Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers

How can I recognize a Kupfer product?
You can recognize our products from the Kupfer logo which appears on them or from the Ilmenauer Wurstwaren logo.
In cases where we make house brands for the distributive trade you can recognize our products by the factory number which appears on them inside an oval:

Standort Heilsbronn
Standort Nürnberg
Standort Günthersleben

Where can I buy Kupfer products?
We work with distributors throughout Germany. You will find our products in well-known chains like Aldi Süd, Aldi Nord, REWE, Norma, EDEKA, Real, Metro, Tegut, Lidl, Kaufland and many others. You can also contact us for details of distributors of our products in your area.

How should I store the products and how long for?
Nearly all our products have to be kept cool. So you should store them in the refrigerator at a temperature of less than +7 °C. Do not exceed the best-before date shown on the product.  Refrigeration information or any other storage instructions that may apply are always marked on the product itself.   You should eat the products within 2-3 days of opening the pack.

Are the products ‘halal’ or ‘kosher’?
Our products are generally not halal or kosher. Please refer to the list of ingredients for details of the animal species used in their manufacture.

Can I eat sausage products without having to consider my health?
Meat and sausage products contain important vitamins (B vitamins, Vitamin B12 in particular) and trace elements (zinc, iron, calcium and selenium). They also promote the absorption of the essential A, D, E and K vitamins. Because of the flavouring substances it contains, fat is a taste enhancer as well as an important energy source. Nevertheless, meat and sausage products should be consumed in moderation and eaten along with bread or salad, etc.

Is quality a factor in production and the raw materials used?
We have a comprehensive quality management system in place at all three sites. In addition, once a year we are certified by Institut Fresenius, the independent certification organisation, according to the International Food Standard and the British BRC Standard. Furthermore, each of our sites operates in accordance with the Quality and Safety Standard, which guarantees certification all along the line from the farmer to the distributor. And our production facilities are subject to official control by the local authority veterinary and trading standards departments, who regularly carry out factory inspections without notice.

Our products are made only from high quality raw materials that meet the quality standards of our raw materials specifications. Compliance with our quality specifications is regularly checked by external testing institutes. That also applies to the final products leaving our factory. Their composition and microbiology are analysed by several independent laboratories.
The 10-digit batch numbers marked on our product packs allow us to track our products all the way back to the raw material supplier at any time.

What does an ‘E number’ mean?
E numbers refer to additives that are permitted under food legislation. They must be listed at the beginning of the list of ingredients with their class names. Their purpose is often technological. For example, an emulsifier is what makes liver sausage spreadable. Additives are not necessarily synthetic. Sometimes they are natural substances, for instance ascorbic acid, which is actually ‘E 300’ - perhaps better known as Vitamin C.

I have a food allergy - can I still eat your products?
We always try to avoid allergens. Unfortunately, for taste reasons that is not always possible, especially when using mustard and celery. Our products are nearly all gluten-free. That means the amount of gluten that may occur in the product due to cross-contamination is below the statutory maximum limit of 20 mg/kg. Moreover, all the products are lactose-free, except for a few products such as Käsebockwurst and Sahneleberwurst. You will always find the allergens shown in the list of ingredients for a particular product.

It is an EU requirement for the following allergens to be listed: mustard, celery, dairy products (including lactose), gluten, egg products, lupins, nuts, molluscs, fish, crustaceans, peanuts, soya, sesame, sulphur dioxide and sulphites. Please contact us for precise details of all other allergenic ingredients.

What is a ‘casing’? What is an ‘edible skin’?
A casing is in fact a sheep’s intestine. Our Original Nuremberg Rostbratwurst in particular and also our poultry Bratwürste and our Wiener Würstchen are made exclusively with natural sheep casings.

The term ‘edible skin’ is used, for example, for our Salami Sticks. This is a collagen skin which can safely be eaten.

What does ‘seasonings’ mean?
‘Seasonings’ on the list of ingredients does not mean a mixture of spices that we have made up. It is in fact a hydrolysed vegetable protein similar to seasoning in liquid form. However, the seasoning we use is a powder.

Is additional animal protein/blood added to the products?
Apart from the natural meat protein that they contain, our products do not contain any added animal protein or blood plasma. On the other hand, our speciality products like Zungenwurst [tongue sausage], rotgelegter Schinkenmagen or Thuringian Rotwurst contain blood, which is listed separately among the ingredients.

How does 120 g of meat become 100 g of salami?
After manufacture, our uncooked sausages undergo a final maturing process. During that process the water that occurs naturally in the meat is released into the atmosphere and the sausage dries out. This drying process preserves the product, makes it firmer and brings out the intensive taste of that particular product. The water loss is the reason 120 g of meat is only 100 g after maturing.

Does Leberkäse meat loaf really contain liver?
The guiding principles that govern meat and meat products in Germany require liver to be added to Leberkäse in some cases. One exception is Bayerische Leberkäse, which does not normally contain liver. You will always find the addition of liver shown in the list of ingredients.

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