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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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Pandemic Reinvigorates Push To Bar Pre-Yom Kippur ‘Kaporos’ Ritual In NYC

August 2, 20120 - from Vos Iz Neias:

"An organization that objects to a pre-Yom Kippur ritual that involves swinging live chickens is renewing its legal effort to stop the religious rite in New York City, citing the coronavirus pandemic."

"n 2017, a state appeals court struck down a lawsuit calling for New York police and health officials to block the practice. But the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos filed a motion last month to renew the lawsuit, first filed in 2015, citing fears that the ritual could spread dangerous pathogens in the air, just as scientists believe that animals in the wet markets of Wuhan, China began spreading the COVID-19 virus."

"There are more than 80 live animal markets in New York City, where the animals are slaughtered on the spot, NY1 reported, which also is a concern of animal activists."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1067

Seattle: City’s Only Kosher Restaurant Closes

August 3, 20120 - from Yeshiva World:

"The only kosher restaurant in the city of Seattle closed its doors over the weekend."

"Bamboo Garden, a vegetarian Chinese restaurant that catered to a broad clientele, was the first restaurant in Seattle to become kosher almost 30 years ago, a boon for Orthodox residents since the observant community is too small to support a restaurant that caters only to those who keep kosher. It closed due to coronavirus woes as well as the owner’s wish to retire."

"Seattle is home to over 60,000 Jews and fortunately, there are still several kosher restaurants in the suburbs. However, according to Resmovits, those restaurants are all vegetarian and the closest kosher fleishig restaurant to Seattle is several hours away, in British Columbia."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1066

Albek de Mexico S.A. de C.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Hand Sanitizers Within Expiry Due to Potential Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

July 31, 2020 from the FDA

Albek de Mexico S.A. de C.V is voluntarily recalling all lots and all brands of hand sanitizer currently in US distribution to the consumer level. This recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution due to detection of methanol in hand sanitizer samples manufactured by Albek when product was presented for import into the United States.

The products are labeled for use as a hand sanitizer (or “antiseptic”) and are packaged for several nationwide distributors in a variety of formats as indicated in the table as follows:

Item

Nuuxsan

Modesa

Assured

Assured

Next

Product Name Nuuxsan Instant Hand Sanitizer Modesa Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera Assured Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe Assured Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera Next Hand Sanitizer
NDC 72758-005-02, 72758-001-08 72758-011-23 72758-010-23 72758-009-23 50066-605-08
Package Format(s) 8 fl oz plastic bottles 8 fl oz plastic bottles 8 oz. plastic bottles< 8 oz. plastic bottles 8 oz. plastic bottles
UPC 713620000175 32251380426 639277928597 639277928610 650240053573
Afected Lot Number(s) All Lots 1931104AL 1931101AL 1931102AL The affected lots are those that end 1001,
1002, 1003, 1004, 1005.

Product Name

NDC

UPC and Lot

Volume/Package

Assured Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and Aloe 72758-010-23 639277928597 8 oz. plastic bottles
Modesa Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera 72758-011-23 639277928610 8oz. plastic bottles
Modesa Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E 72758-012-23 Never Produced
Next Hand Sanitizer 50066-605-08 650240053573 8oz. plastic bottles
Assured Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera 72758-009-23 639277928610 8 oz. plastic bottles
Nuuxsan Instant Hand Sanitizer 72758-005-02 713620000175 8oz. plastic bottles
NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer 72758-001-08 713620000175 8oz. plastic bottles

This NDC was created in 2019 and then replaced by NDC 72758-002-08.

The products were distributed nationwide in the United States beginning on November, 15 2019.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Mrs. Susana Luna (713)961-0262, [days of week] from [state time and zone] or e-mail to .

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1065

LABORATORIOS JALOMA S.A. de C.V. Issues Voluntary Recall of the Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Due to the Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol

August 1, 2020 from the FDA

LABORATORIOS JALOMA S.A. de C.V. is voluntarily recalling all lots and all bottle sizes of the Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer, Ethyl Alcohol 62% With vitamin E to the consumer level. This recall has been initiated because FDA sampled the 500 mL product and found it to be contaminated with undeclared methanol (wood alcohol). Although the contamination was linked to the 500 mL product, due to the abundance of caution, Jaloma is recalling all lots of all sizes within expiry. The NDCs, lot #s, and expiration dates are listed in the table below.

Product(s)

NDCs

Sizes

UPC

Lot #s & Expiration Dates

Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer
Ethyl Alcohol 62%
With vitamin E
65055-600-02 16.9 fl oz.
(1.06 pt) (500 mL)
7 59684 51503 3 0005295
Exp: April, 2022
0006373
Exp: May, 2022
Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer
Ethyl Alcohol 62%
With vitamin E
65055-600-01 4 fl oz
(120 mL)
7 59684 51502 6 0005412
Exp: April, 2022
0007134
Exp: May, 2022
0007834
Exp: May, 2022
0009239
Exp: June, 2022

The product is used as a hand sanitizer for hand washing to decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. The products are distributed in a 4 fl oz (120 mL) Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle and a 16.9 fl oz (1.06 pt) (500 mL) PET or High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottle. Product is labeled with a red logo with the word Jaloma written in white letters. The product was distributed throughout the United States. It was imported to one (1) wholesaler and two (2) distributors.

Each product contains a lot number and expiration date stamped directly on the bottle or on the label of the 16.9 fl oz HDPE bottle in the format below. See table for lot numbers of each individual bottle.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact LABORATORIOS JALOMA S.A. de C.V. during business hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (CT) Toll Free: + 52 1 800 120 0202 Email: asuntosregulatorios@jaloma.com.mx

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1064

Broncolin S.A. de C.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol Due to Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

July 27, 2020 from the FDA

Broncolin S.A. de C.V is voluntarily recalling all lots of Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

The product is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer used to reduce bacteria that potentially cause disease when soap and water are not available and is packaged in 4 bottle sizes; 4.22 fl. oz. (125ml), 8.4 fl. oz. (250 ml), 16.9 fl. oz. (500 ml) and 33.8 fl. oz. (1 Liter). It is a clear plastic bottle with a pump or squeeze cap. All package sizes are labeled with a blue label identifying INBC Trading LLC 4404 Merle Drive, Austin, TX 78745 as the Importer/Distributor (see attachments). Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol was distributed by the importer/distributor between April 26, 2020 to May 18, 2020 , to wholesalers in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas and further distributed Nationwide in the USA.

Broncolin S.A. de C.V via INBC Trading LLC is notifying all US customers by email and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. Consumers, distributors, and retailers that have recalled Herbacil hand sanitizer, should stop using and return to the place of purchase.

Any questions regarding this recall can be directed to INBC Trading LLC at 1-512-241-9034 and/or handsanitizer@inbctrading.com, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5 pm CST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1063

4e Brands North America Issues Expanded Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Hand Sanitizer Due to Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

July 24, 2020 from the FDA

San Antonio, Texas, 4e Brands North America is voluntarily recalling all lots of Hand Sanitizer brands to the consumer level. These products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

Product(s)

Country of Origin

Product Size

Product Label

UPC Code

ASSURED ALOE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 8FL OZ/ 236 ML See Product Image Below 639277490704
ASSURED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 8FL OZ/ 236ML See Product Image Below 639277490698
ASSURED ALOE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 10FL OZ See Product Image Below 639277490704
ASSURED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 10FL OZ See Product Image Below 639277490698
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 2 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023716
BLUMEN ALOE ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 3.4FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023587
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 3.4FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023594
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 7.5FLOZ / 221ML See Product Image Below 814266023624
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 7.5 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023624
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 7.5FLOZ / 221ML See Product Image Below 814266023624
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 15.2 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023921
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 17 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266024096
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 17 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266024096
BLUMEN CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 18 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023914
BLUMEN CLEAR TEA TREE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 18 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266024089
BLUMEN ADVANCED HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023693
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023693
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023693
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR TEA TREE HAND SANITIZER Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023747
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 70 FL OZ See Product Image Below 814266023679
BLUMEN ADVANCED CLEAR HAND SANITIZER Mexico 1.05 GAL See Product Image Below 814266023686
MODESA CLEAR GEL ANTIBACTERIAL Mexico 33.8 FL OZ See Product Image Below 032251499357

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact 4e Brands North America LLC during business hours: Monday - Friday 08:00 am - 5:00 pm EST at:

The Blumen Hand Sanitizer 17 oz punp product was recalled by BJ's. Recall info is here.

Costco is recalling item # 1876544, Blumen Hand Sanitizer 33.8 oz. between May 11, 2020 and July 19,2020.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1049

Resource Recovery & Trading, LLC.,Issues Nationwide Recall of Hand Sanitizer Due to Potential Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol) and Subpotency Ethyl Alcohol Company Announcement

July 27, 2020 from the FDA

RESOURCE RECOVERY & TRADING LLC, is voluntarily recalling all the lots manufactured by MXL Comercial S.A. de C.V. of Hand Sanitizer with the next information: HAND SANITIZER 70% Ethyl Alcohol Disinfectant Gel, packaged in 6.7 FL Oz. (200 ml) bottles, UPC 650240026020 and HAND SANITIZER Non-sterile Solution 70% Topical Solution, packaged in 20L (5.28 Gal) liter plastic containers, UPC 37710600013 to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of undeclared methanol (wood alcohol) and subpotency ethyl alcohol.

The product is used as a hand sanitizer to decrease germs when soap and water is not available and is packaged in 200 ml plastic bottles and 20 liter plastic containers. The product can be identified by the label below.

The product was distribution between June 10, 2020 and June 20, 2020 in the states of Alabama and Georgia.

Consumers/distributors/retailers that have product which is being recalled should stop using products, initiate recalls to the user level, and return all products to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact RESOURCE RECOVERY & TRADING LLC by phone (858) 964-4590 or e-mail to admin@rr-t.net. Monday to Friday from 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Pacific Time. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1062

USDA Investigates Packages of Unsolicited Seeds from China

July 23, 2020 from USDA:

USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

USDA urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to immediately contact their State plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment.

USDA is committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds. Visit the APHIS’ website to learn more about USDA’s efforts to stop agricultural smuggling and promote trade compliance.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1061

Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol

The full FDA list is here

July 27, 2020 Walmart list of stores that sold recalled hand sanitizers is here.

Born Basic Hand Sanitizer was sold at Target

July 2, 2020 from the FDA

ITECH 361 is voluntarily recalling 18,940 bottles of All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant sold in one liter bottles to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1048

Virus Can Travel 26 Feet at Cold Meat Plants With Stale Air

July 23, 2020 from NewsMax:

"Cold and stale air conditions allowed coronavirus particles to travel more than 8 meters (26 feet) at a German slaughterhouse, a study showed, giving an insight into how meat plants turned into hotspots for infections across the world."

"Researchers reconstructed the likely cause of the outbreak at a Toennies Group slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, where about 1,500 workers contracted the virus. Similar conditions at plants globally are a reason they’ve become virus epicenters, according to the report from groups including the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research."

"Meat plants from the U.S. to the U.K. and South America have seen the rapid spread of the virus, infecting thousands of employees who often work in close proximity on processing lines. Dozens of workers have died, and labor advocates have said that a lack of social distancing could continue to put people at risk. Outbreaks also forced American meat plants to close earlier this year, sparking some protein shortages."

"Meanwhile, China is ramping up testing of imports of cold food for the virus. Even as global scientific experts say that the likelihood of transmission through food is extremely low, the Asian country has slapped export bans on some abattoirs with cases, further fueling the urgency to contain the disease."

"The Toennies outbreak likely began from one employee in May and was largely transmitted in the plant’s dismantling area, where rooms are often chilled to 10C degrees (50 Fahrenheit). Chilly air circulated without frequent changes -- coupled with a strenuous work conditions -- helped particles move large distances."

"Under these conditions, a distance of 1.5 to 3 meters between workers isn’t sufficient to prevent transmission."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1060
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