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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 May 25, 2011.

General Electric Food Processors purchased from Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. have been recalled because the safety interlock system on the recalled food processor can fail; allowing operation without the lid secured which poses a laceration hazard. In addition, the product can emit smoke, or catch fire, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves GE-branded digital, 14-cup food processors. The food processors are black with stainless steel trim, and model number 169203 is imprinted on the underside of the unit. Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com from September 2009 through February 2011 for a retail price of about $50.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled food processor and return the product to any Walmart for a full refund. For additional information, contact Walmart Customer Service toll free at (877) 207-0923 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.walmartstores.com/recalls.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W035

The following news from Farmers Weekly Interactive on May 17, 2011.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reinforced its opposition to slaughter without pre-stunning on welfare grounds, amid calls for meat to be labelled as stunned or non-stunned.
An estimated 2.1 million animals are killed annually using Shechita slaughter methods, of which none are pre-stunned, and an estimated 70% of those cattle slaughtered enter the non-Jewish market.
Last month, the EU Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee voted in favour of new labelling regulations requiring meat to be labelled as stunned or non-stunned. The new measures will be put forward for full approval by the parliament in July.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W034

The following news from www.guardian.co.uk on April 24, 2011.

A proposal to label meat which has not been stunned before slaughter will go before the European Parliament in July this year. The label would read "meat from slaughter without stunning" on relevant food products. The proposal targets meat slaughtered using ritual techniques like those employed by Jewish shechita and Muslim halal butchers

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W033

The following news from www.vosizneias.com, meattradenewsdaily.co.uk on May 2, 2011.


A bill in Dutch Parliament put up by the Animal Party, banning ritual slaughter is likely to get a majority when being put up for a vote. An alliance of an animal rights party and the xenophobic Freedom Party is spearheading support for the ban on kosher and halal slaughter methods that critics say inflict unacceptable suffering on animals. This proposed law with bans slaughter without pre-stunning.

The following news from chareidi.shemayisrael.com on March 2, 2011.

The Dutch Parliament is currently considering legislation that would ban shechita, adding the Netherlands to a list of European countries where it is prohibited.
Shechita is banned in Switzerland, Sweden and Norway, but the current bill would set a precedent since, if passed, Holland would become the first country to ban shechita since the formation of the European Union, which could then spread from one country to the next — possibly even reaching the U.S. — and severely inhibit Jewish life.
The ostensive aim of the bill is to reduce suffering of animals by having them all stunned with an electric shocker before slaughter, a practice prohibited by halacha, which requires that the animal be fully conscious at the time of shechita. Stunning is a statutory requirement in the European Union, but exceptions are made for shechita and Muslim ritual slaughter. Many researchers maintain that halachic shechita is the most humane way of slaughtering animals, and it is clear that definite steps are taken with the benefit of the animals in mind.
Holland's Jewish community, which numbers 25,000, is speaking out and trying to organize a lobby to assist them. Opposition to the bill has been joined by numerous Jewish organizations, such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the European Jewish Congress (EJC), which has instructed its representatives in Jewish communities in Germany, France and Britain to meet with Dutch ambassadors and explain to them that the law would harm the country's image internationally. Meanwhile in Israel, Knesset members are slated to meet with a delegation of the Dutch parliament to discuss the issue.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W025

The following safety alert from the CPSC on April 6, 2011.

Williams-Sonoma Inc., San Francisco, CA is recalling Hot chocolate pots because the handle of the hot chocolate pot can break off during use, posing burn and laceration hazards. This recall involves the Whirly Whip hot chocolate pots sold individually as item number 2981454 or 4986535, and as part of the Whirly Whip hot chocolate pot gift set item number 3021714. The item number can be found on the product’s box, below the bar code. The pot is made of white porcelain and has a red handle. The lid has a red knob and a frother attached to the underside of the lid knob.
Sold at: Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide, online at www.williams-sonoma.com and through Williams-Sonoma catalogs from October 2010 through January 2011 for between $30 and $40.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W031

The following information on fish fraud is from the RTE Ireland on March 30, 2011.

A survey by the Food Safety Authority has shown that 19% of fish products sampled were labelled incorrectly. Out of the 111 samples analysed, a total of 20 were found to be mislabelled as cod and one was mislabelled as smoked haddock. 73% (eight out of 11) of smoked fish samples were found to be mislabelled and 13% (13 out of 100) of un-smoked fish samples were found to be mislabelled. The nationwide survey was carried out in retail outlets, fish shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants and takeaways. Cod, which is generally viewed as an expensive fish, has been found to contain less expensive varieties, raises a concern for consumers (ed. note) and a kashrus concern.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W030

The following article on anasalis worms in fish is from the sciencedirect.com on March 11, 2011.

Distribution of Anisakis species larvae from fishes of the Japanese watersstar, is an abscract of a study about the distribution of the anakis nematode in waters near Japan. Distributions of Anisakis species were found to be locality-specific rather than host-specific.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W029

The following safety alert from the CPSC on March 9, 2011.

Sunbeam Products Inc., Boca Raton, FL is recalling wine bottle openers because the wine bottles can break when opened with the recalled opener, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. This recall involves the "skybar" Air Pump Wine Opener” model number NBSKWA2600. The wine bottle opener was sold as a four piece set in the following colors: gray, blue, red or silver and black-colored with a black storage box. “skybar” is printed on the side of the wine bottle opener. Model number NBSKWA2600 is printed on the bottom of the wine bottle opener.
Sold at: QVC retail and employees stores nationwide, QVC’s televised shopping programs, and online at www.qvc.com and www.skybarhome.com from November 2010 through December 2010 for between $30 and $60.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wine bottle openers. Consumers who purchased the wine bottle openers at a QVC store should return them to any QVC store for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the wine bottle openers through QVC’s televised shopping programs or at www.qvc.com were mailed instructions for obtaining a refund. Contact QVC at (800) 367-9444. Consumers can also contact Sunbeam toll-free at (888) 759-2279 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.skybarhome.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W028

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

IKEA Home Furnishings, Conshohocken, PA is recalling FÖRSTÅ Coffee/Tea Makers. Pressure from the metal pot holder against the coffee/tea maker can cause the glass to break unexpectedly, posing burn and laceration hazards.
Incidents/Injuries: IKEA has received one report in the U.S. of a glass coffee/tea maker breaking. No injury was reported. IKEA has received 19 additional reports, outside of the U.S., of the glass coffee/tea makers breaking, resulting in 12 reports of burn injuries from spilt coffee/tea and one report of a laceration injury.
This recall involves FÖRSTÅ coffee/tea makers sold in sizes 0.4 and 1 liters. The coffee/tea maker is a press pot comprising a handmade clear glass pot, metal holder and black plastic top and handle. Coffee/tea makers included in this recall have supplier number 20325, "IKEA" and "Made in China" etched on the bottom of the metal holder.
Sold exclusively at IKEA stores nationwide from January 2010 through December 2010 for between $6 and $10. Consumers should immediately stop using the FÖRSTÅ coffee/tea makers and bring it back to any IKEA store for a full refund. For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 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=W027

The following safety alert from the CPSC on March 2, 2011.

Burlington Coat Factory, Burlington, N.J is recalling slow cooker's because the control panel can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard. The recall involves Bella Kitchen 5-quart programmable slow cookers. The slow cookers are black with "Bella Kitchen" printed on the control panel. Only slow cookers with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909 are included in this recall. The model number and the four-digit date code are printed on a label on the underside of the product. These were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores from June 2010 through December 2010 for $20.
Consumers should stop using the slow cooker immediately, unplug it and return the slow cooker to Burlington Coat Factory for a full refund or store credit. : For additional information, contact Burlington Coat Factory toll-free at (888) 223-2628 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W024
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