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Monday, December 3, 2018 - 11:09

KOSHER ALERT

Please be advised that Howe Sound Brewery is no longer certified kosher by the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia (Kosher Check).

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:18

Please be advised that the following products sold by Wild Coast Fruit Co are certified dairy (Not Cholov Yisroel), but mistakenly bear the pareve Kosher Check logo.

Dark Chocolate Blueberries
Dark Chocolate Cranberries

Corrective actions are being implemented. Consumers finding this product are asked to contact BC Kosher at (604) 731-1803 or by email info@koshercheck.org.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 18:38

Choczero, a leading Chocolate manufacturer located in southern California recently gained Kosher Certification through Kosher Check.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 14:22

To sell your Chometz, kindly complete this form and send to info@koshercheck.org.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:43

Please be advised that the following products sold by Inno Foods are certified dairy (Not Cholov Yisroel), but mistakenly bear the pareve Kosher Check logo.

Organic Chocolate Nuggets Coconuts + Super Seeds
Almond Nuggets in Dark Chocolate with Super Seeds

Corrective actions have been implemented. Consumers finding this product are asked to contact BC Kosher at (604) 731-1803 or by email info@koshercheck.org.

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 20:07
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 11:25

Further to many phone calls we have received from the Jewish Community. This is confirm that the following Kosher Check certified products, sold under the Trader Joes label bearing the BCK Symbol (our former Kosher Symbol, still in use by some companies) are acceptable for use on Pesach if purchased prior to the holiday.

Unsweetened Coconut Chips
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Coconut Flour
Triple Filtered Coconut Oil
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Reduced Fat Coconut Milk
Regular Coconut Milk
Coconut Cream - All Strengths

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Monday, January 1, 2018 - 15:12

The Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire is located on the West Coast of Africa. The French and Portuguese explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries divided the West Coast of Africa into five Coasts, reflecting the different economies of the regions. The Ivory Coast was aptly name the Côte d'Ivoire by the French and Costa do Marfim by the Portuguese as both mean “Ivory Coast”. This was because the major trade that had developed in the region was the export of Ivory. The Ivory Coast today produces one third of the World’s Cocoa crop and is the World’s largest exporter. It also has the largest economy in Western Africa.

Recently TAFISSA Cocoa of the Ivory Coast gained Kosher Certification through Kosher Check. TAFISSA was established over 25 years ago in San Pedro and is today one of the leading Chocolate and Cocoa manufacturers in the Ivory Coast. TAFISSA exports products around the World including throughout Africa, Europe and North America. They knew that in order to sell product around the World, they would need a Kosher Certification such as Kosher Check that was Globally Accepted.

Over the past decade the demand for Kosher Certification has increased dramatically. The Kosher market has been growing at an annual rate of 15% for the past several years and products bearing Kosher Certification continue to outsell both Organic and All Natural. Today many leading manufacturers in the Ivory Coast and throughout Africa are looking to gain Kosher Certification to assist them with opening new markets around the World. Today many uncertified companies in Africa and around the world are turning to Kosher Check to assist them in their Kosher Certification needs.

Kosher Check provides Kosher Certification to companies from Anchorage, Alaska to Buenos Aires, Argentina. From Harwich, United Kingdom to Antananarivo, Madagascar. From Mumbai India to Auckland, New Zealand.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher Certification on five continents to food manufacturers such as Merck Pharmaceuticals, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Post Food Group, Scoular Company to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 12:24

Please be advised that the following Dessert Crackers sold by Trumps Food Interests are certified dairy (Not Cholov Yisroel/Not Pas Yisroel), but mistakenly bear the pareve Kosher Check logo.

Banana Slims
Cocoa Slims
Cranberry Orange Slims
Lemon Slims

Corrective actions have been implemented. Consumers finding this product are asked to contact BC Kosher at (604) 731-1803 or by email info@bckosher.org.

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 12:51

Egypt home of the famous river Nile, the World’s longest river. Egypt, a country that bridges the ancient and the modern. Home to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Suez Canal. A country rich in agriculture including Citrus Fruit, Rice, Corn, Tomatoes amongst others. Egypt, a NEXT ELEVEN country identified by Goldman Sachs as having the potential to become a leading world economy.

Recently Great Foods Company of Alexandria, a leading manufacturer in Tomato Paste, Pasta Sauce and Tomato based products, gained Kosher Certification through Kosher Check. Great Foods Co. was established over 45 years ago in Alexandria and today employees more than 3700 people. Great Foods Co. exports products around the World including to Australia, North America and throughout the Middle East. They knew that in order to sell product around the World, they would need a Kosher Certification such as Kosher Check that was Globally Accepted.

Over the past decade the demand for Kosher Certification has increased dramatically. The Kosher market has been growing at an annual rate of 15% for the past several years and products bearing Kosher Certification continue to outsell both Organic and All Natural. Today many leading manufacturers in Egypt are looking to gain Kosher Certification to assist them with opening new markets around the World. Today many uncertified companies in Egypt and around the world are turning to Kosher Check to assist them in their Kosher Certification needs.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher Certification on five continents to food manufacturers such as Merck Pharmaceuticals, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Post Food Group, Scoular Company to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 14:33

Sphinx Export from Egypt has gained Kosher Certification through Kosher Check.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 14:31

Land Spices Export Co. from Fayoum, Egypt has gained Kosher Certification through Kosher Check.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 14:28

Nile Herbal Export from Faiyoum, Egypt has gain Kosher Certification through Kosher Check.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 13:30

Please be advised that Marukyo brand Wasabi Powder bearing the words Kosher Check is not certified kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 20:17

Indonesia is the world’s largest Island nation, made up of over 17,000 islands. Located in South East Asia between the Indian and Pacific oceans. The history of Indonesia goes back a few thousand years and has had Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim rulers. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to go to Indonesia for spice trade in the 1500’s. In 1602 the Dutch established the Dutch East India Company and became a dominant power in Indonesia, establishing the Dutch East Indies as a colony.

Lying along the equator, Indonesia is one of the most diverse countries in the world with the second most biodiverse geography to be found. Agriculture comprises one fifth of the Indonesia economy. Most notably Rice, Palm Oil, Coconut, Coffee, Rubber, Cocoa and Spices (Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Cloves).

Most recently PT Alumindo from East Java gained Kosher Certification through Kosher Check. As a leading manufacturer of Aluminium products they saw the benefit that Kosher Check Kosher Certification gave them as they sought to export to new markets.

Over the past decade the demand for Kosher Certification has increased dramatically. The Kosher market has been growing at an annual rate of 15% for the past several years and products bearing Kosher Certification continue to outsell other categories. In order to keep up with demand and as Companies in North America and Europe look to new sources, they increasingly turn to Asian countries such as Indonesia.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Merck, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Post Food Group, Scoular to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 13:20

Please be advised that Palermo brand Coconut Oil imported by Cosmopolitan Food Group of Hoboken NJ bears an unauthorized BCK Kosher logo and is not certified kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 17:07

Please be advised that various Western Family brand cookies bear an unauthorized Kosher check logo and are not certified kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC.

Corrective measures are being implemented.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 18:32

Thai Tai Agriculture Co was founded in 1981, operating on a small 2 acre facility west of Bangkok, Thailand. After 11 years of production a larger facility on 40 acres was built in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Today Thai Tai Agriculture produces over 5.5 million tons of Ginger each year. As one of leading producers in the Ginger Market, they saw the benefit of gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check.

Over the past decade the demand for Kosher Certification has increased dramatically. The Kosher market has been growing at an annual rate of 15% for the past several years and products bearing Kosher Certification continue to outsell both Organic and All Natural. In order to keep up with demand and as Companies in North America and Europe look to new sources of Ingredients, they increasingly turn to Asian countries such as Thailand for new sources.

Thailand grown produce have become legendary the world over. The Hot Tropical Climate and abundant rainfall in Thailand are ideal growing conditions for a variety of produce which, are among the most diverse to be found anywhere. Thailand is the fifth largest producer of Ginger in the World. Ginger is widely used in Thai cooking and is believed to have medicinal properties including anti-inflammation and improved blood circulation. As demand products continues to increase, more and more producers in Thailand continue to turn to Kosher Certification to assist them in opening new markets.

Kosher Check is a globally accepted Kosher Certification, providing Kosher supervision on five continents to food manufacturers such as Merck, Kerry Foods, Kemin Bioscience, Post Food Group, Scoular to name a few. Gaining Kosher Certification through Kosher Check can help increase sales as well as potential private label business.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 18:33

Further to many phone calls we have received from the Jewish Community. This is confirm that the following Kosher Check certified products, sold under the Trader Joes label bearing the BCK Symbol (our former Kosher Symbol, still in use by some companies) are acceptable for use on Pesach if purchased prior to the holiday.

Unsweetened Coconut Chips
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Coconut Flour
Triple Filtered Coconut Oil
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Reduced Fat Coconut Milk
Regular Coconut Milk
Coconut Cream

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 17:55

With Passover just around the corner, the Kosher Check 2017 Passover Guide is now here. Copies are also available from local Kosher Stores and Synagogues. As always we are here to answer your questions.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 16:25

Over the past twenty years there has been rapid change within the Beverage Industry. In addition to take over and mergers within the large manufacturers such as the Molson – Coors merger of 2005. There has been a birth and rapid growth of a new market within the Beverage Industry known as the Craft Brewer or Craft Distiller. In 1979 there was 89 breweries in the US. By 2013 this number increased to 2,416 breweries in the US, of which 1,139 were considered Craft Breweries. According to the American Distilling Institute, there was roughly 50 micro distilleries operating within the US in 2005. Over the last 10 years that number has grown to over 300.

A recent trend has been for large distillers, such as the owners of the famous Bourbon Makers Mark. To create their own craft distillery within their current facility using purposely purchased small stills to compete for this market. What makes a Craft Distiller? In order to qualify as a Craft Distiller, a distillery should not produce more than 100,000 litres of alcohol per year in Canada. Or 100,000 gallons of alcohol per year in the US.

From time to time we receive questions from members of the community regarding the kashrus status of particular types of Alcoholic Beverages. Having visited over a dozen craft distilleries over the past couple of years from Kelowna to Vancouver Island. We can tell you that there are many kashrus issues that affect the kosher status of unflavoured brands of Vodka, Gin or Rye. These issues would not have arisen 20 years ago. It is common for small craft distilleries to produce many different kinds of products including various kinds of Non-Kosher Brandy. Brandy is produced by distilling grape based wine. There are also distilleries that distill wine for commercial wineries. Most distilleries do not want their still’s sitting idle, therefore they are happy to distill product for a customer that may be not Kosher. It is also common that the stills used for the distillation process are purchased used. It is also possible that during the production process of Rye or Blended Whisky that wine is blended in to add flavour to the Whisky.

It is common for Craft Breweries and Breweries in general to experiment. Most Recently Molson produced a limited release beer named 1908, a beer derived from a recipe found in the companies archives. Craft Breweries will also produce seasonal beers such as a Chocolate flavoured beer or Milk Stout during the winter months. These will both pose a kashrus concern since the use of dairy will change the status of all the other pareve beers. It is also common that flavours are added to beers to increase the taste. These can be produced from both Kosher and Non Kosher sources such as Carmine. Some Craft Breweries have started to age beer in used wine casks posing another issue. The main concern with beer is generally the processing equipment. Many companies use the same equipment to produce numerous products. If a company produces unflavoured beer on the same equipment as non-kosher beer, the equipment may cause all beer produced to be non-kosher.

Kosher Check recommends purchasing Craft Alcoholic Beverages from only Kosher Certified Craft Distilleries and Craft Breweries. Kosher Check is Proud to certify the following Craft Beverage companies Kosher within British Columbia.

Howe Sound Brewing

Shelter Point Distillery

Odd Society Distillery

Victoria Spirits

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