Three major challenges face the kosher consumer as well as those wishing to provide kosher food services:
Choice of Certification is the first challenge. Determining the kashruth of products for use in the home, and outside the home is a complex task. The reality of contemporary food technology with its various processing and formulation techniques has made even the simplest of formulas more challenging and often times the addition of seemingly innocuous substances have a way of affecting the kashruth of a product. Determining the status of ingredients and its sensitivity can have major implications for Kashruth agencies.
The second challenge to the world of kashruth is the proliferation of symbols on product labels. A plain “K” has lost its glamor of meaning “kosher” but nevertheless, with 1,251 alternative kosher symbols available to the consumer it is important to have a strong handle on those that are readily acceptable and those that cannot be accepted easily. The Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District is a proud member of AKO – representing sixty national and regional kashruth agencies.
Thirdly, there is the challenge of “scale.” How does one balance the needs of home, synagogue, local community, restaurants, hotels, food processor or national company when it comes to supervision standards? The technology of Hashgocha is an important component of our Vaad Hakashruth’s food technology and business management model.