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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

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The following safety alert from the CPSC on March 5, 2012.

Carlisle FoodService Products, of Oklahoma City, OK is recalling melamine mugs due to burn hazard. The nine models of Carlisle cups and mugs were sold in a variety of sizes from 7 to 16 oz., and in the following colors: white, green, red, brown, black, ocean blue, sand, honey yellow, bone and sunset orange. They are approximately 2 to 3 inches tall and are made of melamine. The name "Carlisle OKC, OK" and model number are imprinted on the bottom, along with "Made in China" and "NSF." Some may also include the model name and size, ex. "Durus 7 oz cup." Cups and mugs included in this recall are:

NameSizeModel Number
Sierrus" Mug7.8 ozModel # 33056
Durus® Challenge Cup7.8 ozModel # 43056
Dallas Ware® Stacking Cup7 ozModel # 43546
Dayton™ Stacking Cup7 ozModel # 43870
Kingline™ Ovide Cup7 ozModel # KL300
Kingline™ Stacking Cup7 ozModel # KL111
Melamine Stackable Mug8 ozModel # 4510
Cappuccino Mug12 ozModel # 4812
Cappuccino Mug16 ozModel # 4816

Sold at:nationally through distributor outlets and online, including food service companies, broadliners and equipment supply distributors. The mugs were sold between January 2011 and January 2012 for between $4 and $10 each.Consumers should stop using the mugs immediately and return them to Carlisle for credit toward a future purchase of Carlisle FoodService Products merchandise. Carlisle will provide instructions for free return shipping.
For additional information, contact Carlisle FoodService Products at (800) 217-8859 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.carlislefsp.com/productsafety

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W067

The following safety alert from the CPSC on March 5, 2012.

Greenlee Textron Inc., Rockford, IL recalls Folding Pocket Utility Knifes due to laceration hazard. The blade locking mechanism can fail, allowing the blade to fold inward toward the handle, posing a laceration hazard. This recall involves Greenlee Hawk Bill folding pocket utility knives with model numbers 0652-27 and UT652-27. The models are identical. Each has a single curved 2.6-inch stainless steel blade and a 4-inch green and black plastic handle. The Greenlee name and logo are printed on the blade. Model numbers are printed in the upper right corner of the boxes in which the knives are packaged. Sold by distributors of professional tools and products nationwide from September 2011 through November 2011 for about $20. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled knife and return it to the distributor for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Greenlee toll-free at (800) 435-0786 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT or visit the firm's website at www.greenlee.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W066

The following safety alert from the CPSC on February 16, 2012.

Ganz recalls Dancing Teapots due to burn hazard. The teapot's handle can get extremely hot when there is hot water in the teapot, posing a burn hazard to consumers. This recall involves Ganz ceramic teapots that are tilted to appear as if they are dancing. Only 32-ounce teapots that measure about 10 inches tall and 8 inches wide are included in this recall. Recalled teapots have SKU number "ER19252" and UPC "661371626062" printed on a sticker on the bottom of the teapot. They were sold in the following colors: blue, yellow, green, orange, pink and black. They were sold at Tea and coffee specialty stores, gift stores, drug stores, kitchen supply stores, hospital gift shops and other retailers nationwide from December 2011 through January 2012 for about $30.
Consumers should stop using the recalled teapots immediately and contact Ganz for instructions on returning the teapot for a full refund. For additional information, contact Ganz at (800) 724-5902 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.ganz.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W065

The following information from the New York Times diner's jounal blog originally from Journal of Parasitology posted on February 15, 2012.

DNA barcoding was used to determine that the parasitic species found in fish products is a anasakis species that does not inhabit the intestines of the fish hosts.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W064

The following safety alert from the CPSC on February 9, 2012.

Tassimo Espresso T Discs recalled by Kraft Foods due to burn hazard. The recalled espresso T Discs can become clogged and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds onto consumers and bystanders during or after brewing, posing a burn hazard. This recall involves Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob brand espresso T Discs. The T Discs are plastic discs filled with coffee that are inserted into Tassimo coffee makers to brew single cups of hot espresso drinks. They were sold in packages of eight or 16 espresso T Discs. T Discs with codes ending with 11213 through 12020 are included in this recall. The code is printed on the T Disc’s foil lid and on the side of the package.
The list of recalled T Discs can be found at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12107.html.
Ed. note: The T Disks are not certified as kosher. Discuss with your rabbi as to how to handle plain coffee.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W063

The following safety alert from the CPSC on February 9, 2012.

Tassimo Single-Cup Coffee Makers recalled by BSH Home Appliances due to burn hazard. The plastic disc, or T Disc, that holds the coffee or tea can burst and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers using the brewer and onto bystanders, posing a burn hazard. There have been 140 reports of incidents with the brewers spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers, including 37 reports of second-degree burn injuries. This recall involves Tassimo brewers with the Bosch brand name and Tassimo Professional brewers. The brewers use plastic T Discs that are filled with coffee or tea to brew hot drinks. "BOSCH” and “TASSIMO" are printed on the front of the brewers. “TASSIMO PROFESSIONAL” is printed on the front of the professional model. The Bosch-brand brewers were sold in black, white, anthracite, gray, silver, red, titanium and white/gray colors. The Tassimo Professional brewers were only sold in black. The following model numbers and date codes are included in this recall. The model number and date code are located on the bottom of the brewer. No other Tassimo brewer is included in this recall.

BrandModel Numbers That Begin With:Date Codes Beginning with FD and Within the Range of:
Bosch®TAS100FD 8806 through 9109
TAS200
TAS451
TAS46
TAS651
Tassimo ProfessionalTAS6512CULFD 8905 through 9109

Sold at Department, mass merchandise and home improvement stores nationwide and on various websites, including www.tassimodirect.com, from June 2008 through February 2012 for between $100 and $250. The Tassimo Professional model was sold directly to hotels and food service providers and they are being contacted directly.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Tassimo brewers and contact the firm to order a free replacement T Disc holder for the brewing mechanism.
For additional information, visit www.tassimodirect.com/safetyrecall to order a free replacement T Disc holder or contact the firm toll-free at (866) 918-8763 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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The following news is from /seafoodshource.com. on February 7, 2012.

A U.S. court in Los Angeles on Monday ordered Seafood Solutions of California company to pay USD 1 million in fines and community service payments for knowingly mislabeling frozen pangasius fillets as Paradise grouper, Falcon Baie grouper and ponga.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W061

The following news is from asiainspection.com on January 25, 2012.

"51% of food inspections conducted in Mainland China failed. While the majority of these inspections were failed because of minor defects, 10% were for critical defects with an extreme case involving contamination by a large quantity of rodent fecal matter. The fact that over half of all Chinese food inspections fail is even more alarming when compared to an average failure rate for non-food products of about 30%." Food packaging, with a 2011 inspection failure rate of 57% is just as critical. "But by the time food leaves the factory and hits store shelves, toxic amounts of contaminants like formaldehyde and lead can leech out of packaging, contaminate food and cause serious harm to consumers." Chemical contaminents are also commmonplace in Chinese factories but in small enough percentage that they may not be easy to spot.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W060

The following information from the food.gov.uk posted on January 15, 2012.

The European Commission has introduced compositional and labelling standards (Commission Regulation (EC) No. 41/2009) that set levels of gluten for foods claiming to be either 'gluten-free' or 'very low gluten', which came into force on January 1, 2012. These levels are:

  • 'gluten-free': at 20 parts per million of gluten or less
  • 'very low gluten': at 100 parts per million of gluten or less - however, only foods with cereal ingredients that have been specially processed to remove the gluten may make a 'very low gluten' claim
These regulations apply to all foods, pre-packed or sold loose, such as in health food stores or in catering establishments.
Where caterers are unable to justify 'gluten-free' or 'very low gluten' claims because of the risk of cross-contamination, if steps have been taken to control this contamination, caterers will be able to indicate which foods do not have gluten-containing ingredients, allowing coeliacs to make choices based on their individual levels of sensitivity. Guidance
Links and additional information is available at www.food.gov.uk/safereating/allergyintol/label/gluten

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W058

The following safety alert from the CPSC on January 5, 2012.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with IKEA North America Services LLC, of Conshohocken, Pa.announced a voluntary recall of ANTILOP High Chairs due to fall hazard. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. The high chair's restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to the child.
This recall involves ANTILOP high chairs sold in red, blue or white. The plastic high chair has detachable silver-colored metal legs. High chairs included in the recall have a manufacture date between 0607 and 0911 (YYMM format) from supplier number 17389. The production date and supplier number are molded into the underside of the seat. "ANTILOP," "IKEA" and the model number are printed on a label affixed to the underside of the seat. Model numbers included in the recall are:

  • ANTILOP high chair blue Model # 701.467.92
  • ANTILOP high chair red Model # 501.467.93
  • ANTILOP high chair white Model # 300.697.24
Sold exclusively at: IKEA stores nationwide from August 2006 through January 2010 for about $20.
Consumers should immediately stop using the high chairs and contact IKEA to obtain a free replacement seat restraint. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (866) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.ikea-usa.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W057
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