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“Everything Is In Butter”

There is a German expression Alles iz in butter” (Literally: Everything is in butter.) This phrase means that everything is fine and in order. Historically, butter was a product that was viewed as being kosher without any serious issues. Generally, all aspects concerning the ingredients and manufacturing process were considered to be acceptable. Butter was generally produced by churning cream so that the butterfat flocculated (clumped together) to form butter; the byproduct from this process being buttermilk. No other additives were used. In fact, in halacha, there are many shitos that do not consider butter to be subject to the restrictions of chalav akum as long as there is no residual milk fluid in the butter (see Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 115:7 and Shach ad loc.). Even today, based on these shitos, many people who are careful to use cholov Yisroel products exclusively are lenient with butter. Some kosher consumers purchase higher grades of butter even without any kosher certification. Are these practices advisable in light of the many changes, both in terms of ingredients and manufacturing techniques, that have occurred in standard butter production? How do these changes affect the kosher of butter? Do the traditionally lenient approaches to the kashrus of butter still apply? From the standpoint of kosher, can we still say about butter, “Alles iz in butter”?

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SWEET MAVENS OF GLASTONBURY, CT RECEIVES ORTHODOX UNION KOSHER CERTIFICATION FOR DELICIOUS BISCOTTI PRODUCTS

Sweet Mavens, manufacturer of an award-winning line of tender biscotti, announces that it has been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU). “Becoming certified by the Orthodox Union is the…

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OU DIRECT INTRODUCED ‘PRODUCT AUTOMATION’ TO ONLINE PROGRAM

In breaking news from OU Kosher, OU Direct, the website available to all OU Kosher certified companies, became even more direct, Thursday, May 9, with the addition of Product Automation. This new feature includes a variety of options to make it easier and quicker for companies to maintain their certified product lists and to add new products.

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OU Kosher Holds Annual Staff Conference in Borough Park

HALACHA AND COLLEGIALITY COMBINE AS OU KOSHER HOLDS ITS ANNUAL STAFF CONFERENCE IN BOROUGH PARK OU Kosher presented its annual staff Kashrut Conference last weekend at the Renaissance Ballroom in…

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OU Honors Sandra Sorenson of ADM

The Orthodox Union honors Sandra Sorenson, Global Procurement Manager of ADM (Archer Daniel Midland) for her dedication and excellence in support of the OU’s many non profit program servicing the…

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THE NUMBERS ARE IN – THE OU HAD A BUSY PASSOVER; DISSEMINATING KNOWLEDGE WAS AN ORGANIZATIONAL EFFORT

The period between Passover and the Festival of Shavuot is a time of numbers for the Jewish people, with the daily counting of Sefirat HaOmer, for 49 days, leading up…

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OU KOSHER ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EXTENDED HOTLINE HOURS BEFORE PASSOVER:

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 (10 A.M.-NOON), AND MONDAY, MARCH 25 (10 A.M.-1P.M.) OU Kosher announces special extended hours of the OU Kosher Hotline to assist with Passover preparations—from 10:00 a.m-12 noon…

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OU KOSHER’S RABBI MOSHE ELEFANT JOINS TALKLINE WITH ZEV BRENNER LIVE EACH NIGHT LEADING UP TO PASSOVER

Rabbi Moshe Elefant may be most closely identified as Chief Operating Officer of OU Kosher and the magid shiur of the Orthodox Union’s Daf Yomi webcast (whose 1,800 learners a…

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Rabbi Moshe Elefant may be most closely identified as Chief Operating Officer of OU Kosher and the magid shiur of the Orthodox Union’s Daf Yomi webcast (whose 1,800 learners a…

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OU KOSHER COMES TO SOHO, WITH NEW YORK CITY’S NEWEST GLATT KOSHER RESTAURANT: “THE J”

Name Has Changed but Restaurant Still Continues to Create Fun, Modern, Elegant Kosher Dining Experience                                                                                                                         There is good news for New York-area dining patrons in search of the…

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