May 18, 2009

OU Steps Up Program to Educate Food Industry on Kosher

New York…While it may seem to some that the whole world is kosher, a significant portion of the US food industry is not. Out of an approximate $550 billion in food sales, about $200 billion is kosher certified. Kosher food experts say that there is a growing interest amongst many companies that are not yet kosher to receive the kosher certification. The Orthodox Union is teaming up with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to “educate” those in the industry that are not as yet kosher in a special Webinar on June 3rd. Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President of Communications and Marketing of OU Kosher, will be one of two experts appearing in the webinar, “Let’s Talk Kosher! Kosher Food: What Does it Mean for Food to Be Certified as Kosher and What Can it Mean to You?” to be presented by the Orthodox Union and the Food Institute on Wednesday, June 3 at 12:00 p.m., Eastern time. He will share the program with Phillip Derfier, Assistant Administrator in the Office of Policy, Program Development at the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program, which will last from 60-90 minutes, is targeted at retailers, manufacturers and other professionals who are interested in learning about kosher certification and its advantages.