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Information on Quinoa
Additional information can be found at Quonfused About Quinoa

The following Passover alert is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council on March 22, 2011.
The cRc approves the use of whole grain quinoa for Pesach on the following conditions:

  • The quinoa is imported exclusively from Bolivia.
Ancient Harvest is one of the brands that only imports quinoa from Bolivia; there may be others. The label should state the country of origin.
  • The quinoa must be carefully inspected by hand before Pesach.
This is done by spreading one layer of quinoa at a time on a board or plate and checked to be sure that there are no other grains or foreign matter mixed in with the quinoa.
This does not apply to Quinoa flour which is not permitted on Passover.

Ed. note: White Trader Joes's Quinoa (Star-K) is also acceptable when checked and purchased before Passover.

The following Passover alert is from the Star-K on February 16, 2011.

"As a result of a recent investigation, we have found it possible that quinoa's kosher for Passover status is compromised when it grows or is processed in the proximity of certain crops.
Therefore, Quinoa will only be accepted with reliable Kosher for Passover supervision."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0259

The following Passover alert is from the OU on March 24, 2011.

Jaffa Gold Apple Nectar and Primor Orange Nectar were found in South African stores with OU-P stickers. The Orthodox Union does not certify these products for Passover. The OU does not sanction any use of generic OU-P stickers.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0265

The following Passover alert is from the OU on March 22, 2011.

King Star Foods Chicken Flavor Soup, Tavlinei Shemesh - ISRAEL: This product bears an unauthorized OU-P sticker. This product is not certified for Passover by the Orthodox Union. Product is being recalled from the market place.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0264

The following South African Passover notice is from the Beth Din of Johannesburg on March 11, 2011 and is relevant everywhere.

Supermarkets have already begun stocking their shelves with Pesach products. It is important for the consumer to check each and every product purchased for Pesach, even when found in the “Pesach Section” of the supermarket. The Beth Din is not responsible for the purchases and placement of Pesach products in the supermarkets, and it remains the responsibility of the consumer to ensure that any items purchased carry a valid Pesach hechsher (e.g. each and every soup cube).
Please also note that many imported products, especially from Israel, carry a valid Pesach hechsher but contain "kitniyot". The custom among Ashkenazi Jews is not to consume kitniyot on Pesach.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0262

The following British Passover information is from the London Beth Din on March 9, 2011.

All Tate & Lyle Granulated and Caster Sugar, wherever purchased, bears the 'KLBD P' logo and is Kosher for Pesach l'Mehadrin.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0261

The following Passover information is from the Kof-K on February 25, 2011.

All Streit's products made in the United States and Canada are under Kof-K supervision regardless of whether the Kof-K symbol appears on the package.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0260

The following kashrus and Passover alert is from the OU on January 18, 2010.

24 Hour Thermogenics Choco Lettes, Health Management Care a.k.a. Diet Center: This product bears an unauthorized OU-P mark. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union, and is not kosher for Passover. Corrective measures are being implemented. Consumers who see this product should please call the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8344.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0258


The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0257

The following Passover allergy alert is from a reader on April 7, 2010.

Kestenbaum's Oat Matzos came in Gluten-Free and non-Gluten-Free varieties. The packages look alike, however the gluten-free variety says Gluten Free on the package and the variety containing gluten says oat flour (contains gluten).

Ed. note (posted 2/27/11): The company reports that these are the same very low gluten products produces previously but the product was produced in Israel that does not allow a gluten-free designation).

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAlerts/?alert=P0256

The following is a list of stores where chometz can be purchased after Pesach from Star-K and the Denver Vaad and the Detroit Koshergram and other information obtained by the editor posted on April 4, 2010.

  • National Stores
    • A&P
    • Acme
    • Albertsons
    • BJ's
    • CVS
    • Costco
    • Family Dollar Stores
    • Food Lion
    • Giant
    • K-Mart
    • Mars
    • Petco
    • Petsmart
    • Rite-Aid
    • Royal Farms
    • Safeway
    • Sam’s Discount Warehouse
    • Shaw's
    • Shoppers Food Warehouse
    • Stop & Shop
    • Superfresh
    • Target
    • Trader Joe’s
    • Walgreens
    • Walmart
    • Wegman's
    • Whole Foods
    • Winn-Dixie
  • Stores in Baltimore, MD
    • A-Z Savings
    • Cocoaccinos
    • Dugan’s Liquor
    • Dunkin Donuts (1508 & 7000 Reisterstown Road)
    • 7-Eleven (Fords Ln, Hooks Ln, Old Ct Rd, Reisterstown Rd north of Slade Ave)
    • Savings Center (4003 Seven Mile Lane)
    • Seven Mile Market
    • Sunsplash
    • Village Liquors
  • Stores in Denver
    • 7-11
    • Amusmints
    • Auerbach’s Kosher Foods
    • Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
    • Crystal Kosher Cuts
    • Dining with Finesse
    • East Side Kosher Deli
    • Grapevine Wines and Liquor
    • Hammond’s Candies
    • King Soopers
    • Millenson Catering
    • Mont Blanc Gourmet Hot Cocoa
    • Occasions by Sandy
    • Old Fashioned Bavarian Bakery
    • Pete’s
    • Robinson Dairy
    • Rocky Mountain Foods
    • Rocky Mountain National Laboratories
    • Rocky Mountain Spice
    • Shalom Park
    • Singer Catering
    • Sweets Candy
    • The Bagel Store
    • The Liege Waffle Factory
    • Udi’s Granola
  • Detroit
    • All COR certified establishments
    • Aldi
    • Farm Fresh
    • Fruitasia
    • GFS (Gordon Food Service)
    • K-Mart
    • Kroger
    • Meijer
    • Nutrifoods
    • One Stop Kosher Market
    • Randazzo
    • Save-A-Lot 11 & Greenfield and 9 & Woodward
    • Westborn

Ed. note: This list will be updated as more information is received. Check with your own rabbi for local information.
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