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QFC – Claims It's Kosher…But It's Not

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I blogged recently about the wave of food-labeling related suits. In it I mentioned that "kosher" labeling would be one of the next battlegrounds. Well, it appears that the issue is not only ripe but ready to be litigated here in our own back yard.

I received information that QFC is selling yogurt it claims to be kosher (but that really isn’t). Here are the specifics:

Blended (Rasberry, Grade A low fat)
Product No. 1111045597.

It is QFC’s store brand with QFC’s logo on it. It’s available at QFC’s Broadway location. It is distributed by Inter-American Products. It has a blue letter "K" on the front of the container at the area between the percentage of milkfat and the weight.

Gelatin is listed as one of the ingredients. The gelatin is derived from beef. According to Inter-American’s own records, the yogurt is not kosher.

I would be very interested to speak with people who purchased the yogurt because it was supposedly kosher.

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  1. Michael says:
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    Anybody who seriously keeps kosher is well aware that a ‘K’ on a product signifies nothing. Those who actually keep kosher rely on copyrighted symbols of specific supervision organizations that are deserving of our trust.

  2. Michael says:
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    And although I don’t hold of this particular opinion, there are many Rabbis who declare that ALL gelatin is kosher because it has been so processed that it can no longer be considered an animal derivative.

  3. Elise says:
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    As someone who worked in Kashrut for years, I think QFC, and any other manufacturer, has a right to put a K on its product. If they want to assert that it is kosher under someone’s definition, it shouldn’t be illegal.