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

August 9, 2016

OU Kosher Advisory Heinz Mustard

Brands: Heinz
Products: Mustard
Company: Kraft Heinz Company, Pittsburg PA

Missing OU Symbol

Heinz Mustard (12.75 oz.) is inadvertently missing the OU symbol from the product label.  This product continues to be OU Kosher certified.  The OU will be incorporated into the inkjeted code on the cap until new labels can be put into circulation.

August 5, 2016

Kosher Alert Imperial Garden

Brands: Imperial Garden
Products: Frozen Organic Brown Rice, Edamame & Kale
Company: JYC International Inc., Houston TX

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify any Imperial Garden product.  Some frozen Imperial Garden Organic Brown Rice, Edamame & Kale is being sold in a display box that has an unauthorized OU symbol.  The individual bags do not have an OU on them.  This product is sold in some Costco stores (and possibly elsewhere).  Corrective actions are being implemented.

August 1, 2016

Kosher Alert Mother’s Maid Grape Juice

Brands: Mother's Maid
Products: Unsweetened Grape Juice
Company: Burnette Foods, Inc. Elk Rapids MI

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Mother’s Maid Grape Juice.  Some labels were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

July 25, 2016

Kosher Advisory Ritz Crackers

Brands: Nabisco
Products: Family Size Ritz Original Crackers
Company: Mondelez Global LLC, East Hanover NJ

Missing OU D Symbol

The Orthodox Union certifies Family Size Ritz Crackers as an OU D product.  Some of the packaging for the 12-pack Family Size Ritz Original Crackers with the UPC Code 4400004575 was printed without the OU D symbol.   This product is kosher and dairy.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

July 25, 2016

Kosher Alert Philly Swirl Ices

Brands: Philly Swirl
Products: Swirl Cups
Company: Philly's Famous Water Ice, Inc. Tampa FL

Unauthorized OU

Due to an error, a non-certified product appears in some boxes of Philly Swirl Cups. The candy coated spoons are not certified by the Orthodox Union, yet, the box bears an OU symbol.  Notices were placed inside each box to notify consumers that only the ices are certified kosher, and not the spoons.  Other corrective actions are being implemented. The Orthodox Union certifies Philly Swirl ices.

July 25, 2016

Kosher Alert Golpar Dried Mulberries

Brands: Golpar
Products: Dried Mulberries
Company: Golpar, Los Angeles CA

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Golpar dried mulberries (or any Golpar products).  This product bears an unauthorized OU.  Corrective actions are being implemented.  Consumers who see this product in the marketplace should please contact the OU kosher hotline at 212-613-8241 or

July 13, 2016

OU Kosher Advisory Sally Sherman Cole Slaw

Brands: Sally Sherman
Products: Cole Slaw
Company: Sally Sherman Foods, Mount Vernon NY

Kosher Advisory

Sally Sherman Cole Slaw with a date codes  R-054 until R-227 are not certified by the Orthodox Union.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

July 13, 2016

Unauthorized OU Port Royal Baked Vegetarian Beans

Brands: Port Royal Premium
Products: Baked Vegetarian Beans
Company: Port Royal Sales, Woodbury NY

Unauthorized OU

Port Royal Premium Baked Vegetarian Beans are certified by the Orthodox Union.  A limited quantity of non kosher beans were labeled with the Port Royal Premium Baked Vegetarian Beans labels, bearing the OU Symbol.   The mislabeled product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.  The properly labeled Port Royal Baked Vegetarian Beans contain the letters “FDV” as part of the production code that is on the can.

June 16, 2016

Kosher Alert Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness Drink

Brands: Honest Kids
Products: Goodness Grapeness Organic Fruit Drink
Company: Honest Tea, Bethesda MD

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union no longer certifies Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness fruit drink. Drink boxes of this product without the OU are being sold in bulk containers that may show a picture of drink boxes with an OU symbol. This is not an indication of kosher certification.

In addition, any individual drink boxes of Goodness Grapeness having March or April inkjetted date codes, and the letters …PWB, bear an unauthorized OU.  Goodness Grapeness produced in March or April (as per date code) and bearing the OU is acceptable provided that the date code does NOT show the letters …PWB. Product made prior to March and bearing the OU is acceptable with any code.



June 9, 2016

Kosher Alert BJ’s Red Velvet Cake

Brands: Wellsley Farms
Products: Red Velvet Cake
Company: BJ's, Westborough MA

Unauthorized OU D

The Orthodox Union does not certify Wellsley Farms Red Velvet Cake.  Some labels for this product bear an unauthorized OU D Symbol.   Corrective actions are being implemented.

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