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

March 6, 2008

Edgell Mashed Potatoes

Brands: Edgell
Products: Idahoan Real Mash 1.47 kg
Company: Simplot Australia Pty. - Mentone, VC, AUSTRALIA
Issue:

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

February 26, 2008

Solomon’s Ground Buffalo

Brands: Solomon’s
Products: Ground Buffalo (UPC #0-53390-06103-8)
Company: Blackwing Bison Meats, Inc. - Antioch, IL
Issue:

The Orthodox Union certifies and wholly stands by Solomon’s Ground Buffalo meat and all of Solomon’s Finest Glatt Kosher Meats (fresh and frozen) are Glatt kosher. A limited amount of frozen non-kosher meat was substituted for kosher meat by an outside distributor and sold in Solomon’s packaging. The non-kosher product is identifiable by the following:

1) The inner plastic wrap does not contain a plastic OU seal.
2) The meat is on a black Styrofoam tray.

Consumers spotting the mislabeled product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or at kashalerts@ou.org.

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February 25, 2008

Wyke Farms Cheese

Brands: Wyke Farms
Products: Village Oak Vintage Cheddar
Company: בע״מ א.ג.ל סחר מזון
Issue:

This product’s Hebrew label (as applied by the Israeli importer) bears an unauthorized OU representation. The product is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union in the United States at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

February 13, 2008

Ginseng Tea

Brands:
Products: Instant Korean Ginseng Tea
Company: Uncle Bill Trading Inc.- Toronto, Canada
Issue:

This dairy product bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

January 31, 2008

Kashruth Advisory- Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation

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Issue:

Products of Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC), located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada have been certified by the Orthodox Union for many years. This facility, which only processes kosher fish, has been carefully reviewed and accepted by many respected kosher certifying agencies worldwide.

Recent irresponsible and false claims have been published concerning the integrity of the hashgacha as it was administered more than seven years ago, under a previous mashgiach A”H (who is no longer living), alleging that non-kosher fish was sold as kosher. It should be noted that the writer of the piece was identified by the newspaper as “a former fish marketer who believes the FFMC’s monopoly should be broken.”

OU Kosher urges everyone to realize that charges leveled in print can be, and often are, false. The Orthodox Union urges the kosher-consuming public to recognize such spurious innuendo for its true nature.

January 31, 2008

Publix Gummy Worms

Brands: Publix
Products: Gummy Worms Gummy Bears Jelly Beans
Company: Publix Super Markets, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Issue:

This product, sold in Publix Supermarkets, erroneously bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union by phone at 212-613-8241, or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

January 29, 2008

Rocky Mountain White Candy Cane Bar

Brands: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Products: White Candy Cane Bar UPC: 7 51269 00702 5
Company: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory- Durango, CO
Issue:

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

January 22, 2008

Macadamia Nut Brittle (UPC #7-07178-10005-0)

Brands: Hamakua Plantations Hawaii
Products: Macadamia Nut Brittle (UPC #7-07178-10005-0)
Company: Hamakua Macademia Nut Company, Kawaihae, HI
Issue:

This product is certified OU-D and its ingredient panel lists dairy ingredients. The product label was inadvertently applied in such a fashion as to cover the “D” designation. Corrective action is being taken.

January 21, 2008

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Mediterranean Blend

Brands:
Products: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Mediterranean Blend
Company: Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Issue:

Mismatched packaging: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Mediterranean Blend (Regular) is OU-D kosher certified. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Mediterranean Blend – Light is not kosher certified. A limited amount of Light product was incorrectly packed in Regular tubs (identifiable by the green stripe/ribbon on packaging) which bear the OU-D symbol. The affected product does bear the correctly labeled Light lid (identifiable by the blue stripe/ribbon on packaging) and only mismatched product is affected. Corrective action is being taken. Please note that the Regular (not Light) variety remains certified OU-D kosher. Consumers spotting the mismatched product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via email at kashalerts@ou.org.

January 16, 2008

HomeBake Cookie Dough

Brands: HomeBake
Products: Assorted Scoop & Bake Cookie Dough Varieties
Company: 1st Products Inc., - Golden Valley, MN
Issue:

These products, sold at Target Stores, are missing the dairy designation. Please see below for product specific details. Future packaging will be revised.

Peanut Butter- contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel.
Chocolate Chip- manufactured on dairy equipment
Chocolate Fudge- manufactured on dairy equipment