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The following news is from the foodnavigator.com on July 29, 2013.

Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands will present a burger made from in-vivo produced meat and lab prepared fat wxt week. They grew muscle tissue from stem cells taken from healthy cows. The researchers hope that this can lead to the production of low cost food without the need for lifestock.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W162

The following news is from the Jewish Press on July 23, 2013.

Michal Boni, the Polish minister responsible for religious affairs has asked Jewish and Muslim representatives to petition the country’s Constitutional Court to sort out conflicting laws that have led to a ban on ritual slaughter. "1997 Act on the Relation of the State to the Jewish Communities in Poland, which states that ritual slaughter may be performed in accordance with the needs of the local Jewish community.
The law appears to conflict with Article 34 of the 1997 Law on the Protection of Animals, which states that “vertebrate animal in a slaughterhouse may be killed only after being knocked unconscious by qualified personnel."
In 2004, the Polish government tried to reconcile the conflict by issuing a regulation exempting Jews and Muslims from stunning animals. But in November, the constitutional court ruled that the government had no legal right to issue the exemption.

The following news is from the Washington Post and Jewish Press and JTA posted on July 17, 2013.

"The Polish Parliament rejected a draft law that would have legalized Jewish ritual slaughter, or shechitah, in Poland." "The bill, defeated 222-178 on Friday, would have allowed shechitah provided it is done in a slaughterhouse. It also excluded certain forms of immobilizing the animal." "Until this year, Poland allowed shechitah, making about $650 million annually by exporting kosher and halal meat to Israel and Muslim-majority countries like Egypt and Iran. But the business practically ground to a halt in January after a constitutional court ruled that the country has no right to allow religious slaughter. The ruling was made after a petition filed by animals’ rights groups."

As a result of this the Polish Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Michael Schudrich is threatening to resign since he feels that he cannot properly do his job in a country that curtails religious rights.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W157

The following news is from the foodingredients.com on July 22, 2013.

A collection of studies by Dr Kathleen Vohls of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota published in Psycholgical Science found that the riturals that we perform before eating, can change out perception of the food we eat.
People who performed some kind of ritual before eating food, had a more enjoyable eating experience.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W161

The following news is from the foodnavigator.com on July 22, 2013.

Dr. Robert Van Loo from Wageningen University in the Netherlands has developed a strain of quinoa that does not have the bitter saponin coating and can be grown in the lowlands of Chile or in Europe.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W160

The following news is from the Aretz 7 on July 10, 2013.

On July 10th, the Knesset passed on its preliminary reading a law that would forbid the import and sale of foie gras. "The law would complement a 2003 High Court decision that ordered the Agriculture Ministry to actively enforce a ban on foie gras production, which entails the force feeding of geese and ducks, the main source for the fatty liver delicacy. Since 2006, the Ministry has been consistently enforcing the production ban, but importing foie gras for sale in Israel was still legal."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W158

The following news is from the JTA June 20, 2013.

"The amendment approved Wednesday to the Farm Bill mandates identifying kosher and halal food already in food banks so it may more easily be distributed to Jewish and Muslim communities during crises. It also encourages the Department of Agriculture to purchase more such foods, as long as the costs are equal to items that are not kosher or halal.
The idea for this amendment came from difficulties for the Kosher and Halal populations during last year’s Superstorm Sandy.
The Farm Bill itself failed to pass Thursday over disagreements over how deep its cuts should be to food stamp programs. Congressional leaders suggested they would craft a new bill, but it was too early to tell whether the kosher-halal amendment would be included."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W156

The following Israeli news is from the document 1 and document 2 on June 13, 2013 and translated by Rabbi Shalom Rosenfeld.

A recent ruling, State of Israel vs. Balker, confirmed that one is in violation of the law not only for claiming their restaurant was kosher when in fact it wasn't and this caused people to eat treif; but even giving a restaurant a hechsher certification when one is not authorized to do so by the rabbanut is a violation of the law. The state does not even need to prove that this caused people to eat non-kosher.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W155

The following Israeli news is from the YNet on June 14, 2013.

The Israeli military establishment is making cuts to conform with an asterity budget imposted by the Finance Minister. "A 25% cut to budget of the IDF Rabbinate that may force the religious authority to withdraw many non-commissioned officers from their posts as kashrut inspectors, meaning it will no longer be able to guarantee the provisions handed out to the soldiers are kosher."
From Ynet: "Additionally, it often happens that secular soldiers are tasked with kitchen duty, which leads to errors in protocol. 'The starting point in those kitchens is not great as things stand," the source told Yedioth Ahronoth. "And removal of kashrut inspectors will lead to the effective banishment of the religious soldiers from the kitchens.'"
"'Ben Gurion set two key conditions to the integration of religious soldiers within the military: observance of Shabat and kashrut. Should the measure be implemented, it will drive the religious soldiers away from the combat units.'"
"Sources within the top ranks say IDF are wary of the political implications of the decision, yet acquiesce there is no alternative as even the most sensitive operational functionalities are being hit by the cuts. "Fewer inspectors will have to do more work," the source said."
"The IDF's Spokesperson's Unit responded to the reports saying 'The IDF is preparing to switch toward functioning within the limits of the current budget, and various proposals for streamlining are being weighed. The proposals are being examined and no decision has been made yet.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W154

The following possible future kashrus issue is from the NZHerald and adurabiopolymers posted on June 13, 2013.

Aduro Biopolymers LP. of New Zealand is devloping Novatein is a bioplastic from blood meal.
The manufacturing process involved adding water and various agents to the blood meal - sourced from rendering companies that altered its protein structure. The "slurry" then goes into an extruder that processes it into plastic granules that will be sold as Novatein.
The product offers an alternative to regular plastics made from petrochemicals. manufacturers will purchase Novatein and mould it into plastic products such as trays, containers and clips used in the horticultural industry
Novatein was more expensive than some regular plastic products, which can sell for less than $2 a kg, it solved problems for its users. One use is for strawberry farmers. Using the bioplastic biodegradable to cover plants, eliminates the need to collect it after harvest.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W153

The following news story is from the New York Times on June 4, 2013.

The New York Times reported that when Whiskeyfest, a large whiskey tasting event moved their time from Tuesday toFriday and Saturday, many regulars were unable to attend. An alternative tasting on the eve of Whiskeyfest called Whisky Jewbilee, drew 250 who observe Shabbos to the the West Side Institutional Synagogue. Whisky Jewbilee will return this fall, at a larger site, and a second date in Westchester County will be added.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W152
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