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The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on December 22, 2015.

Breville Fast Slow Cookers from Breville USA Inc., Torrance, CA have been recalled because the sealing gasket can be incorrectly inserted upside down on the lid which can allow the unexpected release of built-up pressure. This poses a risk of burns to the user or consumers nearby.
This recall involves Breville 6-quart capacity domestic programmable electric pressure cookers with a brushed stainless steel construction and a 3-way safety system. The safety system consists of a locking lid, safety valve and a pressure release button. Pressure cookers with model number BPR600XL and batch numbers between 1235 and 1529 are included in the recall. The model number and batch code are located on the bottom of the unit.
Breville USA has received five reports of steam or hot contents escaping from the pressure cooker, resulting in five reports of burns, including second degree burns to the hands, arms or stomach. Remedy
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pressure cookers and contact Breville for a replacement sealing gasket and updated instructions.
Sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Macy’s, Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma stores nationwide and online, and online at Amazon.com and BrevilleUSA.com from September 2012 through October 2015 for about $180.
Consumer Contact: Breville USA Inc. at 800-983-3165 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.brevilleusa.com and click on the “BPR600XL Recall” link.

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The following news is from the Clearfood.com on December 22, 2015.

Clearfood has tested turkey products using DNA testing.

  • 13.5% of the 158 turkey product samples we tested were problematic.
  • 7% of the 158 turkey product samples contained substitutions. The most likely culprit was chicken added in (in 8 out of 11 of the substitution cases). They found pork substitution in 2 out of 11 of the substitution cases and saw beef in 1 out of 11 substitution cases.
  • 1% of the 158 turkey product samples were missing key ingredients falsely listed on their labels. 1 product even contained no turkey even though it was listed as an ingredient on the label and marketed as a turkey product. 1 product included no beef, even though it was listed on the label.
  • 5.5% of samples had hygienic issues, including traces of human DNA. (ed. note: This means sanitation issues.)

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The following news is from the New York Times on December 14, 2015.

A Sikh soldier is being allowed to keep his beard while the American Army decides whether to allow him to keep his beard. Until now, only a Jewish rabbi and 2 Muslim have been allowed to keep beards. These people were chaplains or in specialty medical fields. "It is first time in decades that the military has granted a religious accommodation for a beard to an active-duty combat soldier — a move that observers say could open the door for Muslims and other troops seeking to display their faith. But it is only temporary, lasting for a month while the Army decides whether to give permanent status to Captain Singh’s exception."

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The following news is from the FoodNavigator.com on December 7, 2015.

Honey and fish were sampled in the EU for fraud. Samples of honey were found to be 19% to 32% mislabled in some way. "Almost a third (30%) of the fraudulent products had been bulked out with cheap sugar syrups. Through pollen analysis 37% had been labelled with the wrong botanical source and 10% with the incorrect geographical origin."

Fish were also sampled for fraud. "Although cod and hake represented the largest number of non-compliant samples (30 and 27 respectively), they were the most commonly-tested species. Grouper (31%), common sole (24%) and yellowfin sole (15%) actually had the highest non-compliance rates.

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The following news is from the NLTimes on December 7, 2015.

The Dutch are considering a new tactic to control food fraud. Starting June 1, 2016, " the worst food fraud offenders will have to pay 10 percent of their annual turnover, instead of the current maximum fine of 20 thousand euros."

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The following news is from the IFT and SmartLabelFAQ on December 2, 2015.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is launching SmartLabel. Major manufacturers will be using QR Codes to provide information about products to consumers. "More than 30 U.S. food, beverage, and consumer products companies are already committed to using SmartLabel, including: ConAgra Foods, Campbell Soup, Hershey, J.M. Smucker Company, General Mills, McCormick, and Unilever."

The editor asked if kosher information will be included: "At this time, kosher is a voluntary attribute, that each brand can decide to disclose and if they choose to-the certifying agency would be listed. All ingredients for products are required and therefore, someone using SmartLabel™ would be able to see if a product contained dairy, etc."

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The following news is from the FoodSafetyNews.com/ on December 2, 2015.

This article reminds people with food allergies that "natural flavors" can be any ingredient that is not man-made. "According to FDA, 'The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.'"
"The “natural flavor” loophole in ingredient labeling means that any food which lists “natural flavors” as an ingredient is potentially hazardous to sensitive people and should be approached with caution."
Ed. note: This information is also relevant to people who keep kosher.

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The following news is from the FoodSafetyNews.com/ on December 1, 2015.

The Food Labeling Modernization act of 2015 will require sesame to be added to the list of major food allergens, which currently list milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean. "Sesame allergies have probably increased more than any other type of food allergy over the past 10 to 20 years." Sesame has become the fifth most common allergy in the US.

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The following news is from the FoodSafetyTech.com/ on November 16, 2015.

This article Fighting the Reality of Food Fraud lists a history of food fraud dating back to the Romans. The article explains how FSMA as well as a Food Fraud Database can help reduce this problem.

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The following news is from the yeahthatskosher.com/ on November 18, 2015.

"'The Kosher Market’ was announced today by CIBO Express Gourmet Markets as the first-of-its-kind kosher market in Newark Airport (EWR) located in Terminal C3 near Gate 139. It is currently open."
"The market will feature over 60 freshly prepared Grab & Go items, made by Fresko, CIBO’s Kosher foods partner. The freshly prepared items, including sandwiches, salads, wraps, dips, snacks and more, will be delivered daily to Terminal C."

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