The Kosher History
Often considered the oldest diet in the world, Kosher
started with Adam and Eve eating a diet of fruit, grains, and vegetables.
Cleanliness was enforced, and cruelty to animals was strictly forbidden.
The stringent laws associated with Kosher living were formulated later in
the Commandments of the Torah. Cross-contamination between products is eliminated
because of the processing and cleaning rules demanded by Kosher. Kosher
products are guaranteed to be labeled correctly, since any violation of
Kosher regulations is considered fraud.
The basic premise behind Kosher is self-control and
discipline. It forces one to constantly be aware of what is being consumed,
to always follow the rules. In this manner, something as instinctive as
eating becomes something that is observed and followed.
Vegetarians, vegans, and those that are lactose intolerant
or follow certain religious beliefs can benefit from products that are both
Kosher and Parve. Parve is the term used to signify products which contain
no meat, foul or dairy products or by-products.
What Does "Kosher
and Parve" Mean?
Kosher is a term used to describe something that is
right, proper, or fit. Food that is certified Kosher is guaranteed to be
of a high quality, and often surpasses the quality standards of the Food
and Drug Administration and Health Canada. Parve foods are free from any
animal products or by-products and considered neutral they contain no meat
or dairy. This would include fruits, grains, herbs, and vegetables.
Documentation of all ingredients, manufacturing procedures,
and packaging materials used to make a product are studied and approved
by certifying agencies. Therefore, a Kosher and Parve certified product
guarantees that there is truth in its label. A company that incorrectly
labels a product Kosher is considered to be fraudulent, and subject to fines
Kosher standards for processing and cleansing also
ensure that product cross-contamination does not occur. Thus, one can be
assured that only the items shown on the ingredients list and on the label
are contained in packages certified as Kosher and Parve.
Kosher laws provide a rallying point for Jews. At
the same time, they give vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerant people,
and other religious followers the guarantee that food certified Kosher will
be of the highest quality and handled and processed in an acceptable way.
Many reasons or theories have been provided for living Kosher (health, spiritual,
self discipline, morality). All lead back, however, to the high quality
of the food consumed.
The acceptability of Kosher in today's society spans
more than religious circles. The guarantee of quality products, packaging,
manufacturing procedures and machinery, and cleanliness have become a standard
to many who are concerned about the food and medicines they consume.
To ensure that Kosher standards are maintained after
certification, impromptu inspections are often carried out by the certification
agency. Any item found not to fall within Kosher guidelines could result
in the nullification of the company's Kosher status. Therefore, the manufacturing
company must continually work to keep its Kosher qualification.
Requiring all Laws be strictly followed, various agencies
certify and monitor manufacturing companies as being Kosher. The Kashruth Council of Toronto has certified Pure-Li
Natural and grants us the symbol below because we meet their rigorous standards.
Within the different certifying agencies, this Council is one of the most
highly regarded. Their standards are very precise, but their insignia is
well worth our extra effort.
To be certified Kosher and Parve, we must submit each
product for pre-market review by the Council. After the application is approved,
and certification is granted, we must also pass the many random inspections
used by the Council to ensure our Kosher standards are maintained after
As the only herbal company certified both Kosher and
Parve, Pure-Li Natural can guarantee that our products are pure, clean,
and of the highest quality. As a natural products consumer, you should feel
assured that our products meet and exceed your exacting standards. Most
of our products, including all of our oregano products have passed the rigorous
standards set forth by the Kashruth Council of Toronto and bear their seal
of approval and our Kosher number (18). Look for the symbol below as your
assurance of quality on all your natural health products.