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April 2011

Consumer Alerts and Information

April 27, 2011


For the Baltimore-Washington Area

View our list of stores here where chometz may be purchased immediately after Pesach 2011.


Effective Immediately through 5/24/11

There are a number of local stores that receive packaged items through a privately owned Jewish company which does not sell its chometz in accordance with Star-K standards. These stores include TARGET, SAFEWAY, SUPERFRESH and GIANT. Other stores may be identified in the near future and we will issue updates as soon as more information becomes available.

These stores receives many of their chometz groceries, baked goods and frozen chometz products from the aforementioned distributor. Therefore, the Star-K recommends that shoppers delay purchasing chometz items from these stores for a four-week period, through May 24 (the Tuesday after Lag Ba'Omer).

Likewise, Giant procures many of its packaged groceries and frozen foods from the aforementioned distributor. Again, shoppers are advised to delay their purchases of these chometz items during the recommended waiting period. Some examples of these products include:

  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Packaged cookies
  • Frozen bagels and waffles
However, there are many products that Giant procures from a different distributor, which does adhere to Star-K standards in the sale of its chometz, and are acceptable. These products include:
  • All heimishe baked goods, such as those sold under the brand names Greens, Zomicks, Osem, and Kedem
  • All heimishe frozen products in the kosher freezer, such as blintzes and frozen pizza

In addition, please note that all fresh-baked breads and buns with kosher certification are supplied by local vendors and are acceptable. Examples of these are:

Giant, H&S, Arnold, and Pepperidge Farm: sandwich bread, rye bread, hot dog and hamburger buns.

Additional information regarding other stores and product lines will be provided as soon as it becomes available and will be posted here.

April 15, 2011

Passover Notice:

The two mascaras listed below were reported in error by the manufacturer as not containing a chometz ingredient and were thus posted incorrectly in the 2011 Passover Directory as chometz free.

These two mascaras do contain a chometz ingredient.

  • Revlon Custom Eyes Mascara NWP
  • Revlon Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Mascara

April 12, 2011

Based on requests for clarification we have received, the Star-K would like to inform the public of the following:

Although IRENE'S BAKERY in Bensalem, PA, is certified for year-round use by the Star-K, it is NOT certified for Passover.  Rabbi Novoseller with the  KO logo  (KO) provides Passover certification.  

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