Some Pesach Inquiries Shared

2 Nissan 5771
April 6, 2011

alert-exclamation-markThe following two products were imported to Australia, and one alert consumer became concerned when reading the ingredients on the items, both with legitimate hechsherim for Pesach.

The first, mashed potatoes and onions, is certified for Pesach by Rabbi Charlop, the rav hamachshir of Osem. The concern surrounded the inclusion of “yeast extract” in the ingredients.

Rabbi Charlop explained (I called to be absolutely certain) that the yeast is a sugar derivative and there is no fear of the extract coming from a chametz source).

Regarding the marshmallows, the English ingredients mention “corn starch” but this is omitted from the Hebrew. I inquired with Badatz Chug Chatam Sofer Bnei Brak and I was assured the product is fine for Pesach and I was thanked for pointing out the printing error in the English ingredients. I was promised corrective action would be taken immediately.

Both submitted by a vigilant subscriber, from Australia, where the items appeared.













  • laser
    April 7, 2011 - 08:03 | Permalink

    I am not an expert, but I don’t think yeast can be derived from sugar, as you have stated. Please check with a food chemist, and correct the article if necessary

  • laser
    April 10, 2011 - 14:17 | Permalink

    Have you checked the statement above, “the yeast is a sugar derivative”? Perhaps the intent was that the yeast is grown on a sugar substrate. In that case, the halakhic question would be whether an enzyme can be hametz or if it loses such a characteristic.

    In any event, this subject is just crying for information that only a food chemist can provide.

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