Is Kahlua bottled in Mexico kosher again???
It used to be that Kahlua bottled in Mexico (only available for sale in Mexico) was kosher. We used to make quick trips to buy a few bottles or get friends who had business in Mexico to pick some up. I am wondering if anyone knows anything about this note that was on Kosher Quest's (Rabbi Eidlitz) e-mail today:
From Our Mailbag
Dear Rabbi Eidlitz,
I'm confirming that the Kahlua bottled in Mexico is authorized as Parve. The Entelmann´s products bear an unauthorized KMD symbol.
Kashrut Maguen David
The L was clearly a typo on his part.
The majority of Entenmann's products has one of the standard US hashgachas, but since the company was bought by Groupo Bimbo, they have started selling some individually wrapped cakes made in Mexico with the KMD hasgacha on the label. The standard boxes of cakes and doughnuts are NOT under discussion.
Checked kosherquest today and this was the only post I saw regarding kahlua. Posted in mid august. Am I missing something?
· In regards to the many rumors concerning Kahlua being kosher, the following response from the company was received by a consumer:
Regarding case #96768, Question on Kahlua.com
Unfortunately, there are no current plans to produce a kosher. Thanks for your email and your interest in Kahlúa.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
The Absolut Company
Kahlua in the US is bottled on the same equipment as non-kosher beverages. Kahlua in Mexico is not. The beverages are otherwise identical.
Around 5-10 years ago the word went out that Kahlua's bottling facility in Mexico was no longer going to be supervised, so we drove to Tijuana, bought up a number of bottles and then stopped buying it. At the time I also wrote to Kahlua and got a similar response.
That said - I have Mexican friends who will drink it. Since I don't live in London, I will start buying it again when a US or Mexican kashrut organization approves it.
To add to the confusion, here's the latest statement from Kosher Australia:
18) In response to queries re the Kosher status of Kahlua, the London Beth Din have advised that based on their investigations, Kahlua formulated for sales outside the United States is kosher pareve. Kahlua sold in the United States is formulated differently and not recommended.
I find it amazing and entertaining to read most of the replies to this topic as many of them are just plain false!
First, the CRC in Chicago clearly states that if it states on the label that it is BOTTLED IN MEXICO, then it is fine.
Others may have kashrus issues and it is not always yayin nesech. it could be other ingredients such as flavors, nothing hockus pockus. The CRC has actually gone there to inspect the factory. There is presently an effort to have it certified kosher.