The first step of the CKFSI, which was funded by AAFC - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under Growing Forward, is to evaluate current food safety practices in kosher establishments and create a Canadian kosher council on food safety, in which the different kosher marks are invited to participate.
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Kosher is a method of inspecting and preparing foods according to specific regulations, and many foods can be qualified as kosher if the ingredients and preparation meet strict requirements. Kosher certification respects and enhances food quality throughout the whole food supply chain, including raw and semi-manufactured foodstuffs and final products in all principal segments such as meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables, bread and beverages.
Partners in the Canadian Kosher Food
Founded in 1922 by business leaders and leading Rabbis, The Jewish Community Council of Montreal, otherwise known as the “Vaad Ha’ir” has established itself as one of the leading players responsible for the certification of Kosher food products bearing the MK certification mark, the Beth Din of Montreal (Jewish ecclesiastical court), the Ruth Institute (conversion program), and many other aspects pertaining to Jewish life in Montreal.
Food with a Conscience
Food with a Conscience is an independent food services consultancy that aspires to become the brand of reference for food quality, safety, and nutrition for consumers. It works with food service providers and catering companies to develop nutritional guidelines, menu design, first-class recipes, and monitoring processes for suppliers.
All Food with a Conscience endorsed products are balance assessed. This means they are assessed according to the highest standards of nutrition, safety, quality, taste and social and environmental responsibility. This also means that food manufacturers’ processes and practices are authenticated, and that nutritional assessments are validated by independent experts.
Medina Quality Food Assurance Services
Medina Quality Assurance Services is dedicated to partnering with food companies to help protect the health and well being of food consumers and to protect, strengthen and promote our clients' brands.
Medina Quality works with food producers, airlines and large scale food buyers (i.e. supermarkets, hospitality Industry and retail stores) to develop, manage and certify effective and cost efficient food safety and quality assurance programmes and management systems. Medina Quality’s team of dedicated and professional scientists and food service experts are committed to providing up to date scientific and regulatory knowledge to help food companies determine the goals of a food safety or quality assurance programme (i.e. HACCP, regulatory or international compliances, GMPs).
British Columbia Kosher (BCK)
BCK is a not-for-profit kosher agency servicing the domestic and international industries, recognized by all rabbinical associations throughout the world. For over 25 years BCK has been the largest, recognized and accepted, Orthodox kosher certification agency based in Western Canada. Under the leadership of BC Beth Din directed by Rabbi Avraham Feigelstock, BCK provides certification for food giants and products such as Canada Safeway Ltd, Rogers Sugar, Golden Boy Foods Inc, Dan-D Foods Ltd, Bakemark Ingredients Canada Ltd, Canadian Fishing Company and Flora Manufacturing & Distributing Ltd. Operating throughout Canada USA Asia and many other countries throughout the world using its international network of regional rabbinic representatives throughout the globe.
BCK Kosher is very proud to be on the short list of reliable and recognized organizations which are members of the Association for Kashrut Organizations (AKO).
Founded in 2008, The Badatz of Toronto is a nationally and internationally recognized kosher supervision agency that provides kosher level of kashrut standards, business ethics and customer service. It kosher certifies food and beverage companies, industrial food plants, caterers, restaurants and more.
The Ottawa Vaad HaKashrut (OVH)
Since 1934 the Vaad has been serving the religious needs of the Ottawa Jewish community.
All local Synagogues and community establishments work closely with the OVH to ensure a high standard of Kosher at programs and their certified Kitchens.
The OVH also certifies restaurants, bakeries, hotels, and caterers who benefit from the growing Jewish community. Manufacturing facilities, licensed to produce Kosher food, mostly located in the Ottawa Valley, enjoy the use of the OVH Kosher logo to promote their product.