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Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) Launches First of its Kind College Accredited Mashgiach Training Program

February 27, 2016: The "YeshivaWorld.com reported that the COR has started a mashgiach training program with Liaison Culinary College, Ontario, Canada. The program "consists of topics including: ensuring compliance with bishul Yisrael, kosherizing equipment, checking fruits and vegetables for insect infestation, separating terumos and maasros, hafrashas challah, and the laws of Pesach, amongst many others. There is also an emphasis on broader skills that a mashgiach requires, such as a conflict resolution course", "inventory control and invoice tracking" and " knife handling, menu skills, and food safety and handling".

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W408

Holland again seeks to limit ritual slaughter and ban export of kosher and halal meat

February 21, 2016: "Arutz7 reported that "Dutch ignore evidence in placing ban on shechita" In addition Arutz 7 reported that Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said that the new ban is contrary to the rules of European Market single market rules that make the baan illegal. Dan Jorgenson, the Dutch Minister for Agriculture an Food was quoted as saying "animal rights come before religion".

February 17, 2016 - JTA reported that the Dutch government is planning to limit ritual slaughter by requiring Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority that tried to ban ritual slaughter last year be in charge. "The authority “will oversee compliance with legal requirements connected to animal welfare,” the letter read. In slaughter without prior stunning – a requirement in both kosher and halal slaughter – the authority “will permanently oversee the actual practice of the slaughter.” Slaughterhouses will bear the costs of any activity connected to the authority, the letter read." The proposed regulation will also ban export of kosher and halal meat,

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W406

Research: Nearly all fresh chicken in Israel is contaminated

February 17, 2016: Arutz7 is reporting that the Israeli Egg and Poulty Board has found that 93% of all chicken flocks are contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria. Over 90% of all chicken sold in Israel is sold fresh.This is important because Campylobactor is killed by freezing. "Campylobacter is transmitted through insufficiently cooked food. While the bacteria dies when the chicken is cooked or baked, it primarily is transferred through contamination of the surroundings during the preparation of the chicken." "Campylobacter is currently the leading cause of stomach illnesses in Israel

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W404

Feds: New Traceability Rules Would Cut Down Illegal Seafood

February 15, 2016: The FoodManufacturing.com is reporting that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing a traceablity system that "to collect data about the catch, trip ashore, and chain of custody of fish and fish products imported into the U.S." "The new rules would also require importers to file an international trade permit. The information collected under the new standards would help authorities verify that imported fish was lawfully acquired, NOAA said."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W405

Italy To Introduce Extra Virgin Olive Oil Anti-Fraud Label

February 15, 2016: The European Supermarket Magazine is reporting that Italy is introducing anti-fraud labels on bottles of 100% extra virgin olive oil in order to fight fraud. The products bearing this label will have "security against counterfeiting offered by the label itself, traceability via a QR code to provide information on the oil's distribution channels; and a unique numbering that, combined with the control code, enables tracking of the labeled product’s history.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W403

Nuna Baby Essentials Recalls High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

February 11, 2016: The CPSC is announcing that Nuna Baby Essentials Inc., of Morgantown, Pa. is recalling Numa Baby Essentials High Chairs because the arm bar can bend or detach during use, posing a fall hazard to children.
This recall includes ZAAZTM high chairs in eight models: HC-07-004 (pewter), HC-07-005 (carbon), HC-07-006 (plum), HC-07-009 (almond), HC-08-004 (pewter), HC-08-005 (carbon), HC-08-006 (plum) and HC-08-009 (almond). ZAAZ and the model number are printed under the high chair seat on a white sticker. These high chairs look like a regular kitchen table chair and have removable trays, arm bars footrests, seat pads and harnesses so that they can convert into toddler chairs. “Nuna” is printed above the footrest of the unit.
Nuna has received 50 reports of the arm bar detaching, including six reports of children falling from the high chair. Four incidents resulted in injuries, including bruising and a cut on the forehead. Remedy
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled high chairs and contact the firm to receive a free new arm bar and instructions on how to replace it.
Sold at Albee Baby, Giggle, Magic Bean, Nordstrom and other specialty stores nationwide and online at www.nuna.eu and www.wayfair.com and other online retailers from February 2013 through November 2015 for about between $250 and $300.
Consumer Contact: Nuna Baby Essentials toll-free at 855-686-2872 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.nuna.eu/usa/ and click on “Product Recall” under the “Support” section on the sidebar of the homepage for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W402

Palestinian manufacturers lose kashrut due to security risk

February 7, 2016 - Arutz7 has reported that "Palestinian food producers have not had their kashrut certification renewed for the year of 2016 as the Rabbinate cannot enforce the supervision in the Palestinian Authority (PA) due to the terror wave."
"The Rabbinate responded by confirming the details of the story, and stating that there will be no certification given without supervision. Once it becomes safe for kashrut supervisors to enter the PA without risking their lives, it is expected certification will be reinstated."

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Nestlé is buying out Osem Foods for purchasing 840 million dollars

BloombergBusiness and FoodNavigator.com reported on February 4, 2016 that Nestlé has agreed to purchase the remaining 36.3% state in Osem Foods that is doesn't own for 3.3 billion shekels ($8440 million). Osem Foods has been distributing and producing Nestlé products in Israel.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W400

US Customs Revives Dormant Law that Requires Labeling of West Bank Products

The US Customs and Border Protection Service has decided to enforce an April 1995 law passed by Congress that "products made in the West Bank or Gaza “shall be marked as 'West Bank,' 'Gaza,' or 'Gaza Strip'and shall not contain the words 'Israel,' 'Made in Israel,' 'Occupied Territories-Israel' or words of similar meaning.” Moreover, it states, “Failure to mark an article in accordance with the requirements…shall result in the levy of a duty of 10 percent” of the product’s value." This law has been dorment for 20 years. When it was passed it was aimed at boosting the Palestinian economy and was supported by then Israeli government under Yizhak Rabin. It is not clear why the US Customs service has just started to enforce it.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) introduced legislation on February 1, 2016 that would rescind the Obama administration's recent policy directive requiring the special labeling of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The preceeding news is from the The Forward and cotton.senate.govposted on February 1, 2016 .

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W397

i play Recalls Glass Food Storage Cubes Due to Injury Hazard

January 28, 2016: The CPSC posted that i play., inc., of Asheville, N.C. has recalled green sprouts® glass food cubes because the glass containers can break unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury.
The recalled glass food storage cubes are sold in a set of four with colored, rubberized plastic lids and fit into one storage tray. The cubes are sold in 2-ounce and 4-ounce sizes. The lid colors and trays of the affected lot of 2-ounce cubes include blue, green and pink. The lid colors and trays of the affected 4-ounce cubes include blue, green, pink and yellow. “green sprouts” is molded into each plastic lid, on edges of the matching plastic storage tray and on the bottom of each quadrant of the storage tray. "green sprouts® by i play., Inc." and “Made in China” are molded into the bottom of each glass cube. On the bottom of the plastic storage tray is a tracking dial with one of the following markings:
An arrow that points to “11” and the numbers on the sides of the arrow read “4” on the left of the arrow and “1” on the right.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled food cubes and contact i play. for instructions on receiving a coupon toward the purchase of a new i play. product and shipping.
Sold at buybuy Baby and Whole Foods nationwide and online at amazon.com, babyhaven.com, diapers.com, drugstore,com and target.com from June 2015 through December 2015 for about $15 for the 2-ounce size and $20 for the 4-ounce size.
An arrow that points to “5” and the numbers on the sides of the arrow read “1” on the left of the arrow and “5” on the right.
Consumer Contact i play. at 800-876-1574 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at contactus@iplaybaby.com or online at www.iplaybaby.com and click on the “Health & Safety” link at the bottom of the right side of the homepage under the Support column for more information.

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