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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 information from the Food Manufacturing News on May 31, 2012.

A number of major national conpanies including Tropicana, Tostidos, SunChips, Snapple and Ben & Jerry's have faced lawsuits over the "natural" claim on their prducts.
"The Food and Drug Administration, the agency that oversees packaged food labeling in the United States, has no definition of what counts as "natural." As long as a food labeled "natural" doesn't contain added color, artificial flavor or synthetic substances, the agency doesn't object."
Consumers and consumer groups have started lawsuits over the claims.

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The following safety alert from the CPSC on May 24, 2012.

Select Brands Inc., Lenexa, KN is recalling Kitchen Selectives® 6-Speed Blender 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. The recalled products are Kitchen Selectives® 6-Speed Blenders, model BL-15. 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 logo "Kitchen Selectives®" 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.
They were sold in midwest retail stores Pamida and Sutherlands from June 2009 to April 2012 for about $20. Consumers should immediately stop using the blenders and return them to the retailer where purchased to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Select Brands Customer Service at (866) 663-4500 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Select Brands website at www.selectbrands.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W073

The following safety alert from the CPSC on May 17, 2012.

Circulon 13-Piece Cookware Set recalled by Meyer Corporation, Vallejo, CA due to laceration hazard from glass lid. The glass lid used with the 5-quart covered sauté pan can crack, break or shatter, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. The defective lid is 11 inches in diameter with a rubber and stainless steel handle and a metal rim. The code “IMCP1108” is stamped on the outside of the metal rim. The lid is part of the 13-Piece Circulon Premier Professional cookware set. The cookware is aluminum and stainless steel with rubber and stainless steel handles. In addition to the covered sauté pan, the sets include: 1-quart and 3-quart saucepans, a 4-quart saucepot, an 8-quart stockpot, 8.5-, 10- and 12-inch French skillets and four additional glass lids. Sold Exclusively at: Costco retail stores and Costco.com from about October 2011 through March 2012 for about $200 for the complete set. Consumers should stop using the 11-inch glass lid and contact Circulon customer service at (800) 326-3933, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, or visit the firm’s website at www.circulon.com to receive a replacement lid.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W071

The following story is from the Bloomberg on May 10, 2012 and Koshertoday.com on May 14, 2012.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Manhattan)ruled in Commack Self-Service Kosher Meats v. Hooker, 11-3517 that the the New York law regulating the marketing and labeling of kosher food doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution. “The Kosher Act merely requires food products marketed as kosher to be labeled as kosher,” U.S. Circuit Judge Christopher Droney wrote. “The Kosher Act does not entangle the state with religion because it does not require the state to enforce laws based on religious doctrine or to inquire into the religious content or religious nature of the products sold.” The court also rejected a challenge to the law as unconstitutionally vague.
However, Koshertoday.com has pointed out that the New York State inspectors that insurered that this law is followed were fired in the waning days of the Paterson administration and have not been rehired.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W070

The following safety alert from the CPSC on April 26, 2012.

Target recalls Target Home Bunny Sippy Cup because the ear on the bunny sippy cup can poke a child in the eye area while using the cup for drinking, posing an injury hazard. Target has received six reports of incidents where the plastic ear poked children during routine use of the product. Cuts and bruises were reported in three of these reports.
The recall involves two styles of Target Home Bunny Sippy Cups. The cups come with handles on both sides in pink and blue, female and male. Each contains a corresponding white bunny head screw-on lid and one bent ear and one straight ear. The cups can be identified by imprints on the bottom: "TARGET 200020683" for pink and "TARGET 200020884" for the blue. This product was sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from February 2012 through April 5, 2012 for $3. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sippy cups and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.target.com

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The following safety alert from the FDA on April 9, 2012.

Enesco, LLC announced today that it is voluntarily recalling the ONIM “Any Wine Will Do” ceramic wine goblets, SKU # 4026171. Enesco is recalling the “Any Wine Will Do” wine goblets because, through its internal compliance and independent laboratory product testing program, it became aware that the wine goblets may exceed the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) guidance levels for leachable lead and cadmium. Enesco sold approximately 300 of the “Any Wine Will Do” wine goblets to retail stores in AR, CA, CO, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, MI, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SD, TX, VA, VT, WA and WI. No illness related to this product has been reported. The recall only applies to this item and no other ONIM products are affected.
Specifically the product that is subject to this recall is the ONIM "Any Wine Will Do" wine goblet pictured below. The wine goblet is a white ceramic goblet with the word "wine" painted on the exterior and interior in multiple colors. The phrases "Any Wine Will Do" and “I Would Like To Apologize In Advance For My Behavior Tonight” appear on the front and back in a yellow circle surrounded by black and white checks. The wine goblet is usually on display at retailers, but it is delivered to retailers in a white box with a label that contains: a picture of the front of the wine goblet, the Our Name Is Mud® logo, a product description of "Any Wine Goblet," the SKU # 4026171 and Enesco LLC’s name.
Consumers who purchased the wine goblet should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Enesco at (800) 4 ENESCO, ext. 5720 or consumeraffairs@enesco.com for more details on the recall.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W068

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
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