Consumer Kosher

Kosher Catering

December 9, 2008

Plan on attending your cousin’s Bar Mitzvah party next week? Or your neighbor’s daughter’s wedding next month? As an increasing number of semachot are catered at non-kosher hotels, it is…

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Next Stop, Bombay! The Life of a Wandering Mashgiach

December 9, 2008

Dr. Avraham Meyer’s idea of a dream vacation is exploring his Manchester, England backyard and getting to sleep in his own bed for more than three nights in a row….

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Following Major Success of Previous Event, The OU’s Harry H. Beren Ask Outreach Program Returns

November 19, 2008

Following Major Success of Previous Event, The OU’s Harry H. Beren Ask Outreach Program Returns To Lakewood For Programs Motzei Shabbat, December 6 And 13, January 10 And 17

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Keeping Tabs on Kosher Glycerin Totes

September 25, 2008

Soon after he came to the OU, Rabbi Chaim Loike became troubled by the following problem: one of his companies sells totes of kosher glycerin as well as totes of…

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More Notes on Totes

September 25, 2008

One more important point about totes: it is not unheard of for a supplier of a product transported in totes to recover the tote from the user after the tote…

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Retail Dairy Products: Whats, Hows and Whys

September 25, 2008

Previous installments in this series have investigated dairy foods from the perspective of the posek, mashgiach and kashrus administrator. We delved into halachic and highly-technical material, attempting to gain insight into the many complexities of dairy kashrus.

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It’s Anchovy Time

August 22, 2008

For generations, shoppers used to greet the grocer with the same refrain, “What’s in season?” Season means little to today’s consumer, save for the difference in price. After all, modern…

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Dear Rabbi… What are the requirements to have my tanker trailers OU certified?

August 22, 2008

Dear ____: Thank you for your interest in OU kosher certification of your tanker vessels. Kosher products can potentially lose their kosher status if stored in vessels without kosher status,…

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Hydroponics and Greenhouses

August 20, 2008

One of the greatest challenges in kashrus for Rabanim Hamachshirim today is protecting consumers from tolaim. One method that has become popular, especially in Eretz Yisroel, is to grow vegetables in greenhouses. Also known as glasshouses or hothouses, their objective is to provide a pest-free environment. Farmers working in conjunction with Rabbanim Hamachshirim have successfully perfected this method, which has proven to be an invaluable tool in the fight against tolaim in produce.

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Transitioning Traditional Kosher Brands to the Mainstream

July 29, 2008

Last year more than 3,200 new foods products were certified kosher, according to a report by the Mintel International Group, a consumer, media and market research firm. Today’s kosher consumer looks for and finds wasabi horseradish sauce, frozen wraps and whole grain noodles on supermarket shelves.

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