The Hebrew word "kosher" means fit or proper as it relates to dietary (kosher) laws. It means that a given product is permitted and acceptable in accordance with Hebrew beliefs.
A Kosher store carries Orthodox Union certified Meat, Bakery, and Service Deli items. Each store listed as a "Kosher" store employs a Mashgiach [mahsh-gee-ahkh]. A Mashgiach is an Orthodox Rabbi, or a person appointed and approved by an Orthodox Rabbi, who inspects slaughterhouses, meat markets, and restaurants where food assumed to be kosher is prepared for the public. Kosher items have to be handled separately and within very specific guidelines, and they also are blessed. Because of these special guidelines and procedures, special equipment and specialized employees are needed to oversee such a department.