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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 CPSC on August 19, 2104.

Brita is recalling hard-sided water filter bottle for kids have been recalled because the lid can break into pieces with sharp points, posing a laceration hazard.

The four recalled children’s water bottles have popular cartoon characters on a hard-sided plastic bottle. Characters and bottle colors include Dora the Explorer®, violet; Hello Kitty®, pink; SpongeBob Square Pants®, blue; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, green. The bottles stand 6 inches tall, hold 15 ounces of liquid, have white lids that screw off and have fold-up straws and filters that sit inside the straw below the lid. Each bottle bears a Brita logo and features the image of a popular children’s cartoon character. The removable plastic wrap on the bottle at time of purchase has the model number BB07 and the following UPC codes: 60258-35883 on the Dora the Explorer, 60258-35914 on the Hello Kitty, 60258-35880 on the SpongeBob Square Pants and 60258-35882 on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and contact Brita to receive a postage-paid shipping package to return the bottles for a full refund. These products were sold at Alaska Housewares, Associated Food Stores, Bartell Drug, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Quidsi, Royal Ahold, Shopko, Target, US Navy Exchange, Walmart Stores, and online at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Target.com. Hello Kitty bottles were sold from February 2014 through July 2014. Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bottles were sold from June 2013 through July 2014. The bottles sold for about $13 to $19.

Consumers can call Brita at (800) 926-2065 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or go to www.brita.com and click “Safety Recall” for more information.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W242

The following information is from the NPR on August 20, 2104.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, is now growing quinoa in Tajikistan and Kyrgystan. They are hoping that quinoa can become a nutritious food for local populations in arid areas or areas with salty soil. Quinoa will grow in dry conditions and salty soil. The people who are running this experiment do not know if the people in those areas will eat it.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W241

The following information is from the Federal Register on August 25, 2104.

The North Dakota winter wheat crop has been found to be contaminated with high levels of vomitoxin, which is a mycotoxin that due to wet weather in late June and early July when winter wheat was flowering. This is about 3% of the US crop. This wheat is being stored until they can determine what to do with it.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W240

The following information is from the Federal Register on August 20, 2104.

The US Department of Agriculture Marketing Service is looking for comments on whether it would be adventageous for honey to have a standard of identitiy based on the 2014 Farm Bill.
In 2006 the FDA decided that no standard of identity was needed for honey based on a petition from the honey industry.
"MS is seeking comments on the petitioner's request for a standard of identity for honey and, specifically, the adoption of deviations as defined in the petitioner's request, and draft proposal. This notice provides for a 30 day period for interested parties to comment on the petitioners' request, and on how an appropriate Federal standard for the identity of honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and United States agriculture."
The website to post comments about a standard of identity for honey is www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=AMS-FV-14-0025-0001.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W239

The following news is from the Wiley_online on August 13, 2104.

"Wine grape pomace (WGP) as a source of antioxidant dietary fiber (DF) was used to fortify baked goods, including breads, muffins, and brownies." Wine grape pomace is what is left over after grapes are pressed for wine was used instead of wheat flour. They found that this can be a way to increase hte bioactive ingredients in baked goods and a good use for winemaking waste.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W237

The following news is from the Business Standard on August 11, 2104.

Suzana Lucy Nixdorf from State University of Londrina in Brazil had developed a test to detect counterfeit coffeed. People have adulterated coffee with corn, barley, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, acai seed, brown sugar or starch syrup.
The test that they developed uses liquid chromatography and statistical tools. "Unwanted grain fillers generate different levels of sugars than the natural ingredients, so they are easy to identify."

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W236

The following news is from the Farmers Weekly on August 8, 2104.

The British Veterinary Association has called for an outright ban on an exemption that allows animals to be slaughtered without stunning for religious reasons. They was meat products to be labeled if they come from non-stunned animals. They ahve started a nationwide petition that has gotten 72,0000 signatures. 100.000 signatures will trigger a debate in the House of Commons.
Supporters of religious slaughter feel that this is unfairly targeting them and would then want all meat labeled as to how the animal was stunned and killed.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W234

The following product recall is from the CPSC on August 5, 2014.

Spencer Bar Stool has been recalled because the footrest can crack, compromising the strength of the bar stool, posing a fall hazard. This recall involves bar stools with a dark brown walnut finish wood with a brown leather padded back and swivel seat cushion. The stools have four legs with a footrest connecting each leg and measure 21 inches wide, 48 inches high and 23 inches deep. This recall includes stools with Samson item number M3216604 and Customer item number 845275 found on the bottom of the seat cushion.
Sold exclusively at Costco regionally in the Dallas and San Francisco areas from May 2014 through June 2014 for about $150.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bar stools and return them to the Costco store where the item was purchased for a full refund. The manufacturere Samson International, High Point, N.C.can be contacted at (800) 488-3001 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail at returns@samsoninternational.com or online at www.samsoninternational.com and click on the "Alert: Product Recall" tab located on the upper right corner of the home page.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W235

The following news is from the Foodmanufacture.com on August 5, 2104.

The European FSA scientists have discovered possibly hazardous levels of morphine in some food-grade poppy seeds. Poppy seeds themselves do not contain opioid compounds but the seeds could be contaminated by compounds in the stalks and seed capsules of the plants. There was few reports of adverse affects from consumption of poppy seeds but this could be a problem for toddlers.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W233

The following news is from the Arutz Sheva and twincities.comon July 29 2014.

Hindus want to start a certification system for their food similar to that of kosher. What was proposed is that "foods permissible to all Hindus could be termed as 'shuddh' (pure), and could be marked with an encircled capital 'S'. 'Shuddh' food would not contain meat, fish, eggs, alcohol or intoxicants, nor may these be used in the processing of 'shuddh' food."

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W232
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