-UPDATED JUNE 2013-
Q: Our family keeps kosher, and we just found out that my child needs to be on one of your products. I know some formulas aren’t kosher, can you tell me if your producta are?
A: Neocate Infant DHA/ARA has been certified Kosher Pareve Non-Passover since late 2013. You can read more about that in this post. Nutricia has not sought official kosher certification for other Neocate products 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 (i.e. they are not certified kosher). All Neocate powdered products are made in our dedicated, 100% dairy-free facility. Below are some of the KLBD websites which may be helpful for you.
- View an “Approved Product List” which lists Neocate Infant DHA/ARA’s Kosher Pareve status
View an “Approved Product List” which lists Duocal, Monogen, E028 Splash, Complete Amino Acid Mix, metabolic products, and KetoCal (on pages 5-7)
- Look up the kosher status of any product using the search feature on the KLBD website
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 agency. If it has a “D” or the word “dairy” next to it, this means that it contains dairy. If the kosher symbol has an “m” or the word “meat” next to it, this product contains meat and if it has “pareve” written next to it, it contains neither milk nor 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.