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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.

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Wanda Fish unveils its first cell-cultivated bluefin tuna product

May 21, 2024 from the The Fish Site::

"Cell-based seafood maker Wanda Fish has unveiled its first cultivated bluefin tuna toro sashimi.

"According to the Israeli startup, the creation of this prototype aims to addresses the burgeoning demand for bluefin tuna via a pollution-free, quality-consistent and sustainable supply of the premium fish.

"The raw toro specialty is composed of the underbelly of the fish. It has the highest fat content, with especially high omega-3 levels. According to the company, this gives it a unique buttery sensation, making it the most tender and desired meat of the fish.

"Wanda Fish says that its cell-cultivated 3D fillet combines the cellular mass of muscle and fat created from the bluefin tuna’s own cells, developed together with a plant-based matrix. The company enlisted skilled chefs to bring its sashimi to culinary perfection.

"Wanda Fish’s patent-pending technology to induce native fat formation in bluefin tuna cells and a whole-cut downstream manufacturing process employs a rapid, low-cost, and readily scalable production method. The fat endows the cultivated fish whole cut with not only its velvety texture but also its unique, rich flavour and essential nutrients, including omega-3s.

"The startup will first introduce its tuna in the high-end food service sector, with a focus on Japanese cuisine, where sushi and sashimi are traditional features. "

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1558

Final Update from Project Chodosh

May 16, 2024 from the Herman Family:

"It was fifty years ago that our father, R' Yoseph Herman, initiated Project Chodosh. It started with very limited information, printed on one page and distributed to a handful of people. Over the past yovel, the scope of the Guide gradually broadened, as thousands of products were added, and information was disseminated around the world. For reasons beyond our control, we are bringing the project to a close. Next chodosh season will not have R' Yoseph Herman's active involvement, but his legacy will live on with all those who continue keeping the mitzva. We ask all those who were affected by our father, whether directly or indirectly, to have him and our mother in mind for their zchus, ר. יוסף בן יהושע and קריסעל קריינדל עטרה בת שרגא צבי.

"We have received the assurances of several kashrus organizations that they will make chodosh and yoshon information available to the public this coming season."

Ed. note: Kashrut.com posts yoshon on www.kashrut.com/Alerts and compiles it on www.kashrut.com/consumer/baked_goods/#PasYisroelYashonProductLists

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1557

Electrolux Group Reannounces Recall of Frigidaire and Kenmore Electric Ranges Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Multiple Fires and Injuries Reported

May 16, 2024 from the CPSC in cnjunction with Government of Canada::

Frigidaire and Kenmore Smooth-top Freestanding Electric Ranges

Hazard: Depending on the model, the surface heating elements can: 1) turn on spontaneously without being switched on; 2) fail to turn off after being switched off; or 3) heat to different temperatures than selected. This poses fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Consumer Contact: Electrolux Group toll-free at 888-845-8226 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at potentiometerrecall@electrolux.com or online at https://www.ema-recall.com/potentiometer or www.potentiometerrecall.com or www.frigidaire.com and click on “Recall Information” at the top of the page for more information.

Description: This recall reannouncement involves Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Professional, and Kenmore Elite smooth-top electric ranges. The smooth-top electric ranges have rear panel rotary knobs and digital displays. They were sold in the following colors: white, bisque, black and stainless steel. The brand name, model, and serial number for each unit are located on the frame of the drawer at the bottom of the unit when the drawer is opened.

Models and serial numbers are included in the recall is here

Remedy: Contact Electrolux or register online to participate in the recall. Based on the serial number, it will be determined if consumers have a range that can be repaired or not.

Consumers with impacted ranges should contact Electrolux for steps to avoid a burn injury, including not leaving anything on the range when it is not in use. If the range is repairable, a free inspection and repair will be scheduled. If the range is not repairable, consumers will receive a refund in the form of a $50 electronic gift card and reimbursement of up to $60 for the haul-away fee for their recalled range, once they have submitted proof of purchase of a new range and the haul-away fee paid. Electrolux may reimburse haul-away fees over $60 when consumers provide receipts or other documentation showing paid haul-away fees.

Incidents/Injuries: Since the recall was announced in August 2009, Electrolux has received at least 212 reports of the ranges behaving erratically, including 14 reports of fires and eight reports of injuries involving burns to hands or arms, as well as smoke inhalation.

Sold At: Sears and independent appliance stores nationwide from June 2001 through August 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,500.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1556

Kano Laboratories Recalls Super Lube® Products Due to Risk of Poisoning; Violation of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act

May 16, 2024 from the CPSC:

Name of Product: Super Lube Syncopen Synthetic Penetrant, Super Lube Fire Resistant Hydraulic Fluid, and Super Lube Metal Protectant and Corrosion Inhibitor (consumer sizes of five gallons or less)

Hazard: The recalled products contain either ethylene glycol or low-viscosity petroleum distillates, which must be in child-resistant packaging, as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA). The packaging for the products is not child resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if the contents are swallowed by young children. Additionally, petroleum distillates can get into the lungs, causing chemical pneumonia and/or pulmonary damage, which can be fatal.

Consumer Contact: Kano Laboratories at 800-253-5823 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, via email at info@super-lube.com, or online at www.super-lube.com/recall or www.super-lube.com and click on Technical Resources and select “Recall” from the menu for more information.

Description:

The recall involves Super Lube products which include the following: Syncopen Synthetic Penetrant, Fire Resistant Hydraulic Fluid, and Metal Protectant and Corrosion Inhibitor. The products are used to prevent corrosion in various machinery.

Super Lube Syncopen Synthetic Penetrant was sold in a four-ounce white spray bottle (item number 85004), a 32-ounce or one-quart trigger spray black plastic bottle (item number 85032), and a one-gallon (item number 85010) white plastic bottle with a handle. The container bears the brand Super Lube followed by a flag of green, blue, orange, and yellow stripes.

Super Lube Fire Resistant Hydraulic Fluid was sold in a one-gallon white plastic bottle (item number 86010) with a handle.

Super Lube Metal Protectant & Corrosion Inhibitor was sold in a 32-ounce or one-quart trigger spray black plastic bottle with a handle (item numbers 83032 / 83032A). The Super Lube products have one of the following lot numbers located on the bottom or rear label:

Additional code information can be found here

Remedy: Consumers should immediately secure the recalled Super Lube® products out of the sight and reach of children, and contact Kano Laboratories for a full refund. Consumers will need to provide proof of possession by emailing a photo of their product to info@super-lube.com to receive their full refund.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1555

CHZHVAN Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Recalled Due to Failure to Alert to Fire; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com by Haikouhuidishangmaoyouxiangongsi

May 16, 2024 from the CPSC:

CHZHVAN Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors have been recalled because the detectors can fail to activate, posing a risk that consumers will not be alerted to a fire.

Consumer Contact: Haikouhuidishangmaoyouxiangongs via email at l18276710356@163.com, or online at www.amazon.com/sp?ie=UTF8&seller=A4INNIJC6B92S&asin=B0C2ZCTCZ8&ref_=dp_merchant_link&isAmazonFulfilled=1 or www.haikouhuidi.com and click on “Recalls” for more information.

Description: This recall involves CHZHVAN brand combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with the model number JKD-512. The combination detectors are made of white plastic and measure about four inches in diameter. The front of the detectors contains a black plastic circle with a digital display placed in the center. “CHZHVAN” is printed above the digital display. The back of the detectors contains three slots for AAA batteries as well as a printed label which includes the model number, battery specifications of the product, and instructions.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and contact Haikouhuidishangmaoyouxiangongsi to receive a full refund.

Sold At:Online at Amazon.com from August 2023 through January 2024 for between $18 and $59.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1554

"Urgent Alert: WhatsApp Hacking Sweeps Baltimore's Jewish Community" and Elsewhere

May 15 2024 from the Baltimore Jewish Life:

"BJL has received reports of many individuals within the Baltimore Jewish community encountering hacking attempts on WhatsApp. It appears that these incidents start with a message from someone in your contacts, asking you to send them a picture of a verification code you will receive via WhatsApp. Be wary of any message that seems to be out of the ordinary."

Further information:How scammers gain access and hack your WhatsApp account and what you can do to protect yourself

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1553

Want to Stay Safe From Bird Flu? Cook Meat at Recommended Temperature, USDA Says

May 16 2024 from the MedPage Today:

" No H5N1 has been found in the meat supply, but cooking meat well would kill it if it appeared

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has good news for meat eaters: cooking ground beef at the currently recommended temperatures would likely kill any avian flu virus if it should ever get into the meat supply.

"In the latest test, USDA researchers inoculated a very high level of an HPAI virus surrogate into 300-gram (10.6-oz.) ground beef patties, and then cooked the patties at different temperatures. "Researchers found that there was no virus present in the burgers cooked to 145° [F.] internal temperature -- or roughly 'medium' -- or 160° [F.], which equates with a 'well done' burger, which is the recommended cooking temperature," said Deeble. Asked during a question-and-answer session about whether the virus was found in samples cooked at lower temperatures, he said that 'cooking to -- I believe it was 120° [F.] -- showed that there was virus still in the cooked hamburger patty, but at much, much reduced levels.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1552

Retail sales of lab-grown chicken are now underway in Singapore

May 16 2024 from the Food Safety News:

"The back-to-back bans on the making or sale of cultivated meat in Florida and Alabama are getting answered around the world in Singapore.

"That’s where GOOD Meat begins the first retail sales of cultivated chicken, a product called GOOD Meat 3. It’s being sold at retail at Huber’s Butchery in Singapore under a partnership involving GOOD Meat and Huber’s.

"Previously in the United States, some rarely cultivated meat sales were at two high-end restaurants in San Francisco and Washington D.C., but those were discontinued.

"GOOD Meat is the cultivated meat unit of the food technology company Eat Just Inc.

"GOOD Meat and Huber’s Butchery are partnering in the world-exclusive launch in Singapore to sell a new, lower-cost formulation using just 3 percent cultivated chicken while maintaining the same taste, texture and experience as conventional chicken.

"This new product, GOOD Meat 3, is now available in the freezer section of Huber’s Butchery for the remainder of 2024 and will be priced at SGD 7.20 for a 120-gram package. That’s about $5.35 in U.S. Dollars, depending on the currency exchange.

"The partners said GOOD Meat 3 was developed to meet strong consumer demand for cultivated meat in Singapore and to create opportunities for people to try it in the comfort of their own homes. T

"hey say using a smaller percentage of cultivated chicken in combination with plant proteins, which have always been used in GOOD Meat cultivated chicken products, also helps reduce costs associated with the production of cultivated meat, one of the main challenges that exist to scaling this developing industry.

"After an extensive renovation, the GOOD Meat 3 will officially launch as part of Huber’s grand re-opening. The retail outlet is well-known in Singapore and beyond as a premier producer and supplier of high-quality meat products and has joined the country’s push for food innovation to increase food security.

"More than a year ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDFA) completed its pre-market evaluation of food made from cultured animal cells by GOOD Meat. FDA said the firm uses animal cell culture technology to take living cells from chickens and grow the cells in a controlled environment to make the cultured animal cell food.

"And the FDA had no more questions about it."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1551

Turkey’s sudden ban on trade with Israel is already affecting Jews in both countries

May 14, 2024 from JTA:

"Despite months of deteriorating relations and increasingly hostile rhetoric, the complete shutdown of trade between Turkey and Israel earlier this month came as a shock to many.

"The shutdown, which Turkey’s Islamist-leaning president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced May 3, is putting pressure on prices in Israel, cutting off a major trade route for kosher food and affecting people on both corners of the eastern Mediterranean.

"The shutdown is one of the most sweeping steps taken by any country to oppose Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. Erdogan said trade would resume only when there is a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the terror group that Erdogan has said he supports.

"It also marks a significant breach for countries that have long had close physical and economic ties and, until recently, resilient diplomatic relations despite periods of tension.

"In 2023, Turkey was Israel’s fourth-largest trading partner, responsible for billions of dollars of exports to Israel. (Israel has sent a much smaller volume of goods, mainly oil and industrial supplies, to Turkey.)

"As the world’s seventh-largest food producer, Turkey has been the main source of some staples consumed in Israel, including pasta and chocolate. And the countries’ close proximity — it’s about 400 miles by sea between Mersin, southern Turkey’s largest port, and Tel Aviv — made Turkey a go-to source for food and construction materials.

"To serve the Israeli market, more than 300 kosher-certified factories operate across Turkey. Before the embargo, at any given moment around 20 Israeli mashgichim — kosher certifiers — would be visiting to check on factories across the country, from the Iranian border to the Aegean coast.

"That’s all ground to a halt, a source familiar with the Turkish kashrut industry told JTA, and Turkish factory owners and Israeli certification agencies are reconsidering their contracts. The source requested anonymity because of the delicate political situation.

"Some kosher foods require oversight only once or twice a year, meaning that current production runs could be salvaged if a ceasefire agreement is reached in the coming months. But others, according to Orthodox Jewish law, require more frequent supervision, if not constant. That includes Pas or Cholov Yisroel goods, which require Jewish supervisors to be present during the entire production runs of bread and dairy products.

"Such kosher standards are common in haredi Orthodox communities, and even U.S. kosher supermarkets frequently stock goods produced in Turkey that are exported to the United States from Israel by Israel-based kosher brands. The ban also affects these products.

"Relations have been rockier since Erdogan’s ascendance in the early 2000s, but even at their lowest points — such as after the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, in which Israel raided a Turkish ship that was attempting to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza — trade remained high.

"In March, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, known locally as AKP, suffered its largest loss in two decades, bleeding voters on the right. It was soon after that Erdogan ramped up his pressure on Israel and announced the trade embargo.

"After Israeli officials suggested last week that Turkey may already be softening its stance, Turkey denied that it was easing the embargo but did clarify that there would be a three-month period during which pre-existing contracts could be satisfied."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1550

Tons of watermelon smuggled from PA destroyed

May 13, 2024 from YNet:

Israeli "Agriculture Ministry inspectors prevented the distribution of 32 tons of watermelons from the Palestinian Authority. The inspectors, in collaboration with Border Police officers, arrived at the Azaim checkpoint, near Jerusalem, and stopped a truck containing the smuggled watermelons.

"An initial investigation revealed that the watermelons came from agricultural lands in the Palestinian Authority. The truck driver was an Israeli citizen, a resident of the north, who showed the inspectors a forged shipping document. The investigation found the documents were forged, claiming the agricultural produce was from the Jordan Valley, to evade inspection. The driver was detained for questioning, and legal proceedings have been initiated against him.

"he Agriculture Ministry emphasizes that agricultural products entering Israel undergo supervision and inspection at border crossings by the ministry to ensure they do not carry pests, contaminants, pesticide residues, and other substances. Introducing uninspected produce, which does not undergo thorough examination processes, may cause irreversible damage to local agriculture and pose a risk to public health.

"The Agriculture Ministry said that the watermelon is a highly sensitive fruit due to the lack of regulation on pesticides in the Palestinian Authority. Additionally, it is unknown whether the watermelons were irrigated with contaminated water. Therefore, all the seized merchandise was destroyed."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W1549
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