UNDERSTANDING KOSHER CERTIFICATIONS AND FOOD GRADE CLEANING
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The cRc-Kosher certifies numerous Quala facilites across the country. Some facilities are certified to provide food-grade washes and some are certified to provide kosher chemical washes. At a minimum, every facility is certified to provide Kosher Maintenance washes, as well as Kosher Upgrade Washes, while some are certified to provide Remote Kosher Upgrade washes. Continue reading to understand the differences between these services.
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS
In order to qualify for kosher certification, the facility must meet cRc-Kosher standards for a truck wash, which includes verification that wash water is not recycled or recirculated.
– Recycled water refers to wash water which is recovered from washing one trailer and recycled for a subsequent trailer.
– Recirculation is a term used to describe when water is repumped through wash vats, heat exchangers, spinners, return pumps, and back to a wash vat, creating a loop. In order to build and maintain sufficient hot water, some facilities may recirculate this water. This may cause contamination by introducing non-kosher particles during a rince cycle.
FOOD-GRADE vs INEDIBLE FOOD-GRADE
in order for a tank wash to provide food-grade washes, the facility must meet high kosher and industry standards. At a minimum, the facility must maintain dedicated wash bays and wash equipment for food-grade trailers. If a dedicated bay is not available the location can only be registered to clean Inedible Food-Grade products, such as plastic pellets or other chemicals that may be used to create kosher products.
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KOSHER MAINTENANCE WASH
A standard kosher maintenance in a certified wash facility is referred to as a Kosher Maintenance Wash. To qualify for a kosher wash, the trailer need only be washed according to industry standards relayed during the initial cRc review process.
KOSHER UPGRADE WASH
Some trailers require a kosher upgrade wash, known as a Kosherizaton or supervised Kosher Wash. Generally these washs require a cRc Rabbi to supervise the service.
In special circumstances, a remote Kosherization Wash may be performed without the supervision of a cRc Rabbi. To be eligible, a facility must have a computerized wash cycle and fixed thermometer in the discharge.
Who is the cRc?
The Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) is the largest regional Orthodox organization in North America, the cRc is a not-for-profit offering a wide variety of Jewish services including kosher product supervision and kosher certification (kosher approval for products). Kosher certification is available around the world and throughout the year, including kosher Passover supervision.LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATIONSEARCH FOR LETTERS OF KOSHER CERTIFICATION (LOCs)