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Indian Milk Adulteration

March 21, 2016 - From India Times:
"Nearly 70% of the milk in India is adulterated." "The adulteration of milk can be grouped into two broad categories: contamination arising from poor hygiene, handling and packaging; and deliberate addition of water to increase the quantity and, along with the water, other substances that mask the dilution, such as urea, detergents, shampoo, caustic soda, hydrogen peroxide and oil, which apparently enhance viscosity, never mind if the milk is transformed into a poisonous cocktail. This is an egregious violation and must attract stiff penalties: jail terms and heavy fines, besides closure of offending units. Identifying the point of adulteration is crucial. Therefore, testing must be made mandatory across the supply chain, from the primary collection point to the processing and packaging plant. No producer or aggregator will be able to sell without a test. Each unit should be required by law to submit its daily test results, and these should be publicly available. This will make it possible to identify the source of adulteration. Adulteration must be made a cognisable offence."

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New Kosher Chicken Plant coming to Ontario Canada

March 19, 2016 - COR

Chicken Farmers of Ontario(CFO), the regulatory body that oversees the growing and marketing of chicken in Ontario, has approved the application of Premier Kosher Inc., to process kosher certified chicken. The processing plant will be located in the town of Abingdon in the Niagara region of Ontario. The plant will be certified by the COR.

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What’s Old Is New Again: Chefs Rediscover Schmaltz

March 17, 2016 - Modern Farmer has a story that schmaltz has become popular with trendy chefs including many that are not traditional for its use.

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FDA Release Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices, Takes Steps to Strengthen Spice Safety

March 16, 2016 - The FDA has released a draft statemant on the presence of microbial contamination of spices. The FDA found Salmonella in spices from 37 of the 79 countries exhamined. In addition 12 percent of the spice shipments adulterated with filth such as insects and animal hair.
"Under new FSMA regulations, facilities will be required to implement preventive controls for hazards in foods, such as pathogens such as Salmonella that may be associated with certain spices. Moreover, in many cuisines, spices are added during cooking rather than at the table, and this heat treatment can reduce pathogen contamination depending on the length of cooking and temperature."

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New York’s Salt Disclosures on Menus Temporarily Stayed

March 8, 2016 - FoodBevLaw: A New York State appeals court granted a temporary stay of implementation of a new requirment for restaurants with more than 15 restaurants will be required to post a salt-shaker symbol next to menu items that contain 2,300 milligrams (mg) or more of sodium (the daily recommended intake). The restaurant will also be required to post “Warning: Sodium indicates that the sodium (salt) content of this item is higher than the total daily recommended limit (2300 mg). High sodium intake can increase blood pressure and risk of heart disease and stroke." These regulations were set to effect March 1, 2016.

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Italy Toughens Penalties for Olive Oil Fraud

March 3, 2016 - Specialtyfood.com: "Italian lawmakers voted to toughen penalties for olive oil fraud after producers argued that a new decree could decriminalize olive oil counterfeiting. Both houses of Parliment recommended that the government ensure criminal law prevail over administrative sanctions in cases of commercial fraud. Olive oil producers previously worried that criminal charges would have been disregarded in favor of fines too small to discourage fraud."
"The houses also voted for stronger sanctions on false labeling and on a provision that would force repeat offenders to stop production for up to six months. Olive oil fraud has been increasing in the Italy due to poor harvests, olive oil fly infestations, and disease."

Italy Growers Wary of Olive Oil Fraud as New Law Is Weighed

February 27, 2016: The "New York Times reported that a draft legislative decree in the Italian Parliament would reduce penalties for counterfeit olive oil and origin fraud. Fraud would no longer be a criminal offense, but would be punished by a light fine. This proposal is being fought by small artesianal olive oil growers.

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Illume Recalls Valentine’s Day-Themed Ceramic Mugs Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target Stores

March 2, 2016: The CPSC is announcing a recall of “Love Today” ceramic coffee mugs because the mugs were mislabeled as microwave safe. If microwaved, the metallic print on the mug can spark, posing a fire hazard.
This recall involves 14 ounce, white ceramic coffee mugs with “Love Today” printed in gold metallic on the outside of mug. “Microwave Safe” and “Illume” are printed on a removable label on the bottom of the mug.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mugs and return them to Target for a full refund. Consumers can also contact Illume for return instructions and a full refund.
Sold exclusively at Target Stores nationwide and online at www.target.com between December 2015 and January 2016 for about $8.
Consumer Contact: Illume toll-free at 888-245-5863 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.illumecandles.com, and click on the “Recall Information” button for more information.
Target Customer Service at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.target.com and click on the "Product Recalls" link on the bottom of the homepage under the "Help" section. Consumers can also visit the Target Facebook page and click on Recall Tab for additional information.

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Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) Launches First of its Kind College Accredited Mashgiach Training Program

February 27, 2016: The "YeshivaWorld.com reported that the COR has started a mashgiach training program with Liaison Culinary College, Ontario, Canada. The program "consists of topics including: ensuring compliance with bishul Yisrael, kosherizing equipment, checking fruits and vegetables for insect infestation, separating terumos and maasros, hafrashas challah, and the laws of Pesach, amongst many others. There is also an emphasis on broader skills that a mashgiach requires, such as a conflict resolution course", "inventory control and invoice tracking" and " knife handling, menu skills, and food safety and handling".

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Holland again seeks to limit ritual slaughter and ban export of kosher and halal meat

February 21, 2016: "Arutz7 reported that "Dutch ignore evidence in placing ban on shechita" In addition Arutz 7 reported that Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said that the new ban is contrary to the rules of European Market single market rules that make the baan illegal. Dan Jorgenson, the Dutch Minister for Agriculture an Food was quoted as saying "animal rights come before religion".

February 17, 2016 - JTA reported that the Dutch government is planning to limit ritual slaughter by requiring Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority that tried to ban ritual slaughter last year be in charge. "The authority “will oversee compliance with legal requirements connected to animal welfare,” the letter read. In slaughter without prior stunning – a requirement in both kosher and halal slaughter – the authority “will permanently oversee the actual practice of the slaughter.” Slaughterhouses will bear the costs of any activity connected to the authority, the letter read." The proposed regulation will also ban export of kosher and halal meat,

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W406

Research: Nearly all fresh chicken in Israel is contaminated

February 17, 2016: Arutz7 is reporting that the Israeli Egg and Poulty Board has found that 93% of all chicken flocks are contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria. Over 90% of all chicken sold in Israel is sold fresh.This is important because Campylobactor is killed by freezing. "Campylobacter is transmitted through insufficiently cooked food. While the bacteria dies when the chicken is cooked or baked, it primarily is transferred through contamination of the surroundings during the preparation of the chicken." "Campylobacter is currently the leading cause of stomach illnesses in Israel

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