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

January 14, 2014

Kosher Alert Chocolate Toffee Pistachios

Brands: Santa Barbara Pistachio
Products: Chocolate Toffee Pistachios
Company: Family Pistachio Farm, Santa Barbara, CA

Missing D – Dairy designation

This product contains dairy as indicated in the ingredient panel, and is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product.  Some labels were printed without the D – Dairy designations.  Corrective actions have been implemented.


January 14, 2014

Kashrus Advisory Yopa

Brands: Yopa !
Products: (1) Strawberry Yogurt with 9 Whole Grain Granola, (2) Blueberry Yogurt with 9 Whole Grain Granola
Company: The Yofarm Co., Naugatuck, Ct

These products are being reformulated and will no longer bear the OU-D symbol.  Products produced prior to the reformulation may still bear the OU-D symbol.  Consumers should always check products for a kosher symbol before buying.

January 2, 2014

Kosher Alert Vstrecha Restaurant Rego Park


Vstrecha Restaurant located at 98-98 Queens Boulevard in Rego Park printed menus with an OU symbol on it.  The Orthodox Union does not certify this restaurant.  Corrective actions were implemented.

December 11, 2013

Kosher Alert 7-Eleven Steak Chips

Brands: 7-Select
Products: Steak Lover's Flavored Potato Chips
Company: 7-Eleven Dallas TX

Missing D – Dairy designation

7-Select Steak Lover’s Flavored Potato Chips, sold in 7-eleven stores, are certified by the Orthodox Union and contain dairy ingredients, as indicated in the allergen statement and ingredient panel.  Some packaging have a plain OU without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

December 10, 2013

Kosher Alert Organic Traditions

Brands: Organic Traditions
Products: Dark Chocolate Sacha Inchi Seeds
Company: Health Matters America Inc. Cheektowaga, NY

Unauthorized OU

Organic Traditions Dark Chocolate Sacha Inchi Seeds are not certified by the Orthodox Union and bears an unauthorized OU symbol.   Corrective actions have been implemented.

December 6, 2013

Kosher Alert American Farmer

Brands: American Farmer
Products: 24 Pack Box
Company: American Farmer Brands Inc. Brooklyn, NY

American Farmer popcorns are certified by the Orthodox Union.  Some are pareve, with a plain OU symbol and some are dairy with an OU D symbol.  American Farmer popcorn is being sold in 24 pack boxes with a plain OU on the box.  The box contains properly labeled varieties of both pareve and dairy popcorns.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

November 25, 2013

Kosher Advisory Darrell Lea

Brands: Darrrell Lea
Company: Darrell Lea Confectionary Company, Kogarah Australia

Due to a change in manufacturing,  all Darrell Lea Confectionary products are now certified as OU Dairy and will no longer be Pareve.   Products manufactured after this change have a ‘best before’ date of 01 DEC 2014 and onward.

November 15, 2013

Kosher Advisory GFA Brands

Brands: Smart Balance
Products: Spreads
Company: GFA Brands

Most Smart Balance products are certified as OU Pareve, a few are certified as OU D. In order to avoid consumer confusion, the packaging for the dairy products will have OU Dairy spelled out in a larger font than the current OU D designation.  Consumers are urged to always check each product they are purchasing for the kosher symbol.

November 15, 2013

Kosher Alert Kedem Food Products

Brands: Kedem
Products: Light Concord Grape Juice Beverage - 22 oz.
Company: Kedem Food Products

A very limited number of bottles were mistakenly labeled with the 1.5 liter/ 50.7 oz labels.  These labels state “Non-Mevushal.”  The only impact is for consumers who are seeking Non-Mevushal grape juice.  The 22oz size is Mevushal.

November 11, 2013

Kosher Advisory Gourmet Basics

Brands: Gourmet Basics
Products: Hatch Chile Pop Rings
Company: Gourmet Basics, Brooklyn NY

Gourmet Basics Hatch Chile Pop Rings are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product, as labeled on the front panel of the bag.  The back panel has an OU D next to the words ‘kosher pareve’.   The product is not pareve and corrective actions have been implemented.