Monday, March 01, 2010

All year & Pesach concerns

QUINOA- Is considered by most as kitnious.
SAUERKRAUT- Is shredded straight from the field not even washed, some were checked & found to be infested. [Rav Vaye said,It does not disintegrade in the brine]
WINEs- With Lubavitch (meshichistim) Hashgochas should not be used. NOTE: R' Weismandel uses meshichistim for wine & shoichtim, therefore another reason not to use his wines, shechitas, products.
Liebers products- Utilize R' Weismandel's Hashgocha.
Kedem, Herzog, Gefen, Glick, MZ, etc are all the same.
Machine Matzo ovens are the typical "cracker-oven" and is a concern for pesach matzos & should not be used, including SPELT matzos-regardless of the Hashgocha on the package.
Strawberries ALL- (Infestation) May only be used after peeling. Jelly can be used, Jam should not be used, preserves-if no seeds.
Cottonseed oil- CRC certified (allegedly) produced a cootonseed oil with kitinious based citric acid for Pesach. The oil is used in numerous pesach products by other Heimish hashgochas, e.g. Mayonaise. Check with certifier if they used it in their product regardless if it's botul "it's a preservative" at least. NOTE: Many of the holding tanks aren't even cleaned from the previous products' residue, forget about kashering.
Additives- Vitamins, beta-carotene, etc was commonly not used for Pesach by many of the Heimish Hashgochas. מה נשתנה this year? עבדים היינו!
MEAT-Teva's Ranch has serious issues, The owner, the Hashgocha, The treifahs, etc, therefore it is Not reccomended even during the year.

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