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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 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.
    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W051

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.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W050

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.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W048

The following information is from the Arabian Business on August 16, 2011.

Dubai's Al Nassma, the world's first brand of chocolate made with camels' milk, is set to debut in Switzerland next month. The confectionary is already available in Japan and Europe, in addition to Gulf states Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and the company hopes to begin distribution in Egypt in September. Though demand for camel-milk products may be strong, UAE dairies suffered a set-back after the European Union said it was unlikely to give permission for the export of fresh camel milk before 2013, citing concerns over disease and import controls. The UAE has two camel farms, Al Ain Dairy and the Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products, which produce the Camelait and Camelicious brands respectively. The product was launched on to the UAE market five years ago. If granted, a green light from the EU could open doors to supplying camel milk to the US and Canadian markets, as well as China and Hong Kong.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W047

The following information is from the Food Safety News posted on August 16, 2011.

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves
"A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities. " The Chinese honey may contain chloramphenicol a banned antibiotic, or lead. The Chinese are also mixing sugar water, malt sweeteners, corn or rice syrup, jaggery, barley malt sweetener or other additives with a bit of actual honey. In recent years, many Chinese shippers have eliminated the honey completely and just use thickened, colored, natural or chemical sweeteners labeled as honey. This "honey" is currently transshipped to India or Vietnam, labels changed and then shipped to the US. Food Safety News reported that there are 12 major honey packers in the U.S. and four or five that are involved with the bulk of illegal trade. Until the FDA or industry stops this practice it seems that it will continue because it is financially advantageous to do so.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W046

The following information is from the Food Product Design posted on August 10, 2011.

FDA has reopened the comment period for its proposed rule on regulations related to "gluten-free" labeling of products. It has also made available a safety assessment of exposure of gluten to people with celiac disease.
The proposed rule dictates that foods carrying the claim cannot exceed 20 ppm gluten. This number was tapped based on the fact that it was deemed testing methods could not reliably determine amounts below 20 ppm. Also, FDA notes that this is the level that has been agreed upon for foods carrying a “gluten-free” claim in other countries. Comments on this proposed rule (docket number FDA-2005-N-0404) can be submitted on the regulations.gov website.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W045

The following information is from the Jounal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry posted on August 10, 2011.

In an article to the Jounal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry titled New Strategy for Expression of Recombinant Hydroxylated Human-Derived Gelatin in Pichia pastoris KM71, the authors Huiming Duan, Sirajo Umar, Runsong Xiong, and Jinchun Chen reports a new method for producing recombinant hydroxylated human-derived gelatin in Pichia pastoris KM71, a strain of yeast. The researchers are now testing this yeast for its attributes compared to other gelatins and to see how the can scale it up for commercial use.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W044
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