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, low fat coca, vanillin and flavor". (Presumably coca is a typo.) It has the hechsher of the Badatz Eda Hacharedis "rak limos hashana" (i.e., not for Pesach), and of the Orthodox Union even for Pesach. I'm curious what kula (halachic leniency) the OU is relying on (for this product) that the Eda Hacharedis does not rely on.

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    Or what stringency the Eda requires that the OU doesn't? – Curiouser Apr 24 '11 at 9:08
  • R'Curiouser, isn't that the same thing? – msh210 Apr 24 '11 at 16:34
  • No it is not -- the straightforward halacha might require A and a chumra would require B. If the OU requires only A, it is not relying on a kula -- it is just following the mainstream psak. Just because you don't accept a chumra does not render you meikel -- there is a middle ground (which is often forgotten) and precise words matter. – Curiouser Apr 24 '11 at 22:02

The Eda only gives Hashgacha on Pesach Matza and simple ingredients (sugar, oil, honey, etc.), no prepared products at all. It is interesting to note that the Eda gives a Hashgacha on Mei Eden only L'Ymos HaShana!

  • and Hawai shampoo also is only Kosher for the days of the Year and not Pesach (but that Chocolate spread is sometimes Kitnyos you have to be carefull) – SimchasTorah Apr 24 '11 at 16:33
  • R'SimchasTorah, re the spread, thank you! This one has no kitniyos. – msh210 Apr 24 '11 at 16:34
  • Hashachar Ha'oleh's chocolate spread comes in three variants of which I am aware: milchig, pareve, and kitniot (not sure which for the latter, but the former two I have seen available for Ashkenazim). – Noach MiFrankfurt Jun 26 '14 at 20:15

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