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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
TAGS:chometz  kitniyos
Halacha - Kitniyos accident
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Dear Rabbi, I accidentally used soybean oil instead of kosher l'pesach oil in my cooking. I made 2 dishes with it using soybean oil in my pesach utensils. Now I am panicking as to what I should do. I cannot afford to buy extra chicken and the other ingredients to remake the dishes. Can these foods be permitted on Pesach? The quantity of oil is very small relative to the quantity of the rest of the ingredients in the pot. Thank you, Sarah
Answer:

According to Halacha kitniyos is much more lenient than chometz and is batel if it is the minority of the mixture, which is obviously the case here. While the minhag is to be machmir and use separate utensils for kitniyos even when it is permitted such as a baby's formula, under cases of significant loss one may rely on the basic Halacha that it is permitted.

This applies if the soy oil was certified Kosher for Pesach by a reliably Sefardi hechsher to insure that it contains nothing other than soy oil, however if it had no Pesach hashgacha it is not permitted to eat on Pesach. I have heard from a Sefardi Rav active in kashrus that even today it is very common to find kernels of wheat mixed in with soybeans, and soy oil is likely to be chometz and not just kitniyos.

posted:2009-04-06 18:15:49


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