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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.

FDA approves cottonseed for human, animal consumption

October 14, 2019 from the IFT:

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to ultra-low gossypol cottonseed, ULGCS, to be utilized as human food and in animal feed. Keerti Rathore, a plant biotechnologist at Texas A&M University, and his team have developed, tested, and obtained deregulation for the transgenic cotton plant—TAM66274."

"TAM66274 is a unique cotton plant with ultra-low gossypol levels in the seed, which makes the protein from the seeds safe to consume, Rathore said, but also maintains normal plant-protecting gossypol levels in the rest of the plant, making it ideal for the traditional cotton farmer."

"Until now, the ability to utilize protein-rich cottonseed for food or even as feed for the non-ruminants was not possible because of the presence of a toxic terpenoid, gossypol. Gossypol in the leaves and stalks of the cotton plant serve as a pest deterrent, but its presence in the seed serves no purpose. With the development and approval of the ULGCS, gossypol is no longer a deterrent. "

"Until now, the ability to utilize protein-rich cottonseed for food or even as feed for the non-ruminants was not possible because of the presence of a toxic terpenoid, gossypol. Gossypol in the leaves and stalks of the cotton plant serve as a pest deterrent, but its presence in the seed serves no purpose. With the development and approval of the ULGCS, gossypol is no longer a deterrent. "

"When used in animal food, the appropriate name for dehulled cottonseed derived from TAM66274 cotton is 'low gossypol dehulled cottonseed,' and the appropriate name for dehulled cottonseed meal derived from TAM66274 cotton is 'low gossypol dehulled cottonseed meal.'"

"The next step is to get cotton farmers and the industry around the world to begin growing and marketing the special variety."

"The next step is to get cotton farmers and the industry around the world to begin growing and marketing the special variety."

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Establishments with a Sukkah 5780 (2019)

Ed. note: Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

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U.S. Customs & Border Protection Release Guidelines Regarding Travel With The Arba Minim

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Jewish Groups Demand Italy Take Action Against Wine Bottles Saluting Nazis

September 28, 2019 from the Vosizneias.com:

" Italy is facing renewed backlash for allowing the continued sale of wine bottles that feature Adolf Hitler’s face and Nazi slogans on its labels."

"The controversial wine bottles, produced by Italian winemaker Vina Lunardelli as part of a 'Historical Series,' features Nazi slogans, and pictures of Hitler and notorious SS members, such as Heinrich Himmler."

"Over the summer, members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center reported and photographed the bottles being sold in supermarkets from Venice in northern Italy to Puglia in the south."

"There may be no legal sanctions yet for domestic sales of hate. Its export, however, to Germany and France—with their existing legislation—and across the E.U. must be monitored and penalized."

"A draft law presented in 2017 to the Italian Parliament “to criminalize the propagation of images or contents of the Fascist, Nazi or related anti-democratic parties and ideologies” was passed in the Lower Chamber but abandoned by the Senate, following dissolution of the legislature. Italian law requires the forfeiture of all bills that did not reach the final vote in both houses."

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Esrog Crisis Averted in Britain

September 24, 2019 from Hamodia:

"An esrog crisis was averted over the last few days, thanks to co-ordination between the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Board of Deputies and leading esrog-importer Mr Stephen Colman."

"The first batch of esrogim, some 600 fruits, was seized at Manchester Airport by Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) officials, as there are now new stricter regulations about importing citrus fruits with stalks on them. The residual stalk (the uketz, called a peduncle in English) must not be more than 2mm long, which is much shorter than is usually the case."

"The Board of Deputies, working with the importer, DEFRA and APHA, suggested that the seized esrogim could be retained at the airport and then taken to a Manchester shul, where they could be trimmed to meet the new requirements before being distributed further. It has been arranged that other importers, who were similarly unaware of the new regulations, will be able to have their esrogim sent to a specified location, such as a shul, on the condition that the fruits are destroyed after Yom Tov."

"It is extremely difficult to cut the stalk to the required 2mm length when taking it off the tree, and that by trimming it further there is a risk of making the esrog passul. The current arrangement to import esrogim under license is only for this year, so new arrangements will have to be made in time for next Sukkos."

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Liverpool Kosher Outlet Reopens after Being Caught Selling Nonkosher Meat and Poultry

September 24, 2019 from the Vosizneias.com:

" The main outlet for kosher food in Liverpool, England, which closed after it was caught selling nonkosher meat and poultry, has reopened under new ownership."

"Roseman’s Delicatessen received a license from the Liverpool Kashrut Commission three months after it was revoked following the discovery of “serious breaches of kashrut,” the Jewish Chronicle reported."

"Days later the owner of the deli, Robert Kaye, 43, was found dead in Manchester."

"The deli was found to have received regular orders of nonkosher meat for a number of years, the Jewish Chronicle reported."


Liverpool kashrut crisis deepens as deli turns down opportunity to regain kosher licence

July 23, 2019 from the The JC:

"Rosemans, which had its kashrut licence rescinded after being found to have regularly ordered non-kosher meat, has opted to run an unlicensed business."

"The deli at the centre of Liverpool's kashrut crisis has turned down options which would have allowed it to regain rabbinical certification, according to the local kashrut authority."

"In a notice made public this afternoon, Liverpool Kashrut Commission reported that “following detailed guidance in conjunction with the Chief Rabbi and Dayan Gelley, head of London Beth Din, the LKC put forward several options to the owners of Rosemans Delicatessen to enable them to obtain a kashrut licence."

"'They have decided not to adopt any of those options and to run Rosemans as an unlicensed business. We are therefore required to advise the community that Rosemans is no longer under the supervision of LKC.'"


Owner of Liverpool deli accused of selling nonkosher meat found dead

June 20, 2019 from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

Robert Kaye, the owner of Roseman’s Delicatessen, was found dead in Manchester, England days after his store was accused of selling nonkosher meat and poultry in the main outlet for kosher food in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool’s main kosher deli caught selling non-kosher meat

June 18, 2019 from the Jewish News:

"Liverpool’s Jewish community has been rocked by the news that the city’s main kosher food outlet has been selling non-kosher meat and poultry."

"In a letter to residents Rabbi Natan Fagleman of the Liverpool Kashrut Commission, which incorporates the Liverpool Shechita Board, outlined how 'serious breaches of kashrut have taken place at Roseman’s Delicatessen'. "

"Jewish residents were urged not to use “all utensils that have ever been used to cook meat/poultry bought at Roseman’s” and that “all food bought under the LKC licence should be discarded,” with the exception of chickens with a Manchester Beth Din label and pre-packed sealed meat products from other suppliers. "

"'From Tuesday morning Roseman's will only be licensed to sell pre-packed with an existing reliable Hechsher (certification)… No fresh products will be produced at Roseman’s. We believe that in this way the community will have access to fresh meant and a retail kosher outlet which is crucial to its survival.'"

Link to letter is here

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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.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W945

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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