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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 FoodSafetyTech on January 12, 2015.

Dr. David Acheson who was a former director of the FDA has speculated that they cumin that was contaminated with nut allergins may have been a case of in intentional economic adulteration with someone dding peanut shells or almond husks to ground cumin. This dilutes a product with a high value with a product with no value. "At the time of this writing, a quick Internet search revealed the price of ground cumin to be $3,500 to $4,000 per ton – I don’t know if this is a realistic price, but at that price adding 1 percent peanut shells at zero costs is essentially a profit of $350-$400 on a sale of ten tons of ground cumin. Not a bad margin at zero cost for the grinder to put in their pocket."
This has resulted in many recalled products and possible severe health outcome for someone with a peanut allergy.

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