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What about kosher symbols?


This issue is complex, but kosher symbols and markings are not indicators on which vegans or vegetarians should base their purchasing decisions.


·        The “K” or kosher symbol basically means that the food-manufacturing process was overseen by a rabbi who, theoretically, ensured that it met Hebrew dietary laws. The food may not contain both dairy products and meat, but it may contain one or the other.

·        The “P” or pareve symbol means that the product contains no meat or dairy products, but it may contain fish or eggs. Kosher gelatin, for example, usually comes from a fish source.

·        The “D” symbol, as in kosher D, means that the product either contains dairy ingredients or was made with dairy machinery. For example, a chocolate and peanut candy may be marked “kosher D” even if it doesn’t contain dairy products, because the nondairy chocolate was manufactured on machinery that also made milk chocolate.


If you have further questions regarding kosher symbols, please consult Jewish organizations or publications.