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A similar concept is used today, in which a variety of symbols are used from various Rabbinical organizations to mark kosher food (bread included). Read more about hechsherim (singular: hechsher) here.


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It seems that the prohibition does not apply to human flesh. My reasoning is that it is not mentioned in the Mishnah, Rambam, or Shulchan Aruch. All that is mentioned is beheimoh and chayoh (kosher land animals) and the possibility of fowl. The prohibition does not apply to non-kosher animals. If it did apply to human flesh, which is not kosher, it should ...


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Star-K, a recognized kosher authority, writes here that baking powder is kosher without a hekhsher, if they do not have additives and if food items are not a product of Israel. R Moshe Vaye, a leading kosher food authority in Bnei Brak, agrees. Tartaric acid is a natural component of baking powder and not an additive (see e.g., here). Both OU Kosher and CRC ...


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In the Netherlands the kosher bakery uses edible paper stuck to the bread to mark it as Kosher. But their symbol is a Star of David, not a Menorah.


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Adding to alicht's post, I checked Wikipedia's explanation of "matcha": Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves that also are used to make gyokuro. The preparation of matcha starts several weeks before harvest and may last up to 20 days, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight.[5][better source needed] This slows down growth, ...


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According to the OK ("Consumer questions for the OK"), it would seem to depend on whether the tea is flavored or not: Plain tea does not require a hechsher, since it does not have additives. However, any flavored tea does require a reliable hechsher, because the additional ingredients may not be kosher. Many flavorings used in flavored teas are made from ...


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