Kosher– or Kasher – refers to the set of religious rules governing dietary practices among observant Jews. The Hebrew word kasher or kosher means conforming to the law, permitted; the main rules are derived from the Bible – the Torah, which for Jews represents the divine law. According to these prescriptions, for example, it is forbidden to cook milk or milk-derived products with meat from any animal, be they quadrupeds or birds; meat must derive solely from ruminant animals with cloven hooves, i.e. split into two such as cows, calves, sheep and goats. Moreover, Jewish cuisine does not include marine animals without scales or fins (crustaceans and shellfish), birds of prey or reptiles.
Kosher-certified product consumption is worth over $ 180 billion every year in the US alone, and demand is continuously increasing both in Europe and Israel. The market of Kosher-certified products does not comprise only Jews observing dietary laws but also Muslims as well as millions of vegetarians or individuals who are intolerant to lactose.
TÜV Italia has reached an agreement with the Italy Kosher Union, one of the most competent and widely recognized Rabbinical bodies worldwide, which performs auditing activities through a number of accredited Rabbis. The certification is issued after receiving, examining and approving the favourable report from the Audit Team.