STAR-K Kosher Certification has provided kosher supervision for over fifty years. The STAR-K, formerly known as the Orthodox Jewish Council of Baltimore/ Vaad Hakashrus, originally served the Jewish community of Baltimore.
As the demand for "kosher" began to explode in the 1970's, the Vaad expanded both its services and staff, under Rabbi Moshe Heinemann's leadership as Rabbinic Administrator. With the spread of Rabbi Heinemann's reputation as an expert in the integration of the complexities of food technology with kosher requirements, the STAR-K assumed a more prominent role on the international kashruth scene. STAR-K's kosher symbol quickly gained wider recognition. Its roster of local companies grew to include food manufacturers and distributors worldwide.
As the STAR-K earned respectability in the world of kosher certification, its Rabbinic Administrators were consulted regularly for authoritative opinions in the complex world of Kashrus. The STAR-K Kashrus Hotline was busy responding to inquiries, disseminating the latest information to consumers, and assisting manufacturers from around the globe in acquiring kosher certification. Its popular and internationally distributed newsletter, Kashrus Kurrents, became a leading voice and primary source of information.
As a leader in the international world of kosher certification, the STAR-K is most proud of its reputation for providing prompt, friendly and professional service to both the kosher consumer and members of the food industry.
The Kosher food industry represents a multi-billion dollar worldwide market, catering to a diverse constituency. Although the term "Kosher" applies specifically to Jewish dietary laws, other religious and secular groups have a dietary regimen much akin to that of Judaism. Kosher products appeal to the Islamic world, vegetarians, Seventh Day Adventists, and others, who look for a Kosher symbol on the foods they purchase. Savvy retailers are keenly aware of the added value given to a product bearing a recognized Kosher emblem, and make their purchases accordingly.
A quality product deserves a quality certification. Companies paying for Kosher certification do not want to be confronted by consumers and distributors saying that a product has unacceptable certification. Any company that puts its heart and soul into its product wants a Kosher certification that reflects that same degree of dedication. STAR-K Kosher Certification has combined two fundamental concepts to inspire confidence—acceptability and marketability.
This fact, together with the three R's of Kosher certification—Reliability, Reputation and Respect—have contributed to making the STAR-K one of the premier kosher certification agencies on the international scene today.
The STAR-K is expertly guided under the meticulous direction of Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, one of the world's foremost authorities on industrial Kashrus and Kosher food technology. It is backed by a formidable technical staff, with a network of rabbinic Kashrus administrators, food scientists and field supervisors.
Providing quality service without bureaucracy, the STAR-K office is administered by a highly professional and efficient staff that will service your company quickly and courteously.
STAR-K goes far beyond the certification process. Our Kashrus Hotline answers thousands of consumer inquiries annually, disseminating up-to-the-minute information in a competent and efficient fashion. The STAR-K's popular and internationally-distributed Kashrus Kurrents provides discriminating consumers with the latest Kashrus information and informs the public of all new certifications.
Proliferation of Kosher symbols, certification agencies, and private supervisions can leave the Kosher consumer and manufacturer bewildered.
Of the nearly 900 certifications that are available, the STAR-K has emerged as a leader and innovator in today's dynamic food industry. It has proven itself responsive and user-friendly, enabling manufacturers and distributors access to a significant marketplace which might otherwise be unapproachable.
Recently, the STAR-K joined forces with one of the most respected and prestigious Jewish synagogue and communal organizations—the National Council of Young Israel.
From its inception in 1912, Young Israel has been in the forefront of Jewish affairs throughout the world. Its publication, Viewpoint, is read internationally by thousands of Kosher consumers. Viewpoint is an excellent vehicle for highlighting newly certified products.
This exciting cooperative venture combines the finest communal and Kashrus talents, significantly benefitting our extensive roster of certified companies.
Consumer confidence is critical, and the STAR-K feels a compelling need to earn each individual client's confidence and respect. The STAR-K is there for you; participating as a partner in your success, and serving you with integrity, professionalism and unmatched service.