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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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Israeli High Court rules private kashrut is illegal

May 26, 2016 from the Arutz 7:
The Israeli Supreme Court accepted the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's position over the position of the attorney general.
In a rare move, the judges decided to accept the position of the Chief Rabbinate as the correct position, as opposed to the position of the attorney general that had been presented to them.In a rare move, the judges decided to accept the position of the Chief Rabbinate as the correct position, as opposed to the position of the attorney general that had been presented to them.
"Business owners had petitioned against having the law banning misappropriation of kashrut being enforced against them."
"Former Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had opined that establishments can present themselves as kosher even if they only have a private kashrut certificate and not a certificate from the rabbinate."
"That opinion opposed Israeli law, which mandates that the Chief Rabbinate or local rabbinate are the only sources that can determine the kosher status of a business. That law was meant to create uniformity in the kashrut process, ensuring that no false certificates are given to institutions that actually do not meet the requirements of Jewish law and serve non-kosher food."
"However, due to Judge Rubinstein's position the application of the ruling was limited to two years, during which the Chief Rabbinate will need to organize the kashrut branch so as to get rid of problematic ties between kashrut supervisors and business owners."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W436

Debco Bag Recalls Ceramic Mugs Due to Burn and Laceration Hazards

June 2, 2016: The CPSC

Debco Bag Distributors, Canada is recalling Ceramic Mugs because the mugs handle can break, posing a burn or laceration hazard to consume.
This recall involves four models of Tonal Thirst ceramic mugs. The 12-ounce mugs have a glossy two-tone finish with a white exterior and colored interior with matching colored handles. The mugs were sold in white/black, white/blue, white/lime and white/red color combinations. Some mugs can have promotional logos printed on them when distributed as giveaways.
Sold at ad Specialty Distributors as a promotional item from August 2015 through April 2016 for about $3.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ceramic mugs and contact Debco Bag for instructions on receiving a replacement mug.
Consumer Contact: Debco Bag toll-free at 844-730-5005 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at CM6531recall@debcobag.com or online at www.debcosolutions.com and click on recall for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W437

NYC gets OK to issue salt fines during appeal

May 26, 2016 from the FoxNY:
"New York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for chain restaurants to use icons to warn patrons of salty foods after getting an appeals court's go-ahead Thursday to start issuing fines. But it's not the final word on whether the regulation will stand."
"But penalties have been in limbo as the National Restaurant Association fights the measure in court. That clash is ongoing, but an appeals court Thursday lifted a temporary hold on issuing the fines while the case plays out. Fines can be up to $600."
"The city will start enforcing the rule June 6."
"New York City officials say the warnings help make diners aware of how much sodium they're consuming."

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FDA issues final food defense regulation

May 26, 2016 from the FDA:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. While such acts are unlikely to occur, the new rule advances mitigation strategies to further protect the food supply."
"Under the new rule, both domestic and foreign food facilities, for the first time, are required to complete and maintain a written food defense plan that assesses their potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination where the intent is to cause wide-scale public health harm. Facilities now have to identify and implement mitigation strategies to address these vulnerabilities, establish food defense monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to these areas receive appropriate training and maintain certain records."
"Food manufacturers are required to comply with the new regulation within three to five years after publication of the final rule, depending on the size of the business."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W434

Tommee Tippee Sippee Spill-Proof Cups Recalled by Mayborn USA Due to Risk of Mold Exposure

May 27, 2016: The CPSC is announcing a recall of Tommee Tippee Sippee Spill-Proof Cups because Mold can develop on the removable, one-piece, white valve inside the spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee cups when it remains wet/moist and is infrequently cleaned. The CPSC advises that mold ingestion poses a risk of gastrointestinal symptoms and infections in consumers with compromised immune systems.
This recall involves five types of spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee cups all with a removable, one-piece white valve. The five types include: First Sips Transition cup, Trainer Sippee cup, Sippee cup (including Cute Quips), Sportee bottle and Insulated Swiggle/Sippee tumblers. The plastic drinking cups have spill-proof tops, easy-grip sides with detachable handles and were sold in clear with colored lids and a variety of colors and character prints. Some of the cups include short phrases on the front of the cups including: “You Pour I’ll Fling,” or “Drink Drop Repeat.” The cups have a 7 to 10 oz. capacity and were sold for children ages 4 to 12 months.
Mayborn USA has received 3,066 reports of mold in the removable, one-piece, opaque valve of the Sippee cups, including 68 reports of children experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms associated with drinking from a cup with mold in the valve.
Mayborn USA has received 3,066 reports of mold in the removable, one-piece, opaque valve of the Sippee cups, including 68 reports of children experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms associated with drinking from a cup with mold in the valve.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Sippee cups and contact Mayborn to receive a free replacement cup.
Only Tommee Tippee Sippee cups with a removable, one-piece white valve are included in this recall.
Consumer Contact: Online at www.tommeetippee.us and click on the recall button at the bottom of homepage for more information and/or toll-free at 877-248-6922 anytime during the week and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W433

Noble House Recalls Counter Stools Due to Laceration Hazard

May 25, 2016: The CPSC is announcing a recall of oble House’s Louigi and Tate counter stools becuse the kick plates of the counter stools can have a sharp edge, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
This recall involves Noble House’s Louigi and Tate counter stools with solid wood legs and a metallic kick pate. The Louigi black leather counter stool has a backrest and measures about 18 inches wide by 26 inches deep by 41 inches tall. The backless Tate counter stools were sold in white or brown and measure about 16.5 inches wide by 16.5 inches deep by 27 inches tall. “MADE BY: PERMAISURI CO., LTD: No. 30 YUANCUO ROAD HONGSHANQIAO, FUZHOU, FUJIAN 350002 CHINA” is stamped on a tag on the underside of the stool’s seat.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled stools and remove the kick plates from the stools and contact Noble House for free replacement kick plates, including shipping.
Sold at Online at Amazon.com, ATC.com, eBay.com, Greatdealfurniture.com, Groupon.com, Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com from October 2013 through March 2015 for about $120.
This recall involves Noble House’s Louigi and Tate counter stools with solid wood legs and a metallic kick pate. The Louigi black leather counter stool has a backrest and measures about 18 inches wide by 26 inches deep by 41 inches tall. The backless Tate counter stools were sold in white or brown and measure about 16.5 inches wide by 16.5 inches deep by 27 inches tall. "MADE BY: PERMAISURI CO., LTD: No. 30 YUANCUO ROAD HONGSHANQIAO, FUZHOU, FUJIAN 350002 CHINA" is stamped on a tag on the underside of the stool’s seat.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W432

Counterfeit alcohol packaging is now more sleek, professional and harder to detect

May 25, 2016 from the BeverageDaily:
Fraudsters are selling wine and alcohol products that look like premium wine products with well-crafted fake labels. Some of these products may contain toxic chemicals. Adulterated products are difficult to detect without a taste test. Companies and consumers need to be aware of this.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W431

The FDA Releases Final Guidance Regarding the Food Labeling Term "Evaporated Cane Juice"

May 25, 2016 from the FDA:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a final guidance for industry stating FDA’s view that sweeteners derived from sugar cane should not be declared on food labels as "evaporated cane juice." The FDA’s view is that the term “evaporated cane juice” is false or misleading because it suggests that the sweetener is fruit or vegetable juice or is made from fruit or vegetable juice, and does not reveal that the ingredient’s basic nature and characterizing properties are those of a sugar."
"The guidance recommends that ingredients currently labeled as “evaporated cane juice” be relabeled to use the term “sugar,” optionally accompanied by a truthful, non-misleading descriptor to distinguish the ingredient from other cane-based sweeteners."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W430

Campbell pulls K-Cup soup line

May 19, 2016 from the Just-food.com:
Campbell Soup Co. has stopped selling a soup line developed to be brewed through Keurig home coffee machines in the US. The company pulled the product from US stores last month after sales fell below expectations.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W428

Cancer-fighting properties of horseradish revealed

May 17, 2016 from the Science Daily:
Mosbah Kusha, a Researcher at the University of Illinois have found that horeradish contains cancer-fighting compounds known as glucosinolates that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing free-radicals in the body. Horseradish contains approximately 10 times more glucosinolates than its superfood cousin, broccoli. Luckily, a teaspoon of the pungent condiment is sufficient to get the benefits.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W429
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