Passover 2017/5777 Kashrus Alerts


Alerts from the ORB




April 21, 2017

  • Updated Target Groceries Information.  Upon further research and investigation, the ORB has determined that it is acceptable to purchase chametz gamur from Target stores in Southeast Florida at this time.


April 19, 2017

        Post-Pesach Update Regarding Target Supermarkets


There seems to be a question as to whether or not one may purchase chometz gamur at Target.  In the Baltimore area, one of the primary distributors is Jewish-owned and did not sell its chometz.  However, it is unclear if that is the case in the South Florida area.  It appears that one may purchase chometz gamur from any other chain store locally; therefore, one who wishes to be machmir should refrain from shopping at Target for four weeks, until it is likely that all chometz being sold was manufactured after Pesach.
Rabbi Yaakov Luban of the OU wrote an in-depth article for the OU entitled, "Chametz Sheavar Alav haPesach: The Supermarket Controvery."  Portions are included below, and the entire article can be found at The ORB recommends that one consult his or her own Posek or Rav to determine where to shop (or not to shop) in the upcoming weeks.
"Here ... is [a summary of the OU article] in a nutshell:
• The sale of chametz in Jewish-owned stores that operate fully on Pesach (i.e., chametz is sold in the store) is a matter of dispute.
• Even for those who assume the sale is valid, it is questionable whether the sale is effective for chametz that is acquired during Pesach.
• Ask your rabbi to determine which supermarkets are Jewish owned or are supplied by Jewish distributors, and how long after Pesach you must wait to purchase chametz sold in these stores.
"How about a nice simple closing thought?
"I once learned a great lesson. I accidentally drove into an exit lane and was forced to leave the highway prematurely. This put me on a new road, which did not have an exit for over forty miles. It took me more than an hour to turn around and get back on the original highway. The lesson here is that one wrong turn in life can have long-term consequences.
"Perhaps chametz sheavar alav haPesach teaches the same idea. If one does not handle chametz properly before Pesach, the prohibition against eating chametz will linger long after Pesach is over.
"Dealing with chametz sheavar alav haPesach in our modern world is not a simple matter. This rabbinic injunction underscores the importance of doing things correctly up front so that we are not haunted by complications in the future."
Rabbi Luban is an Executive Rabbinic Coordinator for OU Kosher and has been serving as Rabbi of Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison, New Jersey since 1983.
Again, the ORB can neither confirm nor deny that chometz in the Target stores in the South Florida area was supplied by Jewish-owned distributors who did not sell their chometz.  Therefore, please consult with your local Orthodox rabbi to determine your course of action.



April 18, 2017

        Post-Pesach Information. Shavua Tov/Gut Voch.  The ORB is pleased to announce that one may purchase chametz from

any ORB establishment.  All ORB facilities either sold their chametz or are non-Jewish owned.


        To the best of our knowledge, all secular grocery stos, such as BJs, Cotco, CVS, K-Mart, Publix, Target, Walgreens,

Walmart, Whole Foods, and Winn Dixie are non-Jewish and corporate owned and therefore exempt from needing to sell their



        Many liquor distributors are Jewish and often do not sell their chametz.  Therefore, it is recommended to refrain from

purchasing liquor for a few weeks after Pesach to insure that you are not buying product that may have existed during Pesach.



April 10, 2017

        To All Our Mashgichim:  Thank you for all your hard work n preparing southeast Florida for Pesach.  Whether or not your

facility went KFP, you've played an important part in makin a smooth transition into Pesach.


        We also acknowledgethose of you who will spend yom tov in one of our eldercare fcilities.  Thank you or sharing yontiff

with others in such a special way.


         The Rabbonim and staff of the ORB wish each of you a Chag kasher v'sameach.  May each of you be zoche to boundless

beracha and continue to be matzliach in your avodas haKodesh.


        To The Community:  The Rabbonim, staff, and mashgichim of the ORB wish the entire community a Chag kasher

v'sameach.  May the tefilos of our sedarim reach the Ribbono shel Olam, and may He grant our wish that next year we

join together in Yerushalayim in the Bais HaMikdashHaB'nuyah.


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May 1, 2016

  • Thank you Mashgichim.  The ORB expresses its hakaras hatov to the many mashgichim who worked tirelessly for the weeks before and then during Pesach to insure a chag kasher v'samech.  Many men and women spent countless hours preparing and supervising grocery stores, eldercare facilities restaurants, caterers, and hotels. To each of them we say 'thank you' an hope that their mesiras nefesh will bring them and all of klal yisroel great zechusim.
  • Chometz Purchasing.  All ORB establishments that needed to sell their chometz did so.  Consumers may buy from them with confidence.


April 28, 2016

  • Erev Yontiff.  Remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin this afternoon.  The procedure and the beracha can be found in any siddur.


April 13, 2016

  • Hashahar Ha'Ole Special Cocoa Spread from Israel. The pareve variety is kosher for Passover and bears an OU-P symbol.  The dairy variety is NOT kosher for Passover, NOT cholov Yisroel, and bears an OU-D designation.
  • Lieber's Whole Purple Plums in heavy syrup, 30 oz cans, is NOT kosher for Passover despite the markings on the label.
  • Acetum Balsamic Vinegar is acceptable when bearing only a Star-K designation.


April 6, 2016

  • Kariot Cereal from Israel was mistakenly identified on the OU's on-line list as kosher for Passover.  It is was last year but is not this year.  The OU list has been corrected.
  • Kashering for the community will take place Sunday, April 10, 9:00-12:00 noon at Adolf and Rose Levis JCC kitchen, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd.  Items to be kashered must be clean.

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April 23, 2014

  • Regarding chometz she'avar alav haPesach, please be aare that all ORB-certified, Jewish-owned establishments sold their chometz before Pesach.  Therefore, it is acceptable to purchase from them immediately after Passover.
  • To the best of our knowledge, all Jewish-owned vendors and distributors that service ORB-supervised establishments sold therii chometz before Pesach.  This also applies to all Miami-area liquor distributors.


April 3, 2013

  • Regarding chometz she'avar alav haPesach, please be aware that all ORB-certified, Jewish-owned establishments sold their chometz before Pesach.  Therefore, it is acceptable to purchase from them immediately.
  • To the best of our knowledge, all Jewish-owned vendors and distributors that service ORB-supervised establishments sold their chometz before Pesach.  This also applies to all Miami-area liquor distributors.


March 21, 2013

  • Please be vigilant when purchasing Passover products.  Many labels look very similar to year-round labels.  Also, when products bear multiple hechsherim, it is often difficult to ascertain which kosher supervisory agency certifies the product for Passover.
  • Prigat Strawberry Banana Juice (regular), Pineapple Juice (regular) and Grapefruit Juice(diet) are under Rabbanut supervision.  We do not recommend these products.  All other Prigat products will bear an OK-P and are recommended.
  • Some Agri-Star Shor Habor hot dogs without a kosher for Passover label have been found in local stores.  These items should not be used.
  • The Star-K advises that Chasalat Alei Katif Romaine Lettuce from Israel has been found to contain thrips.  This product shoud be washed and checked like any other lettuce.
  • Quinoa is kosher for Passover. It is not related to the chameishes minei dagan-five types of grain products, nor to millet or rice. Quinoa is a member of the "goose foot" family, which includes sugar beets and beet root. The Star-K tested quinoa to see if it would rise. The result was as Chazal termed, sirchon; the quinoa decayed - it did not rise. However, recent investigations have found that there is a possibility that quinoa grows in proximity to certain grains and processed in facilities that compromise quinoa kosher for Passover status. Therefore, quinoa should only be accepted with reliable kosher for Passover supervision.
  • FAQs:
    • Dole Raisins are acceptable without additional hechsher.
    • Dixie Crystal Light Brown Sugar is acceptable for Passover when bearing a "P".
    • Domino Brown Sugar with a "P" is acceptable for Passover.
    • Coconut OIl by Spectrum Extra Virgin Unrefined is acceptable for Passover.
    • Pumpkin seeds are NOT kitniyos
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil does not require a hechsher

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April 19, 2012

Chometz Alert (updated):

  • Sweet Endings Bakery.  The ORB has been unable to ascertain whether or not this company sold its chometz.  Most of their product is sold fresh, but a small amount is frozen and can last 3-4 months.  Any product with a date code of 04/15/12 or after will be free from concerns of chometz she'avar alav haPesach.  (If there is any new information regarding this bakery's status, we will post it on our website.)


April 15, 2012

Please see our regular year-round Alerts page for additional non-Passover information.

Post-Passover Issues:

  • All Jewish-owned facilities under the supervision of the ORB sold their chometz.  See note below regarding Sweet Endings Bakery.
  • Neither Publix nor Winn Dixie are Jewish-owned corporations.  As such, there was no need to effect a chometz sale from either.
  • Liquor.  There are some Jewish-owned liquor distributors who service Southeastern Florida.  The ORB is investigating as to whether or not they sold their chometz.  We will B"N post information on our website by Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Sweet Endings Bakery.  The ORB is investigating if this facility sold its chometz through an agency other than the ORB.  The ORB will post updated information as soon as it is available.


April 9, 2012

  • Chometzdik International Glatt Meat Kishke Logs (1 pound) have been found packed with kosher l'Pesach kishke in the same case.  Consumers are urged to check every package for appropriate labels.
  • The following Passover alert is from the Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld of the Star-K on April 9, 2012.



Country Pie and Pastry Chocolate Souffle distributed by Beigel Bites USA, Inc. under the certification of Chug Hasam Sofer has been seen at a Star-K Passover program with the following problem. The outer box says kosher for Passover and the ingredient list on the inner box is the year-round label listing wheat flour. 
At this time we are not sure if this product is mislabeled or chometz. Because of the seriousness of cometz do not serve until clarification
For more more information contact

The previous alert can be cited with the URL:


April 5, 2012

Policy Change:

  • Cumin.  Due to recent concerns by several reputable kashrus agencies worldwide that the process by which cumin is prepared may be chometzdik, the ORB is erring on the side of caution and is no longer accepting any cumin, even if it has hashgacha for Passover.  If you have already used cumin in Passover cooking, please consult with your local Orthodox rabbi as to whether or not you would need to kasher your cookware.


  • Publix Salads are kosher for Passover when bearing the ORB logo or the letters "ORB" in the date code.  No additional Passover language is required.


March 28, 2012

  • Pre-Checked Vegetables.  Pre-checked vegetables can be purchased kosher for Passover.  Order from either Fresh Cuts at 954-917-7272 or from Royal Kosher Vegetables at 305-305-8095 or from Taylor Farms (Orlando) at 407-859-3373.  Kitniyot products may be purchased from Fresh Cuts as well.  (Those products will NOT say kosher for Passover.)  These products are all certified kosher by the ORB.
  • Coffee (regular and decaffeinated), ground and whole beans, may be ordered from Golden Coffee Bean Roasters, 305-677-2966.  All of their regular and decaf coffees are certified kosher for Passover by the ORB.  Label will indicate "kosher for Passover."


March 21, 2012

  • PriGat Juice Drinks.  The product is certified kosher during the year by the OK Labs.  For Passoversome drinks are certified by the OK ("PASSOVER OKP") and others by a Rabbanut ("PASSOVER RABBANUT").  The wording is ink jet printed on the face of the container.  The ORB will accept for Passover ONLY those containers labeled "PASSOVER OKP."
  • Parchment Paper.  There are basically two types of parchment paper, Quilon and silicone.  All Quilon type paper requires a reliable hashgacha during the year while the silicone type does not.  Both require special Pesach certification.  All parchment paper under the certification of the Star-K is permissible for Pesach even without Passover certification.  This is not to be confused with wax paper or freezer paper, which do not require any certification during the year or for Pesach.  [cRc March 13, 2012]
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