Consumer Alerts & Advisories

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

Please remember to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification!

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Consumer Alerts

February 13, 2009

Bubblegum Ice Cream

Brands: Dreyer’sEdy’s
Products: Bubblegum Ice Cream, 3 gallon tub
Company: Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream/Edy’s
Issue:

These products bear an unauthorized OU symbol and are not certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

February 5, 2009

Osem Meals-on-the-Go

Brands: Osem Meals-on-the-Go
Products: Creamy Pasta Chicken Flavour UPC#: 0-77544-15580-0
Company: Osem
Issue:

Traces of dairy ingredients have been found in this product and it is being withdrawn from the marketplace. The product is halachically pareve.

January 29, 2009

OU Public Advisory regarding raisins

Brands:
Products: Raisins
Company:
Issue:

The OU has long maintained that raisins packed and stored under normal industry conditions do not pose a halachic infestation concern and may be consumed without further checking on the part of the consumer.

Recent public reporting of widespread infestation in packaged raisins has led the OU to reexamine its prior held position vis-à-vis raisins. Following careful investigation, extensive testing and consultation with our Halachic authorities, the OU upholds its original position that raisins, when stored under normal conditions (cool, dry and clean environments) do not require checking for the presence of worms or insects. (עיין בט”ז יו”ד פד, יב)

Many food items, when packed or stored in warm, moist or unclean environments should be avoided until fully checked for the presence of insects, particularly when exhibiting telltale signs of infestation (webbing, insect feeding damage).

January 16, 2009

TRU Chocolate

Brands: TRU Nutrition
Products: TRU Chocolate
Company: Youngevity – Chula Vista, CA
Issue:

This product mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Future packaging will be revised. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

January 12, 2009

Pillsbury Sweet Minis

Brands: Pillsbury Sweet Minis
Products: 1. Mini Donuts (UPC #018000157815) 2. Brownie Bites (UPC #018000157822) 3. Chocolate Chip Cookies (UPC #018000157839)
Company: General Mills Sales Inc.,- Minneapolis, MN
Issue:

These products were originally manufactured as OU certified. They are for use in individual cups at convenience stores. The integrity of the cup packaging may be compromised at the store level and the product should not be eaten as kosher certified.

This previously released alert is being reissued for the benefit of the kosher public.

December 31, 2008

Jack Rabbit Ham flavored 16 Bean Soup

Brands: Jack Rabbit
Products: Ham flavored 16 Bean Soup
Company: Trinidad Benham
Issue:

This product bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. This product is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

December 16, 2008

Boar’s Head Placards

Brands:
Products:
Company:
Issue:

Placards bearing an unauthorized OU symbol and the Boar’s Head logo have been distributed to delis. These placards are not an indication of the Kosher status of their corresponding products. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers spotting these placards are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

December 15, 2008

Sally Sherman Seafood Salad

Brands: Sally Sherman
Products: Seafood Salad
Company: Sally Sherman Foods - Mt. Vernon, NY
Issue:

A limited amount of this product has been distributed while bearing an unauthorized OU symbol. The product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.

December 15, 2008

Hoody’s Party Tray

Brands: Hoody’s
Products: Serve & Snack Party Tray
Company: Harvest Manor Farms - Cedar Rapids, IA
Issue:

This product contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

December 5, 2008

Treasures from the Sea

Brands: Treasures from the Sea
Products:
Company:
Issue:

Consumers are advised that Treasures from the Sea products whose OU symbol is covered with a sticker are not certified by the Orthodox Union.