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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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Interesting Tidbits about TuBishvat

"The original spirit of Tu Bishvat""is planting trees in the land of Israel and eating their fruits." The custom of planting trees on Tu Bishvat is 126 years old, started by Ze’ev Ya’abetz who was the rabbi of Zichron Ya’akiv colony on the Carmel Mountains. He had the idea of having his students plant trees on Tu Bishvat. This idea spread.
The Israeli Fruit Growers association suggests that eating fresh fruit on Tu Bishvat is more in the spirit of TuBishvat. The custom of eating dried fruits started in Europe, where people did not have access to fresh fruit.

The preceeding news is from the JewishPress on January 25, 2016 .

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W394

This is an interesting article on how to keep produce fresh. They suggest to keep aspargus in water like cut flowers in the refrigerator, keep a dry paper towel with lettuce, coat avocado with lime or lemon juice to prevent oxidation, keep bananas bunched in the refrigerator to reduce ripening, keep tomatoes in the warmest part of the refrigerator, keep berrries out of the crisper so they can breathe and put potatoes in a brown paper bag and store in a cool place but not the refrigerator.
More information at usnews: 8 Genius Hacks to Keep Your Produce From Going Bad.

posted on January 25, 2016 .

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The following news is from the FoodNavigator on January 20, 2015 .

The Dutch food safety authority released a list of 1800 companies that were customers of the company that was found to that may have been contaminated with horsemeat.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W392

The following information is from the USDA and the IFT posted on January 20, 2015 .

"The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2014 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary, which confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not pose a safety concern." "99% of the products sampled through PDP had residues below the EPA tolerances." Only 0.36% of the samples tested had residues exceeding the EPA tolernances. "n 2014, the USDA tested for pesticides in 10,619 samples of food, including 8,582 samples of fruits and vegetables; 314 samples of oats; 314 samples of rice; 1,055 samples of infant formula; and 354 samples of salmon. Domestic samples accounted for 75.5% the samples while 22.9% were imports, 0.7% were of mixed origin, and 0.9% were of unknown origin." "The PDP generally confirms the U.S. food supply is safe with respect to pesticide chemical residues."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W393

The following news is from the FoodSafetynews on January 19, 2015 .

A pilot project was started to teach deli operators the proper way to handle food, clean and sanitize to prevent Listeria monocytogenes. A previous study had found that more than a third of delis did not know what to do. Deli's who underwent training had a much higher compliance.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W391

The following news is from the Linked-in and HalalNews posted on January 20, 2015 .

"The French government confirms the legality of ritual slaughter Responding to a question from a member, the Ministry of Agriculture recalled on January 5 that ritual slaughter, directed by Jews and Muslims without stunning the animal, was legal and consistent with secularism. Indeed, Jews believe that meat is not kosher if the animal was stunned before bleeding." "The text recalls that the derogation from the obligation to stun animals, "under the free exercise of religion" is framed by the French and European law and that this possibility 'does not undermine secularism.'"
"In its response, the Department states that 'slaughter without stunning may be made after immobilization of the animal and respecting all the measures stipulated by the regulations on animal protection and food safety'."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W385

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on January 19, 2016.

West Elm Recalls Bar Stools Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at West Elm

West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., of San Francisco has recalled Saddle bar and counter stools because the legs on the stools can break, posing a fall hazard.
The Saddle bar and counter stools have solid wood legs with a pecan-stained finish and were sold in four upholstery options: elephant leather, crosshatch steel/ivory, slate chevron and iron basketweave. The seat height for the bar stools is 30.5 inches with overall dimensions of 20.5 inches wide by 20 inches deep by 41 inches tall. The seat height for the counter stools is 26 inches with overall dimensions of 20.5 inches wide by 20 inches deep by 37.5 inches high. SKU numbers are located on the box of the product, the customer receipt and on a sticker on the bottom of the seat. Recalled SKU numbers are:

SKU

Type

Color

652164

Counter Stool

Elephant Leather

655472

Bar Stool

Elephant Leather

1220763

Bar Stool

Iron Basketweave

1235506

Bar Stool

Iron Basketweave

1425487

Counter Stool

Iron Basketweave

1591601

Counter Stool

Iron Basketweave

1699289

Counter Stool

Slate Chevron

1700749

Bar Stool

Slate Chevron

1795665

Bar Stool

Slate Chevron

1795566

Counter Stool

Slate Chevron

4737185

Bar Stool

Elephant Leather

4737318

Counter Stool

Elephant Leather

8447229

Counter Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory

8447476

Bar Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory

9082843

Bar Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory

9087271

Counter Stool

Crosshatch Steel/Ivory


The firm has received six reports of the stools breaking, including one injury. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled stools and contact West Elm for information on returning the stools for a full refund. West Elm is contacting known customers directly.


Sold at West Elm stores, online at www.westelm.com and the West Elm catalogue nationwide from July 2013 through November 2015 for between $370 and $500 for single stools and between $740 and $1,000 for a set of two.

Consumer Contact: West Elm toll-free at 844-824-8911 from 7 a.m. to midnight ET daily or online at www.westelm.com and click on “Safety Recalls” under the “About Us” at the bottom of the page.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W389

The following product safety alert is from the FoodManufacturing.com dated January 15, 2016.

The FDA ruled that a potato that was genetically engineered to resist the late blight that caused the Irish potato famine, reduce bruising and produce less acrylamide when cooked at at high temperature is as safe as any other potato on the market. The EPA still needs to approve the product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W388

The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on January 14, 2016.

Altar’d State Recalls Monogrammed Coffee Mugs Due to Fire Hazard

Altar’d State Monogrammed Coffee Mugs have been recalled because the coffee mugs are mislabeled as microwave safe. If microwaved, the metallic paint accents on the coffee mugs can spark, posing a fire hazard.
This recall involves white ceramic 16-ounce coffee mugs with gold-painted monograms and accent rims. The mugs have a textured design resembling a golf ball, and a “rope” style handle. “Microwave/Dishwasher Safe” is printed in a black panel on the bottom of the coffee mugs.
The firm has received one report of a coffee mug sparking during microwaving. No injuries have been reported. Remedy
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coffee mugs and contact Altar’d State for instructions on returning the product for a full refund. This product was Sold at Altar’d State stores nationwide from October 2015 through December 2015 for about $15. The importer is Creative Co-Op, Inc., of Memphis, Tenn. and the distributor is Altar’d State of Knoxville, Tenn.
Consumer Contact Altar’d State at 800-284-7348 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.altardstate.com and click on “Monogrammed Coffee Mug Recall” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W387

The following news is from the NBC New York posted on January 12, 2015 .

The Food delivery site GrubHub in NY which also owns Seamless has continued to be found to deliver food from ghost restaurants. The story mentioned that the Grubhub listed a kosher restaurant which is not participatin with the delivery services at an old address delivering non-kosher food from a an unknown traife restaurant. NBC found 10% of the restaurants listed were fake.
Kosher consumers need to verify the kosher status of any food they order on-line, and look for the kosher symbols and seals on the food.

Comment from a reader:"Well worth reading/watching/knowing that entire thing, it's fascinating and scary.
Click the "NBC New York" link at the top of the article."

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