Questions about kosher certification of commercial food products.

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asking to see a kashrus certificate

A restaurant has a sign on its window, or a notation in an advertisement, indicating that it's under the kashrus certification of Rabbi So-and-so or Agency Such-and-such. The first time someone walks ...
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cocoa spread kashrus lapesach leniency

I have a tub of Hashahar H'aole (sic) "special cocoa spread" ("k'rem muvchar limricha"), a product of Israel exported to be marketed in the States. Its listed ingredients are "sugar, vegetable oil, ...
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When did kosher bakeries, restaurants, etc. start requiring supervision?

If my neighbor Shmerel keeps kosher and otherwise appears to be observant to the best of my knowledge, then I'd be allowed to eat in his house (assuming I'm invited), eid echad ne'eman b'issurin, his ...
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Is Rabbi Barnett Hasden's “Ner Tamid K” hechsher recommended?

Does anyone here know anything about the reliability of "Rabbi Barnett Hasden of Ner Tamid K in Staten Island, NY"?
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“Hospitality” Cereal Kosher?

It's a generic brand. I don't have access to the box and can't find any way to checkā€¦
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Is Vegemite kosher?

Is Vegemite kosher? What hechsher?
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What was the first product to receive Kosher certification?

What was the first product to receive Kosher certification?
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How can people drink 7-11 Slurpees and soda?

There is no real Hechser on 7-11 Slurpees. How do people drink them? Is going on the Star-K's list okay? What about soda from the machine? I found that 7-11 switches the spouts sometimes. So even if ...
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Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?

~150 years ago in Eastern Europe, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch wrote that you could usually go buy a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate without having to worry about its kosher ingredients (or bishul akum). ...
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Shofar Certification

When purchasing a Shofar, is it necessary to look for a 'hechsher' to ensure that it was manufactured properly (e.g, no cracks), or can its suitability be determined just by visual examination?
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Mehadrin vs. Non Mehadrin

What's the difference between mehadrin and non-mehadrin certifications. (e.g. at http://www.kosherinjerusalem.com/where_to_eat/kosher-hotels)
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Which hechsheirim are reliable?

How can I find out which hechsheirim are reliable and which ones aren't?
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Does soda need a hechsher?

I have noticed that many cans of pepsi don't have a hechsher (kosher symbol) on them. Do they need one?
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Why doesn't the OU put DE on food packages anymore?

The OU used to put DE next to the OU symbol when a product was Dairy Equipment. Such a product can not be eaten with meat but can be eaten right afterwards (you don't need to wait the amount of time ...