Sunday, August 17, 2014
Why we need the DE designation!
Please bring back the DE designation, and enable us to make informed decisions instead of circumventing the designations you put in place. Isn't that the entire point? Please stop assuming that people are uninformed, and stop speaking to the lowest (knowledge) common denominator. If we can understand what D means, we can understand DE. Bring it back!
To which the OU replied:
OU Kosher Thank you for contacting the OU.
At the Orthodox Union we value all opinions and appreciate the effort you to take in making us aware of what is important to you.
Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol to denote products that are made on Dairy equipment but do not contain any actual Dairy ingredients. The OU has chosen not to use a DE designation to minimize the possibilities of confusion for the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after a dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee.
Please do not hesitate to contact us again should you have any further questions.