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The following news is from the FoodManufacturing.com on November 24, 2014.

There is an international boom in quinoa. Quinoa is being factory-farmed in Peru and that grain is being smuggled into Bolivia and is being mixed with or sold as organic Bolivian quinoa.
"A decade ago, Peru accounted for just 6 percent of global sales while Bolivia had 90 percent, according to U.N. figures. But Peru is on track to supplant Bolivia this year as the top exporter, having doubled production from 2013 to 95,000 metric tons amid strong demand from the U.S. and Europe.
"Peru's higher output stems from greater use of insecticides and chemical fertilizers as agribusiness steps up cultivation in coastal valleys, where there are two harvests a year compared to one in the highlands." The quinoa from Peru is a smaller grain. There is very little organic quinoa produced in Peru.
Organic quinoa now fetches up to $10 a pound retail in the United States, with non-organic available for as much as half that price.
"Prices for Peru's white-seed coastal "sweet" quinoa have been consistently dropping. The coastal quinoa is more apt to be contaminated by pesticide overuse because it grows on land previously occupied by other crops." There are fewer bugs in the harsh climate of the Bolivian highlands.

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The following news is from the Supermarket News on November 18, 2014.

"Associated Food Stores on Tuesday said that it had agreed to a new supply agreement with C&S Wholesale Grocers, which is acquiring Associated’s former supplier, White Rose."
"C&S will provide warehouse, transportation and procurement services for Associated, the Hewlett, N.Y.-based retailer which licenses the Associated, Compare, Met, Met Fresh and Metropolitan City Markets banners to more than 350 independently owned and operated supermarkets in metro New York. C&S, Keene, N.H., is in the process of acquiring White Rose as part of its deal to buy Associated Wholesalers out of bankruptcy."

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The following news is from the Food Manufacturing and FoodNavigator on November 7, 2014.

A paper in the ACS' Journal of Proteome Research has shown that people with celiac disease also react to non-gluten proteins in wheat. This can affect how people with celiac are treated.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W260

The following news is from the Gourmet Business on November 4, 2014.

Gourmet Business included Farm to Table Kosher in their listing of Food Trends for 2015. These are products that "address consumer demand to eat in more sustainable, conscious and cultural ways".

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W259

The following news is from the Perishable News and Supermarket News on November 4, 2014.

Grocers Supply, a wholesale distribution and supply business in Houston Texas has sold its business to C&S Wholesale Grocers. Grocers Supply serves 900 independent grocery stores and is the biggest wholesaler in Texas. Grocers Supply did not sell their retail stores.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W258

The following news is from the Supermarket News and Heraldonline.com on October 30, 2014.

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene NH was the high bidder and was approved to purchase Associated Wholesalers, AWI. N.H.-based wholesaler will gain control of AWI’s independent distribution business based in Robsonia, Pa., as well as its New Jersey-based White Rose wholesale business, serving Northeast chains including Fairway Market and Met Foods. AWI has been operating under Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W257

The following news is from the FDA Guidance Document and FDA Learning Nodule posted on October 30, 2014.

The FDA has issued two documents that are related to seafood labeling and processing:

  • The FDA has issued a new list of acceptable names. The FDA is also now using DNA to test the fish that are most likey to be mislabeled. The FDA has found that the fish were correctly labeled 85% of the time.
  • The FDA has also produced a learning module for seafood processors.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W256

The following news is from the Jewish Press on October 26, 2014.

The Jewish Press reported that Hareidim in Israel buy fruits and vegetables from Arabs to avoid Shmitta issues. These "Shemittah-free “Mehadrin” vegetables and fruits can easily cost two or three times more than standard “Heter Mechira” fruits and vegetables." "The Arabs vegetable network was buying both Heter Mechira vegetables from the open market, as well as vegetables from unknown sources, without any health or agricultural supervision or certification." "The Arab network was stamping their products with fake Israeli Rabbinate certificates and selling them as Mehadrin to restaurants and stores who wanted or required Mehadrin Shemittah-free vegetables." Therefore, "the Hareidim have been eating “Heter Mechira”. At worse, they’ve been eating vegetables grown using unpurified sewer water or pesticides from unknown and unsupervised Arabs fields."

Information on Shmitta at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA

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The following news is from the ProcessingMagazine.com on October 27, 2014.

The Kiryas Joel Poultry Processing Plant, Inc. and Kiryas Joel Meat Market Corporation have has admitted disposing of chicken parts and other waste in storm drains and sewers. They settled a civil lawsuit and will pay a civil penalty of $330,000. "They also agreed to conduct ongoing monitoring and recording of pretreatment operations and to submit to the EPA an emergency operation plan and a corrective plan of action to prevent future violations of the Clean Water Act."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W254

The following news is from the juedische-allgemeine.de and JewishPress posted on October 21, 2014.

A glatt butcher in Frankfurt Germany is on trial for selling 88,000 pounds of non-kosher meat as kosher. He bought beef and lamb from Metro, a giant discount supermarket, and made it appear kosher by removing veins and washing it in saltwater. His customers included individual Jews, a Jewish school and a senior home.

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