Consumer Alerts & Advisories

The Following OU Kosher Advisories and Alerts were released by the Orthodox Union's Kosher Division on the date indicated.

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Consumer Alerts

March 31, 2016

Kosher Advisory Rita’s on Surf Avenue

Brands: Rita's on Surf Avenue
Products:
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Effective March 31st, 2016- The Orthodox Union will no longer be certifying Rita’s Coney Island, located on Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.

March 23, 2016

Kosher Alert Mini-Bicerin Liqueurs

Brands: Vicenzi
Products: Bicerin Originale Di Giandujotto Liqueur and Bicerin Original White Liqueur
Company: Nuove Distillerie Vincenzi SRL, Italy
Issue:

The Orthodox Union certifies Bicerin Originale Di Giandujotto Liqueur and Bicerin Original White Liqueur only when bearing the OU symbol.   Miniatures bottles of these products are currently being sold in stores without the OU Symbol.   The Orthodox Union does not certify those miniature bottles and consumers should not assume those miniature bottles are kosher certified products.

March 23, 2016

Kosher Alert Driftwood 99% Fat Free Vanilla Flavored Lowfat Yogurt

Brands: Driftwood
Products: 99% Fat Free Vanilla Flavored Lowfat Yogurt
Company: Driftwood Dairy, El Monte CA
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not currently certify Driftwood 99% Fat Free Vanilla Flavored Lowfat Yogurt.  This product contains gelatin.  The containers are labeled with a ‘K’ on the cup, however, some lids bear an unauthorized OU.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

The company is working to reformulate this product, and the Orthodox Union anticipates certifying this product.  The certified product will bear an OU D on both the cup and the lid.

March 10, 2016

Kosher Alert La Monegasque Spicy Anchovies

Brands: La Monegasque
Products: Filets D'anchois Roules a la Sauce Piquante (Rolled Anchovies Fillets in Hot Sauce)
Company: Unimer Mehdia, Kenitra Morroco
Issue:

 

The Orthodox Union certifies certain ‘La Monegasque’ brand anchovy products.  A new product, Rolled Anchovies in Hot Sauce, which was initially produced with an unauthorized OU symbol, will now be certified when bearing the OU Symbol and the words ‘special production’ above the bar code.  The cans without the words ‘special production’ were made without OU supervision.

March 3, 2016

Kosher Alert Pampa Fruity Wheels

Brands: Pampa
Products: Fruity Wheels Cereal
Company: Transnational Foods LLC, Miami FL
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Pampa Fruity Wheels cereal.   This product bears an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

 

March 2, 2016

Kosher Alert Dannon Nonfat Yogurt

Brands: Dannon
Products: Strawberry Flavor Nonfat Yogurt and Strawberry Banana Flavor Nonfat Yogurt
Company: The Dannon Company, White Plains NY
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Dannon Strawberry Flavor Nonfat Yogurt and Strawberry Banana Flavor Nonfat Yogurt.  A small quantity of these products were labeled with an unauthorized OU mark.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

March 1, 2016

Kosher Alert Brad’s Organic Fruit Spreads

Brands: Brad's Organic
Products: All Varieties of Fruit Spreads and Jams
Company: Brad's Organic, Haverstraw NY
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify any Brad’s Organic Fruit Spreads or Jams.   Some jars were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

February 23, 2016

Wonka-Grape Flavor Laffy Taffy

Brands: Wonka - Laffy Taffy
Products: Grape Flavor Laffy Taffy
Company: Nestle USA/ Confections and Snacks Division
Issue:

Mising OU

The Orthodox Union certifies Laffy Taffy produced in the USA. Some packaging on the smaller pieces (size 3 x 7/8 x 1/4) is inadvertently missing the OU symbol. They are still certified kosher even without bearing the OU symbol. Packaging is being corrected.

February 8, 2016

Kosher Alert Roundy’s Balsamic Vinegar

Brands: Simply Roundy's
Products: Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Company: Roundy's Supermakets, Milwaukee WI
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Roundy’s Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.   Some labels were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

January 19, 2016

Kosher Alert Balconi Cubi Wafers

Brands: Balconi
Products: Cubi Nocciola Hazelnut Wafers; Cacao Flavor
Company: Balconi S.p.A. Nerviano Italy
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Balconi Cubi Nocciola Hazelnut Wafers and Cacao Flavor Wafers as OU D – Dairy products.  These products contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the allergens and ingredients statements.  Some boxes were printed with a plain OU, without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

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