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On boxes of Manischewitz Egg Matzos, you will find markings that say "Kosher for Passover" and also "According to Ashkenazic practice, all egg matzo may be eaten only by the young, infirm, or aged. If you are of Sephardic ancestry, consult your rabbi."

I assume since these say "Kosher for Passover" that the water and time restrictions were observed. I do not think they are chametz or kitniyot so what is it that makes them unacceptable? To be clear, I am not looking for an excuse to use them for the seder, I just want to understand the reasoning behind the restriction.

In case it is useful, the ingredients list says: Passover wheat flour, whole eggs, and apple cider.

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Rambam explicitly allows it except on the first day of the holiday, due to the requirement to eat lechem oni, poor man's bread, at the seder. – Robert S. Barnes Apr 6 at 7:18

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Matzah made with other liquids besides (instead of) water are called "matzah ashira" enriched matzahs. While some object to them because they undercut the "lechem oni" bread of affliction that water/flour matzot represent, there are other concerns regarding whether they create an environment for fermentation.

Here is one treatment of the argument with the sides laid out and sources provided.

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Does that prohibit the egg matzohs only for the seder, or for all of Passover? Is it prohibited to have egg matzohs in one's house during Passover? – Tatpurusha Apr 7 '14 at 18:53
the authorities which forbid it, forbid its consumption all during the holiday. Some allow it but not at he seder. You must consult your local halachic authority for anything more specific. – Danno Apr 7 '14 at 19:00

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