Foods in general can be grouped into three broad categories:
- Innocuous: Some food items are always acceptable as kosher. Generally, these would be foods such as water, sugar, and salt which are minimally processed.
- Kosher when supervised: Other foods, such as oil, glycerin, and corn syrup, may be kosher if the ingredients and process used meet kosher definitions and when supervised by a reliable kosher authority.
- Never Kosher: Some foods may never be kosher. Examples include shellfish and pork, both of which are prohibited by kosher law.
In addition, all kosher food can be grouped into three categories: meat, dairy or pareve (neutral). Kosher law prohibits the mixing of meat and milk, so foods like cheeseburgers and chicken parmesan are unacceptable. Foods with neither meat nor dairy ingredients are considered pareve, or “neutral.” The certification agency will determine if the product contains dairy ingredients or is produced on equipment used for dairy products, to preclude consumers mixing meat and dairy foods.
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Passover is an 8-day holiday that takes place in the spring and commemorates the Exodus of the Jewish people from ancient Egypt and involves a unique set of additional kosher laws. During Passover, those who keep kosher refrain from eating leavened products, such as bread and cookies. Although kosher the rest of the year, certain grain products and their derivatives may not be eaten during Passover. Special supervision is required for Passover production.
A Successful Kosher Program
After the company is successfully certified, the company will be provided with three documents:
- Schedule A: A list of pre-approved Raw Materials which may be used in the kosher facility. This will include ingredients which are inherently kosher (such as salt and water) as well as ingredients which are kosher-sensitive and require kosher certification (such as oil and glycerin). The Schedule A may be expanded to include as many ingredients as necessary.
- Schedule B: A full list of approved formulas, comprised of Raw Materials already approved on the Schedule A.
- Letter of Certification (LOC): This is a full document certifying that the company products are kosher. This letter may be placed on your website to let customers know your products are kosher-certified.
These documents will be made available on our secure website, EZcRc.org
, allowing the option to access your company information 24/7/365, submit new ingredients and formulas for approval, and customize kosher letters as needed.
When the certification process is complete, you will be provided with the trademarked cRc Kosher logo which can be placed on all your packaging, alerting customers to the kosher status at the Point-of-Sale (POS).
Kosher certification can help your company reach new markets and expand your customer base. According to recent studies, the kosher food market is currently estimated at $305 billion, and is growing by 12% annually.
In addition to the core market of kosher consumers, many people who have cultural reasons to avoid meat, dairy, or certain other ingredients, or who have allergic sensitivities to those items, will rely on the kosher symbol to ensure that the integrity of their food.
Established in 1932, cRc Kosher, with a highly recognized kosher symbol, is in the highest tier of global kosher certifiers yet competitively priced for industries of every size. Our clients value our amazing customer service and fast turnaround. Additionally, the kosher letters we issue are available on our website, and our clients have a secure online portal to allow 24/7 access to their kosher records. Those that partner with us are thrilled with our proven success and positive attitude.