Listerine Kashrus Alert (Some Imports Unapproved)

12 Shevat 5774
January 13, 2014

The following bulletin was taken from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Unit Update 009, dated 11 Shevat 5774

Some bottles of Listerine mouthwash found for sale are imported by the Einstein Company in Bnei Brak. The label says kosher certified by Chug Chassam Sofer Petach Tikvah. These bottles do not have permission from the Chief Rabbinate Import Unit.

One should NOT confuse these bottles of Listerine with the ones imported by Newpharm bearing a hashgacha from KF in the UK, the OK in the US and with authorization from the Chief Rabbinate Import Unit.
The original Chief Rabbinate Hebrew document may be viewed on Google Docs



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  • Meir
    January 13, 2014 - 11:41 | Permalink

    Listerine is a (chemical) mouthwash! It is not swallowed. A normal dog wouldn’t drink it! What is the fuss about?
    It doesn’t need a hechsher,

  • Gabbai
    January 13, 2014 - 11:57 | Permalink

    It would be helpful if JKN could also in cases like this, i.e. where there is no authorization from the Chief Rabbinate Import Unit, verify whether the agency giving the hechsher, in this case Chug Chassam Sofer Petach Tikvah, confirms that its certification is genuine. I may be quite happy to rely on the certifying agency even if the product does not have the approval of the Chief Rabbinate. It sometimes happens that the lack of authorization from the Chief Rabbinate Import Unit has nothing to do with kashrus but everything to do with commerce.

  • January 13, 2014 - 13:44 | Permalink

    I totally agree but time limitations do not generally permit this.

    I do encourage readers to contact the relevant agencies and then share the information with us. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  • Miriam Ehrenreich
    January 14, 2014 - 01:45 | Permalink

    I went to a kashrus event and one of the Rabbis who spoke was Rabbi Senter of the Chaf K
    He said that some people say”what’s not kosher, it says the ingredients are all natural?” His
    reply was “pig is also a natural ingredient”. Next he said that some people say “what’s not to
    be kosher it’s all chemicals?” His reply was “no one said yehi ratzon and the chemicals just
    came into being, they had to start from something.”
    So even though it’s chemicals and we supposedly don’t swallow it, it still needs a hechsher.

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