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The following information is from the PressTelegram on August 14, 2013.

The FDA has released new rules for companies that are importing food products from abroad. "Domestic importers for the first time would have to vouch for the food-safety practices of their overseas suppliers." "If adopted, they would create a “foreign supplier verification program," in which U.S. companies, for the first time, would have clear legal responsibility for making sure their overseas suppliers meet U.S. safety standards. They also would establish a system in which the FDA could authorize foreign governments and private companies to accredit third-party auditors, who then could inspect overseas manufacturers that have a troubled history or whose products are deemed “high risk."

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W168

The following information is from the YeshivaWorld on aAugust 6, 2013.

An Israeli magistrate court ruled that imported products must include the cost of kashus. "Customs officials’ believe the import tariff must include the price of kashrus, including sending Chief Rabbinate of Israel inspectors to the shechita location abroad. This of course significantly increases the value of the product and as a result, higher customs fees." "If customs officials decide to abide by the court ruling and apply it across the board to all kosher imports, the price increase in the marketplace will be extremely dramatic. "

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W167

The following information is from the FDA on aAugust 2, 2013.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published a new regulation defining the term "gluten-free". For voluntary food labeling the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. The rule also requires foods with the claims “no gluten," "free of gluten," and "without gluten" to meet the definition for "gluten-free." Food manufacturers will have a year after the rule is published to bring their labels into compliance with the new requirements.
The regulation has been published in the Federal Register.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W166

The following safety alert from the CPSC, on July 25, 2013.

Viking built-in refrigerators with bottom freezers are being recalled because the refrigerator’s doors can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Recall Details


About 31,000 (Viking refrigerators were previously recalled in 2009)


This recall involves Viking built-in 36-inch wide refrigerators with bottom freezers with models and serial numbers/date codes listed below. The model and serial numbers are located on the ceiling of the interior of the refrigerators. The first six numbers in the serial number range are the manufacture date of the unit in (mm)(dd)(yy).


Model numbers starting with:                      Serial number/Date codes starting with:

Designer Series

DDBB363, DDBB536, DTBB363,                           110105 - 081012

DFBB363, DFBB536, FDBB5361


Professional Series

VCBB363, VCBB536, VCBB5361,                          110105 – 080512

VIBB363, VIBB536 


Viking has received 39 reports of falling refrigerator doors, including 12 reports of injuries involving a fracture, bruises, strains and cuts, and 25 reports of minor property damage. The 39 new reports are in addition to 57 reports in the previous recall of doors detaching, including four reports of injuries involving bruises, broken toes/fingers, and strains.


Consumers should contact Viking immediately to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should stop using the recalled refrigerators if the door does not appear to be sealed properly, the door is sagging or it fails to open or close normally. If the door is working properly, consumers can continue to use the refrigerator until it has been repaired.

Sold at

Appliance and specialty stores nationwide from November 2005 through October 2012 for between $5,100 and $7,700.


Viking Range LLC, of Greenwood, Miss.

Consumers can call Viking toll-free at (877) 546-0136 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.vikingrange.com and click on Safety Recall

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W165

The following news is from the Jerusalem Post on August 1, 2013.

Article written by by Ari and Doni Zivotofsky on efforts to ban foie gras and halacha and efforts in Europe to ban shechita.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W164

The following news is from the Food Product Design on July 25, 2013.

Dannon is being criticised by the Center for Science in the Public Interest for using cochinial extract which is extracted from cochineal insects in their yogurts. CSPI is suggesting that they use berries instead of bugs.
Dannon has just arranged to sell their yogurts in Starbucks, who removed the carmine from their drinks, because of public critisism.
Carmine is now required to be listed on lables because of allergies. The CSPI is asking that this declaration also include the term, insect derived.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W163

The following news is from the foodnavigator.com on July 29, 2013.

Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands will present a burger made from in-vivo produced meat and lab prepared fat wxt week. They grew muscle tissue from stem cells taken from healthy cows. The researchers hope that this can lead to the production of low cost food without the need for lifestock.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W162

The following news is from the Jewish Press on July 23, 2013.

Michal Boni, the Polish minister responsible for religious affairs has asked Jewish and Muslim representatives to petition the country’s Constitutional Court to sort out conflicting laws that have led to a ban on ritual slaughter. "1997 Act on the Relation of the State to the Jewish Communities in Poland, which states that ritual slaughter may be performed in accordance with the needs of the local Jewish community.
The law appears to conflict with Article 34 of the 1997 Law on the Protection of Animals, which states that “vertebrate animal in a slaughterhouse may be killed only after being knocked unconscious by qualified personnel."
In 2004, the Polish government tried to reconcile the conflict by issuing a regulation exempting Jews and Muslims from stunning animals. But in November, the constitutional court ruled that the government had no legal right to issue the exemption.

The following news is from the Washington Post and Jewish Press and JTA posted on July 17, 2013.

"The Polish Parliament rejected a draft law that would have legalized Jewish ritual slaughter, or shechitah, in Poland." "The bill, defeated 222-178 on Friday, would have allowed shechitah provided it is done in a slaughterhouse. It also excluded certain forms of immobilizing the animal." "Until this year, Poland allowed shechitah, making about $650 million annually by exporting kosher and halal meat to Israel and Muslim-majority countries like Egypt and Iran. But the business practically ground to a halt in January after a constitutional court ruled that the country has no right to allow religious slaughter. The ruling was made after a petition filed by animals’ rights groups."

As a result of this the Polish Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Michael Schudrich is threatening to resign since he feels that he cannot properly do his job in a country that curtails religious rights.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W157

The following news is from the foodingredients.com on July 22, 2013.

A collection of studies by Dr Kathleen Vohls of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota published in Psycholgical Science found that the riturals that we perform before eating, can change out perception of the food we eat.
People who performed some kind of ritual before eating food, had a more enjoyable eating experience.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W161

The following news is from the foodnavigator.com on July 22, 2013.

Dr. Robert Van Loo from Wageningen University in the Netherlands has developed a strain of quinoa that does not have the bitter saponin coating and can be grown in the lowlands of Chile or in Europe.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W160
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