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Can Skinless Salmon Be Assumed to Be Kosher?
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Although kosher fish are usually identified only by the presence of scales [1] , the Orthodox Union has a long standing policy of accepting as kosher all reddish-pinkish fillets, even without a piece of skin by which the fillet can be identified. The basis for this policy is that there is no fish [2] that […]
The Return of the Evil Weevils in Rice & Barley
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Recently, the OU has received complaints from consumers about high levels of infestation in barley and rice and other grain products. Many of these complaints have revealed that the affected products were beyond or close to their expiration dates. The Problem: While our certified packers sift all incoming products such as grain and flour etc., […]
What Could Be Wrong With… Fish?
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One of the most serious misimpressions that persists in the minds of kosher consumers is the belief that one can eat inherently kosher foods prepared in non-kosher restaurants. Professionals are often under great pressure to go out with clients or colleagues to lunch and dinner. When kosher restaurants are not available, people rationalize that they […]
What Could Be Wrong With the “K?”
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A number of years ago, an OU-certified company requested authorization to use “Charlie’s Bread Crumbs” in their product. Since a “K” was prominently displayed on the bread crumb label, I called the Charlie company to inquire which rabbi provided their kosher supervision. Mr. Johnson politely advised me that they were under the strict supervision of […]
Why is This Chemical Different from All Other Chemicals?
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There are some chemicals that enhance the taste of food, but some chemicals are lethal. How does the OU handle both? Join Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, as he examines the halachos and science behind the kashrus certification of inedibles and animal-derivatives. Glycerin seasoned with glass-cleanser may not be so […]
It’s Dairy. And Parve. Sort Of. In a Way…
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Some foods just can’t make up their minds! If I prepare a parve food in a clean dairy utensil, it’s treated like dairy in some ways and parve in others…so now what do I do? Join Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing unparalleled expertise in dairy products, as he explores the […]