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I know some stores tend to stock it, some don't.

One year before Pesach I tried contacting a produce wholesaler (we were having lots of company) regarding buying a case of it -- they said they contacted Dole and Dole said they would send a case WITH the Star-K kosher stamp. Well then the lettuce arrived and it didn't have the Star-K on it.

According to the Star-K,

VEG./SALADS, FRESH PKGD. All fresh packaged salads bearing the Star-K symbol are Kosher for Passover without any additional Passover symbol. Please note exception: Dole Very Veggie Salad Blend contains peas which are Kitniyos and may not be used on Passover.

Updated in 2011: Fresh Express salads require Star-K-P for Passover.

So this would be ideal for easy marror for large crowds (if I could order a case of the giant bags of romaine).

Pesach or otherwise, any ideas? Somehow some stores are able to get it ...

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I don't think you will be able to get it for Pesach. I once called the Star K when Earthbound Farms had a hechsher, who told me that a kitnius based product is used to keep the cut leaves from becoming discolored. If you can find the bug-free hechsher, you might be able to rinse the kitnios off, but consult your local orthodox rabbi. –  YDK Feb 24 '11 at 6:04
    
@YDK, see above. –  Shalom Feb 24 '11 at 15:15
    
Perhaps I am misremembering which hashgacha it was. I'm also misremembering the purpose of the preservative. It was not for cut leaves, since I bought baby leaves. Although I am clear about the brand, so I'll see if I can backtrack. –  YDK Feb 25 '11 at 1:03
    
It was the star-k. Perhaps their product has changed. Another possibility is that EB farms is organic and they used a different preservative for them. I haven't seen EB Farms with a hechsher for years which would explain why all of their kosher lettuce is OK for pesach. Thanks for the tip. –  YDK Feb 25 '11 at 1:15
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Late breaking from the Star-K: March 30, 2011 FRESH EXPRESS bagged salads must bear a Star-K P to be considered kosher for Passover. star-k.org/alerts/alerts-March2011.htm –  Isaac Moses Mar 31 '11 at 18:34

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Since 2-3 years ago when there was some whole supposed problem with the Romaine I have not seen anywhere the Dole / Fresh Express romaine with a Star-k. However I was in Queens this past week in Aron's Kissena Farms and they had Dole Romaine Lettuce with a Star-k.

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@Gershon, it's become harder-to-find as of 3 years ago, as you say; but some stores (especially in large Jewish populations) often still have it. –  Shalom Mar 11 '11 at 18:06

I know this doesn't answer your particular question, but I've seen at WalMart (here in St. Louis, for what it's worth) a store brand of bagged lettuce with the K-ORC from San Francisco, which I don't know anything about. It may be worth looking into the K-ORC and calling WalMart.

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