Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher) states that kosher has become a mainstream part of American dietary life. In almost every supermarket in the U.S., shoppers will find that up to 60 percent of all products are labeled kosher. It is a $150 billion market, according to Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher).
Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher) believes that the kosher certification has come to mean not only acceptability to the kosher consumer, but also cleanliness and quality to others who see the label.
Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher) is recognized as one of America’s premier kosher certifying agencies, having become a prominent name in kosher certification.
Q. When was Kosher Supervision of America founded?
Rabbi Lisbon, KSA Kosher: Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher) was launched in 1996 in response to a significant need to provide kosher certification to a variety of food manufacturers located on the West Coast. From our humble beginnings certifying only a handful of companies, we soon witnessed exponential growth and today boast close to 500 client companies worldwide.
Today, Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher), headed by Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon, reliably certifies many thousands of products and ingredients that consumers use every day. As the complexity of food manufacturing and the demand for kosher certification has grown, so has the number of agencies and individuals seeking to enter the field. The high standards required to observe the kosher diet demand an equally high standard of reliability in certification.
Reliable certification is only established through building a reputation through consensus; that is, winning the confidence of the highest possible numbers of those who shop for kosher foods over time. KSA Kosher has met this high standard as it enjoys the approval of thousands of synagogues and rabbis representing tens of thousands of kosher consumers nationwide.
The thought of coffee’s fresh-brewed aroma brings a smile to the face of even the groggiest early morning riser. Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher) understands that many kosher consumers would rather stay in bed than face the day without a cup of joe. The agency is diligent in the certification of each and every coffee product so that the kosher-compliant may savor their morning without worry. In a busy world, however, kiosks and over-the-counter coffee seem to be the norm, which poses problems for many. KSA Kosher explains the history of coffee and reasons kosher consumers must be wary of instant caffeine gratification.
KSA Kosher notes that in years past, coffee beans were roasted, steeped with water, and then enjoyed without worry of contamination. Today, coffee is consumed after lengthy production processes and usually mixed with some form of sweetener or flavoring. The issue, according to KSA Kosher, is that many of these flavorings and additives may come in contact with nonkosher ingredients or equipment.
Almost everyone loves chocolate but, for those adhering to strict kosher guidelines, it’s a delicacy that may be difficult to come by.
History of chocolate
According to Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher), chocolate originated not in Switzerland as commonly thought but on the Mexican Gulf Coast by an ancient civilization known as the Olmec. This group of indigenous peoples first utilized the fruit of the cacao tree around 1500 B.C. Sometime in the early eighth century, chocolate made its way to the Mayans and later to Western Europe via Spanish explorers in the form of a drink known as Chocolatl. It was the Dutch, however, who used raw chocolate nibs (cacao beans) for solid-food purposes. KSA Kosher notes that the Dutch perfected chocolate as it’s known today.