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The following information is from the FDa posted on Sept 1, 2015.

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has issued a document that decribes data requirements for food allergen labeling exemption petitions and notifications (FDA, 2015a). The major food allergen are milk, egg, fish (e.g. bass, flounder or cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster or shrimp), tree nuts (e.g. almonds, pecans or walnuts), wheat, peanuts and soybeans or a food ingredient that contains protein derived from these foods. Any highly refined oil derived from a major food allergen and any ingredient derived from such highly refined oil is not considered an allergen.
Food allergens also do not need to be listed on a label if they do not contain the protein or have been shown not to cause an allergic reaction.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W337

The following news is from the ValleyNews and JTA on August 31, 2015.

"Students at Dartmouth College are petitioning administrators to institute a higher standard of kosher dining, arguing the college’s current methods of food preparation don’t meet widely held standards in the Orthodox Jewish community."
"A small group of Orthodox students say their religious dietary restrictions essentially prevent them from eating at Dartmouth, even though the school has a designated kosher cafeteria."
"They worry that because of “leniencies” on the part of the college’s current kosher certifier, a service called Tablet-K, Orthodox students are avoiding applying to Dartmouth."
Petitioners said they would not be satisfied unless the college switched from Tablet-K to another service entirely, such as Vaad Harabonim of New England, the agency that initially oversaw the Pavilion. B
"But administrators who toured the Pavilion kitchen with a reporter on Sunday appeared attached to Tablet-K and to the rabbi who serves as the agency’s chief certifier."
"Dartmouth is the sole Ivy League school not to offer a glatt kosher standard."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W336

The following news is from the YeshivaWorld on August 25, 2015.

The cRc facilitated the passage in Illinois of Senate Bill 1228 to amend the Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act.
The Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act had allowed the sale of milk from any hooved animal, “including milk from pigs and camels. " The new bill requires that even the smallest amounts of milk from any animal source other than a cow not be sold unless it is labeled accordingly."

Milk from Non-Kosher Species and Its Relationship with the US Kosher Dairy Industry at www.kashrut.com/articles/Milk.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W335

The following news is from the Barfblog and in JFoodProtection"> posted on August 31, 2015.

"A total of 720 whole, romaine lettuce heads were purchased from retail locations in the Upper Midwest and assessed for coliform and Escherichia coli contamination and for the presence of E. coli O157:H7" from Augus5, 2010 through 2011. They found "whole romaine lettuce heads purchased from retail locations, specifically revealing the absence of E. coli O157:H7 and low levels of contamination with coliforms and other E. coli strains."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W334

The following news is from the FoodSafetyNews on August 20, 2015.

A presentation by food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting in Portland, OR stated that food fraud is a bigger problem than many realise. "Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud is occurring,” Food Fraud affects everything from seafood to milk, spices and even food coloring — anything with “even a moderate economic value".
"In many cases, U.S. companies should be physically inspecting their food suppliers or finding some other method to monitor their activities to make sure that no fraud is taking place." "No other efforts can deter misbehavior like the threat of losing business."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W333

The following news is from the GlobalMeatNews on August 24, 2015.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council is running a six-month inquiry, which will conclude in November, examining the certification of halal, kosher, organic and genetically modified food. They are also exhammining the fact that some kosher beef and lamb was also being sold unlabelled as such in supermarkets.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W332

The following news is from the FoodQuality and ScienceDaily posted on August 25, 2015.

Researchers from Chapman University tested commercial ground beef and game meat for species
"In the study on identification of species found in ground meat products, 48 samples were analyzed and 10 were found to be mislabeled. Of those 10, nine were found to have additional meat species and one sample was mislabeled in its entirety. Additionally, horsemeat, which is illegal to sell in the United States, was detected in two of the samples."
In the study of game meat "the results showed 10 products to be potentially mislabeled. Two products labeled as bison and one labeled as yak were identified as domestic cattle. Other mislabeling included a product labeled as black bear that was identified as American beaver, and a product labeled as pheasant that was identified as helmeted guineafowl."
This mislabeling was caused by either accidental cross-contamination or economic adulteration.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W331

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on August 18, 2015.

Rite Aid recalls outdoor dining sets due to fall hazard. The chair arms and legs can bend and cause the user to fall, posing a risk of injury. This recall involves a six-piece outdoor patio set containing four folding chairs, a table and an umbrella. The brown metal-frame chairs have a red canvas seat and back, and measure 21 ¼ inches tall by 25 ¼ inches wide. The umbrellas are 80 inches tall have a coordinated red with stripes canvas top. The square table also has a metal frame and a hard-plastic clear top. UPC number 011822350303 and item number 9034923 are printed on the packaging of the patio set.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and return them to the any Rite Aid store for a full refund. Consumers are not required to return the table and umbrella.
Sold exclusively at Rite Aid stores nationwide and online at RiteAid.com from January 2015 to July 2015 for between $100 and $150.
Consumer Contact: Rite Aid at 800-748-3243 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, or online at www.riteaid.com and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page under Customer Care for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W330

The following information on food safety is from the Barfblog on August 15, 2015.

"Management of microbiological food safety is largely based on good design of processes, products and procedures. Finished product testing may be considered as a control measure at the end of the production process. However, testing gives only very limited information on the safety status of a food." Finding bacteria in a product means something, but not finding one, may not. "Therefore most attention should be focussed on management and control of the hazards in a more pro-active way by implementing an effective food safety management system."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W329

The following article is from the Food Safety News on July 29, 2015.

Article on how to use "best by" dates on food packages. "The key takeaway is that a “best-by” or “sell-by” date is not an expiration date and doesn’t necessarily mean that the safety of the food product declines after that date." The date is there for stocking purposes.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W328
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