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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.'"

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Alert

May 16. 2018 from the Star-K:
If you plan to leave on a flame on your gas cooktop (especially covered with a blech) or plan to leave your gas oven on over YomTov, make sure that the area is well ventilated. If oxygen is not provided there is a strong possibility of generating carbon monoxide, which is a lethal gas.

The following safety alert is from the rabbi of the Young Israel of Brooklineposted on September 13, 2013.

Please be aware that one must leave a window open or exhaust fan on when a gas range or oven on for the holidays to prevent a possibly fatal buildup of carbon monoxide.

From the COR Detroit: Please consult your Rav regarding what is permissible in case your carbon monoxide detector sounds on Shabbos or Yom Tov.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W180

Branch of popular Israeli coffee chain Aroma goes kosher, bucks rabbinate

May 10, 2018 from the JTA:

"A Tel Aviv branch of the popular Israeli cafe chain Aroma turned kosher and will be supervised by a rabbinic group that is challenging the chief rabbinate’s hegemony over kashrut in Israel."
"The Aroma branch on Menachem Begin Street will be certified kosher by the Food Supervision program of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, launched two months ago as an alternative to the rabbinate’s supervision program. Tzohar must call its service “food supervision” and not kashrut supervision since since Israeli law stipulates that only the Chief Rabbinate may use the word “kosher” in its certifying materials." "The Tel Aviv Aroma branch will now close on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The Aroma chain reportedly is in talks to bring more branches under Tzohar’s supervision."
"Aroma operates eight shops in the United States, in Manhattan, New Jersey, Maryland and Miami Beach. None is certified kosher."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W716

ALDI Recalls Deep Fryers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

May 10, 2018 from the CPSC :
This recall involves Ambiano mini deep fryers sold in two colors, brushed stainless steel and red. The recalled deep fryers have a black lid and were sold with a metal food basket. The deep fryers measure about 9.45 inches wide by 10.43 inches high by 8.23 inches deep. The units have Ambiano printed on the front. The barcode numbers listed below can be found on the bottom of the unit on the silver rating label.

Ambiano mini deep fryers have been recalled because the deep fryer heating element can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.


Barcode Number

Stainless Steel Ambiano Mini Deep Fryer


Red Ambiano Mini Deep Fryer


Sold At: ALDI stores nationwide from February 2018 through March 2018 for about $15.
Consumer Contact: ALDI at 800-366-9967 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.aldi.us and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W715

Sharper Image and Frigidaire Mandoline Slicers Recalled by Premier Kitchen Products Due to Laceration Hazard

May 1, 2018 from the CPSC in Conjunction With Healthy Canadians: :

The Sharper Image™ and Frigidaire™ Mandoline slicers have een recalled because the small blades in the julienne slicer attachment can separate from the plastic assembly, posing a laceration hazard.
This recall involves The Sharper Image and Frigidaire Mandoline slicers. The recalled slicers are a non-electric food preparation item used to slice and julienne vegetables. The slicers have a clear plastic container to capture the sliced food, two blade attachments (one large-blade slicer and one small-blade julienne slicer), a holder for the attachments and a plastic knob component to move and hold the food. The model number and UPC code are printed on the packaging. “Frigidaire” is printed on the side of the Frigidaire slicers.

Brand Model Number UPC Code Attachment Color Measurements
The Sharper
12SP1006 709996669580 Light green The slicer measures 13 x 3 x
3 inches. The julienne blade,measures 5.5
x 3.5 x .25 inches.
12EP203 709996709118 Blue The slicer measures 10 x
4.5 x 4.5 inches. The julienne blade measures 5 x 3 x .25 inches.

Sold At: Beall’s Outlet, Christmas Tree Shops, dd’s Discounts, HomeGoods, HomeSense, Kohl’s, Macy’s Backstage, Marshall’s, National Stores/Fallas, Ross, Target and TJ Maxx stores nationwide and online from May 2017 through April 2018 for between $13 and $20.
Consumer Contact: Premier Kitchen Products at 800-304-4035 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recall@pkpny.com or online at www.pkp-recall.com for more information.

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Spring Thundershowers Bring Concerns For Matzah Wheat In Eretz Yisrael

April 27, 2018 from the yeshivaworld:

"The winter weather, which suddenly landed in the first trimester of the month of Iyar, also brings with it problems regarding wheat flour for Pesach matzah for the year 5769.
"Rabbonim and mashgichim of the Eida Chareidis checked wheat fields in a number of areas in northern Israel" to determine if the wheat will still be usable for matza.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W713

Food fraud: Over 3600 tonnes of dangerous food removed from EU market

April 28, 2018 from the Barfblog:

"Rotten meat, chemically coloured tuna and fake baby milk powder – these are just a small sampling of the products seized as part of the latest OPSON investigation into the presence of counterfeit and substandard food and beverage products on the market in Europe and beyond."
"Run over the course of 4 months (December 2017 – March 2018) across 67 countries*, OPSON VII resulted in the total seizure of more than 3 620 tonnes and 9.7 million litres of either counterfeit or substandard food and beverages as a results of more than 41 000 checks carried out at shops, markets, airports, seaports and industrial estates. In total some 749 people were arrested or detained with investigations continuing in many countries."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W712

Vinegar can help home cooks battle bacteria on leafy greens

April 16, 2018 from FoodSafetyNews

The author of this article, Carl Custer did a literature review to see if "if anyone had published on the bactericidal effect of vinegar on lettuce."

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