When Marror is Not Kosher

Most people are aware that Romaine lettuce (which many people use for Marror) must be insect free.   It may be purchased pre-washed and checked, or you may clean and wash it yourself.  Romaine lettuce hearts are relatively clean and not difficult to render insect-free.  I will include my suggestions for cleaning a few common … Continued

Wines, Beers, and other “Hard” Drinks

One of the especially satisfying aspects of my Kashrus work is seeing how the major Kashrus agencies pool their resources and expertise to serve the Kosher consumer.  The major Kashrus agencies belong to AKO, which is an umbrella Kashrus organization.  AKO promotes Kashrus by facilitating the cooperation of the major agencies and supporting the work … Continued

But what Could Be the Problem with – Vegan? Fish? Milk?

Many people wonder why a vegan or a fish restaurant needs supervision.  While it is true that vegan (and fish) restaurants have less kashrus concerns than other eateries, they still have very significant areas of concern for the Kosher consumer. Did an observant Jew turn on the fire? Was Israeli produce (very common at higher … Continued

Tomer Meat at Costco / Water Urns and Pump Pots

As a member of the Association of Kashrus Organizations we share pertinent alerts from our fellow AKO members.   Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit KASHRUS ALERT Costco has introduced a new line of meat from Tomer Kosher Foods which is certified by Triangle K and Rabbi Elimelech Lebowitz. Please note that this meat … Continued

Icing on the Cake – Parve/Dairy

Please check any icings and frostings which you use to make sure that their Parve status has not changed.  Due to government regulations some frostings are being reformulated and are now classified as Dairy.

Modern Developments and Kashrus Concerns

Modern food production is in constant flux in ways that effect Kashrus – some for the better and some for the worse.  A number of developments which have raised Kashrus concerns follow: Most natural sweetener used in juices and other products is white grape juice (with all of the attendant kashrus concerns).   The Kashrus agencies make sure … Continued

Kashrus Alert from the OU

Meat is being sold from Mexico with an unauthorized OU. PLEASE check carefully before purchasing OU MEAT From Mexico.  The company name is Carnes Gusi code TIF 388.