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NYC Tap Water -- Is it Kosher?

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DeeDee Jun 1, 2004 09:35 AM

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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    DeisCane Jun 1, 2004 09:52 AM

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

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      DeisCane Jun 1, 2004 09:54 AM

      BTW, here's the article: http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaki...

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        DiscoStu Jun 1, 2004 04:23 PM

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

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        DeeDee Jun 1, 2004 10:42 AM

        It was in today's New York Times.

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          texasmensch Jun 1, 2004 10:56 AM

          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.

          Link: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wir...

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            Beerhound Jun 1, 2004 04:49 PM

            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 http://www.koshertodaymagazine.com/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.

            Link: http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new...

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              Jerome Jun 1, 2004 09:18 PM

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

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                Gastro-Gnome Jun 2, 2004 02:06 PM

                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??

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          Detroit-NYC Al Jun 1, 2004 02:56 PM

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

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            Joyce Jun 1, 2004 05:42 PM

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

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              DeisCane Jun 2, 2004 06:58 AM

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

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                Beerhound Jun 2, 2004 11:02 AM

                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?).

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