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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Products: Strawberry Syrup sold in Israel
Company: The Hershey Company, USA
Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup, when manufactured and distributed in America, bears an OU-D symbol. The same product, when produced for export to Israel, has no OU symbol on the label. Mor Yam, an Israeli importer of Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup, placed a sticker on top of the label, with an unauthorized OU symbol. At the current time, the Orthodox Union considers this product to be kosher and dairy, when the label indicates “Made in USA”.
Products: Newman’s Own pasta sauces
Some stores are selling 3 jars of Newman’s Own pasta sauces wrapped together in a clear plastic. Please note that these wrapped jars may contain both kosher and non kosher varieties of Newman’s Own pasta sauces. The OU symbol only appears on the kosher varieties. Please check the jars before buying them.
Products: Freshly Baked Bagels
Company: BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc.
Several BJ’s Wholesale Club stores sell freshly baked bagels. The Orthodox Union does not certify any of the BJ’s bakeries. Some bags for these bagels display an unauthorized OU. BJ’s Wholesale Club is changing their bags and are removing the bags with the OU.
Products: All, including mozzarella cheese stuffed olives
Company: Leonard Mountain Inc. - Bixbi, OK
Miss Leone’s products are not certified by the Orthodox Union, some have an unauthorized OU symbol and contain non kosher ingredients. Corrective measures are being implemented.
Company: 32 Degree Froyo - Great Neck, NY
This frozen yogurt store is displaying an OU symbol on some of its signs and cups. This store is not certified by the Orthodox Union, and the Orthodox Union cannot comment on the kosher status of products sold in this store.
Products: Pizza Sauce With Cheese
Company: SYSCO Corporation – Toronto, Canada
This foodservice product bears an unauthorized OU symbol and contains non kosher ingredients. This product is distributed in Canada, and is being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers who see this product with an OU should please contact the OU at email@example.com or at 212-613-8344. For general Kashruth inquiries, please call 212-613-8241.
Products: All Varieties of Sauces
Company: Lee Kum Kee (Xin Hui) Food Co., Ltd. - Guangdong, China
The Orthodox Union no longer certifies Lee Kum Kee as of June 24, 2011.
Company: American Nut Inc. – Sylmar, CA
American Nut products were previously labeled OU-D. In view of recent changes, American Nut products will now be labeled OU. Products with the “D” should still be considered dairy. The pareve products have a lot number of 061311 or greater.
Products: Ranch Dressing - Creamy
Company: Meijer - Grand Rapids, MI
Some Meijer Ranch Dressing – Creamy labels mistakenly bears an OU symbol without the D (Dairy). This product is actually dairy. Corrective measures were taken.
Products: Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
Company: Blend Pak - Bloomfield, KY
Missing “D”, (Dairy) – Designation
Domata Living Gluten Free Wheat Free Pizza Crust Mix is labeled with a plain OU but is actually Dairy. Corrective action is being taken.