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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 #6200 on: April 16, 2024, 08:15:36 PM »

Lol you like their tap water better than the Poland spring/deer park?
Has added minerals.  Those are great as well. But I personally like Costco best.
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6201 on: April 16, 2024, 08:28:17 PM »
I'm in Toronto for YT. I see the ones here have an OU-P as well.
It seems that for Canada it actually needs the P

Though there's some contradictory info about the American stuff.
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6202 on: April 16, 2024, 09:08:46 PM »

Lol you like their tap water better than the Poland spring/deer park?

Was with Poland water for years, but no going back after I got to like Kirkland's much better, except for passover when I need to.

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6203 on: April 17, 2024, 12:06:06 AM »
Spring Water and Purified Water are two different products, Spring water usually doesn't have added minerals.
 Though that doesn't explain the OU's contradictory info.

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6204 on: April 17, 2024, 01:26:12 AM »
Spring Water and Purified Water are two different products, Spring water usually doesn't have added minerals.
 Though that doesn't explain the OU's contradictory info.
The N.Y. one is purified water and has like 7 different minerals "added for taste".
Canadian one is natural spring water with just ozone added. (Whatever that is)
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6205 on: April 17, 2024, 08:27:32 AM »
Why does purified water need hashgacha? Minerals can be chametz?

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6206 on: April 17, 2024, 08:35:57 AM »
It seems that for Canada it actually needs the P

Though there's some contradictory info about the American stuff.
Where do you see contradictory info?
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6207 on: April 17, 2024, 12:51:33 PM »
Why does purified water need hashgacha? Minerals can be chametz?
Heard a shiur from someone in the OU once. He says distilled water (may or may not be this) is a usable byproduct of concentrating petroleum, milk (lemineihem), or any type of fat/oil. Thus, the water can be milchigs or treif. He claimed the end-product is not distinguishable from other versions of the same (chemically it is just water).
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6208 on: April 17, 2024, 01:01:00 PM »
Heard a shiur from someone in the OU once. He says distilled water (may or may not be this) is a usable byproduct of concentrating petroleum, milk (lemineihem), or any type of fat/oil. Thus, the water can be milchigs or treif. He claimed the end-product is not distinguishable from other versions of the same (chemically it is just water).
So basically all distilled waters (and maybe any waters with added ingredients), it should need a hechsher for all year around... ?
I was always under the assumption that bottled water doesn't need Hechsher.
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6209 on: April 17, 2024, 01:06:53 PM »
Heard a shiur from someone in the OU once. He says distilled water (may or may not be this) is a usable byproduct of concentrating petroleum, milk (lemineihem), or any type of fat/oil. Thus, the water can be milchigs or treif. He claimed the end-product is not distinguishable from other versions of the same (chemically it is just water).

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6210 on: April 17, 2024, 01:58:43 PM »
Heard a shiur from someone in the OU once. He says distilled water (may or may not be this) is a usable byproduct of concentrating petroleum, milk (lemineihem), or any type of fat/oil. Thus, the water can be milchigs or treif. He claimed the end-product is not distinguishable from other versions of the same (chemically it is just water).
1. Google cow water.
2. Purified ≠ distilled
3. I dont think there's a single case of distilled drinking water being sourced from condensate. Though I may be wrong.
On the other hand, there have need rare instances of water being pasteurized in grape equipment

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6211 on: April 17, 2024, 02:22:27 PM »
Why does purified water need hashgacha? Minerals can be chametz?
As per rabbi fishbane https://www.kashrusawareness.com/post/kan-haben-shoel if the minerals include  calcium citrate or vitamins.
On a different note Costco specifically has a problem for purchasing ON pesach as it is very possible that it was bottled on Pesach, because they don’t have warehouses, as their stores are their warehouse… therefore even if there was something that would have been batul b’shishim before pesach, on pesach it isn’t batul even a mashehu

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6212 on: April 17, 2024, 04:22:27 PM »
Are there any prenatal vitamins that arent Kitniyos?

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6213 on: April 17, 2024, 05:12:15 PM »
Are there any prenatal vitamins that arent Kitniyos?

https://cor.ca/2011/09/pregvit-and-pregvit-folic-5-prenatal-multivitamins-fully-compliant-with-passover-requirements/

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6214 on: April 17, 2024, 07:56:17 PM »
As per rabbi fishbane https://www.kashrusawareness.com/post/kan-haben-shoel if the minerals include  calcium citrate or vitamins.
On a different note Costco specifically has a problem for purchasing ON pesach as it is very possible that it was bottled on Pesach, because they don’t have warehouses, as their stores are their warehouse… therefore even if there was something that would have been batul b’shishim before pesach, on pesach it isn’t batul even a mashehu
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6215 on: April 17, 2024, 08:00:45 PM »
Where do you see contradictory info?
Does their spring water need special P certification(listing 3), or is it KP without(1&2) or it's just not Kosher for Pesach(4)?
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6216 on: April 17, 2024, 08:09:20 PM »
Does their spring water need special P certification(listing 3), or is it KP without(1&2) or it's just not Kosher for Pesach(4)?

Perhaps there is a difference between "spring water" and "natrual spring water"? We don't know about the various water products Costco sells in other regions. The only unclarity is (1), why is there an OU-P if it's kosher for Passover without special certification.

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6217 on: April 17, 2024, 08:13:48 PM »


The only unclarity is (1), why is there an OU-P if it's kosher for Passover without special certification.

Because someone was willing to pay for it
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6218 on: April 17, 2024, 08:21:14 PM »

Because someone was willing to pay for it

Isn't it all Costco? Perhaps a production in a certain area where the local kehilla/rov is pushing for a clear certification?

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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« Reply #6219 on: April 17, 2024, 08:23:04 PM »
Does their spring water need special P certification(listing 3), or is it KP without(1&2) or it's just not Kosher for Pesach(4)?
1&2 vs 3&4 Difference between spring and natural spring
3&4 are consistent - 3 shows ou-p and says it's acceptable with p certification, 4 shows plain ou and says not acceptable for Pesach
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