Rabbi Backs Coca Cola Claim

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rabbi-coca-colaRabbi Tuvia Hod-Hochwald, rabbi of the Jewish Community in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and a Kashrus expert in Europe, spoke at Chabad’s Yeshiva Gedola Berlin.

The visiting rabbi gave a class about “practical kashrus” to the talmidim-shluchim bochurim learning in the Beis Medrash and later spoke for bochurim of the Baal Teshuva department.

Speaking about kosher foods and ingredients, Rabbi Hod-Hochwald commented about the recent claim by a website that they have uncovered the secret formula of Coca-Cola soda.

He said that at some point he was involved in supervising a Coca Cola plant for kashrus. He confirmed that the “recipe” recently publicized was indeed bogus.

As the Coca-Cola Company has declared, “alcohol is not added as an ingredient and no fermentation takes place.”

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  1. I have posted these remarks here many times; Bli Neder, I will post them here whenever there is an article about Coke.

    1.) I well remember the afternoon when I was sitting in the classroom the fifth grade class I was in and how the teacher related:

    “There are only TWO people in the entire world who know what is in Coke Cola, AND THEY DO NOT LET THEIR CHILDREN HAVE IT!”

  2. (continuation of previous comment #1)

    2.) To understand the next piece, B’Ezras HaShem, we need to be aware of the following point.

    In the Halachos of Kashrus – the Torah laws of our food – for there to be an issue of whether a particular item is permitted or not permitted for us to eat, that item has to be a piece of FOOD. How can we determine if something is or is not a piece of food? The minimul standard is that the item has to be edible at least for a dog. If the item is something that a dog could eat it, then it is termed a “food,” and then we need to examine whether or not its ingredients are permitted for us to eat. If though, it is so terrible that even a dog could not eat it, then it cannot be called a “food,” and no matter what non-Kosher ingredients it has, there is no prohibition on eating it.

    So again, for an item to be called a “food,” it must be fit for a dog to be able to eat it. In Lashon HaKodesh this is expressed: “Roi L’Achilas Kelev” – “Fit for the eating of a dog.”

    One of the major Torah communal leaders of the mid-1900’s was Rav Eliezer Silver, ZT’L. One time, he was designated to invenstigate if Coke Cola could be given a Hechsher – a certification of being Kosher. So he approached the directors of the Coke corporation with the proposed project. He explained to them that what he wanted certainly had nothing to do with, Chas V’Shalom – G-D Forbid – trying to steal a company’s business secrets; rather, issue was that for him to be able to determine if their soft drink was Kosher, he would have to know what are ALL of its ingredients — including all of its “secret” ingredients. So they told him. At that, in his well known humorous funny style, he exclaimed:


  3. Kashrus expert in Europe, Maybe he has a PhD in Chemistry? Who made this otiose statement? Next, you will tell me that you have a heter to eat chametz on Pesach.


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