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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.

"Unsanitary Conditions" Reported At Moshiko Shwarma Of Ben-Yehuda Street, Jerusalem, Israel

January 16, 2018 from the YeshivaWorld:

"Israel’s Health Ministry reported on Monday, January 14, 2019, that poultry and salads found in Moshiko Shwarma, located at 5 Ben-Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, were taken to be destroyed after they were found kept under unsanitary conditions and the situation in the store was ideal for cross-contamination”. This is a Jerusalem Rabbanut mehadrin kosher shwarma store often frequented by American students studying in yeshiva as well as tourists."
"During the inspection, severe defects were found, very poor infrastructure, conduct leading to cross-contamination that could endanger public health."
"In addition, most of the poultry products were found at a dangerous and uncontrolled temperature, and other food (salads and falafel mixture) under cross-contamination conditions. All food products were kept in very poor sanitary conditions."
"At the order of the district veterinarian and with the assistance of the local municipality of Jerusalem, about 250kg (551 lbs.) of poultry products were destroyed along with about 130kg (286 lbs.) of salads."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W795

The Surprising Popularity of Kosher Food in Prison

January 15, 2018 from the The Tablet:

"According to the 2013 numbers, Jews are 7 percent of the state prison population of New York; the fourth largest religious denomination after Protestant, Catholic and Muslim (in that order). If the numbers were accurate it would mean that nearly twice as many Jews were locked up that year as members of the Nation of Islam. But the truth is that many inmates lie and claim to be Jewish once they enter the prison system. And why do they do it? Not as a hedge against the impending arrival of the Moshiach. They do it for the kosher food."
"At a minimum, New York state offers every Jew a standardized pre-packaged meal certified to be glatt kosher. In one facility, however, they get something even better. Greenhaven CF, a maximum security prison holding 2,500 people, of whom most are lifers, has the only hot kosher program in the state." This program has 70 slots available.
" The kosher meals were boring and tasted bad, but they were tamper-proof, which provided a measure of confidence not only in their religious authority but also that they had not been tampered with by other inmates.""Items that came in individual plastic wraps were ready-made as commodities for the prison barter system."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W794

Nebraska lawmakers to consider ban on labeling meat-substitutes as ‘meat'

January 13, 2018 from the TheHill: and APNews:

"Lawmakers in Nebraska this year will consider legislation that would ban companies from labeling plant-based, insect-based and lab-grown products as meat." "Those products could include veggie burgers and tofu dogs."
"The consideration of the bill comes after Missouri in August became the first state to ban meat-substitute products from being labeled as 'meat.'"
"Nebraska led the nation in commercial red meat production in 2017 and had the most feed cows as of last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Livestock and livestock product sales generated an estimated $12.1 billion for the state’s economy in 2016, according to the USDA’s most recent available data."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W793

Rabbi Yoseph Herman zt”l, Legendary Yoshon Pioneer

January 10, 2018 from the Matzav.com:

Rabbi Yoseph Herman zt”l was niftar. "Rabbi Herman was most well-known as the publisher of A Guide to Chodosh and for being the recognized trailblazer in the education and adherence of the halachos of chodosh."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W792

Fledgling chicken supplier abruptly switches kosher supervisors and then is sued by the original agency

December 14, 2018 from CJNews:
"Premier Kosher, the southern Ontario-based supplier of kosher poultry, has switched its kosher supervision from Agudas Shomrei Hadas to the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR)."
"Premier announced the step in a news release dated Dec. 5. The move came into effect on Dec. 10."

January 8, 2018 from the CJNews
Agudas Shomrei Hadas Jewish Community Services Inc. (Agudas) is now suing Premier Kosher $1.3 million for breach of contract because Premier did not provide the required 6 month notice of termination in the contract.
" In March 2016, Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO), an agency that oversees the production and marketing of chickens in Ontario, granted Premier the right to produce kosher chickens in the province. Premier’s bid was chosen over at least half a dozen others."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W791

Australian Wine company creates anti-counterfeit solution for China market

January 8, 2019 from the The Drinks Business:

An Australian company, YPB, created a "serialised QR code that promises to help Australian wineries keep track of their wines in their most profitable and problematic market, China."
"The system uses a serialised QR code with an embedded covert tracer called ProtectCode, which would enable wine producers to track wines through the entire supply chain using a handheld scanner."
"An end consumer can then use a smartphone to scan the code to tell if the wine is authentic or fake, according to the company."
"The exact scale of counterfeit wine in China, as anywhere else, is hard to gauge. However, global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach US$2.3 trillion by 2022, according to a report released by Frontier Economics, an international economic research firm."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W790

Chicken of the Sea announces price-fixing settlement with 29 more retailers, criticizes holdouts

January 3, 2019 from the Seafood Source:

"Chicken of the Sea International, a division of Thai Union, on Wednesday, 9 January announced it had settled civil complaints by 29 U.S. retailers in relation to antitrust claims made as part of a larger price-fixing scandal in the canned tuna sector."
"The settlement follows upon an earlier agreement the company reached in April 2018 with Walmart, one of the largest retailers of canned tuna in the United States. Both rounds of settlements included cash payments and a promise from Chicken of the Sea to conduct promotional campaigns and other programming in partnership with the retailers."
"The latest settlement included agreements with Affiliated Foods, Inc.; Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative, Inc.; Alex Lee, Inc.; Associated Food Stores, Inc.; Associated Grocers of New England, Inc; Bashas' Inc.; Big Y Foods, Inc.; Brookshire Brothers, Inc.; Brookshire Grocery Company; Certco, Inc.; Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc.; Greenbrier International, Inc.; Family Dollar Stores, Inc.; Family Dollar Services, LLC; Fareway Stores, Inc.; The Golub Corporation; Giant Eagle, Inc.; Kmart Corporation; K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.; Marc Glassman, Inc.; McLane Company, Inc; Meadowbrook Meat Company, Inc.; Merchants Distributors, LLC; Schnuck Markets, Inc.; SpartanNash Company; URM Stores, Inc.; Western Family Foods, Inc.; Woodman's Food Market, Inc.; 99 Cents Only Stores LLC; and all of their affiliates."
"The company does not face penalties from the U.S. Department of Justice, which prosecuted related antitrust cases against Bumble Bee Foods and StarKist as part of a conspiracy the three companies engaged in to artificially inflate the price of canned tuna, because Chicken of the Sea acted as the whistleblower in the case."
"The investigation has resulted in guilty please and subsequent millions of dollars in fines for Bumble Bee and StarKist and criminal prosecutions against several of the companies’ executives, including Bumble Bee CEO Christopher Lischewski, who was indicted in May 2018."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W789

Canadian Court- Kosher misrepresentation could cause 'spiritual trauma'

January 3, 2019 from the Toronto Sun:

"A Mississauga flour company has been ordered to pay $25,000 for misrepresenting a cake mix as kosher, after an Ontario court said the move could cause “spiritual trauma” to consumers who bought the product for religious reasons."
"A small-claims court found earlier this month that Adee Flour Mills breached its contract with the Kashruth Council of Canada, one of the country’s biggest kosher certification agencies, by misusing its logo on a devil’s food cake mix that was not, in fact, certified as kosher."
"Deputy Judge Lai-King Hum ordered the company to pay the council $20,000 for the breach and the harm it caused to the council’s reputation, as well as $5,000 in punitive damages for the potential harm to consumers."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W788

Startup Turns Cheese Waste Into Vodka

January 2, 2019 from the SpecialtyFoodNews and Forbes:

Wheyward Spirit, an "Oregon-based spirits company is making a vodka-like alcohol using cheese waste." "Wheyward Spirit uses liquid whey leftover from cheese production." The process "takes about two weeks including fermentation, distillation, and bottling."
"For every 10 pounds of milk a cheesemaker brings in, nine pounds will remain as whey."Billions of pounds of whey are produced in the U.S. each year, and researchers have been looking at a number of ways to deal with it." "Darchuk plans to bring the alcohol to market in 2019."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W787

Qatar preparing to welcome Jewish, Israeli fans for World Cup

December 24, 2018 from the JNetNews.com:

"Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (the organization responsible for coordinating among public and private entities to ensure that infrastructure and development projects are delivered in readiness for the 2022 FIFA World Cup), met with US Rabbi Marc Schneier, considered the unofficial Jewish chaplain of the Persian Gulf states, and asked him to serve as an adviser with regards to matters relating to hosting Jewish sports fans who will attend the matches."
"Whether the Qataris will set up a synagogue for Jewish fans to pray inside Schneier said: 'No comment. They have left me to advise them on how to host the Jewish fans. We have begun discussing the details. Al-Thawadi told the New York Times in an interview with that Israelis will be very welcome during the Mondial games in Qatar.'"
"Rabbi Schneier is a well-known American rabbi who founded the Foundation for Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Understanding. For the last 15 years he has been a frequent guest in the palaces of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Schneier was previously described by Newsweek Magazine as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in the US; he serves as the rabbi of the Hampton Synagogue in New York. "
"The rabbi was recently appointed adviser to the king of Bahrain to develop an interfaith institution in Bahrain and to help preserve Jewish life in Bahrain. Schneier said that some of the Gulf states are willing to develop Jewish life. For example, it was recently reported that there exists a community of 150 Jews in Dubai, and that the emirate authorities were planning to officially recognize the Jews. " ."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W786
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