[Avodah] OU Mini Seedless Cucumbers

Akiva Miller akivagmiller at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 04:55:53 PDT 2021

R' Zev Sero wrote:

> The presence of a hechsher is not an indication that it was
> needed. The OU will put its hechsher on anything that the
> manufacturer wants to pay it for, whether it's needed or not.
> Why shouldn't it?  Why turn down business for no reason?  But
> if it does put its hechsher there, it will first investigate
> the product and make sure it's actually kosher, rather than
> rely on rules that say it doesn't have to
> And the same OU will readily tell you that you may buy the
> same product without a hechsher.

I think the simplest example of this (for those who drink cholov
hacompanies) is plain old milk. Do you need to worry about the vitamins and
other additives? No, you don't need to, but you can worry if you want to.
But with the OUD on the carton, you are assured that there is nothing to
worry about.

More relevant to the wax on the cucumbers: Granted that the label says "No
Wax Added", but I am a layman who doesn't know the industry regulations
about what constitutes "wax". Nor do I *care* about how it is defined. All
I care about is the kosher status of this product.

Perhaps the cucumber is coated with something other than wax, similar to
certain products that are legally labelled as non-dairy even though halacha
does consider them to be dairy. The OU assures me that *if* there is a
coating of any kind, it is both kosher and pareve.

Akiva Miller
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