Consumer Kosher Articles

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.

Bedikas Tolaim (Checking For Insect Infestation)

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

Salad Days For The OU

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

Ancient Bowfin Presents New Ich-Theological Conundrum

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

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.

OU Symbol: More Than Just Food To Eat

An editorial from Behind the Union Symbol, explaining the significance behind Kosher supervision and eating kosher food.

“Korn” Syrup And The Real Thing

The inside story of sugar and other sweeteners from the Kosher perspective.

The OU Meets The Challenge Of Certifying The Beverage Industry

A discussion of the challenges and opportunities of Kosher Certification within the beverage industry.

Making Fruit Jelly Kosher: It’s Easier Than Ever

A discussion of the manufacture of Grape Jelly and how one company has been able to use recent changes to expand their manufacture of Kosher Grape Jelly.

Carnauba: The Wax Which Does Not Wane

The manufacture of Carnauba Wax and its role in different industries.