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

April 10, 2014

Kosher Alert CVS Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Brands: Gold Emblem
Products: White Fudge Covered Pretzels Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Company: CVS Inc. Woonsocket RI

Missing D-Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Gold Emblem White Fudge Covered Pretzels and Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels as OU D-Dairy products.  These products contain milk, as indicated in the allergens and ingredients statements.  Some packaging was mistakenly printed with a plain OU symbol without the D-Dairy designation.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

April 9, 2014

Kashrus Advisory Strauss Dairies Milky Puddings

Brands: Milky
Products: Puddings
Company: Strauss Dairies Israel

Strauss Dairies’ Milky puddings with the OU-D symbol are certified by the Orthodox Union for year round use only and not for Passover. Rabbanut Nahariya certifies this product as kosher for Passover for those who consume Kitniyot on Passover.

April 7, 2014

Kosher Alert Target Antacid

Brands: Target
Products: Fruit Flavored Antacid
Company: Target Corporation, Minneapolis MN

Unauthorized OU

Target Fruit Flavored Antacid contains carmine, an ingredient that the Orthodox Union treats as non-kosher.  Some of those antacids were mistakenly labeled with an OU symbol.  Corrective action has been implemented.

April 7, 2014

Kosher Alert CVS Antacid

Brands: CVS
Products: Strawberry Flavor and Assorted Fruit Antacid
Company: CVS Pharmacy, Woonsocket RI

Unauthorized OU

CVS Strawberry Flavored and Assorted Fruit Flavored Antacid contains carmine, an ingredient that the Orthodox Union treats as non-kosher.  Some of those antacids were mistakenly labeled with an OU symbol.  Corrective action has been implemented.

April 3, 2014

Kosher Alert Spartan Crackers

Brands: Spartan
Products: Crackers, Cookies, Wafers
Company: Spartan Stores, Inc. Byron Center MI

Mistaken OU-P

The Orthodox Union certifies a variety of Spartan brand crackers, cookies and wafers, some are certified pareve and others are dairy.  Some packaging for these products were mistakenly labeled with an OU-P.   These products are not kosher for Passover.  The latest ‘use by’ date for the mislabeled products is February 2014.  Corrective actions were implemented.

April 3, 2014

Kosher Alert Shurfine Chili Lime Almonds

Brands: Shurfine
Products: Chili Lime Almonds
Company: John B. Sanfilipo & Sons, INC. Elgin, IL

Missing D-Dairy designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Shurfine Chili Lime Almonds as an OU D-Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the allergen and ingredient statements.  Some packaging are labeled with an OU without the D-Dairy designation.  Corrective actions were implemented.

March 26, 2014

Kosher Alert Fanta Pina Colada Concentrate


The Coca-Cola Company manufactures a wide range of concentrates which are used by 7-Eleven in the production of Slurpees.  These concentrates are under the supervision of the Orthodox Union.  The Orthodox Union, however, does not certify Slurpees sold at 7-Eleven stores.

One of these concentrates is Fanta Pina Colada.  This concentrate is certified OU-Dairy.  In some 7-Eleven stores placards for this product are on display.  The placards contain an error in that the “Dairy” designation of the concentrate has been omitted.  Corrective action is being taken.

March 19, 2014

Kosher Advisory Nestea


The OU recommends Nestea Instant Teacaffeinated version only – for use on Pesach.

The OU does not recommend the decaffeinated version of this product during Pesach.

March 14, 2014

Kosher Alert Winking Cow Cheese

Brands: Winking Cow
Products: All Products
Company: Triad Food Products LLC, Woodland Park NJ

Unauthorized OU

Winking Cow cheeses and dairy products are being sold with an unauthorized OU-D mark.  These products are not certified by the Orthodox Union.  Corrective measures are being implemented.

March 11, 2014

Kosher Alert Jalapeno Cheddar Cream Cheese Spread

Brands: Giant, and Stop & Shop
Products: Jalapeno Cheddar Cream Cheese Spread UPC: 6882671425
Company: Ahold USA, Quincy, MA

Product with the date codes USE BY 061314 AND USE BY 070514 bears an OU-D and mistakenly contains non-kosher cheese. The product has been withdrawn. All other Giant and Stop & Shop cream cheese bearing an OU-D are not affected.