Does gum need a hechsher?

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    I heard a friend say that if you don’t actually swallow an item you don’t need a hechsher on it. (Think toothpaste). So what about gum? There isn’t alot of variety when you have to buy gum with a kosher symbol, is there a possibility we don’t even need one?


    Flavored gum definitely needs a hechsher.


    Reb Yid

    Does Flavored Tobacco need a hechsher


    gum does need a hechsher. the kashrus agencies (ok, ou, crc) online explain that gums have ingredients in their bases such as glycerin, rosins, etc that are often from animal products. just because you don’t swallow something does not mean it’s not a real food halachically (and thus doesn’t need to be kosher). for a rayah, see o.c. 202:15, which says that you make a beracha if you suck on a sweet stick. aiii, but it’s only sucking (so why make a beracha)? talmud lomar, it doesn’t matter, sucking is considered eating, and thus requires a beracha. So too, the thing being sucked has to be kosher.

    Abba_S: are you asking about chewing tobacco? Smoked tobacco does not need a hechser; there is no maaseh achilah and reicha lav milsa hi. tzarich iyun about chewing tobacco- look at the ingredients for a start.


    RebYidd23, If the gum isn’t swallowed why does it need to be kosher? And what difference does the flavoring make? Do you have proof to back your claim?



    If the flavorings are problematic, which the Kashrus experts say they are, then it is a problem. You are swallowing those flavors. That is why people choose their flavor of gum. They don’t want to chew on a tasteless rubbery object.

    Toothpaste might be different. Toothpaste is not really edible at all, and we try to rinse and spit out all the toothpaste. The flavoring just masks the icky flavor of the toothpaste, but does not make the toothpaste edible. If too much is digested, it would make a person sick.

    I don’t know if I am allowed links, but both the OU and the cRc have excellent articles explaining the difference of opinions about toothpaste. Some hold it needs to be kosher, while others do not.

    Although the Dayan of cRc holds toothpaste does not need to be kosher, they do list the kosher toothpastes on their site for those who are stringent. It is on their list of “Over the Counter Medicines”.

    Gum, however, needs to be kosher. PERIOD.

    For the toothpaste articles, you can google “does toothpaste need to be kosher?” and you will find the OU and cRc articles.

    Or, if I am allowed to link: For the OU article, you can look here and for the cRc article, over here


    Thank you, anonymous.

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