Kosher sex is indeed a slippery slope. Trigg Laboratories’ Wet® personal lubricants are now “self-certified kosher” following the sudden and unexpected withdrawal of certification by the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) on Friday, July 19. They agreed to return all fees paid by Trigg.
According to a statement from the RCC posted on Friday, the religious organization “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 The RCC has rescinded its certification with immediate effect, and deeply regrets the widespread consternation that this error caused.”
In a letter of clarification sent to Trigg Labs that same day by Rabbi Yosef Caplan, the RCC’s Assistant Director of Kashrus Services wrote, “Although we are not able to certify the product, it is our understanding that one may legally place a ‘K’ on their products to indicate its kosher status. When there is no outside certifying agency, this is called ‘self-certification’ and when inquired about a certifying authority you advise them that you have self–certification based on the fact that your ingredients are exclusively known to be kosher without any cross contamination on your mixing and bottling line.”
Michael Trigg, founder of Trigg Labs responded by saying, “Our 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility successfully passed the RCC’s stringent rabbinic review process, and 95 percent of our products were certified kosher. Regardless of RCC’s reversal of the certification they granted a few days ago, our kosher qualification has not changed,” said Trigg, “therefore, we will use the ‘K’ symbol on all products they previously approved as being kosher.” The 80+ Wet lubricants manufactured at Trigg Labs’ FDA-inspected medical device manufacturing facility in Valencia, California, boast exceptional purity, consistency and comfort levels. Trigg explained, “As previously stated, the ‘K’ imprint on our packages says that we maintain the highest standards of purity and answer to a higher authority.”
“I have spent my life promoting and saving marriages, and in this age of widespread marital sexual famine, where so many husbands and wives drift apart due to the loss of the spark of attraction, marital aids which increase sexual passion can be a blessing which rabbis should recognize,” said “America’s Rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach, international best-selling author of Kosher Sex and the upcoming Kosher Lust, and host of the national TV show Shalom in the Home.
“So long as the ingredients of a product are kosher, married couples should be allowed to determine their own sexual path, in accordance with Jewish teachings, which promote a vigorous and intimate sexuality connecting husband and wife and allowing them to become bone of one bone and flesh of one flesh,” said Rabbi Boteach.
About Wet International, Inc.
Founded in 1989 by Michael Trigg, Trigg Laboratories manufactures premium sexual wellness and consumer healthcare products and is parent company to Wet® International, Inc. Developed, formulated and packaged at Trigg Laboratories’ 52,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Valencia, California, each of Wet’s 80+ products are manufactured in an FDA inspected medical device manufacturing facility and boast exceptional purity, consistency and comfort levels. Wet is currently available in 62 countries.