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Baby Rice Cereals

There is possible chametz in most baby rice cereals, so the OU cannot recommend them for Passover use. However, there is no problem owning rice and making your own cereal from brown rice or non-enriched white rice over Passover. One should make the cereal using a special non-Pesach, non-chametz pot, and this special pot (and […]

Baby Formula

The following baby formula can be assumed to be free of chametz. Many are made from kitniyot ingredients. Kitniyot does not apply to infants. Please take care to prepare baby formula and wash bottles and other utensils in an area outside the kitchen. Please note that these products are only acceptable when bearing the OU or […]

Kitniyot Ingredients

Why at times can the OU not tell me if something is made from kitnityot? All products are made from ingredients, and ingredients are often made from sub-units. For example, a candy generally contains a flavor, and the flavor may be made from as many as 30 ingredients. Some of the ingredients in the flavor […]

Shopping after Passover

Chametz owned by a Jew during the holiday may not be consumed even after the holiday is over. Consequently, when shopping for chametz products after Passover, one must take measures to avoid chametz products that may have been subject to Jewish ownership during the festival. Because these restrictions are not limited to private individuals, Jewish […]

Prepared Baby Food

1. Gerber Baby Food: Carrots and Squash are acceptable for Passover l’chatchila (even for adults) when bearing the OU. 2. Gerber Baby Food: Green Beans and Peas are Kitniyot when bearing the OU. 3. First Choice Baby Food: Apple Sauce, Carrots, Pears and Sweet Potatoes are approved when bearing an OU-P or OU Kosher for Passover symbol.

From Grapes to Kosher Wine

At first blush, one might think that wine, which starts out as natural fruit juice, would be easily deemed kosher. After all, companies have no problem manufacturing beverages such as orange or apple juice according to kosher rules. However, wine due to its ceremonial use in ancient pagan worship, and the unique social familiarity that […]

What Could Be Hiding in My Romaine?

I’m sure you’ve heard or even asked the following question: “Why is there such a preoccupation with the potential of finding bugs in produce these days? I don’t recall observing my grandmother checking fruits and vegetables for signs of infestation.” There are actually a number of contributing factors, including changes in diet, growing climates and […]

Getting to Know Your Matzah

Matzah, at the same time the simplest and most complex of kosher products, consists of just two basic ingredients – flour and water. On Passover we avoid all wheat based products save one – the matzah which is eaten at the Seder in fulfillment of a biblical obligation, and that which we eat throughout the […]

Baby Food

The custom of disallowing the use of ‘Kitniyot’ (soy or corn, for example) was never applied to both infants or the ill who require kitniyot food. Despite the fact that Kitniyot for infants is permissible, the Mishna Brura states that it is preferable (but not mandatory) to avoid giving infants rice, buckwheat (kasha in Yiddish), […]

Chametz Sheavar Alav haPesach: The Supermarket Controversy

An exciting aspect of Torah study is the application of the age-old principles of halachah to the modern world in which we live. Thus, as an example, there is obviously no Talmudic discussion about the propriety of walking past a motion detector on Shabbat, yet contemporary posekim (halachic decisors) have analyzed this issue and found […]

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