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Links to kosher symbol lists. Each list is obviously only as reliable as its source

cRc: http://www.crcweb.org/agency_list.php

KosherQuest: https://kosherquest.org/kosher-symbols/

Approved alcoholic drinks from the Rabbanut.  http://www.jerusalemkoshernews.com/wp-content/uploads/%D7%9E%D7%A9%D7%A7%D7%90%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%97%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%9E%D7%90%D7%95%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D.pdf

These are NOT Orthodox: https://sites.google.com/site/nonorthodoxkosher/home (even though some may look legit)


Informative post regarding Kashrus Agencies
Every hashgacha has +&-.


You can also submit any kashrus questions at
https://www.askcrc.org/ask
https://oukosher.org/ask-kosher-question/
https://www.star-k.org/ask-rabbi choose General Consumer Kashrus Questions in the Subject/Topic Dropdown list
https://www.ok.org/contact/ choose Kosher in the Attention Dropdown list



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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #340 on: April 25, 2013, 07:37:53 AM »
Here's a channel 10 investigation into the Beit Yosef hechsher. I haven't watched yet.
It discusses how it's used to give ppl jobs, etc.
http://lifeinisrael.blogspot.co.il/2013/04/investigative-report-into-beit-yosef.html

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #341 on: April 25, 2013, 07:43:17 AM »
Here's a channel 10 investigation into the Beit Yosef hechsher. I haven't watched yet.
It discusses how it's used to give ppl jobs, etc.
http://lifeinisrael.blogspot.co.il/2013/04/investigative-report-into-beit-yosef.html


I didn't watch it either, but it would surprise me if any of the hechsherim are different in this aspect. Almost all hechsherim jobs nowadays are basically given to those with "protekzia" .
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #342 on: April 25, 2013, 07:57:58 AM »


I didn't watch it either, but it would surprise me if any of the hechsherim are different in this aspect. Almost all hechsherim jobs nowadays are basically given to those with "protekzia" .
and whom are also talmidei chachamim and trustworthy?

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #343 on: April 25, 2013, 08:20:03 AM »
and whom are also talmidei chachamim and trustworthy?

I'll be innocent and assume that all hechsherim hire only talmidei chachomim. Would they hire others before them in a meritocracy? It is my belief so in many cases. In regards to trustworthiness, the term is more subjective. Therefore I wouldn't be quick to accuse anyone of hiring untrustworthy workers.
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #344 on: April 25, 2013, 01:04:04 PM »

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #345 on: April 25, 2013, 01:51:40 PM »
FWIW it's not on crc's app
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #346 on: April 25, 2013, 01:54:43 PM »
Not sure what bring a talmid chacham has so much to do with being a mashgiach.
I think the two most important factors are
1. Trustworthy
2. Meticulous

Mashgiach doesn't make policy, just follows rules of hechsher
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #347 on: April 25, 2013, 02:29:05 PM »
FWIW it's not on crc's app
Anyone want to email them and ask their opinion?
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #348 on: April 25, 2013, 02:46:44 PM »
Anyone want to email them and ask their opinion?


Sent. Will reply when they answer

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #349 on: April 25, 2013, 03:19:44 PM »
Not sure what bring a talmid chacham has so much to do with being a mashgiach.
I think the two most important factors are
1. Trustworthy
2. Meticulous

Mashgiach doesn't make policy, just follows rules of hechsher

True. A low-level mashgiach doesn't necessarily need to be a talmid chacham. Doesn't even have to be a yeshiva guy. But IME, there is a very high amount of talmidei chachamim/yeshiva guys available to hire that a hechsher would not be thinking in the consumers best interests if they don't hire either. (Of course, I'm assuming that with a big selection they will be able to find one that will fit their needs).
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #350 on: April 25, 2013, 03:37:37 PM »

Sent. Will reply when they answer




That hechsher is recommended on a product by product basis. Contact the crc office for more details.

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #351 on: April 25, 2013, 03:40:54 PM »
That hechsher is recommended on a product by product basis. Contact the crc office for more details.
Lol, ask for more details :)
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #352 on: April 25, 2013, 03:44:57 PM »
Lol, ask for more details :)

They will prob want to know what the product is and who the manufacturer is.
Through another kashrut organization I had a similar question about a product with a KVH which I was told is also a product by product situation.

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #353 on: April 26, 2013, 12:43:09 AM »



That hechsher is recommended on a product by product basis. Contact the crc office for more details.
can you post your email and their response?

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #354 on: April 26, 2013, 07:29:16 AM »
can you post your email and their response?

I asked them straight up if the KOA was recommended. And sent them a link to KOAs website.
That was their response. That for some products yes, some no, contact their office and they will be glad to help you out.

They prob just want to know what product it is, and/or they will give you instructions on how to figure it out.

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #355 on: May 08, 2013, 09:46:13 PM »
As someone who used to be in Hashgacha I will try to translate: Case by case basis can mean any of the following:

A) We have yet to find a case that it is unapproved but we are keeping our options open

B) we have yet to find a case that is approved but don't want to get sued or harassed

C) we have valid reason for case by case e.g. we know the Rov Hamachshir is knowledgeable, so if its in a service area where he is visiting himself (near where he lives) we trust him, however if its across the country from him and hes outsourcing we don't necessarily trust the people he outsources to. Or maybe they are trusted for certain things but maybe not flavoring companies since that is more complex etc....

As far as the K.O.A. IMHO it would be more a case of the middle one
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #356 on: May 11, 2013, 11:31:37 PM »
Is there a "Is This Kosher Thread"?
Well, is this Kosher?
It's also a good price.
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #358 on: June 04, 2013, 05:22:53 PM »
Does anyone know about the reliability of vaad hakashrus of metrowest in nj
And Reubenís Glatt Spot in particular?
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #359 on: June 09, 2013, 05:21:28 PM »
Anyone know anything about this hechsher?  Reliability is the next question.

TIA