Industrial Kosher Articles

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Question: I hear so much about the booming Passover kosher market. I understand that 40% of all kosher products are sold in the six to seven weeks prior to Passover. I also understand that the kosher laws relating to Passover are much stricter and require on-site supervision. Our company produces baked goods, while some of my […]

OU Kosher Rabbinic Field Representatives –Friends or Foes?

Remembering a Beloved RFR, Rabbi Avrohom Chesny of Blessed Memory This past September, Rabbi Avrohom Chesny, the Midwest region’s longtime OU Kosher Rabbinic Field Representative, passedaway. For over 37 years, the many manufacturing plants on his roster welcomed his inspection visits as they would a trusted friend. How did he accomplish this? Although, no one […]

Pesach 2018: Choices and More Choices

Those of us who are old enough to remember Passovers of three or four decades ago will certainly recall the slim pickings. By the close of the eight-day holiday, we undoubtedly had our fill of matzoh, eggs and potatoes, and even Saratoga Geyser with Kedem syrup. Passover was certainly not a time to be a […]

Ecuador Escalates Export-Edge

Americans love their tuna. Whether in a salad, sandwich, or casserole, we consume about a billion pounds of canned tuna peryear! Ever wonder where all that fish is coming from? A sun-drenched country sitting near the equator, aptly named Ecuador. There’s a welcomed phenomenon occurring in Ecuador’s food manufacturing industry. A fast-growing number of companies are […]

Dont Look at the KARMA Cap – Look at What’s in it!

KARMA Wellness Water is a relatively new kosher line of products certified by the OU. These nutritional beverages come in several flavors. The driving force behind Karma is the fact that water-soluble vitamins lose their potency while sitting in water or when they are exposed to moisture. Additionally, those vitamins suffer degradation when they are […]

9/11 Diary from the OU Archives: The Triumph of the Human Spirit

IT WAS SURELY going to be just another typical Tuesday at the office. I arrived at the OU’s headquarters– located just six blocks south of the World Trade Center – at 8:25 A.M. and found the other early birds at their workstations. I began to settle down, turned on my computer and was reading my […]

Kosher Upgrade Wash or ‘Kosherization’ Wash

OU certified kosher upgrade wash facilities provide their customers with the highest quality washes to meet their needs. Two types of kosher washes service are provided by a certified wash facility: 1) Kosher Maintenance Wash 2) Kosher Upgrade, or ‘Kosherization’ Wash Every OU certified wash facility is authorized to perform kosher maintenance washes. Upgrade washes […]

Kosher Maintenance Wash

Kosher Maintenance Wash OU certified kosher maintenance wash facilities provide their customers with the highest quality washes to meet their needs. Two types of kosher washes service are provided by a certified wash facility: 1) Kosher Maintenance Wash 2) Kosher Upgrade, or ‘Kosherization’ Wash Every OU certified wash facility is authorized to perform kosher maintenance […]

OU Railcar Kosherization Protocols

The information below outlines the necessary procedures for railcar kosherization of railcars. “Kosherization” is a particular temperature-specific procedure required for railcars previously hauling non-kosher to qualify to haul kosher product. The presence of an OU field rabbi is typically required for procedure verification. Please contact your Rabbinic Coordinator, Rabbi Twersky, at 212-613-8388 or at twerskyy@ou.org […]

Meet the Woman Who Keeps Tootsie Rolls Kosher

If you keep kosher, and enjoy eating a handful of Tootsie Rolls or drinking a tall glass of Gatorade, you have Phyllis Koegel to thank. As marketing director of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division, Koegel is charged with convincing companies of the financial and commercial benefits of going kosher—and getting the OU symbol, the most widely […]