For those who don’t know, Harris Teeter is grocery chain on the west coast owned by Kroger. Their soda and drink brands require a proper kosher symbol in order to be kosher.
All sodas in general required to be under a hashgacha (see why). Some large known soda brands could be kosher without the symbol on the bottle because it’s known that brand is always kosher, (like Coke which has been kosher for 90 years so it’s incredibly unlikely to pick up bottle which was not supervised kosher).
It is common in places outside the United States for kosher foods and drinks not to have kosher symbols on the labels. However it is required to know which which brand and production run has kosher supervision.
COR Passover guide 2019 says:Perfume, Cologne – make sure that it should not have Chametz-derived alcohol.
What if the label says only denatured alcohol ?
Some view that as a problem as it usually reversible. This is because the government requirement of “denatured alcohol” just requires that the reverse process be more expensive then just buying liquor.
If there is a chance that the alcohol comes from grain products and you follow the strict opinion of denatured alcohol then you should sell it with the rest of your chametz before Pasach.
But if anyone could give us information about the source of the alcohol in this product it would be helpful.
Rabbi Eliezer Wolff wrote this for a general Jewish Orthodox audience. The book is slightly dated but all the concepts are richly educational. The topics covered are concise but extensive enough to cover almost every problem or question you might come across.
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The topic headings are as follows:
1 Drinking coffee in a non-kosher restaurant. 2,3 Eating in a vegetarian restaurant. 4 Buying fish in non-kosher fish stores. 5,6 Buying fruit and juice in non-kosher stores. 7-10 Laws pertaining to a dishwasher. 11-13 Laws pertaining to a stove top. 14-17 Laws pertaining to an oven. 18-20 Laws pertaining to microwave ovens. 21-22 Laws concerning Cholov Yisroel. 23-25 Bread baked by Jews and non-Jews. 26 Using and kashering a toaster. 27 Cheese made by non-Jews. 28-30 Food cooked by non-Jews. 31 A non-Jew working in the kitchen. 32-35 Kashering utensils. 36-39 Laws concerning dipping utensils in a mikveh. 40-41 Laws concerning buying kosher meat. 42-43 Foods requiring Rabbinic supervision. 44 Definition of ‘glatt kosher’. What is Glatt Kosher mean? 45 Laws concerning old and new flour.
Calling a product kosher to has legal ramifications. Printing a trademarked kosher symbol on a product without certification is illegal. Kashruth organisations somewhat routinely catch products misrepresented as kosher. There are various different responses from kosher agency appropriate for each particular case.
The only goal of a Kashruth agency is to ensure the integrity of kosher products for the Jewish community. Recently a consumer sued in court Adee Flour Mills for misusing there logo. The company was fined 25,000 dollars for the “spiritual trauma” they caused by having a COR on Devil’s Food cake mix.