From the food-court to the courtroom,
“Kosher” means pure and trustworthy.
A basic principle of "kashrus" (kosher living) is the total separation between meat and dairy products. A third category, Pareve, is comprised of foods which are neither meat nor dairy and may be eaten with either. What fits in which category?
Several factors could cause a seemingly innocent product to be non-kosher. That’s why ingredient-scanning alone can’t be used to determine whether a product is kosher or not.
Why does Judaism place such emphasis on eating and drinking—basic necessities shared not only by all mankind but by animals and plant life as well?