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kashrut of supplements

Question:

My doctor has recommended that a take a sublingual spray supplement to boost my energy and immunity. One of the ingredients in it is bovine colostrum. Am I allowed to take it?

Answer:

In consultation with a kashrus professional, taking the supplement is problematic. This is because even if we assume that the colostrum is considered milk, it would have an issue of cholov akum. the usual heter of R’ Moshe of cholov stam will not apply here because the united States government doesn’t have laws that colostrum sales have to be supervised and inspected to make sure that nothing else is mixed in. Therefore it would be advisable to ask your doctor for a different supplement.

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