Monday, September 27, 2010

Are "Chassidisha" Hashgochas completely reliable?

Rabbi ,

I'm writing to you with a question that has been bothering me for a while. Recently this phenomenon is becoming more popular here in Flatbush (maybe Lakewood as well). Popular non-Jewish brands (all from different companies) - mainly Twizzlers, Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, Mike and Ikes and others as well are affixed with a pink, green, etc "hechsher sticker" (usually a chassideshe hechsher) atop of the regular packaging.
What is going on here? Are there actually chassidishe mashgichim in the candy factories besides for OU mashgichgim? I don't fall for these "special runs". It feels like they (the pink sticker proprietors) are just trying to get their product in "heimeshe" supermarkets. Do you have an explanation?


Do the Chasidishe Mashgichim all read & understand the ingredients, process, etc as good or better than the OU Mashgichim?

Ask Shufrah, J&R produce, Paskesz, Liebers, etc among the many others.

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