Literally translated from Hebrew to mean “fit” or “appropriate,” Kosher foods follow a strict set of laws set forth in the Torah. Kosher laws include what animals may be eaten (for example, pork and shellfish are forbidden), what foods may be eaten together (dairy and meat may not touch, “neutral” or “Pareve” foods such as eggs and fish may be combined with either dairy or meat), and how the food is prepared. Kosher meat must have been slaughtered and prepared as described in the Talmud, in a manner that is described as more humane than widespread commercial practices. Kosher foods must be supervised during production to confirm all laws were followed before they
can be certified.