The Following OU Kosher Advisories and Alerts were released by the Orthodox Union's Kosher Division on the date indicated.
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Products: Whole Wheat Blend Pancake Mix
Company: Quaker Oats Company
This product was recently packaged bearing an OU-D symbol. The product is actually OU PAREVE. Corrective measures are being implemented.
Products: Whipped Cheese
Company: Strauss Dairies, Ltd. (Israel)
This product is labeled OU D Chalav Yisroel. This product is OU D but is not Chalav Yisroel. Corrective action has been taken.
Products: Hazelnut Coffee Creamer, 8 oz. French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, 8 oz.
Company: Dollar General
Some labels have an ‘OU’ and are missing the ‘D’. This product is dairy and the company is correcting this error.
Products: Brazil - Sabor Creme e Cebola , Sabor Queijo, South America - Xtreme Queso Picante / Kicking Cheddar, Pringles Delight Sabor Crema y Cebolla / Sour Cream and Onions / Sabor Creme e Cebola
Company: Procter & Gamble-Food Division - Ohio
These certified products contain dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Packaging is being revised.
Products: Chocolate Marzipan Rum Balls
Company: Multiflex Co., Inc. - Hawthorne, NJ
This product is correctly marked as OU. The ingredient panel incorrectly lists dairy ingredients. Future packaging is being revised.
Products: Asiago Cheese Bagels
Company: Just Bagels - Bronx, NY
This product mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not kosher. The product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.
This is an advisory with respect to Brunswick® and Beach Cliff® brand sardines. We have received a number of consumer contacts noting the presence of “shrimp” in these sardines. We have discussed this with the manufacturer who has informed us that this is actually krill, a small shrimp-like crustacean, which is a common source of feed for sardines. Krill is normally digested prior to processing and should not be found in a finished product, even one which contains the stomach. This year, many factors (e.g., size of fish, warmer water temperatures, methods of fishing, etc.) combined to create a very unusual fishing year and an increase in sardines containing krill in their stomachs. The manufacturer emphatically confirms this issue is not one of quality, species substitution or adulteration of any sort: rather an unexpected and previously unforeseen occurrence, which now requires our attention.
In response to the issues faced this year and concerns voiced by the OU, the manufacturer is implementing new fish inspection processes to ensure that future productions of Brunswick® sardines do not contain whole krill. Also, the OU label will be removed from the Beach Cliff® brand so that fish that may contain whole krill can continue to be utilized and sold to consumers without dietary restrictions.
The manufacturer is offering coupons for replacement product to consumers who purchased Brunswick® or Beach Cliff® sardines containing krill with the following Best By dates:
Brunswick® Oil Products with Best By codes between June 2015 and November 2015.
Brunswick® Water and Sauce Packs with Best By codes between June 2013 and November 2013.
Beach Cliff® Products with any Best By code starting June 2013 and thereafter that bears an OU code on the label
To receive your coupons, simply send your name, address and description of product to Brunswick Refund, P.O. Box 23220, San Diego, CA 92193. We would ask that you consider donating any existing product to canned food drives serving families without dietary restrictions.
Products: Broccoli, Cauliflower & Spinach
Company: RD Enterprises, College Point - NY & Zhejiang Zhongda Newland Co.- Zhejiang, China
These products bear an OU but cannot be guaranteed to be free of infestation. These products may be used if inspected or puréed prior to use. The OU is being removed from future packaging.
Products: Oyster Flavored Sauce
Company: GUANGDONG PRB Bio- Tech Co. – China
Some Pearl River Bridge brand Oyster Flavored Sauce may mistakenly have an OU. This error was caught early on and the OU was removed from the label. Consumers spotting this product with an OU should please call the OU at 212-613-8344 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Products: Sardines in Oil
Company: Bumble Bee SeaFoods, L.P. – Richmond, BC
Several consumers reported finding krill (a small crustacean similar in appearance to a small shrimp) in some cans of Brunswick Sardines in Oil. The product code of the cans in question is 0215CB Best by Aug 2015.
Consumers are advised to contact the Orthodox Union to report such findings, and to contact Bumble Bee Seafoods for a refund.