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Questions tagged [hechsher-certification]

Questions about kosher certification of commercial food products.

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Is this “Crown PL” a kosher symbol?

The international food company Pampa sells a tin of herring fillets in oil, but I do not recognize this symbol on the back and cannot find information on the Internet of whether this is actually a ...
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Why are junk foods, which are poor for your health, certified kosher?

Why do rabbis allow hechsherim on junk food and other foods which are clearly bad for you health? Many products are clearly not good for you such as soda pop, baked goods with trans fats, food with ...
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Who certifies the hechsher magen David with a K replacing the right side?

This symbol appears on Trader Joe's Organic Tahini. I have searched in a lot places, but cannot find it. The product is made in Greece. Anyone know who gives this hechsher and if it is reliable?
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Kosher Supervision [closed]

Is it okay for a food manufacturer to have two supervisions? (OU and Kof-K) If our raw materials are under OU supervision and our co-packing finished goods are under Kof-K. Do we need to streamline ...
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Just the word “kosher” on a package

I have seen packages which just have the words "kosher, pareve" on them and no other hechsher can be found. Does that make it kosher, because the words is all the hechsher it needs? Additionally, who ...
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Toveling an item with Hashgacha

Many years ago, my parents bought me a jar of cider which had a hashgocha clearly visible on it. The cider came in a handled mug with a top (like this https://is.alicdn.com/img/pb/572/105/517/...
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Why would a disposable plastic containers need a hechsher?

Why would a disposable plastic container, such as the one depicted above, need an O-U?
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Maris ayin and kosher certification

What reasoning is used by mainstream kosher certification agencies to certify food items containing only kosher ingredients but packaged and/or designed to look and/or taste non-kosher. For example, ...
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Are there any kashrut issues with Kay Kosher?

Are there any kashrut issues with Kay Kosher? Apparently it certifies U-Bet syrup. I grew up non-kosher but am currently keeping, and I want an egg cream.
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Is Dr. Pepper Kosher?

Is Dr. Pepper, a soft-drink with particular popularity in Texas, kosher? What about the vintage version that is sweetened with sugar as opposed to artificial sweeteners? There is no hechsher on the ...
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Should everyone be makpid on cholov yisroel for foods manufactured outside the U.S.A.? [duplicate]

As far as I understand, many American Jews eat "cholov hacompanies" (=non-CY) because there is a very good heter for it from the Igros Moshe. However, R'Moshe's heter seems to apply only to dairy ...
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With what packaged foods is there a concern of bishul akum?

I have heard that foods fit for a king's table ("oleh al shulchan melachim") must be bishul yisroel; however, I am wondering to what extent this applies to packaged foods, if at all. Are any packaged ...
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Do fresh noodles need a hashgacha?

I saw this video earlier today and it got me thinking: nothing in the recipe for fresh ramen noodles (as opposed to instant ramen) requires a hechsher on its own, as the ingredients are: flour, water, ...
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What's with the plain-“K” hechsher?

I had taken for granted that packaged foods marked with just "K" are not necessarily kosher--that is, that "K" is not a real hechsher--because the company prints that symbol itself, and it does not ...
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Is lindemans fruit lambic beer kosher

Lindemans beer has a hechsher from the triangle k. This hechsher is recommended (by most kosher agencies) only for certain products. Is there another organization who can verify the koshrus of this ...
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Do those who keep Cholov Yisroel eat products marked “K-DE”?

Some hechshers have the designation "DE" for "Dairy Equipment." Do those who keep Cholov Yisroel eat food with this designation? (I am mostly talking about the minority who consider [American] cholov ...
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Is Cup-K reliable?

I've recently seen a hashgacha around NYC called Cup-K or CupK. However, I have been able to find precious little about it and what I have found seems mostly to consist of unsubstiatable rumours. Does ...
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Japanese Ritz crackers and OU certification

In Japan there are some food products that are identical to American brands but with Japanese packaging. For example, here is the Japanese box for Ritz crackers: Ritz are certified kosher in America (...
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How frequently should Shatnez laboratories be checked?

Many cities have a laboratory where individuals can take their clothes to check if there is shatnez and if necessary to remove it. Often these laboratories are under the supervision of the local Beis ...
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In Israel, what is the difference between l'mehadrin and badatz

In Israel, what is the difference between l'mehadrin and badatz? Also, is there a regular kosher that is different from these two? Do they differ with respect to kashrut standards (e.g., require pas ...
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Plain seltzer on Pesach

The 2016 Passover Directory published by the Star-K (Orthodox Jewish Council of Baltimore) says: Any unflavored seltzer may be used. A 2016 Twitter post by the Chicago Rabbinical Council says: ...
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Coca Cola on Pesach

Yabia Omer writes that Citric Acid isn't a issue on Pesach. Does that deem Coca Cola Kosher for Passover even without a hechsher as a Sefardi?
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Do you have to check eggs that have a hechsher?

In general, one checks the yolks of raw eggs for blood spots before using them. However, is it strictly necessary to do this with eggs that have a hechsher on the box? Please provide an authoritative ...
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Need for Certification of Sake

Does anyone know why all the kashrut organizations (that I know of), require all sake (the Japanese alcohol) to have a hechscher? I would think that since junmai sake is required by law to contain ...
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Why do soft cheeses made by gentiles, like cottage cheese, have a hechsher, while others like mozzarella not have a hechsher?

I noticed Rav Abadi says all soft cheeses made by gentiles are kosher. Do other poskim also hold like him? If yes please post who. Both cottage cheese and mozzarella require rennet, so I'm not ...
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Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?

Years ago, some brands of Worcestershire sauce as well as a few salad dressings were marked "OU fish". This meant that one was not allowed to use this sauce on a piece of meat or have it on the same ...
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Identity of Star-of-David kosher symbol

What is the certifying agency that uses a kosher symbol comprised of a Star-of-David containing another odd-looking symbol within it?: It is carried by, e.g., Byrne Dairy milks (of New York State)....
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If a food product has a heretical/idol worship image on it, and a hechsher as well, may one partake of it?

There is this food/drink product that has a Christian symbol and other associated things, and yet there is also a hechsher. Assuming the hechsher is accepted to be reliable etc., may one consume (i....
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Why does medical marijuana need a kosher supervision?

Today, NY State joined several others in opening clinics to dispense medical marijuana. Distribution of this is restricted to patients who have severe illnesses such as Parkinson's Disease, epilepsy, ...
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Why would spring water or mineral water need a kosher certification?

Nearly every popular U.S. brand of spring or mineral water that I've seen has a kosher certification symbol on the bottle. Amonng them are Perrier and Saratoga (mineral / sparkling) and Poland Spring ...
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Why should a kashrus certification agency change their standards?

Today I learned that the Oasis Mediterranean Foods company (located in Toledo, OH) has lost their hechsher on stuffed grape leaves. Formerly the entire product line was certified by Star-K, so I ...
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Does MSG require a hechsher?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a popular food additive that lends umami (savory) flavor. Do pure MSG crystals require a hechsher?
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do blanched, slivered almonds need a hechsher?

I have seen blanched, slivered almonds sold in packages. Hypothetically do these need a hechsher? I am aware that blanching involves heating so I imagine there could be kashrut concerns, but on the ...
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Why doesn't Kellogg's print the symbol of their certifying agency on their boxes

I have separated my previous question about Kellogg's cereals into different posts based on the comments on that question. The cRc recommends Kellogg's cereals with only a k on the box. In my ...
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Kashrut of Kellog's cereal

The cRc recommends Kellogg's cereals with only a k on the box. In my experience, I have not heard of anybody who disagrees with this. This is an unusual situation, though, since normally a plain k ...
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Does Rooibos tea need a hechsher?

Unlike regular tea, which is from the plant Camellia sinensis, rooibos tea is derived from the plant Aspalathus linearis. I've checked CRC and Star-K and their tea-specific articles don't mention ...
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Is a bottle or jug of 100% pure maple syrup kosher without certification?

There are several farmers' markets scattered around the New York City area. Many of them carry bottles or jugs of 100% NY State or Vermont maple syrup. Occasionally I find Canadian maple syrup. (For ...
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Do Whole Vanilla Beans Need A Hekhsher?

Vanilla beans and their derivatives are commonly used in many dishes as a spice. The whole beans are available for purchase in stores and online. I understand that plain fruits and vegetables (when ...
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Kabbalah/Certification in Shechita in US? [closed]

Who can someone go to to get Kaballah in Shechita in America?
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Changing a hashgacha stamp after the rav's death

I've noticed recently that wines which we get under the hashgacha of the Bada"tz Beit Yosef list "R' Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a." As R' Ovadia died more than a year ago and these are young wines, I suspect ...
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Providing services to a forbidden ceremony

If a secular society criminalizes discriminating against a ceremony (e.g., a wedding between arayot [forbidden sexual unions, e.g., incest, bestiality, or homosexuality] or an idolatrous ritual), is a ...
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Cranberries on Passover

Are fresh cranberries, bagged with OU (year-round) certification, kosher for Passover?
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Is arak kosher for pesach without a specific P hechsher?

I have a bottle of The Spirit of Jaffa Arak (ערק הניחוחות של יפו) with a regular circle-K hechsher as well as hashgachat-badatz-yerushalayim. Is there any reason this shouldn't be kosher for passover ...
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Starburst Fruit Chews kosher?

Are Starburst Fruit Chews kosher? This website below clearly has an OU on the right side. However, Gelatin appears on the ingredient list, and the oukosher.org website doesn't have any reference to ...
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Why would aluminum tins need a Kosher L'Pesach hechsher?

A few days ago, my son noticed that a small aluminum tin that we used had a stamp from the Badat"z that said Kosher L'Pesach. I know that people put food in aluminum tins. But I don't know of anyone ...
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Does 100% pure avocado oil need special kosher l'Pesach certification?

Costco carries a brand of avocado oil that I think is produced by Whole Foods. I know that OU, and I think other kashrut agencies have stated that 100% pure olive oil needs no special Pesach ...
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Can one rely on halal combined with vegetarian labels?

i understand that halal can not be trusted for meat, but what about items that are certified halal and certified vegetarian? There are many vegetarian curry pastes and other spice pastes that can be ...
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Contemporary approaches to kashrut of dates

What are contemporary approaches regarding dealing with bug infestation of dates? Do Kashrut agencies (e.g. the Orthodox Union) regularly inspect crops to determine infestation levels? And if so, what ...
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Eating in a restaurant that is not under the beth din

Can one eat in a resturaunt that claims to be kosher, yet does not have a certified kashrut certificate from the local beth din? Is this a violation of a prohibition by the owner? Does the owner have ...
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Is triangle k a reliable hechsher? [duplicate]

I heard that they're upping up their level of kashrut recently. I also heard that there are many different types of triangle k signs.