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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.

Milk, Not Plastic, Will Protect Food in the Future

August 22, 2016: from YeshivaWorldNews

"U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers have discovered that a milk protein called casein can be used to develop an edible, biodegradable packaging film. The casein-based film is up to 500 times better than plastic at keeping oxygen away from food because proteins form a tighter network when they polymerize, the researchers found. It’s also more effective than current edible packaging materials made from starch and protects food products that are sensitive to light."
"To produce a more practical packaging material, the team added glycerol and citrus pectin to the casein film, which is made by spreading a mixture of water and commercially available casein powder. Glycerol made the protein film softer, and citrus pectin added more structure to the film, allowing it to resist humidity and high temperatures better."
"Because the casein film dissolves in water, one of the main drawbacks to single-serve pouches is that they would need larger, nondissolving plastic or cardboard containers to keep them clean and dry. Bonnaillie said many packages already have an outer layer, however, so in a multi-layer system with secondary packaging, casein would still help the environment."
" Casein in liquid form can serve as packaging and food. It can be sprayed onto cereal flakes and bars. Many cereals currently maintain their crunch because of a sugar coating but could achieve the same goal without sugar using the milk protein."
"It could even be used to line pizza boxes. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned perfluorinated chemicals, which used to coat the cardboard surrounding your pepperoni, sausage, and extra cheese pie, a sprayed-on casein coating could serve as an alternative product to prevent grease and stains."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W466

Salmon Imported To Israel By Neto Found To Be Contaminated Before Reaching Consumers

August 26, 2016: from YeshivaWorldNews

Mako news reported on August 24, 2016 that Neto a major fish importer detected listeria in a portion of shipment of frozen salmon which was quarantined and the remainder cleared for use after inspection was carried out on the entire shipment.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W465

Brucellosis linked to unpasteurized camel milk in Israel

August 18, 2016: from Barfblog

A number of people including children in Isreal have been hospitalized "suffering from brucellosis linked to the consumption of unpasteurized camel milk produced by the dairy company 'Genesis'." Following this, four tons of camel milk was distroyed.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W464

Production of gelatin by fermentation

August 16, 2016: The FoodNavigator-USS

Gelzen is working on producing gelatin using fermentation. They are using synthetic biology to engineer microorganisms to produce collagen. Gelzen is hoping to have commerical quantities to sell within four years.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W463

Dennis East International Recalls Whiskey Glass and Stone Sets Due to Laceration Hazard

August 10, 2016: The CPSC

Whiskey Glass and Stone Sets: The whiskey glass can spontaneously break during use, posing a laceration risk to consumers.
This recall involves Dennis East International Whiskey Glass and Stone Sets. The sets include a 16 once clear glass, four grey chilling stones and a black cloth bag. The SKU number is SKU 30335.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glasses and contact the firm for a full refund.
Sold at Providence Creations, Javic Wholesale, Woot stores and online at Woot.com from May 2015 through July 2016 for about $20.
Consumer Contact: Dennis East International at 800-430-5665 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.deidirect.com. Click on Product Recall Notice at top of page for more information.

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Salmonella cornflakes will be used to make concrete

August 9, 2016: from Arutz7:

"Telma's infected cornflakes will be shredded and used to fuel furnaces for manufacturing cement."
"Trucks will arrive at the company's factory in the southern city of Arad today to load the 120 tons of Salmonella infected cereal and transport it to a facility in the north. There the boxes of cornflakes - and the 24 massive wooden pallets they were on - will go through a massive shredder."
"The crumbs produced by this process will then be shredded again to make them into smaller granules, and then be transported to various factories and used as fuel for cement furnaces."
"Cement is produced by the heating chalk and other rock to very high temperatures using vary large furnaces. The furnaces are generally powered by regular fuel or refuse produced during food manufacturing."


Salmonella cornflakes saga: 'A worker changed the labels'

August 6, 2016: from Arutz7:

"In late July, 2016, Unilever, which makes cereals such as Telma Cornflakes and Delipecan in Israel, confirmed that one of its production lines had been temporarily decommissioned due to contamination. Upon further questioning and testing, the company revealed it was Salmonella in the cereals.
"The Unilever company is claiming that the reason why contaminants had been found in its "Telma" cornflakes is that a warehouse worker took the bar-code off of one of a batch of uncontaminated cereal, and put it on a contaminated batch, sticking it one top of the code marking it as contaminated and not to be sold."
"Thus, the company claims, a salmonella-infected batch of cereal got through quality control at the factory and was shipped off to retail outlets in the Petah Tikva area."


Telma advises customers to throw away cornflakes

August 4, 2016: from Arutz 7:

"A week after it was revealed that Unilever, the producer of Telma brand cornflakes products, had destroyed tens of thousands of boxes of cereal amid fears of contamination, company officials have advised the public to dispose of any cornflakes not in their original box."
"On Friday, however, Telma issued its own statement, warning consumers not to eat any cornflakes – including the “Kokoman” chocolate-coated cornflakes – whose date and production number cannot be verified, acknowledging that customers were indeed at risk."
"The about-face came following reports that a woman in Petah Tikva had purchased a box of cornflakes produced while the assembly line was contaminated. This despite claims no products from the period in question had reached store shelves."


Unilever Israel says additional cereal contains Salmonella

July 26, 2016: from Barfblog.com:

Unilever Israel published the production codes and dates of the Telma Cornflakes, Cocoman, and Delipecan breakfast cereals were contaminated with salmonella."Unilever Israel insists that the contamination was found in the course of routine testing in the factory and that none of the affected production batches left the plant."


Mystery Solved: Where Have All the Cornflakes Gone?

July 26, 2016: from Hamodia:

Telma in Israel has recalled its latest shipment of cornflakes because salmonella was found in several boxes in the factory during a quality control check.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W454

End of an Era for Brookline Delicatessen

August 5, 2016: The BostonEater

Brookline, MA kosher restaurant and delicatessen closed on Friday.

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VT Will Not Enforce GMO Labeling Law

August 4, 2016: The SpecialtyFood.com

"Following President Obama's signing into law of the GMO Labeling Bill, Vermont will no longer enforce Act 120, their first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering."
"Under the federal law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has two years to draft regulations to implement the labeling standard."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W460

NYC's Last Milk Processing Plant Closing

July 19, 2016: The FoodManufacturing.com

Elmhurst Dairy, Queens, NY, New York City's last milk processing plant is shutting down after nearly a century in operation, putting more than 270 people out of work. "A large part of its business was delivering milk in small cartons to public schools around the Big Apple. The company's website says it supplies milk to 8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W459

Kashrus alert on Knife Sharpening

July 19, 2016: The cRc

Knives should only be sent for sharpening to stores which do not pose a kashrus concern. The two main concerns are that the sharpening companies tend to wash your kosher knife with other non-kosher knives, and additionally they might switch your knife with an identical non-kosher one.
More information is at www.crcweb.org/kosher_articles/knife_sharpening.php. The cRc has made an arrangement with the Cutco Kitchen retail store located at 3207 W. Lake Avenue, Wilmette, IL that Cutco Knives can be sharpened only at this location,if the consumer:

  1. makes sure their knives are clean before giving them in for sharpening,
  2. marks their knives with some identifying sign or the consumer records the 4-digit item code and the 2-letter year-code engraved on the knife, so that they can verify that the correct knives were returned to them after sharpening.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W458
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