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

July 22, 2011

Silver Spring – Cream Style Horseradish

Brands: Silver Spring
Products: Cream Style Horseradish
Company: Silver Spring Foods - Eau Claire, WI

Some jars of Silver Spring Cream Style Horseradish mistakenly bear an OU, without the D. This certified product contains dairy and should be labeled OU-D. The company is withdrawing this product from the marketplace for relabeling.

July 21, 2011

Chewits – Candies

Brands: Chewits
Products: Candies
Company: Leaf Italia

Some Chewits packaging have a logo that looks like an OU symbol. Chewits are not certified by the Orthodox Union. This product is mostly sold in the UK.

July 21, 2011

Healthy Sweet – Drinks

Brands: Healthy Sweet
Products: Drinks
Company: Healthy Sweet Beverages - Bristol, CT

These products bear an unauthorized OU and are not certified by the Orthodox Union. They may also be dairy. The products are being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers who see this product should please contact

July 20, 2011

Quaker – S’mores Chewy Granola Bars

Brands: Quaker
Products: S’mores Chewy Granola Bars
Company: The Quaker Oats Co. – Chicago, IL

Some individually wrapped S’mores Granola Bars mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU-D. This product is not kosher. The item in question can be found in both cartons of S’mores and Variety Pack cartons. Corrective action is being taken. The other varieties of Granola Bars are correctly labeled OU-D.

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.

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