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

October 22, 2014

Kosher Alert New York Youth Club

Brands: New York Youth Club
Products: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Company: New York Youth Club, Happauge NY

Unauthorized OU

New York Youth Club’s Chocolate Chip Cookies bear an unauthorized OU Pareve mark.  The Orthodox Union does not certify any NYYC cookies.  Corrective measures are being implemented.


October 6, 2014

Kosher Advisory Jolly Rancher

Brands: Jolly Rancher
Products: Jolly Rancher
Company: The Hershey Company

Not all Jolly Rancher products are kosher. Jolly Rancher Bites – soft chewy candy are kosher when bearing an OU after the ingredient panel. Jolly Rancher Bites – filled gummies are not kosher and do not bear the OU. Consumers must always check for the presence of a kosher symbol on a package, especially with brands that include kosher and non-kosher varieties.

October 6, 2014

Kosher Alert Pop Crazy

Brands: Pop Crazy
Products: 3 Piece Seasoning Pack
Company: Focus Products Group International, LLC Lincolnshire, IL

The Orthodox Union certifies various Pop Crazy seasonings.  Some seasonings contain dairy and are certified OU-D, and others do not contain dairy and are certified OU pareve.  Pop Crazy 3 Piece Seasoning Pack contains both dairy and pareve seasonings and were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU Symbol.  The Buffalo Seasoning and Ranch Seasoning are OU-D and contain dairy, as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements.  The Caramel Seasoning is certified as OU pareve.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 22, 2014

Kosher Advisory Wonka SweeTarts Chews

Brands: Wonka
Products: SweeTarts Chews
Company: Nestle USA Inc., Glendale CA

Pareve Status

The Orthodox Union certifies Wonka SweeTarts Chews as a Pareve product.  Some labels were mistakenly printed with an OU D – Dairy mark although this product is Pareve.  Future packaging has been revised.

September 10, 2014

Kosher Alert Marlow Ju Ju Fish

Brands: Marlow
Products: Mini Red Ju Ju Fish
Company: Marlow Candy Englewood, NJ

Unauthorized OU

Marlow Mini Red Ju Ju Fish are not certified by the Orthodox Union.  Some packages were printed with an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 10, 2014

Kosher Alert Green Juice Market

Company: Green Juice Market Miami Beach, FL

Green Juice Market, located at 509 West 41 Street (Arthur Godfrey Road) Miami Beach, Florida, printed menus with an unauthorized OU symbol.  The Orthodox Union does not certify Green Juice Market.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 9, 2014

Kosher Alert Twinings Chai Latte Cups

Brands: Twinings - Keurig
Products: Chai Latte Black Tea
Company: Twinings - Keurig

Missing D – Dairy Designation

Twining Chai Latte Black Tea in K-Cup packs are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product.  This product contains milk as indicated on the cup’s label.  Some labels and outer boxes were printed without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 9, 2014

Kosher Alert Poppy’s Soups

Brands: Poppy's
Products: Instant Chicken Soup in Small Cups
Company: Poppy's Soups - Deerfield IL

Unauthorized OU

Poppy’s Chicken Soup, in small cups made for use in brewing machines, bear an unauthorized OU.  This product does not contain chicken but does contain dairy.  Corrective measures are being implemented.


September 8, 2014

Kosher Advisory Pumpkin Juice Puree

Brands: Giavico
Products: Pumpkin Juice Puree
Company: Giavico International, Vietnam

Due to production technicalities, the Orthodox Union is no longer certifying Giavico Pumpkin Juice Puree, an industrial ingredient.   This does not affect the kosher status of the other Giavico products that bear the OU symbol.

September 3, 2014

Kosher Advisory Smart Balance

Brands: Smart Balance
Products: Smart Balance Buttery Spread Original
Company: Smart Balance

Small, 7.5-ounce tubs of Smart Balance Buttery Spread Original (OU-DAIRY) have replaced the older, small tubs of Smart Balance Buttery Spread with Flaxseed Oil (OU-Pareve.) Please check the symbol on Smart Balance containers to confirm dairy or pareve status. Also, other Smart Balance spreads come in regular versions (DAIRY) and light versions (PAREVE.) These include Smart Balance with Omega-3, and Smart Balance with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Please check the symbols accordingly.

In general, consumers should always check for the presence of a kosher symbol and the Dairy/ Pareve status, especially with similar products within a brand. The status can change or the kosher certification may be removed.