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Halacha - Ice Cream
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

First of all Reb Moshe never permitted a davar hamaamid added by a goy, because davar hamaamid is not batel. What he did allow was allowing a goy in his factory to add an insignificant amount of non-Kosher ingredient which is batel l'Halacha, where the only issue is ein mevatlin issur l'chatchila which does not apply to a goy. Even regarding this Reb Moshe himself wrote that while it is permitted according to Halacha, it is not proper to do (mechuar hadavar).

To the best of my knowledge all reputable hechsherim will only certify a product where all its ingredients are Kosher and will not rely on this kula of Reb Moshe by itself; certainly this is the OU's position. However under certain circumstances the will use Reb Moshe's heter as a mitigating circumstance, such as if the method used to kasher the machinery is questionable and subject to a machlokes, if the factory is non-Jewish owned and at least 24 hours have elapsed since the equipment was last used for non-Kosher products they may at times rely on this questionable process where they would not allow a Jew to rely on it.

posted:2010-03-17 05:40:58