WHAT IS KOSHER CERTIFICATION?
Kosher refers to Jewish dietary laws that mentions the types of food that a person can eat and the ways in which it can be prepared. Kosher (also called as kashrut) is a Hebrew word for fit, proper or correct. The 3 types of Kosher are:
MEAT AND POULTRY : All meat and fowl and their byproducts such as bones, soup or gravy
DAIRY : Milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt
PAREV : Any food that is not meat or dairy such as fish (with fins) , eggs, and plant-based foods.
WHY IS KOSHER CERTIFICATION NECESSARY?
For companies, kosher certification increases the interest of their products in the wider market, and is a huge selling point. Over the past 10 years, the worldwide demand for Kosher certified products has grown drastically. The Kosher market is being raised at an annual rate of 15%. For the purpose of keeping up with this growing demand, and as food producers in North America and Europe seek to new sources of high quality materials, they turn to manufacturers in Asian countries like India
Users of kosher certified products extend beyond the Jewish people. Vegetarians, vegans, muslims, people with allergies and users who are concerned about animal suffering are also everyday users of these products. The recognition of these products among non-Jews is because these are healthy, natural and of high quality. For many users outside the Jewish faith, Kosher certified products are the pinnacle of purity, quality and safety
WHO CAN OBTAIN KOSHER CERTIFICATION?
Any company that is involved in the food industry can obtain Kosher certification. The list includes packaged foods, beverages, food-service providers, providers of meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, grains, beverages, food additives, snack foods, and so on
Even industries around the world that produce staple food ingredients such as vinegar, flavors and vegetable oils have implemented Kosher in their units
If you manufacture a food product or own a restaurant, bakery, or food store, you need this Certification.
The only food products which doesn't need kosher certification, given that they don't contain additives, are baking soda, coffee, beer, pure honey, raw grains, raw peas, salt, sugar, and tea.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF KOSHER CERTIFICATION?
- There is clear proof that a Kosher symbol increases market value. A product having Kosher Certification can fetch better when placed next to a competing non-kosher product.
- Getting your food products Kosher certified will strengthen your brand image.
- Greater traceability and consistency of products and services
- Reduced wastage
- Increased efficiency, managed productivity and controlling cost
- Diseased or contaminated foods and ingredients are not permitted. Animals should be healthy and slaughtered in a hygienic and gentle manner.
- Two foods should not be mixed, so the utensils have to be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly after usage.
- All preparation tools and equipments must be rigorously washed, cleaned and sanitized.
- All insects are considered strictly non-kosher, so fruits and vegetables should be properly washed and inspected