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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

The following product recall is from the CPSC on August 5, 2014.

Spencer Bar Stool has been recalled because the footrest can crack, compromising the strength of the bar stool, posing a fall hazard. This recall involves bar stools with a dark brown walnut finish wood with a brown leather padded back and swivel seat cushion. The stools have four legs with a footrest connecting each leg and measure 21 inches wide, 48 inches high and 23 inches deep. This recall includes stools with Samson item number M3216604 and Customer item number 845275 found on the bottom of the seat cushion.
Sold exclusively at Costco regionally in the Dallas and San Francisco areas from May 2014 through June 2014 for about $150.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bar stools and return them to the Costco store where the item was purchased for a full refund. The manufacturere Samson International, High Point, N.C.can be contacted at (800) 488-3001 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail at returns@samsoninternational.com or online at www.samsoninternational.com and click on the "Alert: Product Recall" tab located on the upper right corner of the home page.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W235

The following news is from the Foodmanufacture.com on August 5, 2104.

The European FSA scientists have discovered possibly hazardous levels of morphine in some food-grade poppy seeds. Poppy seeds themselves do not contain opioid compounds but the seeds could be contaminated by compounds in the stalks and seed capsules of the plants. There was few reports of adverse affects from consumption of poppy seeds but this could be a problem for toddlers.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W233

The following news is from the Arutz Sheva and twincities.comon July 29 2014.

Hindus want to start a certification system for their food similar to that of kosher. What was proposed is that "foods permissible to all Hindus could be termed as 'shuddh' (pure), and could be marked with an encircled capital 'S'. 'Shuddh' food would not contain meat, fish, eggs, alcohol or intoxicants, nor may these be used in the processing of 'shuddh' food."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W232

The following news is from the thehill.com and twincities.comon July 29 2014.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a chllenge by the meat industry to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of meat on Tuesday on July 29, 2014. "The industry said in court that the rules go beyond what Congress intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech by forcing meat producers to provide information about their products without "directly advancing a government interest." The court said "that consumer's interest in choosing domestic meat is worthy of what the court called a "minimal" intrusion on the meat industry's First Amendment rights."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W231

The following product recall is from the CPSC on July 23 2014.

Dream On Me Dinah High Chairs have been recalled because the leg or side opening of the chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck or fall from the chair. This poses a strangulation and fall hazard to young children.

The recall includes Dream On Me Dinah high chairs made with a steel, powder coated tubing open-framed base with white plastic foot grips and black with white trim or red with white trim fabric seats. The chair has a white plastic tray, plastic footrest and a white fabric five point adjustable safety strap. “Dream On Me” is printed on a label attached to the front of the tray. There is a color-coordinated black and white or red and white fabric storage bin attached to the bottom of the chair legs. The high chair can be folded for storage.

Sold exclusively online by Walmart.com and Amazon.com from November 2012 to November 2013 for about $60.

Consumer Contact: Dream On Me toll-free at (877) 201-4317 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or online at www.dreamonme.com and click on the Recalls tab for more information.

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