INTRODUCTION TO KOSHER CERTIFICATION
“KOSHER” – A DEFINITION
“Kosher” is a Hebrew word that literally means “fit” or “proper.” When used in relation to food products, “kosher” means that the item in question meets the dietary requirements of Jewish law. The principles governing what is kosher and what is not, are rooted in the Written Torah (the Bible) and the Oral Torah. These laws have been observed by Jews for over 3,000 years. Over the centuries, the Rabbis have explained, detailed and organized these Divine laws, applying them to ever-changing situations and developing technologies. The laws relating to kosher foods are intricate and detailed, and it takes years to master the subject in depth, but the basics are easily understood.
WHY KOSHER ?
Why do Jews eat kosher? Through the years, people have suggested theories about the health benefits of kosher food. Some say that kosher food is less vulnerable to parasites and bacteria. Others theorize that the non-permitted species of animals are hunters whose natures might affect the characters of the people who consume them. Be that as it may, the bottom line is that Jews eat kosher because G-d told them to do so, whether or not they understand the whys and wherefores. If this is what G-d commands, the observant Jew trusts that this food is the best nourishment for him, body and soul. It is easier to understand that foods may have latent physical benefits or dangers of which we are unaware. Who imagined a century ago that animal fat would be regarded as a hidden killer? And who would have guessed that the humble carrot was really a cancer fighter in disguise? From the Jewish point of view, kosher food is the optimal diet for our spiritual health, while foods prohibited by the Torah are the trans fats and refined sugars of our unique spiritual metabolism. We may not understand exactly how it works – but we know that “kosher” is the ultimate Jewish regimen!
Go for the implementation as per the standards :
1. You know that implementing the system standards in your organization has many benefits as well as getting you ahead of the competition.
2. You also know that being independently assessed and certified with various international system standards gives you credibility and helps attract new customers.
3. However, you may not have the required resources and expertise and time In house to achieve this on your own.
4. We can show how and where to get this required additional support.
Apply for Certification :
1. As you are ready with the implemented system, send the filled application form.
2. The application form is forwarded to the accreditation board.
3. The registration approval is received from the board.
4. The financial decision is taken and the quotation and agreement is signed.
Get your system Audited :
1. As soon as the financial part is decided, you get ready to be audited for the certifications.
2. Confirmation of the audit date is done and the auditor is chosen from the list of auditors by the board.
3. The certificate is released after the audit is performed successfully.
4. A decided frequency of surveillance audit is decided by the board and the surveillance process is followed between the cycle of the certification.
5. A recertification audit is conducted after the expiry of the certificate and the process continues.