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The following kashrus alert is from the OU on May 31, 2011.

Agrawest Complete Mashed Potato Mix # 86050, Agrawest Foods, LTD., Souris P.E.I., a foodservice item, contains dairy ingredients as indicated on the label. Some labels were printed with a plain OU, without the D - dairy designation. The product is certified by the Orthodox Union as a kosher dairy product. Corrective measure have been implemented.

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The following kashrus alert from Kof-K on April 27, 2012.

Effective immediately, the following products, manufactured by PURATOS CORP., CHERRY HILL, NJ are now KOF-K DAIRY:

Corrective measures are being taken.

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The following health alert from the New York State Department of Food and Agriculture on April 26, 2012.

Alfa Sprouts Inc., Honeoye Falls, NY is recalling approx. 100 lbs of Springwater Sprouts brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts and bulk 3# Clover Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. ,
The following 2 products are being recalled by the firm:

  1. Clear clam shell packages containing 4 oz. Organic Alfalfa Sprouts with a sell by date of 4/28/2012. This product was distributed in New York State. Product label and UPC code noted below.
    • UPC Code 688267047411
    • UPC Code 042891000523
  2. 3# Bulk containers of Clover Sprouts, with a production code of P93. This product was distributed to institutional accounts in Upstate New York.
The contamination was discovered after sampling under the USDA Microbiological Data Program by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspectors and subsequent analysis by the New York State Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product. No illness has been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased Organic Alfalfa Sprouts or bulk 3 # Clover Sprouts, distributed by Alfa Sprouts Inc. (Springwater Sprouts) should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 585 624 1234.

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The following kashrus alert is from BDZ Orthodox Council of Jerusalem on April 18, 2012.

A forged Kosher certificate printed with Badatz letterhead and bearing the BADATZ seal, recently started to circulate, claiming that some 11 products of ROYAL INGREDIENTS GROUP B.V at Alkmaar, The Netherlands are allegedly Kosher & Kosher for Passover by BADATZ. At least in 2 instances, this counterfeited certificate was presented by a company based in the US and named: St. Charles Trading, Inc. 650 N. Raddant Rd, Batavia, IL 60510 We have never ever certified these 2 companies. We are, of course, taking appropriate & immediate action to remedy the situation.
The letter is here

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The following health alert is from FDA on March 27, 2012.

South Florida Produce, LLC is recalling Jalapeno Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Jalapeno Peppers were distributed to Distributors in Oxford, NC, Lake Worth, FL, Washington, DC, Pompano Beach, FL, Fair Lawn, NJ, Toronto, Ontario, Canada via customer truck between March 5 through March 7, 2012.
The product comes in bulk 1 1/9 bushel cartons marked with the lot #'s J000010995, J000010996, J000010997, J000010998, J000010999, J000011000, J000020135, J000020136, J000020137, J000020138, J000020139 and J000030053. These lots #’s appear on the pallet labels located on the front and back of each pallet.
The potential for contamination was noted during a routine testing by a retail store which revealed the possible presence of Salmonella in packs of 2, 10 and 40 count packages.
Customers that have inventory with the above lot numbers are urged to destroy the product and contact Leslie DiStefano, Director of Sales & Food Safety at 954-459-0106 to verify receipt of this recall and destruction of the product.
Please refer customer or consumer questions or concerns that you might have in regard to this recall to the company's Director of Sales and Food Safety, Leslie DiStefano at (954) 459-0106 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

The following health alert is from US Foods on March 24, 2012.

Castellini Produce has issued an unclassified recall on fresh jalapenos in 2#, 10#, and 40# packs. The product was distributed to 5 of our divisions in the Eastern U.S. between March 9th and the present. Routine test results showed the possible presence of Salmonella. NO illness has been reported
The recalled product may be identified by packaging bearing the name Professional Produce of Florida/South Florida Produce and may include the following lot numbers: 1977434, 1977911, 1978565, 1976393, 1976549, 1976551, 1977220, 1977514, 1977845, 1978122, 1978125, 1978930, 1976774, 1976786, 1977289, 1977310, 1977906, 1977913, 1978563, 1978574, 1979025, 1979034, 1976509, 1977743, 1978618, 280104C07.
US Foods' number one priority is to notify any customer impacted by a recall. Our distribution centers affected by this recall have already begun to contact affected customers. If you purchased a recalled product from us, you will be contacted shortly, or have already been contacted. If you purchased products elsewhere, use the information above to check with your supplier.

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The following health alert is from FDA on March 21, 2012.

Continuing recall from Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company.This series of recalls was for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0327

The following health alert is from the FDA on March 9, 2012.

Mellace Family Brands Raw Organic Cashews. This product was found to be contaminted with Salmonella. Product details:

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The following revised kashrus notice is from the Star-K on March 9, 2012.

CHEF'S QUALITY brand Grape Vine Leaves Stuffed with Rice manufactured in Turkey, bears an unauthorized Star-K. This product is not kosher. Corrective action has been taken.
From the Star-K: After continuing investigation, we discovered the product was mislabeled. It is not manufactured in Turkey. It is actually made in Bulgaria with Hashacha Temidis. The product is, in fact, Star-K pareve, bishul Yisroel.

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The following health alert is from the FDA on February 1, 2012.

Michael Foods, Inc. is recalling specific lot dates of hard-cooked eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use that were produced at its Wakefield, Nebraska facility because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled eggs were purchased by food distributors and manufacturers located in 34 states (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI, WV). The recall is limited to hard-cooked eggs in brine in 10- and 25-pound pails prodced at its Wakefield, Nebraska facility, which are labeled under six brand names (Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti's, Silverbrook, Wholesome Farms) and bearing lot codes of 1 LOT 1350W through 1 LOT 2025W and expiration dates ranging from 1/30/2012 to 3/10/2012
Only lot codes immediately preceded by a “1” AND ending in a “W” are affected, please see the following example: Here is an example of the lot codes on the packaging: USE BY 11 FEB 12 1 LOT 1362 W

None of the eggs were sold directly by Michael Foods to retailers or consumers. However, food distributors and manufacturers who purchased the eggs could have used them in products that were sold to retail outlets or used in foodservice settings. Michael Foods is working with customers who purchased eggs from these lots to ensure that all product is removed from the market. Consumers who believe they might have purchased product affected by the recall, or those who are unsure, should contact the original place of purchase.
For further questions regarding this recall, please call Michael Foods at 877-367-3447, Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm EST.
See www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm289921.htm for more pictures of labels.

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The following milk allergy alert is from the FDA on December 15, 2011.

Ohio Processors, Inc., London, OH announced a voluntarily recall on Instantwhip B/C Topping because the product contains an undeclared milk ingredient (sodium caseinate). The product in question is Instantwhip B/C Topping packaged in ½ gallon containers only, and include codes 060, 080, 124, 143, 145, 167, 179, 188, 193, 244, 256, 300, 313, and expiration codes 12/16/11, 12/21/11, 12/28/11, 12/30/11, 1/7/12, 1/12/12. Instantwhip B/C Topping is not packaged for retail distribution and the affected products were sold to Instantwhip foodservice distributors in OH, MD, NY, IN, PA and MI. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a supplier had provided the wrong packaging.
Ohio Processors, Inc. has already notified all of its distributors and customers who received the products in question by telephone and in writing regarding the recall. Customers with questions or concerns about the recall may contact Ohio Processors, Inc. at (877) 488-0816 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET.

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