What is Kosher?

In Hebrew, “kosher” means fit. Kosher food is any food fit for consumption by Jewish people. The laws of kosher define which foods a person can and cannot eat, and also how they should produce and handle certain foods. The laws also state which combinations of foods that people should avoid. The Torah, the first part of the Jewish bible, lays the foundations of kosher dietary laws. Practicing Jews believe that following a kosher diet is God’s will.

What is Kosher Certified?

For a product to be kosher certified, and to qualify for a kosher certificate, each ingredient, food additive and processing aid used in its production must also be kosher. Additionally, to be kosher certified, the production process must be suitable for kosher requirements and therefore it must be approved by a kosher auditor. Products may be rendered non-kosher if their production lines and equipment are also used to manufacture non-kosher products.

Benefits of Kosher Certification

Enhances customer/supplier relationships

Continuous improvement in service to suppliers

Continuous improvement of service to subscribers

Standardized quality system requirements

Increase efficiency to save time, money and resources

Increase market opportunities

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Who can be certified Kosher Certification?

Food Growers

Food Processors

Food Transporters

Food Retailers


Food Packagers

Food Storage

Food Additives

Food Chemical

Food Cosmetics


Document required for Kosher Certification

  • System Manual
  • System Procedure
  • Policy
  • Objectives
  • Mission & Vision
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Checklist
  • Forms
  • Formats
  • Records

The extent of Documented Information differs as per:

  • Organization’s size
  • Activities performed by the organization
  • Processes undertaken by the Organization
  • Products and services offered by the organization
  • The complexity of processes undertaken
  • Competence of persons involved

Role of Shamkris and Process of Kosher Certification

Shamkris adopts a results-oriented approach to effective system implementation in the organization. A simple and practical method of system implementation helps organizations increase business efficiency and sustainability. Shamkris supports 100% documentation to obtain an accreditation body of success in addition to enhanced performance.

The implementation process is described below:

Day 1

GAP Analysis, Certification Body, Selection, Cost Estimates

• Finding the GAP between existing system related to ISO requirements
• Selecting the appropriate certification body
• Based on the scope of your business & certification body you choose

Week 1

Developing Documents

• Management System Manual, Management System Procedures, Policy, Objectives, Forms etc.
• Review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Week 4

Implementing Management System

• ISO Awareness training for the top management and staff
• Implementing a well-documented management system throughout the organization

Week 8

Internal Audit

• Internal audits identifying nonconformities related to ISO requirements
• Management Review Meetings
• Corrective and Preventive Action plan for nonconformities

Week 10

Certification Body
N-C Closing

• Shamkris acts on your behalf and assists you in the third-party audit
• Closing of any nonconformities identified by the certification body

Week 12

Certificate Issued

• ISO certificates issued for 3 years
• Surveillance Audits yearly

Year on Year

Yearly Compliance

• Support of Yearly documentation for audit

Increased transparency through Kosher certification strengthens supplier trustworthiness. Kosher products potentially have the widest consumer appeal. Some consumers consider that Kosher means purity of ingredients.

• Keeping kosher controls the way food is prepared.
• Quality standards are higher for kosher foods.
• Limits placed on the amount of food consumed helps establish self control and healthy eating habits.
• Kosher meats are thoroughly salted, making them less likely to carry E.

A kosher diet isn’t inherently healthy but it’s possible to eat healthily on a kosher diet. Healthy options on a kosher diet include all fruits, vegetables, and grains. Some argue that kosher meat is healthier because it must pass a strict inspection, but experts say this does not make a difference in quality.

Kosher refers to a set of intricate biblical laws that detail the types of food that a Jewish person may eat and the ways in which it may be prepared. To be certified Kosher, all ingredients in every product—and the process of preparing the product—must be certified for orthodox kosher-compliance too.

The procedure for acquiring kosher certification is relatively simple. Upon receipt of your application, a representative of STAR-K will evaluate your company’s ingredients and products. Then a contract will be drafted, detailing all the requirements and obligations of both parties.