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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.

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."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1185

Israel: MAMILA MALL: Cafe Aroma Staffer Mechalel Shabbos, Store Loses Kashrus Status

June 21, 20121 - from Yeshiva World:

"The Mehadrin branch of Aroma in the Mamila Mall in Jerusalem lost its hechsher this week, as one of its staff was mechalel Shabbos and entered the premises on Shabbos to begin breaking bread."

"Chareidi residents who were on their way to daven at the Kosel saw that the store had a number of workers inside while it was still Shabbos. the passersby alerted the staff to the fact that it was still Shabbos but were ignored, and the chilul Shabbos continued."

"The branch has a kashrus seal of Badatz Chasam Sofer and Mehadrin from Rabbanut Yerushalayim. Just a few hours after Shabbos was over, the Kashrus council of Badatz publicized that their Kashrus certification was revoked pending an investigation."

"'“We want to publicize to the public that due to the opening of the branch on Shabbos, we hereby revoke our hashgacha effective immediately until we can clarify the issue.'"

"The Rabbanut also told Israeli media that “The issue was checked by the regional kashrus supervisor. The owners of the ranch have been called for a disciplinary meeting with the Chief Rabbi that is set to take place on Monday afternoon."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1184

CamelBak Recalls Caps Sold with Podium and Peak Fitness Water Bottles Due to Choking Hazard

June 9, 2021 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians:

CamelBak Podium and Peak Fitness water bottles have been recalled because a mall silicone valve in caps sold with the Podium and Peak Fitness water bottle can come loose and detach, posing a choking hazard.

This recall involves certain caps sold with CamelBak’s Podium and Peak Fitness water bottles with three date codes. The date codes are H19039, H19063 and H19175 and are located on the underside of the cap. The water bottles were sold in a variety of colors in 17, 21- and 24-ounce sizes. CamelBak and Podium or Peak Fitness are written on the bottles.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled caps sold with the water bottles and contact CamelBak for a free replacement cap.

Sold At: Sporting goods stores nationwide and online at camelbak.com from February 2019 through January 2021 for between $10 and $25 depending on the bottle.

Consumer Contact: CamelBak at 800-767-8725 from 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.camelbak.com/recall or www.camelbak.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

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

Israeli Egg Prices to Rise

June 10, 2021 - from the Jewish Press:

"Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Finance announced Wednesday that the price of eggs will rise this month, according to the Globes business news site."

"Egg prices are slated to rise by 6.5 percent, due to a rise in the cost of feed for the chickens, among other expenses."

"This is the first price hike for eggs in seven years, the ministry said."

"The price of a dozen eggs of medium size (M) will increase by 75 ag from NIS 10.40 to NIS 11.15, an increase of 7.2 percent. "

"The price of a huge-sized egg (XL) will increase by 70 ag from NIS 12.40 to NIS 13.10, an increase of about 6 percent."

"The price of a dozen eggs of large size (L) will increase by 6.25 agorot (the Israeli cent) per egg. A dozen large-size eggs will cost from NIS 11.30 to NIS 12.05. This size makes up 50 percent of the market."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1182

Israeli Archaeologists Discover Intact Chicken Egg from 1,000 Years Ago

June 9, 2021 - from the Jewish Press:

"While excavating an ancient cesspit dating from the Islamic period (7th century CE), Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists in Yavne were astonished to find an unbroken chicken’s egg."

"The large-scale archaeological excavations, directed by Dr. Elie Haddad, Liat Nadav-Ziv, and Dr. Jon Seligman, have discovered an extensive and diverse industrial area dating from the Byzantine period, as part of the Israel Land Authority’s urban expansion project in the city."

"Poultry farming was introduced into Israel 2,300 years ago, during the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods. In the Islamic period."

"Despite the extreme care with which the egg was removed, under the experienced supervision of a conservationist, the shell of the egg – preserved whole by the unusual anaerobic conditions – was cracked, but IAA conservationist Ilan Naor restored the egg to the state in which it was found."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1181

Chief Rabbinate in Israel Adopts US Facon Designation

May 25, 2021 from Kosher Today:

"A strictly kosher restaurant serving lamb bacon was ordered to change the name to “Facon,” so as not to confuse customers. " "In Jerusalem’s Machne Yehuda Market, the Crave Gourmet Street Food, announced that it reluctantly changed the name of its famous lamb bacon to “facon” in accordance with a recent decision by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. On its menu are items like lamb bacon and vegan cheese. Other Jerusalem restaurants have followed suit by using vegan cheeses on their kosher burgers, as well as serving beef or lamb bacon—the latter a fan favorite that can be found on Crave’s BLT sandwich."

"The Rabbinate hopes that Facon will end the confusion."


Jerusalem Kashrut Supervisors Force ‘Crave’ Restaurant to Rename Lamb Bacon Dish

March 12, 2021 from Jewish Press:

"The Religious Council of Jerusalem last December ordered the Crave gourmet street food restaurant on Ha’Shikma Street near the Mahane Yehuda Market to remove from its menu the dish it calls Lamb Bacon, or risk losing its certification, Ynet reported this week."

"A very long list of kosher restaurants in Israel serve some imitation bacon dish, including the Burger King chain. Kosher restaurants also serve cheeseburgers with imitation cheese. In Crave’s case, the lamb bacon is not merely a gastronomical curiosity, it happens to be one of this chef restaurant’s biggest attractions, appearing on the menu both as an appetizer and a side dish with the hamburgers."

"Yoni Van Leeuwen, one of the owners, told Ynet: 'Last December, while the restaurant—like most restaurants in the country—was doing deliveries to deal with the difficulties of the Corona, the inspector of the Kashrut supervisors showed up and said that he had learned that the restaurant uses the name ‘Bacon,’ and so that people won’t associate our kosher lamb bacon with pork, they decided that restaurants with a kosher certificate should not use that word.'"

"he same inspector suggested the restaurant name its dish Fakon, which the owner found insulting. Incidentally, the same inspector had nothing to say about Crave’s cheeseburger, which is made with non-dairy cheese."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1157

DAIRY LOBBY’S AMENDMENT 171 IS REJECTED BY THE EU PARLIAMENT

May 25, 2021 from Vegconomist

"The EU has rejected plans for unprecedented restrictions on plant-based dairy. EU leaders have dropped plans to impose new restrictions on plant-based dairy products, which could have banned them from displaying allergen information, being sold in cartons and using images of their own products. Terms such as “milk” and “yogurt” are still forbidden."

"t was confirmed today that European Parliament representatives have withdrawn the proposals from EU negotiations over the Common Agricultural Policy, after a coalition of 21 environmental, consumer and animal welfare groups called on the EU to reject them. Climate activist Greta Thunberg had also spoken out against the plans, and over 450,000 people had signed a petition calling on the EU to drop them."


EU Parliament Rejects ‘Veggie Burger Ban’ But Supports ‘Dairy Ban’ Against Vegan Producers

October 16, 2020 from Plant Based News

"The vote in support of the so-called 'dairy-ban' has been branded a major blow to the plant-based dairy sector by food advocacy organizations."

"The European Parliament has voted to reject a 'veggie burger ban' forbidding vegan producers from using terms like 'burger'."

"However, while MEPs voted against this proposal, they voted in favor of another amendment known as the ‘dairy ban’. This would stop plant-based dairy producers from using descriptive terms. "

"At this time, EU law already bans the use of terms including ‘almond milk’ or ‘vegan cheese’. However, the new rules would go further. "

"Consequently, descriptors such as 'yogurt-style' and 'cheese-alternative' could now be banned too. In addition, the rules could prevent companies from using packaging styles such as butter blocks and milk cartons."

"Currently, both votes are subject to final approval, as part of a wider vote on CAP reform later today."

"By banning any “direct or indirect use” or “evocation” of dairy products, the plans – known as Amendment 171 – would have introduced new restrictions which could have prevented plant-based dairy products from:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1106

Cheyenne Products Recalls Folding Chairs and Barstools Due to Fall Hazard

May 19, 2021 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians:

Cheyenne Products Mainstay folding metal padded chairs and barstools are recalled because the weld attaching the legs to the seat bottom can break, posing a fall hazard.

This recall involves multiple styles of metal folding chairs and barstools with padded seats upholstered in vinyl or microfiber and sold under the Mainstay brand name. A white sticker label on the bottom of the seats includes the name Cheyenne Products or Cheyenne Industries and lists the production date by month and year. Another white sticker label on the bottom of the seat displays a barcode with the model number printed above the barcode, and the UPC printed below the barcode.

The affected models are:

UPC

Cheyenne Products Model Numbers

Seat Height

Paint Color

Padding Upholstery

Vinyl

Padding Upholstery
Microfiber

Production Dates of Affected Units (month/year)

5027699339

FB1477

18"

Black

 

Beige

8/2015 – 9/2016

5027699671

FB1477-R, CPFB1477-R

18"

Black

 

Beige

5/2016 – 6/2019

5027699448

FB1477FL-COM, CPFB1477FL-COM

18"

Black

Brown

 

12/2015 – 5/2019

5027699344

FB1479-24

24"

Bronze

 

Beige

6/2015 – 11/2017

5027699669

FB1479-R-24, CPFB1479-R-24

24"

Bronze

 

Beige

5/2016 – 2/2019

5027699341

FB1479

29"

Bronze

 

Beige

6/2015 – 11/2017

5027699670

FB1479-R-29, CPFB1479-R-29

29"

Bronze

 

Beige

5/2016 – 6/2019

5027698486

FBS99-24, CPFBS-24

24"

Bronze

 

Beige

7/2013 - 3/2021

5027699446

FBS99-24FL-COM, CPFBS99-24FL-COM

24"

Gun Metal Grey

Brown

 

12/2015 - 12/2020

5027699447

FBS99-29FL-COM, CPFBS99-29FL-COM

29"

Gun Metal Grey

Brown

 

12/2015 - 12/2020

5027698487

FBS99-30, CPFBS99-30

29"

Bronze

 

Beige

8/2013 - 4/2021

5027698488

FBS133-24, CPFBS133-24

24"

Bronze

 

Beige

11/2013 - 4/2021

5027699449

FBS133-24FL-COM, CPFBS133-24L-COM

24"

Bronze

Brown

 

12/2015 - 12/2020

5027699450

FBS133-29FL-COM, CPFBS133-29FL-COM

29"

Bronze

Brown

 

12/2015 - 8/2019

5027698489

FBS133-30, CPFBS133-30

29"

Bronze

 

Beige

8/2013 - 4/2021

 

Sold Exclusively At: Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com from January 2014 through April 2021 for between $30 and $42.

The firm has received 41 reports of incidents of the weld connecting the legs to the bottom of the chair breaking, resulting in 19 injuries, including four reports of fractures and one report of a torn ligament.

Consumer Contact: Cheyenne toll-free at 833-351-1707 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email cheyennerecall@nbg-home.com, or online at www.cheyenneproducts.com and click on Recalls for more information and a complete listing of recalled styles.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1180

IKEA Recalls Bowls, Plates, and Mugs Due to Burn Hazard

May 19, 2021 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians:

IKEA Recalls Bowls, Plates, and Mugs Due to Burn Hazard. The bowls, plates, and mugs can become brittle and break, causing hot food or liquid to leak out, posing a burn hazard.

This recall involves the HEROISK and TALRIKA bowls, plates, and mugs made from PLA (Polylactic acid or polylactide) material from renewable sources. The bowls, plates and mugs were sold in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink and blue. The article name (“HEROISK” or “TALRIKA”), supplier number “23348,” “Made in Taiwan” and “PLA” are molded into the bottom of each item.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bowls, plates, and mugs and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund.

Sold At: IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.ikea-usa.com from August 2019 through May 2021 for between $4 and $12.

IKEA is aware of 123 reports of breakage worldwide, including four reports of injuries, two of which required medical attention. Most of the injuries were burns due to hot contents leaking out. This includes one incident, without injury, in the United States.

Consumer Contact: IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 anytime or online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

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