With a fanfare lacking only trumpets and drum rolls, the OU breathlessly announced that this year they will offer OU Pesach certified Quinoa. Here at the Kosher Nexus, we have long stated that Quinoa is automatically kosher for Pesach. And, if you buy your quinoa before Pesach, you certainly have no Pesach worries.
In the words of the OU:
Following extensive research and on-site investigation of cross-contamination issues by OU Kosher personnel at all quinoa growing areas including: Puno, Cuzco, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Junin and Chiclayo in Peru; and Alto la Paz and Chayapata in Bolivia; as well as the collection, washing and milling stations of quinoa, OU Kosher is pleased to announce that, for the first time, it is recommending quinoa for Passover, when processed with special OU Passover supervision and bearing the OU-P symbol.
Read that paragraph carefully. What it really says is that the so called issue of cross contamination with chametz is a fiction. Well, if that is the case, why does quinoa need Pesach certification? Seems to us, this is just another example of kosher for Passover bottled water!