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The following product safety alert is from the CPSC on September 9, 2015.

Kenwood is reclling blenders because the lower blade can break during use, posing a laceration hazard.
The recalled blender is the Kenwood Blend-X PRO, BLM800. The glass jar has a glass handle and a black plastic lid and sits on a grey power unit with a motor and user control panel. On the front lower portion of the base is the Kenwood logo on a silver plate. On the bottom of the blender’s base, the rating label of recalled units has Type BLM80 and a date code ranging from 14X01 to 15X22 (“X” being any letter) stamped on the label.
Sold at Bloomingdales, Classic Cook, Frontgate, Good 4u Products, Kitchen Appliances, Kitchen Couture, Kitchen Window, Kitchens With Jazz, Las Cosas Cooking, Le Petite, M & K, Main Street Kitchens, Rolling Pin-Neeve, Ralph's Thyme In The Kitchen, The Cooking Depot, The Cupboard, The Kitchen Clique and online at Bllomingdales.com and frontgate.com from August 2014 through July 2015 for approximately $400.
Consumers should immediately stop using the blender and contact Kenwood to arrange for a free replacement blade assembly kit to be mailed to their homes.
Consumer Contact: Kenwood toll-free at 866-367-4561 anytime or online at www.kenwoodworld.com, click on United States and then “Recall Information” for more information.

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The following Israeli kashrus news is from the YNet.com on Sept 8, 2015.

Kosher supervisors at a catering company in the Beit Shemesh area, which supplies hundreds of meals a day, found the calamari heads inside a shipment of frozen cod fish from Tnuva. "he top layer in one of the boxes was cod fish, with calamari hiding underneath, while other boxes contained only calamari. All of the boxes were clearly labeled as "cod fish" and had a kosher stamp of approval. " The mistake happened at a supplier in South America.

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The following news is from the FoodManufacturing.com on Sept 3, 2015.

"The non-profit True Source Honey CertificationTM Program (www.TrueSourceHoney.com), whose mission it is to protect consumers, retailers and manufacturers from illegally sourced honey, has issued an alert concerning honey labeled as coming from Thailand or Taiwan. Honey importers, retailers and manufacturers are advised to proceed carefully and consider additional safeguards if they are buying low-priced honey labeled as produced in Thailand or Taiwan, such as ensuring that honey imports are certified by an independent third party." Honey from China is transshipped to other countries to avoud anti-dumping duties. " The quality and purity of this honey is also suspect since it is not sold according to regular protocols. For example, some exported Chinese honey has been found to be adulterated with banned antibiotics." The suspicion is due to that fact that now the US is importing much larger quantities of honey from these countris at the same time as they are importing much larger quantities of honey from China.

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The following information is from the FDa posted on Sept 1, 2015.

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has issued a document that decribes data requirements for food allergen labeling exemption petitions and notifications (FDA, 2015a). The major food allergen are milk, egg, fish (e.g. bass, flounder or cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster or shrimp), tree nuts (e.g. almonds, pecans or walnuts), wheat, peanuts and soybeans or a food ingredient that contains protein derived from these foods. Any highly refined oil derived from a major food allergen and any ingredient derived from such highly refined oil is not considered an allergen.
Food allergens also do not need to be listed on a label if they do not contain the protein or have been shown not to cause an allergic reaction.

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The following news is from the ValleyNews and JTA on August 31, 2015.

"Students at Dartmouth College are petitioning administrators to institute a higher standard of kosher dining, arguing the college’s current methods of food preparation don’t meet widely held standards in the Orthodox Jewish community."
"A small group of Orthodox students say their religious dietary restrictions essentially prevent them from eating at Dartmouth, even though the school has a designated kosher cafeteria."
"They worry that because of “leniencies” on the part of the college’s current kosher certifier, a service called Tablet-K, Orthodox students are avoiding applying to Dartmouth."
Petitioners said they would not be satisfied unless the college switched from Tablet-K to another service entirely, such as Vaad Harabonim of New England, the agency that initially oversaw the Pavilion. B
"But administrators who toured the Pavilion kitchen with a reporter on Sunday appeared attached to Tablet-K and to the rabbi who serves as the agency’s chief certifier."
"Dartmouth is the sole Ivy League school not to offer a glatt kosher standard."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W336

The following news is from the YeshivaWorld on August 25, 2015.

The cRc facilitated the passage in Illinois of Senate Bill 1228 to amend the Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act.
The Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act had allowed the sale of milk from any hooved animal, “including milk from pigs and camels. " The new bill requires that even the smallest amounts of milk from any animal source other than a cow not be sold unless it is labeled accordingly."

Milk from Non-Kosher Species and Its Relationship with the US Kosher Dairy Industry at www.kashrut.com/articles/Milk.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W335

The following news is from the Barfblog and in JFoodProtection"> posted on August 31, 2015.

"A total of 720 whole, romaine lettuce heads were purchased from retail locations in the Upper Midwest and assessed for coliform and Escherichia coli contamination and for the presence of E. coli O157:H7" from Augus5, 2010 through 2011. They found "whole romaine lettuce heads purchased from retail locations, specifically revealing the absence of E. coli O157:H7 and low levels of contamination with coliforms and other E. coli strains."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W334

The following news is from the FoodSafetyNews on August 20, 2015.

A presentation by food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting in Portland, OR stated that food fraud is a bigger problem than many realise. "Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud is occurring,” Food Fraud affects everything from seafood to milk, spices and even food coloring — anything with “even a moderate economic value".
"In many cases, U.S. companies should be physically inspecting their food suppliers or finding some other method to monitor their activities to make sure that no fraud is taking place." "No other efforts can deter misbehavior like the threat of losing business."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W333

The following news is from the GlobalMeatNews on August 24, 2015.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council is running a six-month inquiry, which will conclude in November, examining the certification of halal, kosher, organic and genetically modified food. They are also exhammining the fact that some kosher beef and lamb was also being sold unlabelled as such in supermarkets.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W332

The following news is from the FoodQuality and ScienceDaily posted on August 25, 2015.

Researchers from Chapman University tested commercial ground beef and game meat for species
"In the study on identification of species found in ground meat products, 48 samples were analyzed and 10 were found to be mislabeled. Of those 10, nine were found to have additional meat species and one sample was mislabeled in its entirety. Additionally, horsemeat, which is illegal to sell in the United States, was detected in two of the samples."
In the study of game meat "the results showed 10 products to be potentially mislabeled. Two products labeled as bison and one labeled as yak were identified as domestic cattle. Other mislabeling included a product labeled as black bear that was identified as American beaver, and a product labeled as pheasant that was identified as helmeted guineafowl."
This mislabeling was caused by either accidental cross-contamination or economic adulteration.

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