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The Story behind our Kosher Seal

Kosher Pic Kosher foods comply with traditional Jewish dietary laws for preparation and processing, and adhere to strict standards of quality and food safety.

Glee Gum’s kosher certification comes from the International Kosher Council, an Orthodox certification program directed by Rabbi Zev Schwarcz. He recently took the time to tell us why only some gum can bear the seal.

“There are two issues with gum that possibly can cause kosher concerns,” notes Rabbi Schwarcz. “First, the flavors need to come from kosher sources. Also, according to many opinions, even though the gum base is not ingested, it needs to be certified too since it does go into the mouth.”

Rabbi Schwarcz received his Smicha (Rabbinic Ordination) from Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, OH. A longtime pulpit Rabbi, he also worked for over 20 years in kosher certification before founding the International Kosher Council (IKC), an internationally recognized agency. Whenever his bustling schedule affords him the opportunity to chew gum, Rabbi Schwarcz favors Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon and Classic Triple Berry Glee. He’s a real mensch!

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