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Dear Rabbi Simon
A post-Pesach question: are we allowed to have fresh farm bread if no access to kosher bread?

Dear Brad
Thank you for your question. In certain countries (such as France, Switzerland and elsewhere) baguettes and similar are baked without objectionable additives or even release agents such as oil or shortening which may be animal-derived. These bread-type items may therefore be purchased there. However this is not necessarily the case in the UK. For this reason I would not recommend farm fresh bread unless you are in a position to investigate thoroughly the production methods, including other food which may be baked in the same oven. (Of course this is often impractical to do.)
On the positive side, there are several nationally-distributed brands of bread which are definitely kosher. Even better, an excellent and widely available option is Cohens Bakery Challa (bearing the KLBD logo) sold in every Waitrose branch in the country. Possibly not as tasty as farm fresh or Grodzinski, but c’est la vie.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Ask the Rabbi: Quinoa on Pesach
Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
Many thanks,
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.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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