16 Adar I 5771
February 20, 2011
Earlier this month, JKN quoted an alert circulating in the secular and chareidi media in Israel regarding Trident chewing gum bearing a hechsher from the Triangle-K, Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag.
I have succeeded in contacting Rabbi Ralbag in order to obtain firsthand credible information pertaining to the gum as the press appears to have somewhat sensationalized the report, seeking to intimate that all gelatin is treif, thereby rendering the gum treif.
Anyway, for readers who do use kosher bovine gelatin, Kolatin ®, which has an OU hechsher, you are in business. Rabbi Ralbag explains that is what is being used in the supervised chewing gum, gelatin obtain from kosher shechitah. A mashgiach was sent from Israel to kasher the plant in Turkey and supervise the entire process, and only the special production [which includes special lot numbers] bear the Triangle-K hechsher. Rabbi Ralbag stresses the mashgiach was present during the entire production process.
Once again, for those who wish to purchase Trident, you must make certain that you see a hechsher on the original packaging and one is never to rely on the hechsher alone that appears on the import/marketing label.