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.
Kosher food to be served in UN cafeterias
October 31, 2016: The Arutz 7:
"Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon has won the battle for his newest initiative: kosher food will now be served in UN cafeterias."
Israel Envoy Wants Kosher Food at UN Cafeterias
September 26, 2016: The The Forward:
Danny Danon, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations has written the UN Secretary-General that the U.N. cafeterias offer halal, vegetarian and vegan selections but not kosher. "He also requested that the institution act to lower the high cost of kosher catering at the United Nations by allowing more kosher caterers to work at its headquarters. Danon said that the Israeli diplomatic mission, which only orders kosher food, is limited by the U.N. to one supplier and pays about 40 percent more than other missions who have a choice of caterers."
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Religious Freedom? A Judge Bans Kapparos in California
October 21, 2016: The Matzav.com
"In United Poultry Concerns v. Chabad of Irvine, a group of chickens’-rights activists petitioned a federal judge to prohibit a California Jewish organization, Chabad of Irvine, from engaging in Kapparot, a Jewish ritual."
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W483
Cabela’s Recalls Food Dehydrators Due to Fire Hazard
October 20, 2016: The CPSC
Cabela’s food dehydrators are being recalled because Defective wiring can cause a build-up of heat, posing a fire hazard.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W482
Sherwood Marketing Recalls 3 Squares Rice and Slow Cookers Due to Fire, Electric Shock Hazards
October 18, 2016: The CPSC
3 Squares rice and slow cookers have been recalled because the rice/slow cooker’s improperly installed wiring can cause electrical shorting in the unit, posing fire and electric shock hazards.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W481
Israeli Finance Minister Exposing Fresh Meat Market to Foreign Competition
October 17, 2016: The Jewish Press:
"At a time when free markets are losing favor in the eyes of GOP voters in the US, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) has decided to open up the fresh meat market to competition from abroad. As part of this move, the quota for duty-free fresh meat imports will be doubled."
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This list is non-complete. Contact the restaurant to confirm.
CHICAGO: October 13, 2016 -From the cRc
MONTREAL - Link to list of sukkahs in Montreal, Quebec
TORONTO AREAA: COR Establishments with a Sukkah
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FYI - SUKKOS 5777
October 10, 2016: From the Star-K:
Please note that schach mats are certified by the Star-K only when the letter of certification is attached, and require placement according to the instructions in the letter. Click here to view letter.
Please note that if you have an oven with Sabbath Mode, the Sabbath Mode features do not in any way circumvent the regular restrictions involved in food preparation on Shabbos Kodesh. The laws of Bishul, Havarah, Shehiyah and Chazarah must still be observed even when using a Sabbath Mode oven. See memo regarding oven use on Shabbos .
cRc Hadassim Alert Click here.
Information on Schach from Home Depot from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:
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Researchers Create Bioplastic Wheypack from Cheese Waste
October 6, 2016: The DairyReporter:
Researchers in Spain have created a bioplastic "Wheypack" from surplus cheese whey. They fermented the whey, a by-produdct of the cheese industry and produced polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), a biopolymer. The whey created from making the cheese could replace the plactic in the package precting the cheese.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W477
Public Pre-Yom Kippur 'Kapparot' Ceremonies Banned in 3 Israeli Cities
October 10, 2016: The Jewish Press:
The annual ritual of kapparot has been banned this year – at least in public places in the cities of Petah Tikva, Rishon Lezion and in Tel Aviv.
The Israeli Agricultural Ministry is Launching a Campaign to Discourate Using Chickens for Kapporot
October 6, 2016: The Jewish Press:
"Israel's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched a campaign to raise public consciousness regarding the ancient Jewish custom of Kapparot on the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, encouraging people to redeem themselves with money instead of chickens."
On a weekday before Yom Kippur, many Jews take a rooster or a chicken (depending on one’s sex), recite two biblical passages — Psalms 107:17-20 and Job 33:23-24 — and swing the bird, which one is holding by its feet, over one’s head three times while reciting a short prayer three times. The recitation is: “This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my atonement. This rooster (hen) will go to its death, while I will enter and proceed to a good long life and to peace.”"
"After the Kapparot ritual is concluded, the rooster is slaughtered given to charity, preferably for the meal before the Yom Kippur fast."
"The Agriculture Ministry suggests the ritual is causing the birds needless suffering, which, incidentally, is against Jewish Law. Also, the presence of hundreds of chickens in and out of their cages in the middle of towns and villages may lead to the spread of disease. And so, the ministry would much prefer that faithful Jews donate their money to charity rather than do it with chickens."
"For those Jews in Israel who insist on using chickens, the ministry has issued guidelines to regulate the distribution and slaughtering of the birds in locations outside the supervised abattoirs. The guidelines are intended to prevent the spread of disease, as well as minimize animal suffering."
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W475
Agudath Israel Advocacy Continues to Ease Way for Arba Minim
October 7, 2016: The YeshivaWorld:
"As in past years, Agudath Israel of America’s Washington Office has worked closely with agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help avoid potential problems for travelers carrying arba minim."
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