The following day, the Rabbinical Council of California, the certifying agency, decided to rescind its approval of the kosher status of the products.
The products qualified as kosher following a 2-year long ordeal of rabbinic certification by the Rabbinical Council of California. As part of the process, every ingredient and piece of equipment at the 52,000 square-foot manufacturing facility was subject to "Kosherization" procedures and reviews.
The packaging for the sexual wellness products now has the letter 'K' on the back, certifying the items are kosher. The founder of 'Wet', Michael Trigg stated "With Kosher certification, in the coming months, we plan to introduce Wet® in Israel. The 'K' imprint on our packages says that we maintain the highest standards of purity and answer to a higher authority."
After the lengthy and complicated process, Wet was set to become the only kosher certified personal lubricant in both Canada and the United States. Kosher Wet products were scheduled to appear on the market within the next three months.
Menachem Lubinsky, president of Lubicom, the marketing company that hosts the annual Kosherfest trade show, said he wasn’t sure if certification was necessary from the standpoint of Jewish law.
“I usually deal with supply and demand,” he said. “I’m not aware of any large demand for this. I’m more aware of people looking for kosher-for-Passover dog food. Having said that, there’s been a trend in recent years to make more over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics with certification for people that don’t want to bring anything into the house that isn’t kosher certified.”In the follow-up JTA article on Thursday titled "Kashrus Interruptus: Certifier Pulls Out", JTA's Ben Harris reported:
Sorry kosher sex fans, but the California rabbinical group that was set to certify personal lubricants as kosher has yanked its hechsher.
We know this is hard to swallow, especially for those who may have come to rely on Wet’s line of sexual wellness products.
Here’s the certification group’s deliciously worded statement:
Oy!As reported in the media, the Rabbinical Council of California’s Kashrut Division was in the final stages of certifying products produced by Trigg Laboratories. Certification of non-edible items is common in the kosher industry, but the intended uses of these items as now revealed, was misunderstood. The RCC has rescinded its certification with immediate effect, and deeply regrets the widespread consternation that this error caused.
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