The term “Kosher” is a word of Hebrew origin that means “suitable or adequate”, so it is used to refer to food products that follow Jewish dietary standards, meeting the requirements of the diet of the Hebrew Bible.
Kosher food certification gives you access to a market that has grown more than 15% in recent years and continues to expand. Kosher symbols on food are seen more and more frequently. It is estimated that one million products are Kosher certified and that consumers spend more than $ 200 billion each year to purchase them. Source: SGS.
The Kosher certification guarantees consumers that the elaboration of the products and ingredients they contain comply with the Kosher food policy, in addition, it is an indicator that the product meets strict standards of cleanliness, purity and quality. Therefore, the Kosher certification will open the doors of a demanding and increasingly wide public for your products.
Kosher products are classified into three main categories: dairy, meat and parve (neutral, does not contain derivatives of meat or dairy). Any product or ingredient that left its natural state is no longer kosher since it is exposed to utensils that affect its composition. In products and ingredients for mass consumption, it is recommended to certify so that the end customer has the certainty that the food is 100% Kosher. Dairy Products: Kosher dairy products must come from ruminant animals with split hooves. Additives, such as gelatins, cannot contain animal derivatives and must also be Kosher. In addition, the instruments that handle the products must be supervised and the staff must receive training for the treatment of this type of food. Meat products: The meats that can be certified as Kosher are those that come from animals with split hooves and that are ruminants, for example, they are considered Kosher animals: cows, sheep, lambs, goats, calves and gazelles. With regard to birds, for example vultures and scavengers are excluded, as well as those birds that do not have a “tradition” of having been Kosher. All animals must be slaughtered under the supervision of a “Shojet” (ritual slaughterhouse), fat, blood and some prohibited parts must be removed. Parve products: Under this term are those foods that do not contain meat or dairy, for example, fruits, vegetables, cereals, eggs and fish. Milk and meat separation: Dietary guidelines indicate that dairy products and meat products should not be mixed, should not be cooked together or eaten at the same time, and cannot even be served together at the same table.
The costs of the certification can vary depending on the type of product, ingredients that it takes and the number of yearly visits for its certification. If the plant is in an area where there are other certified companies, the costs may be lower.
Because we have personalized attention that is superior to other certifiers and a team specialized in costumer service, where we provide an agile and efficient service, guiding and accompanying our client throughout the process until their certification. Additionally, we have our portal https://alephkosher.org/ where each user can closely follow the steps until their certification under all quality parameters.
All Kosher certification has a duration of 1 year, once this time has elapsed it must be renewed and the pertinent inspection carried out again.
Aleph Kosher observes the strictest levels of confidentiality throughout the kosher certification process. We are extremely sensitive to the needs of our certified companies and respect the proprietary nature of manufacturers’ confidential information and trade secrets. AK’s reputation for integrity and the willingness of thousands of companies to allow us access to this information should further reassure you that we will not violate your trust. Please be assured that all of the information you provide us will be held in strict confidence. In fact, our promise of confidentiality is clearly stated in all of our certification agreements.
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