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Masking tape. The inside of the roll is printed with Hebrew information, including "*Me-ushar lepesach: me-ushar mita'am habada"tz*" Masking tape. The inside of the roll is printed with Hebrew information, including "*Me-ushar lepesach: me-ushar mita'am habada"tz*"

That's masking tape from the hardware store, with an "approved for Pesach" label by the Badatz. What??

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    +1, good eye....might just be a marketing ploy. Note also that the Badatz symbol generally looks fancier than that, and will tell you which city / rabbi is in charge of the hashgacha. – Shokhet Sep 19 '14 at 13:58
  • Right, i noticed it didn't look like a usual hechsher. – Scimonster Sep 19 '14 at 14:03
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    Badatz stands for Bet Din Tzedek. When people say Badatz casually they're usually referring to Badatz Ha-Eidah HaCheredi, however other organizations use the same acronym. In fact if you look closely at their logo, you'll notice it says "Badatz SHEL Eidah HaCharedi". Take a look at these images of certifications in Israel and you'll see a handful that include the acronym badatz in there somewhere. – PopularIsn'tRight Sep 19 '14 at 14:32
  • Did you try calling the importer, Khan, whose number is listed on the label? – Isaac Moses Sep 19 '14 at 14:59
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    I remember hearing somewhere that some of the ingredients in tape might have elements of Chametz in it. It doesn't seem that far-fetched to believe something like that. Another example of something that doesn't seem like it would have Chametz in it is Iodized Salt. Apparently the Iodizing process contains Chametz. Especially given the severity of Chametz on Pesach, I can understand why people are particularly careful of anything that might contain Chametz. – Salmononius2 Sep 19 '14 at 18:22
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Baking hand shmura matzahs involves placing the matzahs in an oven using long wooden poles. Out of concern that some dough may be stuck on to the pole the poles are sanded down after use.

Some avoid the whole issue of stuck dough and cover the poles with paper using masking tape as the adhesive - a common practice in matzah chaburos. Since the matzah comes into contact with the masking tape it is necessary to ensure that the tape adhesive is kosher for pesach as starch based adhesives sourced from chametz may be used. Google "starch based adhesive" for more information.

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