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The following news is from the Foodmanufacturing.com on May 19, 2014.

The FDA has reported that spices are a big source of microbial contamination and filth adulterants. Twelve percent of spices that are imported into the United States are contaminated. This can cause foods borne illness, since often spices are added to foods that will not be further cooked.

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The following news is from the Foodmanufacturing.com on May 19, 2014.

"Sabra Dipping Company has filed a citizen's petition with the FDA to establish a standard of identity in the United States for hummus under Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations." Sabra wants the FDA to require that a product called hummous must contain chickpeas and no less than 5% tahini.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W217

The following news is from the Barfblog on May 18, 2014.

Food safety law violations carry low penalties in China. "Recently, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang mentioned the melamine incident in the executive meeting. He said, the reason for the tainted milk incident is the small punishments over violation of food safety laws. We should amend the law to give criminals the most severe punishment. However, citizens are not optimistic on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) putting this into practice."
The other issue is corrupt public officials. Meanwhile, the Chinese public does not trust the food.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W216

The following news is from the Reuters and specialtyfood on May 9, 2014.

Vermont Governer Peter Shumlin signed a law mandating the labeling of foods made with GMO's, genetically modified organisms. The Grocery Manufacturers Association is filing a suit in federal court against the state of Vermont to overturn the law. The GMA is supporting the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would require a label on foods containing genetically modified ingredients only if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determines there is a health or safety risk.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W215

The following news is from the Jewish Press on May 8, 2014.

"The Chief Rabbinate of Israel today (Wednesday) administered the first official certification exam for women who wish to become kashrut supervisors (mashgichot)." "The women taking the test on Wednesday have studied materials and undergone a training program that was designed to meet the standards of supervision by the Chief Rabbinate." "Those women who pass the test on Wednesday will be awarded a certificate enabling them to seek employment as kashrut supervisors."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W214

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
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