Does Fish Oil need a Hechsher?
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January 28, 2016 4:22 pm at 4:22 pm #617141
Does Fish Oil or Omega 3 needs a hechsher?January 28, 2016 4:30 pm at 4:30 pm #1134530JosephParticipant
Why wouldn’t it need one?January 28, 2016 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #1134531oomisParticipant
Uh, yes, of course!January 28, 2016 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #1134532☕ DaasYochid ☕ParticipantJanuary 28, 2016 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #1134533oomisParticipant
Fish oil can come from shark and other unkosher fish.January 28, 2016 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm #1134534
the fish ingredients are: Sardine, Mackerol, and Anchovy. No non kosher fish.
The capsule is made of gelatin bovine form the insides of a cow. The capsules are not vegan. They are not from pork.January 28, 2016 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm #1134535
Thank you DaasYochid for the thread reference, I tried searching fish oil before i started this thread but nothing came up.January 28, 2016 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #1134536Torah613TorahParticipant
Yes. First, nonkosher fish can get mixed in. Second, the capsules have to come from a kosher source.January 28, 2016 8:53 pm at 8:53 pm #1134537
Torah613: Is it treif? Or is it just not lichatchila? I need to know for medical purposes..January 28, 2016 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm #1134538golferParticipant
You need to know for medical purposes???
You need to consult a Rav, who might also want to include a doctor &/or pharmacist in the discussion.
Refuah Shleima!January 28, 2016 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm #1134539HealthologistMember
Yes. The machinery used to process the fish is probably also used to process non-kosher fish. The machinery gets hot. The oil is assumed treif until proven otherwise. The capsules are also treif. you need a Rav to decide when you can consume tarfus for medical purposes. There are a few companies that sell good fish oil with a hechsher.January 28, 2016 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm #1134540theprof1Participant
Anything from fish that you can’t see the original source fish to determine if its kosher, requires a hechsher. If you buy any type of fish filets, they need a hechsher. Clear halacha in shulchan orech.January 29, 2016 12:57 am at 12:57 am #1134541HealthologistMember
theprof1: A fish product that does not contain pieces of fish is only a ????? ???? ????. If it is not being eaten and there is a medicinal benefit I’m not certain the ????? is applicable. In this case fish oil with a hechsher is readily available and there seems to be no reason to allow without a hechsher.January 29, 2016 3:06 am at 3:06 am #1134542popa_bar_abbaParticipant
How about flaxseed oil? Can you use it to season pots?January 29, 2016 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm #1134543
Just in case anyone wants to know, I went home last night and asked a real shaila. I decided not to go with the fish oil, as the answer was very complicated.
The pills are better than the liquid even though the materials in the capsule may be non Ksher, because it is not food and not consumed in derech achila.
Or I will get kosher brand..January 31, 2016 6:45 am at 6:45 am #1134544YW Moderator-42Moderator
Rechnitz accused us of being machmirim yet people have a hava amina of taking non-kosher capsules when kosher ones are available? If there are Kosher brands available, why not just get those and avoid the shayla?January 31, 2016 9:42 am at 9:42 am #1134545old manParticipant
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Rechnitz = Punching Bag
I watched the full video, and do not recall Mr. Rechnitz refer to the kashrus of fish oil . Not even once.January 31, 2016 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm #1134546apushatayidParticipant
The brand Bluebonnet (Im sure there are others) has a reliable hechsher (Chof K). You can buy them anywhere. I buy them online at amazon.February 1, 2016 12:08 am at 12:08 am #1134547Uncle BenParticipant
One issue not mentioned, is if one is looking for the unparalleled benefits of fermented fish-cod liver oil. As far as I know there is no such product available with a hechsher. The only option would be to use the capsules and rely on some combination of heterim.February 1, 2016 4:17 am at 4:17 am #1134548The little I knowParticipant
Is anyone aware of the halachos regarding the use of supplements? I have seen (though not studied) a few, and it is questioned whether the entire field of supplements and vitamins is even muttar according to halacha. I assume that there is substantial question regarding the effectiveness, with a minimum of reliable scientific study available. I also suspect that there is a basis to question because there is minimal to no quality control, to insure that the package label is accurate. Taking medications (supplements are considered medications, though available without prescription) that are not reliable might present a halacha problem.
If someone can share a reference or two to tshuvos on this, I can review them and speak from something better than very vague memory and assumption.February 1, 2016 4:22 am at 4:22 am #1134549☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
TLIK, do you mean kashrus-wise, or are you questioning if there might be a different reason not to take them?
I found these about homeopathic remedies:
http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=1415&st=&pgnum=53&hilite=February 1, 2016 4:38 am at 4:38 am #1134550👑RebYidd23Participant
Vitamins are simple.February 1, 2016 6:51 pm at 6:51 pm #1134551
YW Moderator 42: I had a shaylah of using the brand without a hechsher because that is the brand my Doctor specifically recommended for me.
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