Flor de Sal U.S.A. Announces Necton S.A.’s hand-harvested sea salts receipt of Kosher certification from Star-K

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Necton S.A. is pleased to announce that their complete line of traditional sea salts, imported to the North American market by Flor de Sal USA, of Seattle, WA, has received Kosher certification through Star-K Kosher Certification, of Baltimore, MD.

Necton S.A. is pleased to announce that their complete line of traditional sea salts, imported to the North American market by Flor de Sal USA, of Seattle, WA, has received Kosher certification through Star-K Kosher Certification, of Baltimore, MD.

“Necton S.A. has always invested highly in our quality processes, ensuring that our products meet the most stringent of standards before being sent to our customers,” said Joao Navalho of Necton, “As widespread the use of salt is in foods, consumers are growing ever more concerned with not only the taste, but the economic, health and environmental impacts of the salt that they use. Receiving this certification gives our customers an additional measure of comfort about the salt they are using in their foods.”

Navalho continued, “Necton S.A.’s salts have repeatedly been certified by various organizations focusing on the environmental and natural/organic aspects of salt production. Our Kosher status extends this commitment to quality to the American Jewish population as well as to those people joining the emerging culinary trend towards Kosher foods. We are proud to have received Kosher certification, one of the oldest standards for quality and purity in the world.

“We’re pleased to grant this certification to Necton S.A.,” stated Rabbi Zvi Goldberg of Star-K, “with this certification, those committed to a kosher diet can rest assured with the salt they consume.”

About Necton S.A.’s salt products

Recipient of The Slow Food Award for the Defense of Biodiversity in 2001, Necton’s sea salts are hand-harvested from the southern coast of Portugal. After the winter rains have ceased, and the birds have begun their journeys back north, the salt pans (salinas) of the Belamandil, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the European coastline, are ready to be harvested. During the summer months, weather permitting -- an absence of rainfall and a dry wind from the north -- the salinas are worked by local artisans, salt harvesters (marnotos). The marnotos, on a daily basis, skim the delicate crystals forming on the top of the salt pan by hand, with the same wooden implements that have been used for millenia. The resulting brilliantly white sea salt -- Flor de Sal – literally "the flower of salt" – also known as Fleur de Sel - is a light, crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth salt that maintains all the micronutrients naturally found in ocean water and has been described by many as having hints of sweetness and creaminess, without any of the harshness commonly associated with regular table salt.

Necton’s Traditional Sea Salt (Sal Marinho Tradicional - available in both coarse and fine grades), similar to Flor de Sal, is harvested by hand, but only after the salt crystals have settled on the bottom of the salina. Every three weeks, the marnotos, using similar implements and techniques as with Flor de Sal, exercise great care in harvesting Sal Marinho Tradicional. These crystals, along with Flor de Sal, are placed in piles beneath the Algarve sun, where they are naturally dried, and then sent off for packaging, with no additional processing taking place.

About Star-K

STAR-K Kosher Certification is a not-for-profit agency providing kosher supervision worldwide. The STAR-K kosher symbol assures unqualified acceptance, impeccable kosher standards and unparalleled responsiveness. For more information about the STAR-K visit them online at: http://www.star-k.org.

About Flor de Sal USA

Located in Seattle, WA, Flor de Sal USA was started in the summer of 2004 with the goal of bringing Necton’s award winning salts to the U.S. marketplace, with plans to work directly with Necton to develop additional nature-based products which spring forth from the salt pans of the Ria Formosa Natural Park in southern Portugal.

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