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How many cooks in your holiday kitchen know the rules?

Spring holidays often bring people together to make and eat meals. Even the most seasoned cooks can be challenged when preparing food when there are more people than usual at the table. Passover, Easter and Orthodox Easter all have traditional foods associated with them. People who don’t normally cook these special foods may not be… Continue Reading

Ontario court fines Creation Foods Co. for kosher food violation

In the first provincial court case prosecuted in Canada for misrepresentation of a kosher food product, Creation Foods Co. of Woodbridge, has been fined $25,000. The corporate entity recently pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening Section 31(1) of the Food and Drugs Act in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket. A manufacturer of frozen… Continue Reading

Exotic Kosher Cuisine Event in New York City Results in Illness Outbreak

Approximately 20 people have reported symptoms of foodborne illness after attending an event at a Manhattan synagogue dedicated to exotic kosher cuisine, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The incident, which occurred on May 5, is under investigation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The event showcased rarely consumed foods… Continue Reading

Iowa Judge From Controversial Kosher Case to Preside Over Halal Trial

The same federal judge who took criticism from around the country for her involvement in bringing down a large Iowa Kosher meat company five years ago is now scheduled to preside over a criminal trial involving the founder of a major Halal food production and distribution company. U.S. District Judge Linda R. Reade is slated… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving From a Food-Safety Perspective

(Food Safety News will be undergoing maintenance the evening of Friday, Nov. 22. If you experience difficulties when viewing Food Safety News after this time, please clear your browser’s cache. If you continue to experience difficulties after clearing your cache, please contact Suzanne Schreck at sschreck@foodsafetynews.com. Thank you.) When Americans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner… Continue Reading

New Kosher Certification to Include Food-Safety Standards

For the first time, a new kosher food certification will introduce food-safety standards into its assessment, according to the Vancouver, B.C.-based rabbi who is launching the program. The new certification, called “Kosher Check,” is designed to inform consumers that their food conforms not only to strict kosher standards, but also “enhanced food safety protocols.” The… Continue Reading

Who’s Guarding the Hen House?

Misconceptions About Kosher Chicken Production and the Need for Further Study


This editorial was co-authored by Timothy D. Lytton and Joe M. Regenstein, Ph.D. Lytton is a professor of law at Albany Law School. Regenstein is a professor of food science in Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. A recent study found that kosher-certified chicken contains more antibiotic-resistant E. coli than non-kosher chicken, a result that… Continue Reading

Study Finds Kosher Chicken Has Highest Rate of Antibiotic-Resistant E. Coli

Raw chicken marketed as kosher may harbor up to twice as much antibiotic-resistant E. coli as poultry raised conventionally, according to a new study funded by Northern Arizona University. The study’s results may fly in the face of the generally accepted notion that kosher meat is safer than meat raised to other standards. According to… Continue Reading