Q: If I buy a kosher certified product does that mean that it is bishul Yisroel?

A: Certain foods require bishul Yisroel in order to be kosher but many do not, and therefore you should not assume that certified products are necessarily bishul Yisroel. [The exact details of which items do or do not require bishul Yisroel is beyond the scope of this article.] What you can be sure of is that every reputable hashgachah definitely considers whether each food requires bishul Yisroel and only certifies those in which they either have a Jew participate in the cooking (bishul Yisroel) or decide that bishul Yisroel is not required.

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