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

November 25, 2015

Kashrus Alert Soy Lecithin Granules

Brands: Tov Teva; Sternlife
Products: Soy Lecithin Granules
Company: Tov Teva Ramat Gan (importers); Sternlife Germany (supplier)
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Sternlife or Tov Teva Soy Lecithin Granules.   Soy Lecithin Granules from Sternlife were imported into Israel by Tov Teva.  Tov Teva placed a Hebrew label with an unauthorized OU symbol on this product.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

November 24, 2015

Kashrus Advisory Sabatino Tartufi

Brands: Sabatino Tartufi
Products: Whole Black Summer Truffles and Truffles & Salt
Company: Sabatino North America, West Haven CT
Issue:

The Orthodox Union certifies some but not all Sabatino Tartufi products.   Sabatino Tartufi Whole Black Summer Truffle is not certified and does not bear the OU symbol.  The Truffle & Salt is certified and bears the OU symbol.   These products are being sold together in a single package.  Only the product labeled with the OU symbol is certified by the Orthodox Union.

November 24, 2015

Kosher Alert BJ’s Cranberry Mix

Brands: Wellsley Farms
Products: Cranberry Mix
Company: BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Westborough MA
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Wellsley Farms Cranberry Mix as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements.   Some labels were printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

November 23, 2015

OU Kosher Advisory

Brands: Beth Israel Hospital Certification Change
Products:
Company: Beth Israel Hospital Certification Change
Issue:

Effective on or about December 1, 2015, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, located at First Avenue and 16th Street, New York, NY, will offer Kosher patient meals prepared under hashgacha temidis of the OU, that will be available upon request from a separate menu for patients.  Additionally, the Café will have extended hours seven days per week, and sealed kosher food will be available from a dedicated area.  A kosher vending machine will also be available.  The Café will no longer be OU certified. Both kosher and non-kosher foods will be available to the patients and visitors of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

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November 23, 2015

Kosher Alert Restaurant Depot Brussels Sprouts

Brands: Restaurant Depot Brussels Sprouts
Products: Brussels Sprouts
Company: RD Enterprises, College Point NY
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify any Brussels Sprouts.   Restaurant Depot sold 5 pound bags of Brussels Sprouts with an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

November 16, 2015

Kosher Alert Liquid Coffee Creamer

Brands: Liquid Coffee Creamer
Products: Cinnamon Roll, Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamers
Company: TC Heartland LLC, Carmel IN
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Cinnamon Roll, Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamers as OU D – Dairy products.  Some containers were labeled with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation.  Those products contains a milk ingredient as indicated in the allergens and ingredients statements.  Corrective action has been implemented.

November 9, 2015

Kosher Alert Reed’s Cabernet Grape Kombucha

Brands: Reed's Culture Club
Products: Cabernet Grape Kombucha
Company: Reed's Los Angeles CA
Issue:

A production of Reed’s Cabernet Grape Kombucha was made using a non-kosher ingredient.  Although affected product was withdrawn, a small amount may have reached the market place. The affected product bears the “Best By Date” of Jan. 9, 2016. All other product is OU certified WHEN BEARING THE OU SYMBOL.

 

November 3, 2015

Kosher Alert Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino

Brands: Bolthouse Farms
Products: Mocha Cappuccino
Company: Bolthouse Farms. Bakersfield CA
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino as an OU D – Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredients statement.  Some labels were printed with an OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation.   Corrective actions have been implemented.

October 29, 2015

Kosher Alert TMRG Voice Specialists

Brands: TMRG
Products: All Products
Company: Dr. Remez - TMRG Voice Specialists, Ramat Gan Israel
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify TMRG Voice Specialists products.  Some brochures were printed with an unauthorized OU mark.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

October 27, 2015

Kosher Alert Hannaford Frozen Pizza

Brands: Hannaford
Products: Frozen Pizza: All Varieties, including Thin Cheese; Supreme Cheese; Combo Thin Cheese; Pepperoni Cheese; 3 Meat Cheese; Cheeseburger; Microwave XTRA Cheese; Microwave Extra Pepperoni
Company: Hannaford Supermarkets Scarborough ME
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify any Food Lion frozen pizza products.  In a recent redesign of the packaging, the OU mark was erroneously included on some of the packaging.  Corrective action has been implemented.

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