Grana Padano PDO Kòsher

Kòsher food

The Hebrew word kòsher (or kashèr)  means “fit” or “proper.” When applied to food, the term indicates that an item is fit for consumption according to Jewish law. Therefore the kòsher laws define the foods that are fit for consumption for a Jew. The observance of kòsher laws is hallmark of Jewish identity for more than 3500 years. The legislation on Jewish food is called kashrùt.

The opposite of kòsher is tarèf (any food that is not kòsher).

Requirements

All dairy products require kòsher certification. They must meet the following criteria in order to be certified kòsher:
  • Milk must come from a kòsher animal
  • All ingredients must be kòsher 
  • They must be processed on kòsher equipment, to eliminate any risk of contamination of food Kòsher and Taref
Jewish law requires that in the production of Grana Padano Kòsher, a mashgiach or Jewish supervisor, must be present from the beginning of the milking to the end of processing to ensure that only milk from kòsher  and  partecipate in the curd.
 

Major steps of the process

  • Analysis of the production cycle: in this phase are analyzed machinery and raw materials, assessing the risks of cross contamination of food kòsher and tarèf.
  • Milking: the Jewish supervisor verifies each farm for the absence of unfit animals and ensure the origin of the milk.
    - Milk Collection and processing: there is a constant monitoring of the manufacture and active participation in one of the main process step: the dosage of kòsher rennet. Specialized rabbis  set all procedures in accordance with the Torah,  for purification of foods, cleaning of equipments and workplaces.
    - Production of the cheese: all the wheels are checked and, after the necessary checks, signed for approval of conformity. 
  • Labeling: Specialized rabbis checks that the label complies with regulations.

Kòsher certification

The kòsher certification is synonymous not only with food fit for consumption of the practitioners of the Jewish religion, but also of high quality foods.

The great attention to hygiene, the careful selection of ingredients and the constant checks at every step of the process, are some of the reasons why kòsher foods are a great choice for religious and not.
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