Pork in my baby food?
PEOPLE OFTEN t e l l me that they are surprised to see so many baby foods listed as non-kosher in the
What could possibly be wrong with sweet potato, apple and banana or baby rice, they ask.
The answer is that in many cases “baby chicken” and “pasta and pork” have been prepared on the same equipment as those acceptable-sounding baby meals. Just as a kosher home has separate pots, cutlery and crockery for meat and dairy and two more sets for Passover, so a factory production line cannot be kosher if it is also used for non-kosher production.
It is common for a baby-food manufacturer to produce an entire range — non-kosher meat, poultry, dairy and vegetarian — on the same equipment. An unusual aspect of baby-food production is that, due to the critical need to keep the processing equipment and surrounding areas at the most aseptic levels, production often takes place virtually 24/7 and deep cleansing is actually less frequent than with other foods, so as not to introduce any bacterial contamination. However, from a kashrut point of view, baby rice cooked on equipment which produced baby pork only a few hours earlier is porkcontaminated and very non-kosher. Nonetheless, the
lists some 250 approved baby food and drink products that have been checked for non-kosher ingredients and processing aids, as well as shared use of equipment and, of course, in kosher stores there are plenty of hechshered baby foods from Israel and America, so there is no danger of our going hungry!
It’s pure fruit — but it may have shared a production line with treif meat