K A S H R U T . C O M©

The Premier Kosher Information Source on the Internet


Subscribe to get e-mail when this site is updated
for from
Shop Artscroll and support Kashrut.com

Food News


Newer news

The following news is from the Barfblog.com and Sciencedirect posted on September 22, 2104.

A study was done on the safety of donkey milk in Italy. A number of small farms sell the milk is directly sold at the farm to people whose children have cow milk alergies. They found one contaminated sample. The mean milk yield was around 1 L/day/donkey.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W245

The following news is from the FDA on September 19, 2104.

The FDA has released updated proposals to FSMA which is designed to help prevent food-borne illness. "Since FSMA was signed into law in January 2011, the FDA has proposed seven rules to implement FSMA. The four updated proposed rules include: produce-safety; preventive controls for human food; preventive controls for animal food; and the foreign supplier verification program." The changes are the following:

  • The FDA has revised water testing provisions.
  • The rule would not apply to farms with $25,000 in produce sales.
  • Rule revised for spent grains
  • Revisions to the foreign-supplier verification proposed rule give importers more flexibility to determine appropriate supplier verification measures based on risk and previous experience with their suppliers.
Comments can be submitted to the FDA starting Sept. 29, 2014,

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W244

The following news is from the CPSC on September 3, 2104.

iDevices is recalling cooking thermometer probes because the plastic insulator located inside the stainless steel probe is not heat resistant and can melt and fall into food, posing an ingestion hazard.

This recall involves all Pro Ambient Temperature Probes and Pro Meat Probes manufactured from May 2014 through June 2014. The probes were sold separately as an accessory for the iGrill, iGrill2, iGrillmini grilling thermometers and the Kitchen Thermometer and Kitchen Thermometer mini cooking thermometers. The meat probe was also sold as a component of the iGrill2 set. The probes consist of a curved stainless steel rod attached to a mini connector by a steel braided cable. Pro Ambient Temperature probes are about 6 inches long with a metal grate clip on the end. Pro Meat Probes are about 6 3/4 inches long. iGrill Pro Meat Probes and iGrill Pro Ambient Probes came with either a red or yellow rubber sleeve and an oval black plastic cord holder. Kitchen Thermometer Pro Meat Probes and Kitchen Thermometer Pro Ambient Probes came with a green rubber sleeve and a round white plastic cord holder. The iDevices logo is stamped into the top of the cord holder. Recalled probes have only two indentations, or crimps, in the base of the probe tube where attached to the braided cable. iGrill Pro Meat Probes and iGrill Pro Ambient Probes came in red packaging. Kitchen Thermometer Pro Meat Probes and Kitchen Thermometer Pro Ambient Probes came in green packaging. The iDevices name and logo and either “iGrill Pro Meat Probe,” “iGrill Pro Ambient Temperature Probe,” “Kitchen Thermometer Pro Meat Probe” or "Kitchen Thermometer Pro Ambient Probe” are printed on the front of the packaging. UPC number 852931005148, 852931005193, 852931005162 or 852931005216 is printed on the bottom of the packaging.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled temperature probes and contact iDevices for a free replacement. Consumers can contact Devices LLC toll-free at (888) 313-7019 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.iDevicesinc.com and click on Pro Probe Recall on the bottom of the page for more information.

The products were sold at Ace Barnes Hardware, Alabama Gaslight and Grill, AT Guys, Bass Pro Shops, BBQ Outfitters, Brookstone, Cabela’s, Calvert Retail, Chef JJs Backyard, Coastal Cupboard, Combined Pool & Spa, Goodwood Hardware & Outdoors, Gourmet Chef, Great News Cookware & Cooking School, Hartville Hardware, Helping U BBQ, Hopps Sound and Electric, Kansas City BBQ, Kitchen Window, Orchard Supply Hardware, Palmetto Propane, Shoppers Choice and online at Amazon.com, Firecraft.com, Gilt.com, HWBBQSupply.com, iDevicesinc.com, iGet.it, Outdoorcooking.com, SharperImage.com, SomeiCoolThings.com, SpaPartsDepot.com and TouchofModern.com from May 2014 to June 2014. The probes sold separately for about $25. The iGrill2 set sold for about $100.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W243

The following news is from the CPSC on August 19, 2104.

Brita is recalling hard-sided water filter bottle for kids have been recalled because the lid can break into pieces with sharp points, posing a laceration hazard.

The four recalled children’s water bottles have popular cartoon characters on a hard-sided plastic bottle. Characters and bottle colors include Dora the Explorer®, violet; Hello Kitty®, pink; SpongeBob Square Pants®, blue; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, green. The bottles stand 6 inches tall, hold 15 ounces of liquid, have white lids that screw off and have fold-up straws and filters that sit inside the straw below the lid. Each bottle bears a Brita logo and features the image of a popular children’s cartoon character. The removable plastic wrap on the bottle at time of purchase has the model number BB07 and the following UPC codes: 60258-35883 on the Dora the Explorer, 60258-35914 on the Hello Kitty, 60258-35880 on the SpongeBob Square Pants and 60258-35882 on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and contact Brita to receive a postage-paid shipping package to return the bottles for a full refund. These products were sold at Alaska Housewares, Associated Food Stores, Bartell Drug, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Quidsi, Royal Ahold, Shopko, Target, US Navy Exchange, Walmart Stores, and online at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Target.com. Hello Kitty bottles were sold from February 2014 through July 2014. Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bottles were sold from June 2013 through July 2014. The bottles sold for about $13 to $19.

Consumers can call Brita at (800) 926-2065 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or go to www.brita.com and click “Safety Recall” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W242

The following information is from the NPR on August 20, 2104.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, is now growing quinoa in Tajikistan and Kyrgystan. They are hoping that quinoa can become a nutritious food for local populations in arid areas or areas with salty soil. Quinoa will grow in dry conditions and salty soil. The people who are running this experiment do not know if the people in those areas will eat it.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W241

The following information is from the Federal Register on August 25, 2104.

The North Dakota winter wheat crop has been found to be contaminated with high levels of vomitoxin, which is a mycotoxin that due to wet weather in late June and early July when winter wheat was flowering. This is about 3% of the US crop. This wheat is being stored until they can determine what to do with it.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W240

The following information is from the Federal Register on August 20, 2104.

The US Department of Agriculture Marketing Service is looking for comments on whether it would be adventageous for honey to have a standard of identitiy based on the 2014 Farm Bill.
In 2006 the FDA decided that no standard of identity was needed for honey based on a petition from the honey industry.
"MS is seeking comments on the petitioner's request for a standard of identity for honey and, specifically, the adoption of deviations as defined in the petitioner's request, and draft proposal. This notice provides for a 30 day period for interested parties to comment on the petitioners' request, and on how an appropriate Federal standard for the identity of honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and United States agriculture."
The website to post comments about a standard of identity for honey is www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=AMS-FV-14-0025-0001.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W239

The following news is from the Wiley_online on August 13, 2104.

"Wine grape pomace (WGP) as a source of antioxidant dietary fiber (DF) was used to fortify baked goods, including breads, muffins, and brownies." Wine grape pomace is what is left over after grapes are pressed for wine was used instead of wheat flour. They found that this can be a way to increase hte bioactive ingredients in baked goods and a good use for winemaking waste.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W237

The following news is from the Business Standard on August 11, 2104.

Suzana Lucy Nixdorf from State University of Londrina in Brazil had developed a test to detect counterfeit coffeed. People have adulterated coffee with corn, barley, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, acai seed, brown sugar or starch syrup.
The test that they developed uses liquid chromatography and statistical tools. "Unwanted grain fillers generate different levels of sugars than the natural ingredients, so they are easy to identify."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W236

The following news is from the Farmers Weekly on August 8, 2104.

The British Veterinary Association has called for an outright ban on an exemption that allows animals to be slaughtered without stunning for religious reasons. They was meat products to be labeled if they come from non-stunned animals. They ahve started a nationwide petition that has gotten 72,0000 signatures. 100.000 signatures will trigger a debate in the House of Commons.
Supporters of religious slaughter feel that this is unfairly targeting them and would then want all meat labeled as to how the animal was stunned and killed.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W234
Older news

The information posted is from secondary sources. We cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of the information.
Comments to webmaster@kashrut.com 
© Copyright 2017 Scharf Associates
Phone: (781)784-6890 
E-mail: ajms@kashrut.com
URL: " http://www.kashrut.com/"
Arlene J. Mathes-Scharf  
Food Scientist - Kosher Food Specialist
Scharf Associates
P.O. Box 50
Sharon, MA 02067