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

March 13, 2009

Dos Anclas Table Salt

Brands: Dos Anclas
Products: Table Salt
Company: Alex Int’l Trading Corp - Siesta Key, Fl
Issue:

This product mistakenly bears an OU-P symbol and is not certified Kosher for Passover. It is certified for year round use only.

February 26, 2009

Skittles

Brands:
Products: Skittles Candy Fan UPC# 6 09454 61492 6 Skittles Dry Erase Message Board UPC# 6 09454 61501 5
Company: Candyrific- Louisville, KY
Issue:

An unauthorized OU-D symbol was inadvertently placed on these products’ labels. These products are not certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

February 26, 2009

Newland

Brands: Newland / or other brands manufactured by this company
Products: Broccoli Cauliflower Bok Choy
Company: Zhejiang Zhongda Newland Co., Ltd.
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 17, 2009

Vitality Frozen Grape Cocktail

Brands: VitalityChoicePak
Products: Frozen Concentrated Grape Cocktail Lot # 01/11 027C Lot # 02/11 036C Lot # 12/10 366C
Company: Distributed by Vitality Foodservice Inc. – Tampa, FL
Issue:

Individual products are labeled correctly and do not bear the OU symbol. The outside box bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

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Traces of dairy ingredients have been found in this product and it is being withdrawn from the marketplace.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

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