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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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Thousands of Israeli eggs from Yesh Maof farm contaminated with salmonella

October 23, 2017 from Arutz 7:

The Israeli Health Ministry on Sunday evening warned Israeli consumers again that laboratory tests on eggs from the Yesh Maof farm revealed that between 40,000-80,000 eggs were infected with salmonella enteritidis.
"The public is requested not to consume eggs marked with the number 98 and a use-by date of November 7, 2017, or with the number 67 and a use-by date of November 14, 2017."
"In a statement, the Health Ministry said it will "continue testing and monitoring" in order to protect the public health. They also said they are investigating the claim that the stamps on the eggs were forged."
"Less than 3% of Israel's eggs - less than in Europe and the US - are infected with salmonella."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W637

BSH Home Appliances Expands Recall of Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

October 20, 2017: The CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians:

Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air and Thermador brand dishwashers have been recalled because the dishwasher power cord can overheat and catch fire.

This recall expansion involves Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air and Thermador brand dishwashers sold in stainless steel, black, white and custom panel. The model and serial numbers are printed inside the dishwasher either on the top of the dishwasher inner door panel or on the side of the dishwasher panel.

Brand

Model number beginning with

Serial number range

 

*indicates models that were included in the previous recall on October 1, 2015. The date range was expanded for these models.

 

Bosch

 

SHE33T    SHE53T    SHE65T   SHE68T    SHE7PT    SHE8PT   

 

SHP53T    SHP65T    SHP7PT

SHV53T    SHV68T   SHV7PT   SHV8PT

SHX53T    SHX65T   SHX68T    SHX7PT    SHX8PT

 

FD 9209 – 9403

SGE53U   SGE63E*     SGE68U  SGV63E*   SGX68U  

SHE9PT*    SHV9PT*   SHX5ER*    SHX7ER*

SHX9PT* 

SPE5ES*   SPE53U   SPE68U   

SPV5ES*     SPX5ES*

SPX68U

 

 

FD 9401 – 9501

 

 

 

Gaggenau

DF2417*     

DF2607*

DF2617*

 

FD 9401 – 9501

 

Jenn-Air

JDB9600CWS

JDB9600CWP

JDB9600CWX

 

FD 9404 –  9501

Thermador

DWHD44

 

 

 

FD 9209 –  9403

DWHD64*

DWHD65*

 

 

FD 9401 –  9501

Sold at Appliance and specialty retailers, department stores, authorized builder distributors, and home improvement stores nationwide and online from January 2013 through May 2015 for between $850 and $2,600.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers and contact BSH Home Appliances for a free inspection and repair. Consumer Contact:

BSH Home Appliances toll-free at 888-965-5813 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET any day or online at the brand websites listed below for more information.

Bosch              www.bosch-home.com/us and click on Service, then Safety Notices

Gaggenau        www.gaggenau.com/us  and click on Support, then Safety Notices

Jenn-Air          www.jennair.com and click on product recalls at the bottom of the page

Thermador       www.thermador.com and click on Customer Care, then Safety Notices

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W636

Kibbeh caution: Raw recipes perfect for foodborne pathogens

October 19, 2017: The FoodSafetyNews and USDA

"Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern and North African dish traditionally prepared with a combination of red meat, usually beef or lamb, raw onion, cracked wheat, and spices. Although there are some versions of the dish that are baked or fried (such as Kibbeh raas, quipe, Kubba halab, or Kibbeh bil sinieh), others (like Kibbeh nayyeh) are prepared and served raw."
"Raw meat has been linked to numerous food poisoning outbreaks."
"Alternative preparations for the traditional kebbeh dish, such as frying or baking, make it possible to eat the dish safely when the meat is cooked to 160 degrees F, as measured by a meat thermometer."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W634

Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife and Server Sets Due to Laceration Hazard

October 13, 2017: The CPSC:

Martha Stewart Collection® Whiteware cake knife and server sets are recalled because the handles on the knife and server can break during use, posing a laceration hazard.
his recall involves Macy’s Martha Stewart Collection® Whiteware cake knife and server set. The set includes a knife and a cake server. Each is about 11 inches long. Both the knife and cake server have a white, textured ceramic handle. “Martha Stewart Collection” is embossed on the metal where the blades meet the handles. UPC 608356963330 and Product ID PRCDCKSRVR are printed on the product packaging.
Macy’s has received four reports of the handles on the knife and server breaking, resulting in lacerations, including cuts requiring stitches.
Sold At Macy’s stores nationwide and online, and at Military Exchanges between January 2014 and July 2017 for about $25 at Macy’s and $15 at Military Exchanges.
Consumers who purchased the product from a Macy’s store should return the product to a Macy’s store for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers who purchased the product from www.macys.com should return the product to macys.com or a Macy’s store for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers who purchased the product from a Military Exchange should return the product to a Military Exchange for a refund of the purchase price.
Consumer Contact: Macy’s toll-free at 888-257-5949 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET seven days a week or online at www.macys.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W633

Playtex Recalls Children’s Plates and Bowls Due to Choking Hazard

October 3, 2017: The CPSC in conjunction with: Healthy Canadians:

Children’s Playtex plates and bowls have been recalled because the clear plastic layer over the graphics can peel or bubble from the surface of the plates and bowls, posing a choking hazard to young children.
This recall involves Playtex plates and bowls for children. The plates have various printed designs including cars, construction scenes, giraffes, princesses, superheroes and more. The white polypropylene plates and bowls also have a colored rim on top and a non-slip bottom.
Playtex is written on the bottom of the plates and bowls. The plates and bowls were sold separately and together as sets. A Mealtime set is comprised of a plate, a bowl, two utensils and a cup.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled plates and bowls and take them away from young children. Consumers should contact Playtex for a full refund. Incidents/Injuries:
Playtex has received 372 reports of the clear plastic layer over the graphics bubbling or peeling. The firm has received 11 reports of pieces of the detached clear plastic found in children’s mouths, including four reports of choking on a piece of the clear plastic layer. Sold At:
Babies“R”Us, Target, Walmart, and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from October 2009 through October 2017 for about $2.50 for a single plate or bowl and $15 for a Mealtime set.
Consumer Contact: Playtex toll-free at 888-220-2075 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.playtexproducts.com and click on “Recall” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W632

Cost Plus World Market Recalls Girona Outdoor Dining Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

October 10, 2017: The CPSC:

SKU Number: 536033 Girona grey strap dining chair has been recalled because the seat base can separate from the chair back causing the chair to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
This recall involves Girona outdoor wooden dining chairs with four legs, and a back and seat made of flat woven weather-resistant wicker straps. The chair is sold in two colors: white (SKU/UPC 536034/0000002536034) and grey (SKU/UPC 536033/0000002536033). The SKU and UPC can be found on the UPC ticket attached to the underside of the chair seat.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and return them to any Cost Plus World Market or World Market store for a full refund.
The firm has received three reports of separation of the tenon joint located between the chair’s back and seat, and two reports of in-store display chairs collapsing while being used by customers. These two customers reported receiving minor cuts and bruises.
Sold Exclusively aAt Cost Plus World Market and World Market stores nationwide and online at www.worldmarket.com from January 2017 through August 2017 for about $180.
his recall involves Girona outdoor wooden dining chairs with four legs, and a back and seat made of flat woven weather-resistant wicker straps. The chair is sold in two colors: white (SKU/UPC 536034/0000002536034) and grey (SKU/UPC 536033/0000002536033). The SKU and UPC can be found on the UPC ticket attached to the underside of the chair seat.
Consumer Contact: Cost Plus toll-free at 877-967-5362 from 7 a.m. to midnight ET daily, or online at www.worldmarket.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W631

US bill introduced to tackle fake organic goods

October 10, 2017 from the Securing Industry:

"A new bill has been introduced in the US to crackdown on imports of fraudulent organic-labelled goods."
"The bipartisan legislation, introduced by US representatives Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican John Faso, would seek to provide the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program with between $15m and $20m a year from 2018 to 2023 to upgrade compliance and enforcement actions in the US and abroad."
"An additional $5m would also be provided to improve tracking of international organic trade and data collection systems to ensure full traceability of imported products."
"The bill follows a report last month, which found the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service – which has oversight of the National Organic Program – was lacking in its control and oversight of imported products labelled as organic and concluded that some fraudulent and mislabelled products could be slipping through customs into the US."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W630

Fire-damaged Hagafen Cellars kosher winery reopens tasting room

October 16, 2017 from the Jewish News of Northern California:

"The tasting room reopened this morning at Hagafen Cellars, the only kosher winery in the Napa Valley and Sonoma, although the property sustained heavy damage last week from the Atlas Peak fire."
"Flames had ripped through the property on the southern portion of the Silverado Trail, destroying several buildings and virtually all of the winery’s agricultural equipment — tractors, a forklift and even the crushing pad. About an acre of the winery’s 12 acres of vineyards was burned, although thankfully, the grapes had been harvested."
"Unfortunately, he added, now there’s no equipment available to process them."
"Hagafen didn’t lose any of its inventory, which was safely stored inside the main winery building, although the impact on the 2017 vintage is yet to be determined."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W629

Israeli Importers Committed to Limits on Retail Prices to Receive Duty Free Fresh Meat Shipments

October 16, 2017 from the JewishPress:

"For the first time ever, Israel’s Ministry of the Economy and Industry will introduce a competitive process in allocating fresh meat import quotas – based on a maximum consumer price – aiming to ensure that the benefit from duty-free imports is rolled from importers to consumers.
"The quota committee of the Ministry of the Economy and Industry is embarking on this new competitive process for the import of chilled, duty-free meat for 2018. In 2018, import quotas of 13,500 tons of chilled meat will be distributed, with the annual consumption of fresh meat in the retail market estimated at 20,000 tons.
"According to the new procedure, the quotas committee will rate bids based on the Bidder’s commitment to a maximum consumer price of 1 kg of fresh minced meat—the most popular fresh meat category. The lower the price per kg of fresh minced meat, the higher the bidder’s rating and their chances of receiving a larger import allocation."
"Since government has begun the allocation of duty-free quotas, two years ago, there have been significant changes in the fresh meat market: the move lowered fresh meat consumer prices by an average of 10%; increased competition in the market as new suppliers have entered; and the status of the two dominant domestic suppliers that controlled more than 80% of the market has been eroded."
"As a result, there has been a 20% increase in Israelis’ consumption of fresh meat, at the expense of a significant erosion in the consumption of aged meat, frozen meat, and processed meat."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W628

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