Pitfalls of Buying Chometz After Pesach

Can I eat any Chametz now that Pesach is over? If a store is fully owned by non-Jews, can I buy anything from there? See the full list of establishments that are acceptable or not acceptable sources for purchasing chametz after Pesach.

Can I eat any Chametz now that Pesach is over?

If a store is fully owned by non Jews, can I buy anything from there?

Can cornflakes or rice crispies be bought in any store?

How long does it take for items on store shelves to deplete?

Following Pesach, Rabbi Nissan Zibell of Kashrus: Be in the Know sheds some light on what you need to know for your post Pesach shopping trip.

Click here to listen to the shiur.

The following memo provides important information about הפסח עליו שעבר חמץ at various establishments. In general, it is difficult to make definitive statements about the acceptability of purchasing chametz from specific stores after Pesach because of practical and halachic ambiguities.

First, it is not easy to establish Jewish or non-Jewish ownership. Nonetheless, in this paper we have assumed that publicly traded companies may be treated as non-Jewish entities since the majority of potential stockholders are not Jewish.

Secondly, even if a product is sold in a non-Jewish store, it may be הפסח עליו שעבר חמץ if the distributor is Jewish. Determining the identity of the distributor is a formidable task because this information is proprietary and is not readily available. A recent added complication is that a large Jewish-owned distributor is in the process of exiting the business of supplying supermarkets, which raises questions about prior assumptions especially regarding the status of Target stores. We recommend that each Rav visit their local Target store and speak with their grocery merchandising manager to determine the distributor used by each department (e.g., produce, dairy, frozen, shelf stable items).

Thirdly, while chametz that is delivered after Pesach to a Jewish establishment is not הפסח עליו שעבר חמץ, it is difficult to determine the arrival date of any given product, as the turnaround time is generally unknown. Nonetheless, some Poskim maintain that if there is a safek when product was delivered, the principle of לקולא דרבנן ספק applies, while others hold that לקולא דרבנן ספק is not applicable in this situation for various reasons.

Finally, some Jewish companies participate in a mechiras chametz, but there are divergent opinions among Poskim about the validity of a sale of a company that is operating on Pesach. Furthermore, the sale will not be effective for chametz acquired on Pesach because one cannot sell a לעולם בא שלא דבר. To address these  concerns,  some  Poskim recommend selling the entire company rather than the chametz, but this too is a matter of dispute if this is acceptable.

Our goal is not to recommend buying or not buying chametz from any particular establishment. Additionally, it is beyond the scope of our mission to investigate the suitability of any given mechirah. Rather, each kashrus organization or Rav must formulate their own set of standards and guidelines for the purchase of chametz. Once that is done, this memo will provide information that will be helpful in determining which stores fall into the categories of acceptable or not acceptable sources for the purchase of chametz after Pesach.

Categories of Establishments

Below are six general categories of establishments with lists of stores that fall into each specific category.

Click here to see the full list.

Kashrus: Be In The Know is an organization that has been helping to educating consumers for over four years now.

The best way to keep kosher at home is by learning the halachos that one needs to know. And then there is shopping in the supermarket…

Kashrus: Be In The Know was created with the intention to increase Kashrus awareness and provide consumers with a knowledge of basic halacha, as well as important information regarding how foods are made and processed. With this information, it is their hope to help people in making educated choices when buying products or eating out.

Although the classes are given by Rabbis who both work in respectable hashgachos, and have a depth of knowledge in Halacha as well as the food industry, it does not in any way replace asking questions to a Rav. Rather, it presents the awareness to even know what to ask.

To date, there are over 1,800 people receiving weekly and informative classes on their WhatsApp Groups.

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