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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.

Kenmore Microwave Ovens Recalled Due to Burn Hazard; Made by Guangdong Galanz; Sold Exclusively at Sears and Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

November 14, 2019 - from CPSC :

Kenmore Elite Microwave Ovens have been recalled becau;se incorrect wiring causes the microwave’s exterior to reach temperatures exceeding 183 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn hazard to the user.

This recall involves 1,000-watt countertop convection microwave ovens manufactured under the Kenmore Elite brand name on April 27, 2017. This manufacturing date of the recalled microwave ovens is identifiable by the first six digits of their serial numbers, each of which begins with the numerals “170427”. The model number of the recalled microwaves is “204.77603610”. The brand name, model number and serial number can be found on the data plate on the back of the microwave ovens. The brand name is printed near the bottom of the door.

Model Number

Serial Number Range

204.77603610

17042700001 and 17042700684

Consumer Contact: Sears at 800-659-7026 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.sears.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled microwave ovens and contact Sears for a free in-home repair.

Sold At: Exclusively at Sears and Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores nationwide from May 2017 through July 2018 for about $350.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W959

Famous Israeli Salad Company, Widely Used By Chareidim, Collapses

November 11, 2019 - from Yeshiva World:

"The Ma'adanei Miki company, which produced packaged salads, dips and smoked fish, closed its doors last weeks after 80 years of operation. The company, which was officially founded in 1992, began as a family business in 1939."

"According to Israeli media reports as well as a YWN report, Ma'adanei Miki was the preferred brand of dips and salads in the Chareidi community, with 49% of the community buying Miki as their first choice, compared to 14% who chose the Tzabar brand as their first choice and 13% who chose Strauss."

"According to Israeli media reports as well as a YWN report, Ma'adanei Miki was the preferred brand of dips and salads in the Chareidi community, with 49% of the community buying Miki as their first choice, compared to 14% who chose the Tzabar brand as their first choice and 13% who chose Strauss."

"The company also suffered a significant loss two years ago when Listeria bacteria was found in its products, which forced the company to recall products, close down production for a prolonged period of time and dispose of a large amount of raw materials."

"The company also suffered a significant loss two years ago when Listeria bacteria was found in its products, which forced the company to recall products, close down production for a prolonged period of time and dispose of a large amount of raw materials."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W958

Mississippi Ends Ridiculous Ban On Labeling Veggie Burgers ‘Veggie Burgers’

November 7, 2019 from the Forbes:

"In a win for the First Amendment, Mississippi will no longer ban plant-based food companies from labeling their products with terms like 'veggie burgers' and 'vegan bacon.' On Thursday, the state dropped rules that would have enforced the labeling ban, and instead replaced them with common sense."

"Under the new regulations now in effect, a plant-based meat alternative won’t be considered “mislabeled” if it uses an adjective like 'meatless,' 'plant-based,' or 'vegan,” on its labeling. Previously, meatless marketers could risk fines of up to $1,000 “per offense,” even jail time. "

"Claiming Mississippi’s law violates the First Amendment, the Institute for Justice sued the state in July on behalf of Upton’s Naturals, a Chicago-based vegan food business, and the Plant Based Food Association. Without the lawsuit, plant-based businesses would have faced severe financial consequences. In order to operate legally, Upton’s Naturals would have had to pull out of Mississippi entirely or drastically overhaul its packaging and design. "

"Not only would the latter be enormously expensive and time-consuming (especially if they’d be used in just one state), the new labels would have created confusion where none existed before. Instead of widely understood terms like 'veggie burgers' or 'vegan sausages,' plant-based companies would have been forced to use unwieldy (and frankly, unappetizing) alternatives like veggie 'discs' or vegetable 'protein tubes.' "

"Federal and state laws already bar deceptive or misleading advertising. If consumers understand that buffalo wings aren’t from flying bison and that chickens don’t have fingers, they can surely grasp that a “veggie burger” is made from plants. In reality, Arkansas and Mississippi are only protecting established businesses from competition. "

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W957

The Current Status of the "Diamond-K"

November 7, 2019 from the Kashrus Magazine:

"'Diamond-K' Rav Hamachshir Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman,z”l passed away this summer. The family is arranging for the continuation of the certification within the coming weeks. In the interim there is no supervision on products bearing the 'Diamond-K' logo."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W956

Olive oil producers petition FDA to adopt enforceable standards of identity

November 7, 2019 from the Food Dive:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W955

Israeli Politicians Slam Ban on Non-Kosher Meat Imports

November 3, 2019 - from Israel Radar:

"A ban on non-kosher meat imports is provoking some angry reactions, as Israel’s religious battles continue to heat up. Secularist politicians have vowed to fight the decree while characterizing it as an Iran-style move. "

"The government recently moved to nullify a permit to import some non-kosher meat to Israel, Channel 12 reported on Friday. There has been no confirmation from other sources that a regulation which now requires a kosher certificate to import pork products is indeed new."

"However, some politicians were quick to denounce the decree and link it to the fight against religious coercion. "

"The row over non-kosher meat imports is the latest chapter in the national debate on the place of religion in Israel’s public sphere. "

"Premiership candidate Benny Gantz also appealed to disillusioned secular voters in his election campaign by vowing to form a secular government. However, he later modified the phrasing and now uses the term 'liberal government.' "


Another view of the same story

GOOD NEWS: Israeli Government Prohibits the Import of Pork & Other Treif Meats

November 5, 2019 - from Yeshiva World:

The Israeli "government is prohibiting the import of any meats without a hechsher, which will now ban the import of pork, which has been permitted to date. The 1992 law prohibiting importing non-kosher meat had a provision addressing exclusions, including sausages. While most may be unaware, quantities of pork are imported to Israel."

"According to the new regulation, all pork products would require a hechsher to permit being imported, hence bringing an end to pork imports. One of the results of this is that those persons wishing to continue to eat pork will have to rely on locally grown pork, which one may assume will cost considerably more due to the new regulation."

"One may also assume that if a left-wing liberal coalition government is formed, this and many other regulations protecting Yiddishkeit will be canceled."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W952

FDA Shares FY16–17 Microbiological Sampling Summary Report for Cucumbers

November 5, 2019 - from FDA and FDA Testing

The FDA released a report on testing of cucumbers that they did starting in November, 2015. The FDA "collected and tested 1,601 samples to determine the prevalence of Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 in the commodity. About 76 percent of the samples collected and tested were from imported cucumbers and the rest were from domestically grown cucumbers, comparable to their respective U.S. market shares at the start of the assignment. The agency designed its sampling plan to detect rates of contamination of one percent or greater if present in the commodity."

"The agency found the prevalence of Salmonella in the cucumbers sampled to be 1.75 percent. The agency did not detect E. coli O157:H7 or other pathogenic E. coli in any of the samples."

Microbiological Surveillance Sampling: FY16-17 Cucumbers is here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W954

Kashrus Information on Little Debbies Products

October 29, 2019 - from Dallas K Facebook Page:

Little Debbie's are now certified OU-D kosher. (Must bear an OU-D)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W953

Hit Promotional Products Recalls Ceramic Mugs Due to Burn and Laceration Hazards

October 29, 2019 - from CPSC :

Coastline Ceramic 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 Coastline Ceramic Mug that was given away as a free promotional item at meetings or events. The mugs are decorated with various logos and come in a variety of colors with a gray bottom. “China” is printed on the bottom of each mug.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mugs and contact Hit Promotional Products for a free replacement mug.
Hit Promotional Products has received ten reports of the mugs cracking or breaking when in use with hot liquids. No injuries have been reported.
iven to consumers as free promotional products at meetings or events nationwide from October 2018 through September 2019.

Consumer Contact: Hit Promotional Products at 800-237-6305, Extension 2691, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at lthibado@hitpromo.net or visit www.hitpromo.net and click on product recalls under the Support menu near the bottom of the page.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W951

New York City Bans Sale of Foie Gras

October 31, 2019 - from the Specialty Food News and Graub Street:

"The New York City Council has passed legislation banning the sale of foie gras in the five boroughs, part of an animal welfare bill package. The law banning “force-fed poultry products” goes into effect in 2022, so it won’t have an immediate impact on the roughly 1,000 New York City restaurants serving foie gras on their menus or the upstate farmers supplying them, who say they could eventually lose up to 400 workers as a result of the legislation. New York follows California in banning foie gras, which went into effect in 2012. When the New York bill goes into effect, violations will be punishable by a $2,000 fine. That is, if the foie gras is produced by forced feeding, which not all of it is."


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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