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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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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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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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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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Certified vs. Uncertified Costco Salmon

R Sholem Fishbane, the Executive Director of the Associated Kashrus Organizations (AKO), an umbrella group of major kosher-certifying agencies and the and the Kashruth Administrator of the CRC kosher ...
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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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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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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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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 [email protected] Kosher Food In ...
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Does anybody recognize this kashrus symbol? Rectangle K US

It looks like this is the trademark of "United Kosher Supervision", which is apparently headed by a R' Yaakov Spivak of Monsey, NY.
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Does lemon or lime juice need a Hechsher

Per crc Chicago Yes. It needs Kosher certification. For this reason, all pasteurized juices require reliable kosher certification, even if they do not contain any kosher-sensitive ingredients.
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Is Cup-K reliable?

Your question seems to beg two things - Is it reliable, as well as some info about the hashgacha. As for info, I located this article about the supervising rabbi, Rabbi Israel Mayer Steinberg of Vaad ...
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Is Cup-K reliable?

Cup-K shows the citation below. Note the Stringency line (Conservative) on the hechsher listing. This would raise a question in my mind. One question would be what is done on Shabat and could the non-...
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Need for Certification of Sake

In "Is Sake Kosher?", a 2009 article1, the OU, referring to (but unfortunately, not clearly citing) a responsum by R' Hershel Schachter, explains that one should not assume that uncertified sake is ...
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Why would aluminum tins need a Kosher L'Pesach hechsher?

Although the OU includes disposable baking tins and Star-K (pg 5: "All disposable foil products may be used") as things which don't require a hechsher for Pesach, it seems the OK would require a ...
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Shochtim who learned from translated materials

There are many rabbonim who won’t give kabbala to a Shochet that doesn’t show a strong grasp of the Hebrew terms and precise language of the text in Hebrew. Potential Shochetim have failed tests ...
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Is Soylent kosher certified?

As of 2021, all products in Soylent's "Ready To Drink" product line are certified kosher by the OU: source on the OU website. (This does not include their "Complete Energy" energy ...
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Does soy milk need a hechshir

Per London Bais Din website: "All plain soya milk is permitted. Other types of Dairy Free Milk are permitted if listed as approved or certified" http://www.kosher.org.uk/koshersearch However this ...
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Frequency of inspection at vegan restaurants

It seems to me that a constant mashgiach would still be required. For background, there are 4 main problems with a vegan restaurant without any mashgiach, as summarized from ok.org, and chabad.org: ...
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Swallowed medicine hechser

First of all, Consult Your Own Local Rabbi (CYOLR). Star-K writes with regards to taking non-kosher tablets: In tablets, the most common possibly non-kosher ingredients are magnesium stearate, ...
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Does peanut butter need a Hechsher

There are actually two questions here, though they are related: A.) Do we recommend today that people buy peanut butter without a kosher certification? Really not a good idea. Today's peanut butters ...
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Do those who keep Cholov Yisroel eat products marked "K-DE"?

The Rama writes (in Yoreh Deah 115:1): חָלָב שֶׁל עוֹבְדֵי כּוֹכָבִים אוֹסְרִים כֵּלִים שֶׁנִּתְבַּשְּׁלוּ בָּהֶם כִּשְׁאָר אִסּוּר, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ רַק סָפֵק שֶׁמָּא עֵרֵב בָּהּ דָּבָר טָמֵא. ...
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Why would a disposable plastic containers need a hechsher?

A number of kashrut certification agencies (led by Star-K and the OU) discovered that plastic packaging material suppliers were using animal-based additives (e.g., tallow, animal fat) in the plastic ...
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Who certifies the hechsher magen David with a K replacing the right side?

Eliyahu Shitrit is no longer in Thessaloniki but in Volos. There is NO Shomer Shabbat community anywhere in Greece. The only reliable Kosher restaurant located in Athens, Greece is operated by Rabbi ...
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Is this "Crown PL" a kosher symbol?

This logo does not appear on the list of kosher products in Poland (see p. 50 of here). They list (p. 35) salted herring as kosher without symbol but only when with salt and water only. The product ...
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Is this "Crown PL" a kosher symbol?

Had the very same question and found this post in my search. Here is the answer. I finally found it what this symbol means. It is not a kosher symbol. It is a trademark for a beverage packaging ...
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Why do we check clothing for Shaatnez - isn't it a מיעוט (שאנו מצוי)?

Reb Moshe in Igros Moshe YD 1:72 at the end of the Teshuva says that although Midina it would be permitted not to check, since it’s possible to check it out conclusively, we try not to rely on miyut, ...
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Choosing a Hechsher

The CRC has a list of hechsherim here: CRC Kashrus Agency Listing and they have an article that explains how they go about determining which hechsherim are reliable. With that being said, what is ...
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Why doesn't the OU put DE on food packages anymore?

Was out shopping today and found OU-DE products in the store. Per the OU website they do have a DE designation that they currently use.
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