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Updated on 22 Oct 2020  9.00 AM IST | 4 min read

Kosher Certification in India

Kosher is a synonym for “Kashrut”. “Kashrut” is a Jewish term derived from the word kaf-shin-resh which means fit. “Kosher” actually means proper or acceptable. The kosher food laws are originated from the Holy book “Bible” and it is observed by Jewish peoples 3300 years back. According to Kosher, there are some Jewish dietary laws in relation to health, food, clothes, lifestyle, beliefs etc. For ex – Clothes abide by specific laws are called kosher clothes, foods abide by specific laws are called Kosher foods and so on. Kosher dietary laws focus not only on food type but also on how the food is prepared and with what ingredients it is prepared with.

The bible lists some basic categories of food which are not considered as “kosher” and includes certain animals like rabbit, pork, sturgeon, owl, eagle, fish which are strictly prohibited for consumption. It also includes most insects and reptiles.

Some rules are also defined for the slaughtering of animals. Species of meat & fowl must be slaughtered in a prescribed manner. In addition to it, you cannot manufacture or consume meat and dairy products together. Even you cannot cook both milk and meat using the same utensils. The “Kosher” law covers many aspects of human food such as meat, parev, fish, eggs and dairy products. It also adds that all fruits & vegetables are consumable but it should not contain any insects. In spite of all these strict rules, Jewish peoples follow these rules to strengthen their connection with god.

It ensures that animals should be treated in a kind manner, offers health benefits to humans as well as serve as a standard to what we eat.


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What is Kosher Certification?

Kosher certification is the process of certifying thousands of ingredients and the food items from all over the world with the help of experts and updated food technology. Kosher certificate is issued with one year validity.

Finacbooks is working with many kosher certified agencies which will help you in certifying the ingredients as well as your retail products. Our main focus is to meet individual company’s needs, enhancing the level of customer satisfaction and maintaining long relationship with our clients.

Kosher Certification Procedure

There are 7 stages of Kosher’s certification procedure –

Application form submission

In the first stage, application form is filled and submitted to the Kosher certified agency for free initial assessment. Kosher certification agency treats all your company’s information as confidential.

Initial assessment

In the second stage, kosher certification agency will review your submitted application form and proceed further for finalization of commercial terms.

Finalization of commercial Terms

In this stage, all the commercial terms are finalized between the company and the kosher certified agency including fees, ingredients, type of products and the manufacturing process.

Inspection

Experts of kosher certified agency visits your manufacturing location, reviews the manufacturing facility and prepares report on it.

Final assessment

The next stage is final assessment. Final assessment has been done by the experts after reviewing the report of the company on the basis of its manufacturing process, ingredients used and production of the product.

Final Compliance

After the final assessment, it is checked that whether the manufacturing process, ingredients used and products produced are compliant with the kosher laws or not. If all things are not in order, then the submitted application will be cancelled by the kosher certified agency.

Certification

If experts are found satisfied after final compliance, kosher certificate is issued to the concerned company and they will authorize you to put a kosher certified logo on your product packaging.

Benefits of Kosher Certification

The benefits of kosher certification are as follows –

  1. It helps in increasing your brand value.
  2. It targets more profitability.
  3. Kosher certified products get higher price as compared to Non-kosher products.
  4. It guarantees that the food you are purchasing is pure and fit for consumption.
  5. It is a mark of safety as all instruments, equipments & facilities are thoroughly sanitized after each food is processed.
  6. There is no risk of health issues in consuming kosher certified products as no blood or blood products are allowed. Even animals are slaughtered in a sanitary and humane fashion. Animals like pigs, shellfish, pork, owl etc. are considered unclean and are not allowed under kosher foods.
  7. It helps in increasing your sales throughout the world.
  8. It gives you confidence that your product is having quality, purity and safety.
  9. Continuous business growth.

Kosher guidelines

Under the Jewish dietary laws, there are some general kosher guidelines which are as follows –

  • Food is divided into three categories – Meat, dairy or pareve. Eggs produce and grains are pareve.
  • Dairy & meat products must not be prepared or consumed together or within certain time limits.
  • Meat of animals that have cloven feet and chew the cud as well as cock or hen is allowed. Meat of perk, horse, rabbit, reptiles, wild fowl, birds of prey, scavengers are not allowed under Jewish dietary laws.
  • Meat of some species of fish which have fins and removable scales are allowed whereas meat of fish not having shrimp, siquid, bivalve or scaleless fish such as Sturgeon, eel or catfish are strictly prohibited for consumption under Jewish dietary laws.
  • Meat of sick, diseased or injured animals are not allowed for consumption. Slaughtering of animals must be done by an approved slaughter.
  • For preparation of cheese, the milk must come from a kosher species.
  • While preparing wine, non-kosher filtering agents must be avoided. Wine should be kosher from a Jewish winemaker.

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