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The following news is from the Reuters.com and Koshertoday on October 24, 2015.

"PM Beef will close its southwest Minnesota beef processing plant on Dec. 11, due to tight cattle supplies. Severe droughts in 2-12 forced ranchers to reduce the size of their herds. The owners are trying to sell the facilty.
PM Beef had been a slaughterhhouse for kosher beef aand has been major source of premium glatt kosher beef. PM was was one of the few plants in the US that produced prime cuts of kosher beef.

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The following news is from the Barfblog on October 24, 2015 and globalmeatnews on October 26, 2015.

Clear Labs is a startup company that is using DNA sequencing to analyze the contents of food to combat food fraud. Clear Foods tested hot dogs and sausages. "Around 3 percent of the samples found pork where it shouldn’t have been, most often in meats labeled as chicken or turkey, and around 10 percent of the vegetarian products contained meat. "Human DNA was found in 2% of the total samples and in two thirds of the vegetarian products tested. It found evidence of chicken in 10 samples, beef in four samples, turkey in three samples, and lamb in two samples in products that were not supposed to contain those ingredients."
Vegetarian products seemed to have the most problems across the board: Four of the 21 vegetarian samples had hygienic issues (accounting for two-thirds of the hygienic issues found in the report), and many vegetarian labels exaggerated the protein content by up to 2.5 times the actual amount." "The tests discovered 10% of vegetarian products contained meat." including "chicken in a vegetarian breakfast sausage and pork in a vegetarian hot dog."

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The following news is from the Barfblog on October 24, 2015.

The Organic and Natural Health Association (OHNA) is cerating a certification system for natural, because the FDA is doing this. ONHA is creating a natural seal beginning in early 2016 that companies can put on their products in exchange for a fee.

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The following news is from the FoodSafetyNews on October 22, 2015.

A study by Steven Ricke, director of the University of Arkansas Center for Food Safety found that "typical cleaning doesn’t actually sanitize the reusable plastic containers (RPCs) used to transport fruits, vegetables, poultry and other foods". Containers used for multiple kinds of foods are collapsed and brought to a central location to be cleaned. This causes a high likelhood of cross-contamination.

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The following news is from the Matzav on October 21, 2015.

Federal Judge Patricia A. Seitz's ruling requiring Florida prisons to serve kosher food has had positive effects. Florida prisoners are now getting kosher food and Georgia is starting to revamp their kosher meal plan to conform to the Florida ruling.

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The following information is from the IFT and Chicago Council on October 21, 2015.

Two interesting articles

  • The U.S. leads surge in GMO-free labeling: The free-from catagory in the US is growing including lactose-, dairy-, and gluten-free foods and drinks as well as GMO-free foods.
  • Another related story is that a study by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs found Americans prioritize affordability, nutrition over non-GMO foods.
    "Three quarters (78%) of Americans are very or somewhat interested in how the food they buy is produced, the survey finds. A majority deem it very important that the food they buy is affordable and nutritious (59% and 57%, respectively). Additionally, minorities of Americans named other food attributes very important, including: not genetically modified (32%), antibiotic-free (31%), locally grown (20%), organically grown (17%), from a family farm (16%) or from a nationally known brand (11%)."

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The following information is from the foodsafety.com on October 20, 2015.

The FDA has published the final versions of the Food Safety Management Act (FSMA). "FSMA is built around what FDA refers to as its 7 Pillars. These Pillars include Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, Produce Safety, Sanitary Transportation, Food Defense, Foreign Supplier Verification and Third-Party Auditor Rules. The preventive control rules for both human and animal food were released by FDA and published in the Federal Register on September 17, 2015." Companies will need to have a Written Food Safety Plan and Current Good Manufacturing Practices.
Deadlines for compliance and more information are listed in the this article

The following information is from the FDA and foodsafety.com on September 10, 2015.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food rule is now final, and compliance dates for some businesses begin in September 2016.
Broadly, the rules require registered food facilities to maintain a food safety plan, perform a hazard analysis, and institute preventive controls for dealing with those hazards. Facilities also have to verify and document that their controls are working.
Very small businesses have three years to comply with the rules, small businesses have two years, and the rest have one year.

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The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on October 14, 2015.

TCC Cooking Company recalls CHEFS Vertical Roasters because the vertical roasters can break or shatter, posing burn and laceration hazards. This recall involves CHEFS-branded flameproof ceramic vertical roasters. The black roasters consist of a round roasting pan with handles and a removable insert. The roasting pan measures 11.75 in diameter on the inside and 2.5 inches high and the removable insert measures 7.5 inches in diameter at the base and 4.5 inches high. The underside of the handles are slightly recessed for grip. The CHEFS logo is at the center of the rimmed base.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled roasters. Consumers who purchased the roaster through Target.com should return the product to any Target store for a full refund. All other consumers should discard the product and contact TCC Cooking Company to receive a gift card equal to the purchase price.
Sold at Chefscatalog.com, Cooking.com, Target.com and other online retailers from April 2014 through May 2015 for between $35 and $50.
Consumer Contact: TCC Cooking Company at 800-338-3232 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or online at www.chefscatalog.com and click on the Product Recalls link under the Need Help section. Consumers can also write to the firm at CHEFS Customer Care, 5070 Centennial Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Consumers can contact Target at 800-440-0680 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.target.com and click on the Product Recalls link at the bottom of the homepage under the Help section or click on the Product Recalls tab on Target’s Facebook page for more information.

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The following news is from the theJC.com on October 14, 2015.

The European Parliament’s committee on agriculture and rural development rejected a proposal on October 13, 2015 that required pre-stunning for meat is to be labelled as organic. This proposal would have prevented kosher meat to be labeled as organic.

The following news is from the Global Meat News on October 7, 2015.

A proposal for the European Commision on Organic Farming Standards requires pre-stunning of animals before slaughter in order for them to called organic.

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The following information is from the KVH and TDGarden on October 8, 2015.

TDGarden, Boston Kosher Concession: Kosher Café at Section 4 is under the certification of the Rabbinical Council of New England is now open.

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