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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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Report Finds 20 Percent Fraud Rate In Global Seafood Labeling

September 12, 2016: The FoodManufacturing.com, FoodNavigator.com and Oceana:

Oceana reviewed more than 200 published studies from 55 countries and found that about one in five seafood samples tested worldwide were found to be improperly labeled.

"About 65% of the studies included evidence of economically motivated adulteration of seafood products. Cheaper or less desirable fish were mislabeled as more expensive varieties.

In 141 instances, pangasius was swapped for 18 different types but mostly perch, grouper and sole.

Seafood fraud includes species substitution often a low-value or less desirable item swapped for a more expensive or desirable choice, improper labeling, including hiding the origin of seafood products, or adding extra breading, water o

More than half of the mislabeled species could pose a health risk to consumers, and the report also found said that mislabeling could affect endangered species and could be caught or processed using slave labor.

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Researchers Debunk “Five-Second Rule"

September 12, 2016: The FoodIngredientsFirst and Barfblog:

"Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it's OK to scoop up food and eat it within a "safe" five-second window. Donald Schaffner, professor and extension specialist in food science, found that moisture, type of surface and contact time all contribute to cross-contamination. In some instances, the transfer begins in less than one second. Their findings appear online in the American Society for Microbiology's journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology
The type of surface is also a factor. Carpet has very low transfer rates compared with those of tile and stainless steel, whereas transfer from wood is more variable.
"So while the researchers demonstrate that the five-second rule is 'real' in the sense that longer contact time results in more bacterial transfer, it also shows other factors, including the nature of the food and the surface it falls on, are of equal or greater importance." The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an enhanced funding partnership with Israel to better leverage new agricultural research for mutual scientific benefit. The updated agreement is administered by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)."
"Beginning in early 2017, Israeli scientists can align their research with fiscal year 2016 NIFA-funded competitive grant research projects of mutual benefit to both nations. This new opportunity builds on an existing 2013 NIFA-BARD agreement to promote joint research, which has already resulted in the development of a model wastewater reuse program and analysis of hydrophobic soil in dry climates."
"Through this agreement, U.S. scientists have two ways to collaborate with Israeli researchers either through new joint research projects or by coupling Israeli scientists’ new projects to NIFA projects on the same topic. In both cases the Israeli scientists will receive funding through BARD, and the U.S. scientists will receive funding through NIFA. The resulting research will amplify both the funds and knowledge base to strengthen research outcomes. Some of the research areas of interest for this U.S.-Israel collaborative initiative include food security, water for agriculture, food safety, sustainable bioenergy, and bioproducts."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W471

USDA to partner with Israel on agricultural science

September 6, 2016: The USDA and IFT:

"The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an enhanced funding partnership with Israel to better leverage new agricultural research for mutual scientific benefit. The updated agreement is administered by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)."
"Beginning in early 2017, Israeli scientists can align their research with fiscal year 2016 NIFA-funded competitive grant research projects of mutual benefit to both nations. This new opportunity builds on an existing 2013 NIFA-BARD agreement to promote joint research, which has already resulted in the development of a model wastewater reuse program and analysis of hydrophobic soil in dry climates."
"Through this agreement, U.S. scientists have two ways to collaborate with Israeli researchers either through new joint research projects or by coupling Israeli scientists’ new projects to NIFA projects on the same topic. In both cases the Israeli scientists will receive funding through BARD, and the U.S. scientists will receive funding through NIFA. The resulting research will amplify both the funds and knowledge base to strengthen research outcomes. Some of the research areas of interest for this U.S.-Israel collaborative initiative include food security, water for agriculture, food safety, sustainable bioenergy, and bioproducts."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W470

Swine Brew: New Jersey Beer Celebrates Pork Roll

September 9, 2016: The FoodManufacturing

Flying Fish Brewing Co. released a Pork Roll Porter beer made with pork roll and spices in the brew kettle. The beer's aroma features cocoa and hints of maple and smoke.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W469

Israeli Police Seize 30,000 Eggs Unfit for Human Consumption in Arab City

August 26, 2016: from JewishPress

30,000 unsupervised eggs were found by Israel Police, the Poultry Council and the Income Tax Authority in a private home in Shfar’am. A.k.a. Shefa-‘Amr, is an Arab city in Israel’s northern district. "The owner of the illegal eggs was detained on suspicion of storing and trading eggs that are unfit for consumption. The eggs were seized and destroyed by the Poultry Council." "Over the summer, Israel has experienced an outbreak of salmonella that was related to the effect of the unusual heat conditions on poorly stored food, including eggs."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W468

Don't have a cow? Perfect Day animal-free milk bids for slice of multibillion-dollar global dairy market

August 22, 2016: The FoodNavigator-USA

Perfect Day is using synthetic biology to engineer yeast to produce proteins found in milk using "Cellular agriculture."
"It is taking food grade yeast, and adding DNA sequences (which can be 3D printed using synthetic biology techniques) which effectively instruct that yeast to produce the proteins found in milk – predominantly casein (Perfect Day is making four different caseins that make a micelle) but also lactoglobulin and lactoalbumin, the two proteins that form the bulk of whey protein in milk. It then throws them into big fermentation tanks with corn sugar and other nutrients to feed on and sits back while they get to work. When the microbes have done their work at the bio-refinery, the proteins are harvested via a mechanical process and added to water, minerals, and plant-based fats and sugars to make dairy milk." Gaalactose is added instead of lactose to make the milk lactose free.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W467

Milk, Not Plastic, Will Protect Food in the Future

August 22, 2016: from YeshivaWorldNews

"U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers have discovered that a milk protein called casein can be used to develop an edible, biodegradable packaging film. The casein-based film is up to 500 times better than plastic at keeping oxygen away from food because proteins form a tighter network when they polymerize, the researchers found. It’s also more effective than current edible packaging materials made from starch and protects food products that are sensitive to light."
"To produce a more practical packaging material, the team added glycerol and citrus pectin to the casein film, which is made by spreading a mixture of water and commercially available casein powder. Glycerol made the protein film softer, and citrus pectin added more structure to the film, allowing it to resist humidity and high temperatures better."
"Because the casein film dissolves in water, one of the main drawbacks to single-serve pouches is that they would need larger, nondissolving plastic or cardboard containers to keep them clean and dry. Bonnaillie said many packages already have an outer layer, however, so in a multi-layer system with secondary packaging, casein would still help the environment."
" Casein in liquid form can serve as packaging and food. It can be sprayed onto cereal flakes and bars. Many cereals currently maintain their crunch because of a sugar coating but could achieve the same goal without sugar using the milk protein."
"It could even be used to line pizza boxes. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned perfluorinated chemicals, which used to coat the cardboard surrounding your pepperoni, sausage, and extra cheese pie, a sprayed-on casein coating could serve as an alternative product to prevent grease and stains."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W466

Salmon Imported To Israel By Neto Found To Be Contaminated Before Reaching Consumers

August 26, 2016: from YeshivaWorldNews

Mako news reported on August 24, 2016 that Neto a major fish importer detected listeria in a portion of shipment of frozen salmon which was quarantined and the remainder cleared for use after inspection was carried out on the entire shipment.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W465

Production of gelatin by fermentation

August 16, 2016: The FoodNavigator-USS

Gelzen is working on producing gelatin using fermentation. They are using synthetic biology to engineer microorganisms to produce collagen. Gelzen is hoping to have commerical quantities to sell within four years.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W463

Dennis East International Recalls Whiskey Glass and Stone Sets Due to Laceration Hazard

August 10, 2016: The CPSC

Whiskey Glass and Stone Sets: The whiskey glass can spontaneously break during use, posing a laceration risk to consumers.
This recall involves Dennis East International Whiskey Glass and Stone Sets. The sets include a 16 once clear glass, four grey chilling stones and a black cloth bag. The SKU number is SKU 30335.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glasses and contact the firm for a full refund.
Sold at Providence Creations, Javic Wholesale, Woot stores and online at Woot.com from May 2015 through July 2016 for about $20.
Consumer Contact: Dennis East International at 800-430-5665 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.deidirect.com. Click on Product Recall Notice at top of page for more information.

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