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Author:  Simon
E-mail:  sjfile-test@yahoo.com
Date:  3/29/2013 12:04:00 PM
Subject:  Panela, Rapadura
Message:  Dear R' Abadi,
I've recently come across a product known by several names. Its sugar cane that is boiled down to juice/pulp, which is then cooled and hardened into cakes. It is not processed in any way beyond that. It is known in South American countries as panella (Mexico I believe) and rapadura (Brazil). Is this considered kosher? Does it require a hechsher?

What about for Pesach?

Gut moed,
Simon
   
Reply:  I don't know what it's called in US, but sugar cane is kosher. If it is processed with no other items, it would be ok.
CYA

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