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Here are some excerpts from **A Guide to Kosher Symbols and Certifications**
Written by Miri RotkovitzUpdated 08/12/19

You will see in this guide just how slimy these fuckers realLy are when performing their scams, and imposing their sick traditions on us, which is something we never Ever asked for, or wanted in the first place, but are secretly forced to do so while paying a much higher price for our foodstuff in the process. 🙁

While the OU, OK, Kof-K, and Star-K have deep international reach, there are kosher agencies on all six habitable continents. Particularly prominent among the various international kosher supervisors are the London Beit Din, the Kashrus Council of Canada, Kosher Australia, and Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg (Chief Rabbi of Paris).

Israeli Hechshers
Though there are plenty of secular Jews living in Israel, a far greater percentage keep kosher compared to Jews living elsewhere. As in the United States, there are a plethora of kosher supervising organizations, each with its own hechsher. Some cater to very specific segments of the Israeli Jewish community while others have a wider scope and appear on many exported foodstuffs.

Kosher Diets
There are a few important rules when following a Kosher diet. For starters, kosher foods must come from a certified body (i.e. a Rabbi). Kosher does not allow the consumption of flesh, organs, eggs, and milk of forbidden animals (hare, camel, and pig), and there is no mixing of meat and dairy. Fruit and vegetables can be eaten but must be inspected for bugs, which are forbidden. Utensils or cookware that has been used with non-kosher hot food cannot be used with kosher food. When it comes to labeling, Kosher foods are either labeled “meat,” “dairy,” or “neutral.” The letter “P” denotes Pareve, which means it contains neither meat nor dairy. There are four big regulating agencies with recognizable symbols for Kosher: the OU, Kof-K, OK, and Star-K. All four originated and are headquartered in the United States.

Kosher in America
America also leads the world in the number of regional kosher certifiers it supports. Many states have at least one kosher supervision agency; states with large Orthodox communities like California, New York, New Jersey, and Florida often have several. The four biggest kosher supervision agencies in the world all originated and are headquartered in the United States. Their symbols, “OU,” “Kof-K,” “OK,” and “Star-K” are the most readily recognized kosher certification symbols around the globe.

Controversial Hechshers
Some hechshers are considered controversial (and may be considered unreliable) for any number of reasons. Some kashrut agencies have been involved in food manufacturing scandals. Some hechshers are bestowed by rabbis operating solo, which tends to spark questions about training, credentials, personal religious practice, the ability of said rabbis to be present on-site for proper inspection of food manufacturing facilities, etc.