The word kosher means “fit” and refers to food items prepared in compliance with kosher law. To be certified kosher, a kosher certification agency must attest that all ingredients in the product and the process of preparing the product meet kosher standards. To do this, the kosher certification agency checks the sources of all ingredients, including any processing aids that contact the food, verifies the kosher status of equipment in manufacturing, and sets up a system by which the integrity of both ingredients and equipment is monitored and maintained.
Foods in general can be grouped into three broad categories:
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.
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.
After the company is successfully certified, the company will be provided with three documents:
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.
The Chicago Rabbinical Council
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 465-3900
General Fax: (773)
Kashrus Dept. Fax: (773) 465-6929