Passover | OU Kosher adds new certification symbol

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OU Kosher has a new symbol of authorization for Passover products: OU Kitniyot. The Orthodox Union’s new symbol will appear on packaging with the explanatory message: Acceptable for those who consume kitniyot on Passover.

Among the better-known customs of Passover is the concept of kitniyot (legumes such as beans, corn, lentils, rice, sesame seeds, soybeans and sunflowers), which are avoided by Ashkenazic custom, but consumed by those of Sephardic descent. The custom of Ashkenazi Jews not eating legumes dates back to at least 13th-century France and was instituted because they are often grown in close proximity to the five grains (wheat, oat, spelt, rye and barley) and can be easily confused with leaven (hametz), or vice-versa.

Until now, “the OU has not issued certification for retail kitniyot products for Passover due to the concern that different symbols of kosher authorization might confuse consumers,” said Rabbi Moshe Elefant, OU Kosher chief operating officer. 

For information on all OU kitniyot and kosher-for-Passover products, go to www.ou.org/passover.