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

July 20, 2011

Planters – Brittle Nut Medley

Brands: Planters
Products: Brittle Nut Medley
Company: Kraft North America

Missing “D”

A small quantity of Orthodox Union certified Brittle Nut Medley was labeled without the “D”. Brittle Nut Medley contains yogurt covered raisins that are OU Dairy. Corrective measures were implemented.

July 18, 2011

Thomas Kemper – Purely Natural Vanilla Cream Handcrafted Soda

Brands: Thomas Kemper
Products: Purely Natural Vanilla Cream Handcrafted Soda
Company: Thomas Kemper Soda Co., (TK Soda) - Portland, Oregon

This product contains dairy ingredients as listed on the ingredient panel but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. The amount of dairy is botul (nullified). The product has been discontinued.

July 14, 2011

West Coast Select – Maple Nuggets Smoked Sockeye

Brands: West Coast Select
Products: Maple Nuggets Smoked Sockeye
Company: Sundance Seafood LTD., Surrey British Columbia

Unauthorized OU

West Coast Select Maple Nuggets Smoked Sockeye bear an unauthorized OU symbol. This product is not certified by the Orthodox Union, and it is being withdrawn from the marketplace.

July 11, 2011

Hershey’s – Strawberry Syrup sold in Israel

Brands: Hershey’s
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”.

July 7, 2011

Kashruth Advisory: Newman’s Own pasta sauces

Brands: Newman’s Own
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.

July 5, 2011

BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. – Freshly Baked Bagels

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.

July 5, 2011

Miss Leone’s -All,including mozzarella cheese stuffed olives

Brands: Miss Leone's
Products: All, including mozzarella cheese stuffed olives
Company: Leonard Mountain Inc. - Bixbi, OK

Unauthorized OU

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.

July 5, 2011

32 Degree Froyo – Great Neck

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.

July 5, 2011

Arrezzio – Pizza Sauce With Cheese

Brands: Arrezzio
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 or at 212-613-8344. For general Kashruth inquiries, please call 212-613-8241.

June 28, 2011

Kashruth Advisory: Lee Kum Kee – All Varieties of Sauces

Brands: Lee Kum Kee
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.

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