Kosher for Consumers

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Do Natural + Wholesome = Kosher?: A biochemist takes a second look at “natural” foods

Consumer demand for all-natural foods began to, skyrocket about ten years ago. The outcome today is very apparent: an increasing availability of natural foods in supermarkets and a proliferation of…

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Is Your Oven Kosher?  What Every Kosher Cook Must Know

From the Talmudic kirah to our modern microwave, oven cooking requires specific kosher knowledge. Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator of the OU Kosher Division, explains the halachos involved and provides a practical guideline.

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The Illegal OU

As the largest kosher certifying agency in the world, the OU is deeply concerned about protecting the integrity of our kosher symbol.

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What’s The Truth About Giraffe Meat!

Misconception: Although the giraffe is a kosher animal, it is not slaughtered because it is not known where on the neck to perform the shechitah (ritual slaughter). Fact: The makom…

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Fraudulent Claims! How to be your own detective

Here is an interesting question worth pondering. A supermarket displays a large sign which reads: “Super Sale! Kosher Chickens — Tzippor Tohor Brand — 79 cents/lb.”

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Emulsifiers

We are experiencing a “new age” of technological advancement in the food industry. This unique technology has ramifications throughout food production from the very inception and creation of the product…

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The Saga of the Dixie Belle Artificial Cheese Flavored’ Moon Cookie

You have just arrived at the San Juan airport in Puerto Rico after a long day of business negotiations. Famished, you are looking forward to the kosher meal that will…

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Sweet-Talk: Inside the Kosher Bakery

Certificating an industrial bakery is a complicated matter. Here are some of the issues involved in making supervising bakeries.

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Salmon Colored With Astaxanthin

Although kosher fish are usually identified only by the presence of scales , the Orthodox Union has a long standing policy of accepting as kosher all reddish-pinkish fillets, even without…

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