Letter: No Hechsher, and response from the OU

Hi, I was wondering if you can post this.

This is a bit different than what was posted abut the Mexico coke product in Costco. But the response I got from the “OU” may help.

Sent to OU:


I was shopping in kosher store when I came across 8.5 sprite bottle. I searched the bottle trying to find “ou” but nothing. Next to it I saw the coke bottle and was able to find “ou” in an instance.

Please find pictures attached. And can you tell me the hechsher status on the sprite.


Response from OU:

Thank you for contacting the OU.

The Orthodox Union certifies a wide range of products manufactured by the Coca Cola Company in the United States of America, Canada and the State of Israel.

The Orthodox Union has no information on products of the Coca Cola Company manufactured in other locations.

All products made in USA are Kosher certified under OU, even without the symbol on the bottle/can.

Please do not hesitate to contact us again should you have any further questions.


The Web(be) Rebbe

Orthodox Union Kashruth Division

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  1. I called the ou once about what I can eat in another country. I was told coke is ok all over. PEASE VERIFY FOR YOURSELF.
    This was over the phone

  2. It seems there is an issue with Coke manufactured in Mexico which would explain the OU’s clear statement above listing from which countries they take responsibility for. Coke Cola products from America, Canada and Israel are under the OU. It would mean the other countries are not.

  3. I don’t know about Coke in Mexico, China, Siberia, Afghanistan, and North Korea, but I was told that Coke on Mars is Kosher because there are no animals or insects there, hence there is no problem of tarfus. As far as the remote possibility that some Coke products might have been transported to Mars via the Mars Rover, those products would probably be American made, and would probably have the OU label affixed to them. Nevertheless, all shailos concerning Coke products on Mars should be addressed to the VHK – the Vaad Hashruth of Mars – as they are most knowledgeable about Martian ingredients. Please use the aforementioned info only as a guide, and do not rely on this info for halacha lemaaseh.

  4. why cant you read the letter

    other then the us canda & isreal all others have no hechsher

    cant you live without coke while is china etc?

    are you a coke addict?

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