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Feb 23, 2021

Kashrut Alert: Fuse Tea from Georgian Coca Cola plant

The following kashrut alert seems important.

We've discussed numerous times the reliability of Coca Cola (and related products) imported form countries without a hechsher. There are different opinions on this. And not too long ago the factory of Coca Cola in Ukraine started to be certified by the kashrut of Machzikei Hadas, Belz kashrut - and regarding this too some say it is reliable and some say it is not.

The current kashrut alert is regarding a Coca Cola product, not Coca Cola itself, manufactured in Georgia. 

Funnily enough, the main Coca Cola headquarters is in Georgia, but in the State of Georgia in the United States of America. That plant and headquarters is perfectly fine and certified kosher. The problem, or the alert, is with the Coca Cola plant in the country of Georgia.

The specific product in the alert is peach flavored Fuse Tea. The import label of this product bears the hechsher of Belz, Machzikei Hadas, along with the confirmation of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

Machzikei Hadas put out an alert stating that the Coca Cola of Georgia (the country) factory is not under their supervision and certification and they do not certify any drinks produced there. The label on that product is fraudulent..

The problem is on the import label, which is not uncommon. The import labels are printed by the importer, and the importer can put whatever he wants on it. There is no oversight or supervision on the import label. 

Be aware.

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