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Kosher for Passover Baking Powder???

Several people have questioned whether baking powder can really be kosher for Passover. (See Abe Lebewohl's matzoh ball recipe – yesterday's diary item.) Indeed, one listener rather indignantly scolded me for saying so and adamantly denied the possibility.

Avi Keller to the rescue! This morning I got this note from my friend the Lebovicher meshgiach (supervisor of kashruth):

"Personally, I have not seen yet the Kosher for Passover baking powder, but I see no reason why even the very observant should not use it. After all, it is 101% Kosher for Passover. It is the traditionalist who would not use it. There are two kinds of traditionalists: 1) The one who does not use any manufactured products, although some have exceptions like wine, matzoh and salt. Others more exceptions others less. 2) The one who would not use any product on Passover that his mother and grand mother did not use, including tomatoes). I can go on and on, but for now I will end here."

The following are the kosher for Passover baking powder and soda, as listed in the "OU Guide to Kosher for Passover Foods":

ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda
GEFEN Baking Powder and Baking Soda (Kenover Marketing Corp. Brooklyn, NY (Its the same company as Kedem wine)
V.I.P. MASTER Baking Powder

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