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The following news is from the FoodSafetyTech.com/ on November 16, 2015.

This article Fighting the Reality of Food Fraud lists a history of food fraud dating back to the Romans. The article explains how FSMA as well as a Food Fraud Database can help reduce this problem.

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The following news is from the yeahthatskosher.com/ on November 18, 2015.

"'The Kosher Market’ was announced today by CIBO Express Gourmet Markets as the first-of-its-kind kosher market in Newark Airport (EWR) located in Terminal C3 near Gate 139. It is currently open."
"The market will feature over 60 freshly prepared Grab & Go items, made by Fresko, CIBO’s Kosher foods partner. The freshly prepared items, including sandwiches, salads, wraps, dips, snacks and more, will be delivered daily to Terminal C."

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The following news is from the FDA on November 13, 2015.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized rules that establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms, and make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards. The agency also issued a rule establishing a program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies, also known as auditors, to conduct food safety audits of foreign food facilities. There are produce safety rules and rules that require food importers ot verify foreign suppliers.

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The following news is from the FoodSafetynews.com and USDA on November 17, 2015.

The USDA's (United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection service) FSIS has released guidelines for meat, poultry and processed egg producers to manage food allergens.
"Establishments are required to declare ingredients on the label if they are included in the product formulation (9 CFR 317.2and 381.118). Allergen containing products must be handled, processed, formulated, and stored properly. If allergens are not declared, then the product is adulterated and misbranded. If adulterated and misbranded product has already been shipped into commerce, FSIS would request that it be recalled."
"FSIS does not recognize a threshold for any allergenic ingredient. Thus, all allergenic ingredients need to be declared on the product label."
The FSIS document has a great deal of information for companies and consumers about allergens and for companies about producing foods.
"The goal is to make plants more conscious of properly labeling their products and prevent additional recalls."

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The following news is from the Foodmanufacturing.com and FDA on November 18, 2015.

The FDA is proposing a rule to establish labeling requirements for fermented, hydrolyzed and distilled foods that bear a gluten-free label. "There is uncertainty in interpreting the results of current gluten test methods for fermented and hydrolyzed foods on a quantitative basis that equates the test results in terms of intact gluten." These foods will be required to be gluten-free before the fermentation or hydrolysis and no contamination in processing. Distilled products will be required to demonstrate that there is no gluten in the final product.

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The following news is from the OK with confirmation from Kehilla Kosher on November 6, 2015.

OK Kosher and Kehilla Kosher (Los Angeles) announced that they are merging.

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The following news is from the RSSL on November 4, 2015.

Researchers in Holland have developed a plant based protein that matches the texture of steak. Using a processing technique called the Couette Cell, reliant on heat and shear (rather than extrusion, the most common way of generating textures) Dutch research led by Atze Jan van der Goot aimed to address this issue. From a mixture of soy protein isolate and wheat gluten, the team at Wageningen created 3cm-thick sections resembling the fibrous texture of meat.

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The following news is from the JOL on November 4, 2015.

Coca Cola in Israel is recalling 1.5 liter bottles of Coca Cola due to an aftertaste. They are recalling all bottles with an expiration date of February 25, 2016.

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The following news is from the JTA and Grandin.com and Koshertoday.composted on November 3, 2015.

" The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority advised the government to ban ritual slaughter of animals, citing pain and suffering caused to them in the process." "The authority said it opposed ritual slaughter because it means that animals may take more than 45 seconds to die, during which time they may be subjected to stress and pain." Temple Grandin has found the average time to be 15 to 30 seconds.
The Dutch Israelite Religious Community, on NIK, has argued that the strict rules of shechitah, the Hebrew word for kosher slaughter, assure minimum suffering that does not exceed that of non-kosher slaughterhouses. "Kosher Today has learned that kosher slaughter in the Netherlands involves only 60 animals a week."

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The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on October 28, 2015.

Avengers and Darth Vader Themed Water Bottles have been recalled because the gray paint on the metal portion of the water bottle can contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
his recall involves Avengers and Darth Vader themed stainless steel water bottles with images of Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man on one and an image of Darth Vader and the Death Star on the other style. The water bottles are gray with a blue or black plastic top, a vacuum-valve stopper and are 5 ½ inches tall by 2 ¾ inches in diameter. SKU number 7939721 (Avengers) or 7939721 (Darth Vader) is printed on the price sticker affixed to the bottom of the bottle, along with one of the following date codes: 12/2013, 8/2014 or 12/2014. A tracking label imprinted on the underside of the bottle contains the date code printed along with the words, “Pottery Barn Kids,” “LOT 1, BATCH 1” and “JINHUA, CHINA.”
Consumer Contact: Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at 844-421-8062 from 7 a.m. to midnight ET daily, or online at www.potterybarnkids.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled water bottles from children and return them to the nearest Pottery Barn Kids store or contact the firm’s toll-free number for free shipping information. Consumers will have the option of a full refund or replacement water bottle, plus a $20 Pottery Barn Kids gift card.
Sold exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Outlet stores nationwide, through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and online at www.potterybarnkids.com from June 2014 through September 2015 for about $16.

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