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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 December 29, 2011.

West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., San Francisco,CA is recalling Dover Dining Table because the wooden base of the table can collapse, causing the glass table top to fall. This poses an injury hazard to consumers. The Dover dining table is a tempered glass-top table with a brown wooden base. The base has four legs, four buttress support bars and three glasstop support bars. "West Elm" and "SKU: 2188233" are printed on a white label on the underside of the long, center beam. It was sold by West Elm retail and online stores nationwide from July 2011 through October 2011 for about $500.
Consumers should contact West Elm for a full store credit. West Elm will schedule a free return pickup of the table. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact West Elm toll-free at (855) 369-4335 between 7 a.m. and midnight ET seven days a week or visit the firm’s website at www.westelm.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W056

The following is a Statement on Shechita in the Netherlands from the Board of Deputies of British Jews on December 22, 2011.

"Deputies will have heard recent misleading reports about the situation regarding Shechita in the Netherlands which, while very encouraging, is not as clear cut as it has been portrayed.
Press reports and statements from some communal organisations may have given the impression that the challenges facing Shechita have been completely resolved, which is not the case. For clarity, the following summarizes events to date and the current status of the issue.
A Bill was introduced in the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament which would have removed the exemption on religious grounds from pre-stunning before animal slaughter. The Bill was duly accepted by the Lower House and then proceeded to the Senate (Upper House) for ratification.
The Senate considers legislation on the basis of whether or not it accords with the country’s constitution, rather than on the particular merits of a piece of legislation. A debate in the Senate which preceded a vote on the Bill revealed that the Dutch Government and a significant number of members of the Upper House were not in favour of the Bill in its current form and that if the vote proceeded, the Bill would fail. The Senate vote was therefore postponed until 13 or 17 January 2012.
This was an extremely positive development and very much to the credit of the Dutch Jewish community and those, including Shechita UK, who assisted them.
It is important to note that the Bill has not yet been withdrawn and the expectation is that the Dutch Government will propose compromise amendments. It is not clear at this stage what these will entail or whether they will be wholly acceptable to the Jewish community. Clearly there is a risk that they will not be but with our colleagues at Shechita UK, who are working with the Dutch Community, we will be vigilant and will assist in any required response. We will of course keep you informed as matters develop."

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The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W055

The following safety alert from the CPSC on December 15, 2011.

Hamilton Beach® classic chrome 2-slice toasters, Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., of Glen Allen, VA, have been recalled because when the toasters are first plugged into the outlets, the heating element can be energized although the toaster lifter is in the up or off position, which can pose a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items. The Hamilton Beach recall involves model 22602 toasters. The model number is printed on the bottom of the toaster. The toaster has a chromed steel exterior, a front control panel with a rotary toast shade selector and function buttons arranged in an arc, a front removable crumb tray and “Hamilton Beach” printed below the control panel.
Sold at Mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide from August 2011 through November 2011 for between $19 and $34. Also, some of these toasters were sent to consumers as replacements for model 22600 toasters recalled in June 2011.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact the firm to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement toaster.
Customer contact: For additional information, contact Hamilton Beach at (800) 576-6600 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.hamiltonbeach.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W054

The following safety alert from the CPSC on November 16, 2011.

Liebherr expands recall of refrigerators due to injury hazard; door can detach. Liebherr-Canada Ltd of Ontario, of Canada is recalling about 8,000 units of Liebherr Freestanding 30-Inch Wide, Bottom Freezer Refrigerators manufuctured by Liebherr-Hausgeraete Lienz GmbH, of Austria because the refrigerator's door can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers. This recall involves Liebherr freestanding 30-inch wide, bottom freezer refrigerators with model and index numbers listed below. The refrigerators were sold individually or as side-by-side companion units. The refrigerators come in a stainless steel finish. "Liebherr" is on the upper center of the refrigerator door and the top interior control panel. The model number can be found on a label located behind the bottom drawer on the left interior side of the single door refrigerator.

Model NumberIndex Number
CS 1601
10/237
10A/237
10B/237
10C/237
10D/237
10E/237
10I/237
10J/237
CS 1640
10/137
10A/137
10E/137
10F/137
CS 1650
10/137
10A/137
10B/137
10C/137
10D/137
10E/137
10F/137
10G/137
10K/137
10L/137
These refrigerators were sold at appliance and specialty retailers nationwide from February 2004 through July 2009 for between $3,500 and $3,800.
Consumers with recalled refrigerators should contact Liebherr immediately to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should check their refrigerator immediately to see whether the door hinge pin has become loose as indicated by a popped up hinge pin at the top. If the hinge has not become loose and the door is functioning properly, consumers may continue to use the refrigerator until it is repaired.
Customer contact: For additional information, contact Liebherr toll-free at (877) 337-2653 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT or visit Liebherr's website at www.liebherr.us. See www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12043.html for more details.


The following safety alert from the CPSC on March 3, 2011.

Liebherr recalls built-in refrigerators due to injury hazard; door can detach. This recall involves Liebherr built-in 30-inch wide bottom freezer refrigerators with model and index numbers listed below. The refrigerators were sold individually or as side-by-side companion units. The refrigerators come in stainless steel and various custom finishes and are built into the kitchen cabinetry. "Liebherr" is written on the top interior control panel. The model number can be found on a label located behind the bottom drawer on the left interior side of the single door refrigerator. Appliance and specialty retailers were sold nationwide from February 2004 through January 2011 for between $4,400 and $5,000.
Consumers with recalled refrigerators should contact Liebherr immediately to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should check their refrigerator immediately to see whether the door hinge pin has become loose as indicated by a popped up hinge pin at the top or bottom. If the hinge has not become loose and the door is functioning properly, consumers may continue to use the refrigerator until it is repaired.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Liebherr toll-free at (877) 337-2653 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT or visit Liebherr's website at www.liebherr.us
Informtion on model numbers and pictures can be founda at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11153.html.

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The following safety alert from the CPSC on November 3, 2011.

Libbey Glass Inc., Toledo, OH is recalling Fantasy glass bowls because the glass bowl can break when subjected to sudden temperature changes or impact, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. The firm has received one report of a glass bowl breaking while being washed in a commercial dishwasher. No injuries have been reported. About 16,600 in the United States and 2,000 in Canada were sold.
This recall includes the Fantasy glass bowls sold with a lop-sided shape with one side taller than the other. The bowls are made of clear, colorless glass and were sold in only one size as 8.5 ounces. The bowls measure about 5 3/8 inches in height on the tallest side and about 2 1/4 inches across the base. The bowls were sold to commercial customers for use in foodservice establishments nationwide from August 2010 through September 2011. In addition, 48 bowls were sold to consumers at Libbey Outlet stores in Toledo, Ohio and Shreveport, Louisiana from August 2010 through September 2011 for about $6 to $7. Also, 45 bowls were sold to consumers at Home Outfitters in Canada from August 2011 through September 2011 for about $6.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glass bowls. Consumers can return the glass bowls to the point of purchase for a refund. Commercial customers should contact Libbey Glass Inc. to arrange for destruction of the product and receipt of a credit or refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Libbey Glass Inc. at (800) 982-7063 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.libbey.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W053

The following safety alert from the CPSC and Health Canada on October 26, 2011.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with General Electric - Appliances, of Louisville, KY announced a voluntary recall of the GE Monogram® Pro Rangetop with Grill. Burners on Rangetops operating on liquefied petroleum ("LP" or propane) may fail to ignite or light if the gas control knob is left in a position between OFF and LITE, posing a risk of delayed ignition or explosion. Incidents/Injuries: GE has received six reports involving explosions in units operating on LP gas, including reports of damage to kitchen cabinets beneath the Rangetop. No fires or injuries have been reported.
The Grill units operate on liquefied petroleum ("LP" or propane) or natural gas. The Rangetop units are either 36 or 48 inches wide with a stainless steel finish and the GE Monogram® badge located on the front center of the unit. The burner control knobs are located on the front panel that overhangs the cabinet. The model and serial numbers can be found on a label located behind the far left burner knob, or on the bottom of the unit. The following models and serials are included in this recall:

BrandModel Number Begins With:And Serial Number Begins With:
Monogram®LP Model
ZGU364LRP
ZGU484LGP
ZGU486LRP
Natural Gas Model
ZGU364NRP
ZGU484NGP
ZGU486NRP
AS, AT, AV, DS, DT, DV, FS, FT, FV, GS,
GT, GV, HR, HS, HT, HV, LR, LS, LT,
LV, MR, MS, MT, RR, RS, RT, SR, SS, ST,
TR, TS, TT, VR, VS, VT, ZR, ZS, ZT
All LP models and only natural gas models that have been converted for use with LP gas are included in the recall. GE will notify known owners of natural gas units and provide a free repair for any consumers who converted their Rangetop with Grill to LP gas. Sold by: General Electric authorized representatives and distributors nationwide from May 2008 through August 2011 for between $3,400 and $4,700, as determined by retailers. Manufactured in: Mexico.
Consumers who are operating the product on LP (propane) gas should stop using the product immediately, turn off the gas supply to the product, and contact GE to schedule a free repair. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact General Electric toll-free at (866) 645-3956 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com/products/recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W052

Restaurants with sukkahs as listed by their certifying agencies:


    Atlanta area: From the Atlanta Kashruth Commision (10/11/11): The following AKC restaurants have indicated that they will be putting up a sukkah for use during Chol Hamoed this year:
    • Broadway Cafe
    • Fuego Mundo
    • Goodfriend Grill at the Marcus Hillel Center
    • Goodfriend Grill at the MJCC
    • Moshe's Mediterranean Grill
    • Pita Palace

    Boston area (10/12/11): From the Rabbinical Council of New England:
    The following resteraunts/facilities under KVH Hashgacha will have Succot:
    • Cafe Eilat
    • Rami's
    • BU Hillel

    Chicago area: From the cRc (10/11/11) The following cRc restaurants have indicated that they will be putting up a sukkah for use during Chol Hamoed this year:
    • Bagel Country - Skokie
    • Chalavi – Main Pizza - Chicago
    • EJ’s Pizza – Skokie
    • Great Chicago – Chicago
    • Hungarian Kosher - Skokie
    • Kosher Korner at Garden Fresh - Northbrook
    • Manghal - Evanston
    • Mizrahi Grill – Highland Park
    • Sandwich Club - Skokie
    • Shallots - Skokie
    • Slice of Life/Hy Life - Skokie
    • Taboun - Skokie

    South Africa (10/12/11): The Sukkot at the following kosher certified establishments have been inspected and approved by the Kashrut Department:
    • Burger Box
    • Café Genesis
    • Corner Café
    • Franjelica’s
    • Grill on Grant
    • Kosher World
    • Michelos
    • Mooz Brothers - Sandringham
    • Our Parents Home
    • Sahdringham Gardens Complex
    • The Only Kosher Nando’s
      All other kosher establishments have either not applied to have a Sukkah approved or have not prepared timeously for an inspection to take place, and therefore have not been inspected.
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The following alert concerning Sukkos is from the Star-K on September 6, 2011 and the cRc and the RCC on October 10, 2011.

From the Star-K: Some schach distributors are selling bamboo mat schach, claiming they are Star-K certified. Only the following brand of schach with a Star-K letter of certification and directions attached to the schach is certified:
Sukkah Systems, 20 Brighton Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055


From the cRc: In response to numerous consumer enquiries regarding the use of certain types of schach, this year, the Home Depot store located at 6211 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL, is selling Natural Reed Fencing (a.k.a. Woven Natural Reed Privacy Screening) under the Gardenpath brand name. This fencing may be used as schach if:

  • The reeds are placed perpendicular to the schach support-beams rather than parallel to the beams.
  • A 2 X 4 or some other piece of kosher schach should be placed on top of the fencing so that the fencing is secure enough to not blow off during Succos. This condition applies to all lightweight schach including mats, and is based on Shulchan Aruch 628:2.
Other similar items sold in this or other stores have not been investigated and should only be used after consulting with one's Rabbi.


From the RCC: Following are guidelines for those who are going to set up a sukkah:

  1. The S’chach of the Sukkah must be put up by someone who is obligated in Sukkah. Therefore only a Jew may do so.
  2. The walls MUST be put up first and then the S’chach (roof)
  3. If you are using mats , they may only be the type that is meant for fencing or shade (not sitting or sleeping on at home or by the beach etc.)
  4. If the mats are made of reeds that are held together by metal or plastic lines /strings, OR if they are very thin and light , the following must be observed:
  5. >The mats (reeds) should be resting perpendicular to the beams and walls upon which they are set (not parallel) .
  6. One must place a wooden beam (e.g. 2x4) on top of the s’chach which is resting on the walls (or other s’chach support beams ) thereby “sandwiching” the s’chach between the beam and the top of the walls (or the support beams underneath) . This beam should be placed perpendicular to the bamboo sticks, so that the beam would hold down the sticks without the presence of the fishing wire etc. Once this is done, one may then tie a string around the s’chach to anchor and protect it from falling off in a gusting wind.
  7. Sukkah may not be erected where there is foul odor of trash and the like .
  8. The walls may not be of cloth or any material that moves in the wind. If you are using a canvas / tarp sukkah, you must make sure that all sides are very tightly attached to the frames at numerous points.
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The following safety alert from the CPSC on September 15, 2011.

Target, Select Brands recall Chefmate Blender due to laceration hazard. Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN nnounced a voluntary recall of Chefmate® 6-Speed Blender manufactured by Select Brands, of Lenaxa, KN because while in operation, the plastic pitcher can separate from the blade assembly, leaving the blade assembly in the base and exposing the rotating blades. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers. This recall affects all Chefmate® 6-Speed Blenders, model BL-10. The model number is located on the bottom of the base. The blender consists of a six-inch tall, white electrical base with five, white speed-selector buttons labeled 1 through 5, one gray button labeled "Pulse/Off" and the word "Chefmate®" in black letters on the front; a clear plastic pitcher with a handle with U.S. and metric volume measurement markings; a white plastic lid with a removable clear plastic lid stopper; and a white plastic blade assembly with two angled, stainless steel blades.
Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from September 2007 to February 2011 for about $14. Consumers should immediately stop using the blenders and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Target Guest Relations at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their website at www.target.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W049

The following safety alert from the CPSC on August 18, 2011.

Macy's recalls Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles due to .laceration and burn hazard. The enamel coating on the cast iron casseroles can crack or break during use. This can cause the enamel to crack and fly off as a projectile, posing a risk of laceration or burn hazard to the user or bystanders. The recall involves Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles in 7 quart, 5.5 quart and 2.75 quart sizes, with exterior enamel finishes in red, cobalt blue, sand, green, blue, white, mustard, brown and teal, with cream colored interior finishes. The casseroles are embossed with Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles in 7 quart, 5.5 quart and 2.75 quart sizes, with exterior enamel finishes in red, cobalt blue, sand, green, blue, white, mustard, brown and teal, with cream colored interior finishes. The casseroles are embossed with Martha Stewart Collection on the bottom and lid handle.
Sold at Macy's stores and AAFES, MCX and NEX locations nationwide, and on macys.com between June 2007 and June 2011 for between about $25 and $170. Consumers should immediately stop using the casseroles and return them to any Macy's store for a full refund. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Macy's toll-free at (888) 257-5949 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET or visit the Macy's website at www.macys.com.

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