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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 FoodSafetyNews on August 20, 2015.

A presentation by food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting in Portland, OR stated that food fraud is a bigger problem than many realise. "Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud is occurring,” Food Fraud affects everything from seafood to milk, spices and even food coloring — anything with “even a moderate economic value".
"In many cases, U.S. companies should be physically inspecting their food suppliers or finding some other method to monitor their activities to make sure that no fraud is taking place." "No other efforts can deter misbehavior like the threat of losing business."

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The following news is from the GlobalMeatNews on August 24, 2015.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council is running a six-month inquiry, which will conclude in November, examining the certification of halal, kosher, organic and genetically modified food. They are also exhammining the fact that some kosher beef and lamb was also being sold unlabelled as such in supermarkets.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W332

The following news is from the FoodQuality and ScienceDaily posted on August 25, 2015.

Researchers from Chapman University tested commercial ground beef and game meat for species
"In the study on identification of species found in ground meat products, 48 samples were analyzed and 10 were found to be mislabeled. Of those 10, nine were found to have additional meat species and one sample was mislabeled in its entirety. Additionally, horsemeat, which is illegal to sell in the United States, was detected in two of the samples."
In the study of game meat "the results showed 10 products to be potentially mislabeled. Two products labeled as bison and one labeled as yak were identified as domestic cattle. Other mislabeling included a product labeled as black bear that was identified as American beaver, and a product labeled as pheasant that was identified as helmeted guineafowl."
This mislabeling was caused by either accidental cross-contamination or economic adulteration.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W331

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on August 18, 2015.

Rite Aid recalls outdoor dining sets due to fall hazard. The chair arms and legs can bend and cause the user to fall, posing a risk of injury. This recall involves a six-piece outdoor patio set containing four folding chairs, a table and an umbrella. The brown metal-frame chairs have a red canvas seat and back, and measure 21 ¼ inches tall by 25 ¼ inches wide. The umbrellas are 80 inches tall have a coordinated red with stripes canvas top. The square table also has a metal frame and a hard-plastic clear top. UPC number 011822350303 and item number 9034923 are printed on the packaging of the patio set.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and return them to the any Rite Aid store for a full refund. Consumers are not required to return the table and umbrella.
Sold exclusively at Rite Aid stores nationwide and online at RiteAid.com from January 2015 to July 2015 for between $100 and $150.
Consumer Contact: Rite Aid at 800-748-3243 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, or online at www.riteaid.com and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page under Customer Care for more information.

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The following information on food safety is from the Barfblog on August 15, 2015.

"Management of microbiological food safety is largely based on good design of processes, products and procedures. Finished product testing may be considered as a control measure at the end of the production process. However, testing gives only very limited information on the safety status of a food." Finding bacteria in a product means something, but not finding one, may not. "Therefore most attention should be focussed on management and control of the hazards in a more pro-active way by implementing an effective food safety management system."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W329

The following article is from the Food Safety News on July 29, 2015.

Article on how to use "best by" dates on food packages. "The key takeaway is that a “best-by” or “sell-by” date is not an expiration date and doesn’t necessarily mean that the safety of the food product declines after that date." The date is there for stocking purposes.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W328

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on July 29, 2015.

Jenn-Air Single, Double Wall Ovens and Combination Microwave/Wall Ovens have been recalled by Whirlpool because the extendable roller rack can unexpectedly disengage when fully extended, posing a risk of burns to consumers.
This recall involves Jenn-Air brand single and double wall ovens, and combination microwave/wall ovens with an extendable roller rack with handle. The ovens were sold in stainless steel, oiled bronze, black and white. The Jenn-Air logo is affixed to the lower right corner of the oven door. Wall ovens included in the recall have models numbers that begin with JJW2, JJW3 JMW2 or JMW3 and a serial number beginning with a D or F. A complete list of model and serial numbers included in this recall is on the firm’s website (http://repair.whirlpoolcorp.com). Model and serial numbers for single and double ovens are located under the control panel, and for combination ovens, the model and serial number are located near the center vent of the lower oven.
Consumers should immediately stop using the extendable roller rack and contact Whirlpool Corporation for a free in-home inspection and repair.
Sold at Sears, Pacific Sales and other stores nationwide, and by wholesalers, including Ferguson Enterprises, and homebuilders from March 2012 through June 2015 for between $2,500 and $5,000.
onsumer Contact: Whirlpool Corporation toll-free at (877) 929-2029 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday or online at www.whirlpoolcorp.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W327

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on July 9, 2015.

Epoca International, Boca Raton, FL is recalling Glass Whistling Kettle because The bottom portion of glass vessel can break when heated and the contents can spill, posing laceration and burn hazards.
The Primula® Borosilicate two-quart clear glass round kettle has no markings or etchings on the glass. Model PTKG-4420 has a green plastic handle with a green silicone insert in the handle and a green whistling-stopper lid. Model PTKB-4420 has a black plastic handle with a black silicone insert in the handle and a black whistling-stopper lid. Both models have a ½” metal band around the glass kettle’s neck. “Not for dishwasher” is printed in raised letters underneath the lid.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately. Customers should either return the product to the retailer or contact Epoca International for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund. Sold at
Retail stores including, Kitchen Collection, Meijer, Peyton Phoenix, Ross Stores, Target and online at amazon.com, primulaproducts.com and target.com from January 2012 through May 2015 for about $15.
Consumer Contact: Epoca International at (800) 241-7940 anytime or online at www.epoca.com and click on “recalls” in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W326

The following product newsis from the fastcoexist and ingredientsnetwork on July 22, 2015.

There have been reports on the news that researchers at Oregon State Univeraity have developed Dulse, a type of seeweed that is easy to grow, is very nutritious and is claimed to taste like bacon when fried.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W325

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on July 22, 2015.

Teavana Corp, Seattle WA is recalling Tristan glass pitchers that can break or leak, posing laceration and/or burn hazards to consumers if filled with hot tea. This recall involves 64 oz. Tristan glass pitchers for hot or cold tea. They have a glass handle, stainless steel infuser and a lid and base that are made of flexible black silicone. The pitchers measure about 12 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter. The Teavana logo is printed on the bottom. Style #30593000064 and SKU#11034874 are printed on the pitchers’ box. Teavana has received 50 reports of the glass pitchers breaking or leaking, including three reports of lacerations and two minor burns.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glass pitchers and return them to a Teavana store location (except for two stores: Columbia Mall, Columbia, Maryland, and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Texas) or contact Teavana for a free replacement 66 oz. infusion tea pitcher plus a $25 Teavana gift card or for a Teavana gift card for the purchase price plus tax.

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