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.
The following news is from the Foodmanufacture.com on August 5, 2104.
The European FSA scientists have discovered possibly hazardous levels of morphine in some food-grade poppy seeds. Poppy seeds themselves do not contain opioid compounds but the seeds could be contaminated by compounds in the stalks and seed capsules of the plants. There was few reports of adverse affects from consumption of poppy seeds but this could be a problem for toddlers.
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Hindus want to start a certification system for their food similar to that of kosher. What was proposed is that "foods permissible to all Hindus could be termed as 'shuddh' (pure), and could be marked with an encircled capital 'S'. 'Shuddh' food would not contain meat, fish, eggs, alcohol or intoxicants, nor may these be used in the processing of 'shuddh' food."
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The DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a chllenge by the meat industry to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of meat on Tuesday on July 29, 2014. "The industry said in court that the rules go beyond what Congress intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech by forcing meat producers to provide information about their products without "directly advancing a government interest." The court said "that consumer's interest in choosing domestic meat is worthy of what the court called a "minimal" intrusion on the meat industry's First Amendment rights."
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The following product recall is from the CPSC on July 23 2014.
Dream On Me Dinah High Chairs have been recalled because the leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck or fall from the chair. This poses a strangulation and fall hazard to young children.
The recall includes Dream On Me Dinah high chairs made with a steel, powder coated tubing open-framed base with white plastic foot grips and black with white trim or red with white trim fabric seats. The chair has a white plastic tray, plastic footrest and a white fabric five point adjustable safety strap. “Dream On Me” is printed on a label attached to the front of the tray. There is a color-coordinated black and white or red and white fabric storage bin attached to the bottom of the chair legs. The high chair can be folded for storage.
Sold exclusively online by Walmart.com and Amazon.com from November 2012 to November 2013 for about $60.
Consumer Contact: Dream On Me toll-free at (877) 201-4317 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or online at www.dreamonme.com and click on the Recalls tab for more information.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W230
The following interesting news is from the techcrunch.com on July 16, 2014.
As part of a class as a proof of concept, three students at MIT have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W229
The following news is from the www.financialexpress.com on July 9, 2014.
Twenty percent of food items from restaurants and food outlets sold in India were found to be substandard or aduterated. 46,283 food samples were tested by Indian government laboratories and 9,265 samples were found to be adulterated and misbranded.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W228
The following information is from the Newhope361.com on July 9, 2014.
The FDA gluten-free labeling regulation will go into effect on August 5, 2014.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W227
The following news story is from the Olive Oil TimesCPSC on July 4, 2014.
The Olive Oil Commission of California was cerated for olive oil producers and growers in to self-govern their industry and improve consumer confidence in olive oil qualiy. They are recommending grading and labeling standards applicable to California olive oil producers who generate 5,000 or more gallons per year. If the Commission recommendations become law, they will only apply to California oil but may eventually affect all U.S. and importer standards.
"A few highlights for labeling standards include:
The report also suggests a number of quality assurance measures, some of which differ from current standards
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W226
The following safety alert from the CPSC on May 22, 2014.
Charles Products, Inc. (CPI) announced today that it is voluntarily recalling shot and pint glasses identified below sold exclusively through M&M’S World retail stores in New York, Las Vegas, Orlando and London because glassware may exceed the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) guidance levels for leachable lead and cadmium.
The products that are subject to this recall are only the pint and shot glasses with printing on the inside pictured below. A picture of the label located on the bottom of each glass is also included.
Consumers who purchased the recalled shot and pint glasses with printing on the inside should contact M&M’S World at the contacts above for a full refund or may return them to one of the four stores where the items were purchased:
M&M’S World New York City
New York, NY 10019
M&M’S World Las Vegas
3785 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
M&M’S World Orlando
8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809
M&M’S World London
1 Swiss Court
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W225
The following news story is from the nutraingredients.com on July 8, 2014.
Desert Farms, a company that produces Camel Milk is trying to market camel's milk products as a superfood since it is lower in fat that cow's milk and is high in insulin.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W224
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