cRc Kosher: Top Ten Questions for July 2013

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crcQ: Does flavored beer need a hechsher?

A: Yes, flavored beer requires a hechsher.

Q: I recently acquired a basting brush whose bristles are made with pig hair. Are there any kashrus concerns?

A: No, there are no restrictions on using pig hair, and the basting brush may be used.

Q: Does brown sugar need a hechsher?

A: In general, sugar, in all its forms (brown, granulated, powdered etc.) does not need a hechsher.  Some sugar does, however, require certification for Pesach.

Q: Do I need to buy cranberry juice with a reliable kosher certification?

A: Juices can be pasteurized while hot in the same pasteurizer used for non-kosher products, such as grape juice, and therefore juices must bear a reliable kosher symbol.

Q: Does salt need a hechsher?

A: Salt that contains no kosher sensitive ingredients does not need a hechsher. Some common ingredients that do not pose a kashrus concern are Calcium Silicate, Dextrose and Potassium Iodide.

Q: If the cRc policy is that black coffee may be purchased at any Dunkin Donuts, why does the cRc not recommend the iced coffee?

A: The Iced Coffee at Dunkin Donuts is actually produced from an iced coffee mix and therefore requires hashgacha.

Q: Recently there was a concern about worms and bugs in barley. Is there still such a concern?

A: Our research has shown that currently there is no infestation problem with barley. However, as with any grain, it is prudent to wash the barley and make a cursory inspection to rule out the presence of insects.

Q: This month we visited our local 7-Eleven and when examining the cRc Slurpee list I noticed some are listed as dairy.  Do these flavors contain milk?

A: In order to freeze correctly, some diet Slurpees use a sugar known as Tagatose which comes from whey, making the sugar dairy.

Q: Do pumpkin seeds need a hechsher?

A: Raw or dry roasted pumpkin seeds do not need a hechsher. Pumpkin seeds that are oil roasted  or contain additional flavors do require a hechsher.

Q: Some fruit stores sell corn that has been shucked and trimmed. Can one purchase such items?

A: Yes, one may purchase shucked and trimmed corn from a fruit store.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to have them explain their answers with sources. 1) Why flavored beer need a hechsher? Why not rely on the ingredients?

    2- “Tagatose which comes from whey, making the sugar dairy”

    Why would Whey be dairy?

    “Whey or milk serum is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It is a by-product of the manufacture of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses.”

    It tastes nasty, thus would not be considered dairy.

  2. 2.

    Flavored anything needs a reliable hechsher because flavors themselves require a hashgocha. They can be made of many – commonly at least 10 or more components – some of them can be critically kosher.

    You could quote wikipedia or whatever you want to make yourself sound smart but the FACT is that whey is milchig.