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Hi, I noticed on your Peters Ice cream advice that there are some that have gelatin and to only eat if you have that custom, does this apply to some of the toppings at Yo-Chi?
I dont mean to be difficult, I would just like to know, are you going by ingredients only? or actually checking into the manufacturing processes of all these imported toppings?
Thank you for contacting us.
Please do not apologise for asking any question. If the community feels uncomfortable asking questions – we view this as a major failure on our part.
The fruit pearls are made with carrageenan, a colloidal extract from the carrageen seaweed – AKA Irish Moss. Kosher and Pareve.
There is NO GELATIN in any of the YoChi products.
We aim to keep Kashrus as simple as possible. Where there is gelatine we will publish a warning for those who are particular. Where there is no such ingredient, we simply announce that it is Kosher.
Also can you advise how you check all the toppings? for eg: oreos available in Australia are now made in Malaysia and definitely do not have any sort of hechsher, and I note that YoChi has oreos as one of their toppings, so how have you verified the kashrut? I dont mean to be difficult, I would just like to know, are you going by ingredients only? or actually checking into the manufacturing processes of all these imported toppings?
We check the toppings as we check all the foods and ingredients we certify as Kosher. We investigate all products, both ingredients and the processes and consult with an international network of Rabbanim and professionals engaged and knowledgeable in the intricacies of Kashrus. This applies to the oreos you ask specifically about and to all the products at YoChi and all our certifications. We establish facts and we discuss Halacha. Much of our work in this arena can be viewed here.
Thus far, all products we have certified are manufactured in plants that handle Kosher products exclusively. There is no non-Kosher foods or ingredients in these factories at any time.
[I do not know what the future holds; there may well be a time when we are completely confident that the procedures for isolating Kosher from non-K will be satisfactory and permit us to certify production from such a facility as Kosher]