Healthy Living on January 14, 2011 by

Demystifying Label Terms: Kosher

The two symbols we use for kosher- the latter indicates the presence of dairy.

This is the final installment in our demystifying label terms series. If we’ve missed a term that you’re curious about, please ask and we’ll do our best to find an answer for you.

Kosher: The term “kosher” refers to foods that are in accord with Kashrut, the set of Jewish dietary laws that regulate what foods may and may not be eaten, and how food is processed. Without getting into the full history of the term “kosher,” the basic idea refers to food that has been inspected and certified by a rabbi to ensure that the food, including all sources of the ingredients and the facility, meets the dietary laws of Judaism.

Today, these foods represent far more than adherence to religious laws; “kosher” means that the facility and the sources of the ingredients used meet strict quality and cleanliness standards. Muslims, vegans and those with severe dairy allergies can look to kosher symbols as a way to navigate the label.

At Bob’s Red Mill, we use two kosher symbols. The first, a simple K, represents that the product has been inspected and approved by our certifying agency, Kehilla Kosher. The second, K-D means that the product contains dairy. Because we do not have fish or meat in our facility, we do not use any other kosher symbols. All Bob’s Red Mill products are certified kosher. We know that our kosher symbol is not as widely recognized as some others and we are happy to provide contact information for Kehilla Kosher as requested. Please feel free to contact our customer service team to inquire about our certifying agency.

I would like to give a shout out to our customer Janis from Michigan who helped me explain this properly.  Thank you so much, Janis!!


Pearl says:

ah, that’s not as labour-intensive for Rabbis as it sounds.

Ruth Schwartz says:

Could you please send me contact information for “Kehilla Kosher ”

Ruth- you can contact Kehilla Kosher by calling (323) 935-8383 or emailing

poster says:

Hello i am glad to find another Kosher product line!

Kudos to you

BUT please update your WEB search on your main website
so when entering the work “KOSHER” on the top right of the page it links to this page/blog as of now it just shows 24 products
and i had to do a google search to find this post telling me what YOUR K means!!

thank you

Elinatan says:

Thanks for the info. But how come it doesn’t have the heart “k” symbol which is kehilla Kashrus symbol?

We use the kosher symbol that we’ve used for years, much longer than we’ve worked with Kehilla. The powers that be felt it was better to keep our current symbol than to have to reprint all of our labels.

Michael G says:

I just spoke with Rabbi Eidlitz ( and he said this hechsher is “excellent.” This is not the same as the other kehilla hechsher in LA (heart K) but is another under Rabbi Teichman. Thanks and Good Shabbos.

Pearl K says:

Thanks so very much for posting all this info!! Very helpful in deciding whether we can use your products: now we know that it’s a reliable kosher symbol, we can recommend it to our friends as well! Thanks again!

Scott says:

is the oat flour yoshon ?

That is a very good question, Scott. Unfortunately, we do not know the answer to that.

Jason says:

Thanks so much for this helpful post!!!

Laila says:

Just a comment. Glad to hear Kehilla Kosher is the certifying agency. You might want to update the hecksher on your package to one of the others used by Kehilla to make it clear to consumers who is certifying your product. Many of us avoid a K with an underline because it is generic and we don’t know who is doing the certifying. But now that I know it is Kehilla Kosher I’ll be happy to buy your product. Thanks.

Thank you for your feedback, Laila! The good news is that we’re updating all of our packaging to use their heart K symbol.

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