December 30, 2013

Kosher Ahead of Many National Trends in 2013

New York - The food world lists meat and animal product alternatives as one of the leading trends of 2013. Specifically noted was the first lab-grown burger unveiled in August to great fanfare. But even without the lab grown burgers which critics say has a long way to go in taste, the kosher community has featured many imitation meat products that are designated as pareve. It was also a year of the world’s first egg replacement . GMO labelling was another hot issue as many states moved towards legislation to label genetically modified crops. For kashrus, again nothing new as the kashrus of the ingredients must be clear and then there are, of course, the health concerns. When it comes to gluten-free products, kosher is on board big time with new products being introduced regularly. In a new ruling, the FDA will require that foods carrying the term gluten contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. One Website listed pre-washed vegetables as part of a trend in 2013. For kosher, the pre-washed vegetables and checking for bugs have become a way of life. Finally, the new craze of adding insects to ingredients isn’t an issue for kosher as eating insects are forbidden.