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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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Twenty-five per cent of seafood sold in Metro Vancouver is mislabelled

June 19 2018 from the Phys.org:

"A quarter of the seafood tested from Metro Vancouver grocery stores, restaurants and sushi bars is not what you think it is."
"A new UBC study" by "Researchers from UBC's Lu Food Safety & Health Engineering Lab conducted the study in partnership with independent charity Oceana Canada and the Hanner Lab at the University of Guelph" "used DNA barcoding to determine that 70 of 281 seafood samples collected in Metro Vancouver between September 2017 and February 2018 were mislabelled."
"The supply chain for seafood is complex and opaque. A fish can be caught in Canada, gutted in China, breaded in the U.S., and ultimately sold back to Canada as an American product. Misidentification can happen anywhere along the way. When it's intentional, it's food fraud—a $52-billion worldwide problem defined as the misrepresentation of food for economic gain."
"Restaurants had the highest rate of mislabelling, at 29 per cent, followed by grocery stores (24 per cent) and sushi bars (22 per cent). The most commonly mislabelled fish was snapper, with 31 of 34 samples mislabelled."
"The researchers found evidence of both intentional and unintentional mislabelling. For example, many fish sold as snapper or red snapper were actually far less valued species such as tilapia. Sutchi catfish took the place of halibut, snapper, sole and cod. Economic motivations were less likely in other cases, such as the substitution of sockeye for pink salmon."
"The situation doesn't appear to be improving. An Oceana study conducted in the U.S. from 2010 to 2012 found the mislabelling rate to be 33 per cent. A study in Metro Vancouver 10 years ago had similar findings to the new UBC study, with a much smaller sample size. Oceana Canada found nearly half of samples tested last fall in Ottawa to be mislabelled."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W726

New York City Styrofoam Ban Goes into Effect Jan 1

June 13 2018 from the NewYorkPost:

"akeout joints across the Big Apple will have to find an alternative to Styrofoam containers by Jan. 1, when the city will start enforcing a ban that was upheld in court last week, Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday."
"The ban - which aims to reduce litter and save landfill space — includes plates, trays, clam-shell containers and packing peanuts, which the city has determined can’t be profitably recycled."
"Smaller businesses with annual revenues of less than $500,000 can apply for exemptions if they can prove they would be unduly harmed financially."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W725

Tamworth Distilling Releases Bourbon Flavored with Beaver Castor Sacs

June 12 2018 from the DistilleryTraii:

"The folks at Tamworth Distilling in Tamworth, New Hampshire have taken it to a new level with flavoring their two year old bourbon with castoreum from beaver castor sacs. The castoreum is found in the anal sac glands located just below the tail of beavers."
"Technically, this two year old straight bourbon turns into a whiskey with the flavor additions."
Castoreum made from beaver sacs is considerd a "natural ingredient" by the FDA.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W724

Canada changing beer standard to help brewers, consumers

June 19 2018 from the FoodSafetyNews:

"Changes sought by brewers to Canada’s National Beer Standard are open for comments during the next 90 days, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)."
"Nevertheless, Canadian brewer associations favor “modern beer standards” with a handful of changes. CFIA opened a 90-day comment period on the change last Saturday (June 16) that will continue until Sept. 14, 2018. Amendments would include:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W723

British Watchdog examines claims meat was found in vegan ready meals

June 8, 2018 from the The Guardian:

The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) "is investigating claims meat was found in ready meals advertised in major supermarkets as suitable for vegans and vegetarians". A "newspaper report alleged that traces of pork were found in Sainsbury’s own brand 'meat-free' meatballs, and traces of turkey were detected in a Tesco macaroni ready meal, which is part of the supermarket’s new vegan foods line."
"The Telegraph reported that it had sent samples to a German government-accredited food testing laboratory, which found the traces of meat in the two products." "A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: 'These products are produced at a meat-free factory. Sainsbury’s and the Vegetarian Society also carry out regular checks and no issues have been found. We are concerned by these findings, however, and are carrying out a comprehensive investigation alongside our supplier.'"

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W722

Paskesz Candy Temporarily Suspends Sour Worx Candy After Child Suffers Irritation

June 8, 2018 from the Yeshiva Wrold and June 11, 2018 Matzav.com:

"Following a YWN report on Thursday about a Lakewood child suffering irritation on his tongue after eating a type of sour candy, the Paskesz company has announced suspension of its production."
"The company said it is “voluntarily taking the precaution of temporarily suspending distribution of Sour Worx,” and asks customers to take Sour Worx off the shelves pending completion of the investigation."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W721

Amsterdam kosher eatery’s owner will close shop unless police curb vandalism

June 6, 2018 from the NJJN:

"Cait & Abby’s Bakery in South Orange, which has provided kosher baked goods since it opened in 1995, has dropped its kashrut certification effective May 28. In addition to its regular offerings of cakes, pies, breads, cookies, and cupcakes (containing the same ingredients they were previously made with), sandwiches and other items containing nonkosher meat — including bacon and ham — are now on the menu."
"The decision to remove the kosher certification was made for financial reasons." The owner said that Friday used to be his bast day but in the last two or three years is is like a normal day. The list of standing orders for challot was 35 and it had shrunk to six or seven.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W720

Amsterdam kosher eatery’s owner will close shop unless police curb vandalism

May 10, 2018 from the JTA:

"The owner of a frequently vandalized kosher eatery in the Dutch capital said he will close it down unless city officials install permanent security measures outside his business."
"Sami Bar-On’s lawyer, Herman Loonstein, told the Het Parool daily Wednesday that his client feels it is “irresponsible to go on like this” at HaCarmel restaurant without permanent security measures."
"In December, a 29-year-old Syrian asylum seeker smashed the restaurant’s window while holding a Palestinian flag. He then broke into the restaurant and grabbed an Israeli flag as two police officers watched before they arrested him. He has been charged with vandalism, but not a hate crime."
"Since the incident, the restaurant’s windows were smashed once more and are repeatedly spat on and smeared with garbage, Bar-On said. Police beef up security after each incident but leave shortly after, he said."
"Bar-On also claimed the mayor has refused to meet him on the issue. But a municipal spokesperson said that Bar-On has declined several offers by the city to have him meet lower-level officials."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W719

Ritual slaughter allowed only in approved slaughterhouses, EU court rules

May 30, 2018 from the DW.com:

"The verdict follows a denial of approval for temporary slaughterhouses in Belgium's Flemish region during Islamic Eid al-Adha festival. Several Muslim groups said the denial infringed their right to religious freedom."
"Ritual slaughter of animals without stunning must be done only in approved slaughterhouses, the European Union's top court ruled on Tuesday."
"The verdict by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is a setback for several Muslim organizations and mosques, who had argued that the requirement infringed their right to religious freedom as there were not enough approved slaughterhouses to meet the high demand during festivals."
"What did the court say?


"Violation of EU law: The Tuesday verdict concerns temporary slaughterhouses approved by the Belgian authorities in the Flemish region to meet the high demand during Islamic Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) festival. The government in 2014 said it would no longer approve temporary slaughterhouses because it violated EU law."
"What is the EU law on ritual slaughter? A 2009 EU regulation says that animals must be stunned before being slaughtered. The law, however, makes an exception in the case of ritual slaughters provided such slaughters are carried out in approved slaughterhouses."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W718

NYU Hospital Will Accommodate Satmar Bikur Cholim

May 17, 2018 from the Matzav.com:

"After Satmar Bikur Cholim was suddenly barred from patients’ rooms at NYU, leaders of Williamsburg Hatzalah, “Chesed”, “Mekimi”, and representatives of Satmar kehillos met with NYU Hospital top officials.
NYU reassured their full commitment to serve the community and will continue to accommodate Bikur Cholim activities in accordance with the Hospital policies."

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
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