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Dairy Farmer and Dairy Foods Groups Support Senate Bill Prompting FDA Enforcement of Milk Labeling Standards

January 12, 2017: from Foodmanufacturing.com:

"Sen. Tammy Baldwin's (D-WI) DAIRY PRIDE Act would protect the integrity of food standards by prompting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce existing labeling requirements, specifying foods labeled as "milk" and "cheese" have to come from dairy animals."

"New Senate legislation to enforce the proper labeling of imitation dairy products drew an endorsement today from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), which together agreed that steps need to be taken to defend the integrity of federal food labeling standards and prevent the misbranding of dairy imitators."

"FDA regulations (CFR 131.110) define milk as a product of a cow, with a similar stipulation for yogurt and cheese. Though existing federal policy is clear on this subject, FDA has not challenged the incorrect use of the terms "milk," "yogurt" and "cheese" on imitators that have proliferated during the past two decades, according to the dairy industry."

"The Baldwin legislation comes one month after Reps. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Peter Welch (D-VT), supported by a bipartisan coalition of 32 other members of the House, sent a letter to FDA urging the agency to more aggressively police the improper use of dairy terminology."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W522

Jerusalem Catering Hall Nabbed With Treif Meat

January 10, 2017: The YeshivaWorld:

"Inspectors of the Chief Rabbinate Kashrus Enforcement Unit working with health inspectors operating in the Talpiot area of the capital found hundreds of kilograms of tainted meat in a catering hall that was suspected of being treif. The inspection was carried out on Monday, 11 Teves, and the report states that in addition to being suspected of being treif, the meats were not stored in compliance with health regulations. It is also added the businesses advertised as being kosher but in actuality, do not have kashrus supervision from any agency."
"The hall in question is Gidi Yavan, formerly Leilot Casablanca." "The hall also uses the names Shara, Teiman and Tuamin."
"They offer catering services along with a restaurant, and take home foods, dairy and meat, advertising as kosher."
"Inspectors were acting on an intelligence tip, which panned out in this case. The district veterinary officer gave the order to destroy the meats confiscated during the operation which amount to over 350kg (771 LBS)."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W521

Providing small bags for raw chicken at the checkout may reduce spread of bacteria

January 11, 2017: The CFoodNews and Telegraph:

The British Food Standards Agency has suggested that stores provide a plastic bags to put raw chicken packages in to "help to stop the spread of bacteria that can be present on the outside of the packaging, from contaminating other foods in the consumer’s shopping basket." They are particularly concerned in places that charge for plastic shopping bags because people are then less likely to pay for a separate bag to put the chicken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W520

Dunkin’ Donuts Recalls Glass Tumblers Due to Laceration and Burn Hazards

January 10, 2017: The CPSC

Dunkin’ Donuts Glass Tumblers: the glass tumblers can crack or break, posing laceration and burn hazard

This recall involves 16 ounce glass tumblers for hot and cold beverages, sold in three styles. They are approximately 8 inches tall and approximately 3 inches in diameter. The first style has “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN” written in white font on the inside layer of glass, a clear lid and pink plastic where the lid connects with the base of the tumbler. The second style has “BUT FIRST, DUNKIN” written in white font on the inside layer of glass, a clear lid, and orange plastic where the lid connects with the base of the tumbler. The third style has a black and gray plaid pattern on the inside layer of glass, a black silicone grip with the letters “DD” embossed on it, and a black lid.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glass tumblers and return them to the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant where purchased for a full refund. Sold At: Dunkin’ Donuts stores from September 2016 through November 2016 for between $13 and $15
Consumer Contact: Dunkin’ Donuts at 800-859-5339 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.dunkindonuts.com and click on “Learn More” next to the safety recall alert for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W519

Network of raw camel milk operations spurs FDA warnings

January 9, 2017: From FoodSafetyNews:

A Saudi entrepreneur, Walid Abdul-Wahab and his Santa Monica-based Desert Farms company, with "a California-based raw milk network that stretches across the United States is on notice from the FDA to stop making illegal claims about the therapeutic benefits of unpasteurized milk, including raw camel milk."
"Among the raw milk producers affiliated with Abdul-Wahab’s Desert Farms network are several Amish dairies, including that of Sam Hosteler of Miller, MO."
"A pint of Hosteler’s raw camel milk goes for about $8. He told the Springfield, MO, News-Leader newspaper that a camel only produces about two to three gallons of milk per day, compared to the 10 gallons a dairy cows can produce."
"The Amish dairyman also told the Springfield newspaper he will abide by the federal law and stop selling raw milk to people outside Missouri. Some states, Missouri included, allow farmers to sell raw milk direct to consumers at their farms.
Apparently aware of the federal law before the FDA warning, Hosteler was included in a November 2016 article by The New Food Economy that detailed the network of Amish and Mennonite farmers supplying Abdul-Wahab’s Desert Farms network. Abdul-Wahab told CNBC in 2015 that his camel milk sells for about $8 per pint and that he had more than 100,000 customers.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W518

Comment period now for Canadian working group is developing no-stun slaughter standards

December 5, 2016: The Producer.com

The Canadian "Federal/Provincial Animal Welfare Group* has developed the draft Standards to protect animal and bird welfare during slaughter without stunning. The intent of the draft Standards is to clarify acceptable practices in situations where stunning is not used prior to slaughter."
"*This working group comprises key organizations, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and is responsible for delivering animal care programs at the federal, provincial and territorial levels."

Standards for Optimizing Animal Welfare Outcomes during Slaughter without Stunning Public Comment Period

Place to provide feedback is here

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W516

4 Sizzle Recalls Promotional Charcoal Grills Due to Fire Hazard

December 22, 2016: The CPSC
This recall involves wooden barrel-shaped charcoal grills with the Shock Top logo at the front. The grills are used as display enhancers in retail, liquor, convenience and other stores or were received by consumers as promotional giveaways and at charity auctions. The grill measures approximately 20 inches in diameter and 33 inches high. Item number 1089930 and PO number CMD8051855 are printed on the product packaging.
Used as display enhancers in retail, liquor, convenience and other stores and received by consumers as promotional giveaways and purchased at charity auctions from November 2015 through October 2016.

Charcoal grills have been recalled because the grill can catch on fire, posing a fire hazard.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills and contact 4 Sizzle to return the grill in exchange for a $200 incentive or a full refund.
Consumer Contact: 4 Sizzle online at www.4sizzle.com and click on Barrel Grill Recall or toll-free at 888-847-8716 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday for more information.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W517

Masterbuilt Recalls LP Gas Smokers Due To Fire Hazard

December 8, 2016: The CPSC

Masterbuilt and Cabela’s 7-in-1 gas smokers have been recalled because the smoker’s gas hose can disconnect posing a fire hazard.

The recalled Masterbuilt 7-in-1 smoker comes in green or stainless steel with a Cabela’s logo, or black with Masterbuilt logo. The three-piece cylindrical body design consists of a lid, center body, and base which sits on the LP gas burner stand. It also has a porcelain flame disk bowl, water bowl, cooking grates, 10- quart pot and basket, thermometer, burner, a PVC hose and weighs about 32 pounds.

Masterbuilt has received five reports of the PVC gas hose becoming disconnected during use, including one report of property damage from a fire. There have been no reports of injuries.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled smoker and contact Masterbuilt for a free replacement rubber LP gas hose.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled smoker and contact Masterbuilt for a free replacement rubber LP gas hose.
Consumer Contact: Masterbuilt at 800-489-1581, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.masterbuilt.com and click on Support then choose Contact on the upper right hand corner of the page for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W515

Few pesticide worries in latest California sampling data

December 19, 2016: From FoodSafetyNews and California Department of Pesticide Regulation:

"Almost four out of 10 samples of both domestically grown and imported fruits and vegetables that were put to the test by California showed no signs of pesticide residue — whatsoever."
"California has one of the world’s most comprehensive programs to regulate and monitor pesticide use. The state’s pesticide residue monitoring for 2015 involved DPR collecting 3,600 samples of more than 145 different fruits and vegetables intended for human consumption."
"About 56 percent, or 2,071 of the samples, were domestically grown; 42 percent, or 1,509 samples, were of foreign origin; and 1 percent or 20 samples, were undetermined. Forty-four percent of the domestic samples were labeled as 'California grown.'"
"In addition to finding 39.8 percent had no detectable pesticide residue, the testing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture found:

"The Alliance for Food and Farming, which includes both conventional and organic farms, was quick to depict the California findings as evidence “97.3 percent of tested California-grown produce had little or no pesticide residues.”" The Alliance said California’s findings “mirror national results” released just two weeks ago by USDA’s Pesticide Data Program. It said the national data shows 99 percent of fresh produce sampled had no residue or residue levels well below tolerance levels.
"Organic fruits and vegetables were completely free of pesticides in 85.4 percent of the California samples."
A high level of illegal pesticides were found in a handful of products including:
The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W514

Is it legal to call plant-based beverages from nuts, seeds and legumes, "‘milk"?

December 19, 2016: From FoodSafetyNews:

"The issue of whether plant-based 'milks' mislead shoppers and violate FDA standards of identity has been tested a few times in the courts."

"The issue in the courts has been less clear cut. "In a December 1, 2015 order dismissing allegations (Gitson v Trader Joe’s 3:13-cv-0133) that Trader Joe’s had misled consumers and violated FDA standards of identity by using the term ‘soymilk’ on food labels, for example, US district judge Vince Chhabria said no ‘reasonable consumer’ would confuse soy with dairy milk."

"Meanwhile, the fact that there is a federal standard of identity for ‘milk’ which limits it to lacteal secretions from cows 'does not categorically preclude a company from giving any food product a name that includes the word milk'"

“The standardization of milk simply means that a company cannot pass off a product as ‘milk’ if it does not meet the regulatory definition of milk. Trader Joe's has not, by calling its products ‘soymilk,’ attempted to pass off those products as the food that the FDA has standardized (that is, milk).”

"He added: “The threshold question in this case… is whether the use of the word ‘soymilk" in the Trader Joe's products could conceivably violate the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The answer to that question is no.”

"The court agrees with the defendents that the names 'soymilk', 'almondmilk', and 'coconutmilk' accurately describe defendents products."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W513
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