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  6/2/2013, Sivan 24, 5773

OU: Coke is Kosher Except from Bituniya and Pakistan


Rabbi Yossi Tirnauer of the Orthodox Union in Israel, which is responsible for the kashrut of Coca Cola, welcomed, Sunday, last week's warning by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to closely examine the bottle or can of the drink if its label is only in Arabic. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal, he explained the drinks are made in the Palestinian Authority (PA) village of Bituniya, south of Ramallah, where it is not supervised and should either be sold only in the PA or is a counterfeit Coke.

Rabbi Tirnauer said the OU supervises the factory in Atlanta where the flavor syrup comes from and most local bottlers are allowed to change the amount of water or sugar in the drink, so that one does not have to examine the company's products from most parts of the world for regular kashrut. Besides Bituniya, the other problem location is Pakistan, where the franchise holder has chosen to mix in other ingredient that are not under supervision.