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Keeping It Kosher
发布时间:2009-05-27 09:00:00

By: Daniel Schatzman, Editor Form:Nutrition Outlook

Want to know which food manufacturing techniques comply with Jewish dietary laws and which don’t? Kosher certification agencies can help.

Question: What do Milk Duds, Milk of Magnesia, and giraffe milk have in common?
Answer: They are all kosher.

If you are confused by kashrut (the Jewish code of laws that oversee the fitness and suitability of food), you're not alone. Although many people are familiar with at least some kosher requirements, such as the prohibition against eating pork, other rules are less well-known. In fact, the religious laws that govern the preparation of kosher food can be quite complex, especially when modern food manufacturing techniques come into play.

Fortunately for manufacturers, hundreds of third-party organizations, such as the Orthodox Union (OU; New York City), Star-K (Baltimore,MD), and Kosher Supervision of America (KSA;Los Angeles), are available to provide kosher-certification services. All three agencies mentioned above also have a presence inChina, a significant source of food imports to theUnited States.