Questions about kosher certification of commercial food products.

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Contradictory Hechsherim

I've noticed for some time that, especially on imported foods, there are often multiple Hechsherim, and that they sometimes contradict one another. It might not surprise me if a foreign product were ...
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Do restaurants need a kosher certificate?

There is a concept of "Eid echad ne'eman b'issurin" which means if a person testifies on something that is questionable we believe him. An example would be regarding kosher: if I go to a friend's ...
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Why have there been no Hashgachas on DVDs, books, CDs, etc.?

Even many foods that do not require Hashgacha have a Hashgacha. At times, after a book, CD, or DVD hits the market, there is a proclamation banning it. Perhaps, instead, a book, CD, or DVD could have ...
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What is “reverse certification”

I got this in a daily halacha email but not sure what Reverse Certification means, I figure someone here does Reverse Certification It is permitted for a mashgiach to enter a non-kosher ...
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What are all the different koshers for/about?

I found out recently that what I had been thinking of as a "food copyright symbol", (U), is actually a statement of kosherness. Now that I know what this is, I'm starting to see different symbols like ...
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Dairy hechsher but no dairy ingredients listed [duplicate]

Suppose that a food product has a dairy hechsher (say, OU-D) but does not have anything obviously dairy in the ingredients list, and does not have "contains dairy" or something similar written below ...
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How to validate Kashruth of an old Shofar?

I have an old Shofar. When I say old, I don't mean a family heirloom or antique - I bought it on a family trip to Israel in the early 1990s. There have been some articles recently discussing the ...
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can frozen yogurt be OK without storefront certification?

It's increasingly common for frozen yogurt chains to have their central production plants be certified kosher. Examples include Pinkberry, Red Mango, and Yogurtland. When this is the case, are there ...
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Do hechshered leafy vegetables mean that they have no bugs?

If I buy (for example) frozen broccoli in the store with a hechsher, is it required to check for bugs? Does the hechsher signify that the vegetables have already been checked for bugs and are free of ...
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Do Hashgachos endorse non-proximate halachic claims on label? [duplicate]

Sometimes I find products (under Hashgacha) with halachic information written on the wrapper (away from the hechsher). For example: Some products claim "Pas Yisrael", "Chalav Yisrael" or "Yashan". ...
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Does Vegan Certification Have Any Halachic Weight?

There are a number of organizations that offer Vegan Certification for food products; the concept is the same as kosher certification, (though that is the only similarity). Examples would be Vegan.org ...
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Hechsher on Trans Fat

The National Academy of Sciences (...) has concluded there is no safe level of trans fat consumption. There is no adequate level, recommended daily amount or tolerable upper limit for trans fats. ...
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Does extra virgin organic coconut oil have to have a hechsher?

I am specifically referring to Coconut Oil. I know that my question is similar to this one: Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default? but My question is also about non-olive oils. Due to the huge ...
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What is the source for requiring constant supervision in a meat restaurant?

Looking to help out Prof. David Bernstein, in this comment. I've heard that kashrut certification organizations require meat restaurants to have a mashgiach supervising operations at all times. What ...
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Are Dunkin' Donuts kosher without hechsher?

Can one (who is not strict about cholov Israel) eat Dunkin' Donuts without a kosher certificate?
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Can one trust the Kashrut of Alcoholic Beverages in bars?

Kosher Organizations, like the CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council, supply lists of alcohol recommended for purchase and consumption. May one purchase these alcoholic beverages from a bar (where the ...
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food containers - why is hechser needed? [duplicate]

I want to buy a vacuum sealer for food. The vacuum bags do not have a hechsher. Normally, I buy ziplock bags that are OU. To keep this general, I am hoping someone can elaborate on the reason and ...
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What foods do not need a Pesach hechsher?

Which foods are kosher for Pesach with only a "year-round" hechsher, or with no hechsher at all?
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Cities' רבנו‏יות's accepting others' food

Years ago, IIRC, I heard the following from a respectable source: By Israeli law, if the רבנות of one city certifies a food as kosher, then the רבנות of any other city must allow that food as an ...
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Does every thing need a hechsher?

Do objects used in food preparation and foods that have no or little chance of being not kosher really need a hechsher? Please cite sources, if you can.
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Claims on food labels: says who?

Sometimes a food item under rabbinical supervision claims on its package label not only to be under that supervision but also to contain only yashan grain, or to not contain sh'ruya, or to contain ...
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Waiting to reveal Kosher issue in order to get to the root of the problem

Suppose a Mashgiach realizes that a store is selling Treif meat, however is unsure as to the source of the problem. If he announces immediately that this store is selling something not Kosher he may ...
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The stolen maple syrup and kashrus

Does anyone know if there is going to be a kashrus problem with maple syrup next year? A rather large amount of maple syrup was stolen last year. The thieves did not keep it in the original casks, ...
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slander or truth abou OU Kashrus [closed]

I don't want to look like a total jerk but i heard from someone whose sister is married to an important rav that the OU kashrus is not so reliable as you might believe. they depend on paperwork that ...
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Fresh fish need hechsher

Does fresh fish from a supermarket or fish market require a hechsher? I would be tempted to believe that a fish known to be of a kosher variety would not need certification since there is no shechita ...
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Does it make logical sense to “not hold by OU kashrus”?

Apparently there are some people who do not rely on the OU for kashrus. I have seen a few online references (i.e. this Matzav post) that claim this makes no logical sense, since virtually every other ...
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Why do some people oppose Tav haYosher?

Is there a halachic reason to be opposed to Uri L'Tzedek and Tav haYosher? Why do some frum Jews oppose it? Really the only things that I can find is that Uri L'Tzedek is left-wing and led by YCT ...
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Does bagged lettuce need a hechsher?

Does one need a hechsher on commercially available bagged lettuce? Or is the standard washing process used by the producers sufficient to remove all insects of halachic significance? Anecdotally, ...
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Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach?

Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach? Or any restaurants that offer such food? If not, how do observant B'nei Noach ensure that the meat that they eat was definitely not ...
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A site to search Kosher Symbols by characteristics?

Several years ago, I found a website that let me search and sort Kosher symbols by look and other characteristics. It seemed like each symbol was tagged with its distinctive features. This was very ...
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Does instant coffee (regular - not decaffeinated) need a Hashgacha?

There are certain raw ingredients that do not require a Hashgacha (salt, water, eggs, etc.). Does instant coffee (regular - not decaffeinated) need a Hashgacha? If yes, why?
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Must I check the kashrut certificate every time I visit a bakery or restaurant?

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 ...
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In a bulk food store, must I ask to see the original label every time I return and buy my favorite food?

I know that where I live, some foods don't need kosher certification. But most do. Say I go to a reliable bulk food store, ask to see the original bucket that a certain food came in, see a reliable ...
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Is Japanese whisky kosher?

Here's an interesting article about whisky produced in Japan. Have any of the Kashrut authorities said anything about whether such whisky requires supervision? Do any such whiskies have supervision? ...
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Kosher Cheese without a posted hechsher

I live in a remote area of Canada and don't have access to a kosher market to buy cheese. There are many European imports in the local super, and I was wondering if there is a list of cheeses which ...
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Who determines the kosher status of “new” foods?

Who determines the kosher status for "new" processed foods (e.g. Jell-O)? A few orthodox rabbis' approval? General consensus by the Jewish religious community? Certain kosher standards organizations? ...
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Reliability of the OKS

I dont know if this type of question is allowed but I was told to ask it here The symbol is on some restaurants in the NY tri-state area (like Crumbs Bake Shop for example) and I have heard of quite ...
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kashrus of mouthwash, toothpaste, lip balm

What are the halachic and factual issues involved in, and various rabbis' holdings on, whether flavored mouthwash, flavored toothpaste, and flavored lip balm need to be kosher, or need a hechsher ...
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Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what?

I want to know what the OU's or any other Orthodox kashrut agency's problem is with Triangle K. I have read about the Ralbag family which founded and runs the Triangle K and they are clearly Orthodox. ...
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What are the kashrut standards of the various nationwide (and regional) kashrut agencies?

I'd like to see a resource developed which transparently compares the standards of the various kashrut agencies. Just like I can retrieve an incredibly in-depth comparison chart from Wikipedia ...
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Does cheese without a hekhsher tref dishes?

I've heard that Rav Soloveitchik ztz"l used to eat non-hekhshered cheese. Can you explain how the creation of hashgachah agencies has changed whether things need hashgachah, and would it be reasonable ...
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Why do we use a tight heuristic for fish egg kashrut and not trust supervision?

I recently listened to this podcast from the OU Kashrut Division on the kashrut of Bowfin eggs in particular and of fish eggs in general, and I learned something interesting about the kashrut of fish ...
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If a product with a Hechsher doesn't say dairy does that mean it's pareve?

I'm not sure when this practice started, but I noticed that many/most/all Kosher Certifications indicate whether a product is dairy or not. Does a lack of such a marking indicate that the product is ...
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Which Kosher Certifications are trusted by all?

There are many hechsheirim in today's world, but unfortunately, not everyone considers all of them to be on par with their standards. Nonetheless, I am assuming (and you may correct me if I'm wrong) ...
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Unsupervised meat and closed restaurants/butchers

How does Basar SheNith'alem Min Ha'Ayin (meat that has disappeared from view) apply vis a vis restaurants/delis/supermarkets/butchers that have closed for the night/weekend/holiday? I was just ...
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Where are these mysterious OU documents?

I was recently reading a Halachically Speaking article and noticed that in many places in the footnotes, a reference to an OU Document is made. For example: Refer to OU Document A-94 Is this ...
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Resources for the Kulot (leniencies) that the Rabbanut in Israel Takes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mehadrin vs. Non Mehadrin I am preparing a chabura on the leniencies that the Rabbanut in Israel takes. With the understanding that the various Rabbanut branches around ...
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Brochos Listed on Food Packages

I noticed that many times there are Brochos listed on food packages (e.g. "ברכתו מזונות"). Is there any standard with regards to who is supplying the Halachic data? Is it generally the Hashgacha ...
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What Issues Exist with the Tablet K Hecksher?

The Tablet-K hechsher is quite common on products in US supermarkets - especially cheeses. There seems to be a strong sentiment that it is not an acceptable hechsher, but I've heard no halachik ...
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Does a Food Mashgiach have to Sacrifice his Life?

Suppose a Mashgiach of a food establishment is threatened to "keep quiet" about some of the questionable behaviors [for purposes of the question, consider both actual non-kosher, and possibly ...