Glycerine and Detergent Issues

1) For those RFR’s whose plants need Kosher for Passover Glycerine be advised that Procter & Gamble is now producing a non-Passover Glycerine that is named: Superol Kosher Glycerine not for Passover (KNP). This product is now being sold bulk, and will soon be sold in drums also.

2) The OU certifies some glycerine and fatty acids for detergent use only. This is because the OU does not certify detergents or cleansers simply because they are inedible by a dog and therefore can be considered de facto kosher. The standard for OU certified detergents and cleansers is that there be no b’ein of tarfus in the certified product. On this note, it is important to point out that Procter & Gamble also manufacturers a vegetable glycerine that we certify as “Kosher certified for non-food use only, which means that it is a pure vegetable product that has been produced on keilim which have been used for tarfus. These keilim have been flushed to the point that there is no b’ein of tarfus in this laundry grade (from the perspective of kashrus only) certified product. Because this glycerine was produced on non-kashered keilim, this glycerine may not be stored or transported in food grade kosher tanks or carriers, without requiring a subsequent kosherization. The name of this Procter & Gamble Glycerine is Superol V Glycerine. This glycerine should not be allowed into a kosher-certified food grade plant that uses kosher glycerine in certified food production.

3) Procter & Gamble has a plant in New Milford. CT called Chemical Marketing Concepts. This is a unique type of facility which only packages sample size bottles of chemical products. If an RC or RFR receives an LOC for a glycerin or fatty acid coming from CMC, he should ask his plant what size the delivery is, as CMC only ships samples. Sample sizes generally consist of five gallon drums, gallon pails and pint bottles. All sample labels from this plant carry the RFR’s stamp. If you find CMC as a source on a Schedule A, please find out if your plant is using sample sizes. If not, please inform your RC to have the correct source of the glycerin or fatty acid added to the Schedule A and to have the CMC source deleted.

4) All Cognis Glycerine that is manufactured in the United States and certified by the OU is bulk only. Cognis does do drumming at a facility in Cincinnati. Some of the Glycerine drummed there is certified by the Vaad Hoir of Cincinnati. However, the OU takes no responsibility for that product. If your plant is receiving such Glycerine a Letter of Certification from that Vaad must be obtained for the ingredient to be added to a Schedule A. Lot numbers will probably be necessary. Cognis Glycerine is drummed under OU certification in Germany and in Malaysia. Those drums should bear the OU symbol. The drums from Germany will also carry the stamp of the RFR.

5) As mentioned above, all OU certified Cognis glycerine made in the US (in Cincinnati) is bulk. That glycerine is named Emery 917 Kosher Glycerine 99.7% U.S.P.

Please be aware that Cognis also manufactures non-kosher bulk glycerine which is marketed under the name Emery 916 Glycerine. Because of the closeness of these numbers, extra vigilance is necessary.

6) Sometimes a detergent plant RFR reports as an ingredient to be added to the Schedule A “blow molding.” This is simply an ingredient that is used in making the plastic containers that liquid detergents come in. Many laundry plants manufacture their own containers. Blow moldings and their colors need not be reported.