PLEASE NOTE: ENRICHED RICE IS VERIFIED 100% KOSHER FOR PESAH
ENRICHED RICE ON PESAH
A question has come up this year concerning whether or not rice is kosher for Pesah. The controversy surrounds the addition of the vitamin enrichment process, which is added to the rice to enrich the rice with vitamins. This enrichment process has been used for many years. However, this year, some have questioned the kashrut of this product for Pesah. After careful examination of this issue, including contacting several kashrut organizations, along with the companies that produce the rice themselves, we have determined that the enriched rice is 100% kasher for Pesah use.
[However, as in every year, we must be diligent and careful to check the rice three time to determine that there is no wheat or barely mixed in with the rice].
There are several reasons why enriched rice is kasher for Pesah:
1. The majority of thiamine produced chemicals is synthetically produced, without having any source from one of the five grains that are forbidden on Pesah (wheat, barely, spelt, rye, oats). After contacting the companies in question, who apply the enrichment process in America, they have verified that they receive this chemical from Japan, and while the chemical is certified kosher, they cannot determine the source of its production, i.e. synthetic or grain.
2. The enrichment mixture itself is not fitting for consumption, even by animals. Since it is not considered a food, it is not forbidden on Pesah.
3. The amount of thiamine added to the rice is a minute quantity compared to the total volume of the rice. The laws of Pesah are clear: when there are more than sixty times the amount of permitted food mixed with a non-permitted substance, the resulting mixture is permitted (as long as the mixture was done before Pesah).
In conclusion, based upon the above reasoning, enriched rice is 100% verified kosher for Pesah.