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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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AJR Trading LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer 480 mL Bottles, Lot 20DF8307

July 14, 2020 from the FDA

AJR Trading is voluntarily recalling 2,004 units of lot 20DF8307 of bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer currently in US distribution, packaged in 480 mL bottles, to the consumer level.

This lot of bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer has been tested and meets all appropriate specifications and tests.

However, in an abundance of caution, these units are being recalled because of possible presence of methanol in other lots of bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer.

The product is used as a hand sanitizer to reduce bacteria when soap and water is not available and is packaged in 480 mL plastic bottles UPC 7502272121085. AJR Trading is recalling lot 20DF8307, expiration date April 2022. The product can be identified by the images below. Product was distributed in Miami beginning in April 2020.

AJR Trading is notifying its customers by phone calls, e-mails, and letters. AJR Trading is arranging for refund and destruction of recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have the above listed lots of bio aaa Hand Sanitizer, which is being recalled, should stop using or distributing the products immediately and mail the products to AJR Trading at the address below for refund:

814 Ponce de Leon Blvd, suite 218. Coral Gables, FL. 33134.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact AJR Trading by phone insert 305-302-8416 or e-mail to ajrtrading15@gmaill.com Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.


Within Expiry of bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer 480 mL Due to the Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

July 14, 2020 from the FDA

San Antonio, Texas, 4e Brands North America is voluntarily recalling ten (10) bottle sizes of Hand Sanitizers to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

AAA Cosmética, S.A. de C.V. is voluntarily recalling all lots of bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer currently in US distribution, packaged in 480 mL bottles, to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

The product is used as a hand sanitizer and is packaged in 1-liter plastic bottles. The affected SANIDERM ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER includes lot number 0530, Expiration date 04/2022. The product can be identified by the label below. Product was distributed Nationwide in the United States.

The product is used as a hand sanitizer and it is packaged in 480 mL plastic bottles. AAA Cosmetica is recalling the following bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer lots, all of which bear the expiration date of April 2022:

20DF9001 20DF9002 20DF9003 20DF9004 20DF9005 20DF9006
20DF9007 20DF9008 20DF9009 20DF9010 20DF9011 20DF9012
20DF9013 20DF9014 20DF9015 20DF9016 20DF9017 20DF9018
20DF9019 20DF9020 20DF9021 20DF9022
The product can be identified by the images. Product was distributed Nationwide in the United States beginning in April 2020.

AAA Cosmetica has notified its distributor, who will help notify its customers by phone calls, emails, and letters. AAA Cosmetica is arranging for refund and destruction of recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have the above listed lots of bio aaa Hand Sanitizer should stop using or distributing the products immediately and mail the products to AAA Cosmetica at the address below for refund:
I.S.C. Forwarder Inc.
8400 San Lorenzo,
Laredo, Texas 78045
(956) 753 0225

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact AAA Cosmética by phone +525526281124 or e-mail to customerservice@aaacosmetica.com.mx Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1050

Kosherfest 2020 Postponed Due to COVID: New Dates of Events to be Announced

September 2, 2020 from Koshertoday:

"The ongoing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted exhibitors and buyers to recommend a postponement of Kosherfest 2020 which was scheduled for November 11-12, 2020. Diversified Business Communications and Lubicom Business Consulting, co-producers of Kosherfest, are analyzing the results of a survey sent to several thousand exhibitors and buyers. Once completed, a new date will be announced. Also, under consideration are virtual events such as the New Product Competition. Kosherfest officials are in consultation with key officials of the food industry to determine the best dates for the show in 2021. The decision to postpone this year’s Kosherfest came as the pandemic continues in many countries throughout the world. Countries in Europe, South America and Israel are under travel restrictions which is likely to continue for the balance of 2020. Many companies in the US are also restricting travel, which is one of the main reasons Kosherfest 2020 is being postponed. 'Kosherfest is an international show with hundreds of visitors from all parts of the world,' said a Kosherfest spokesperson. 'If our attendees cannot travel, we obviously have to consider alternate dates.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1084

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

August 31, 2020 from the USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending a suite of nationwide waivers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out. This includes:

Collectively, these flexibilities ensure meal options for children continue to be available so children can access meals under all circumstances. USDA is taking this unprecedented action to respond to the needs of its stakeholders, who have shared concerns about continuing to reach those in need without enlisting the help of traditional summer sites located throughout communities across the US. While there have been some well-meaning people asking USDA to fund this through the entire 2020-2021 school year, we are obligated to not spend more than is appropriated by Congress.

Importantly, the summer meal program waiver extensions announced today are based on current data estimations. Over the past six months, partners across the country have stood up nearly 80,000 sites, handing out meals at a higher reimbursement rate than the traditional school year program. USDA has continuously recalculated remaining appropriated funds to determine how far we may be able to provide waivers into the future, as Congress did not authorize enough funding for the entire 2020-2021 school year. Reporting activities are delayed due to States responding to the pandemic; however based upon the April data we currently have available, FNS projects that it could offer this extension, contingent on funding, for the remaining months of 2020. USDA will continue to actively monitor this rapidly evolving situation and continue to keep Congress informed of our current abilities and limitations.

Since the start of the public health emergency, FNS has been maximizing existing program services and flexibilities to ensure those in need have access to food through our 15 federal nutrition assistance programs. To date, USDA has provided more than 3,000 flexibilities across these programs. USDA has also leveraged new and innovative approaches to feeding kids, including a public-private partnership that provided nearly 40 million meals directly to the doorsteps of low-income rural children. For more information on FNS’ response to COVID-19, visit fns.usda.gov/coronavirus.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1082

Domino sugar plant closed by silo fire

August 28, 2020 from the Food Business News

"The 111-year-old Domino Sugar refinery in Chalmette, La., was forced to close the afternoon of Aug. 27 due to a fire in one of its silos, according to news reports from the area."

"Local press reports indicated the fire broke out in one of the plant’s 10-story silos during restart operations at around 4:00 p.m. Central Time and spread to a second silo. There was no evidence of an explosion, but the cause of the fire still was under investigation. The silos were said to be filled with refined sugar."

" source at Domino said it was not yet known when operations at the plant would be able to resume. The refinery is one of the largest in the world."

"Operations at the plant had been halted as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall to the west, near the Louisiana-Texas border, early in the morning of Aug. 27. There was no damage to the Domino plant from the hurricane, or to the Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, refinery in Gramercy, La., which continued to operate during the storm."

"The loss of a major refinery comes at a time when spot sugar supplies are tight late in the 2019-20 marketing year that ends Sept. 30. Total domestic sugar production (beet and cane) in 2019-20 was down 11% from 2018-19 due to weather-reduced sugarcane production in Louisiana and an early freeze that prevented the harvest of thousands of acres of sugar beets in 2019."

"It was not yet known how the loss of production from the facility will impact sugar prices, which already had been firming the past couple of weeks as beet processors have sold about 80% or more of their prospective 2020-21 beet sugar production, and cane refiners had most of their September through December 2020 supply committed and also were well sold for 2021."

"Domino is part of ASR Group, which also includes C&H Sugar, Redpath Sugar, Tate & Lyle Sugars and Sidul. ASR Group is owned by Florida Crystals Corp. and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. Domino joined ASR (then American Sugar Refining) in 2001."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1083

Open Book Extracts Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Always Be Clean Hand Sanitizer and Just Hand Sanitizer that are Labeled to Contain Methanol

August 29, 2020 from the FDA

Open Book Extracts (OBX) is voluntarily recalling to the consumer level all lots of Always Be Clean Hand Sanitizer and Just Hand Sanitizer that are labeled to contain methanol.

These products are used as hand sanitizers and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available.

OBX sources hand sanitizer from a leading global chemical and ingredient distributor, and has verified through a third-party lab that the hand sanitizer does not contain reportable levels of methanol. The supplier updated the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to remove methanol since it is below the reportable level, and we updated the labels accordingly.

These products are used as hand sanitizers and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available.

The mislabeled hand sanitizer was packaged in single-use packets and multi-count boxes using the following NDC and Lot codes:

Name of Product

NDC

Size

UPC

Lot

Always Be Clean hand sanitizer 75091-2020-1
75091-2020-2
75091-2020-3
Single snaps
100 Count
25 Count
375091202016
375091202023
375091202030
ES8-200514
Just Hand Sanitizer 78065-2020-1
78065-2020-2
Single Snaps
100 Count
703123998659
703123998598
ES9-200610

The mislabeled hand sanitizer was packaged from May 14, 2020 through June 1, 2020 and sold from May 15, 2020 through July 16, 2020 Nationwide in the USA to businesses for internal use.

OBX has notified all distributors via phone and email and is replacing all of the mislabeled product. While OBX believes that all mislabeled units have been recovered or, in the case of Just Hand Sanitizer, were relabeled prior to sale, anyone with questions regarding this recall or are in possession of Just Hand Sanitizer or Always Be Clean Hand Sanitizer from the above-listed lots that list methanol as an inactive ingredient may contact Open Book Extracts at handsanitizer@openbookextracts.com or 917-536-1194 (9 a.m.- 5 p.m. ET) to replace the hand sanitizer free of charge.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1081

Nanomateriales, Sa De CV Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Zanilast+gel Due to the Presence of 1-Propanol Asiaticon SA de CV Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of V-Klean

August 26, 2020 from the FDA

Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Nanomateriales is voluntarily recalling all lots of ZANILAST+ GEL, Sanitizer gel, to the consumer level. FDA laboratory analysis found ZANILAST+ GEL to contain 1-propanol.

The product is used as a sanitizer gel, for hand washing to decrease bacteria on the skin and is packaged in 1 liter, 25 liters, and 1 gallon plastic bottles distributed from 05/29/2020 to 06/17/2020 in the States of California, New York and New Jersey.

Presentation UPC NDC Lable
1 Liter 2 000000 531151 69912-008-01 See below
25 Liter 2 000000 531151 69912-006-01 See below
1 galon 2 000000 531144 69912-008-02 See below

Nanomateriales, SA de CV is notifying its distributors and customers by e-mail and phone and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers and distributors that have ZANILAST+ GEL which is being recalled should return to place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Nanomateriales SA de CV by phone (+1 (210)963 5679) or e-mail (contacto@nanomateriales.com.mx) on working days (Monday through Friday) from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Central Time. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1080

Harmonic Nature Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Hand Sanitizer Due to the Presence of 1-Propanol

August 28, 2020 from the FDA

Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Harmonic Nature is voluntarily recalling all 800 bottles Hand Sanitizer, 250mL, product due to the potential presence of 1-propanol. The products have been tested and found to contain 1 propanol.

The product is used as a hand sanitizer and is packaged in 250 mL plastic bottles , with UPC Code 7500462892210. The product can be identified by Harmonic Nature as a hand sanitizer Topical Solution distributed only to and currently on hold at the US custom bróker, Aquiles INC.

Harmonic Nature is notifying Aquiles INC. and is arranging for return of all recalled product. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Harmonic Nature by +(52) 8120 2967 03 or miguel_martinez2000@yahoo.com Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00pm central time. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1078

Reopened Schools Find Health Risks in Water After Covid-19 Lockdowns

August 27, 2020 - from New York Times:

"The new coronavirus is not the only illness that teachers, students, parents and staff will have to worry about as some schools attempt to reopen this fall. Legionella could lurk in the water supplies of school buildings, and some measures to keep people in schools safe from coronavirus may even increase risks from deadly illnesses caused by the bacteria."

"Last week in Ohio, officials found Legionella at five schools in an assortment of towns. On Friday, a district in Pennsylvania also announced it had found Legionella at four of its schools."

"Legionella, usually Legionella pneumophila, is the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, a respiratory condition. It can form in stagnant water and then disperse through the air and be inhaled when, for example, a shower or tap is turned on. It can be fatal in one in 10 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although young children are less at risk of Legionnaires’, older students, adults and people with compromised immune systems are vulnerable."

"To protect against the spread of coronavirus, many school buildings have been unoccupied since March. Their bathrooms, cafeterias and sports facilities have gone unused. While low occupancy in schools is typical during summer breaks, many are open for summer school and other activities. Experts worry that water was left to stagnate in plumbing during lockdown, and that schools don’t have plans or effective guidance from health authorities for dealing with the effects of prolonged shutdowns."

"Precautions that schools may take to limit coronavirus infection risk could also add to Legionella concerns. For instance, some schools are turning off drinking fountains to prevent oral spread of the virus, or closing off every other sink to ensure social distancing. Some sports facilities also remain closed because of the risk to student athletes and coaches."

"But stagnant water in unused drinking fountains or sink plumbing could be a good reservoir in which the bacteria could grow. And shower heads like those found in locker rooms are common places for Legionella to proliferate. Facilities managers will need to be on guard for the bacteria in school athletics complexes if sports start again next spring. And Dr. Whelton said that many people responsible for managing buildings’ water systems 'had no idea you can acquire Legionella from showers and toilets.'"

"The only way to tell if the flushing is effective is to test the water. Flushing once does not get rid of Legionella if it is present. Milton Union High School in Ohio began testing their water in late July. They found that after 72 hours the chlorine level had dropped to zero. They flushed again and when they tested 24 hours later it was back again to zero. They tested the water and found Legionella."


As lockdowns lift, new hazards lurk in the water - PLEASE FORWARD TO THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBEL FOR BUILDING OPENING as the lockdowns ease

April 28, 2020 - from Nature:

"Stagnant water in unused buildings can harbour infectious bacteria and heavy metals. Scientists point out that guidance on reopening is limited. "

"As some regions prepare to lift the lockdowns in response to COVID-19, scientists who study water are worried about the potential for a secondary health crisis waiting in the dormant plumbing of offices, gyms, restaurants and schools."

"Because of the threats from heavy metals leaching out of pipes, and bacteria and parasites growing in stagnant water, researchers are studying locked-down water systems in an attempt to understand how people can safely reoccupy buildings."

"The longer a building sits unused, the more potential there is for harm. That’s because the length of time between water treatment and use is one of the key factors determining bacterial regrowth.""One of the main concerns is Legionella, a genus of bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease."

" The most common advice after a period of dormancy is to run all taps at full flow for a set amount of time — usually 5 or 10 minutes — to flush the stagnant water from the pipes."

"And the complications don’t stop there. For large complexes such as universities, there might not be enough staff to routinely flush every building. Already-struggling small businesses could baulk at the increased water bills that would result from proper flushing. And without sufficient masks and respirators, staff carrying out flushing operations are at risk of inhaling Legionella and other pathogens that might be growing in the pipes."

"The most important things that building owners and managers can do right now" "are to flush taps regularly, carry out low-cost testing and start to build up a water-management plan."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1021

Study finds evidence of dolphin meat in Mexican canned tuna

August 26, 2020 from the SeafoodSource originally from excelsior.com.mx:

"A study by a food engineering student at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) has discovered evidence of tuna cans produced in Mexico containing dolphin meat."

"The study, performed by food engineering student Karla Vanessa Hernández Herbert, with advice from UNAM’s Secretary General José Francisco Montiel Sosa, examined 15 cans of tuna bought nearby the university. Of those 15 cans, three were found to contain traces of dolphin DNA, confirming the presence of dolphin meat."

"The DNA identification used the same technique utilized by the Fast Fish ID – the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The reaction can be used to create many copies of specific strands of DNA, allowing for easier identification of individual species."

"The study was intended to determine whether the canned tuna contained any species other than what was advertised on the can."

"The news comes two years after a decade-long fight between the U.S. and Mexico over dolphin-safe labels was concluded by the World Trade Organization. Beginning on 24 October, 2008, the fight centered around Mexico disputing the U.S. rules on the labeling of tuna as dolphin-safe, on the grounds that the standards unfairly discriminated against Mexico. At issue was a strategy of tuna fishing in Mexico known as “fishing on dolphins,” where vessels will follow dolphins swimming with tuna."

"Ultimately, the WTO sided with the U.S., upholding the dolphin-safe labeling requirements and allowing Mexican tuna to be excluded."

Mexican publication Excelsior reported the study did not identify the brands of tuna tested."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1079

Asiaticon SA de CV Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of V-Klean Hand Sanitizer Gel, Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer Gel and Protz Real Protection Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Due to Potential Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol) and Subpotent Ethanol Levels

August 25, 2020 from the FDA

Mexico City, Mexico, Asiaticon SA de CV (Mexico) is voluntarily recalling all lots of V-Klean Hand Sanitizer Gel, Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer Gel and Protz Real Protection Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer sold in 13.5, 16.9 and 33.8 ounce bottles to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol) and subpotent ethanol levels.

The product is used as a hand sanitizer and is packaged in plastic clear bottles with clear tops with UPC Code: V-Klean in 8.5 fl. oz. (250 ml) bottles: 716053704993 V-Klean in 16.9 fl. oz. (500 ml) bottles: 716053704993 V-Klean in 33.8 fl. oz. (1000 ml) bottles: 716053704993 Medically Minded in 16.9 fl. oz. (500 ml) bottles: 676753003782 Protz in 13.5 fl. oz. (400 ml) bottles : 7503019005002 The recall includes all lots. This product was exported to different distributors nationwide.

siaticon SA de CV is notifying its distributors by voluntary recall letter and consumers via this press release. Consumers that have the product subject to this recall should stop using and either contact Asiaticon SA de CV per the below for disposal instructions or return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Asiaticon SA de CV at direccion@asiatic-connection.com (0052 1 55 21553488). In the US: at 929 394 3020 (available Monday to Friday 9.30 am 6 pm eastern time) Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this product.

FDA updates on hand sanitizers consumers should not use including list of recalled hand sanitizers.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1077
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