Rav Eliezer Wolf: Tartaric Acid in Sprite Zero is Botul

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Rav Eliezer Wolf, av bais din in Amsterdam and head of the Top-K Kosher Certification, has issued a statement regarding the recent controversy surrounding the kashrus of Sprite Zero.

Rabbi Wolf clarified that although his certification does not approve of tartaric acid without specific kosher supervision, those who rely on lenient opinions regarding the consumption of Coca-Cola and Sprite without kosher certification have ample room to permit the consumption of Sprite Zero.

In his statement, Rabbi Wolf asserts, “There are numerous findings that lead us to conclude that the tartaric acid used in Sprite Zero is indeed kosher. Moreover, tartaric acid solely serves as an antioxidant or stabilizer and does not contribute any taste or flavor. Therefore, it does not have a ‘standing’ or ‘giving taste’ effect. Hence, the regular halachic principles of ‘bitul’ (nullification) should be applied.”

“However,” according to Rabbi Wolf, “tartaric acid derived from wine operates according to the same bitul rules as other beverages. In other words, it nullifies at a ratio of one part to six, botul besheish, provided that it is a byproduct of wine production (pulp residue). Furthermore, according to some opinions, the process of preparing tartaric acid accords it a status of ‘nisyaveish yud-beis chodesh’ (dryed for twelve months).”

Rabbi Wolf concluded by emphasizing that “even disregarding these arguments, the existing amount of tartaric acid in Sprite Zero is negligible, and therefore it should be considered botul b’sheish (nullified in a ratio of one in six).”

{Matzav.com}


11 COMMENTS

  1. It should read:
    “However,” according to Rabbi Wolf, “tartaric acid derived from wine operates according to the same bitul rules as other beverages. In other words, it nullifies at a ratio of one part to six, bitul BESHEISH, provided that it is a byproduct of wine production (pulp residue). Furthermore, according to some opinions, the process of preparing tartaric acid accords it a status of ‘nisyaveish yud-beis chodesh’ (dryed for twelve months).”
    Bitul besheish is a concept that exists only in the halachos of yayin nesech.

  2. I thought botul bshishim is only bdieved not lchatchila.. if this is the way they are making it then that is not bdieved

  3. For whatever the reason is, this seems to be an issue only in Europe where they seem to think they know better than everyone else .

    Just about every major kashrus agency holds that tartaric acid, a byproduct of wine production not made very clear above, is something which does not require hashgocha. That is the fact.

    To come out and make a whole big deal, jumping up and down, that there’s a major issue which then causes other agencies that don’t know any better also to jump in and make an issue about certain things which they have no business making issues about, is completely irresponsible.

    https://oukosher.org/halacha-yomis/cream-tartar-tartaric-acid-derived-non-kosher-wine-kosher/

    https://www.crcweb.org/faq/faqanswerdetail.php?catid=116

  4. “…it nullifies at a ratio of one part to six, bitul beshishim…”

    Is anyone staffing the editors’ desk?

  5. Great to have a coke. The desperate feelings that await happiness are immediately given a quench.

    But if your Torah tactics know Hashem waits to have your answers, do not drink it.

    Angels testify that you were quick to have a happy result and you might not get the real happiness you are after.

    Real.

  6. Sweet N Low sugar substitute puts in cream of tarter as it creates a distinct taste, in Sprite it also causes a distinct taste according to food chemists.

  7. In Sweet N Low tartaric acid is added for taste, in Sprite it gives a distinct taste according to food chemists.

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