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I am basing my question based off a question asked here.

It seems like from there the general consensus seems that toothpaste does not have to be kosher. The way the wisp works is that it is a mini disposable silicon toothbrush that has a little ball with cleaning ingredients in the center of the brush to clean the teeth (see here). There are two issues that Colgate wisps that may differentiate them from toothpaste:

  1. It is rinse free, so you are likely going to "consume" the entire ball.
  2. The third ingredient is gelatin, which they say is directly from pork.
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  • To those wanting to close, seems to me this is not a request for personal psak but rather an interesting question as to the kosher status of a new product. Answers might include which Rav or certification institution found the product to be (or not) kosher
    – mbloch
    Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 3:36
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    thelakewoodscoop.com/news/…
    – Shmuel
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 11:12
  • Gelatin from pork is a non-issue according to some (e.g. R. Haim Ozer, R. Abadi, et al). Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 20:27

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Here is what Colgate's Consumer Affairs Representative says:

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  • Well, that seems to answer the question :) Good Shabbos!
    – Shmuel
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 17:09
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    Did you receive this email? How do we know it's genuine?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 18:46
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    It doesn't answer the question because we know that toothpaste doesn't need to be kosher. I already stated that it contains pork.
    – Seeker
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 19:11
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    Since when is Colgate a halachic authority?
    – shmosel
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 19:56
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    @IsraelReader and Shmuel, Happens to be I saw that email and that is exactly why I posted my question - because I saw in the thread that I linked to that toothpaste doesn't need to be kosher (at least that is the general consensus of that thread). That email is the cause of my question - not the answer.
    – Seeker
    Commented Jun 14, 2023 at 13:34
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The Atlanta Kosher Commission (via Kosherquest) puts them as not recommended.

(In my personal experience, two rabbanim involved with kashrus told me to check toothpaste with glycerin as an ingredient to make sure it is not produced from animals.)

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    According to this link: thelakewoodscoop.com/news/… Colgate claims that "All glycerin used in our toothpastes comes from only synthetic or vegetable sources". Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 21:15
  • @IsraelReader I was using a more specialty brand at the time.
    – N.T.
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 23:49

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