Yeish m'vatlin Dairy l'chatchilah?
Ein m'vatlin Dairy l'chatchilah?
This question has fascinated me for over a decade.
Equal used to come in tablets that were certified OU-D
After eating meat, may one drop this OU-D equal tablet into one's coffee or tea w/o having to wait the proverbial 6 hours?
What's the Potential Heter?
The amount of dairy in the tablet is probably rather small - furthermore when measured against the cup of coffee/tea it's almost surely less than 1:60. All this is still "heter". Now may I proceed to consume this coffee/tea w/o having to wait?
Whilst preparing Hilchot Pesach in the Mishnah Brurah et. al, I chanced upon a parallel case. [BTW this is no co-incidence because I've been aware for some time that there is a large conjunction of Halachot between Passover and Issur v'heter - especially bassar b'chalav]
See first O"Ch Rema 487:6 then Ba'er Hetev and Sha'arei T'shuva 447:26 talking about [ex-Yankee Hideki] "Matsui" See the Ba'er Hetev who quotes the Tzemach Tzedek 86 that
"It's prohibited to add Milk of an animal or Cream of Wheat to wine to make it white and clear... Even if less than 60 because it is m'vateil issur l'chatchilah"
Surprisingly enough, some posqim disagree! Including Magen Avraham and Pri Hadash, but apparently the Hoq Yaakov is with the Tzemach Tzedeq
The Shaarei T'shuvah quoting the D'gul Meirvavah splits the baby - Hametz no dairy yes because "adayin heter hu" [see above re: the Equal Bittul]
The entire genre here is a BIT different than my Equal case - because - All things being Equal - we are m'vateil once and drink it. In adding minute amounts of "milk" to wine, there remains a slight possibility of future enhancements - chazi l'itztarufei.
BE"H I plan to research this further, but in the meantime here's the opening gambit.