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Avian influenza impacts 37.5M birds in commercial and backyard flocks

May 10, 2022 - from FoodDive

"Already, egg prices are skyrocketing because of the outbreak. According to USDA’s weekly Egg Markets Overview, on May 6 the average advertised retail price of a dozen large white shell eggs was almost $2.62 a dozen. The prices for eggs now rival those two years ago at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when increased demand sent market prices through the roof — and fueled legal action against some egg producers for sharply higher prices.

"While the industry has struggled to come back from the volatility of the pandemic’s early lockdowns, it’s been working toward meeting the new specific demands of the marketplace. A March CoBank analysis found transitions to cage-free eggs that have been mandated by states such as California and restaurant chains including McDonald’s have resulted in the nation’s total egg laying population decreasing. Avian influenza notwithstanding, according to USDA, there were 305 million hens laying table eggs in March 2022, down from 341 million in March 2019.

"For now, eggs are getting to be in shorter supply at the consumer level. However, today’s consumers have something they didn’t in 2015: egg alternatives. Consumers can buy a ready supply of Eat Just’s plant-based Just Egg, and other players like Hodo are just coming on the market with their substitutes. This outbreak may help the fast-growing plant-based segment take an even larger piece of egg market share — and like some of the ingredient companies that gave CPG makers the tools to permanently reformulate without eggs, the egg alternatives may win over new fans in this outbreak."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1274

BIBS Baby Bottles Recalled Due to Burn Hazard; Manufactured by BIBS Denmark ApS

May 5, 2022 - from CPSC

BIBS Baby Bottles have been recalled because hot liquids in the bottle can cause the bumper to shrink, making the bottle tilt over spilling out contents, posing a burn hazard.

Consumer Contact: BIBS Denmark ApS collect at 514-543-7505 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at care@bibsworld.com or online at https://bibsworld.com/pages/baby-bottle-information or www.bibsworld.com and click on the recall announcement in the middle of the page for more information.

Description: This recall involves the BIBS Baby Glass Bottle Complete Set which was sold as a 110 ml or 225 ml bottle set with a rubber bumper at the bottom and the BIBS Bottle Kit which is only the accessories including the rubber bumper and no glass bottle. The bottles are clear glass with a gray cap and bumper. BIBS and a measuring guide are written on the bottles.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled BIBS baby bottles with the bumper and either return the product to BIBS for a full refund or remove and throw out the bumper and use the product without the bumper. If you purchased the bottle online through the BIBS website and wish to return it, contact BIBS Denmark ApS for free shipping.

Sold At: j a k e. shop, Btrade, LolliHOPS, Children’s Boutique, Broome Street Group, Lou Lou & Company, The Natural Baby Company, Baby On Main Inc, Kaisah Boutique stores nationwide and online at www.maighandistribution.com during February 2022 for about $20.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1273

Israeli Health Ministry findings: Pigeons in Strauss plant but no Food Safety Manager

May 1, 2022 - from the Jerusalem Post:

"A Health Ministry investigation into the Strauss-Elite production facility has found several problems with the company’s procedures and conduct, all of which could have been a contributing factor to the discovery of salmonella in the factory and the largest product recall in Israeli history early last week.

"The following issues were listed in the Health Ministry report as the main areas in which the company was found deficient:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1272

Inflation Drives Up Passover Food Prices For US Jews

April 21, 2022 - from VinNews:

"As households feel the squeeze of surging consumer prices, some U.S. Jewish families observing Passover have struggled to pay for eggs, gefilte fish and the unleavened bread known as matzo, which represents their ancestors’ exodus from slavery in Egypt.

"Grocery prices rose 10% in March on a year-on-year basis — the most in 41 years — driven by higher prices for poultry, fish, eggs, beef and other meats.

"The reasons for the surge vary: supply chain snags, unfavorable weather and rising energy prices. The latter, driven by Russia’s war against Ukraine, pushed wholesale prices up a record 11.2% last month from a year earlier. Transportation problems are weighing on food imports, particularly seeds and other items that produce oils.

"Diana Kogan, director of Caring for Jews in Need, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, said inflation and shortages have been a huge issue” for Jewish groups in Southern California that provide holiday food packages to vulnerable communities including older adults, Holocaust survivors and people without housing.

"'Kosher meat, kosher chicken in particular, has been an issue,” she said. “Chicken used to be $1.89 per pound. But this year it’s over $3 a pound. We’ve also seen a 20% to 30% increase in kosher food prices.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1271

GE Appliances, a Haier Company, Recalls Bottom Freezer, French Door Refrigerators Due to Fall Hazard

April 14, 2022 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians

GE-brand Free-Standing French Door Refrigerators in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel have been recalled because the freezer handle can detach when a consumer tries to open the freezer drawer, posing a fall hazard to the consumer.

Consumer Contact: GE Appliances toll-free at 888-345-4671 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.geappliances.com/ge/recall/bottom-freezer-refrigerator-2022/ or www.geappliances.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1270

Norwex USA Recalls Ceramic Knives Due to Laceration Hazard

April 21, 2022 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians

Norwex Ceramic Knives have been recalled because the handle on the Norwex ceramic knives can break during use, posing a laceration hazard. Immediately stop using the recalled knives and contact Norwex for a free replacement product of equal or greater value as offered.

Consumer Contact: Norwex USA Inc. toll-free at 833-882-5569 from 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m to 5 p.m CT Saturday, email at USNorwexservice@Norwex.com or at https://norwex.biz/en_US/product-recall or at www.norwex.biz.

Description: This recall involves Norwex Ceramic Knives. The knives have a ceramic blade and bamboo handle. The knife measures about eight inches long with a four-inch blade and a four-inch handle. Norwex is printed on the handle.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 188 reports of incidents, including 158 reports of the handle breaking and 30 reports of damage to the knives during shipping. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Norwex USA and Norwex Canada as a promotional product from January 2022 through February 2022 for free.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1269

Best Buy Recalls Insignia™ Air Fryers and Air Fryer Ovens Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

April 21, 2022 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians

Insignia Air Fryers and Air Fryer Ovens have been recalled because the air fryers and air fryer ovens can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Consumers can register online at www.insigniaairfryerrecall.expertinquiry.com or call Best Buy at 800-566-7498 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go online at http://www.bestbuy.com/productrecalls or www.bestbuy.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.

This recall involves the Insignia Digital Air Fryers, Insignia Analog Air Fryers, and Insignia Digital Air Fryer Ovens, model numbers NS-AF32DBK9, NS-AF32MBK9, NS-AF50MBK9, NS-AF53DSS0, NS-AF53MSS0, NS-AF55DBK9, NS-AFO6DBK1 and NS-AFO6DSS1 sold by Best Buy. The brand name INSIGNIA is on the top or front of each unit. A rating label on the underside of each unit identifies the brand INSIGNIA and the model number.

The air fryers and air fryer ovens have cooking chamber capacities ranging from approximately 3.4 to 10 quarts, and plastic or plastic and stainless-steel bodies in black and stainless-steel finishes.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled air fryers and air fryer ovens and return the product to Best Buy for a refund in the form of a credit for use at Best Buy stores or Bestbuy.com. Best Buy is contacting all known purchasers directly to arrange returns and providing pre-paid shipping boxes and labels and return instructions. Consumers will receive a credit of $50 or the amount on the purchase receipt if higher. Consumers do not need a purchase receipt to get the $50 credit.

Incidents/Injuries: Best Buy has received 68 reports from U.S. consumers and 36 reports from Canadian consumers of the air fryer or air fryer ovens catching fire, burning or melting. These include seven reports of minor property damage and two reports of injuries, including an injury to a child’s leg.

Sold At: Best Buy stores nationwide and online at www.bestbuy.com, www.eBay.com and www.google.com from November 2018 through February 2022 for between $30 and $150.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1268

Stokke Recalls Clikk High Chairs Due to Fall and Injury Hazards

April 7, 2022 - from CPSC in conjunction with Healthy Canadians

Clikk high chairs have been recalled because the white plastic seat can break, posing fall and injury hazards to children.

Consumer Contact: Stokke toll-free at 877-978-6553 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday email at info-usa@stokke.com online athttps://recall.stokke.com/clikkwhite or www.stokke.com and click on “Product safety and recall information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

This recall involves Stokke Clikk high chairs in white. The recalled high chair has a white molded plastic seat and foot rest with wooden legs. Only Clikk high chairs that are white in color, have item number 552104 and within the following serial number range 135AA057070 – 135AA0057908 are included in this recall. The item and serial number are printed on a label located under the seat of the high chair. The recalled high chairs were manufactured between December 16-18, 2020, and have Stokke Clikk High Chair on the label.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled white high chairs and contact Stokke for a free replacement. Consumers will receive the free replacement Clikk high chair in white after visiting Stokke’s website to confirm their product is included in the recall and registering the product online.

Sold At: Target, Buy Buy Baby, and other children’s product stores nationwide and online at www.stokke.com and www.amazon.com from January 2021 through June 2021 for about $180.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1267

Louisiana law targeting plant-based meat struck down

April 3, 2022 - from Food Beverage Insider:

"A federal court has ruled that a food labeling law in the state of Louisiana is unconstitutional, in response to a 2020 lawsuit filed by Tofurky, a producer of plant-based meat products.

"Tofurky challenged a Louisiana law that took effect in 2020, the “Truth in Labeling of Food Products Act (Act),” which forbids representations of a food as meat, beef or pork, for example, when the food is not derived from such things as harvested beef, poultry and domesticated swine.

"In a March 28 order granting summary judgment to Tofurky, U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson agreed the law infringes on constitutionally-protected speech in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"Those subject to the law faced fines of up to $500 daily for using terms such as “burger” and “sausage” to represent their plant-based meat products, according to Tofurky and the organizations that represented the producer in federal court—the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Good Food Institute.

"The law barred plant-based meat products from using those terms even when their labels featured such modifiers as “vegan,” “veggie” or “plant-based,” the groups added.

"Jackson found the law was an infringement on protected commercial speech, based on a four-part test expressed by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1980 decision, Central Hudson Gas & Elec. Corp. v. Pub. Serv. Comm’n of N.Y.

"While Tofurky challenged the Act, the government official responsible for administering and enforcing it—the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) commissioner—had not brought an enforcement action against the plant-based meat producer for violating the food products labeling law, according to the judge’s summary judgment order.

"Nor had the LDAF received any complaints from consumers about Tofurky’s labels or, more generally, labels for plant-based meat products or cell cultured food products, Jackson observed."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1266

Israel Approves Egg Imports from Poland to Avoid Passover Shortages

April 3, 2022 - from Jewish Press:

"In light of the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the truck drivers’ strike in Spain and in order to prevent an egg shortage on Passover, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is increasing the number of sources for the import of eggs to Israel and has approved the importation of egg from Poland.

"Poland joins countries that have previously been approved for egg imports – Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

"The Ministry of Agriculture predicts that in the coming week, millions of eggs will be imported to meet the holiday demand in Israel.

"Data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development show that Israelis consume an average of 240 eggs each year, and an average of 20 eggs a month. On the other hand, in preparation for Passover, consumption increases by about 10%, to approximately 22 eggs a month.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1265
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