Kosher means fit, genuine or correct. When it comes to Kosher food we generally use the word Kosher to mean 'fit for consumption' for those adhering to Jewish dietary laws. Any product that a company wishes to be deemed as kosher would need a thorough check of all its ingredients, manufacturing procedures and utilities to ensure they are of Kosher standards. To identify if everything is ok, an in- depth audit of the manufacturing plant would be necessary. This applies to ingredients, additives, finished products and production lines.
As written in the Torah (Jewish Bible) only specific animals are Kosher, those with split hooves and that chew the cud. The most common are bulls, cows, sheep and goats. Besides for the actual specie, there is a specific way of slaughtering cattle to make them fit for consumption.
As with meat, there are also a specific type of bird that is considered kosher, the typical birds are chickens, geese, duck and turkeys. Poultry also requires slaughtering in a specific way to make them fit for consumption.
Due to the complexity of Jewish law, any product or derivative of either meat or poultry in it, will only be considered kosher if it came with a reliable kosher certificate.
All kosher dairy products must be derived from kosher animals. There are two standards of kosher dairy, products with supervised milking known as Cholov Yisroel and products with unsupervised milking known as Cholov Stam.
All cheese products require full time production supervision.
For a product to be considered parev, it must not contain or have in it, any derivative of either meat or milk or share production lines or utilities of either meat or milk.
Only fish with fins and scales are Kosher according to Jewish Law. Common such fish are, Salmon, Carp, species of Tuna (not all), Sole and Mackerel. All fish products require supervision to ensure kosher fish if being used. Fish is deemed as parev.
All insects are considered not Kosher whether alive or dead. A thorough inspection and clearance of infestation must be done.
Why Kosher ?
The global kosher food market is projected to rise from US $ 24 billion to US $ 60 billion, an impressive expansion compound annual growth rate of 11.6% during the forecast period 2017 to 2025, according to a report by Persistence Market Research (PMR). The Kosher economy is witnessing expansion with significant acceptance of kosher foods in the food industry.
The Kosher food market targets Jewish as well as non-Jewish communities globally, owing to increasing awareness about its dietary quality and ethical reasons. Growth of the global kosher food market is primarily attributed to concentration of Jewish population in specific regions. Increasing adoption of kosher foods by vegetarian consumers, health conscious consumers, and patients with lactose intolerance and celiac disorders, is further expected to drive growth of the market. Growing numbers of kosher food manufacturers are focusing on gluten-free certification owing to high demand from kosher consumers suffering from lactose and gluten intolerance.
Many ingredients in a Kosher retail product require kosher certification before they can be used in finished goods. Having your ingredients kosher certified opens up avenues your competitors may not have. Ingredients with kosher certification have a much higher percentage to be a choice ingredient in a product, being that it has been Kosher certified, having been independently audited by the Kosher certifiers.
When considering Kosher certification there are many factors one has to take in mind. Being recognised as a premier kosher certifying agency, accepted by all other worldwide kosher agencies, consumers and trusted by other manufacturers are the most important aspects.
The Manchester Beis Din Kosher certification services otherwise recognised by the reputable MK logo was established over a century ago. The MK is a division of Manchester Beth Din ltd - Badatz Manchester which has the most acclaimed recognition in Europe, the USA and Israel.
Brand names such as Kellogg's, Heinz, Renshaw, Swizzels Matlow are all MK certified bearing witness to our company.
The MK is transparent, honest and devoted to your requirements.
Kosher certification has it's challenges and can be complex at times - having a kosher agency who has extensive experience in dealing with such matters is very important. The MK's dedicated team are extremely understanding, practical and eager to help you in your journey to Kosher certification. The MK believes in building a close relationship between the company and itself, ensuring we are fully aware of the needs and responsibilities every company expects.
An agency with extensive knowledge in the manufacturing processes of all food types, including flavours, enzymes, oils, dairy ingredients, and of course finished retail products, must also be taken into account when choosing Kosher certification.
When it comes to the certification fee the MK has always had the policy of growing with the company - the MK will always take into consideration the size of the company and the type of product being certified and offers very competitive pricing.
Lastly, having a product certified, but unknown to the public, is something one must always be concerned about. The Manchester Beis Din Kosher certification services promotes all kosher certified MK products through the website, social media, trade shows and the like ensuring every certified product gets the exposure expected by the manufactures.
Take a look at our Kosher Booklet to understand the process a little more
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