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ELIZABETH and CARTERET, N.J. -- The just released "Passover Guide for Kosher for Passover Foods" for 2005 from the Orthodox Union (OU) are now available in Pathmark and participating ShopRite supermarkets.
OU Director David Olivestone told PG that although ShopRite and Pathmark are the only two large retailers that carry the guide, "a lot of smaller local grocers" across North America also offer it, as well as thousands of U.S. and Canadian synagogues. The guide has been published since the 1950s, he added.
This special edition of "Jewish Action" magazine, published once a year, details which domestic items are acceptable for Passover use. The OU has compiled two basic lists in the guide: one for items that don't require special Passover certifications, although they do need a standard OU symbol, such as aluminum foil, candles, cleansers, and paper goods; and another for items that must be labeled with an OU P, among them baking mixes, baked products, beverages, candy, condiments, olive oil, dairy products, detergents, and polishes.
In addition, the guide provides important information about observing the holiday, and articles on making a kitchen kosher for Passover. Listed in the guide are the latest possible times to eat leavened bread, or "chametz"; burning chametz; and candle-lighting times for Passover in various cities across the United States and Canada.