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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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European Jewish Congress Slams ‘Scandalous’ Belgian Decision to Ban Kosher Slaughter of Meat

May 6, 2017- from the JewishPress:

"The European Jewish Congress has strongly condemned a decision made in the Wallon region in southern Belgium to effectively ban Shechita, the Jewish form of humane slaughter for meat."
"EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called the decision as “scandalous,” and said it stands in opposition to the European Union’s freedom of religion laws."
"On Friday, the Environment Committee of the Wallon Parliament in Belgium’s French-speaking region voted to ban all slaughter without stunning, effective September 2019."
"The Parliament’s plenary is now set to debate the issue later this month. A similar move has been proposed by the parliament in the Flanders region as well."
"The proposal is to be presented later this month to a vote in the plenary of the Wallon parliament in Namur."
Kantor said: "It attacks the very core of our culture and religious practice and our status as equal citizens with equal rights in a democratic society. It gives succor to anti-Semites and to those intolerant of other communities and faiths. 'We call on legislators to step back from the brink of the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation of the country in WWII'"
"'It attacks the very core of our culture and religious practice and our status as equal citizens with equal rights in a democratic society. It gives succor to anti-Semites and to those intolerant of other communities and faiths.'"
"'We call on legislators to step back from the brink of the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation of the country in WWII.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W565

Council of Israeli Chief Rabbinate approves kashrut reforms

May 3, 2017- from the Arutz 7:

"he Council of the Chief Rabbinate accepted in full on Wednesday recommendations to reform the rabbinate’s kashrut licensing and supervision system made by a special advisory committee and published by Chief Rabbi David Lau last week."
"The reforms could reduce corruption and costs within the current system and increase the reliability of the rabbinate’s kashrut service, although critics have argued that only a repeal of the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly over the industry will have a real and lasting impact."


Israeli Chief rabbi announces sweeping changes to kashrut supervision

April 23, 2017- from the IsraelHayom:

Israeli Chief Rabbi Lau is recommending reforms to the kosher supervision system to "eliminate an existing conflict of interest and ultimately reduce the cost of operating a food venue, resulting in lower prices for customers."
Lau's plan will allow tens of thousands of food businesses in Israel -- including restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, falafel stands, and other types of venues that serve food to choose between one of two new models of kashrut supervision: electronic monitoring, which costs less, or the 'kashrut trustee' model."
"The inspectors will no longer be paid by the food venue owners. Business owners will pay their local rabbinate, which will hire the inspectors as contract service providers rather than as employees of the local council. The reform is expected to eliminate the ties that exist today between business owners and inspectors, as well as the conflict of interest that is currently in place due to the inspectors being paid by the people whose businesses they approve."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W563

Ritual Slaughter Bans Don’t Help Animals — They Target Jews and Muslims

April 28, 2017- from the Forward:

"Many worry that a new proposal to ban ritual slaughter in the Belgian region of Flanders is yet another attempt to mask anti-Semitism and Islamophobia with a disingenuous argument for animal welfare — and they’re right to be concerned. The draft law requires pre-slaughter electrical stunning of sheep and poultry. This proposed bans violate kosher and halal laws, which don’t allow the killing of injured animals for food." "This proposed ban is one of many historical attempts, some successful, to limit religious freedoms for Jews and Muslims."
" It is unjust and inconsistent to single out ritual slaughter in the face of far more egregious practices in Belgium, such as those on food production factory farms, mink fur farms, and in sport hunting. And, for societies aspiring to support the most humane forms of slaughter, foremost research already confirms that ritual slaughter can be humane when performed correctly. Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned animal welfare expert who both has studied and written extensively about stun and non-stun slaughter, has repeatedly asserted this."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W564

5-Hour Energy Counterfeiter gets 7 Years in Federal Prison

April 23, 2017- from the NutraIngredients:

A defendant in the 5-Hour Energy counterfeit Case, Walid Jamil, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison and an additional 3 years of supervised release. "This punishment goes on top of a $10 million civil judgment against him, as well as $555,801.32 in criminal restitution to Living Essentials, the makers of 5-Hour Energy."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W562

Jewish leader in Belgium compares measure banning ritual slaughter to the Nazi occupation

April 23, 2017- from the EuropeanJewishPress:

"Philippe Markiewicz, president of the Consistory, declared: “The last assault on ritual slaughter was in October 1940 under the Nazi occupation because they knew how important it was for Jews.,” He made the statement while addressing the Parliament of Wallonia, one of the regions of federal Belgium."
"Carlo Di Antonio, the Walloon Region’s Minister responsible for animal welfare, said that an agreement on effectively banning such slaughter was reached and will be implemented in June 2018."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W561

Toxic stew: Police seize millions of euros in fake food, drink

April 26, 2017- from the Yahoo News and SophiaGlobe:

"Some 230 million euros ($250 million) worth of "potentially harmful" counterfeit food products and over 26 millions litres of beverages were impounded in a four-month joint Europol and Interpol operation involving 61 countries."
"In total 13 million items were seized, and 13 people arrested during 50,000 checks carried out at shops, markets, airports, seaports and industrial estates from December 1 to March 31."
"Criminals will fake any type of food and drink with no thought to the human cost as long as they make a profit."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W560

Le Pen says she'd ban shechitah

April 25, 2017- from the Arutz 7:

"Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning"
"Le Pen, who finished second with 21.5 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections Sunday, made the statement Tuesday on halal slaughter during a campaign visit at a meat market near Paris. She did not mention shechitah, the kosher slaughter of animals, but did say she wanted to outlaw any slaughter of animals without stunning."
"Le Pen in the past has said she would impose limitations on expressions of Judaism in France not because she regards them as a threat, but to preserve the principle of equality in order to implement similar steps against the spread of Islam in France, which she and her party often describe as a 'threat.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W559

Anaheim and Moen Recall Garbage Disposals Due to Impact Hazard

April 11, 2017: The CPSC in conjunction with healthyCanadians:

Barracuda 3/4 HP Disposer (model no. 681-4001) Garbage disposals have been recalled because a metal component inside the disposal can break off and come out of the disposal during use, posing an impact hazard.
This recall involves 3/4 and 1 horsepower disposals. Recalled brands, model numbers and serial numbers are listed below. The disposal housings were sold in silver, gray, black and blue and have the brand name printed on them. The brand name, model number and serial number are printed on a label on the bottom or side of the disposals. The list is here.
Sold At: Best Buy, HD Supply, Menards, and plumbing supply stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Costco.com, HomeDepot.com, Walmart.com and other websites from December 2015 through March 2017 for between $80 and $370 for ¾ horsepower models and $100 and $450 for 1 horsepower models.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled garbage disposals and contact Anaheim Manufacturing to arrange for a free replacement disposal to be installed at no cost to the consumer.
Anaheim Manufacturing at 800-628-0797 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.anaheimmfg.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W558

Teavana Recalls Flip Tumblers Due to Burn Hazard

April 11, 2017: The CPSC in conjunction with healthyCanadians:

Teavana Flip Tumblers have been recalled because the flip tumblers can leak hot liquid, posing a burn hazard.
This recall involves 14 oz (approximately 414 ml) Teavana flip tumblers used for steeping tea. The recalled tumblers have a clear plastic cap with a black base that screw onto a steel tumbler. The tumblers were sold in black (Item/SKU 011069053) and silver (Item/SKU 011069064), and measure about 10 inches (25.4 centimetres) tall by 3 inches (7.6 centimetres) in diameter. "TEAVANA" is printed in white on the outside of the tumbler.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled flip tumblers and return them to a store location for a $45 store credit. F
or more information, consumers may contact Teavana by telephone toll free at 1-877-832-8262 from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT Saturdays. Consumers can also visit the company's website, click on "Recall Information" at the bottom of the page and then select "Teavana Flip Tumbler" for more information.
Consumer Contact: Teavana toll-free at 877-832-8262 from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT on Saturday or online at www.Teavana.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page and then select “Teavana Flip Tumbler” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W557

Cost Plus World Market Recalls Windsor-Style Dining Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

April 18, 2017: The CPSC:

Stafford Windsor-style dining chairs have been recalled because the legs on the chairs can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
This recall involves wooden Stafford Windsor-style dining chairs with four legs. The chairs have a walnut finish and are intended for indoor use. Purchase order number 200519526, 400519526, 200519525, 400519525, 200524057, 200536057, 200536058 or 400524058 is printed on the UPC label attached to the underside of the chair seat.
Sold Exclusively At: Cost Plus World Market and World Market stores nationwide and online at www.worldmarket.com from June 2016 through December 2016 for about $100.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and return them to any Cost Plus World Market or World Market store for a free replacement chair.
Consumer Contact: Cost Plus toll-free at 877-967-5362 from 7 a.m. to midnight ET daily, or online at www.worldmarket.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

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