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The following news is from the Salon.com on May 12, 2013.

The EU banned the export of Baltic salmon from Sweden back in 2002 due to the fact that they were found to be heavily contaminated with dioxins. But that didn’t stop Swedish firms from selling 200 tons of the fish to companies in France, Denmark and the Netherlands.
A French firm that bought 103 tons of the Baltic salmon in 2011 and 2012 said they did their own tests which did not reveal dioxins in the fish.
Domestic sales of the salmon in Sweden, Finland and Latvia were exempt from the ban, but even in those countries, sales must adhere to guidelines regarding safe limits of consumption. The Swedish National Food Agency recommends consumption of Baltic Sea salmon and herring no more than once a week. Children and babies are most vulnerable to dioxins, so for those under 18 and women of childbearing age, the limit is much lower, about two to three times a year.

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The following news is from the Jewishtelepathicagency.com on May 8, 2013.

Tel Aviv Rabbinate has reversed its decision to introduce mobile barcode scanning at kosher restaurants after pilot tests revealed that haredi [ultra-Orthodox] Jews did not own smartphones. The rabbinate had begun issuing QR or Quick Response bar codes to kosher establishments last week.
"The codes allowed religious customers to access detailed information such as the stringency of the kashrut certification, its expiration date, and the type of cuisine (milk, meat, pareve or treif)." The Haredim, who would be most interested in the information, don’t use smartphones and don’t know what a QR code is.

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The following news is from the FoodNavigator.com on May 7, 2013.

The European Commission has proposted to streamline legislation and increase fines to reduce food fraud after the recent horse meat scandal. The EC has proposed to reduce the current 70 pieces of legislation covering food safety to 5. The legislation will increase the number of unannounced inspections and increase fines to a level equal to the economic gain from the fraud. In addition, the EC would have authority to require testing by member states.

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The following news is from the FoodManufacturing.com on May 6, 2013.

Hosam Amara, a former manager at Agriprocessors appeared in a U.S. courtroom Friday to face charges that he conspired to exploit immigrant workers for profit after being extradited from Israel where he had fled to with his family shortly after federal agents raided Agriprocessors in May 2008. "In addition to Amara, the indictment charged Rubashkin and former plant managers Brent Beebe and Zeev Levi with taking part in the conspiracy. Prosecutors say that Levi has also apparently fled to Israel and remains a fugitive. Beebe reached a plea agreement in 2010 in which he pleaded guilty to a document fraud charge and was sentenced to 10 months in prison. Rubashkin was convicted in 2009 on separate financial fraud charges and sentenced to 27 years in prison. After his conviction in that case, prosecutors dropped the immigration charges against him rather than go through with a second trial."

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The following news is from the FDA dated April 19, 2013.

Kosher Foods Unlimited, Los Angeles, CA has been sent an FDA Warning Letter due to serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. The warning states that refrigerated ready-to-eat tuna salad products, including tuna salad sandwiches and other tuna salad products, which are manufactured with scombrotoxin-forming finfish tuna, are adulterated in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions.

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The following news is from the FoodManufacturing.com on May 1, 2013.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a total of 73 persons in 18 states have been confirmed infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul that has been linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico.
Preliminary epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback investigations conducted by officials in local, state, and federal public health, agriculture, and regulatory agencies indicate that exposure to imported cucumbers supplied by Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacán, Mexico and distributed by Tricar Sales, Inc. of Rio Rico, Ariz., is the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul infections.
On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacán, Mexico on Import Alert. Cucumbers from the two firms will be denied admission into the United States unless the suppliers show that they are not contaminated with Salmonella.
Among persons for whom information was available, illness onset dates range from Jan. 12, 2013, to April 6, 2013. Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year to 80 years, with a median age of 23 years. Illnesses have been confirmed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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The following news is from the FoodProductDesign.com and Consumer Reports posted on May 1, 2013.

Consumer Reports magazine revealed in its June 2013 issue that a lab analysis of ground turkey products purchased at retail stores across the United States revealed potentially harmful bacteria for nearly all the samples tested,.
Of the 257 samples Consumer Reports tested, more than half were associated with fecal contamination while 90% contained one or more of the five bacteria for which they were tested. The magazine also highlighted another troubling finding: nearly all of the disease-causing organisms were resistant to antibiotics that are commonly used to fight them.

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The following news is from the FoodManufacturing.com on May 1, 2013.

The first U.S.-based horse slaughter plant in six years will open soon unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Valley Meat Co. has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses. The Obama administration opposes horse slaughter. Its recent budget proposal eliminates funding for inspections of horse slaughter houses, which would effectively reinstate a ban on the practice. Congress eliminated that funding in 2006, which forced a shutdown of domestic slaughter facilities. But Congress reinstated the funding in 2011, prompting Valley Meat Co. and a handful of other businesses around the country to seek permission to open plants. At issue in the debate over domestic horse slaughter is whether horses are livestock or pets, and how best to control the nation's exploding equine population. The number of U.S. horses sent to other countries for slaughter has nearly tripled since 2006. Many animal humane groups are pushing for a ban on domestic slaughter as well as a ban on shipping horses to Mexico and Canada.

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The following news is from the GourmetBusiness.com posted on April 30, 2013.

Three domestic honey producers – Adee Honey Farms, Bill Rhodes Honey Co. and Hackenberg Apiaries filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following on the nearly five-year “Honeygate” investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over alleged honey dumping from China. The lawsuit asserts claims on behalf of a nationwide class defined as all individuals and entities "with commercial beekeeping operations (300 or more hives) that produced and sold honey in the United States during the period from 2001 to the present." The complaint further alleges that “illegally imported Chinese honey is also heavily adulterated, containing inexpensive sweeteners and sometimes blended with high fructose corn syrup and other additives, despite the fact that importers, in league with [Groeb and Honey Solutions], represent that it is pure honey.” Moreover, the Adee complaint alleges that Groeb and Honey Solutions “continue to harm domestic producers of honey by dumping Chinese honey into the domestic market at below fair market prices

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The following news is from the Arutz Sheva posted on April 25, 2013.

The China Ministry of industry reported that more kosher products are being produced in China for domestic use and export. According to the report, the amount of kosher production rose 60% in 2012, compared to the year before.
Much of the food being produced is exported to markets around the world, including Israel, which is a big customer of fish, canned vegetables, and other grocery items "made in China". But some of that kosher production is also being used domestically but for the Chinese themselves.

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