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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 story is from the Wall Street Journal and Olive oil times and incontestable and Olive oil times posted on June 11, 2014.

Kangadis Food Inc., a food importer in Islip, Long Island has asked a bankuptcy judge to decide how much they owe customes for allegedly selling processed olive oil as pure.
Kangadis Food had been sued by the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) for selling pomice oil as extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil was sold as the Capatriti brand which was sold for one-third to one-half the price of compable products. This suit was settled without admitting liablity.
Kangadis Food was then sued in a class action suit that is scheduled for trial in September. The company filed for Chapter 11 Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Central Islip, New York, saying the approximately $1.4 million in legal fees it has racked up over the past year and a half have hurt what is otherwise a profitable business.

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The following news story is from the YeshivaWorld on June 1, 2014.

A number of restaurants are reinventing Jewish deli food such as "Artisanal gefilte fish. Slow-fermented bagels. Organic chopped liver. Sustainable schmaltz". Chefs are combining Eastern European Jewish food with modern culinary ideas.

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The following Israeli news alert from the YeshivaWorld on June 1, 2014.

A cook at the Eyal Hotel in Jerusalem has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. The Israeli health ministry is asking guests who ate breakfast in the hotel between the 18th and 23rd of May to check with their doctor regarding getting vacinated.

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The following safety alert from the CPSC, on May 9, 2014.

Princess House, Inc., Taunton, MA- A nationwide direct sales distributor of tableware and house goods, announced today that as a result of internal compliance and independent product testing, it has very recently become aware that a small quantity of its Marissa Tangerine Appetizer Plates, when put into certain food service use, may allow cadmium and lead in the decorative plate decal to escape at levels exceeding U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and/or California Proposition 65 guidance levels.
Note: Only the Tangerine Appetizer Plates are affected by this voluntary recall and all other Marissa collection tableware are not involved.
Product featured depicts the Marissa Tangerine Appetizer Plate that is the subject of this voluntary recall:
If you are a consumer with one or more of these Plates, you can obtain information about product return and exchange for product of equal or greater value by contacting your sales consultant or hostess or by contacting Princess House directly at (877) 233-1647. You can also review the voluntary recall page on the Princess House website at www.princesshouse.com.
If you are a Princess House consultant or hostess, refer to the mailing provided by the Company or contact the Company directly as outlined above.

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The following news is from the Jewish Press on May 22, 2014 .

Chinese owned company Bright Food has purchased Tnuva. Tnuva’s CEO will be Israeli and its chairman of the board will be Chinese, from the Bright Food group. Its center of operations will remain in Israel as well."The bottom line remains: What will happen to Tnuva — and by extension, to the Israeli dairy consumer — if relations between the two countries go sour?"


The following news is from the Jewish Press on May 18, 2014 .

A delegation of officials from the Chinese company Bright Food Company has arrived in Israel to finalize a deal to purchase Tnuva. Tnuva has 66.7% of the Israeli dairy market.


The following news is from the Jewish Press and wsj.com on February 11, 2014 .

Bright Food Group of China is moving closer to a deal to purchase Tnuva, which has 70% of the Israeli dairy market and 14% of the Israeli grocery market. Apax Partners LLP, a British private-equity firm and investment partner Mivtach Shamir Holdings Ltd. purchased a 77% stake in Tnuva for more than $1 billion in 2008. The deal could be for deal goes through it would be for between $2.4 and $2.7 billion


The following news is from the Globes Israel on September 3, 2013.

Bright Foods of China is negotiating to aquire the the Israeli food company Tnuva Food Industries Itd. "Bright Food has over 3,300 retail stores across China and is known in the country for its dairy and White Rabbit candy. It is on a global buying spree and has bought majority holdings in Australia’s Manassen Foods, Synlat Milk in New Zealand, Diva in France, UK cereal maker Weetabix, and Pork producer Smithfield Foods." Bright Foods is a state owned company.

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The following news is from the Foodmanufacturing.com on May 19, 2014.

The FDA has reported that spices are a big source of microbial contamination and filth adulterants. Twelve percent of spices that are imported into the United States are contaminated. This can cause foods borne illness, since often spices are added to foods that will not be further cooked.

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The following news is from the Foodmanufacturing.com on May 19, 2014.

"Sabra Dipping Company has filed a citizen's petition with the FDA to establish a standard of identity in the United States for hummus under Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations." Sabra wants the FDA to require that a product called hummous must contain chickpeas and no less than 5% tahini.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W217

The following news is from the Barfblog on May 18, 2014.

Food safety law violations carry low penalties in China. "Recently, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang mentioned the melamine incident in the executive meeting. He said, the reason for the tainted milk incident is the small punishments over violation of food safety laws. We should amend the law to give criminals the most severe punishment. However, citizens are not optimistic on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) putting this into practice."
The other issue is corrupt public officials. Meanwhile, the Chinese public does not trust the food.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W216

The following news is from the Reuters and specialtyfood on May 9, 2014.

Vermont Governer Peter Shumlin signed a law mandating the labeling of foods made with GMO's, genetically modified organisms. The Grocery Manufacturers Association is filing a suit in federal court against the state of Vermont to overturn the law. The GMA is supporting the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would require a label on foods containing genetically modified ingredients only if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determines there is a health or safety risk.

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The following news is from the Jewish Press on May 8, 2014.

"The Chief Rabbinate of Israel today (Wednesday) administered the first official certification exam for women who wish to become kashrut supervisors (mashgichot)." "The women taking the test on Wednesday have studied materials and undergone a training program that was designed to meet the standards of supervision by the Chief Rabbinate." "Those women who pass the test on Wednesday will be awarded a certificate enabling them to seek employment as kashrut supervisors."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W214
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