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Vilo Home Recalls Marseille Dining Benches Due to Fall Hazard

December 22, 2017 from the CPSC:

The recall involves Marseille dining benches with four legs. The benches were sold in black and brown with beige linen seat cushions. The benches were made of rubber wood. The bench measures about 52 inches by 18 inches wide. The model number is VH1103 and can be found on the product label on the bottom of the bench.  
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled benches and contact Vilo Home for a full refund.
Sold At: Amazon.com, Wayfair.com, Hayneedle.com and various home furnishing stores nationwide from June 2017 through September 2017 for about $150.
Consumer Contact: Vilo Home toll-free at 833-321-2715 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or email at service@vilohome.net.

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10 family members sick with Salmonella in Israel: Probably raw egg mousse

December 22, 2017 from the Barfblog and Yeshiva World:

"Ten family members, adults and children, visited the emergency room of Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak on Monday, 7 Teves, presenting with severe intestinal illness. Three of them were hospitalized in the pediatric ward. The illness began after eating homemade mousse prepared from raw eggs."
"The microbiological laboratory at the hospital identified the suspicious growth as salmonella."

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Sugar taxes: The global picture in 2017

December 20, 2017 from FoodNavigator:

Many countries around the world are taxing sugar-sweetened beverages as a way to reduce the obesity problem by reducing consumption. The article lists the different approaches around the world. From a kosher point of view, when companies add grape juice to replace sugar, products that were kosher, become non-kosher.

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The Use of Visual Examination for Determining the Presence of Gluten-Containing Grains in Gluten Free Oats and Other Grains, Seeds, Beans, Pulses, and Legumes

December 19, 2017 from IFT and JAOAC


"The researchers concluded that the use of visual examination—either with the trained eye or properly calibrated optical sorting equipment—resolves many of the problems encountered with antibody-based testing methods, including sampling limitations and the uneven distribution of gluten in ground flours. In addition, they found that the two major processors of gluten-free oats were able to meet the new threshold using different processing methods."

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Perfect Day in talks with food industry partners to commercialize animal-free dairy ingredients

December 19, 2017 from FoodNavigator


Perfect Day is a company using genetically engineered yeasts to produce proteins or ingrdients found in milk such as casein, lactoglobulin and lactoalbumin. Their original idea was to produce fluid milk but they are finding an interest from food manufacturers in the vegan dairy ingredients themselves.

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Microbes help turn Greek yogurt waste into fuel

December 13, 2017 from Science Daily


"Researchers in the United States and Germany have found a way to use bacteria to turn the leftover sugars and acids from Greek yogurt into molecules that could be used in biofuels or safe feedstock additives. Their work appears December 13 in the journal Joule."
"Waste whey from Greek yogurt production is made up mostly of the familiar milk sugar lactose, the fruit sugar building block fructose, and the fermentation product lactic acid. The researchers use bacteria to turn this mixture into an extract containing two more useful compounds: caproic acid (n-hexanoic acid) and caprylic acid (n-octanoic acid). Both of these compounds are "green antimicrobials" that can be fed to livestock in lieu of antibiotics. Or, with energy needs in mind, further processing could stitch the six-, seven-, and eight-carbon backbones of the obtained molecules into the chains of up to 14 needed to qualify as "drop-in" biofuels for jet fuel."

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New Russian technique uncovers meat contamination

December 14, 2017 from Securing Industry


"The journal Meat Science, designed a technique to identify ten meat species and tested it on 53 meat samples from supermarkets in Moscow and the Moscow Region."
"The samples - which included salamis, sausages, cutlets, canned meat and frozen ready-to-cook food – tested for five commonly consumed and five commonly banned meat species, including beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, cat, dog, rat, mouse and human."
"According to the results analysing the technique’s performance, 49 out of the 53 samples contained meat species not listed on the label, with the most frequent adulteration being the substitution of quite pricey meat (such as beef and turkey) by chicken, which suggests economically motivated adulteration."
"A couple of samples were also found to contain trace amounts of sheep DNA, which had not been listed on the label, while DNA from rats and humans were found in two samples, in cutlets and sausages, respectively."
"The presence of sheep was likely to be through contamination during manufacturing or sale, while “the gross non-compliance of sanitary rules in food manufacturing and/or processing could be the only explanation for human and rat Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) fragments detected in samples Nos. 22 and 40”."

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FDA Proposal Would Make Clear There's No Gluten in Your Pills

December 12, 2017 from Bloomberg and FDA


"In draft guidance issued on Tuesday," the FDA "is pushing drugmakers to clearly label that medications taken orally don’t have ingredients from grains that include gluten like wheat, barley or rye."
"Currently there are no drugs marketed in the U.S. that contain gluten in a quantity that would exceed the amount in a gluten-free food product, the FDA said. The new rules are an attempt to reduce uncertainty for people with gluten sensitivities or diseases aggravated by ingesting gluten.

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Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop

December 11, 2017 from Reuters


High-protein winter hard wheat is scarce after two years of poor U.S. harvests. "Two years of heavy spring rains in Kansas, the largest producer of hard winter wheat, have sapped the protein levels of a crop that thrives in arid conditions." Bakers are using lower protein spring wheat with added gluten. Another factor is US consumption of wheat is dropping so farmers planted less wheat.

Ed. note: Products that would normally be yoshon many now be chodosh.
Link to R. Herman Guite to Chodosh at www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A6165.

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Safety tips for candles

December 6, 2017: exerpts from the CPSC Twitter feed:


  1. Keep candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface where children and pets cannot reach them or knock them over. Place lit candles away from items that can catch fire such as decorations, curtains and furniture.

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