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Q. What about brown sugar makes it that it requires Pesach certification? Isn’t it just sugar that does not have the molasses removed from it?
A. Genuine brown sugar is a precursor to white sugar and does not require special Pesach certification. However, nowadays much of the brown sugar sold in the market is white sugar which is colored brown with molasses or caramel color, and those two ingredients are potentially not acceptable for Pesach. Additionally, in some brown sugar, the process begins with an enzymatic “inversion” of the sugar. For these reasons, we recommend that consumers only purchase brown sugar that is certified for Pesach or approved for Pesach by a reliable agency.