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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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Noble House Recalls Counter Stools Due to Laceration Hazard

May 25, 2016: The CPSC is announcing a recall of oble House’s Louigi and Tate counter stools becuse the kick plates of the counter stools can have a sharp edge, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
This recall involves Noble House’s Louigi and Tate counter stools with solid wood legs and a metallic kick pate. The Louigi black leather counter stool has a backrest and measures about 18 inches wide by 26 inches deep by 41 inches tall. The backless Tate counter stools were sold in white or brown and measure about 16.5 inches wide by 16.5 inches deep by 27 inches tall. “MADE BY: PERMAISURI CO., LTD: No. 30 YUANCUO ROAD HONGSHANQIAO, FUZHOU, FUJIAN 350002 CHINA” is stamped on a tag on the underside of the stool’s seat.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled stools and remove the kick plates from the stools and contact Noble House for free replacement kick plates, including shipping.
Sold at Online at Amazon.com, ATC.com, eBay.com, Greatdealfurniture.com, Groupon.com, Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com from October 2013 through March 2015 for about $120.
This recall involves Noble House’s Louigi and Tate counter stools with solid wood legs and a metallic kick pate. The Louigi black leather counter stool has a backrest and measures about 18 inches wide by 26 inches deep by 41 inches tall. The backless Tate counter stools were sold in white or brown and measure about 16.5 inches wide by 16.5 inches deep by 27 inches tall. "MADE BY: PERMAISURI CO., LTD: No. 30 YUANCUO ROAD HONGSHANQIAO, FUZHOU, FUJIAN 350002 CHINA" is stamped on a tag on the underside of the stool’s seat.

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Counterfeit alcohol packaging is now more sleek, professional and harder to detect

May 25, 2016 from the BeverageDaily:
Fraudsters are selling wine and alcohol products that look like premium wine products with well-crafted fake labels. Some of these products may contain toxic chemicals. Adulterated products are difficult to detect without a taste test. Companies and consumers need to be aware of this.

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The FDA Releases Final Guidance Regarding the Food Labeling Term "Evaporated Cane Juice"

May 25, 2016 from the FDA:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a final guidance for industry stating FDA’s view that sweeteners derived from sugar cane should not be declared on food labels as "evaporated cane juice." The FDA’s view is that the term “evaporated cane juice” is false or misleading because it suggests that the sweetener is fruit or vegetable juice or is made from fruit or vegetable juice, and does not reveal that the ingredient’s basic nature and characterizing properties are those of a sugar."
"The guidance recommends that ingredients currently labeled as “evaporated cane juice” be relabeled to use the term “sugar,” optionally accompanied by a truthful, non-misleading descriptor to distinguish the ingredient from other cane-based sweeteners."

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Campbell pulls K-Cup soup line

May 19, 2016 from the Just-food.com:
Campbell Soup Co. has stopped selling a soup line developed to be brewed through Keurig home coffee machines in the US. The company pulled the product from US stores last month after sales fell below expectations.

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Cancer-fighting properties of horseradish revealed

May 17, 2016 from the Science Daily:
Mosbah Kusha, a Researcher at the University of Illinois have found that horeradish contains cancer-fighting compounds known as glucosinolates that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing free-radicals in the body. Horseradish contains approximately 10 times more glucosinolates than its superfood cousin, broccoli. Luckily, a teaspoon of the pungent condiment is sufficient to get the benefits.

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Quinoa May Be CA's Next Big Crop

May 12, 2016 from the SpecialtyFoodNews.com:
Quinoa may be the next big crop for California farmers. Lundberg is growing quinoa. Lundberg dominates the West Coast production of organic quinoa, with 800 acres across Washington and northern California.

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All food can be contaminated: Huge recall of frozen fruits and vegetables after Listeria outbreak

May 23, 2016 from the Barfblog:
This article describes the scope of the recall and how it came about possibly from contaminated onions that are not heat treated before freezing and then contaminated other products.

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FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods

May 20, 2016 from the FDA:
The new Nutrition Facts label will include the following.

  • An updated design to highlight "calories" and "servings," two important elements in making informed food choices.
  • Requirements for serving sizes that more closely reflect the amounts of food that people currently eat. What and how much people eat and drink has changed since the last serving size requirements were published in 1993. By law, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, requires that serving sizes be based on what people actually eat.
  • Declaration of grams and a percent daily value (%DV) for “added sugars” to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product. It is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugars, and this is consistent with the scientific evidence supporting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • "Dual column" labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for certain multi-serving food products that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings. Examples include a pint of ice cream and a 3-ounce bag of chips. With dual-column labels available, people will be able to easily understand how many calories and nutrients they are getting if they eat or drink the entire package/unit at one time.
  • For packages that are between one and two servings, such as a 20 ounce soda, the calories and other nutrients will be required to be labeled as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.
  • Updated daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D, consistent with Institute of Medicine recommendations and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Daily values are reference amounts of nutrients to consume or not to exceed and are used to calculate the %DV that manufacturers include on the label.
  • Declaration of Vitamin D and potassium that will include the actual gram amount, in addition to the %DV. These are nutrients that some people are not getting enough of, which puts them at higher risk for chronic disease. The %DV for calcium and iron will continue to be required, along with the actual gram amount. Vitamins A and C will no longer be required because deficiencies of these vitamins are rare, but these nutrients can be included on a voluntary basis.
  • "Calories from Fat" will be removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount. “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” will continue to be required.
  • An abbreviated footnote to better explain the %DV.

Most food manufacturers will be required to use the new label by July 26, 2018. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to comply with the new rules.

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House passes bill protecting circumcision, ritual slaughter

May 18, 2016 from the Arutz 7:
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that you extend the religious protections in the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to advocates of circumcision and ritual slaughter as well as atheists.
"The bill's tier system for how well or poorly countries protect religious freedom would be similar to the one used in the annual State Department report on human trafficking. That report is influential, and countries seeking the good graces of the United States strive to improve their ranking by cracking down on the practice"

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Do you really want to know what's in your burger?

May 11, 2016 from the CNBC and Clear Labs:
Clear Labs examined 258 samples of burgers from 79 brands and 22 different retailers. The samples included ground meat, frozen patties, veggie burgers and fast food burgers.
Clear labs "determined that 6.6 percent of the products contained an ingredient that was not listed on the label. In fact, there was beef DNA found in five products that were not supposed to contain beef, including two vegetarian burger products."
"One vegetarian burger was determined to contain human DNA. The company notes that it was unable to uncover the source of the DNA, but it was likely from hair or skin cells."
Clear Labs also found issues with the meat samples that it tested. A fast food burger and a ground meat sample both contained rat DNA, in addition to one vegetarian burger. "

The majority of ground meat samples were ground beef, but we also tested ground turkey, ground lamb, ground pork, ground chicken, ground veal, ground bison, ground buffalo, and ground venison.
Unexpected ingredients pose safety risks - when ingredients are present in a product and not reported on the label there is an increased potential for adverse allergic reactions. They also have important cultural implications. Certain religions, for example, forbid the consumption of some meat products.
Tests revealed evidence of substitution in 16 products3, or 6.6% of all samples. We found beef in 5 samples, chicken in 4 samples, turkey in 3 samples, pork in 2 samples, rye in 2 samples, and sunchoke in 1 sample that were not supposed to contain these ingredients.
Beef DNA was found in 1 sample of ground lamb, 1 sample of ground bison, and 1 sample of ground chicken patties. Trace amounts of beef DNA was found in 2 vegetarian burger products. Pork DNA was in 1 sample of beef patties and in 1 sample of ground beef.
All 14 samples missing ingredients listed on their labels were vegetarian products. 15.7% of vegetarian products tested had at least 1 missing ingredient.
"Seven of the 258 samples of meat tested contained a pathogen that had the potential to cause a foodborne illness. The report notes that the pathogens found in the cooked burgers were less likely to be alive and pose a smaller health risk. In addition, seven of the 258 samples of meat tested contained a pathogen that had the potential to cause a foodborne illness. The report notes that the pathogens found in the cooked burgers were less likely to be alive and pose a smaller health risk." n addition, seven of the 258 samples of meat tested contained a pathogen that had the potential to cause a foodborne illness. The report notes that the pathogens found in the cooked burgers were less likely to be alive and pose a smaller health risk.

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