Sake Nation Kosher Certification Part I

By Kosuke Kuji

On April 17th 2013, by a certification body called Chabad of Japan, Nanbu Bijin received a certification of “Kosher” to certify that their products are safe and trustworthy based on the dietary food standards of Judaism. Probably many of the Japanese that read this column may not be familiar with the certification of “Kosher”, so I would like to break up my explanation into a few different installments and talk about what we did to receive the certification, why it was necessary to get the kosher certification, and what can be expected in the future. First, I would like to explain what “Kosher” is. Kosher was the world’s first commandment regarding food given by God to the Jewish race and had an original meaning to point out that it means “proper” or “it can be accepted”. In the Bible, Adam and Eve were ordered that they cannot eat the fruit from a tree.

Since then the Jewish have shown a strict self-discipline regarding foods and main rules regarding Kosher are noted in Mose’s 5th commandment. The Jewish based their dietary habits on that commandment and as a result have led healthy lives.

In recent years, Kosher is a byword for “Purity”, “Trustworthy”, “Safe”, “Fine quality”, is acceptable with vegetarians and others besides the Jewish, and especially in the U.S. many people accept Kosher products as “foods that are healthy and trustworthy”. If you look across the Globe, there are over 28 million people that only purchase Kosher certified products, and of that number only a small percentage are Jewish. It is clear that vegetarians or consumers having high consciousness of food select these Kosher products. As you can see, Kosher started being accepted around the globe in recent years, and in the next issue I would like to talk in detail what kind of dietary food standard it really is.

酒豪大陸「コーシャ認定 その1」

南部美人では2013年4月17日に、CHABAD OF JAPANという認定機関により、ユダヤ教の食餌規定にのっとり、安全、安心な食材として認定される「コーシャ(kosher)」の認定を受けました。