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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.

FDA releases final rule to ensure food safety during transport

April 5, 2016 - FDA:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rule will require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary transportation, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting food during transportation." "Shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers engaged in transportation operations of food imported by motor or rail vehicle and consumed or distributed in the United States are also subject to the final rule."

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Spoiled meat was smuggled into Israel and sold to some of Israel's most renowned restaurants and meat stores.


April 5, 2016 - Globes.co.il:
"The Ministry of Agriculture enforcement and investigation unit today found 700 kilograms of meat in the Tel Aviv Tikva market smuggled into Israel from Judea and Samaria. The unit also intercepted enormous quantities of smuggled meat at the Dragot checkpoint near the Dead Sea."
Today's report follows one from yesterday, according to which enforcement and investigation unit inspectors exposed a ring smuggling meat into Israel from the Palestinian Authority (PA). The smuggled meat, which was sold to leading restaurants and various meat shops, bore forged expiration dates, slaughter dates, and kashrut certificates."
"The Ministry of Agriculture bans the import of animal products from the PA to Israel because of improper storage conditions, and in order to prevent the entry of spoiled meat into the country. The smuggled goods reached a warehouse in the Atarot industrial zone, where they were repackaged and kashrut certificates, expiration dates, and veterinary authorization documents were forged. The meat, which was unfit for human consumption, was distributed to restaurants and various meat shops. Concealment of transactions and income in Israel is also suspected."

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Food fraud: If ‘price is too good to be true, it probably is

March 30, 2016 - From Barfblog.com:
Chris Elliott, the founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, a laboratory in Northern Ireland is quoted saying "Many, many forms of food fraud manifest themselves in different parts of the world virtually every day of the week. It’s absolutely cheating. But it goes beyond cheating — this is criminal activity, very well organized criminal activity, with people making a huge amount of money out of fraud in food systems."
"The world trade in groceries is about $11 trillion. And the level of fraud is somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of that."
"My advice to people is always buy your food from bonafide sources. If you buy your stuff from the back of vans and so forth, you can expect what you’ll get. And the second thing is if you buy something that’s too good to be true price-wise, it probably is."

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Swiss study finds E. coli bacteria in ice cubes

March 30, 2016 - From Barfblog.com: m
A Swiss study found that "more than a quarter of ice cubes used in Swiss bars and restaurants contain fecal bacteria such as E. coli." "The presence of bacteria including pseudomonas, E. coli and enterococci is “a clear sign of unsanitary production of ice cubes'. "The primary cause is a lack of hygiene in bars and restaurants, where ice machines may be badly cleaned and maintained."

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Largest-ever seizures of fake food and drink in INTERPOL-Europol operation

March 30, 2016 - From Interpol.int:
"More than 10,000 tonnes and one million litres of hazardous fake food and drink have been seized in operations across 57 countries in an INTERPOL-Europol coordinated initiative to protect public health and safety."
"Operation Opson V resulted in seizures ranging from nearly nine tonnes of counterfeit sugar contaminated with fertilizer in Khartoum, Sudan to Italian officers recovering more than 85 tonnes of olives which had been ‘painted’ with copper sulphate solutions to enhance their colour."
Police found coouterfeit alcohol in Greece and the UK>
30 tons of illegal beef and buffalo meat unfit for human consumption and bound for supermarkets was found in Thailand
"In Australia, testing of 450 kg of honey revealed it had been blended or adulterated, and a consignment of peanuts had been repackaged and relabelled as pine nuts."
"In Indonesia, officials seized 70 kg of chicken intestines which had been preserved in formalin, which is prohibited as a food additive. "
"First launched in 2011, the Opson operations have grown from involving just 10 countries across Europe, to involving nearly 60 countries in every region of the world and resulting in the seizure of tens of thousands of tonnes of fake and substandard food and drink."

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Indian Milk Adulteration

March 21, 2016 - From India Times:
"Nearly 70% of the milk in India is adulterated." "The adulteration of milk can be grouped into two broad categories: contamination arising from poor hygiene, handling and packaging; and deliberate addition of water to increase the quantity and, along with the water, other substances that mask the dilution, such as urea, detergents, shampoo, caustic soda, hydrogen peroxide and oil, which apparently enhance viscosity, never mind if the milk is transformed into a poisonous cocktail. This is an egregious violation and must attract stiff penalties: jail terms and heavy fines, besides closure of offending units. Identifying the point of adulteration is crucial. Therefore, testing must be made mandatory across the supply chain, from the primary collection point to the processing and packaging plant. No producer or aggregator will be able to sell without a test. Each unit should be required by law to submit its daily test results, and these should be publicly available. This will make it possible to identify the source of adulteration. Adulteration must be made a cognisable offence."

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New Kosher Chicken Plant coming to Ontario Canada

March 19, 2016 - COR

Chicken Farmers of Ontario(CFO), the regulatory body that oversees the growing and marketing of chicken in Ontario, has approved the application of Premier Kosher Inc., to process kosher certified chicken. The processing plant will be located in the town of Abingdon in the Niagara region of Ontario. The plant will be certified by the COR.

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What’s Old Is New Again: Chefs Rediscover Schmaltz

March 17, 2016 - Modern Farmer has a story that schmaltz has become popular with trendy chefs including many that are not traditional for its use.

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FDA Release Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices, Takes Steps to Strengthen Spice Safety

March 16, 2016 - The FDA has released a draft statemant on the presence of microbial contamination of spices. The FDA found Salmonella in spices from 37 of the 79 countries exhamined. In addition 12 percent of the spice shipments adulterated with filth such as insects and animal hair.
"Under new FSMA regulations, facilities will be required to implement preventive controls for hazards in foods, such as pathogens such as Salmonella that may be associated with certain spices. Moreover, in many cuisines, spices are added during cooking rather than at the table, and this heat treatment can reduce pathogen contamination depending on the length of cooking and temperature."

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New York’s Salt Disclosures on Menus Temporarily Stayed

March 8, 2016 - FoodBevLaw: A New York State appeals court granted a temporary stay of implementation of a new requirment for restaurants with more than 15 restaurants will be required to post a salt-shaker symbol next to menu items that contain 2,300 milligrams (mg) or more of sodium (the daily recommended intake). The restaurant will also be required to post “Warning: Sodium indicates that the sodium (salt) content of this item is higher than the total daily recommended limit (2300 mg). High sodium intake can increase blood pressure and risk of heart disease and stroke." These regulations were set to effect March 1, 2016.

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