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Frequently Asked Questions

What does "Kosher" mean?

Kosher refers to food that is prepared and consumed according to Jewish dietary laws.

What are the main principles of Kosher?

The main principles of Kosher include specific guidelines for selecting and preparing food, as well as the avoidance of certain prohibited ingredients and food combinations.

Who follows Kosher dietary laws?

Kosher dietary laws are followed by Jewish individuals who observe the religious requirements related to food and many others who choose kosher products due to their perceived quality, and cleanliness. 

What is the significance of Kosher symbols on food products?

Kosher symbols indicate that the food product has been certified as Kosher by a recognized Kosher certification agency. They help consumers identify Kosher products easily.

What are the main categories of Kosher food?

Kosher food is typically categorized as either “meat,” “dairy,” or “pareve” (neutral). Meat and dairy products must be kept separate, and there are specific guidelines for consuming them together.

What are some examples of Kosher dietary restrictions?

Examples of Kosher dietary restrictions include the prohibition of consuming pork, shellfish, mixing meat and dairy products, and certain types of blood.

Is all Kosher food labeled as such?

Not all Kosher food is labeled with a Kosher symbol. However, many Kosher products display a recognizable Kosher certification symbol to assure consumers of their Kosher status.

Can a non-kosher kitchen become Kosher?

Yes, a non-kosher kitchen can be transformed into a Kosher kitchen by following specific procedures and guidelines outlined by a qualified Kosher authority.

How did KSA start and when?

KSA was founded over 30 years ago by Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon in a small office in Los Angeles. Since then, we have expanded globally, with offices in various locations, providing certification to companies  worldwide.

How does one get their products certified and is it a simple process?

The process is simple and customer-friendly! To get your products certified, you can easily submit a Kosher application through our website. Once we receive the application, a KSA representative will contact you within 24 hours to discuss the details of your products and company. If everything meets the requirements, we will arrange for an initial inspection and provide you with an exact quote for KSA Kosher certification.

What is KSA’s stance on other Kosher agencies?

KSA values and appreciates our relationships with other Kosher agencies. However, we believe it is not our role to evaluate certifying agencies. We recommend consulting with your local Rabbi or community Kashrus agency for information regarding the status of specific agencies.

Does KSA have a presence at major food shows throughout the year?

Absolutely! KSA Kosher ensures representation at all major food shows (barring it is not on Saturday/Sabbath). We prioritize visiting our certified companies at these shows and also meeting with new companies interested in pursuing Kosher certification.

Why would a product that normally bears the KSA symbol not have one?

There are several reasons why a product may sometimes lack the KSA symbol:

  • Printing errors
  • Different production lines or non-certified facilities for different sizes of the same product
  • Manufacturing of the product without KSA certification in a non-certified plant
  • The absence of the KSA symbol on an old batch manufactured before KSA supervision.

To clarify the reason, consumers are encouraged to directly contact the KSA through our website.

Is KSA Kosher considered an "Orthodox" Kosher Certification Agency?

Yes, KSA Kosher is proudly recognized as a 100% Orthodox Kosher Certification Agency. Rabbi Yechezkel Auerbach serves as our Senior Rabbinical Coordinator and Rav Hamachshir, leading our efforts.

Is KSA Kosher accepted and approved by other national and international Kosher certification agencies?

Absolutely! KSA Kosher is a proud member of the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO), an invitation-only association of Kosher certifiers who adhere to normative Kashrus standards and ethics.