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Jun 1, 2004 09:35 AM

NYC Tap Water -- Is it Kosher?

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Was wondering about the chowhound opinion as to the recent news reports that unfiltered New York City tap water is not kosher because it has tiny organisms called copepods in it?

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  1. Wow, where did you see that? Copepads are crustaceans, btw.

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      1. re: DeisCane

        I wonder if it's a coincidence that the report came from Poland Springs - LOL

      2. re: DeisCane

        It was in today's New York Times.

        1. re: DeisCane

          Seems a bit silly to me. Plus, you'd think that one of the large kosher certifiers (i.e. OU or one of those guys) would make a clarification or announcement if this was a legitimate concern. Attached is an article I found on the web.


          1. re: texasmensch

            See the Jewish Week article linked below, which reports that the OU, at least initially, is saying that it is not a problem.

            See also the Kosher Today newsletter , which cites some unamed rabbis stating "that they were aware of the problem 'years ago' but do not consider the insects significant enough to signify proper ingestion."

            And while it may seem like nit-picking to some, so does checking veggies in general, so I don't think it's a per se ridiculous concern. My difficulty with all of this is that I can't see the little nasties when I pour a glass from my sink, and I'm pretty sure that if I can't see it with my naked eye, it's not a problem - otherwise we should use filters for breathing too.


            1. re: Beerhound

              Aren't insects allowed if less than k'zayit?

              1. re: Jerome

                I thought initially that the one-par-in-sixty rule applied but, after doing some research, found that not applicable to this.

                I have read about some filtration systems which sit under the sink and screen out anything not dissolved in the water .. this is the situation here.

                Crisis averted??

        2. d
          Detroit-NYC Al

          Oh for goodness sake... talk about (literally) picking nits.

          1. Does that mean you can't cook with it or boil it? Unbelievable!

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            1. re: Joyce

              I heard from a friend that OU has already said it's fine to use.

              1. re: Joyce

                All of the authorities seem to be saying that it's not a problem to cook with it, as boiling "disintegrates" the bugs. Not sure I uderstand how that works though (don't you have to check veggies that you're going to cook?).