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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 FoodSafetynews on January 19, 2015 .

A pilot project was started to teach deli operators the proper way to handle food, clean and sanitize to prevent Listeria monocytogenes. A previous study had found that more than a third of delis did not know what to do. Deli's who underwent training had a much higher compliance.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W391

The following news is from the Linked-in and HalalNews posted on January 20, 2015 .

"The French government confirms the legality of ritual slaughter Responding to a question from a member, the Ministry of Agriculture recalled on January 5 that ritual slaughter, directed by Jews and Muslims without stunning the animal, was legal and consistent with secularism. Indeed, Jews believe that meat is not kosher if the animal was stunned before bleeding." "The text recalls that the derogation from the obligation to stun animals, "under the free exercise of religion" is framed by the French and European law and that this possibility 'does not undermine secularism.'"
"In its response, the Department states that 'slaughter without stunning may be made after immobilization of the animal and respecting all the measures stipulated by the regulations on animal protection and food safety'."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W385

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on January 19, 2016.

West Elm Recalls Bar Stools Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at West Elm

West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., of San Francisco has recalled Saddle bar and counter stools because the legs on the stools can break, posing a fall hazard.
The Saddle bar and counter stools have solid wood legs with a pecan-stained finish and were sold in four upholstery options: elephant leather, crosshatch steel/ivory, slate chevron and iron basketweave. The seat height for the bar stools is 30.5 inches with overall dimensions of 20.5 inches wide by 20 inches deep by 41 inches tall. The seat height for the counter stools is 26 inches with overall dimensions of 20.5 inches wide by 20 inches deep by 37.5 inches high. SKU numbers are located on the box of the product, the customer receipt and on a sticker on the bottom of the seat. Recalled SKU numbers are:

SKU

Type

Color

652164

Counter Stool

Elephant Leather

655472

Bar Stool

Elephant Leather

1220763

Bar Stool

Iron Basketweave

1235506

Bar Stool

Iron Basketweave

1425487

Counter Stool

Iron Basketweave

1591601

Counter Stool

Iron Basketweave

1699289

Counter Stool

Slate Chevron

1700749

Bar Stool

Slate Chevron

1795665

Bar Stool

Slate Chevron

1795566

Counter Stool

Slate Chevron

4737185

Bar Stool

Elephant Leather

4737318

Counter Stool

Elephant Leather

8447229

Counter Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory

8447476

Bar Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory

9082843

Bar Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory

9087271

Counter Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory


The firm has received six reports of the stools breaking, including one injury. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled stools and contact West Elm for information on returning the stools for a full refund. West Elm is contacting known customers directly.


Sold at West Elm stores, online at www.westelm.com and the West Elm catalogue nationwide from July 2013 through November 2015 for between $370 and $500 for single stools and between $740 and $1,000 for a set of two.

Consumer Contact: West Elm toll-free at 844-824-8911 from 7 a.m. to midnight ET daily or online at www.westelm.com and click on “Safety Recalls” under the “About Us” at the bottom of the page.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W389

The following product safety alert is from the FoodManufacturing.com dated January 15, 2016.

The FDA ruled that a potato that was genetically engineered to resist the late blight that caused the Irish potato famine, reduce bruising and produce less acrylamide when cooked at at high temperature is as safe as any other potato on the market. The EPA still needs to approve the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W388

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on January 14, 2016.

Altar’d State Recalls Monogrammed Coffee Mugs Due to Fire Hazard

Altar’d State Monogrammed Coffee Mugs have been recalled because the coffee mugs are mislabeled as microwave safe. If microwaved, the metallic paint accents on the coffee mugs can spark, posing a fire hazard.
This recall involves white ceramic 16-ounce coffee mugs with gold-painted monograms and accent rims. The mugs have a textured design resembling a golf ball, and a “rope” style handle. “Microwave/Dishwasher Safe” is printed in a black panel on the bottom of the coffee mugs.
The firm has received one report of a coffee mug sparking during microwaving. No injuries have been reported. Remedy
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coffee mugs and contact Altar’d State for instructions on returning the product for a full refund. This product was Sold at Altar’d State stores nationwide from October 2015 through December 2015 for about $15. The importer is Creative Co-Op, Inc., of Memphis, Tenn. and the distributor is Altar’d State of Knoxville, Tenn.
Consumer Contact Altar’d State at 800-284-7348 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.altardstate.com and click on “Monogrammed Coffee Mug Recall” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W387

The following news is from the NBC New York posted on January 12, 2015 .

The Food delivery site GrubHub in NY which also owns Seamless has continued to be found to deliver food from ghost restaurants. The story mentioned that the Grubhub listed a kosher restaurant which is not participatin with the delivery services at an old address delivering non-kosher food from a an unknown traife restaurant. NBC found 10% of the restaurants listed were fake.
Kosher consumers need to verify the kosher status of any food they order on-line, and look for the kosher symbols and seals on the food.

Comment from a reader:"Well worth reading/watching/knowing that entire thing, it's fascinating and scary.
Click the "NBC New York" link at the top of the article."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W384

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on January 12, 2016.

Walmart Recalls Rival Griddles Due to Shock Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walmart

Rival Griddles are recalled because the heating element can crack and water can get inside, posing a shock hazard when the griddle is plugged into an electrical outlet.
This recall involves Rival brand electric griddles with model number XJ-14207. The griddles are black and measure 20 inches long by 10.5 inches wide. “Walmart” and the model number are printed on a label molded into the bottom of the griddle. “Rival” is printed on the outside edge of the griddle and on the griddle’s temperature dial.
Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled griddles and return them to any Walmart store for a full refund. This product was sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide and online at Walmart.com from July 2015 through December 2015 for about $20.
Consumer Contact: Walmart at 800-925-6278 between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT on Saturday and between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT Sunday, online at www.walmart.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W386

The following news is from the VireoHealth and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate posted on December 31, 2015 .

Vireo Health has obtained OU certification for Medical Cannabis Vaporization Cartridges, Oils and Capsules. These products will only be available in the companies dispensories to qualified patients in New York State.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W383

The following Israeli news about fraudulent olive oil is from the TheYeshivaWorld.com and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate posted on December 31, 2015 .

Israel's Kashrus Fraud Prevention Unit and Israelil Health Officials uncovered a illegal olive oil production factory in Kfar Zemer Industrial Park in Northern Israel. The products which were labeled 100% olive oil were tested by a lab in Portugal and found to contain a mixture of oils.
"An alert was issued pertains to olive oil with the following information.

  • Gilad olive oil, cold press, 0.5%, 1 liter bottle with a final marketing date of December 31, 2018. Gilad Meshek 14, Mobile Post Har Menashe.
  • Tavor Syrian olive oilgilad fake oil.PNG 0.8% extra virgin, 1 liter, filled by production 7532, Meshek Beit Chaggai 74, Mobile Post Har Tavor. Final marketing date December 31, 2018."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W382

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on December 29, 2015.

Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Stainless Steel Cookware; Injury Hazard with Frying Pans

Martha Stewart CollectionTM 10-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set is being recalled because the metal discs that cover the frying pan’s rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard.
This recall involves the Martha Stewart Collection 10-piece stainless steel cookware sets, which include an 8-inch and a 10-inch stainless steel frying pan. The frying pans have two rivets that attach the frying pan to the handle. The rivets have stainless steel discs on top of them. Other items included in the cookware sets are a 1-quart covered saucepan, 2-quart covered sauce pan, 3-quart covered saucepan and 6-quart covered stockpot. The recall affects only the two frying pans. UPC numbers 0733003518899, 0733003623326, 0766370840959 or 0766370980334 can be found on the product packaging or purchase receipt. The recalled products have one of the following date codes inscribed on the bottom of the pans.

Date Codes on Frying Pans

701187013870218702287031870328
703387041870428704387051870528
706187062870718707287081870828
709187092871018711087111871208
71218HF10114HF10414HF10513HF10514HF10613
HF10614HF10713HF10813HF10913 HF11113 

The firm has received seven reports of the metal discs popping off the frying pans, including three minor injuries. Injuries include bruises, burns and welts.

Consumers should immediately stop using the 8 and 10-inch frying pans from the cookware set. The other items from the cookware set are not affected by this recall. Consumers who purchased the cookware sets from Macy’s or macys.com should return the frying pans to Macy’s or macys.com for a store credit for the full value of the two frying pans. Consumers who purchased the cookware sets from a Military Exchange should return the frying pans to the Military Exchange for a full refund.


These were sold at Macy’s stores nationwide and Military Exchanges, and online at www.macys.com between January 2011 and September 2015 for about $170 at Macy’s and $90 at Military Exchanges.
Importer: Macy’s Merchandising Group, Inc., of New York, N.Y.;Manufactured in China
Consumer can contact Macy’s toll-free at 888-257-5949 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Sunday through Saturday or online at www.macys.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W381
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