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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

Baruch Dayan HaEmes - Mrs. Atara Herman A"H

Information from from Mrs. Rosskamm, The Guide to Chodosh, Hot Line 718-305-5133. Email: yherman20@gmail.com

September 18, 2019 from Mrs. Rosskamm:

"We are sorry to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Herman, the wife of Rabbi Yosef Herman Z"L.
The Levaya will take place today at 11:00 in Bais Tefila, 2 Maplewood Lane, Monsey, NY
Shiva information will be sent out as soon as it is available.

The Levaya in Eretz Yisroel will take place on Thursday at 1:30 in Shamgar.

R' Yekusiel Herman will be sitting Shiva in Israel at Rachov Chizkiyahu Shabtai 11/17, Ramot, Jerusalem

R' Moshe Herman will be sitting on Thursday in Israel at Rachov Chizkiyahu Shabtai 11/17, Ramot Jerusalem, and starting Motzei Shabbos until Wednesday in Kew Gardens at 122-25 Metropolitan Ave.

Mrs. Tzippy Eherman will be sitting shiva in Monsey at 15 Cameo Ridge Road until Sunday when she will be sitting in Kew Gardens.

Mrs. Chany Katz will be in Monsey through Thursday. She will be sitting Friday and Motzei Shabbos in Flatbush at 1515 E 13th St, and starting Sunday Morning in Queens

Mrs. Sury Cohen is sitting Shiva in Monsey and will be sitting in Queens starting Sunday at 122-25 Metropolitan Ave.

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What's in a name? Research looks at the best ways to describe lab-grown meat

September 16, 2019 from the Food Dive and Food Navigator:

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cRc Information on Schach from Home Depot

September 16, 2019 from the cRc Twitter feed:

"In short, cRc no longer recommends fencing material (e.g. from Home Depot) for #schach as we have found a reasonable chance this may result in not kosher schach. We suggest traditional schach material, e.g. bamboo poles, tree branches, mats specifically certified for sukkah-use."

"Schach fencing mats bought previously when approved may be used, but make sure shade exceeds sunlight - i.e. add more schach (e.g. more layers of these mats, bamboo poles, or tree branches) to ensure halachic requirement is met of 'more shade than sunlight.'"

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Offering children a variety of vegetables increases acceptance

September 4, 2019 - from the IFT and Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour

"lthough food preferences are largely learned, dislike is the main reason parents stop offering or serving their children foods like vegetables. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior demonstrated that repeatedly offering a variety of vegetables increased acceptance and consumption by children."

"Researchers recruited 32 families with children between the ages of four and six where low consumption of vegetables was reported. Parents completed an online survey and attended an information meeting prior to participating. Three groups were created: children introduced to a single vegetable; children to receive multiple vegetables; and a group where eating habits were not changed."

"Study data were collected in several ways: two dinner meals served at the research facility during which children could eat as much of the broccoli, cauliflower, and green beans as they wished; changes to actual vegetables consumed at home, childcare, or school recorded through food diaries; and parents reporting on usual vegetable consumption."

"Families introducing one vegetable served broccoli and families trying multiple vegetables served broccoli, zucchini, and peas. Parents were provided with a voucher to purchase the vegetables and given instructions on portion size and cooking instructions along with tips on how to offer the vegetables. Children were served a small piece of vegetable three times a week for five weeks. A sticker was given as a reward to children trying a vegetable."

"The researchers found that vegetable acceptance increased for both the single and multiple vegetable groups during the intervention. Families that offered multiple vegetables recorded an increase in consumption from 0.6 to 1.2 servings, while no change in consumption was observed in families serving a single vegetable or families that did not change their eating habits. Increased acceptance for multiple vegetables was noted during the five weeks of the study and sustained at three-month follow-up."

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Jewish Agency Appeals to Belgian Regional Parliament to Permit Shechitah

September 9, 2019 from Jewish Press:

"Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog on Monday sent a letter to the president of the Belgian regional parliament of Wallonia in an appeal to lift the ban on Jewish ritual slaughter in the region."
"The ban was initially legislated in 2017 and included both Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter. The law came into effect at the beginning of September."
"The Jewish Agency views the ban as an indication of a dangerous erosion of freedom of religion for Jews in Belgium."
Herzog asked the regional parliament "to roll back this legislation so as to find the right balance between animal rights… and freedom of religion


Belgian ban on kosher slaughter goes into effect

September 9, 2019 - from Jewish Press:

"Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog on Monday sent a letter to the president of the Belgian regional parliament of Wallonia in an appeal to lift the ban on Jewish ritual slaughter in the region."
"The ban was initially legislated in 2017 and included both Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter. The law came into effect at the beginning of September."
"The ban on ritual slaughter in the French-speaking region of Wallonia is currently being enforced. However, a court ruling on the issue is pending an appeal. A similar law was passed in July 2018 by the Flemish-speaking Flanders regional parliament in Belgium."
"Herzog said he opposed the legislation as part of a general concern for religious rights. 'This is not only an issue of freedom of practice for traditional Kosher butcheries... This is an unacceptable infringement of general freedom of religion,' he said."
"He warned that 'this could indeed be the beginning of a creeping expulsion of Jews,' and called upon the regional parliament of Wallonia to 'do your utmost in order to attempt to roll back this legislation so as to find the right balance between animal rights and freedom of religion."

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Shatnez in Oven Mitts

September 4, 2019 - from the Star-k:

Cuisinart brand oven mitts, product of China, pictured with label stating "100% Polyester Filling", contain a shatnez filling. They are not pure polyester; they contain wool and linen. In general, oven mitt fillings should be checked for shatnez, especially if made in China. Silicone mitts without a filling do not require checking.Cuisinart brand oven mitts, product of China, pictured with label stating "100% Polyester Filling", contain a shatnez filling. They are not pure polyester; they contain wool and linen.
In general, oven mitt fillings should be checked for shatnez, especially if made in China. Silicone mitts without a filling do not require checking.

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Pea Protein Isolate May Cause an Allergic Reaction for People with Peanut Allergies

September 3, 2019 - from Foodive and KUTV:

Meat analogue companies such as Beyond Meat are using pea protein isolate as protein source, since it not a designated allergen. Since it is a concentrated protien and peas are a legume, some people with peanut allergies are reacting to it. "Since peas are not a major food allergen, the FDA does not require an allergen warning statement due to the presence of peas." Beyond Meat has the following linked to a star on the ingredient list for the pea protein: "People with severe allergies to legumes like peanuts should be cautious when introducing pea protein into their diet because of the possibility of a pea allergy."

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Duped In The Deli Aisle? 'No Nitrates Added' Labels Are Often Misleading

August 29, 2019 - from NPR and Consumer Reports:

"Many health-conscious consumers look for products with words like "no nitrates added" or "uncured" on the packaging" believing them to be healthier.

A new Consumer Reports report finds that deli meats with those labels actually contain similar levels of nitrates as meats that don't carry these labels.

"Part of the explanation lies in federal labeling rules for processed meats. When hot dog or bacon manufacturers use natural curing agents, such as celery powder, in lieu of synthetic sodium nitrite, they can be required to use terms such as "no nitrates added" and "uncured." In other cases, food manufacturers may add these claims voluntarily, perhaps for marketing reasons."

Consumer Reports tests found that cold cuts containg celery powder or containing added nitrates had similar nitrate and nitrite levels.

"There is little evidence that preserving meats using celery is any healthier than other added nitrites."

"A body of evidence suggests that processed meats are linked to elevated cancer risk. Experts think part of the problem is the nitrites used to cure them. 'All nitrites can be converted in the food, during cooking, or in the body to nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.'"

Truly nitrite-free cold cuts are grey and have a off flavor and last as long as a similar piece of meat.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W939

Potential Foie Gras Ban Remains Controversial in NY

August 30, 2019 - from the New York Times:

"As a proposed ban of foie gras makes its way through the City Council, duck farmers and animal rights activists are scrambling to make their respective cases."

"About 1,000 New York City restaurants serve foie gras, a calling card of fine dining and proof of a chef’s classical training."

"But foie gras, which can be made from geese as well, has also been at the center of a debate over whether the process of producing the delicacy is humane or, as animal rights activists suggest, torture."

"The New York City Council is leaning toward torture: It is now considering proposed legislation that would effectively ban foie gras from being sold in New York, one of the country’s largest markets for the product."

"The bill could come up for a vote in the fall; more than half of the Council has signed on as co-sponsors, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supports the intent of the proposal."

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Whirlpool Recalls Glass Cooktops with Touch Controls Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

August 28, 2019 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canada:

Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir brand glass cooktops with touch controls have been recalled because the recalled cooktop surface elements can turn on by themselves, posing burn and fire hazards.

This recall involves cooktops with a glass cooking surface, touch controls, radiant and downdraft radiant models sold under the Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir brands with the following model numbers. They were manufactured from December 2016 through July 2019. The brand name is printed on the cooktop and the model number and serial numbers are printed on the underside of the cooktop. The model numbers beginning with K are KitchenAid models, the model numbers beginning with W are Whirlpool models, and the model numbers beginning with J are JennAir models.

Model Numbers

Radiant Model Numbers Begin With:

KCES950HSS

KCES950HBL

KCES956HSS

KCES956HBL

WCE97US0HS

WCE97US0HB

WCE97US6HS

WCE97US6HB

JEC4430HS

JEC4430HB

JEC4536HS

JEC4536HB

JEC4424HB

 

Downdraft Radiant Model Numbers Begin With:

JED4430GB

JED4536GB

JED4430GS

JED4536GS

Consumers should immediately contact Whirlpool to arrange for a free installation of a replacement cooktop. When not in use, turn the unit off at the circuit breaker. Do not leave flammable materials or empty cookware on or near the cooktop.

Consumer Contact: Whirlpool toll-free at 888-900-7897 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at repair.whirlpoolcorp.com. Consumers can also visit either www.whirlpool.com, www.kitchenaid.com, or www.jennair.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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