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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.

Bodum Recalls Toasters Due to Shock Hazard

July 17, 2019 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canada:

Bodum Bistro Toasters has recalled The recalled toasters can leak electric current when operating at the maximum normal temperature, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

This recall involves two models of the Bodum Bistro toaster in stainless steel: (1) a two-slice model with SKU 10709-16-4 and (2) a four-slice model with SKU 11840-16. The SKU number appears on the bottom of the toaster. The word “Bodum” is embossed on the side of the products.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund or contact Bodum to receive a prepaid mailer to return the toaster for a full refund.

Sold At: Home appliance stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from September 2018 through June 2019 for between $24 and $44.

Consumer Contact: Bodum toll-free at 833-722-6386 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.bodum.com and click on Product Advisories for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W915

Lifetime Brands Recalls Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh White Can Mugs Due to Burn and Laceration Hazards

July 11, 2019 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canada:

Fitz and Floyd® Nevaeh White® Can Mugs have been recalled because the mugs can crack or break when used with or exposed to hot liquids, posing burn and laceration hazards.

This recall involves the Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh White can mugs and Nevaeh White lattice can mugs in gold. The mugs are sold individually with UPC 742414338057 and UPC 742414391175 and part of a 4-piece dinnerware set with UPC 742414375946. The UPC numbers are printed on a sticker and placed on the bottom of the individually sold mugs. The mugs can hold 15 ounces, measure about 4 inches tall and about 4 inches in diameter, with a handle. Printed on the bottom of the Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh White can mug is Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd, Fine Bone China, Dishwasher/Microwave/Oven Safe. Printed on the bottom of the Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh White lattice can mug in gold is Nevaeh White by Fitz and Floyd, Fine Bone China, Dishwasher Safe.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mugs and contact Lifetime Brands for a free replacement mug.

Sold At: Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide and online at bedbathandbeyond.com from January 2013 through April 2019 for between $8 and $10 for the mug individually packaged and $30 for the 4-piece dinnerware set.

Consumer Contact: Contact Lifetime Brands toll-free at 888-561-2269 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at fitzandfloyd@lifetimebrands.com or online at www.fitzandfloyd.com and click on recall located at the top of the page.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W914

Former UK Agriculture Minister Speaks Out Against Shechita

July 5, 2019 - from JTA:

"Former UK Conservative Agriculture Minister George Eustice has spoken out against shechita and wants a free parliamentary vote on the matter.

"He said he wouldn’t ban shechita entirely but wants to see “major improvements,” including the stunning of slaughtered animals or the labeling of un-stunned meat."

The text of his speech and discussion afterwards is here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W913

Dutch Christians rebuff officials seeking labeling of Israeli settlement goods

July 5, 2019 - from JTA:

" Christian Zionist importers of Israeli goods declined to comply with a government directive to apply special labeling for settlement products."

"The officials requested to visit the store and urge van Oordt to apply the labels, as per regulations adopted in 2015 by the European Commission, which described the regulations as designed to give shoppers accurate information about product provenance.

"srael and Jewish groups protested the regulations as an attempt to isolate and financially hurt the Israeli settlements. The regulations also applied to the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. The Palestinian Authority said the labeling regulations were a welcome buffer against what it considers Israeli land theft."

"The regulations are binding, but the European Commission and Dutch government have limited recourse against countries and businesses that don’t implement them."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W912

Froneri Enters Israel With Acquisition of Nestlé Ice Cream Business

July 4, 2019 - from BusinessWire:

"Froneri has agreed to acquire the Noga Ice Creams Limited Partnership, subject to regulatory approval. Noga is part of the Nestlé-owned business Osem Group and means Froneri will be entering the Israeli market for the first time. This milestone deal will now bring all of the Nestlé Europe, Middle East & North Africa ice cream businesses into the Froneri group. "

"Froneri has confirmed that the existing management team will continue to lead the business. "

"Leading Noga brands including La Cremeria, Extreme, Cookilida, Crunch and Gumigum will continue to be available. "

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W911

Settlement talks over fake meat labeling law crumble in Missouri

July 3, 2019 - from Courier Tribune:

"Missouri officials and a company that makes plant-based foods have scuttled their attempt to settle a lawsuit over a new labeling law targeting fake meat."

"After more than five months of closed-door talks, attorneys for the company that makes Tofurky-brand products told U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan that the two sides have been unable to reach a final agreement."

"The latest development could mean a potentially lengthy trial, keeping a 2018 law aimed at cracking down on how companies like Oregon-based Tofurky label their fake burgers, mock hot dogs and soy-based crumbles."

"The law states that if a product isn’t derived from an actual cow, chicken, turkey or some other animal with two or four feet, it can’t be marketed as meat."

"Supporters said the measure will protect ranchers, pork producers and the state’s chicken and turkey farmers."

"The lawsuit, filed by Tofurky and the American Civil Liberties Union, alleged Missouri officials would be violating the free speech rights of plant-based meat manufacturers if the law was enforced."

"The top official at Tofurky told the Post-Dispatch in December that the law could force them to stop distributing in the state."

"At the same time, a study commissioned by the Plant Based Foods Association found that sales of plant-based foods grew by 20 percent last year."

"A federal lawsuit also is alleging Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as 'meatless meatballs' and 'vegan bacon.'"

"The Good Food Institute, which also is involved in the Missouri litigation, says 12 states have enacted what it calls “meat label censorship” laws. In addition to Mississippi and Missouri, the states include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming."

"It remained unclear Wednesday why the settlement talks were abandoned."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W910

After nearly two years, State Dept. responds to inquiry over alleged alcohol poisonings of US tourists

July 3, 2019 - from CNN:

"Nearly two years after receiving an inquiry from Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson, the State Department is finally revealing details about its investigation into multiple deaths and illnesses that occurred shortly after Americans drank alcohol at Mexican resorts."

"The response, obtained by CNN, said that two bars were ultimately shut down by Mexican authorities after the State Department pressured them to inspect a number of establishments."

"In several of those cases, families have alleged that the victims became ill just after consuming alcohol, leading the FBI to look into whether tainted alcohol might be a factor there as well."

"The State Department pressured the Mexican government to inspect 30 bars, restaurants and hotels. Two bars -- including one that served Abbey and Austin Conner", people who have died - "have been shut down as s result. Raids were conducted by Mexican authorities that did end up finding "a significant amount of alcohol of 'undetermined origin'" and led to the identification of one supplier of questionably-sourced alcohol."

"Gary Davidson, an attorney for the family of Abbey Conner, continues to seek answers and compensation for the family's loss. 'There is basically homemade liquor down there, circulating in the community of hotels -- and a lot of the hotels are buying it,' he told CNN."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W909

New Kosher Offerings on All Norwegian Cruise Line Ships and other Cruise Lines Explained

July 3, 2019 - from YeahThatsKosher:

A number of Jewish websites listed that Norwegian Cuise lines now offers kosher food. YeahThatsKosher lists the various options for people going on cruises for that line and others.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W908

Sugary sodas still popular, but warnings, taxes can curb uptake

June 10, 2019 - from Medical Press:

"Eight of every 10 American households buys sodas and other sugary drinks each week, adding up to 2,000 calories per household per week, new research shows. "

"To put that in perspective, 2,000 calories is equal to the recommended average caloric intake for an adult for an entire day."

"With the obesity epidemic continuing for Americans young and old, it's still tough to get the message out that sugary drinks may prove lethal over time, one expert said."

"In the soda consumption study, the CDC team looked at data from a government survey of the weekly grocery-buying habits of nearly 5,000 U.S. households, compiled in 2012."

"The findings showed that on any given week, 77% of households bought sodas, sweetened juices, sports drinks or other sugary beverages. In about half of cases (47%), these drinks were bought for consumption at home."

"On average, households consumed more than 2,000 calories' worth of sugary drinks each week —about 1,200 calories while at home and nearly 760 calories outside the home, the CDC team said. Sodas were by far the leading calorie source, with 678 calories' worth consumed at home and another 472 calories taken in outside the home."

"What can and should be done to help lower these numbers? Two innovations—bold health warnings on drink labels and "soda taxes"— do seem to help, other studies presented at the same meeting showed."

"One group of shoppers were sent to a store where the sodas had prominent health warnings emblazoned on their labels; while the other group went shopping in a store where sodas didn't have such labeling."

"The result? Folks sent to the "warning labels" store bought an average of about 110 calories' worth of sugary beverages, compared to 143 calories among shoppers sent to the store without such warnings."

"The researchers concluded that implementing policies that require sugar-sweetened beverages to carry health warnings could discourage sugar-sweetened beverage consumption."

"In another computer-modeling study, a team led by Christina Griecci of Tufts University in Boston estimated that a 1 cent tax per ounce on every sugar-sweetened beverage could prevent around 17,000 new obesity-associated cancer cases and 10,000 cancer deaths."

"Another Tufts computer-modeling study, this time led by researcher Yujin Lee, found that a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would work best if the amount of tax went up along with the amount of sugar added."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W907

Plant-based meat companies sue Mississippi over state labeling law

June 3, 2019 - from FoodDive:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W906
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