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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 product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 20, 2015.

Sears Kenmore Elite slide-in ranges have been recalled by Elextrolux because the stainless steel trim below the range control panel can have a sharp edge, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. One consumer reported being cut by a sharp edge on the stainless steel trim below the range control panel and required stitches.
This recall involves Sears Kenmore Elite stainless steel slide-in gas, electric and dual-fuel ranges with the following model and serial numbers. The model and serial numbers are located on the inside frame of the range door on the left side. Kenmore Elite is printed on the front of the oven door.

This recall involves Sears Kenmore Elite stainless steel slide-in gas, electric and dual-fuel ranges with the following model and serial numbers. The model and serial numbers are located on the inside frame of the range door on the left side. Kenmore Elite is printed on the front of the oven door.

 

Type

Model

Serial Numbers

Gas

790.32623xxx

AF41500007 - AF44902220

790.32633xxx

AF41600811 - AF45004453

790.32643xxx

AF41601928 - AF45003625

Electric

790.42553xxx

AF41602002 - AF45006133

790.42563xxx

AF42002743 - AF45005533

790.42623xxx

AF42801297 – AF45000612

Dual Fuel

790.42603xxx

AF40602184 - AF45004329

790.42613xxx

AF42500541 – AF45003409


These ranges were sold exclusively at Sears stores nationwide from May 2014 through April 2015 for between $2,400 and $3,700.
Consumers should immediately contact Sears for a free inspection and free repair. Consumers can contact Sears at (800) 873-5011 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT on Saturday or online at www.sears.com and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W303

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 19, 2015.

Precision Trading is recalling PREMIUM® Espresso Makers because the filler cap at the top of the unit can crack and allow steam to escape, posing a risk of burns to the user. In addition, the cap can pop off unexpectedly as a result of pressure buildup, posing a risk of injury to a bystander. The firm has received one report of a consumer who sustained burns to her arm when the cap unexpectedly released steam from the espresso maker.
This recall involves Precision Trading Corp.’s PREMIUM® four-cup Espresso Makers manufactured in September 2014 and November 2014. The recalled units have model number PEM585 and product date code "0914" or "1114" printed on a rating label affixed to the bottom of the espresso maker. The Premium logo is printed on the bottom front of the espresso maker. Espresso makers with "2015" marked on the cap are not included in this recall.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled espresso makers and contact Precision Trading Corp. to request a free replacement cap. Consumers can contact Precision Trading Corp. at (800) 477-4501 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at recall@precisiontrading.com or visit the firm’s website at www.premiumus.com and click on Recall Information for more information.
These were sld at BrandMart U.S.A. and other retail stores in Florida and Puerto Rico between November 2014 and February 2015 for about $30.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W302

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on May 19, 2015.

Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting is recalling Java Jacket Disposable Cup Sleeves because the Java Jacket cup sleeve can ignite if used in a microwave, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves Kaldi’s Coffee Java Jackets disposable paper cup sleeves used with 12- and 16-ounce paper cups. The black paper cup sleeves have the “Kaldi’s Coffee” and the company logo printed on the front, and “100% Recycled Paperboard” printed on the back. Kaldi’s has received two reports of the Java Jackets catching fire when heated in the microwave. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using and discard the recalled Java Jackets. Consumers can contact Kaldi’s toll-free at (888) 892-6333 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at http://kaldiscoffee.com/ and click on "Recal" for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W301

The following news is from the GlobalMeatNews on May 15, 2015.

Meat products were there the majority of cases handled by the EU Food Fraud Network. Most of the 60 cases were incorrect dates, ingredients, amount of water added to the product or replacement of a high value species with a lower-valued one. After meat, next were fish and honey.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W300

The following news is from the DairyReporter on May 14, 2015.

Nestle is planning on modifying their Carnation Evaporated Plant in Modesto, CA because of the drought in California. The plant will recycle all of its wastewater and will not use any local freshwater in the plant. Water extracted from milk will be used for cleaning and cooling.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W299

The following news is from the INN on May 13, 2015.

The Israeli Supreme Court is allowing the Israeli Chief Rabbinate to have their own representation in this case.


The following news is from the TheYeshivaWorld on May 7, 2015.

There is a case in front of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as to whether an establishment can have kosher certification other than that of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
"Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein’s ruling that a business may circumvent the Chief Rabbinate’s state kashrus and obtain a private hashgacha is his office’s opinion, which was submitted to the Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court is hearing a petition filed on behalf of the Reform Movement on behalf of Jerusalem restaurants. The restaurants have been hit with fines by the Kashrus Enforcement Office since they operated as “kosher” but had a hashgacha other than the local rabbinate, in this case Jerusalem. Weinstein feels that as long as a business explains the kosher certificate is not from a local rabbinate, consumers are informed and may do as they please. He does not feel the current system, which compels one to take a Rabbanut hashgacha if one wishes to advertise as “kosher” does not have to continue.
"Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita calls Weinstein’s ruling a mistake, and the Chief Rabbinate is planning to engage outside legal representation to respond to the case.
"While Weinstein’s announced ruling does not change the law, it does make enforcing the current kosher law significantly more difficult for the Chief Rabbinate and local rabbinates around the country. Those wishing to defy the current kosher system feel their defiance is now backed by the attorney general."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W298

The following news is from the BeckettFund and SunSentinal on May 5, 2015.

The United States Distric Court of the Southern District of Florida has ruled that the law requires Florida prisons to serve kosher meals to inmates who request them for religious reasons.
"The state had argued that it had begun serving kosher meals to Jewish inmates who requested them and that the judge's ruling was unnecessary. But Seitz pointed out the policy could easily be changed to deny kosher meals without an order to enforce it."
"Court documents show more than 9,500 Florida prisoners have been approved for the kosher meals. The program's estimated cost is $12.3 million annually."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W297

The following news is from the FoodNavigator.com on May 5, 2015.

EU labeling laws require species declaration for meat and fresh fish but do not require explicit labeling of species for processed fish products. The author of the article felt that this was because of intense pressure from industry lobbies.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W296

The following news jta on April 20, 2015.

Some Australian companies have asked to have their kosher symbol removed from products because consumers think that halal certification supports terrorism. Rabbi Yankel Wajsbort said that Australian Kosher consumers have been using a Kosher list/app for decades and the Kosher symbol on the packaging is a help. The labelling for products exported to the US is usually prepared specifically for export and will likely carry logos as requested.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W295

The following article about use of insects as food is from the fusion.net on April 16, 2015.

A new study in the scientific journal PLoS One. by University of California, Davis researchers Mark Lundy and Michael Parrella tested crickets under different feed and rearing conditions. They found that the massive efficiency (and therefore sustainability) crickets are supposed to deliver didn’t quite materialize. “Compared to the industrial-scale production of chickens, crickets fed a poultry feed diet showed little improvement in protein conversion efficiency, a key metric in determining the ecological footprint of grain-based livestock protein,” write Lundy and Parrella. However, the crickets could exist quite nicely on a diet of filtered grocery store waste, and that its environmental footprint was much lower than a corresponding amount of livestock feed.


The following article about use of insects as food is from the Barfblog.com on April 14, 2015.

"To meet the challenge of feeding the world in 2030, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has ruled in favor of the development of large-scale breeding insects." In response, ANSES - French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety presented the risks and dangers and the need for more research. The article mentions that "many insects and arthropods (mites, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.) have common allergens". This may mean that foods containg insects may be required to post allergen notices.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W294
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