Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FDA apple juice arsenic guidelines expected

By Mark Astley, 29-Nov-2011-The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) could be poised to perform a U-turn on levels of arsenic in apple juice through the development of new guidelines - a letter sent to consumer groups has revealed.

In the letter sent to the Empire State Consumer Project and the Food and Water Watch, the authority said they would be collecting all relevant information before evaluating the best course of action.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

DNA-certified seafood in restaurants ?

Restaurants around the world will soon use new DNA technology to assure patrons they are being served the genuine fish fillet or caviar they ordered, rather than inferior substitutes, an expert in genetic identification says.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The status of the Chazir (Cham'zir)

Sometime after Mashiach comes, the "chazir" will be permitted to eat.
The question is, will the chazir become a "maaleh-gairah" or the current chazir will become permitted?

Logic says it will become a "maaleh-gairah", as todays chazir to be permitted, we don't have to wait for mashiach, enough Rabonim have permitted chazir or treif in one way or another.,7340,L-4152397,00.html

Rav Elyashiv On Speaking On The Phone & Driving

Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita was asked by rabbonim affiliated with the Chafetz Chaim road safety organization regarding a driver who speaks on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, Kikar Shabbat reports. The Rav was asked if such a person is classified as a ‘rodef’.

According to the report, the posek hador ruled that such a person “Is not exactly a rodef, but close to being one”.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dependable's "SIFTED-FLOUR" does have infestation

Cole slaw cabbage V bagged shredded cabbage (infestation)

For their Cole slaw they do a spot check of a few outside leaves of the cabbage-they don't even wash rinse it. Who's going to find the insects in the finished cole slaw with mayonaise, etc.
When they sell shredded cabbage, they also wash rinse it. May one rely on such a system? Ask Hisachdus re: Flaums products.

Corn on the cob-infested? ALL!

Corn on the cob-infested? ALL!
That's correct, you must remove all of the kernels, rinse & then use.
All of the "corn on the cobs" in the market even with hashgochas can't be used due to infestation.

We are surprised & shocked to find the Golden-Flow brand Corn-on-the-cob with Hishachdus hashgocha.
The thrips hide beneath the kernels.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dried fruits / fruit mixes

There are an array of infested dried fruits and dried fruit mixes on the market.
The raisins - black or yellow frm whatever country are infested to some degree that makes the inacceptable, including the ones with a hashgocha.

All dried figs are infested including the ones with hashgochas.

There were recent letters from the Nirbarter, Volover and Hisachdus banning all raisins, yet you can find loads of raisin products at "Klein's Naturals", Oh nuts, etc.

Klein's natural has Hisachdus hashgocha, yet they did not remove the Hashgocha.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Olive oil adulteration

The industry association of South African olive oil producers, has decided to support the adoption of the same olive oil standard recently put into place in Australia.

Andries Rabie, Chairman of the South African Olive Industry Association (SA Olive), said the government in South Africa had established a committee to consider the recommendation.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In a kosher Shechita an enviroment of intimidation, harrassment, bullying,etc affects the kashrus.

 In a kosher Shechita an enviroment of intimidation, harrassment, bullying,etc affects the kashrus.

Are "U" comfortable eating from a Shechita that the shoichtim / mashgichim, etc must endure intimidation, harrassment, bullying from their kosher supervisor. There are 3 kosher poultry shecitas in Pensylvania, check them all out & come to your own conclussion. It may glare at you.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Expired & spoiled food items, how common is it?

From an EMAIL;
(Please post without my name as a subject that I would be interested in seeing others comment on).

I am wondering about whether a grocery store must Halachically inform buyers when a product they are selling is potentially spoiled and certainly not up to accepted norms for sale, i.e. near or beyond the expiration date. This has happened to me several times at one store in town, and I really think something should be done about it.

I am talking about NPGS putting out of date items for sale without any notification that they are expired or worse, spoiled. In this case, I purchased some oatmeal packets in a Quaker box - it was on sale for a dollar off, not quite a great bargain, but I figured, why not? In this case, the expiration date is embossed on the box and hard to read on a good day, much less so in that dark store.

I come home and now see that the product expiration date is September 2011. Not only is it EXPIRED, but most normal stores have the same item with expiration dates in 2013. And by the way, their regular price at Shoprite is the same as NPGS's price on sale! I really think it is disgusting to do business this way, especially since I now have to go back to the store for a refund.

Shouldn't consumers have the right to expect what they purchase is in the normal range for freshness? Should we be expected to check every item for a date, when in normal circumstances, such as in a regular supermarket, you would never think of doing this?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

From "Good Shabbos everyone"

 Sent: 11/3/2011 6:06:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time

Good Shabbos Everyone- Parshas Lech-Lecha 5772

Good Shabbos Everyone. One day, several years ago, Reb Mordechai Shain was passing the corner of Main and Maple streets in Monsey, New York, on a Friday afternoon when he spotted a family sitting on the front steps of the Yeshivah Spring Valley.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Grape seed extracts has its kashrus issues
 Indena grape seed extracts earn kosher certification-02-Nov-2011
Italian botanical extracts leader, Indena, has earned "LBD" kosher certification for its range of polyphenol-rich grape seed extracts from the largest kosher agency in Europe, as the market for kosher products expands. The certification took several years to achieve and included, “extensive site inspections by Rabbi Akiva Padwa”, director of certification at the UK-based kosher agency, KLBD. The review included, “the entire process from harvest, through preparation of the seeds to the extraction of the polyphenols.”
“We were delighted to go through the auditing process because KLBD is recognised by our customers as an international kosher agency,” said Christian Artaria, marketing director and head of functional food development at Indena. Certification is opening up markets and helping to make business easier.”

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Nonprofits join forces to tackle botanical adulteration

Nonprofits join forces to tackle botanical adulteration - By Elaine Watson, 03-Nov-2011

Three leading not-for-profit organizations have joined forces to create an education program to help the dietary supplements trade wise up to the tricks used by unscrupulous suppliers to adulterate botanicals.

In Kashrus we must be able to "Track from Farm to Fork"

Ambitious European Project Traces Food from Farm to Fork

More than a dozen colleges and companies have joined a consortium under the guidance of the University of Wolverhampton, to pilot RFID technology as it tracks the movements of fish, wine, cheese through production and on to retailers.

Oct. 28, 2011—A European project overseen by the University of Wolverhampton and a consortium of universities, technical institutes and commercial entities is determining how radio frequency identification technology can benefit the perishable-goods supply chain. The project, known as Farm to Fork (F2F), was launched last year, with half of its funding provided by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Program—aimed at stimulating innovation and competitiveness—which includes a half-dozen pilots throughout Europe to track fish, wine and cheese through the production process and on to stores.