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Why does medical marijuana need a kosher supervision?

Rather than guessing, read it directly from the source. Some have also suggested that a natural product, derived from the Cannabis plant, for a life-threatening condition, does not require ...
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KORC - Kosher Symbol

The Atlanta Kashrus Agency does not recommend the KORC. The AKC does not recommend the KORC certification. Lettuce products with this certification have been found to have have insects and ...
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KORC - Kosher Symbol

Considering the opacity around the acceptability of different kashruth certification organizations in America, I don't think many people will be able to accurately answer this question. That being ...
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Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what?

The OU has (at least) two specific problems with Triangle-K: 1- While halakhah has no minimum bound (shiur) for how often an establishment must be spot-checked (yotzei venichnas = someone who goes ...
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What is this "vvk" or "AAk" hechsher?

It is the hechsher of Rabbi A Adler of Gateshead UK, see http://www.hechshers.info/kashauth/147.htm
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Does electronic cigarette juice require a hechsher?

According to the CRC-Chicago it needs a Hashgacha Does the juice or flavor for electronic cigarettes pose kashrus issues? Yes. Electronic cigarettes convert a specially formulated liquid ...
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Providing services to a forbidden ceremony

There are two concerns here: chanufa, which means telling a sinner that you approve of their sinful action; and mesayea / lifnei iver, being involved in (or enabling) someone else's sin. For a rabbi ...
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Is there a concept of "bitul beshishim" with regards to fish?

As always, the answer is: "it's a machlokes!" Open up a Shulchan Aruch to Yoreh Deah 116:2, where it says not to mix meat and fish. The Taz's opinion is that because meat-and-fish is a health ...
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Does loose leaf tea need a hechsher?

According to the CRC: Black, green, white, yellow, oolong, and jasmine tea are all inherently kosher for Pesach, but the issues of decaffeination and flavoring apply to tea in the same way that ...
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Whatever happened to plumbas?

Forward.com reported (2006) that plumbas were being replaced with holograms to fight fraud.
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Does flavored dental floss need a hechsher?

Per CRC-Chicago All dental floss, including flavored, may be used. However, during pesach one should only use the unflavored variety.
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Starburst Fruit Chews kosher?

Although the website has an OU printed there, if you click in to the nutritional information it says that it is not Kosher. In addition, here is a reproduction of an e-mail claimed to be from the ...
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Why would spring water or mineral water need a kosher certification?

The OU says water does not need supervision. My guess is that it is not expensive to obtain the hekhsher and perceived as adding value so the manufacturers do it anyway. Aish has a nice explanation ...
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What's with this "approved for Pesach" tape?

Baking hand shmura matzahs involves placing the matzahs in an oven using long wooden poles. Out of concern that some dough may be stuck on to the pole the poles are sanded down after use. Some avoid ...
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Plain seltzer on Pesach

The CRC is the source of a detailed article (written January 2008) that explains the reasoning behind the discussion of the generation of carbon dioxide. The significant part is at the end where they ...
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What's with the plain-"K" hechsher?

Kosher organizations use trademark law to prevent unauthorized companies from putting their symbol on the box. So if you see an OU on a box of food, you can be relatively certain that the product is ...
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Why are junk foods, which are poor for your health, certified kosher?

My Rebbe Rav Shmuel Dishon (mashgiach ruchni Karlin Stolin) once asked us how do we think Kashrus organizations are allowed to issue "kosher" status on things that are damaging to the human body (...
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Why would aluminum tins need a Kosher L'Pesach hechsher?

The OU has a long article explaining the possible issues with aluminum foil and aluminum pans. Due to the concerns raised in the article there are those who manufacture aluminum in a way to avoid a ...
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KORC - Kosher Symbol

This info is on Kashrut.com : Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco 1851 Noriega Street, P.O. Box 22491, San Francisco, CA 94122 415-564-5665, Fax: 415-665-0394 Rabbi Jacob Traub, Chairman ...
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Can one rely on halal combined with vegetarian labels?

It would depend both on what's in it and how it was processed. There are many ingredients that are Halal and/or vegetarian and are not kosher (e.g. non-kosher wine [which might also be vegan]; some ...
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Eating in a restaurant that is not under the beth din

It would seem to be that this establishment is not to be patronized and or trusted to be serving kosher food unless they have a kosher certification. This is based on a rule enacted by the Vaad Ha'...
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Who hechshers P'til Tekhelet?

From http://tekhelet.com/tekhelet/ask-ptil-tekhelet/ Q. Who is the mashgiach on the process making sure it's lishma, etc.? Who gives the official hechsher? A. R. Eliyahu Tavger is the Rav of ...
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Changing a hashgacha stamp after the rav's death

I do not see why one can not continue using up labels made prior to the Rav's death. This can be a true Hefsed Meruba / large monetary loss. The symbol has been updated and I am sure that all new ...
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Is a bottle or jug of 100% pure maple syrup kosher without certification?

There are two problems as explained at this article There are two major kosher concerns with “pure maple syrup.” First, an observant Jew is required to turn on the evaporator because only an ...
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If eggs have a hechsher, must you still check them for blood spots?

First of all raw eggs do not need a hechsher according to CRC, Denver Vaad HaKashrut and others. The presence of a hechsher on the box does not appear to be a factor in two major treatments of the ...
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Plain seltzer on Pesach

OUKOSHER.ORG says that carbon dioxide used to be produced from grain fermentation. I imagine that the Star-K has determined it is not a concern and the CRC-Chicago has been unable to verify this to ...
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Is Soylent kosher certified?

Feb 2015 Update Not anymore. From Star-K on Facebook: ALERT Soylent 1.4 Due to product reformulation, Soylent 1.4, a dietary supplement, manufactured by Rosa Labs, Los Angeles, CA, is ...
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Maris ayin and kosher certification

As Rabbi Yehuda Spitz explains, for many dairy-look pareve products there is an understanding among the general population that, even though it looks like it's dairy, it's not, and, because of that ...
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Who certifies the hechsher magen David with a K replacing the right side?

Trader Joes shows this hechsher as 79 Kosher in Greece Vassileos Irakliou 26, 54624. Thessaloniki, Greece +302310-275.701 Rabbi Rav Shitrit Eliahu jctrabbi.saloniki@gmail.com Kosher Food In ...
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