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The following safety alert from the CPSC on January 20, 2011.

The Metal Ware Corporation, of Two Rivers, WI is recalling NESCO American Harvest Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator because A defective capacitor in the electronic control module can overheat, posing a smoke and fire hazard.
The recalled product includes a base with stackable trays to place food. The top of the unit houses the electronic control module. Model number FD-1020 and production date codes: 09E 0610; 09E 0624; and 09E 0903 are molded into the underside of the dehydrator's electronic control module. The product was sold at: National mass merchandisers and retailers and online at www.nesco.com and other websites from July 2009 to January 2011 for about $140.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact NESCO for instructions on how to receive a free electronic control module. For more information, contact NESCO at (800) 726-4457 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.nesco.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W020

The following safety alert from the CPSC on January 7, 2011.

Christmas Tree Shops recalls oven rack guard due to fire hazard. The product cannot withstand the high temperatures stated on the packaging and can overheat posing a fire hazard. The recalled Oven Rack Guard is intended to be placed on an oven rack to prevent burns on the arms or wrist when placing items in or removing them from an oven. The Oven Rack Guard is off white in color, 18 inches long and contains five metal snaps that secure the Oven Rack Guard to the oven rack. The SKU number is 66262 and the UPC number is 15697769. Both numbers are located on the package.
Sold at: Christmas Tree Shops primarily in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions in October 2010 for about $3.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and return it to any Christmas Tree Shop location for a full refund. For additional information, contact Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at (888) 287-3232.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W019

The following safety alert from the CPSC on December 16, 2010.

Fagor America Inc. recalls refrigerators due to fire hazard. The refrigerator's control board can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Fagor America has received 19 reports of incidents, including two reports of fires resulting in damage to the refrigerator and surrounding property. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves Fagor 24-inch wide refrigerators sold in stainless steel and black. "Fagor" is printed on the refrigerator's front door. Model and serial numbers are located inside the refrigerator door, on the left hand side near the food storage drawers.
Models | Serial Numbers Within the Range of
T/3FCA-68NFX | Serial numbers starting with 0609xxxxx through 0727xxxxx
3FCA-68NFX | Serial numbers starting with 0746xxxxx through 1017xxxxx
FCA-86ART | Serial numbers starting with 0839xxxxx through 0915xxxxx
Sold at: Specialty Home Appliance Stores nationwide between July 2006 and May 2010 for between $2,000 and $2,500. Manufactured in: Spain
Consumers should immediately stop using the refrigerator, unplug it and contact the Fagor repair hotline to schedule a free inspection and repair. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fagor America at (888) 354-4411 between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.fagoramerica.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W018

The following safety alert from the CPSC on December 16, 2010.

Sterno recalls portable butane stoves due to fire and burn hazards. The stove’s “on-off” valve can fail to close completely when turned to the “off” position, causing butane to leak from the stove. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers. The recalled portable butane stoves have model numbers STO6001 and 50006. The single burner stoves are black and measure about 14 inches wide x 12 inches long x 4 inches high. They use an eight-ounce butane canister as the fuel source. “Sterno” is printed on the front of the stove. The model number and UPC 0-27371-50006-9 or UPC 0-76642-06001-6 is printed on the stove’s packaging.
Sold at: Sporting goods stores and other retail stores nationwide, including Puerto Rico, from September 2009 through September 2010, and to restaurants and restaurant supply stores from August 2006 through September 2010 for between $20 and $30.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable butane stoves and contact Sterno for instructions to return the units to Sterno for a free replacement stove. Do not return the stoves to the place of purchase. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sterno toll-free at (877) 478-3766 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.sterno.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W017

The following safety alert from the CPSC on December 10, 2010.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with QVC, West Chester, Pa.d a voluntary recall of Enamel-coated 8-inch cast iron skillets manufactured by Meyer Trading Company Limited, of Hong Kong, China. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Small pieces of the enamel coating can pop off when the skillet is heated, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received five reports of enamel popping off of the skillet, resulting in two reports of consumers receiving minor burns.
Description: This recall involves Technique brand enamel-coated 8-inch cast iron skillets with two pour spouts and a ribbed underside. The interior portion of the skillet is cream while the exterior was sold in three colors: sage, blue and red. The brand "Technique" is printed on the bottom of the pans.
Sold through: QVC's televised shopping programs, at qvc.com, and QVC retail and employee stores from August 2009 through September 2010 for between $28 and $35.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled skillets. Known purchasers were mailed instructions for obtaining a full refund. Consumers who purchased the skillets at a QVC store should return the skillets to any QVC store for a full refund. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact QVC at (800) 367-9444 between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. ET daily, or visit the firm's website at www.qvc.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W016

The following safety alert from the CPSC on November 7, 2010.

Rachael Ray(tm) Brand Two Quart Teakettle has been recalled by Meyer Corporation, U.S. due to burn hazard. The water heated in the teakettles can spill and spray while being poured, posing a burn hazard.
The recalled product is a Rachael Ray(tm) brand two quart teakettle. The teakettle has a stainless steel lid with a black handle and comes in four body colors: orange, blue, green and yellow. The teakettle's spout is opened by pushing forward a small black sliding piece on the teakettle's handle.
The teakettles were sold at a variety of department, housewares and gourmet kitchen stores and at discount and online retailers. The teakettles were sold from December 2008 through October 2010 for between $18 and $40.The teakettles wewre manufactured in Thailand.
Consumers should immediately stop using this product. For additional information or to obtain a replacement teakettle, please contact Meyer U.S. at (877) 782-8242 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.meyer.com/rrteakettlerecall

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W015

The following information on a kashrus seminar for women in kashrus that will be held in Israel was posted on December 7, 2010.

On Dec 19,2010, the religious council of Efrat is sposoring a Kashrut Seminar for women in the Food Industry. The Program will be held in Hebrew. Among the speakers will be Rav Metzger, CHief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Rav Weitman, Rav of Tnuva, Rav SHimon Golan of the local Moatza Datit, Rav Shmuel Semelman,expert for the Rabbinute on the Kashrut of alcoholic beverages, Rav Yechiel Spira, noted journalist on Kashrut. It is open to women who would like to increase there knowledge of Kashrut. For further information and to register please contact Alizah Hochstead alizahh@hotmail.com.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W014

The following news is from the JerusalemPost.com and JTA posted on December 2, 2010 with addional information posted on December 5, 2010.

On Nov. 26, agreement was reached to allow the kosher slaughter of poultry on a limited scale after a prohibition was put in place last May. Beef is being imported from Australia.
The local government dropped its objections to the practice only two days before it was scheduled to be debated in court, where a judge would have determined whether or not the ban was an infringement on religious rights. A ban on the preparation of kosher mutton and beef remains in effect, but is being negotiated.
New Zealand authorities had forbidden the local preparation of kosher meat on grounds of animal welfare concerns, saying the method, which does not allow the stunning of livestock before slaughter, was inhumane.
It seems that the agriculture minister made this decision to preserve trade with Muslim countries that could be adversely affected if kosher slaughtering was allowed while the government required that halal meat be stunned prior to being slaughtered.

New Zealand's small Jewish community of about 6,800 people is having trouble paying the legal fees from their legal challenge to protect Scheta in New Zealand. They are asking people to make a contribution to help by sending a check to L.S.S., 200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10023. Make the check payable to Lincoln Square Synagogue, and be sure to write "New Zealand" in the memo line.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W013

The following news is from the JerusalemPost.com and senator-kruger posted on November 25, 2010.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will eliminate its last two state kosher inspectors as part of a statewide effort to achieve $250 million in work force savings, according to the Times Union in Albany. The department once had 11 kosher inspectors. This decimates the kosher law, since there wil be no threat to companies that a state inspector will catch then not adhering to the standards that they claim.
Information on how to contact the New York Governor can be found at www.state.ny.us/governor/contact/index.html.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W012

The following potential future kashrus problem is from the RSSL.com posted on November 15, 2010.

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed edible coatings to slow rot and increase shelf life in pre-washed, fresh blueberries. "The coatings used in the study were Semperfresh, acid-soluble chitosan, water-soluble chitosan, calcium caseinate and sodium alginate. Semperfresh is a sucrose ester; chitosan is a derivative of chitin-a natural substance often found in the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans; and alginate is a polysaccharide commonly found in the cell walls of brown algae."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W011
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