Rabbi Joseph Elijah Henkin was asked if you can rely on the government for kashrut. This was an era when the OU was getting started. People were wondering what do I need the OU for? Why can’t I just look at the ingredients? We’ve been doing that for so long.
Rav Henkin says there are things you need hashgacha (kosher certification such as the OU) on such as meat. You can’t rely on the Department of Agriculture. When it comes to other foods, you can rely on the government. If you have a choice, you have to follow the hashgacha.
According to the FDA, every ingredient has to be listed.
Other countries don’t have hashgachas (kosher certification) on foods. If you go to England or Australia… The Bais Din puts out a list of kosher food products, but it’s not like these rabbis go out and visit factories. They’re not making surprised inspections. They are making these judgments based on ingredients and based on correspondence. There’s no supervision.
No Orthodox Jew in America would dream of buying something like that without a hashgacha.
All jams and jellies are approved. How different is that from us?
All yoghurts and frozen vegetables are permitted. All canned sugar and fruit juice, except grape juice, are permitted.
I wonder if it wasn’t for the profit motive America wouldn’t be like everyone else.