It is hard to believe but it is true. A pesticide which is not even supposed to be used indoors was certified kosher for passover. I am not just posting this to mock it. I want to ask how did it become OK for the OU to certify toilet cleaners and others to certify pesticides. It makes a mockery of kosher. It exposes kosher agencies as mercenaries willing to sell their stamp for a few bucks even when there is no possible rationale for requiring certification.
When I first spotted the kosher pesticide I wrote on FaceBook, “If anyone got paid for this hashgochah they should be forced to eat it.” I take that back. I really don’t want anyone’s death on my conscience.
But maybe it is time for some pushback. Maybe there are some rabbis ready to declare that kosher agencies shouldn’t be trusted if they are greedy enough to mislead the public about what does and does not need certification. Maybe it is time for community rabbis and consumers to band together to stop profiteering by kosher agencies.
What ever happened to consideration for the finances of kosher consumers? The spread of certifications to products where they are not needed (pure salt, sugar, plain water and seltzer, unflavored coffee, etc.) raises the cost of keeping kosher.
The entire kosher industry depends on the integrity of the agencies. Should we trust mercenaries who profiteer when there is no basis in Jewish law. I would suspect someone who is corrupted this way of also being capable of passing over violations for the sake of the fee.