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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.

Soy 'Milk' Makers May Need to Find Alternative Designation

July 18,2018 from the Food Navigator:

Manufacturers that make soy and almond drinks that are labeled as milk may need another name.
The FDA has indicated that it may crack down on on non-milk products labeled as milk, since milk is defined by standards of identity as coming from healthy cows.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W730

1938 Revisited: Austrian Freedom Party Official Says Jews Should Register to Obtain Kosher Meat

July 18,2018 from the Jewish Press:

"A proposal by Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) official Gottfried Waldhäusl about the sale of kosher meat, which was published Tuesday in Wiener Zeitung is causing a storm in Austria. According to Waldhäusl, who has served in the provincial council of Lower Austria since March 22, only individuals who are registered as Jews and those who can prove that they regularly eat kosher should be able, through a special certificate, to purchase kosher meat in his district."
"Waldhäusl claims he only wishes to protect animal rights in Austria."
"The chances of the Freedom Party lawmaker’s proposal being approved are slim, partly because registering an individual religion violates their right to privacy in Austria."
"PÖ, which is a member of Austria’s ruling coalition government, is boycotted by Israeli officials despite the good relations between Israel and Austria. The party, whose post-war leader, Anton Reinthaller, was a former Nazi Minister of Agriculture and an SS officer."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W729

Israel wants "Kashrut Security Guards" at Hospitals duing Passover

July 9.,2018 from the Haaretz:

"The state told the High Court of Justice on Sunday it had plans to post “kashrut security guards” at hospital entrances to ensure that no hametz (leavened food) is brought into the facilities during the Passover holiday."
The plan was revealed during a hearing on petitions against regulations that ban hametz at hospitals during Passover. When the justices said that it wasn’t possible to turn hospital security guards into enforcers of kashrut policy, the state’s attorney replied: 'There is a desire and an intent to create kashrut security guards.' "
"In the context of Passover, there is a sweeping ban on bringing any food at all into the hospital during the holiday; only food supplied by the hospital may be eaten at the facility."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W728

French Authorities have found fraud in many of the spice samples that they tested.

June 25.,2018 from the Food Navigator:

French authorities, the DGCCRF, found that the spices that they tested contained deliberate adulteration. They tested 181 establishments including producers, importers and trader.
Saffron was found to be fraudulent in 81% of the samples. Safflower was a common substitute. Other fraud was found in peppers, curry, curcumen, other spices and mixtures. Cinnomon labeled as Sri Lanken was a lower quality from china. Filler substitues such as salt, starches and olive pomace were added to spices to increase the mass of the product and reduce cost

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W727

Twenty-five per cent of seafood sold in Metro Vancouver is mislabelled

June 19 2018 from the Phys.org:

"A quarter of the seafood tested from Metro Vancouver grocery stores, restaurants and sushi bars is not what you think it is."
"A new UBC study" by "Researchers from UBC's Lu Food Safety & Health Engineering Lab conducted the study in partnership with independent charity Oceana Canada and the Hanner Lab at the University of Guelph" "used DNA barcoding to determine that 70 of 281 seafood samples collected in Metro Vancouver between September 2017 and February 2018 were mislabelled."
"The supply chain for seafood is complex and opaque. A fish can be caught in Canada, gutted in China, breaded in the U.S., and ultimately sold back to Canada as an American product. Misidentification can happen anywhere along the way. When it's intentional, it's food fraud—a $52-billion worldwide problem defined as the misrepresentation of food for economic gain."
"Restaurants had the highest rate of mislabelling, at 29 per cent, followed by grocery stores (24 per cent) and sushi bars (22 per cent). The most commonly mislabelled fish was snapper, with 31 of 34 samples mislabelled."
"The researchers found evidence of both intentional and unintentional mislabelling. For example, many fish sold as snapper or red snapper were actually far less valued species such as tilapia. Sutchi catfish took the place of halibut, snapper, sole and cod. Economic motivations were less likely in other cases, such as the substitution of sockeye for pink salmon."
"The situation doesn't appear to be improving. An Oceana study conducted in the U.S. from 2010 to 2012 found the mislabelling rate to be 33 per cent. A study in Metro Vancouver 10 years ago had similar findings to the new UBC study, with a much smaller sample size. Oceana Canada found nearly half of samples tested last fall in Ottawa to be mislabelled."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W726

New York City Styrofoam Ban Goes into Effect Jan 1

June 13 2018 from the NewYorkPost:

"akeout joints across the Big Apple will have to find an alternative to Styrofoam containers by Jan. 1, when the city will start enforcing a ban that was upheld in court last week, Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday."
"The ban - which aims to reduce litter and save landfill space — includes plates, trays, clam-shell containers and packing peanuts, which the city has determined can’t be profitably recycled."
"Smaller businesses with annual revenues of less than $500,000 can apply for exemptions if they can prove they would be unduly harmed financially."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W725

Tamworth Distilling Releases Bourbon Flavored with Beaver Castor Sacs

June 12 2018 from the DistilleryTraii:

"The folks at Tamworth Distilling in Tamworth, New Hampshire have taken it to a new level with flavoring their two year old bourbon with castoreum from beaver castor sacs. The castoreum is found in the anal sac glands located just below the tail of beavers."
"Technically, this two year old straight bourbon turns into a whiskey with the flavor additions."
Castoreum made from beaver sacs is considerd a "natural ingredient" by the FDA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W724

Canada changing beer standard to help brewers, consumers

June 19 2018 from the FoodSafetyNews:

"Changes sought by brewers to Canada’s National Beer Standard are open for comments during the next 90 days, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)."
"Nevertheless, Canadian brewer associations favor “modern beer standards” with a handful of changes. CFIA opened a 90-day comment period on the change last Saturday (June 16) that will continue until Sept. 14, 2018. Amendments would include:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W723

British Watchdog examines claims meat was found in vegan ready meals

June 8, 2018 from the The Guardian:

The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) "is investigating claims meat was found in ready meals advertised in major supermarkets as suitable for vegans and vegetarians". A "newspaper report alleged that traces of pork were found in Sainsbury’s own brand 'meat-free' meatballs, and traces of turkey were detected in a Tesco macaroni ready meal, which is part of the supermarket’s new vegan foods line."
"The Telegraph reported that it had sent samples to a German government-accredited food testing laboratory, which found the traces of meat in the two products." "A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: 'These products are produced at a meat-free factory. Sainsbury’s and the Vegetarian Society also carry out regular checks and no issues have been found. We are concerned by these findings, however, and are carrying out a comprehensive investigation alongside our supplier.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W722

Paskesz Candy Temporarily Suspends Sour Worx Candy After Child Suffers Irritation

June 8, 2018 from the Yeshiva Wrold and June 11, 2018 Matzav.com:

"Following a YWN report on Thursday about a Lakewood child suffering irritation on his tongue after eating a type of sour candy, the Paskesz company has announced suspension of its production."
"The company said it is “voluntarily taking the precaution of temporarily suspending distribution of Sour Worx,” and asks customers to take Sour Worx off the shelves pending completion of the investigation."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W721
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