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

April 13, 2016

Kosher Alert El Olivar

Brands: El Olivar
Products: Balsamic Vinegar and Flavored Oils
Company: Productos Encurtidos S.A Peru
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify any El Olivar products.   Some of their products are labeled with an unauthorized OU.  These products are only sold in Peru.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

April 13, 2016

Kosher Alert Vkus Lieta (Taste of Summer) Dill Pickles

Brands: Vkus Lieta
Products: Dill Pickles (in a glass jar)
Company: Inlico, Sussen Germany
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Inlico Vkus Lieta Dill Pickles.  This product is labeled in Russian, and bears an unauthorized OU symbol.  It is distributed in Germany and possibly other parts of Europe.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

April 13, 2016

Kosher Alert Biolife Brinza Cheese

Brands: Biolife
Products: Amish Brinza Cheese
Company: Nationwide Dairy Inc., Brooklyn NY
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Biolife Amish Brinza Cheese.   Some cheese was labeled with an unauthorized OU D symbol.  The mislabeled product is being withdrawn from the marketplace.  If you see this product in the marketplace with an OU symbol, please contact kosherq@ou.org.

April 8, 2016

Kosher Alert ProBar Bolt Strawberry Energy Chews

Brands: Bolt
Products: Organic Energy Chews - Strawberry
Company: ProBar LLC, Salt Lake City UT
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify strawberry flavored Bolt Organic Energy Chews.  This product bears an unauthorized OU Symbol.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

April 1, 2016

Kosher Advisory – Honest Kids

Brands: Honest Kids
Products: • Berry Berry Good Lemonade • Goodness Grapeness • Appley Ever After • Super Fruit Punch • Tropical Tango Punch/ Twisted Tropical Tango
Company: Honest Tea
Issue:

Effective April 1st, 2016 – the Honest Kids brand beverages listed above will contain non-certified grape juice. Products bearing the OU symbol were produced prior to the change and are certified. All other Honest beverages bearing the OU symbol are kosher certified.

March 31, 2016

Kosher Advisory Rita’s on Surf Avenue

Brands: Rita's on Surf Avenue
Products:
Company:
Issue:

Effective March 31st, 2016- The Orthodox Union will no longer be certifying Rita’s Coney Island, located on Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.

March 23, 2016

Kosher Alert Mini-Bicerin Liqueurs

Brands: Vicenzi
Products: Bicerin Originale Di Giandujotto Liqueur and Bicerin Original White Liqueur
Company: Nuove Distillerie Vincenzi SRL, Italy
Issue:

The Orthodox Union certifies Bicerin Originale Di Giandujotto Liqueur and Bicerin Original White Liqueur only when bearing the OU symbol.   Miniatures bottles of these products are currently being sold in stores without the OU Symbol.   The Orthodox Union does not certify those miniature bottles and consumers should not assume those miniature bottles are kosher certified products.

March 23, 2016

Kosher Alert Driftwood 99% Fat Free Vanilla Flavored Lowfat Yogurt

Brands: Driftwood
Products: 99% Fat Free Vanilla Flavored Lowfat Yogurt
Company: Driftwood Dairy, El Monte CA
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not currently certify Driftwood 99% Fat Free Vanilla Flavored Lowfat Yogurt.  This product contains gelatin.  The containers are labeled with a ‘K’ on the cup, however, some lids bear an unauthorized OU.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

The company is working to reformulate this product, and the Orthodox Union anticipates certifying this product.  The certified product will bear an OU D on both the cup and the lid.

March 10, 2016

Kosher Alert La Monegasque Spicy Anchovies

Brands: La Monegasque
Products: Filets D'anchois Roules a la Sauce Piquante (Rolled Anchovies Fillets in Hot Sauce)
Company: Unimer Mehdia, Kenitra Morroco
Issue:

 

The Orthodox Union certifies certain ‘La Monegasque’ brand anchovy products.  A new product, Rolled Anchovies in Hot Sauce, which was initially produced with an unauthorized OU symbol, will now be certified when bearing the OU Symbol and the words ‘special production’ above the bar code.  The cans without the words ‘special production’ were made without OU supervision.

March 3, 2016

Kosher Alert Pampa Fruity Wheels

Brands: Pampa
Products: Fruity Wheels Cereal
Company: Transnational Foods LLC, Miami FL
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Pampa Fruity Wheels cereal.   This product bears an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

 

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