Chicago Rabbinical Council Top Ten Questions for November 2013


crcQ What is the cRc’s policy on canned cranberry sauce?

A: Canned cranberry sauce is acceptable without certification if it contains no kosher-sensitive ingredients. In this context, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and water are not kosher sensitive.

Q: Do dry roasted walnuts need a hechsher?

A: Unflavored raw, blanched, salted and/or dry roasted nuts, including walnuts, are acceptable without hashgachah.

Q:  Can one use flavored lip balm?

A: Although lip balm is a non-food item and it does not require a hechsher, one still tastes and enjoying the flavor.  It is therefore preferable, although not required, to use non-flavored lip balm.

Q: Do sliced or dried mushrooms require a hechsher?

A: Commercially produced sliced mushrooms do not need a hechsher.  Dried mushrooms do not require a hechsher. Canned mushrooms do require a hechsher.

Q: What is the cRc policy on frozen fruit?

A: All frozen fruit is acceptable without certification unless they contain any natural and/or artificial flavors or colors, grape juice, have the words “fruit juice” listed in the ingredients, or are from China. This includes frozen berries as well.

Q: I have seen non-dairy creamers are still designated as dairy. Can you explain why this is so?

A: Many of the non-dairy creamers in question contain an ingredient called “sodium caseinate” which is derived from milk.  Sodium caseinate is not considered dairy according to the US government, but being derived from milk makes it halachikly dairy.

Q: Does flaxseed meal require a hechsher?

A: No, flaxseed meal with no additional ingredients does not need a hechsher.

Q: What is the cRc’s policy on nutritional supplements?

A: In general nutritional supplements are to be treated as food and would require a hechsher, even as pills.

Q: Does walnut oil require a hechsher?

A: Yes, walnut oil requires a hechsher.

Q: Are all cRc bread products pas Yisroel?

A: Only those products specifically stating on the label that they are pas Yisroel are to be considered pas Yisroel.

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  1. thank you for this information. just a few questions.
    1. what is the possibility of the cranberry sauce being made in a plant that also produces dairy or treif ant the same retorts or other equipment is used?
    2. regarding nuts- almost all roasted nuts are roasted with oil, doesn’t the oil need a hechsher? also on some of the companies it says that its dairy.
    3. regarding mushrooms, most are full with insects, BEWARE.