June 20, 2016

Mylanta First Antacid Brand to Opt for Kosher Certification

Baltimore…The announcement by the Star-K Kosher Certification that it is certifying the over-the-counter brand Mylanta was certainly news and is perhaps part of a growing trend by pharmaceutical companies to seek out kosher certification. Although over the counter antacid products like Geri-Lanta, produced by the Brooklyn-based GeriCare Pharmaceuticals and certified by the Orthodox Union (OU) have been on the market for years, the certification of the national brand Mylanta is a first. “Pharmaceuticals are the ‘last frontier’ of kashrus and, unfortunately, very few OTC pharmaceutical products are kosher certified,” explained STAR-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Dovid Heber. The Star-K has for many years transcended the traditional role of similar agencies to provide kosher certification for food ingredients and end user products by certifying kitchen appliances and health care products. Led by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, the Star-K is one of the most successful local vaadim (committee) that is considered one of the leading national kosher food certification agencies.