Consumer Alerts & Advisories

The Following OU Kosher Advisories and Alerts were released by the Orthodox Union's Kosher Division on the date indicated.

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Consumer Alerts

October 11, 2012

Kosher Alert Cirio – Terana

Brands: Cirio
Products: Ragu alla Bolognese - Salsa Bolonesa
Company: Terana S.A., Mexico
Issue:

Issue: Unauthorized OU

Terana, a Mexican food distributor, placed a Spanish label with an OU symbol on a non certified imported Cirio Ragu Bolognese sauce product. The Orthodox Union does not certify this Cirio sauce. This product was sold in Mexico and corrective measures have been implemented.

October 3, 2012

Kosher Alert Airheads Party Mix

Brands: Airheads
Products: Airheads Party Mix
Company: Perfetti Van Melle USA Inc., Erlanger KY
Issue:

Issue: Unauthorized OU

Airheads Party Mix is a bag of candies that contains taffies and lollipops. Some of those bags mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU symbol. The Airheads taffies are certied kosher by the Orthodox Union and each individual taffy wrapper bears an OU Symbol. The Airheads lollipops, however, are not certified by the Orthodox Union and they do not bear an OU Symbol. Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 20, 2012

Kosher Alert Ready Roast

Brands: Ready Roast
Products: Praline Pecans Granules
Company: Ready Roast LLC., Madera CA
Issue:

Issue: Missing D – Dairy designation

Praline Pecans Granules from Ready Roast contain butter, as indicated on the label. This product is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D -Dairy product. Some labels bear a plain OU without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 7, 2012

Kashrus Alert Kirkland Signature

Brands: Kirkland Signature
Products: Funhouse Treats
Company: Costco, San Diego CA
Issue:

Issue: Not certified

Kirkland Signature Funhouse Treats, sold at Costco, is a bag that contains a variey of small individually wrapped candies. Until recently, all the candies in the Funhouse Treat bag were certified by the Orthodox Union. Recently, a candy that is not certified by the Orthodox Union was added to the variety. Mistakenly, some outer bags bear an OU symbol. Costco is correcting this error and the new bags will no longer have the OU. The individually wrapped candies with an OU or OU-D are certified by the Orthodox Union.

August 8, 2012

Kosher Alert Ines Vinagre Balsamico

Brands: Ines
Products: Vinagre Balsamico (Balsamic Vinegar)
Company: Sesajal S.A., Guadalajara Mexico
Issue:

Issue: Unauthorized OU

Some labels of Ines Vinagre Balsamico distributed by Sesajal S.A. bear an unauthorized OU symbol. The Orthodox Union does not certify this balsamic vinegar, which is sold in Mexico. Corrective actions have been implemented.

August 1, 2012

Kosher Alert Smarties 3 Feet O’Fun

Brands: Smarties
Products: Smarties 3 Feet O'Fun
Company: Stichler Products Inc., Reading, PA
Issue:

Issue: Unauthorized OU

Smarties 3 Feet O’Fun packaged by Stichler Products Inc. mistakenly bears an OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Corrective measures have been implemented.

August 1, 2012

Kosher Alert Atlanta Bread

Brands: Atlanta Bread
Products: Chocolate Brownie Bites
Company: Bake One, Smyrna, GA
Issue:

Issue: Missing D Dairy designation

Atlanta Bread Chocolate Brownie Bites (9.6 oz) is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy components, as indicated on the label. Some packages were mistakenly printed with a plain OU, without the D – Dairy designation. The mislabeled product was primarely sold at WalMart. Corrective measures have been implemented.

July 18, 2012

Kosher Alert:  Food For Health

Brands: eFoods Gold
Products: Granola
Company: Food For Health International Provo, UT
Issue:

Issue: Missing D Dairy designation

eFoods Gold Granola contains dairy ingredients and is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union as a dairy product. Some packaging is mistakenly labeled with a plain OU, without the ‘D’ dairy designation. This product is not sold in stores and is available only by contacting the company. Corrective actions have been implemented.

July 12, 2012

Kosher Alert Ugo Foods Viva Italia

Brands: Viva Italia
Products: Tomato Sauces: All Varieties
Company: Ugo Foods Corp. East Rutherford, NJ
Issue:

Issue: Not Certified

The Orthodox Union does not certify any Viva Italia tomato sauce product (Marinara, Vodka, Puttanesca or others). The OU symbol that appears on any Viva Italia tomato sauce is unauthorized. Corrective actions are being implemented.

July 11, 2012

Kosher Alert Stop & Shop

Brands: Stop & Shop
Products: Rocky Road Real Premium Ice Cream
Company: Ahold USA, Quincy MA
Issue:

Issue: Not Certified

Ahold brand Rocky Road Real Premium Ice Cream, sold at Stop & Shop, is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Some containers mistakenly display the OU D symbol. Consumers who purchased this product may return the product to Stop and Shop for a refund. Corrective actions have been implemented.