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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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