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If frozen vegetables have a hechsher I rely on, does that mean they have been checked for bugs?

This depends on the policies of the certifying agency. For some agencies, the hechsher means merely that the vegetables have no additives that pose kosher...

Does every product in a variety pack require individual Kosher certification?

Manufacturers often distribute variety packs of individually wrapped food products, only some of which may be kosher certified. The label of the exterior...

Can I look at the ingredient statement of a food to determine if it is kosher?

No. These statements are not designed to provide kosher information. Many ingredients, such as glycerin, may be derived from either kosher or non-kosher...

Do canned vegetables require Kosher certification?

In past decades it was fairly safe to buy certain vegetables without a hechsher. A typical cannery would run only one kind of vegetable and close down...

Why do supervision agencies supervise products that do not need a hechsher?

If by “products that do not need a hechsher” you mean items that have no connection to food, such as bicycles, they don’t certify such...

Do I need to check for Kosher certification of products in an all Kosher store?

One should be careful in all circumstances. It is fairly common, for instance, for Pesach displays in unsupervised supermarkets to include products which...

Do nuts require reliable Kosher certification?

As a general rule, raw nuts do not require certification.  Oil roasted, dry roasted and seasoned nuts, in or out of the shell, require reliable...

How do I know if it is Kosher?

Found a product and you’re not sure if it’s Kosher? Well, nowadays, verifying if a particular food item is Kosher has been made easy with...

Do flavored tobaccos, such as those used in Nargila, require Hashgachah?

Nargila tobacco, which is nicotine free, is available in numerous “flavors”. This product does not require Hashgachah when smoked, as smoking...

Is there any difference between the different kosher symbols?

Absolutely. Halachah is not all black and white; rather, in many instances there is an entire parameter of correctness ranging from the very lenient to...