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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.

Taiwan to open first-ever Jewish community center

July 28, 2021 - from the i24:

"Taiwan's Jewish community announced Wednesday that its first congregation center is expected to open by the end of the year."

"Construction of the Jeffrey D. Schwartz Jewish Community Center in Taiwan began in 2020 and is expected to be completed by December 2021."

"The $16 million complex will include a synagogue with a capacity of over 100 seats, a mikvah or ritual bath, and Taiwan's first kosher restaurant."

"It will also include a banquet hall that can hold 300 people, a kindergarten and classrooms for adult education programs, a library, spaces for group and individual study, and a courtyard for students’ outdoor events."

"Until now, the Jewish community has operated mainly from two rented spaces in downtown Taipei - a Chabad movement house and a small office."

"Rabbi Shlomi Tabib arrived in Taipei with his wife and family in 2011 and opened a Sunday school religious program."

"According to community spokesperson Glenn Leibowitz, who has lived in Taiwan for 30 years, the island has around 700 to 800 Jews, half of whom are active members of the community involved in Shabbat meals and services, Jewish holidays, and other events."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1192

Letter from the Kof-K regarding Ben & Jerry's new anti-Israel policy

July 26, 2021 - from the Kof-K:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1191

C&S Grocers Acquires Frozen Service Contract

July 23, 2021 - from Specialty Food

"C&S Wholesale Grocers has purchased Albertsons’ frozen service contract from Burris Logistics."

"C&S entered the contract earlier this year. The deal was closed on July 18."


C&S Wholesale Grocers To Purchase Piggly Wiggly Midwest

July 16, 2021 - from Shelby Report

"Keene, New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers has entered into a definitive agreement with Piggly Wiggly Midwest with the intent to purchase the Wisconsin-based wholesaler."

"Piggly Wiggly Midwest operates corporate stores and services independent franchisees under a chain-style program. Since 1911, Sheboygan, Wisconsin has been the home to Piggly Wiggly Midwest’s headquarters, where it has its corporate offices and two of its distribution centers. A third distribution center is located in Milwaukee."

"As part of the acquisition, C&S will operate 11 Piggly Wiggly Midwest corporate stores and service 14 Butera Market stores in the Chicagoland region, as well as 84 Wisconsin franchisees under the Piggly Wiggly brand. As part of this agreement, the current distribution centers and offices will continue to operate. The sale transaction is anticipated to close at the end of July, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1189

Israel to Tax Soft Drinks including Diet and Juice

July 21, 2021 - from Jewish Press

"The coming budget arrangements act includes the taxation of soft drinks, to be imposed gradually according to the harm caused by each product, TheMarker reported this week (). The taxation will not apply to natural beverages such as water, seltzer, and milk, nor alcoholic beverages, coffee, and tea. The tax will be imposed on bottled juice and diet drinks.:

"The new tax is expected to be between NIS 1.61 (49¢) and 2.89 (88¢) per liter (quart), depending on the size of the bottle and the amount of sugar in the product.:

"The choice to focus on taxing soft drinks taxation is related to their unique negative effect on obesity. according to studies presented to the food committee of the health ministry in 2016, consuming one sugary drink a day increases the risk of obesity by 60%. In addition, a 2016 comparative study that was presented found that children in Israel take in even more sugary drinks than American children."

"According to the global average, as of 2016, 25% of girls and 32% of boys drink sugary drinks daily. The average in the United States is 30% among girls and 37% among boys – while in Israel the average is 41% for girls and 45% for boys."

"The cost of obesity in Israel is estimated at NIS 6 billion ($1.8 billion) a year, according to data provided by the health ministry. One-third of the damage is caused by direct costs of treating diabetes, and two-thirds by indirect costs, such as loss of ability to work, sick days, and nursing care."

"According to data provided by the Maccabi HMO to the health ministry, the HMO’s expenditure on a diabetic patient is 53% higher than the expenditure on the average insured member."

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Ardil Comercial Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Limar Hand Sanitizer Packaged in 4 oz Bottles Because They Resemble Drink Containers

July 1, 2021 - from FDA

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Ardil Comercial is voluntarily recalling one lot of Limar Hand Sanitizer, packaged in 4 oz bottles to the consumer level. The hand sanitizer is being recalled because it is packaged in containers that resemble water bottles. The product poses a risk of ingestion.

The product is intended to be applied topically to help reduce bacteria on the skin that could cause diseases when soap and water are not available and is packaged in 4 oz bottles. under the brand Limar. The product can be identified by the bottle’s labels pictured below. The affected product lots include the following lot number: 079932-4611-05-J with the following expiration date: May 2022. Hand Sanitizer 4 oz Limar was distributed nationwide to a distributor who may have further distributed nationwide in the USA.

Ardil Comercial is notifying its distributors and customers by telephone, press release and is arranging for a replacement of all recalled products. Consumers and distributors that have the product which is being recalled should return to place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Ardil Comercial by the phone number 809-231-2583 Ext.: 9 or administracion@ardilcomercial.com on Monday-Friday from 8am – 5pm, AST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1188

Future Meat Technologies,a cultured meat maker opens production facility in Rehovot Israel

June 25, 2021 from Meatingplace:

"Future Meat Technologies, which is developing cultured meat, has opened a production facility with capacity to produce 500 kilograms of cell-based products a day, equivalent to 5,000 hamburgers."

"Located in Rehovot, Israel, where Future Meat is based, the facility can produce cultured chicken, pork and lamb, without the use of animal serum or genetic modification, the company said. Production of beef is coming soon."

"Future Meat Technologies aims to reach shelves in the United States in 2022 and is in the process of seeking regulatory approval of its production facility. The company said it is eyeing several locations in the United States for an expected expansion."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1187

Cove Appliance Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

June 16, 2021 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians:

Cove Appliance 24-inch built-in dishwashers have been recalled because the heating element in the dishwasher can fail to properly shut off and can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Consumer Contact: Cove Appliance toll-free at 888-651-9376 from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail at support@coveappliance.com or online at coveappliance.com/recall or at www.coveappliance.com and click “learn more” in the safety recall section for more information.

This recall involves Cove Appliance 24-inch built-in residential dishwashers model numbers DW2450 and DW2450WS. The recalled dishwashers have serial numbers 20000100 through 20044445. The model number, serial number and date code are printed on the product rating plate located inside the dishwasher. “Cove” is printed on the outside of the door and on the far right side of the control panel, located on the top of the unit’s door.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, unplug them from their power source, and contact Cove Appliance to schedule a free repair. Cove Appliance will install a second thermal protection device and replace the dishwasher’s heating element.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1183

Sanit Technologies Adds Label Clarification to Existing Voluntary Hand Sanitizer Recall

June 19, 2021 - from FDA

Sanit Technologies LLC d/b/a Durisan, is providing an additional 5 label illustrations and product sizes for customers that might not have been able to clearly identify containers of Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer products that were added to the voluntary recall initiated on March 24, 2021, and expanded by the April 10 and May 14, 2021 notices. To avoid any confusion, this press release provides copies of label illustrations for the recalled products.

Durisan Non Alcohol Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer products became contaminated with a common municipal water supply borne bacteria, Burkholderia contaminans. Use of a hand sanitizer contaminated with Burkholderia contaminans, generally considered to be of low virulence, can range from no reaction to possible infections in a person with a hand wound or scrapes because the bacteria could enter the bloodstream, especially in patients with compromised immune systems.

The product is intended to be applied topically to help reduce bacteria on the skin that could cause diseases when soap and water are not available.

The list of the lot numbers of the recalled products, which have a 24-month expiration, is included below. Consumers and customers in possession of Durisan Non Alcohol Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer products with these numbers in any form factor are encouraged to contact Durisan to return it.

The product is packaged in sizes ranging from 18mL credit card to 1-gallon containers. The lot number can be found in black print on the bottom of the package.

Durisan Antimicrobial Solutions Hand Sanitizer Sizes With the Following Identification

Volume mL

Volume oz

UPC

NDC

18 0.61 8 52379 00614 1 71120-112-01
50 1.69 8 52379 00634 9 71120-611-20
118 4 8 52379 00612 9 71120-112-10
236 8 8 52379 00635 6 71120-112-11
250 8.45 8 52379 00611 0 71120-611-03
300 10 8 52379 00697 4 71120-112-08
550 18.59 8 52379 00620 2 71120-112-06
1000 33.81 8 52379 00610 3 71120-112-05
3785 128 8 52379 00621 9 71120-611-05
160 Ct Wipe 5.63 8 52379 00631 8 71120-111-01
80 Ct Wipe 2.81 8 52379 00632 5 71120-111-03
240 Ct Wipe 8.44 8 52379 00633 2 71120-111-03

Durisan has provided written notification to its distributors and retailers and is alerting customers via this voluntary recall. Consumers that have the product are advised to contact Durisan to return it.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Durisan at 941-351-9114, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Eastern time, Monday through Friday or by email at customerservice@durisan.com

Source: Sanit Technologies

Lot Number DHS051420A1-S
DHS041519A1-S DHS051520A1R1-S
DHS041519A2-S DHS052020A1-S
DHS041519A3-S DHS052020A1R1-S
DHS041519A4-S DHS052020B1-S
DHS041519A5-S DHS052020B1R1-S
DHS041519A6-S DHS052020C1-S
DHS042919AR1-S DHS052020CR1-S
DHS043019AR1-S DHS052220A1R1-S
DHS050319A4-S DHS052220B1-S
DHS053019A1-S DHS052620B1-S
DHS053019A2-S DHS052720C1-S
DHS053019A4-S DHS052720C1R1-S
DHS053019A5-S DHS052720D1-S
DHS053019A6-S DHS052820B1-S
DHS070219A1-S DHS052820C1-S
DHS070219A2-S DHS052820D1-S
DHS070219A3-S DHS052920A1R1-S
DHS070219A4-S DHS052920B1R1-S
DHS070219A5-S DHS052920C1R1-S
DHS070219A6-S DHS060120A1-S
DHS070219AB-S DHS060220A1-S
DHS080219A1-S DHS060320C1R1-S
DHS091819A1-S DHS060520C1R1-S
DHS030920A1-S DHS060520F1R1-S
DHS030920A2-S DHS060820E1R1-S
DHS030920A3-S DHS061220A1R1-S
DHS031020A4-S DHS061920B1R1-S
DHS031020A5-S DHS062220C-S
DHS031020A6-S DHS062320B1R1-S
DHS031020A7-S DHS062420B1R1-S
DHS031020A8-S DHS081120A1-S
DHS031120A1-S DHS081220A1R1-S
DHS031120A2-S DHS081420B1-S
DHS031120A3-S DHS081420B3-S
DHS031120A4-S DHS081420B6-S
DHS031120A5-S DHS081420B8-S
DHS031120A6-S DHS081720A3-S
DHS032820B1-S DHS081720A5-S

Pictures of lables is here

Link to Original Press Release

Link to April 2021 Expansion

Link to May 2021 Expansion

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1160

Distillery Hand Sanitizer Packed in 16.9 Oz. and 20 Oz Bottles Because They Resemble Drink Containers

June 21, 20121 - from FDA:

Prairie Wolf Spirits, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of Prairie Wolf Distillery hand sanitizer packaged in 16.9 fluid ounce and 20 fluid ounce containers that resemble water bottles to the consumer level. The recall does not affect any other hand sanitizer products from Prairie Wolf Distillery. The product poses a risk of ingestion.

The product is intended to be applied topically to help reduce bacteria on the skin that could cause diseases when soap and water are not available and is packaged in 16.9 ounce (UPC 6000331899) and 20 ounce plastic bottles (UPC 6000365984) that resemble water bottles. The product can be identified by the bottle’s labels pictured below. The product was distributed to selected customers and consumers nationwide in the United States.

Prairie Wolf Spirits is notifying its customers by mail and is arranging for return or replacement of all recalled products. The product was sold from a temporary retail location located at 111 E. Oklahoma Avenue, Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044. Additionally, it was available on the manufacturer’s website, but there were limited sales. Prairie Wolf Spirits also donated the products from its Guthrie warehouse. Consumers that have the product which is being recalled should stop using it and return it to the Prairie Wolf Spirits distillery, 124 E. Oklahoma Avenue, Guthrie, Oklahoma, or discard it.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Prairie Wolf Spirits by (405) 445-6448 or recall@prairiewolfspirits.com on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., CDT. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1186

New Study Finds PFAS in Bottled Water, as Lawmakers Call for Federal Limits

June 17, 20121 - from Consumer Reports:

"'Purified' bottled water was less likely than 'spring' water to contain the potentially dangerous compounds"

"Some noncarbonated bottled water products sold in the U.S. and tested as part of a new study contained potentially toxic PFAS chemicals, prompting calls for the federal government to set standards covering the chemicals."

"The study, published in the journal Water Research and led by Johns Hopkins University researchers, detected PFAS substances in 39 out of more than 100 bottled waters tested, in some cases at levels deemed concerning by water quality experts."

"The study did not identify which brands were tested. But the researchers did find that bottled waters labeled as “purified,” which are typically filtered through reverse osmosis, contained less PFAS overall than “spring” water, which is not filtered using that method. "

"PFAS is short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a chemical class that includes approximately 5,000 compounds that have been linked to cancer and learning delays in children. Used in numerous consumer products, the compounds are known as “forever chemicals” because the bonds that hold PFAS together don’t break down easily in the environment."

"The new research follows an investigation published last year by Consumer Reports that found PFAS in several noncarbonated and carbonated bottled waters, including popular brands such as Topo Chico Mineral Water. After the publication of CR’s test results, Topo Chico manufacturer Coca-Cola upgraded its filtration systems, which reduced the level of PFAS in the product."

"The Food and Drug Administration—which regulates bottled water in the U.S.—has not yet set limits on PFAS in bottled water. An FDA spokesperson says the agency is reviewing the study. But, the spokesperson said, the agency 'believes that establishing a standard of quality for PFAS in bottled water at the time would not significantly enhance the FDA’s mission of public health protection.' "

"The Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates tap water, also has yet to set standards regarding PFAS, but it has issued voluntary guidance calling on water utilities to limit the presence of PFAS to 70 parts per trillion. Some scientists believe a much lower limit of 1 ppt is appropriate."

"Overall, 19 brands tested in the Water Research study contained more than 1 ppt of PFAS."

"The International Bottled Water Association, a trade group that represents numerous bottled water manufacturers, has PFAS standards in place that its members must adhere to: no more than 5 ppt for any single PFAS compound, and a total of 10 ppt for more than one. "

"Jill Culora, spokesperson for the IBWA, says the vast majority of brands tested by the Johns Hopkins researchers contained PFAS results “well below” her organization’s standard of 5 ppt for one PFAS. Three samples exceeded the IBWA’s combined limit of 10 ppt. "

"One key takeaway from the new study is that bottled waters labeled as “purified” contained “significantly less PFAS” than spring water products, according to the study, which the researchers attributed to the use of treatment techniques such as reverse osmosis."

"If consumers are concerned about the presence of PFAS in bottled water, they should look for products that have been processed using treatments such as reverse osmosis. Purified bottled water is generally treated this way."

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