This is the final installment in our demystifying label terms series. If we’ve missed a term that you’re curious about, please ask and we’ll do our best to find an answer for you.
Kosher: The term “kosher” refers to foods that are in accord with Kashrut, the set of Jewish dietary laws that regulate what foods may and may not be eaten, and how food is processed. Without getting into the full history of the term “kosher,” the basic idea refers to food that has been inspected and certified by a rabbi to ensure that the food, including all sources of the ingredients and the facility, meets the dietary laws of Judaism.
Today, these foods represent far more than adherence to religious laws; “kosher” means that the facility and the sources of the ingredients used meet strict quality and cleanliness standards. Muslims, vegans and those with severe dairy allergies can look to kosher symbols as a way to navigate the label.
At Bob’s Red Mill, we use two kosher symbols. The first, a simple K, represents that the product has been inspected and approved by our certifying agency, Kehilla Kosher. The second, K-D means that the product contains dairy. Because we do not have fish or meat in our facility, we do not use any other kosher symbols. All Bob’s Red Mill products are certified kosher. We know that our kosher symbol is not as widely recognized as some others and we are happy to provide contact information for Kehilla Kosher as requested. Please feel free to contact our customer service team to inquire about our certifying agency.
I would like to give a shout out to our customer Janis from Michigan who helped me explain this properly. Thank you so much, Janis!!