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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.

Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. Voluntarily Expands Nationwide Recall of Scented Hand Sanitizers Due to the Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol), Benzene and Acetaldehyde

May 10, 2021 - from FDA

Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc., has voluntarily expanded its April 27 recall of scented Hand Sanitizers to include three lots of Goose Creek HAND SANITIZER (NDC 75078-004) + Aloe and one lot of COCO TKO HAND SANITIZER in 3.38 and 3.4 fluid ounce spray bottles, respectively, to the consumer level. These products are listed in the table below. These products are being recalled after testing conducted by our firm revealed the presence of methanol (wood alcohol), benzene, and acetaldehyde. These products were sold on the Internet and distributed nationwide in the USA by Goose Creek Candles, LLC and Coconut Stand.

These products are used as hand sanitizers and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. The affected bottles of hand sanitizer include a five-digit lot code printed on the bottle near the base. The products can be identified by the label, scent, and lot code provided in the table at the end of this release. Photos and a list of recalled products provided at https://scentsational-products.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/RecallFINAL.pdf

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact our Customer Support Desk, 1-855- 5548050, M-F, during business hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET.

Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Scented Hand Sanitizers Due to the Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol), Benzene and Acetaldehyde

April 28, 2021 - from FDA

Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc., is voluntarily recalling 5 lots of Scentsational Soaps & Candles scented Hand Sanitizers from the Black and White Collection and Photo Real Collection and 3 lots of Ulta Beauty Collection scented Hand Sanitizer Spray packaged in 3.38 and 3.4 fluid ounce spray bottles, respectively, to the consumer level. See products listed in the table below. These products are being recalled after testing conducted by our firm revealed the presence of methanol (wood alcohol), benzene, and acetaldehyde. These products were distributed nationwide in the USA through Ulta Beauty, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls retail stores.

These products are used as hand sanitizers and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. The affected bottles of hand sanitizer include a five-digit lot code printed on the bottle near the base or, in the case of the Ulta Beauty Collection product, a five-digit lot code followed by a single letter. The products can be identified by the label, scent, and lot code provided in the table at the end of this release. Photos are also provided at https://scentsational-products.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Recall.pdf

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact our Customer Support Desk, 1-855-554-8050, M-F, during business hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET.

Label

Scent

Size

UPC

LOT #

Retailer and States

Ulta Beauty Collection Fresh Lemon Scented Hand Sanitizer 100.55ml/3.4 fl. oz. 717897092017 20357A, 20358B, 20363C Ulta Beauty: CA, IL, IN, PA, TX
SS Black and White Collection Coconut Breeze Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL) NO UPC 20252 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, GA, MA
SS Black and White Collection Eucalyptus & Mint Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL) NO UPC 20248 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, MA, VA
SS Black and White Collection Lavender & Herbs Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL) NO UPC 20253 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, GA, MA, VA
SS Black and White Collection Lemon Zest Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL) NO UPC 20255 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, MA, VA
SS Black and White Collection SS Tangerine & Guava Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) NO UPC 20254 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, GA, MA
SS Photo Real Collection Coconut Breeze Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) NO UPC 20252 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, GA, MA
SS Photo Real Collection Eucalyptus & Mint Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) NO UPC 20248 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, MA, VA
SS Photo Real Collection Lavender & Herbs Photo RealHand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) NO UPC 20252 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, GA, MA, VA
SS Photo Real Collection Lemon Zest Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) NO UPC 20255 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, GA, MA, VA
SS Photo Real Collection Tangerine & Guava Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) NO UPC 20254 TJ Maxx: IN, MA, NC, NV, TX
Marshalls: AZ, MA, VA

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Global Sanitizers Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer Due to Presence of Undeclared Methanol

May 12, 2021 - from FDA

Global Sanitizers is voluntarily recalling 50 thousand units of Medically Minded hand sanitizers, lot numbers: E212020 & E082020 Best Buy of 5/21/2022 to the user/consumer level. FDA analysis has found the product to contain methanol.

These products are used as hand sanitizers and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. Medically Minded hand sanitizer is packaged in 8.5 oz / 250 ml clear bottles with caps with the following UPC 7675300359. The affected Medically Minded hand sanitizer lots include the following lot numbers and expiration dates E212020 & E082020 Best Buy of 5/21/2022. The product can be identified by the representative label below. The hand sanitizer was distributed Nationwide in the USA to Wholesale companies who further distributed between July 2020 -August 2020.

Consumers/distributors/retailers that have Medically Minded hand sanitizer product which is being recalled should stop using/return to place of purchase/discard/contact their doctor. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Global Sanitizers by calling 702.323.4402 or e-mail address recall@globalsanitizers.com

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1176

Dibar Nutricional S. de R.L. De C.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of DIBAR Labs Hand Sanitizer Due to the Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

May 11, 2021 - from FDA

Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, Dibar Nutricional S. de R.L. De C.V. (“Dibar”) is voluntarily recalling 27 lots of DIBAR Labs Hand Sanitizer packaged in 8oz (8-53090-00301-3 UPC) and 16 oz (8-53090-00302-0 UPC) fluid ounce bottles, respectively, to the consumer level. (See products listed below in Table 1 and Label 1). Dibar is also voluntarily recalling 2 lots of ProtectoRx Hand Sanitizer packaged in 2oz (Lot Number LDHSN050720) and 16oz (Lot Number LDHSN050820) fluid ounce bottles, respectively, to the consumer level. (See products listed below in Table 2 and Label 2). These products are being recalled after testing conducted by our firm revealed the presence of methanol.

These products are used as hand sanitizers and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. The affected bottles of hand sanitizer include a twelvedigit lot code printed on the bottle near the base. The products can be identified by the label, scent, and lot code provided in the table at the end of this release. These products were distributed nationwide in the USA through S.E.N.D. LLC and its customers (Table 1). Products labeled as ProtectoRx Hand Sanitizer were distributed in Puerto Rico through PR TRADING LLC and its customers (Table 2.).

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact our Commercial Offices, +52 443-314-5369, M-F, during business hours 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET and/or email us to QA@dibarlabs.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

LOT

PRODUCT SIZE

MM/DD/YYYY

BEST BY

LDHSN041020 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 04.20.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN041520 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 04.20.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN041620 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 04.20.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN041720 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 04.18.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042320 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 04.27.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042120 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 04.23.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042220 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 04.27.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042720 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 05.01.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN043020 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 05.01.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042020 16 fl oz 04.23.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042520 16 fl oz 04.30.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042420 8 fl oz 04.30.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042820 8 fl oz 05.01.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN050120 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 05.04.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN050220 16 fl oz 05.04.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN050420 16 fl oz 05.08.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN050520 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 05.08.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN050920 16 fl oz 05.08.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN051020 8 fl oz 05.15.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN051120 8 fl oz 05.15.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN051220 8 fl oz - 16 fl oz 05.15.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN052820 8 fl oz 05.29.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN052920 8 fl oz 05.29.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN041520DESC 8 fl oz 04.20.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN041620DESC 8 fl oz 04.20.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN041720DESC 8 fl oz 04.18.2020 BEST_BY 04/22
LDHSN042120DESC 8 fl oz 04.23.2020 BEST_BY 04/22

LOT

PRODUCT SIZE

MM/DD/YYYY

BEST BY

LDHSN050720 2 fl oz 05.07.2020 BEST_BY 05/22
LDHSN050820 16 fl oz 05.08.2020 BEST_BY 05/22

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1175

EFSA Finds Titanium Dioxide is Not Safe for Food

May 6, 2021 from National Law Review:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1174

Canadian Court Nixes Ban on ‘Product of Israel’ Labels for Wine from Judea, Samaria

May 6, 2021 from The Jewish Press:

"A Canadian federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision that barred 'Product of Israel' labels for wines produced in Judea and Samaria."

"In July of 2020, the Federal Court of Canada had ruled that it was “false, misleading or deceptive” for wines produced by Israeli vintners east of the Green Line to be labeled 'Product of Israel.' Parts of the decision had also lent support to boycotts of Jewish communities, suggesting that the 'Product of Israel' obstructed consumers’ right to boycott these communities."

"However, the Federal Court of Appeal reversed this decision, ruling that the lower court judge had gone too far in its decision and that the federal agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), that initially reviewed the labels should be allowed to try again, with all options remaining open."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1173

Poland: Agriculture Min. promises 'no impediment' to kosher meat

May 3, 2021 - from Arutz 7 :

"Poland’s Agriculture Minister Grzegorz Puda offered much needed words of re-assurance to Jewish leaders on Wednesday that his Ministry currently does not carry out work aimed at changing the rules of slaughter in order to limit the supply of kosher meat exports to religious communities across the continent."

"The Minister held meeting with the Chairman of the European Jewish Association (EJA) and Rabbinical Center of Europe, Rabbi Menachem Margolin; Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs; and the Board Chairman of the Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland (TSKZ)."

"The Minister's meeting with the Jewish leaders took place after months of genuine concern among Jewish communities across the continent over the "five for animals” bill proposed by the Polish government, which initially included a limitation of kosher slaughter to local needs – eliminating de facto kosher meat production in the country." "As the major supplier of kosher meat in Europe, any ban would have been hugely detrimental to traditional European Jewish Communities, particularly smaller ones without the means or network to secure kosher meat. Keeping kosher is a fundamental pillar of traditional Judaism. Jewish leaders also fundamentally reject the premise that the kosher method of slaughter is in any way more cruel than more universal methods. Jewish leaders also underlined that animal welfare is a central tenet of Jewish practice and that kosher slaughter and animal welfare are in no way incompatible."

"ewish leaders across Europe were also concerned that other countries could follow suit, thereby effectively banning the access to kosher meat on the continent."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1172

Kosher Dining Hall to Open at Oberlin College, Outside of Cleveland

May 3, 2021 - from YeahThatsKosher:

"AVI Fresh, the company in charge of dining at Oberlin College (located in northeastern Ohio, just outside of Cleveland), is partnering with Chabad at Oberlin to certify the Heritage Kitchen at the college. Rabbi Shlomo Elkan, co-director of Chabad, will certify the kitchen. Although the college has a population that is 23% Jewish, Heritage Kitchen will be the first kosher dining establishment on campus."

"Heritage Kitchen will serve up to 400 students weekly via Oberlin’s dining plan. Both fresh food and grab-n-go options will be available. The kitchen is completely dairy-free. Glatt kosher meats are being provided by Ohio Kosher of Beachwood, Ohio."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1171

Sauder Woodworking Recalls Counter Height Bar Stools Due to Fall Hazard

April 28, 2021 - from CPSC :

Sauder and Aliesha-May Counter-height bar stools (two-piece sets) has been recalled because the legs on the stools can become unstable over time, posing a fall hazard.

This recall involves counter-height bar stools sold under the Sauder and Aliesha-May brands. The stools have powder-coated steel legs and cross braces and a backless rectangular oak-finished composite seat. The stools measure 23.5 inches high by 14.5 inches wide and 12.25 inches deep. The stools were manufactured between September 2019 and August 2020. A label with the manufacturing date code in the MM/YYYY format (09/2019 through 08/2020) is located on the bottom surface of the seat. The stools were sold in sets of two.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bar stools and contact Sauder Woodworking to receive a full refund for each two-piece stool set. Sauder Woodworking is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Consumer Contact: Sauder Woodworking toll-free at 866-218-8312 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.sauder.com and click on “About” and then “Public Notices” for more information.

Sold At: Wayfair.com, ZOLA.com, CYMAX.com and other online retailers from January 2020 through February 2021 for between $85 and $95 per set of two bar stools.

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President Biden Signs FASTER Act Into Law - Adds Sesame as an allergen

April 23, 2021 - from foodallergy.org/:

"The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research Act of 2021 (FASTER Act), was signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden Jr."

"This new law requires that sesame be labeled on packaged goods by January 1, 2023. In addition, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is tasked with conducting a comprehensive research report on food allergies. Lastly, our new law establishes a scientific, risk-based process for adding new allergens to be labeled. "

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1168

Metal Ware Recalls NESCO Coffee Bean Roasters Due to Fire Hazard

April 21, 2021 - from CPSC :

Coffee Bean Roasters have been recalled because the coffee bean roasters can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

The recall involves Model CR-04-13 Coffee Bean Roasters with a date code of 2520 or 3220 printed at the bottom right of the ETL Intertek label on the product and on the box. NESCO is printed in white on the black roasters.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coffee bean roasters and contact Metal Ware for a full refund or a refund in the form of a store credit. Metal Ware will provide consumers with free return shipping for the roasters. Upon Metal Ware’s receipt of the returned roaster, the consumer can choose between receiving a full refund of $85 or a refund in the form of a store credit in the amount of $100 for use at www.nesco.com.

Consumer Contact: Metal Ware Corporation toll-free at 888-993-9243 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email at beanroaster@nesco.com, or online at www.nesco.com and click on RECALLS for more information.

The firm has received reports of 20 incidents of the coffee bean roasters overheating causing the plastic to melt, coffee beans to burn, and/or flames and smoke to emanate from the roaster. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Blains Supply and Burman Coffee Traders stores nationwide and online at www.bodhileafcoffee.com, www.burmancoffee.com, www.eveythingkitchens.com, www.facebook.com/keystonehousewares, www.farmandfleet.com, www.kohls.com, www.sweetmarias.com, and www.wayfair.com, from August 2020 through December 2020, for about $85.

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