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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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The following news is from the FoodSafetyTech and FDAon April 29, 2014.

FDA scientists are working on creating DNA barcodes to identify individual fish species, to solve the problem of species substitution. Barcode unique to each species which is identified by DNA testing will be entered into a database. Inspectors with the equipment and know-how can create a barcode for an undown fish and compare it to the known fish in the database. "The agency has trained more than 20 FDA analysts around the country to use that procedure in many of its regional field laboratories and are now performing the analysis on a regular basis." "DNA evidence has already been used by FDA in support of enforcement actions against fish wholesalers found to be substituting one fish for another."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W213

The following news is from the popsci.com on April 25, 2014.

Scientists from ETH Zurich have created tiny magnetic DNA particles that can be encapsulated in silica, and mixed in with olive oil. These particles can store information about the oil's source and quality. This costs about 2 cents a bottle. If these particles are not present in the correct concentration, the oil has been adulterated. The silica coating prevents the DNA from being adsorbed into the body.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W212

The following news is from the foodnavigator.com on May 6, 2014.

A review article in Journal of Cereal Science has suggested that Genetic Modification of wheat genes using RNA interference technology can silence the gluten proteins in wheat and other cereals and make then useful for people in celiac disease.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W211

The following Canadian news is from the CFIA on April 23, 2014.

The Candian government will require food labels that claim to be Halal to state the name of the certifying agency. This will help prevent mislabeling and give condumers information as to how a product is produced.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W210

The following news is from the Vosizneias.com on April 27, 2014.

An ammendment to the food bill is requiring which requiring the USDA to to purchase and provide food banks emergency supplies of kosher or halal product. This food must be prepared in accordance with the faiths’ dietary rules but not be more expensive than regularly produced food. The Kosher or Halal food must be tracked through the distribution chain and properly labeled to ensure it gets to food bank operators and meets the needs of their clients.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W209

The following news is from the foodmanufacturing.com on April 8, 2014.

The FDA has issued an order to prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to honey and call it "honey". If other sweeteners are added they will need to be listed in the name or will be subject to FDA enforcement action.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W208

The following news is from the Huffington Post on February 18, 2014 and other sources.

The Danish Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has introduced a ban on non-stun slaughter, stating 'Animal Rights Come Before Religion'. There has not been any kosher slaughter in Denmark, however this does effect Halal slaughter. Kosher meat is imported. The ban was not approved, or even reviewed, by the Danish parliament. Dan Jørgensen felt that the "food law" gives the agency authority to make laws administratively.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W206

The following additional recall is from the CPSC, on February 18, 2014.

LEM Products has an additional recall of 5-Tray Dehydrators with Digital Timers. This recall involves 5-tray food dehydrators with model number 1009 and serial numbers between 20110506 and 20121008. These food dehydrators were previously recalled and repaired as part of a May 2013 recall. The dehydrators are gray and are made of plastic and metal. The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the back panel. LEM is embossed on the top of the unit, which has a panel with the digital timer, the on/off switch and a temperature control knob. The UPC code 734494910094 is on the bottom of the packaging. Only dehydrators within the serial number range between 20110506 and 20121008 and with a sticker on the back panel stating “Read Manual Before Operating” are included in this recall.
These were sold at Buchheit, Gander Mountain, Rural King, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Theisen Supply stores and other mass merchandisers and retailers nationwide and online at www.lemproducts.com from June 2011 through December 2013 for between $125 and $160.


The following safety alert from the CPSC, on May 2, 2013.

LEM Products Distribution is recalling a 5-Tray Dehydrator with Digital Timer because the fan can fail causing the unit to overheat and pose a fire hazard.
This recall involves 5-tray food dehydrators. The dehydrators are gray and are made of plastic and metal. The model number 1009 is on a label located on the back panel with the company’s contact details. The "LEM" logo is embossed on the top of the unit, which has a panel with the digital timer, the on/off switch and a temperature control knob. The UPC code is printed on the bottom of the packaging and reads 734494010091. Incidents/Injuries
LEM Products Distribution has received two reports of fan failure both resulting in fire in the units. In one incident the consumer was close by and prevented a fire by carrying the unit outside. There were no injuries reported. Remedy
Consumers should immediately stop using the dehydrator and contact LEM Products Distribution for instructions on free shipping and repair of the recalled product. LEM is offering a one year warranty extension and a $10 discount coupon, which can be used towards a LEM catalog or online purchase, to all consumers who return their recalled units for repair. Sold at
These were sold at Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, Sportsman’s Warehouse and other mass merchandisers and retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com and www.lemproducts.com from August 2010 through February 2013 for about $160.
Consumer can contact LEM Products Distribution toll free at (877) 536-7763 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.lemproducts.com and click Warranty and Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W133

The following new story is from Forward on February 6, 2014.

Chabad in Sochi is providing kosher food and minyanim. They launched a website www.jewishsochi.com to provide information on the kosher resources that they provide.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W205

The following new story is from FoodManufacturing.com on December 11 2013.

3-D Printing is starting to be looked at to beused for 3-D printed confections, chocolate based sculptures, pasta and NASA. 3-D printing can produce unique foods on demand.


The following new story is from Forbes and gizmag on December 11 2013.

A Spanish company named Natural Machines Foodini has developed a 3-D printer called a Foodini can can "print" food. This product extrudes ingredients that put into the machine like play dough. The product then needs to be baked. It will be interesting to see how this technology will be used in the future in the food industry.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W195
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