Fish oil

Fish oil:[1]

Fish oil requires a Hashgacha to verify they are derived from Kosher fish. Fish oil is added in many foods such as Vitamins, medicines.

Dental Floss:[2] Many types of Dental floss are waxed with fish oil. Nevertheless, it does not need a Hashgacha as one is not eating it and does not have intent to swallow the oil.

Fish oil medicine for one who is sick:[3] It is permitted for one who is sick to the point of being bedridden [Choleh Sheiyn Bo Sakana] to drink fish oil for treatment of his illness, even if his illness does not involve danger, and even if the fish is certainly not Kosher.[4] Nonetheless, it is best to enter the oil into a capsule and only then swallow it.[5] Likewise, if there is Kosher fish oil available, then one must buy it even if it is very expensive.[6]

Omega 3 fish oil capsules: It is forbidden to drink fish oil without a proper Hashgacha if one is currently healthy. Some Poskim[7] rule however that one may swallow fish oil capsules without a Hashagcha even if he is currently healthy. This is permitted even if one knows the fish oil derives from non-kosher fish. However, if there is Kosher fish oil available, then one must buy it even if it is very expensive.[8]

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[1] Hakashrus 11/21-22

[2] Hakashrus 11/21 in name of Rav Elyashiv

[3] See Yabia Omer 2/12

[4] Dvar Moshe 1/8, brought in Darkei Teshuvah 155/25; Halef Lecha Shlomo Y.D. 22; Divrei Chaim 2/52; Salmas Chaim 2/20; Yabia Omer 2/12

The reason: As it is permitted for a sick person to benefit from non-Kosher food in an irregular way, and it is irregular to drink oil. [ibid; see Y.D. 155/3]

[5] Mahariy HaLevi 1/62; Yabia Omer ibid

[6] Dvar Moshe 1/8, brought in Darkei Teshuvah 155/25

[7] Yabia Omer 2/12 based on the fact that swallowing a capsule is not Derech Hanaah, and the Shach 155/13 rules that when its not Derech Hanaah, a food that is Mutzr in benefit is permitted even for a healthy person.

[8] Dvar Moshe 1/8, brought in Darkei Teshuvah 155/25

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