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The following news is from the Gourmet Business on November 4, 2014.

Gourmet Business included Farm to Table Kosher in their listing of Food Trends for 2015. These are products that "address consumer demand to eat in more sustainable, conscious and cultural ways".

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W259

The following news is from the Perishable News and Supermarket News on November 4, 2014.

Grocers Supply, a wholesale distribution and supply business in Houston Texas has sold its business to C&S Wholesale Grocers. Grocers Supply serves 900 independent grocery stores and is the biggest wholesaler in Texas. Grocers Supply did not sell their retail stores.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W258

The following news is from the Supermarket News and Heraldonline.com on October 30, 2014.

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene NH was the high bidder and was approved to purchase Associated Wholesalers, AWI. N.H.-based wholesaler will gain control of AWI’s independent distribution business based in Robsonia, Pa., as well as its New Jersey-based White Rose wholesale business, serving Northeast chains including Fairway Market and Met Foods. AWI has been operating under Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W257

The following news is from the FDA Guidance Document and FDA Learning Nodule posted on October 30, 2014.

The FDA has issued two documents that are related to seafood labeling and processing:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W256

The following news is from the Jewish Press on October 26, 2014.

The Jewish Press reported that Hareidim in Israel buy fruits and vegetables from Arabs to avoid Shmitta issues. These "Shemittah-free “Mehadrin” vegetables and fruits can easily cost two or three times more than standard “Heter Mechira” fruits and vegetables." "The Arabs vegetable network was buying both Heter Mechira vegetables from the open market, as well as vegetables from unknown sources, without any health or agricultural supervision or certification." "The Arab network was stamping their products with fake Israeli Rabbinate certificates and selling them as Mehadrin to restaurants and stores who wanted or required Mehadrin Shemittah-free vegetables." Therefore, "the Hareidim have been eating “Heter Mechira”. At worse, they’ve been eating vegetables grown using unpurified sewer water or pesticides from unknown and unsupervised Arabs fields."

Information on Shmitta at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W255

The following news is from the ProcessingMagazine.com on October 27, 2014.

The Kiryas Joel Poultry Processing Plant, Inc. and Kiryas Joel Meat Market Corporation have has admitted disposing of chicken parts and other waste in storm drains and sewers. They settled a civil lawsuit and will pay a civil penalty of $330,000. "They also agreed to conduct ongoing monitoring and recording of pretreatment operations and to submit to the EPA an emergency operation plan and a corrective plan of action to prevent future violations of the Clean Water Act."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W254

The following news is from the juedische-allgemeine.de and JewishPress posted on October 21, 2014.

A glatt butcher in Frankfurt Germany is on trial for selling 88,000 pounds of non-kosher meat as kosher. He bought beef and lamb from Metro, a giant discount supermarket, and made it appear kosher by removing veins and washing it in saltwater. His customers included individual Jews, a Jewish school and a senior home.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W253

The following news is from the CPSC on October 15, 2104.

Michael's Stores, Irving, Texas is recalling folding tables due to a fall hazard. The folding tables can collapse under excessive weight, posing an impact or falling hazard.
The Ashland Summer Living Vintage Wood Folding Table has a 14-inch round tabletop made of red medium density fiberboard. The table legs are brown metal, and the table stands about 22.5 inches high. A latch on the underside of the tabletop secures the table in an upright position when the table legs are separated forming an “X” position. When the table leg is released from this latch, the legs fold together and the tabletop folds down against the legs in a flat position. SKU 309950 and UPC 886946388804 are printed on a hangtag on the tables. Phase MDF and 01276 are printed on a black and white label under the table.
Michaels at (800) 642-4235 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Saturday, or online at www.michaels.com and click on "Contact Us."
There have been four reports of consumers sitting on the tabletop and falling when the tables collapsed, resulting in injuries to the back, leg or hip. Remedy
Consumers should immediately stop using the tables and return them to any Michaels store for a full refund. These were sold exclusively at Michaels Stores nationwide from April 2014 to May 2014 for about $30.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W252

The following news is from the PreparedFoods.com on October 20, 2104.

Worldwide, the olive oil harvest in 2014 was significantly smaller than previous years. The harvest of 2.56 tons was less than lst year's consumption of 3 million tons. There is an on-going concern about fraud in olive oil. Consumers should be wary of prices that are too good to be true and look for quality certifications.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W251

The following news is from the Foodnavigator.com on October 9, 2104.

Over half of the food inspections in mainland China have failed in the first two thirds of this year according to a Chinese food inspection company Asianinspection (AFI). New laws in China are requiring companies to prove that their products are safe.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W250
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