Until recently, kosher travelers and diners in Europe would have to navigate numerous different kosher authorities, and search among products hidden on shelves of non-kosher options, to observe their dietary guidelines.
But a new website from the Conference of European Rabbis seeks to change that.
The new searchable online database lists hundreds of kosher products available across the continent. Users can search or organize the results by brand, product, category, countries where they’re available, and kashrut authority.
In a statement, CER President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said: “This online resource is a fantastic example of how modern technology can be used to make religious life a little easier. The project comes following a huge amount of hard work over recent months and we will of course continue to update and improve it.”
The Jewish Daily Forward’s food blog notes that major popular brands like Knorr, Lindt, and Buitoni are kosher and widely available.
Due to competing kosher authorities, exhaustive lists like these are not easy to find. In the US, the Orthodox Union (the largest kosher authority in the country) operates a database of its certified products, but not others.