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

December 5, 2016

Kosher Alert McCormick Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors

Brands: McCormick
Products: Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors 1oz. (UPC 52100070711)
Company: McCormick & Co. Hunt Valley, MD
Issue:

Missing the D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors 1oz. (UPC 52100070711) as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients panel. Some packaging was printed with a plain OU, without the D – Dairy designation. Future packaging is being revised.

November 29, 2016

Kosher Alert GFS Blue Cheese Dressing

Brands: GFS
Products: Blue Cheese Dressing (1 gallon jars)
Company: Gordon Food Service, Wyoming MI
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify GFS Blue Cheese Dressing. Some labels were printed with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

November 17, 2016

Kosher Advisory Gefen Chulent Beans

Brands: Gefen
Products: Chulent Bean Mix
Company: Gefen Foods, Bayonne NJ
Issue:

Some bags of Gefen brand Chulent Mix with the UPC# 710069035003 and with a Best By dates ranging from 8/18 to 10/18 were found to contain insects. The Orthodox Union and Gefen requested that possibly affected product should be withdrawn from the marketplace and corrective actions are being implemented.

Under proper storage conditions, it is unusual to find infestation in these products sold in the United States. The kashrus procedures at Gefen meet the highest kashrus standards. However, consumers should be aware that legumes and grains could develop infestation when stored in warm conditions. To determine whether legumes or grains are possibly affected, spread them evenly on a white surface and visually inspect them under good light prior to use.

November 17, 2016

OU Kosher Alert – Member’s Mark Strawberry Tea Cakes

Brands: Member's Mark
Products: Strawberry Tea Cakes
Company: Sam's West, Inc.
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Member’s Mark Strawberry Tea Cakes as an OU D – Dairy product.  Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

November 2, 2016

Kosher Advisory Planter’s Almond Lover’s Medley

Brands: Planter's
Products: Planter's Almond Lover's Medley
Company: Kraft Heinz Foods Company
Issue:

Missing OU Symbol

The Orthodox Union certifies Planter’s Almond Lover’s Medley as an OU Pareve product. Some labels for the 2lb 5 oz containers were printed without the OU Symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

November 1, 2016

Kosher Alert Hannaford Frozen Spinach

Brands: Hannaford
Products: Frozen Spinach
Company: Hannaford, Scarborough ME
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Hannaford Frozen Spinach. Some packaging was printed with an unauthorized OU Symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

November 1, 2016

Kosher Alert Lazzaroni Amaretti Cookies

Brands: Lazzaroni
Products: Amaretti Cookie Snaps
Company: Casalini SRL, Roccafranca Italy
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Lazzaroni Amaretti Cookie Snaps. Some bags were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

November 1, 2016

Kosher Alert Monarch Fruit Cocktail

Brands: Monarch
Products: Canned Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
Company: Monarch International, San Ramon CA
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Monarch Canned Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup. This product contains carmine, a food coloring that is not considered kosher by the Orthodox Union. Some cans were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol. This product was sold in Panama and possibly other locations. Corrective actions have been implemented.

October 27, 2016

Kosher Alert Fromage Gourmet

Brands: CheesePro and Fromage Gourmet
Products: ALL products
Company: Fromage Gourmet
Issue:

Due to kosher violations, the OU and Rabbi Babad, Tartikover Rov, have immediately terminated the certification of this company. Products bearing kosher certification should not be used and should be returned for a refund.

October 7, 2016

Kosher Alert Supremo Italiano Mozzarella Curd

Brands: Supremo Italiano
Products: Mozzarella Curd
Company: Restaurant Depot - Jetro, College Point NY
Issue:

Non OU-Certified Product

The Orthodox Union does not certify Supremo Italiano Mozzarella curd. Restaurant Depot’s supplier unintentionally featured an OU D mark on a few boxes of this product. This error has no impact on the quality of the product. Corrective actions have been implemented.

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