Friday, January 24, 2014

Like A Secret Decoder Ring For Kosher Symbols

The other day, I had a kashrut question I wanted to pose to the folks who use this hecsher (that is, the company behind this shield symbol around the K):

While Googling around, I found this forum thread from someone who was in a similar predicament. The suggested answers to their mystery symbol ranged from Kosher authorities located in Australia and New Zealand, to Milwaukee and Wisconsin. In the end, it was determined that the certification came from Peru. You know, the ideal location between Milwaukee and New Zealand.

During the discussion, this page on was referenced. It contains an impressive list of markings and who they belong to. In the end, it was trivial to determine that I was looking at a certification by Kosher Technical Konsultants. Their website was easy enough to find, and a contact us message easy to send off (though, no response yet).

So, keep that page handy. You never know when you'll need to do a little decoding of your own.

And for my Non-Jewish friends, check out the list. Depending on where you live, you'll be amazed how often they show up packages of food, and you may never have noticed them.

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