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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.

Hasidic volunteers, kicked out of a major NY hospital, blame a clash over medical ethics

May 6, 2018 from the Gifteringotham.com and May 22, 2018 from JTA:

"NYU MEDICAL CENTER located at 550 1st Ave, in Manhattan has stopped a decade’s old practice of letting Satmar Bikur Cholim visit by professional volunteers and their ability to serve and offer basic social services to patients and their families. In a sudden change of policy, the NYU Hospital administration didn’t notify any volunteer organization professionals that they will not be allowed to give food to patients or advocate on behalf of any patients. The new policies have seriously effected urgent services the organization provides."

"For years, volunteers from the Satmar hasidic movement have fanned out daily across the city, boarding private buses and carrying bags full of kosher food cooked each morning (except Saturday) at the organization’s commercial kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn."
"Members of the Satmar Bikur Cholim go to a dozen hospital and rehabilitation centers, bringing food and paying a quick visit to any patient who requests it. The volunteers also provide specific recommendations for doctors and rehabilitation centers, when requested, and the organization can provide financial assistance to needy patients."
"'The Satmar Bikur Cholim director says that the policy change “had to do with our advocacy in the hospital. Because we’re very big in patient care management and advocacy, the hospital did not like that we’re watching them so closely. NYU Hospital’s policies have changed and have become more difficult for the Jewish community.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W717

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Alert

May 16. 2018 from the Star-K:
If you plan to leave on a flame on your gas cooktop (especially covered with a blech) or plan to leave your gas oven on over YomTov, make sure that the area is well ventilated. If oxygen is not provided there is a strong possibility of generating carbon monoxide, which is a lethal gas.


The following safety alert is from the rabbi of the Young Israel of Brooklineposted on September 13, 2013.

Please be aware that one must leave a window open or exhaust fan on when a gas range or oven on for the holidays to prevent a possibly fatal buildup of carbon monoxide.

From the COR Detroit: Please consult your Rav regarding what is permissible in case your carbon monoxide detector sounds on Shabbos or Yom Tov.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W180

Branch of popular Israeli coffee chain Aroma goes kosher, bucks rabbinate

May 10, 2018 from the JTA:

"A Tel Aviv branch of the popular Israeli cafe chain Aroma turned kosher and will be supervised by a rabbinic group that is challenging the chief rabbinate’s hegemony over kashrut in Israel."
"The Aroma branch on Menachem Begin Street will be certified kosher by the Food Supervision program of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, launched two months ago as an alternative to the rabbinate’s supervision program. Tzohar must call its service “food supervision” and not kashrut supervision since since Israeli law stipulates that only the Chief Rabbinate may use the word “kosher” in its certifying materials." "The Tel Aviv Aroma branch will now close on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The Aroma chain reportedly is in talks to bring more branches under Tzohar’s supervision."
"Aroma operates eight shops in the United States, in Manhattan, New Jersey, Maryland and Miami Beach. None is certified kosher."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W716

ALDI Recalls Deep Fryers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

May 10, 2018 from the CPSC :
This recall involves Ambiano mini deep fryers sold in two colors, brushed stainless steel and red. The recalled deep fryers have a black lid and were sold with a metal food basket. The deep fryers measure about 9.45 inches wide by 10.43 inches high by 8.23 inches deep. The units have Ambiano printed on the front. The barcode numbers listed below can be found on the bottom of the unit on the silver rating label.

Ambiano mini deep fryers have been recalled because the deep fryer heating element can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Color/Model

Barcode Number

Stainless Steel Ambiano Mini Deep Fryer

20072483

Red Ambiano Mini Deep Fryer

20072490


Sold At: ALDI stores nationwide from February 2018 through March 2018 for about $15.
Consumer Contact: ALDI at 800-366-9967 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.aldi.us and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W715

Sharper Image and Frigidaire Mandoline Slicers Recalled by Premier Kitchen Products Due to Laceration Hazard

May 1, 2018 from the CPSC in Conjunction With Healthy Canadians: :

The Sharper Image™ and Frigidaire™ Mandoline slicers have een recalled because the small blades in the julienne slicer attachment can separate from the plastic assembly, posing a laceration hazard.
This recall involves The Sharper Image and Frigidaire Mandoline slicers. The recalled slicers are a non-electric food preparation item used to slice and julienne vegetables. The slicers have a clear plastic container to capture the sliced food, two blade attachments (one large-blade slicer and one small-blade julienne slicer), a holder for the attachments and a plastic knob component to move and hold the food. The model number and UPC code are printed on the packaging. “Frigidaire” is printed on the side of the Frigidaire slicers.

Brand Model Number UPC Code Attachment Color Measurements
The Sharper
Image
Mandoline
Slicer
12SP1006 709996669580 Light green The slicer measures 13 x 3 x
3 inches. The julienne blade,measures 5.5
x 3.5 x .25 inches.
Fridigaire
Mandoline
Slicer
12EP203 709996709118 Blue The slicer measures 10 x
4.5 x 4.5 inches. The julienne blade measures 5 x 3 x .25 inches.

Sold At: Beall’s Outlet, Christmas Tree Shops, dd’s Discounts, HomeGoods, HomeSense, Kohl’s, Macy’s Backstage, Marshall’s, National Stores/Fallas, Ross, Target and TJ Maxx stores nationwide and online from May 2017 through April 2018 for between $13 and $20.
Consumer Contact: Premier Kitchen Products at 800-304-4035 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recall@pkpny.com or online at www.pkp-recall.com for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W714

Spring Thundershowers Bring Concerns For Matzah Wheat In Eretz Yisrael

April 27, 2018 from the yeshivaworld:

"The winter weather, which suddenly landed in the first trimester of the month of Iyar, also brings with it problems regarding wheat flour for Pesach matzah for the year 5769.
"Rabbonim and mashgichim of the Eida Chareidis checked wheat fields in a number of areas in northern Israel" to determine if the wheat will still be usable for matza.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W713

Food fraud: Over 3600 tonnes of dangerous food removed from EU market

April 28, 2018 from the Barfblog:

"Rotten meat, chemically coloured tuna and fake baby milk powder – these are just a small sampling of the products seized as part of the latest OPSON investigation into the presence of counterfeit and substandard food and beverage products on the market in Europe and beyond."
"Run over the course of 4 months (December 2017 – March 2018) across 67 countries*, OPSON VII resulted in the total seizure of more than 3 620 tonnes and 9.7 million litres of either counterfeit or substandard food and beverages as a results of more than 41 000 checks carried out at shops, markets, airports, seaports and industrial estates. In total some 749 people were arrested or detained with investigations continuing in many countries."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W712

Vinegar can help home cooks battle bacteria on leafy greens

April 16, 2018 from FoodSafetyNews

The author of this article, Carl Custer did a literature review to see if "if anyone had published on the bactericidal effect of vinegar on lettuce."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W711

New York Governer Andrew Cuomo Proposes Statewide Ban On Disposable Plastic Bags

April 24, 2018 from YeshivaWorld:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags on Monday. "The legislation announced by Cuomo, a Democrat, would ban single-use plastic bags around the state, while blocking any local government regulation from imposing their own rules or fees. It would go into effect in 2019, and be accompanied by a state campaign to increase the use of reusable bags. Plastic bags used to contain vegetables or raw meat would be excluded from the ban, as would tradition plastic garbage bags or dry-cleaning bags."
"Under Cuomo’s new proposal some thicker plastic bags would still be allowed under the idea that they are reusable."
"Cuomo’s new proposal came on the same day that his Democratic primary opponent Cynthia Nixon joined hundreds of New Yorkers at an environmental rally outside the state Capitol."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W710

Bertolli Olive Oil Class Action Lawsuit Settled for $7M

April 6, 2018 from the TopClassActions:

"Deoleo USA Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay $7 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it made misrepresentations about Bertolli olive oil."
"According to the Bertolli class action lawsuit, Deoleo misrepresented Bertolli olive oil as being “Imported from Italy” and that it qualified as “extra virgin” olive oil through the “best by” date."
"The plaintiffs note that Deoleo has already removed the phrase “Imported from Italy” from its products and will not use similar phrasing unless the oil is entirely derived from olives grown and pressed in Italy."
"Deoleo has also reportedly started bottling its “extra virgin” olive oil in dark green bottles to protect the product from light degradation. Further, the plaintiffs say that Deoleo agrees to stricter testing protocols during the bottling process, to shorten the “best by” period, and to disclose the date of harvest on every bottle of Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil to help ensure the product meets “extra virgin” standards at the time of sale and use."
"Class Members of the proposed Bertolli settlement include anyone in the United States who purchased Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil since May 23, 2010 and anyone who purchased Bertolli olive oil labeled as “Imported from Italy” between May 23, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2015. Under the terms of the proposed Bertolli olive oil settlement, each Class Member will be entitled to a cash refund of up to $7.25 per bottle purchased. No proof of purchase will be required for Class Members submitting a claim for up to five bottles."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W709
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