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Surge of algae kills millions of salmon in Norway

May 22, 2019 - from Reuters:

"A surge of algae has killed an estimated 8 million salmon at Norwegian fish farms over the past week, wiping out more than half of this year’s expected sales growth."

"The algae, which has spread rapidly around the coast of northern Norway, sticks to the gills of the fish, suffocating them. Wild fish can swim away from the algae belt while farmed fish is trapped. "

Harmful algal blooms happen in warm weather.

"The Directorate of Fisheries said on Tuesday more than 10,000 tonnes of farmed salmon, with a sales price of some 620 million Norwegian crowns ($70 million), had perished, but Seafood Council said the loss would be much greater. "

"None of the large listed salmon farmer such as Mowi or Leroy had were affected, Johnsen said, and were likely to benefit from coming increasing salmon prices in the second half of the year. "

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Kosher Hot Dog vendor at Indianapolis 500

May 22, 2019 - from cRc Twitter Feed:

For the first time KosherstandZ will be vending at the Indianapolis 500. They will be serving their famous kosher hot dogs, polish sausages, drinks and more. Head over to stand 23 in turn 4, and stand 5 in turn 1, while also looking for vendors selling hot dogs in the seats

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Dutch animal rights party tries again to ban a kosher slaughter method

May 16, 2019 - from JTA:

"Despite opposition by the Dutch constitutional court, the local animal rights party has filed its second bill seeking to ban a kosher slaughter method it considers cruel."

"The bill would ban the slaughter of animals without stunning them first. Jewish religious laws require that animals be conscious when they are slaughtered for their meat to be kosher. Islam has similar rules for the production of halal meat."

"The Party for the Animals filed the bill Monday in the Tweede Kamer, the Dutch lower house, the RTL broadcaster reported. It was after Netherlands’ highest general administrative court issued an unusual warning about the bill, saying it would unreasonably compromise religious freedoms."

"In 2012, the Dutch Senate scrapped a ban, which the party had initiated, on the practice. Submitted by the Party for Freedom, the bill received support from various political parties, including the anti-Islam Party for Freedom. But the Senate voted down the bill, citing reasons similar to those cited by the Council of State."

"Defenders of kosher slaughter say the swift cutting of an animal’s neck is no more cruel or painful than stunning the animal with an electric charge or a bolt driven into its brain. The agreement includes a 40-second limit on the amount of time an animal is allowed to go without stunning after its neck is cut."

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British Jews rejoice as Skittles sweets confirmed as kosher by KLBD

May 16, 2019 - from TheJC and United Synagogue Twitter Feed

"Skittles, one of the UK’s most popular sweets, has been approved as kosher by the London Beth Din."

The KLBD - the Kashrut division of the London Beth Din - now lists the "fruits", "tropical", "wild berry" and "crazy sours" flavours of the confectionary as kosher-parev."

"A spokesperson for KLBD confirmed that “all current stock is approved” meaning that the product is kosher wherever it is being sold around the UK."

Skittles, a popular sweet in Britain since the 1970s, were not kosher for many years due to the use of cochineal red — a colouring made from crushed beetles – in red skittles.

"Skittles were Kosher approved in the UK for a time in the late 2000s, they have not been approved for a number of years now – even as special kosher runs of the confectionary were made in the UK for sale in Israel."

"A Skittles packet may not have a KLBD label on it but - as with many kosher items in the UK - while KLBD has not certified it, it has been kosher approved. "

Ed. note: The above information is for product made in the UK. American consumers can call Mars at 1-800-WRIGLEY.

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Meijer Recalls French Fry Cutters Due to Laceration Hazard

May 16, 2019 - from CPSC :

Grand Gourmet french fry cutters have been recalled because the french fry cutter’s blade can detach, posing a laceration hazard.

This recall involves Grand Gourmet french fry cutters. The stainless steel cutters are silver and have black rubber pads at the base. They come with two interchangeable blades, one with 36 holes for thicker fries and another one with 64 holes for thinner fries. Model number 54078 and
UPC 7-13733-70625-4 are printed on the product packaging.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled french fry cutters and return them to any Meijer store for a full refund.

Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin from February 2018 through February 2019 for about $20.

Consumer Contact: Meijer at 800-927-8699 anytime or online at www.meijer.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

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Del Monte CEO Says Tariffs Driving Up Price of Canned Fruits, Vegetables

May 16, 2019 from the Bloomberg:

"If your supermarket bill seems to be inching higher, it’s not just your imagination."

"The U.S. is in an 'inflationary environment' right now, according to Greg Longstreet, chief executive officer of Del Monte Foods Inc., with tariffs driving up prices on his company’s canned fruits and vegetables. "

Del Monte said that tarriffs impacted them immediately wiht a 25% tarriff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports leading US producers to raise their prices as well. "Canned costs went up 25% overnight."

"Transportation costs, which he described as “out of control,” and a tight labor market are also causing prices to rise."

"Mandarin oranges’ cost has also climbed because of the tariffs."

"Consumers are going to pay a little bit more for household goods."

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Countries Banning Kosher Meat Are Forcing ‘Expulsion’ of Jews, Says U.S. Anti-Semitism Envoy

May 15, 2019 from the Newsweek:

"The United States envoy against anti-Semitism has condemned the spread of legislation in Europe that limits the slaughter of animals according to Jewish religious tradition as “disgraceful” and “intolerable,” claiming such laws are forcing the expulsion of Jewish communities."

"Elan Carr, President Donald Trump’s anti-Semitism ambassador, made the comments, also decrying the rise of anti-Semitism around the globe, while speaking at the Conference of European Rabbis in the Belgian city of Antwerp, Monday."

"The Times of Israel reported the conference had specifically chosen Antwerp to bring attention to local legislation enacted in Belgium’s Flemish region banning slaughter according to Jewish religious doctrine."

"The law, enacted in the Flanders region of the Western European nation, has required animals be stunned before they are killed, ostensibly on the grounds of animal welfare. The law is soon to be expanded to a second Belgian province. The rule contradicts both Jewish and Muslim teachings, which require animals to be fully conscious when they are killed."

"Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland have national bans on religious slaughter, citing animal welfare as the impetus behind the legislation. In July last year, a local council in England’s North banned meat from animals that had not been stunned from meals supplied to schools in the area. According to reports in The Guardian at the time, a local Muslim group called the law not only Islamophobic but also anti-Semitic."

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Tel Aviv’s Restaurant Scene Goes Kosher

May 15, 2019 from the The Tablet:

"Tel Aviv has always been considered a “bubble” within Israel—voting differently, partying differently, snagging the Eurovision celebrations from the country’s capital due to its liberal, cosmopolitan nature. The food scene has always been a part of the appeal—particularly Tel Aviv’s non-kosher food scene; from the bacon-selling supermarket chain Tiv Taam, to myriad seafood and sushi restaurants, Tel Aviv is, without a doubt, Israel’s capital of non-kosher food."

"Over the past couple of years, however, the city’s culinary landscape has seen an increase in kosher establishments, making a dent in its deliciously sinful image. What’s most surprising, perhaps, is the fact that behind Tel Aviv’s kosher movement are chefs previously associated with some of the most decadent, decidedly nonkosher establishments in town."

"Exposure to cooking shows, social media, and international travel have led the Israeli traditional sector to stop viewing dining as a necessity, but instead to expect an experience that matches everything nonkosher eaters get to enjoy on a night out."

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News on Plant based meat catagory

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Beaba Recalls Baby Food Steam Cooker/Blenders Due to Laceration Hazard

May 15, 2019 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canada:

Babycook Neo steam cooker/blenders have been recalled because the glass bowl can break, posing a laceration hazard.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Babycook Neo and contact Beaba for a free replacement bowl.
Beaba has received about 300 reports of the glass bowl shattering, including three incidents of minor injuries.

Sold At: BeabaUsa.com, Buy Buy Baby, Williams Sonoma, Indigo, Albee Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond, West Coast Kids, Nini and Loli, Liapela, Albee Baby, Baby’s Planet, Baby Square, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crocodile Baby Store, Lil Baby Sprouts, Macrobaby, Mini Jake, Mon Beau Bebe, Mum and Mini, Pizzazzz Kidz, Snuggle Bugz, Sprout San Francisco, Traveling Tikes, and USA Baby & Child, and other children’s stores nationwide, and online at the listed stores from July 2018 through February 2019 for between $200 and $250.

Consumer Contact: Beaba toll-free at 855-602-3222 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at contact@beabausa.com or online at www.BeabaUSA.com/recall and submit a request.

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