Multiple Hashgochos Also Has Down Side, Consumers Learn


kashrus-symbolsKosher consumers have in recent years come to appreciate multiple layers of hashgacha that appear to satisfy diverse segments of the market. For manufacturers, the addition of niche certifications to one of the large certification symbols can open the doors to smaller markets that rely only on a hashgacha of a particular rov or group. Last month, consumers learned that the multiple certifications can also have a down side, particularly when one of the certification exits or claims that the departure was “due to kashrus problems.”

That’s what happened to the 15th Avenue Food Corp. when one of its hashgachos ostensibly pulled out “for kashrus reasons.” Not so, said the remaining hashgachos, OK Kosher Certification, and the Hisachdus Harabonim (Central Rabbinical Congress) which replaced the Volover Rav.

The OK released a statement that said: “All products baked at 15th Ave. Food Corp. and sold under the names Korn’s, Stern’s, and Kohen’s are under the OK Kosher Certification and adhere to the highest standard of kashrus. This has been in place for the past many years and continues now and in the future. The Laromme brand has been added on in the last year or so, as well.”

Sources say that while the company was making the change, it temporarily suffered from unsubstantiated rumors about its kashrus, which can be the down side of the multiple hashgachos.

One kashrus source told KosherToday: “It’s just one of those issues that the kashrus world will have to deal with in the future lest many legitimate businesses fall victim to a subtle vindictiveness.”

{Elisha Newscenter/Kosher Today}


  1. I would like to know if that brand is reliable or not. The hechsher said that it had serious kashrus concerns. Please advise?

  2. We are still waiting for a satisfactory explanation why the Voliver Rov pulled his hescsher and Korns/Stern’s chance to respond.

  3. You can hear more on the kashrus hot line 1-212-990-7238. BTW- it was also pay back time for the Volover taking the Chefs kingdom hashgocha which Hisachdus dropped. It was also pay back for the volover taking the Mezonos Maven hashgocha al beit for a few days when Mezonos Maven was caught with kashrus violations

  4. The OK has been giving hasgocha for 20 years along with the Volover Rav. It did not replace the Volover Rav.

  5. The unsecured Larome labels in the hands of goyishe workers with no mashgiach present in Monsey, Teanek, and other locations has been substantiated. Please check the facts.

  6. Why exactly should a hired PR firm be trusted over a Rav Hamachshir (a relatively trustworthy one too) who says that there were concerns?