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The following Passover information on Coca Cola and Pepsi products is from http://www.koshertoday.com on March 26, 2012.

Cocoa Cola will not be avaiable in California this year due to a quirk in the law that would make the ingredients unacceptable. In Chicago, products produced by Pepsi Cola had two different kosher certifications, the Kof-K and US Kosher, based in California. US Kosher certified products were distributed by independent wholesalers while the company itself distributed the Kof-K products. But even in states where Coca Cola is available with an OU-P for Pesach, it will only be available in Regular and Diet flavors (not even a Caffeine-Free version). Aside from the New York metropolitan area, Coke will be available in Boston, Baltimore-Washington, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, and Philadelphia. This year, in New York, Coca Cola items will be made with an OU-P in 2 liter bottles.
Pepsi on the other hand was offering Kof-K kosher Passover beverages that included a Caffeine-Free version of regular and diet Pepsi. In addition Pepsi was also producing Passover versions of Seven-Up, Sierra Mist, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Lemon-Lime Seltzer, Mandarin Orange Seltzer and regular seltzer. It was also offering a variety of Dr. Brown’s flavors.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0316

The following Passover alert is from Hakhael.info on March 23, 2012 with additional information on March26, 2012.

As the Pesach shopping season begins, we alert our readers to Kashrus labels and symbols on products with which they may not otherwise be familiar--especially Hebrew words and stamps from other countries. As an example of how confusing things can be for the unfamiliar consumer, there are two Hashgachos in Eretz Yisroel (whose products are marketed abroad) with the same name--Chug Chasam Sofer. Yet, one has its name in a circular seal, and the other has more of a rectangular seal. One is located in Bnei Brak, and the other is located in Petach Tikvah. These are just examples. Moreover, the standard of a national organization here may not be the same when you find its stamp on a product from overseas. Accordingly, one must ask his Rav or Posek which Hashgachos are acceptable both for Pesach and year-round use, in which out-of-the country Hashgachos are acceptable on their own. One must additionally be especially cautious for ‘stickers’ on products, and check to make sure that, even if purchased in a ‘Passover Store’, that each individual container or object purchased is, in fact, Kosher L’Pesach, as misdirecting and misshelving does occur.
Addendum: Many seals or stamps may show the Hebrew letters “Bais Daled, apostrophe Tzadik”, standing for Badatz. This should not be confused with the Badatz Yerushalayim, Badatz of the Eida HaChareidis. Rather, the term simply indicates that the Rav giving the Hashgacha has a Bais Din.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0315

The following Passover information is from Rabbi Bess on March 22, 2012.

Pfizer has confirmed that Listerine Mouthwash and Antiseptic is still only using a corn based alcohol, not a wheat based alcohol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0314

The following Passover update is from the information is from Star-K on March 19, 2012.

Lieber's Almond Milk is under the certification of Rabbi Weismandel. This is preferable to the soy and rice milk the Star-K list in their Passover Guide which are kitniyos. It is also preferable to the Almond milk we list which is only for cholim since it may be made on chometz equipment.
If you cannot get the almond milk or are alergic to nuts and dairy the alternative beverages are soy milk and rice milk. Soy Milk and Rice Milk are kitniyos and possibly contain chometz. Under normal circumstances one may not consume them on Pesach. The following soy/rice milk products are chometz free and may be consumed by someone who is allowed to eat kitniyos (e.g. one who is ill). It is recommended that those who require these products ideally purchase them before Pesach.

Almond Milk, although not produced from Kitniyos, has the same guidelines as rice and soy beverages due to possible chometz content. It therefore may not be consumed on Pesach unless it has been approved or certified for Pesach. Note the following chometz free products:

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0306

The following Passover alert is from the COR Detroit on March 21, 2012.

KITNIYOS (legumes) such as corn, beans, peas and rice, may not be eaten by Ashkenazim on Pesach. Sefardim who use these products must ascertain that they contain no additives (such as vitamins), and must carefully check them before Pesach for extraneous matter. There are a number of "Kosher for Pesach" products on the market that contain kitniyos, and are acceptable only for Sephardim. Many of these products will state on the label (often in Hebrew) that the item is to be used only by those whose custom allows for the use of kitniyos.

KITNIYOS DERIVATIVES - Those who follow the prevalent custom of not using any derivatives of kitniyos (legumes) on Pesach, such as corn oil, corn syrup, dextrose, soybean oil and lecithin, should be aware that some products with Kosher for Pesach certifications do contain one or more of these ingredients. This applies especially to imported candies and chocolates. A careful check of the ingredients should be made. (Lecithin is sometimes listed just as “emulsifier”, and corn syrup as “glucose”.)

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0312

The following Passover information is from cRc twitter feed on March 21, 2012.

Whole Star anise with no additives is acceptable for Pesach. Although it has a similar taste to anise, it is not at all related to tru anise & isn't a Pesach concern.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0311

The following British Passover alert is from London Beth Din twitter feed on March 21, 2012.

The following products are kosher for Passover only when bearing a KLBD KOSHER L'PESACH STICKER: Mackays Jams, Mrs Elswood Cucumbrs, Tesco & Finest Smoked Salmon & Xylitol.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0310

The following Passover information is from cRc twitter feed on March 21, 2012.

There are different opinions whether cumin is kitniyos . The cRc considers it kitniyos while other reliable agencies, such as the OU, doesnt.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0309

The following Passover information is from cRc twitter feed on March 21, 2012.

Nuts (except pecan pieces which are soaked in alcohol while processed) are acceptable w/o Passover Certification if no BHT/BHA & not blanched or roasted.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0308

The following Passover alert is from the COR Detroit on March 21, 2012.

EACH INDIVIDUAL LABEL SHOULD ALWAYS BE CHECKED FOR PESACH CERTIFICATION. Consumers are cautioned not to take for granted that a product is Kosher for Pesach simply because it is in the Kosher for Pesach section of their store, or because a "Kosher for Pesach" sign is posted. Each year there are numerous instances, even in Jewish stores, of non-Pesach products mistakenly being mixed in with Pesach products, usually because their labels are almost identical. This occurs frequently with Telma soup mixes and cubes, Osem, Gefen, Haddar, Manischewitz, Empire and other brands of products that have both Pesach and non-Pesach versions of the same products with similar labels. Storekeepers, likewise, should not take for granted that everything received in their Pesach shipment, even from a Jewish distributor, is indeed Pesach certified; non-Pesach products are frequently inadvertently mixed in. There have also been instances where the outsides of cases were marked Kosher for Pesach, but the products inside were not. Each individual label must always be checked for Pesach certification.

MULTIPLE CERTIFICATIONS: Some brands, e.g. Osem, do not bear the same certification on all of their products. Each product should be checked for a reliable certification. - In addition, some brands, especially those from Israel, bear more than one certification on a single package, but not all those certifications include approval for Pesach. In particular, the Badatz of Eida Hachareidis symbol often states specifically that its endorsement does not include Pesach. All products should be carefully examined for a reliable Pesach endorsement.

The following British Passover alert is from the London Beth Din on March 7, 2012.

Warning: Please be aware that the KLBD has no control over the stocking of the 'Kosher for Passover' products in supermarkets. When purchasing products for Pesach from any non-supervised establishment, you are advised to check that each and every item bears a reliable kosher l'Pesach hechsher and does not contain kitniyot.

Ed. note: This is true everywhere.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0294
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