Shailah of the Week

How To Check Quinoa For Bugs?

OU Kosher December 31, 2019

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Shailoh of the Week by Rabbi Zvi Nussbaum

Rabbinic Coordinator, Kosher Hotline Administrator for the Orthodox Union




In recent months various brands of quinoa were found to contain booklice. While the OU looks into this issue, they recommend only eating quinoa after a thorough inspection.  The method of checking includes pouring the quinoa into a fine mesh sifter and agitating the quinoa for 30 seconds over a white surface. If any booklice are found on the white surface, the quinoa should be discarded.