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Say I visit a bakery, restaurant, jail, hospital, or nursing home. And say I already know that the food there is kosher. Must I still check the kashrut certificate every time I visit?

(Gershon Gold, thank you for inspiring this question.)

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/8949. –  msh210 Feb 1 '12 at 7:21

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Generally (at least here in Israel) they have it on display so generally I would think just noticing that it is still there and not expired should be OK.

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The certificate can be revoked without your knowledge at any time, so I would say you should check it each time, and make sure the the dates is still good.

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If it's revoked, can't the restaurant still have a photocopy of the old one posted? How does it help to check? –  msh210 Jan 6 '13 at 6:32
    
Theoretically I suppose they can, but legally they cannot. –  andrewmh20 Jan 6 '13 at 19:30
    
@andrewmh20: +1. Still, I'm curious. What law says they cannot post a photocopy of the revoked certificate? –  unforgettableid Jan 14 '13 at 1:20
    
As far as I am aware, the kashrut companies always own the certificate, and are licensing it to be posted in an establishment they approve of, with the condition that it must be removed if the kashrut company says so. –  andrewmh20 Jan 15 '13 at 0:26

Every certificate I have ever seen has a date on it. You only need to check the teudah Kashrut(Kosher certificate) once per date range.

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