FAQs

Can in-room hotel ovens or microwaves be used without kashering?

It is possible to use a non-kosher microwave or oven by double wrapping the food item. If using a microwave, one may poke a small hole in each cover so that the…

Is it possible to obtain hot, kosher meals on a cruise ship?

The only practical option for hot meals on a non-kosher cruise ship is to eat certified pre-packaged meals that are double wrapped, such as those found on airplanes.  These may be…

Is it permissible to take antihistamines without certification?

First, please remember, that anyone with a life-threatening condition should take whatever medicines are necessary without hesitation. In general, tablets are preferable to liquid medications which may contain problematic ingredients. …

Does the OU Recommend Other Hasgochos?

We do not feel it is appropriate or ethical for the OU to evaluate certifying agencies. We therefore recommend that you consult your local Rabbi or community kashrus agency.

Are there kosher concerns of Bishul Akum if the food is cooked in a microwave by a Gentile?

For obvious reasons, microwave cooking is not discussed in the Talmud or Shulchan Aruch. Nonetheless, some contemporary poskim equate microwave cooking to the cooking process of smoking. The Shulchan Oruch…

How much involvement by a Jew is required to avoid the status of Bishul Akum?

There is a dispute among the early codifiers whether bishul akum is negated by a Jew initiating the entire cooking process (i.e. by placing the food in the oven or…

How do we determine what foods are eaten on the king’s table?

There is no royalty in America, but food that would be served at a state dinner or even at an upscale wedding is generally considered “served at a royal table”.

What is the definition of food that can be eaten raw?

Food that most people would feel comfortable eating without cooking would fall under this category. Some common examples are water, oil, butter, jam and jelly, fruit juice (excluding grape), honey,…

Bishul Yisrael Are all OU products Bishul Yisroel?

An OU product should not be assumed to be bishul Yisrael unless so indicated on the label. In general, the halacha (Jewish Law) does not require bishul Yisrael in all…

Are All OU Certified Grain Products Pas Yisrael?

An OU certified grain product should not be assumed to be pas Yisrael unless so indicated on the label. In general, the OU follows the halachic opinion that does not…