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I've heard the argument that since everything in sushi is raw (assuming there are no non-kosher ingredients), and that since the rice is cooked in a rice cooker that is used only for rice, it's OK to eat. Is this true?

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    What does pretty have to do with the question? You must mean seemingly frum. – Gershon Gold Apr 3 '12 at 15:19
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    Well, the fact that some sushi fauna are nonkosher would give me concern. Also I don't know if "so many pretty frum people" is grounds for a question; do you know if any rav rules that it is allowed? What [type of] community are we dealing with? – yitznewton Apr 3 '12 at 15:22
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    Further edited, @yitznewton. Hopefully this will clear up the questions on the question. – Seth J Apr 3 '12 at 16:43
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This article by the CRC discusses this issue at length.

In short, the answer is: No, it is not okay to eat non-certified sushi. See the article for details, but some of the problems include:

  • The sides, such as wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger are suspect (for artificial coloring, manufacture with non-kosher products, and utensils used with davar charif respectively, along with other concerns).
  • Cooked rice requires bishul yisrael, which must be certified.
  • There is a possibility (albeit unlikely) that a certain type of seaweed paper for which bug-infestation is common, was used.
  • The fish may have been soaked in brine to preserve color and flavor.
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Per the CRC-Chicago.

There are various halachik questions in relation to Sushi and why you may not buy even raw Sushi from a non-certified establishment.

  • You beat me to it by one minute! – jake Apr 3 '12 at 17:25

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