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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.

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

The following news is from the thehill.com and twincities.comon July 29 2014.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a chllenge by the meat industry to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of meat on Tuesday on July 29, 2014. "The industry said in court that the rules go beyond what Congress intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech by forcing meat producers to provide information about their products without "directly advancing a government interest." The court said "that consumer's interest in choosing domestic meat is worthy of what the court called a "minimal" intrusion on the meat industry's First Amendment rights."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W231

The following product recall is from the CPSC on July 23 2014.

Dream On Me Dinah High Chairs have been recalled because the leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck or fall from the chair. This poses a strangulation and fall hazard to young children.

The recall includes Dream On Me Dinah high chairs made with a steel, powder coated tubing open-framed base with white plastic foot grips and black with white trim or red with white trim fabric seats. The chair has a white plastic tray, plastic footrest and a white fabric five point adjustable safety strap. “Dream On Me” is printed on a label attached to the front of the tray. There is a color-coordinated black and white or red and white fabric storage bin attached to the bottom of the chair legs. The high chair can be folded for storage.

Sold exclusively online by Walmart.com and Amazon.com from November 2012 to November 2013 for about $60.

Consumer Contact: Dream On Me toll-free at (877) 201-4317 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or online at www.dreamonme.com and click on the Recalls tab for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W230

The following interesting news is from the techcrunch.com on July 16, 2014.

As part of a class as a proof of concept, three students at MIT have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W229

The following news is from the www.financialexpress.com on July 9, 2014.

Twenty percent of food items from restaurants and food outlets sold in India were found to be substandard or aduterated. 46,283 food samples were tested by Indian government laboratories and 9,265 samples were found to be adulterated and misbranded.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W228

The following information is from the Newhope361.com on July 9, 2014.

The FDA gluten-free labeling regulation will go into effect on August 5, 2014.
FDA Guidance documents
This rule is for entities that choose to make a "gluten-free" claim on their food labels.

  • Gluten free neans no wheat, rye, barley, or their crossbred hybrids. An ingredient that is made from a gluten-containing grain and that has been processed to remove gluten, if the use of that ingredient contains 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten.
  • Gluten-free products must contain 20 ppm gluten in a concentration level rather than an absolute quantity of gluten in a food. It is equivalent to 20 milligrams of gluten per 1 kilogram (or 1000 grams (g)) of food.
  • An ingredient that is made from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten, such as wheat starch, must result in under 20 parts per million gluten in the finished food for the food to be labeled "gluten-free." This product must contain the statement that the ingredient has been processed to remove the gluten and include contains wheat in the ingredient statement.
  • A "gluten-free" claim also can appear on the labels of foods that inherently do not contain gluten (e.g. raw carrots and grapefruit juice).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W227

The following news story is from the Olive Oil TimesCPSC on July 4, 2014.

The Olive Oil Commission of California was cerated for olive oil producers and growers in to self-govern their industry and improve consumer confidence in olive oil qualiy. They are recommending grading and labeling standards applicable to California olive oil producers who generate 5,000 or more gallons per year. If the Commission recommendations become law, they will only apply to California oil but may eventually affect all U.S. and importer standards.

"A few highlights for labeling standards include:

  • Terms such as, “Pure,” “Light,” Extra Light,” and “Super Virgin” on olive oil labels should be prohibited because they mislead purchasers as to the oil characteristics.
  • One hundred percent of the bottles of California oil should be from olives grown in California.
  • If varietal names appear on the label, they should be listed in weight order.
  • If the harvest date appears on the label, all oils in the bottle should have been harvested during the same harvest period.
  • All labels should include information that allows for traceability of the oil throughout its growing and processing stages.
  • Refined olive oil blend should not be labeled as olive oil."

The report also suggests a number of quality assurance measures, some of which differ from current standards

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W226
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