What is Kosher?

The word kosher means proper or acceptable, and it has informally entered the English language with that meaning. But kosher laws have their origin in the Bible, and are detailed in the Talmud and the other codes of Jewish traditions. They have been applied through the centuries to ever-changing situations, and these rulings, both ancient and modern, govern Kosher certification.You may already be familiar with some of the more well-known requirements, but you may be surprised at the extent of the regulations with which you are not familiar.

The Bible lists the basic categories of food items which are not kosher. These include certain animals, fowl and fish (such as pork and rabbit, eagle and owl, catfish and sturgeon), most insects, and any shellfish or reptile. In addition, kosher species of meat and fowl must be slaughtered in a prescribed manner, and meat and dairy products may not be manufactured or consumed together.

Why do so many foods require kosher supervision? For example, shouldn’t cereals and potato chips be inherently kosher since they are not made from meat, fowl, fish or insects? The answer is that all units and subunits in a food item must be kosher as well. Thus, for example, a cereal may be non-kosher because it has raisins which are coated with a non-Kosher, animal-based glycerin. Potato chips can be non-kosher if the vegetable oil used in the fryer has been pasteurized and deodorized on equipment used for tallow production. In fact, equipment used for hot production of non-kosher products may not be used for kosher production without kosherization (a hot purging procedure)

Why Get Certified Kosher?

Placed side-by-side, kosher products sell 20% better than competing non-kosher brands.Statistics show that many kosher consumers are not Jewish. These consumers are people who perceive kosher to be cleaner, better and healthier! That may certainly be the case, but it isn’t what kosher means.

KosherFest, the largest kosher trade-show in the world, sets the value of the kosher food market at over $12.5 billion. Kosher is no longer a niche segment. With Fortune 500 companies such as Nabisco, P&G, M&M and Mars among others committed to being kosher, it’s no wonder its “in” to be kosher today.

In many types of manufacturing, products may already be kosher or close to it. For some companies, there are only small changes in ingredients to kosher suppliers before they can be certified. Join the kosher certification revolution today and let us partner with you to increase your market share!