Monday, August 9, 2021

Ham With Hechsher Is Anything But Kosher

 A photo has been shared on social media showing the packaging of the product “Boneless Sliced Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak.”

Under the brand of PICS owned by the Golub Company; Price Chopper in Schenectady, New York, it bore the symbol of the OU, the world’s largest kosher certification agency.

“Kosher when Moshiach (comes),” one person wrote. “Maybe he came (and) we didn’t hear yet.” Others suspected it was photoshopped.

In a statement released on Monday, June 7, the Orthodox Union’s kosher division said: “OU – The Orthodox Union does not certify PICS Ham. Some packaging bears an unauthorized OU. This product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.”

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