have confiscated over 25,000 eggs that had been smuggled into Israel and had not been properly inspected by agricultural authorities. "Recent samplings showed that a new form of salmonella bacteria that had not been seen in Israel before was being detected in high amounts – with ten times more salmonella present than in the past." "Officials urged Israelis to cook food thoroughly in order to avoid getting sick, and to buy only inspected products, including eggs, fruits, and vegetables."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5262

The following food safety alert is from the FDA on December 10, 2015 .

The Sweet Leaf Tea Company Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Tea in Glass Bottles

The Sweet Leaf Tea Company announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Sweet Leaf® Tea in 16 ounce glass bottles out of an abundance of caution because of the possible presence of glass fragments. This was the result of glass breakage during the filling process. Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if ingested. The company has received 4 complaints of glass in the product. No injuries were reported.
The voluntary recall is limited to specific production codes of Sweet Leaf® Tea, as follows, which were distributed between February 27, 2015 and December 6, 2015. Only 16 ounce glass bottles are affected, and only those listed below:

Sweet Leaf 16 ounce glass product only Manufacture Code Manufacture Date Best By Date Bottle Label UPC Case UPC
Sweet Leaf Tea Raspberry 022615057WC402
042315113WC402
042415114WC402
060415155WC402
2/26/15
4/23/15
4/24/15
6/5/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06703-6 6-51538-06803-3
Sweet Leaf Half and Half Lemonade Tea 022715058WC402
042315113WC402
060315154WC402
2/27/15
4/23/15
6/3/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06708-1 6-51538-06808-8
Sweet Leaf Tea Original 022615057WC402
042514115WC402
042415114WC402
060315154WC402
2/26/15
4/25/15
4/24/15
6/3/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06700-5 6-51538-06800-2
Sweet Leaf Tea Green Tea w/Citrus 022715058WC402
042415114WC402
060415155WC402
2/27/15
4/24/15
6/4/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06720-3 6-51538-06820-0
Sweet leaf Tea Peach 022615057WC402
042315113WC402
060415155WC402
2/26/15
4/23/15
6/4/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06704-3 6-51538-06804-0
Sweet Leaf Tea Mint & Honey 022715058WC402
042415114WC402
060415155WC402
2/27/15
4/24/15
6/4/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06701-2 6-51538-06801-9

In order to determine the manufacturing date and best by date of a bottle, consumers are advised to look for the manufacturing code on the shoulder of a bottle or on the shipping case, as seen below:

First Line
042415 – Production Date Code: mmddyy (e.g. April 24, 2015)
114 – Julian Date Code
WC40 – Factory Code
2 – Bottling Line Identification Code

Second Line
15:19 – Military Time
BB 08/31/16 – Best Before date mm/dd/yy (e.g. August 31, 2016)

The Sweet Leaf Tea Company is committed to ensuring the quality and safety of all of its products. All recalled products are being removed from store shelves. Consumers who have any of the glass products with the affected date codes should not drink the product, can contact the Sweet Leaf toll-free number 1-877-832-5323 Monday through Friday 8am - 8pm EST for replacement product, or return the product to the store of purchase for a refund.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5261

The following shmitta alert is from the COR Detroit and Israeli Chief Rabbinate posted on November 10, 2015.

From COR Detroit: "BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Walmart, Sam’s Club, etc.) and include Sunset brand, Field & Farm, Mor and other brands of colored peppers. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. The same brand may have a mixture of some from Israel and some from other locations, so each package or pepper should be checked. At this time it is recommended not to buy peppers from Israel, because it is unclear whether or not they present a Shemita (sefichin) problem. If already purchased, consult your Rav.
Consumers should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin, due to issues of Shemitah (fruit from Israel will be Shemitah product well into 2016), or of Terumos and Maaseros if it is not Shemitah product. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit, persimmons, pomelos, dates, and parsley."

From the Israeli Chief Rabbinate in Israel: Produce needs a marked "retail heter" to be sold post-shemita. (translated by Rabbi S. Rosenfeld)

Ed. note 1: Products from Israel bearing mainstream American heckshers are not shmitta products.

Ed. note2: We are at the period where vegetables are becoming less of a shmitta issue, but fruits are still an issue. Information on shmitta and a link to a list as to when fruits and vegetables have shmitta status is at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5260

The following Candian health alert is from the CFIA on December 9, 2015.

Salba brand Chia Seeds - Premium Ground recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

The food recall warning issued on November 16, 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.
Everspring Farms Ltd. is voluntarily recalling Salba brand Chia Seeds – Premium Ground from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product
Salba Chia Seeds – Premium Ground 150 g Lot # SSSBC150211-41
BB/MA APR-2017

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5259

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on December 9, 2015.

Max Packaging non-dairy creamer is certified dairy by the Orthodox Union. Due to a printing error some bear an OU instead of an OU-D. The issue appears to have been limited to flatware kits served on Hawaiian airlines. Corrective measures have been implemented

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5258

The following kashrus alert is from the OU on December 9, 2015.

Virgina Diner Tailgate Snack Mix, Virgina Diner Inc., Wakefield VA: The Orthodox Union certifies Virginia Diner Tailgate Snack Mix as an OU D - Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements. Some labels were printed with an OU Pareve symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5257
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