Is Neocate Kosher?

Q: Our family keeps kosher, and we just found out that my child needs to be on Neocate and Duocal. I know some formulas aren’t kosher, can you tell me if your products are?

A: Neocate Infant has been certified kosher pareve non-Passover since 2013. You can read more about that in this post. Neocate Junior, Unflavored has been certified kosher pareve non-Passover since May 2018. Customers can contact our Nutrition Services team to request a copy of the certificate.

Nutricia has not sought official kosher certification for other Neocate products or Duocal at this time. However, the Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din (KLBD), an independent, leading authority on kosher food and Jewish Law, informally recognizes some of Nutricia’s other products as kosher-appropriate. That is not the same as kosher certification. All Neocate powdered products are made in our dedicated, 100% dairy protein-free facility.

You can search the KLBD UK online database to see how Nutricia products or their equivalent are listed in the database with the following results:

Nutricia Product: Find using search term: Search results: Notes:
Neocate® Infant DHA/ARA “neocate”

Neocate LCP (UK)

Parev – Certified by KLBD

Neocate LCP is the UK equivalent product to Neocate DHA/ARA and is made in the same facility. Both products are certified kosher non-pareve by the KLBD.
Contact our Nutrition Services team to request a copy of the KLBD certificate for this product.
Neocate® Syneo® Infant “neocate”

Neocate LCP (UK)

Parev – Certified by KLBD

Neocate LCP is the closest UK product to Neocate Syneo Infant, which has added prebiotics and probiotics, and is made in the same facility.
Neocate® Junior “neocate”

Neocate Active (UK)
Neocate Advance (UK)
Neocate Junior, various flavors (UK)
Neocate Junior, Unflavored (US)

Parev – Approved by KLBD

Neocate Active, Neocate Advance, and Neocate Junior (UK) are similar to Neocate Junior in the US, and made in the same facility.
At this time only the Unflavored version of Neocate Junior in the US has been certified kosher pareve by KLBD.
Contact our Nutrition Services team to request a copy of the KLBD certificate for Neocate Junior, Unflavored.

Neocate® Splash “elemental”

Elemental 028 (UK)

Parev – Approved by KLBD

Elemental 028 liquid in the UK is similar to Neocate Splash and made in the same facility.
Neocate® Nutra “neocate”

Elemental 028 liquid

Parev – Approved by KLBD

Neocate Spoon in the UK is the same as Neocate Nutra.
Duocal® “duocal”

Duocal powder (UK)

Parev – Approved by KLBD

 Duocal powder in the UK is similar to Duocal and made in the same facility.

We will continue to evaluate the decision to have other Nutricia products certified kosher, especially as we receive questions from our customers. Neocate Infant is made in the same facility as all other powdered Neocate products using many of the same ingredients from the same suppliers, none derived from milk or dairy.

Some customers ask specific questions about taurine, an ingredient in Neocate products. Most commercial products use natural taurine, derived from pork, which is NOT kosher. We use synthetic taurine, which is kosher-appropriate.

None of the Neocate products are certified kosher for passover. We’re not experts in what foods or ingredients qualify as chametz or kitniyot, so the best thing to do would be to contact your Rabbi to discuss this with them. It may help to know that all Neocate products use carbohydrates that are highly refined and derived from corn. Additionally, Neocate Nutra includes highly refined rice starch. None of the Neocate products use ingredients derived from wheat.

If you are interested in using one of our products and are concerned about the kosher status, you can share the information above with your Rabbi. 

Kosher and Food Allergies

You can look for the kosher symbol on a product, which is usually some variation on the letter U or K (view the commonly used kosher symbols in the US). This indicates that the food has been inspected by a kosher-certifying body. If it has a “D” or the word “dairy” next to it, this means that it either contains dairy or was made on shared equipment with dairy. If the kosher symbol has an “m” or the word “meat” next to it, this product contains meat or was made on shared equipment with meat. Finally, if it has “pareve” written next to it, it contains neither milk nor meat, and was made on dedicated equipment that is not used with dairy or meat. (Fish is commonly classified as “neutral” or “pareve” so keep this in mind if your little one has fish/shellfish allergies.)

Don’t forget that kosher labels may not always take cross-contamination into account so it’s possible that there are traces of milk proteins in a product even though it is not labeled as “dairy.” So if something has a kosher symbol listing “meat” or “pareve,” you should still read the ingredients closely or call the manufacturer and not assume it is 100% dairy-free.

For even more information about food allergies and keeping kosher visit our friend Tamar’s blog Kosher With Food Allergies.

Last updated May 18, 2018

Published: 10/12/2017
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