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Dear Rabbi Simon
Can you please tell me what happens if by accident one drinks chicken soup from a milky bowl using a milky spoon or from a milky bowl using a meaty spoon?
Many thanks,
Sammy

Dear Sammy
Thank you for your question.
This is actually rather complicated, as there are multiple variables to be considered, including the material of the bowl, the temperature of the soup, if it was transferred to the bowl using a ladle, if it was heated in a microwave, when the spoon was last used, and other factors.
In your second scenario, the spoon might escape the need for hechsher, although I would advise koshering it anyway as this is not difficult to do.
If we were faced with an actual incident, it would be necessary to clarify the above points and more in order to advise correctly.
Rabbi Rashi Simon

[Editor’s postscript: Notwithstanding the above “non-answer”, we have shared this Q&A as it illustrates the complexity of these types of questions.]

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
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