We're very proud that many Tessemae's product have been certified kosher. Like many other products in the natural and organic foods realm, we chose EarthKosher as our certifying agent. Since EarthKosher is a smaller organization, we wanted to share some information about it.
Here are some FAQs directly from the EarthKosher website:
Is EarthKosher an “Orthodox” Kosher Certification Agency?
Definitively YES. Rav Zushe Yosef Blech Shlita of Monsey, NY is the Rav Hamachshir (Kashrus Administrator/Posek).
Who is Rav Zushe Yosef Blech Shlita?
Rabbi Zushe Yosef Blech Shlita is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts in modern Kosher food production and technology, serving for over twenty years in administrative and field positions relating to all aspects of Kosher certification. He served for fourteen years as a regional director for the Kashrus division of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (the “OU”), and has since served as a technical and Halachic consultant to virtually all of the major Kashrus certifying agencies worldwide. He has written and lectured throughout the world on the entire gamut of Kosher issues, and has consulted with a number of major food manufacturers to educate them on Kosher issues, obtaining certification, and resolving Kashrus issues. He is a foremost authority on the integration of all aspects of modern food technology with Kosher requirements, including those relating to such cutting-edge issues as biotechnology and enzymology. Rabbi Blech is the author of the encyclopedic work Kosher Food Production (Blackwell) the definitive work on Kosher certification and his articles on Kosher certification have been published by a variety of Kashrus organizations worldwide.
Is EarthKosher accepted by other national and international Kosher certification agencies?
Absolutely. We are also a member of the Association of Kashrus Organizations an invitation only association of Kosher certifiers who agree to abide by certain normative Kashrus standards and ethics. We are also a recommended Kosher symbol by Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz of Kosherquest.org
How come we have not heard of you?
We are a relatively small Kosher certification agency and we specialize in Natural, Organic and Specialty Products. Many Torah observant Jews who eat healthy are fully aware of us.