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

December 23, 2016

Kosher Alert American Spice Yellow Rice

Brands: American Spice
Products: Yellow Rice with Spices
Company: Amrican Spice Trading Company, Miami FL
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify American Spice Yellow Rice. This product contains a spice blend that is not kosher. Some labels were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

December 19, 2016

Kosher Alert Chef Ooh la la Pizza Mania Mix

Brands: Chef Ooh la la
Products: Pizza Mania Mix
Company: Blend Pak, Bloomfield KY
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Chef Ooh la la Pizza Mania Mix as an OU dairy product. This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements. Some packages were labeled with a plain OU symbol without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

December 14, 2016

Kosher Alert Terrell’s Salt and Vinegar Flavored Chips

Brands: Terrell's
Products: Salt and Vinegar Flavored Potato Chips
Company: Terrell's Potato Chip Co. Inc. Syracuse NY
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Terrell’s Salt and Vinegar Flavored Potato Chips as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients list. A small number of this product was packaged in bags that have a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

December 13, 2016

Kosher Advisory Darion Vincenzi Chardonnay

Brands: Dario Vincenzi
Products: Chardonnay
Company: Nuove Distillerie Vincenzi, Italy
Issue:

Missing Hologram

The Orthodox Union certifies Darion Vincenzi Chardonnay when bearing an OU P symbol and an OU holographic sticker. A small number of Dario Vincenzi wines with the OUP symbol were discovered to be missing the required OU Holograph sticker. These wines are kosher and acceptable with the following inkjet code on the back label: L. 10.03.16

December 8, 2016

Kosher Alert Fairway Tikka Masala

Brands: Fairway
Products: Tikka Masala (spice blend)
Company: Fairway, NY NY
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Fairway Tikka Masala spice blend as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated on the ingredient panel. Some labels were printed with a plain OU, without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

December 5, 2016

Kosher Alert McCormick Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors

Brands: McCormick
Products: Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors 1oz. (UPC 52100070711)
Company: McCormick & Co. Hunt Valley, MD
Issue:

Missing the D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Butter Extract with Other Natural Flavors 1oz. (UPC 52100070711) as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains a dairy ingredient as indicated in the ingredients panel. Some packaging was printed with a plain OU, without the D – Dairy designation. Future packaging is being revised.

November 29, 2016

Kosher Alert GFS Blue Cheese Dressing

Brands: GFS
Products: Blue Cheese Dressing (1 gallon jars)
Company: Gordon Food Service, Wyoming MI
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify GFS Blue Cheese Dressing. Some labels were printed with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.

November 17, 2016

Kosher Advisory Gefen Chulent Beans

Brands: Gefen
Products: Chulent Bean Mix
Company: Gefen Foods, Bayonne NJ
Issue:

Some bags of Gefen brand Chulent Mix with the UPC# 710069035003 and with a Best By dates ranging from 8/18 to 10/18 were found to contain insects. The Orthodox Union and Gefen requested that possibly affected product should be withdrawn from the marketplace and corrective actions are being implemented.

Under proper storage conditions, it is unusual to find infestation in these products sold in the United States. The kashrus procedures at Gefen meet the highest kashrus standards. However, consumers should be aware that legumes and grains could develop infestation when stored in warm conditions. To determine whether legumes or grains are possibly affected, spread them evenly on a white surface and visually inspect them under good light prior to use.

November 17, 2016

OU Kosher Alert – Member’s Mark Strawberry Tea Cakes

Brands: Member's Mark
Products: Strawberry Tea Cakes
Company: Sam's West, Inc.
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Member’s Mark Strawberry Tea Cakes as an OU D – Dairy product.  Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

November 2, 2016

Kosher Advisory Planter’s Almond Lover’s Medley

Brands: Planter's
Products: Planter's Almond Lover's Medley
Company: Kraft Heinz Foods Company
Issue:

Missing OU Symbol

The Orthodox Union certifies Planter’s Almond Lover’s Medley as an OU Pareve product. Some labels for the 2lb 5 oz containers were printed without the OU Symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

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