New Program Expedites Kosher/Organic Certification
BALTIMORE, Md. and SAN DIEGO, Calif. —STAR-K Certification, Inc., today announced a new joint kosher and organic auditing program with Quality Assurance International (QAI), effective January 1, 2009.
The joint auditing program offers several advantages to the growing numbers of companies worldwide that opt for both organic and kosher certification. These include: streamlining the auditing process and reducing overall certification costs. To accomplish these goals, a number of STAR-K kosher inspectors are now trained organic inspectors, allowing us to complete both audits concurrently.
“The new alliance between STAR-K and QAI highlights our shared commitment to help companies provide high-quality kosher certified organic products, in a more efficient and cost-effective manner,” said STAR-K President Dr. Avrom Pollak. “Like STAR-K, QAI is dedicated to helping consumers know that they are getting real value from certified products. Having realized that many companies have both certifications, we feel that the bundling of our certification efforts will add further efficiency and value on behalf of consumers throughout the world.”
The rapidly, rising global demand for products bearing a trusted, recognizable kosher logo has been similar to the growth in demand for products labeled certified organic. These two intersecting trends have given rise to a flourishing new specialty food category–kosher organic. These products meet both the strict requirements of Jewish dietary laws and the USDA National Organic Program specifications.
Kosher organic product sales have been growing annually; increasing numbers of kosher consumers are requesting organic foods, and more kosher manufacturers are producing organic foods. There has been a major impact on sales of these doubly certified products, and Mintel research organization’s data indicates that, in 2008, both “kosher” and “organic” were amongst the top ten claims for new products. [Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), Mintel International, 2008.]
“We are thrilled to announce this new alliance with STAR-K,” said Kristen Holt, QAI President. “By combining our respective expertise, together QAI and STAR-K will offer two certifications with one audit, providing clients both cost and time savings, while continuing to provide the highest levels of service our clients have come to expect.”
For more information on Star-K Kosher Certification and QAI Organic Certification, or to learn more about a combined organic and kosher audit, please contact Steve Sichel at steve @ starkosher.com or 410-484-4110, ext. 224.
STAR-K Kosher Certification, a not-for-profit agency, is one of the most trusted kosher certification organizations in the world. With offices throughout the U.S., China, Australia, and Israel, STAR-K certifies food products and establishments, as well as industrial food chemicals, in well over 1,500 locations worldwide. The agency is internationally renowned for its extensive research on the complexities of food science and modern technology, as they apply to the laws of kosher, putting it on the cutting edge of the ever-growing multi-billion dollar kosher food industry. It is one of the foremost experts in the field of kosher pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, and medications. For more information about STAR-K, call (410) 484-4110, or visit our site..
Quality Assurance International (QAI, Inc.), founded in 1989, is the organic industry leader in certification services with operations in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the European Union. Clients include agricultural producers, food processing facilities, integrated manufacturing operations, contract packing operations, traders, distributors, and retailers. QAI’s programs verify organic compliance at every link of the product handling chain, thus assuring consumers that product integrity is preserved in the marketplace. QAI is a pioneer in the organic industry and remains dedicated to fostering sustainable agriculture and promoting a healthy planet. For more information,visit www.qai-inc.com.
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