In the store earlier, I saw a kosher symbol I had never seen before, and was wondering if anyone here knows what organization it represents.

Here is the symbol:

picture of a kosher symbol on a package, with a "V" inside an "O," similar to the OU kosher symbol


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That's the symbol of the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis.

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    @Shokhet, I had to be fast so I could beat msh210 to the punch. :)
    – Isaac Moses
    Sep 8, 2014 at 19:33
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    Ah, got it. :)
    – MTL
    Sep 8, 2014 at 19:37
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    I thought the Vaad was careful that the V in the heksher would have the lines on the top? I've seen a plain v in a circle used to designate vegetarian and it was my understanding that this was how they distinguished their symbol (but perhaps I'm incorrect).
    – Yirmeyahu
    Sep 8, 2014 at 20:36
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    @Yirmeyahu Are you talking about the serifs? Sep 8, 2014 at 21:32
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    @Shokhet Hi Shok. Be aware that the vaad's web site warns that their OV symbol is also being used by companies certifying products that are vegetarian but not necessarily kosher: cor.ca/view/218/confusion_regarding_the_ov_symbol.html
    – JJLL
    Sep 9, 2014 at 0:15

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