Prenate® Star: How Kosher Prenatal Vitamins Become Certified
December 2, 2014
Prenate® Star is a prescription kosher prenatal vitamin that provides complete nutrition for mother and baby. It contains 1 mg of folic acid (USP) and 155 mg of calcium formate, which is more readily absorbed by the body than calcium citrate and calcium carbonate. 1
The Orthodox Union, also referred to as the OU, certified Prenate® Star with kosher status in June 2014. The OU facilitates the observance of the biblical kosher laws in their 21st century applications, and for more than 80 years has set the bar for the highest standard of kosher certification.
For a product to be recognized as kosher certified, it must be manufactured under strict guidelines. After an application is submitted to the OU for kosher certification, a rabbinic field representative is assigned to visit the production facility. This rabbinic representative inspects the facility and observes its manufacturing processes to ensure that all aspects of production, including main ingredients and sub-ingredients, meet the requirements of biblical kosher laws. The bible lists the basic categories of food items that are not kosher, such as pork, rabbit, shellfish or reptiles. Other requirements include how kosher meats are slaughtered and prohibiting meat and dairy products together from being manufactured or consumed together.2
After completing the inspection, the rabbinic field representative completes a report on the production process and submits it to the OU for review. If the OU grants the certification, a contract is created and signed by the manufacturer that outlines OU requirements for kosher certification.
In addition to carrying the OU kosher certification, Prenate® Star contains 17 essential vitamins and minerals. Click here to learn more about our kosher prenatal vitamins’ complete nutritional information and for information on how to take advantage of additional savings.
1. Hanzlik RP, Fowler SC, Fisher DH. Relative bioavailability of calcium from calcium formate, calcium citrate, and calcium carbonate. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2005; 313(3):1217-22.
2. Orthodox Untion. 2014. What is Kosher. Retrieved from http://oukosher.org/what-is-kosher/ on November 5, 2014.