”EarthKosher provides quality customer service that combines professional people, technology and service processes that are focused on adding value to customers.Ivonne CurielCelanese Ltd Manufacturing Quality Assurance Coordinator
As mentioned on the page, “Determine Your Company’s Kosher Viability,” there are limited situations where we require that a Feasibility Study be conducted prior to issuing a quote for Kosher certification. In these limited situations the Feasibility Study would be Step 1.
There are also limited situations where equipment used for prior non-Kosher production needs to be “Kosherized” i.e. purified (usually by Water or Heat) in order to make a Kosher certification program viable, this falls under Step 5 and is part of our onsite verification process.
There are also limited situations, generally when manufacturing at a non-kosher production facility where we are required to supervise each Kosher certified production. In this case, these supervised runs are coordinated with the company and or contract manufacturer and is part of the ongoing Kosher certification program.
Integrity in Practice
Please note that throughout the year, on a company by company basis, we conduct inspections. These inspections are unannounced and generally last an hour on average. We do not disclose how many inspections are conducted throughout the contractual year. However, given that our Kosher certification organization does not bill per inspection, but rather offers a flat annual rate for Kosher certification, this is not something our customers seem to take as a concern. The integrity of our Kosher certification is very important to us and the Kosher consumer. These unannounced inspections are one of the ways we are able to make sure that the companies we provide kosher certification to respect these Kosher standards year round.
What Kosher Inspections Focus On
Kosher inspections are generally concerned with the following:
Verifying that the approved ingredients and suppliers that your company utilizes to make your now Kosher certified product are being maintained in kosher certified products. We need to work as a team to insure that approved ingredients are not being substituted with non-approved ingredients and suppliers as well remain approved, this to insure that your company’s kosher certification isn’t compromised.
As part of the Kosher certification process your company will be issued an Approved Ingredient List. Many of these ingredients will require a Kosher certificate from the Supplier to document the Kosher status of the specific ingredient. Our Kosher Certification Agency needs to insure that these Kosher certificates from the respective suppliers, which are issued annually, are kept current. This is integral to your company’s kosher certification status remaining in good standing. We stay in touch to insure that this process keeps moving so when it’s time for your Kosher certification renewal you are good to go.
Making sure that equipment, on which kosher certified products are processed as part of your company’s kosher certification, have not been compromised by the introduction of non-kosher ingredients.
Maintaining that kosher symbols are being applied to only kosher-approved products and are being applied with their correct designations. For example, we make sure that dairy, parve and meat products are labeled with the correct and specific kosher designation on our Kosher symbol.
Verifying that no changes in the facility, as a whole, have been established that may compromise the kosher certification program.