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Israeli Chief Rabbinate concedes kosher supervision industry needs ‘fixing’
"Moshe Dagan, Director-General of Israel's Chief Rabbinate, said yesterday that the Rabbinate is not happy with the current situation in which "every local regional rabbinate has its own Kashrut policy."
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Israeli High Court Backs Rabbinate Decision On Meat Incident
January 16, 2017: From Matzav.com:
"The Israeli High Court has again backed a decision of the Chief Rabbinate. This time, the question involved a controversy between the rabbinate and G.H.S. Quality Meats of Haifa, which the rabbinate accused of producing products without rabbinical supervision in another plant. Despite the company’s insistence that the products were being produced illegally by a pirate company outside their control, the rabbinate removed its hechsher and said that it would only return it under extra-strict conditions to ensure that the incident did not recur."
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Researchers find dangerous tapeworms in Alaskan salmon
January 17, 2017: From FoodSafetyNews:
"Salmon lovers have a new reason to opt for roasted instead of raw. Scientists have documented that the Japanese broad tapeworm has made its way to the waters of the North Pacific and is thriving among the salmon population there."
"Because Pacific salmon are frequently exported unfrozen, on ice, plerocercoids may survive transport and cause human infections in areas where they are not endemic, such as China, Europe, New Zealand, and middle and eastern United States."
From Seafood Health-Parisites"
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Dairy Farmer and Dairy Foods Groups Support Senate Bill Prompting FDA Enforcement of Milk Labeling Standards
January 12, 2017: from Foodmanufacturing.com:
"Sen. Tammy Baldwin's (D-WI) DAIRY PRIDE Act would protect the integrity of food standards by prompting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce existing labeling requirements, specifying foods labeled as "milk" and "cheese" have to come from dairy animals."
"New Senate legislation to enforce the proper labeling of imitation dairy products drew an endorsement today from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), which together agreed that steps need to be taken to defend the integrity of federal food labeling standards and prevent the misbranding of dairy imitators."
"FDA regulations (CFR 131.110) define milk as a product of a cow, with a similar stipulation for yogurt and cheese. Though existing federal policy is clear on this subject, FDA has not challenged the incorrect use of the terms "milk," "yogurt" and "cheese" on imitators that have proliferated during the past two decades, according to the dairy industry."
"The Baldwin legislation comes one month after Reps. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Peter Welch (D-VT), supported by a bipartisan coalition of 32 other members of the House, sent a letter to FDA urging the agency to more aggressively police the improper use of dairy terminology."
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Jerusalem Catering Hall Nabbed With Treif Meat
January 10, 2017: The YeshivaWorld:
"Inspectors of the Chief Rabbinate Kashrus Enforcement Unit working with health inspectors operating in the Talpiot area of the capital found hundreds of kilograms of tainted meat in a catering hall that was suspected of being treif. The inspection was carried out on Monday, 11 Teves, and the report states that in addition to being suspected of being treif, the meats were not stored in compliance with health regulations. It is also added the businesses advertised as being kosher but in actuality, do not have kashrus supervision from any agency."
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Providing small bags for raw chicken at the checkout may reduce spread of bacteria
The British Food Standards Agency has suggested that stores provide a plastic bags to put raw chicken packages in to "help to stop the spread of bacteria that can be present on the outside of the packaging, from contaminating other foods in the consumer’s shopping basket." They are particularly concerned in places that charge for plastic shopping bags because people are then less likely to pay for a separate bag to put the chicken.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Recalls Glass Tumblers Due to Laceration and Burn Hazards
January 10, 2017: The CPSC
Dunkin’ Donuts Glass Tumblers: the glass tumblers can crack or break, posing laceration and burn hazard
This recall involves 16 ounce glass tumblers for hot and cold beverages, sold in three styles. They are approximately 8 inches tall and approximately 3 inches in diameter. The first style has “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN” written in white font on the inside layer of glass, a clear lid and pink plastic where the lid connects with the base of the tumbler. The second style has “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN” written in white font on the inside layer of glass, a clear lid, and orange plastic where the lid connects with the base of the tumbler. The third style has a black and gray plaid pattern on the inside layer of glass, a black silicone grip with the letters “DD” embossed on it, and a black lid.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glass tumblers and return them to the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant where purchased for a full refund. Sold At: Dunkin’ Donuts stores from September 2016 through November 2016 for between $13 and $15
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Network of raw camel milk operations spurs FDA warnings
January 9, 2017: From FoodSafetyNews:
A Saudi entrepreneur, Walid Abdul-Wahab and his Santa Monica-based Desert Farms company, with "a California-based raw milk network that stretches across the United States is on notice from the FDA to stop making illegal claims about the therapeutic benefits of unpasteurized milk, including raw camel milk."
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Comment period now for Canadian working group is developing no-stun slaughter standards
December 5, 2016: The Producer.com
The Canadian "Federal/Provincial Animal Welfare Group* has developed the draft Standards to protect animal and bird welfare during slaughter without stunning. The intent of the draft Standards is to clarify acceptable practices in situations where stunning is not used prior to slaughter."
Place to provide feedback is here
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4 Sizzle Recalls Promotional Charcoal Grills Due to Fire Hazard
December 22, 2016: The CPSC
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills and contact 4 Sizzle to return the grill in exchange for a $200 incentive or a full refund.
Consumer Contact: 4 Sizzle online at www.4sizzle.com and click on Barrel Grill Recall or toll-free at 888-847-8716 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday for more information.
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