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.
Salmonella cornflakes will be used to make concrete
August 9, 2016: from Arutz7:
"Telma's infected cornflakes will be shredded and used to fuel furnaces for manufacturing cement."
Salmonella cornflakes saga: 'A worker changed the labels'
August 6, 2016: from Arutz7:
"In late July, 2016, Unilever, which makes cereals such as Telma Cornflakes and Delipecan in Israel, confirmed that one of its production lines had been temporarily decommissioned due to contamination. Upon further questioning and testing, the company revealed it was Salmonella in the cereals.
Telma advises customers to throw away cornflakes
August 4, 2016: from Arutz 7:
"A week after it was revealed that Unilever, the producer of Telma brand cornflakes products, had destroyed tens of thousands of boxes of cereal amid fears of contamination, company officials have advised the public to dispose of any cornflakes not in their original box."
Unilever Israel says additional cereal contains Salmonella
July 26, 2016: from Barfblog.com:
Unilever Israel published the production codes and dates of the Telma Cornflakes, Cocoman, and Delipecan breakfast cereals were contaminated with salmonella."Unilever Israel insists that the contamination was found in the course of routine testing in the factory and that none of the affected production batches left the plant."
Mystery Solved: Where Have All the Cornflakes Gone?
July 26, 2016: from Hamodia:
Telma in Israel has recalled its latest shipment of cornflakes because salmonella was found in several boxes in the factory during a quality control check.
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End of an Era for Brookline Delicatessen
August 5, 2016: The BostonEater
Brookline, MA kosher restaurant and delicatessen closed on Friday.
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VT Will Not Enforce GMO Labeling Law
August 4, 2016: The SpecialtyFood.com
"Following President Obama's signing into law of the GMO Labeling Bill, Vermont will no longer enforce Act 120, their first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering."
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NYC's Last Milk Processing Plant Closing
July 19, 2016: The FoodManufacturing.com
Elmhurst Dairy, Queens, NY, New York City's last milk processing plant is shutting down after nearly a century in operation, putting more than 270 people out of work. "A large part of its business was delivering milk in small cartons to public schools around the Big Apple. The company's website says it supplies milk to 8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools."
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Kashrus alert on Knife Sharpening
July 19, 2016: The cRc
Knives should only be sent for sharpening to stores which do not pose a kashrus concern. The two main concerns are that the sharpening companies tend to wash your kosher knife with other non-kosher knives, and additionally they might switch your knife with an identical non-kosher one.
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Oven Mitts Recalled by Loot Crate Due to Burn Hazard
July 28, 2016: The CPSC
Marvel Thanos Infinity Gauntlet oven mitts have been recalled because the oven mitts lack thermal protection, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
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Laceration Injuries to Children Prompt Starbucks to Recall Stainless Steel Beverage Straws to Provide New Warnings
August 2, 2016: The CPSC
Starbucks is recalling Stainless Steel Straws because the stainless steel straws are rigid and can poke children in the mouth, posing a risk of injury.
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Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods
July 29, 2016: from The WashingtonPost:
"President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time."
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Food fraud: Russian-style
"Quality control in Russia’s food sector appears to have broken down. Products are plentiful. But behind the glossy labels, their true contents are a lottery. " "One of the bureaucracies to be thrown out was mandatory certification of food." "Sixty percent of the products tested by Roscontrol are poor quality, unsafe or falsified." "Fraud creates a vicious cycle that pushes down prices and makes it harder for honest producers to stay in business."
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FDA to update rules on vitamin D fortification of plant-based dairy alternatives
July 19, 2016: from Foodnavigator.com
"The FDA is amending the food additive regulations to allow manufacturers to fortify a wider range of plant-based dairy milk alternatives and yogurt alternatives with vitamin D2, and to increase the current permitted levels of vitamin D3 in dairy milk, in response to a petition filed by Dean Foods and WhiteWave Foods."
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