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Aug 21, 2012 04:36 PM

hansen's bakery LA-who certifies them as kosher

on their website they say they are kosher certified but when i emailed them they said "you may come in ill show you" anyone know who gives them certification?

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  1. How reliable could it be if they won't even tell you who it is? I wouldn't waste my time.

    4 Replies
    1. re: queenscook

      Many times the counter help have no idea what kosher even means.

      I believe that they are certified under Kosher Overseers of America, Rabbi Sharfman.

      1. re: Miri1

        Years ago, we stopped at a kosher Deli in Baltimore while traveling and my ex asked the counterman who supervised the Kashrut. The reply was that some old guy in a black hat with a long beard came to inspect. Finally, the manager was able to show my ex a cardboard Teuda that was hanging by the phone, mostly covered in sticky notes. The Teuda was all in Hebrew script. Ex was unable to understand it (although Hebrew was her first language and handed it to me) turns out it was in Yiddish. None of the employees on duty that afternoon had a clue as to the name of the supervisor, just that employees had to obey his instructions if he came in.
        We ordered and liked the food, Six months later, I was back in town, went to the deli and found a Teuda in a frame in both English and Yiddish.

        1. re: Miri1

          Rabbi Sharfman died in 2000 and Kosher Overseers was bought by the OU a few years ago. The OU doesn't (and never did) certify that bakery. I think Rabbi Kelerman did at one point, but not sure if he still does.

          1. re: Mashgiach

            I didn't know about Rabbi Sharfman passing away.