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Shabbos Shaylos: Mopping

Can a caterer ask a non-Jew to mop the floor on Shabbos?

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Food Service Hashgacha

There is a common misconception that being a mashgiach in a food service establishment is a simple job, and that the mashgiach in such establishments has minimal responsibilities. In reality, the food service industry, which includes restaurants, caterers, hotels, hospitals, yeshivos and nursing homes, has always been a challenging area for kashrus organizations and the onsite mashgichim that perform the actual supervision. Demands on a food service mashgiach are multiple, unpredictability is the norm, and evaluations have to be executed immediately. To help appreciate the above, I am sharing with the reader some of the intricacies that must be dealt with in a food service establishment.

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Bedikas Tola’im (Checking for Insects)

A survey of the concern for insect and bug (tola’im) infestation in fresh and frozen vegetables.

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Macabee Kosher Foods

Since 1968, Macabee Foods has produced premium quality kosher frozen pizza products for the entire family.

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Our Companies Speak: Walden Farms

Walden Farms began making salad dressing in 1972 using healthful ingredients with universal appeal to create consumer brand loyalty for our products. When searching for kosher certification, our goal was again to create universal appeal by choosing the certifier most trusted and respected by those who look for kosher foods. As expected, Walden Farms consumer base, store count and market share have all benefited from our relationship with the Orthodox Union.

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Salad Days for the OU

A survey of the challenges and opportunities for the Kosher supervision of salad dressings.

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Dawn and the OU: 2 Perfect ‘Matching Circles’

Few companies understand bakery and kosher as much as Dawn Foods. Dawn Foods has a rich lexicon of kosher terms that includes the
word hamantasch (special pastry for the Purim holiday), which the company helped make for a carnival at the Shaare Shamayim-Beth Judah synagogue in Philadelphia.

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Ancient Bowfin Presents New Ich-Theological Conundrum

What is the Kosher status of the bowfin, the notorious freshwater fish?

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Tracking Down the Unauthorized OU

As the largest Kosher certifying agency in the world, the Orthodox Union is deeply concerned about protecting the integrity of its kosher symbol. Thus, when a product bearing an unauthorized OU appears, as occasionally happens, the Orthodox Union responds quickly and efficiently.

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An Upscale Brand of Pizza

Upscale Foods, of the St. Paul, MN suburb of New Hope, was established in 1998 when the Orthodox owners of a kosher food distribution company acquired a kosher food manufacturing facility with a product line known as “The Old City Café.” Old City was originally a restaurant, but over time it evolved into a producer of frozen foods, most notably frozen pizza.

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