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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.

Accompany USA Recalls Ceramic Mugs with Cork Bottoms Due to Burn Hazard

September 22, 2022 from the CPSC

Ceramic Mugs with Cork Bottoms have been recalled because the coffee cup can crack or break when hot liquid is poured into it, posing a burn hazard.

Consumer Contact: Accompany USA collect at 909-595-0178 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email at rain@accompanyusa.com or online at http://accompanyusa.com/About.aspx?ClassID=27 or at www.accompanyusa.com and click on “Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

This recall involves Accompany USA Ceramic Mugs with Cork Bottoms sold as and/or given out for free as promotional products with company or other logos. The ceramic mugs are white with cork bottoms. They measure about four inches high and four inches wide.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ceramic mugs and contact Accompany USA to receive a full refund.

Sold At: Online at www.accompanyusa.com, https://logomark.com, www.vision1usa.com, https://nccustom.com/brand/lanco, https://infinityiwc.square.site, and https://admartproducts.com from February 2022 through August 2022 for about $2.

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Salon Technologies, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Antica Ocean Citron Hand Sanitizer ( Alcohol ) Gel 65% Due to the Presence of Benzene

September 17, 2022 - from the FDA:

Salon Technologies International. Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of Antica Ocean Citron Hand Sanitizer (alcohol) Gel 65%, Lot 1166A. Expiration 6/18/2023 to the consumer level. Firm lab testing has found the product to contain benzene.

512 bottles of Antica Ocean Citron Hand Sanitizer (alcohol) Gel 65%, Lot 1166A, Expiration 6/18/2023 was distributed in the Seattle, Washington area.

Salon Technologies International. Inc. has notified its distributors by email and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers that have product which is being recalled should stop using and return unused product to where it was obtained.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Salon Technologies International. Inc. by phone number ( 407-248-2948 ) or e-mail address salontechnologiesint@gmail.com , Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm , EST.

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Ben & Jerry’s co-founders say Unilever violated merger agreement

September 20, 2022 - from FoodDive.com:


Ben & Jerry’s Makes Fresh Push to Stop Israel Ice Cream Deal

September 6, 2022 - from Bloomberg:

"Ben & Jerry’s is renewing its effort to unwind a contentious decision by parent company Unilever Plc to sell the ice-cream business in Israel.

"The Vermont-based ice-cream maker will confirm as early as Tuesday that it plans to file a revised complaint in New York federal court in the coming weeks, said two people familiar with the matter. Ben & Jerry’s independent board wants to stop Unilever’s sale of its brand and trademark to local licensee Avi Zinger as the deal allows the ice cream to be sold in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

"The board, which first sued its corporate parent in early July, argues that the sale conflicts with Ben & Jerry’s long-held “core values” and breaches a legal agreement made when Unilever bought the brand in 2000."


Ben & Jerry’s Loses Bid to Halt Sales In West Bank

August 3, 2022 - from the Wall Street Journal

"A US judge on Monday rejected Ben & Jerry’s attempt to stop its parent Unilever Plc from allowing its ice cream to be sold in the West Bank, which Ben & Jerry’s said undermined its values.

"US District Judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan said Ben & Jerry’s did not deserve an injunction to halt ice cream sales and marketing because it did not show it would suffer irreparable harm, or that customers would be confused.

"Ben & Jerry’s sued Unilever on July 5, saying the sale of its Israeli business to local licensee Avi Zinger violated the agreement under which Unilever bought the Burlington, Vermont-based company in 2000.

"The sale came nearly a year after Ben & Jerry’s decided to end sales in the West Bank, saying it was “inconsistent” with the values and social mission it retained the right to promote.

"Unilever countered that Ben & Jerry’s had no power to stop the sale of the Israeli business, and the sale could not be undone because it had closed in late June.

"The unusual dispute has shone a spotlight on Unilever‘s goal of giving its more than 400 brands social missions and purpose.

"Carter rejected as “too speculative” the idea that customers would be confused if Zinger offered new products conveying a message that might conflict with Ben & Jerry’s own.

"The judge noted that products sold in the West Bank would use Hebrew and Arabic trademarks, not English language trademarks."


Ben & Jerry’s Escalates Dispute With Unilever Over Israel Business

August 3, 2022 - from the Wall Street Journal

"Ben & Jerry’s ratcheted up its war of words with Unilever PLC, UL 0.52%▲ saying it had sued its parent company because it feared that left unchecked, the consumer-goods giant would undermine the ice-cream brand’s reputation and business.

"Ben & Jerry’s filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan in July, seeking to block Unilever’s sale of the ice-cream maker’s Israeli business to a licensee. Unilever’s move followed a rift over Ben & Jerry’s decision last year to end sales of its products in Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested East Jerusalem.

"On Wednesday, Ben & Jerry’s said its grievance with Unilever was about more than just the Israel issue, in a statement explaining its rationale for the lawsuit.

"Ben & Jerry’s said in its statement that Unilever had frozen the board’s compensation as a “pressure tactic” before a recent mediation between the two sides. Those talks ended unsuccessfully last week. A hearing on Ben & Jerry’s request for a temporary injunction to block Unilever’s sale of the brand’s Israel business is scheduled for Monday."


Ben & Jerry’s Sues Unilever Over Sale of Ice Cream Business in Israel

June 30, 2022 - from the Wall Street Journal

"Ben & Jerry’s is suing parent company Unilever to block the sale of its Israeli business to a licensee, the latest twist in a rift over the ice cream maker’s decision to end sales in Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested East Jerusalem.

"In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, Ben & Jerry’s said Unilever’s decision to sell the business in Israel last week was done without the approval of Ben & Jerry’s independent board of directors.

"The board held a special meeting on Friday in response to Unilever’s decision and voted 5-2 to file a lawsuit against its parent company, according to the complaint. Two Unilever appointees on the board were the dissenting votes, the lawsuit said."


Ben & Jerry’s Israel, Unilever reach deal to end settlement boycott

June 29, 2022 - from Times of Israel

"The Foreign and Economy ministries issue a joint statement welcoming an agreement reached between Ben & Jerry’s Israel and its parent company Unilever under which the former will be able to sell its ice cream in the West Bank.

"The agreement is the result of a settlement reached in a federal US lawsuit filed on behalf of Ben & Jerry’s Israel owner Avi Zinger by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

"As a result of the deal, Unilever has sold all of its business interests in Israel to Zinger, who will now be allowed to sell the ice cream on both sides of the Green Line, though no longer under the auspices of Unilever and the original Ben & Jerry’s, which made the decision to boycott.

"The Israeli branch will also sell its ice cream using Hebrew and Arabic labeling, as it no longer will be allowed to use Ben & Jerry’s original English branding."

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CANADA: No Problem With Bringing in Daled Minim This Year

September 20, 2022 - from Matzav.com:

"After concerns were raised regarding the ability to bring daled minim into Canada for Sukkos this year, the CJHQ has announced that whatever issues there were have been resolved and that Yidden will be able to obtain daled minim without any issues."

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Israeli Elite Chocolate Brand To Make Comeback To Shelves After Salmonella Scandal

September 19, 2022 - from the i24:

"Israel’s largest chocolate manufacturer, Strauss Group, announced on Monday that its plant in northern Israel resumed operations five months after traces of salmonella were found there, triggering the largest-ever recall in the country’s history, Ynet reports.

"The company said that its plant in Nof HaGalil is already back manufacturing its Parra chocolate bars and Mekupelet candy bar, and will gradually reintroduce more products of its Elite chocolate brand under the supervision of the Health Ministry."


Israeli factory to resume production after salmonella outbreak

August 28, 2022 - from the i24:

"Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Sunday that the Strauss Group Elite factory was authorized to gradually resume its activities after a salmonella outbreak.

The decision was made after a health and technological audit had been carried out. The ministry said audits would continue until the factory is cleared to fully resume operations."


Strauss feels the impact of Salmonella related to chocolate recall and site shutdown

August 19, 2022 - from the Food Safety News:

"Strauss Group’s profit has been heavily dented by a chocolate recall because of Salmonella and the related closure of a production plant in Israel.

"The company showed growth in some areas but this was offset by a decline in sales in the confectionery division and the Sabra hummus business, both of which operated on a partial scale in the half-year. The firm also reported a decline in operating profit.

"The company is preparing to gradually resume operations at the confectionery production site in Nof Hagalil, Israel. It has performed cleaning and invested in infrastructure to ensure improved quality and food safety standards.

"Permission for a restart is still pending from the Israeli Ministry of Health. The agency suspended the plant’s approval for three months after an inspection in April. Investigators were trying to clarify whether 21 patients of various ages were linked to the contamination.

"From 300 samples, about 30 positives were found. Salmonella was detected on a production line and in the liquid chocolate used to make finished products."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1301

Nestlé entering animal-free dairy with milk products

September 9, 2022 - from FoodDive

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Drought Drives Up Commodity Prices for Corn, Wheat, and Beef

September 12, 2022 - from FoodProcessing.com

"Corn, wheat and beef markets are all suffering from droughts that will impact productivity, according to the latest report from Rabobank.

"The quarterly Rabobank Agribusiness Review notes that in late July, some 54% of the U.S. cattle herd was under from drought conditions. As a result, cow slaughter is on pace to reach 13.5% this year – the highest culling rate on record. Even with the extra slaughtered beef coming on the market, prices for fed cattle are up 20% so far, in recognition of the fact that fall slaughter is likely to be smaller.

"Corn crop conditions are the worst they’ve been since a widespread drought in 2012. The corn yield is projected to be below 170 bushels per acre, which would bring the total yield below 1 billion bushels, the second-lowest on record.

"The wheat market is being affected by drought and the war in Ukraine. A recent agreement to allow grain shipments through Ukraine’s ports will ease some of the pressure, but high temperatures and low rainfall will continue to depress the U.S wheat crop.

"'Without significant rainfall in the next 30 days, the 2023 U.S. hard red winter wheat crop will be planted in dust,' the report says. 'A recipe for another tough crop production year and a strong support for prices.'"

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Egg and turkey prices likely to remain high due to avian influenza: report

September 8, 2022 - from FoodDive

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Israel Bans Visitors from Bringing Their Own Lulavs for Sukkot

September 6, 2022 - from Jewish Press:

"The Ministry of Agriculture, in a step that it says is intended to protect Israeli agriculture, has prohibited forbidden the bringing into Israel sets of the “Arba Minim” (the four species on which Jews make a blessing on the days of the upcoming holiday of Sukkot) from foreign countries.

"However, visitors may bring with them one Etrog per person – the citron which looks like a lemon and has both a scent and a taste. The remaining 3 species have 1 with no taste or smell, 1 with just taste, and 1 with a scent but no taste. These species cannot be brought into Israel for fear that they are infected with pests that could harm local agriculture and will therefore be confiscated upon entering the country.

"If visitors to Israel do bring their own Arba Minim, the Ministry of Agriculture will provide them with a set of the 3 not allowed for import that were grown in Israel, free of charge.

"srael, as do most countries, prohibits individuals from bringing fresh produce into the country to prevent the possible spread of foreign pests. These pests may damage the local crops and thus cause irreversible damage to agriculture and even lead to the extinction of entire branches of agriculture."

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USDA Predicts Food-at-Home Prices Will Increase 10 to 11% in 2022

August 26, 2022 - from the Food Industry Executive:

"Food-at-home prices are predicted to increase a total of 10 to 11% this year, and then slow to a 2 to 3% increase next year, according to the USDA’s latest Food Price Outlook. Food-away-from-home prices will show a slightly different pattern, increasing 6.5 to 7.5% this year and 3 to 4% in 2023.

"Food prices have increased steadily and significantly since the start of the pandemic. In both 2020 and 2021, food-at-home prices increased 3.5%, driven largely by the meat categories. In July of 2022, the food-at-home index increased 1.3% month-over-month, bringing the 12-month increase to 13.1%. This marked the largest yearly increase since March 1979.

"The USDA has revised its predictions upward for all food categories, with some categories expecting very high increases. For example, egg prices are predicted to increase between 24.5 and 25.5% for the year.

"However, the agency also notes some factors that may reduce food prices, such as decreased costs for agricultural commodities (corn, soy, and wheat prices fell by 8.5%, 11.4%, and 22.7%, respectively, between June and July 2022) and increasing interest rates.

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