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

October 30, 2014

Kosher Alert Veggie Straws

Brands: Sensible Portions Veggie Straws
Products: Zesty Ranch Veggie Straws
Company: Sensible Portions, Boulder CO

Missing D – Dairy Symbol

The Orthodox Union certifies Sensible Portions Zesty Ranch Veggie Straws as an OU D- Dairy product.   This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

October 30, 2014

Kosher Alert Organic Traditions

Brands: Organic Traditions
Products: Mulberries
Company: Health Matters America Inc., Cheektowaga NY

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union certifies various Organic Tradition products, but does not certify their mulberry products.  Some of their mulberry packaging was mistakenly printed with an OU symbol.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

October 24, 2014

Kosher Alert Bulgarian Lecho

Brands: Bulgarian Bazaar
Products: Lecho in 24 oz. containers
Company: Bulgarian Bazaar, Milltown NJ

Unauthorized OU

Bulgarian Bazaar Lecho in 24 oz. containers bear an unauthorized OU symbol.  The Orthodox Union does not certify this product.  If you see this product in the marketplace with an OU symbol, please contact   Corrective measures have been implemented.

October 23, 2014

Kosher Advisory Smart Beat Cheese Slices

Brands: Smart Beat
Products: Fat Free UPC # 033776051556 Lactose Free UPC# 033776051808 Date Codes: MAY2815CA, JUL0215CA and JUL3015CA
Company: GFA Brands, Inc.

The OU D-Dairy symbol was inadvertently omitted from these production dates. The products, with the above listed UPC #’s and date codes,  are in fact OU D-Dairy certified even without the OU D-Dairy symbol. Subsequent packaging has been corrected.

October 23, 2014

Kosher Advisory Ssips

Brands: Ssips and Ssips Sabor Latino
Products: Ssips Drinks
Company: Johanna Foods, Flemington, NJ

Ssips and Ssips Drinks are being phased out of kosher certification.  Currently, only the 128fl. oz. containers are certified WHEN
bearing the OU symbol. Consumers are urged to check for the OU symbol before purchasing.

October 22, 2014

Kosher Alert Countryside Creamery

Brands: Countryside Creamery
Products: Homestyle Spread (Margarine)
Company: Aldi Inc.

Missing D – Dairy Designation

Homestyle Spread (margarine) is certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains milk as indicated on the ingredient panel. Some packaging was printed without the D – Dairy designation. Packaging has been revised.

October 22, 2014

Kosher Alert New York Youth Club

Brands: New York Youth Club
Products: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Company: New York Youth Club, Happauge NY

Unauthorized OU

New York Youth Club’s Chocolate Chip Cookies bear an unauthorized OU Pareve mark.  The Orthodox Union does not certify any NYYC cookies.  Corrective measures are being implemented.


October 6, 2014

Kosher Advisory Jolly Rancher

Brands: Jolly Rancher
Products: Jolly Rancher
Company: The Hershey Company

Not all Jolly Rancher products are kosher. Jolly Rancher Bites – soft chewy candy are kosher when bearing an OU after the ingredient panel. Jolly Rancher Bites – filled gummies are not kosher and do not bear the OU. Consumers must always check for the presence of a kosher symbol on a package, especially with brands that include kosher and non-kosher varieties.

October 6, 2014

Kosher Alert Pop Crazy

Brands: Pop Crazy
Products: 3 Piece Seasoning Pack
Company: Focus Products Group International, LLC Lincolnshire, IL

The Orthodox Union certifies various Pop Crazy seasonings.  Some seasonings contain dairy and are certified OU-D, and others do not contain dairy and are certified OU pareve.  Pop Crazy 3 Piece Seasoning Pack contains both dairy and pareve seasonings and were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU Symbol.  The Buffalo Seasoning and Ranch Seasoning are OU-D and contain dairy, as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements.  The Caramel Seasoning is certified as OU pareve.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 22, 2014

Kosher Advisory Wonka SweeTarts Chews

Brands: Wonka
Products: SweeTarts Chews
Company: Nestle USA Inc., Glendale CA

Pareve Status

The Orthodox Union certifies Wonka SweeTarts Chews as a Pareve product.  Some labels were mistakenly printed with an OU D – Dairy mark although this product is Pareve.  Future packaging has been revised.

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