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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.

The following news is from the EureAlerton May 15, 2015.

Investigators at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found traces of gluten in 12 of the 22 top-selling probiotics that they tested. Dr. Samantha Nazareth had previously reported that celiac patients who use dietary supplements have more symptoms than non-users, so she decided to test the probiotics for gluten contamination. "More than half of the 22 probiotics were labeled gluten-free, but this had no bearing on whether or not traces of gluten were present. Two probiotics that did not meet FDA standards carried the label."

The IPA at http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com countered this that only one products listed as gluten-free was found that the gluten could be from growth media or excipients.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W307

The following news is from the JPost.comon May 15, 2015.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern is now doing spot checks on restaurants to ensure that the mashgichim are doing their jobs. The kosher supervisors are paid by the restaurants that they supervise. "Stern intends to implement a pilot program whereby an independent body will be set up to employ and pay kashrut supervisors who are then assigned to restaurants and other food-based businesses, thereby disconnecting the direct relationship between the supervisor from the business."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W308

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 21, 2015.

OXO is recalling Nest Booster Seats beause The stitching on the restraint straps can loosen which allows the straps to separate from the seat, posing a fall hazard to children. This recall involves the Nest Booster Seat sold in green (model 6367200), pink (model 6367300), taupe (model 6367500) and orange (model 6367400) with a white base. A sticker affixed to the underside of the seat reads “Nest Booster Seat” with the model number and manufacture date. The manufacture date code represents the month and year in MMYY format and recalled units have the code: 0714, 0814, 0914, 1014, 1114 or 1214. The formed plastic seats are about 13 inches wide by 14 inches tall by 12 inches deep and have a grey three-point child restraint strap system. The OXO logo is embossed on the restraint system’s buckle.
The firm has received five reports of the stitching coming undone releasing the straps following a child pulling on the strap or an adult tightening the straps. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using the Nest booster seats and contact OXO for a free repair kit with redesigned safety straps and installation instructions. Consumer can contact OXO at (800) 545-4411 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at info@oxo.com or online at www.oxo.com and click on Customer Service under the Contact Us tab at the bottom of the page for more information.
Sold at buybuy Baby, Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us and independent specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from September 2014 through April 2015 for about $55.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W306

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 21, 2015.

Viking Range is recalling gas ranges because the ranges’ ovens can turn on by themselves, posing a burn hazard to consumers. This recall involves Viking Range freestanding gas ranges sold in stainless steel, black, white and 21 different colors and finishes. The ranges were sold in various surface configurations: All burners or burners with griddle and/or grill. The ranges are about 36 inches tall to the top of the side trim, 30, 36, 48 or 60 inches wide and 24.5 inches deep to the end of the side panel. The model and serial numbers can be found on a label in one of three locations: On the bottom of the control panel above the door, on the front of the oven cavity below the control panel, or on the inside of the left side panel; which can be seen by removing the left front grate and burner bowl. Consumers should only search for the model and serial number when the range is not hot. Model and serial numbers beginning with the following are included in this recall:

Model Numbers

Serial Numbers

VGIC306

All

VGIC308

All

VGIC366

All

VGIC368

All

VGIC486

All

VGIC488

All

VGIC530

All

VGIC536

All

VGCC530

From 040108 through 010313

VGCC536

From 110108 through 010913

VGCC548

From 020109 through 010913

VGCC560

From 050111 through 010313

VGSC530

From 063008 through 063014

VGSC536

From 113008 through 063014

VGSC548

From 030109 through 063014


Viking Range has received 75 reports of gas ranges turning on by themselves, including three reports of burns and four reports of property damage claims, with one claim resulting in a payment of $850.


Consumers should immediately contact Viking Range to schedule a free in-home repair. While waiting for a free repair, consumers can contact Viking Range for steps to avoid a burn injury.

Sold at

ABT, Ferguson, Morrison, Pacific Sales, PC Richard & Son and other stores nationwide from July 2007 through June 2014 for between $4,000 and $13,000.

Manufacturer(s)

Viking Range LLC, of Greenwood, Miss.



Consumers can contact Viking Range toll-free at (877) 929-2581, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or www.vikingrange.com and click on Safety Recall Information at the bottom right of the homepage for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W305

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 20, 2015.

Electrolux recalls Sears Kenmore Elite dual fuel ranges because the burner flame can go out while the gas is turned on. This can allow gas to escape and poses fire and burn hazards.
This recall involves Sears Kenmore stainless steel slide-in ranges with gas cooktops and electric ovens. Model number 790.42603xxx with serial numbers ranging from AF42500601 through AF43000916 and model number 790.42613xxx with serial numbers ranging from AF42500541 through AF43103647 are included. The model and serial numbers are located on the inside frame of the range door on the left side. Kenmore Elite is printed on the front of the oven door.
Sold exclusively at Sears stores nationwide from June 2014 through October 2014 for between $3,200 and $3,700.

Consumers should immediately stop using the ranges and contact Sears for a free inspection and free repair.Consumeram contact Sears toll-free at (888) 710-9284 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, Saturday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT or online at www.sears.com and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W304

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 20, 2015.

Sears Kenmore Elite slide-in ranges have been recalled by Elextrolux because the stainless steel trim below the range control panel can have a sharp edge, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. One consumer reported being cut by a sharp edge on the stainless steel trim below the range control panel and required stitches.
This recall involves Sears Kenmore Elite stainless steel slide-in gas, electric and dual-fuel ranges with the following model and serial numbers. The model and serial numbers are located on the inside frame of the range door on the left side. Kenmore Elite is printed on the front of the oven door.

This recall involves Sears Kenmore Elite stainless steel slide-in gas, electric and dual-fuel ranges with the following model and serial numbers. The model and serial numbers are located on the inside frame of the range door on the left side. Kenmore Elite is printed on the front of the oven door.

 

Type

Model

Serial Numbers

Gas

790.32623xxx

AF41500007 - AF44902220

790.32633xxx

AF41600811 - AF45004453

790.32643xxx

AF41601928 - AF45003625

Electric

790.42553xxx

AF41602002 - AF45006133

790.42563xxx

AF42002743 - AF45005533

790.42623xxx

AF42801297 – AF45000612

Dual Fuel

790.42603xxx

AF40602184 - AF45004329

790.42613xxx

AF42500541 – AF45003409


These ranges were sold exclusively at Sears stores nationwide from May 2014 through April 2015 for between $2,400 and $3,700.
Consumers should immediately contact Sears for a free inspection and free repair. Consumers can contact Sears at (800) 873-5011 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT on Saturday or online at www.sears.com and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W303

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 19, 2015.

Precision Trading is recalling PREMIUM® Espresso Makers because the filler cap at the top of the unit can crack and allow steam to escape, posing a risk of burns to the user. In addition, the cap can pop off unexpectedly as a result of pressure buildup, posing a risk of injury to a bystander. The firm has received one report of a consumer who sustained burns to her arm when the cap unexpectedly released steam from the espresso maker.
This recall involves Precision Trading Corp.’s PREMIUM® four-cup Espresso Makers manufactured in September 2014 and November 2014. The recalled units have model number PEM585 and product date code "0914" or "1114" printed on a rating label affixed to the bottom of the espresso maker. The Premium logo is printed on the bottom front of the espresso maker. Espresso makers with "2015" marked on the cap are not included in this recall.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled espresso makers and contact Precision Trading Corp. to request a free replacement cap. Consumers can contact Precision Trading Corp. at (800) 477-4501 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at recall@precisiontrading.com or visit the firm’s website at www.premiumus.com and click on Recall Information for more information.
These were sld at BrandMart U.S.A. and other retail stores in Florida and Puerto Rico between November 2014 and February 2015 for about $30.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W302

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 19, 2015.

Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting is recalling Java Jacket Disposable Cup Sleeves because the Java Jacket cup sleeve can ignite if used in a microwave, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves Kaldi’s Coffee Java Jackets disposable paper cup sleeves used with 12- and 16-ounce paper cups. The black paper cup sleeves have the “Kaldi’s Coffee” and the company logo printed on the front, and “100% Recycled Paperboard” printed on the back. Kaldi’s has received two reports of the Java Jackets catching fire when heated in the microwave. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using and discard the recalled Java Jackets. Consumers can contact Kaldi’s toll-free at (888) 892-6333 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at http://kaldiscoffee.com/ and click on "Recal" for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W301

The following news is from the GlobalMeatNews on May 15, 2015.

Meat products were there the majority of cases handled by the EU Food Fraud Network. Most of the 60 cases were incorrect dates, ingredients, amount of water added to the product or replacement of a high value species with a lower-valued one. After meat, next were fish and honey.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W300

The following news is from the DairyReporter on May 14, 2015.

Nestle is planning on modifying their Carnation Evaporated Plant in Modesto, CA because of the drought in California. The plant will recycle all of its wastewater and will not use any local freshwater in the plant. Water extracted from milk will be used for cleaning and cooling.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W299
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