Why Kosher Certification?
Kosher literally means “proper” or “fit.” Meaning fit for consumption according to the laws as dictated by the five books of Moses. Kosher does not mean “blessed” by the Rabbis.
Kosher laws and guidelines pertain to all types of food. Meat has the strictest standards in dictating what is kosher: the animal needs two signs in addition to how it is slaughtered and how you handle it after it’s slaughtered.
Other items include dairy products along with a strict prohibition of mixing meat and dairy.
Birds that are traditionally considered kosher are the goose, duck, chicken, and turkey.
Non-kosher birds include the eagle, owl, swan, pelican, vulture, and stork – as well as their eggs.
In the fish category the requirements for kosher are that it has fins and scales. That eliminates all shell fish and the like.
Wines are also on a high standard for being kosher along with bugs or insects.
Fruit and vegetables are inherently kosher however certain items might have bug infestation and need and follow a protocol of washing and inspection.
The word kosher can be used generically such as “is this activity kosher?” but in the literal sense the meaning of the word kosher is in the actual food. Pork is only prohibited to eat but a Jewish person can wear pig skin from head to toe.