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

July 30, 2014

Kosher Alert Marshmallow Mateys

Brands: Malt O Meal
Products: Marshmallow Mateys Cereal
Company: MOM Brands, Lakeville MN

The Orthodox Union does not certify Malt O Meal Marshmallow Mateys cereal and the OU symbol does not appear on this product.  Some promotional signs placed next to this product mistakenly have an OU symbol.  The signs are being replaced.

July 30, 2014

Kosher Alert Skinny Dip Noodles

Brands: Skinny Dip
Products: Shirataki Noodles - Angel Hair, Fettuccini, Rice Pearl
Company: Skinny Dip Noodles, Las Vegas, NV

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify any Skinny Dip Shirataki Noodles products.  Some of their products bear an unauthorized OU.  Corrective measures are being implemented.

July 15, 2014

Kosher Advisory Chocolate Inn

Brands: Chocolate Inn
Products: Chocolates
Company: Chocolate Inn, Freeport NY

The Orthodox Union certified a variety of Chocolate Inn products.  Due to changes in procedures, the Orthodox Union is now certifying only the  plain chocolates (various shapes).   The Orthodox Union no longer certifies Chocolate Inn’s other products (such as nuts,  chocolate covered nuts, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered cookies, chocolate gift boxes, mints and gift packs).

July 14, 2014

Kashrus Advisory Paskez Cereal


Paskez Golden Harvest Honey Oat Crunch Cereal has a printed statement on the side panel to make the bracha HaAdama on the flakes and HaEtz on the Almonds.  The Orthodox Union’s position is that only the Bracha Mezonos should be recited on the entire mixture.

June 3, 2014

Kosher Alert Wegmans Cappiello Mozzarella Cheese

Brands: Cappiello
Products: Mozzarella Cheese - variable weight packs
Company: Wegmans, Rochester NY

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union certifies Cappiello Mozzarella Cheese when packed at the factory.  Some Wegmans stores obtained 5 pound blocks of OU-D  certified cheese, cut it up into weight variable sizes, wrapped them and labeled them with Cappiello labels that bear an OU D symbol.    The Orthodox Union did not certify the re-packing process, and the OU on those labels are unauthorized.   Corrective measures have been implemented.

This alert does not pertain to the Cappiello twisted mozzarella which are wrapped and labeled under the Orthodox Union’s supervision.

May 27, 2014

Kosher Alert Kellogg’s Pretzels

Brands: Kellogg's Special K
Products: White Fudge Dipped Pretzels
Company: Kellogg's Snacks, Battle Creek MI

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Kellogg’s Special K White Fudge Dipped Pretzels as an OU D – Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated on the ingredient and allergen statements.   Some packaging mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D -Dairy designation.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

May 8, 2014

Kosher Alert Mediteranee Salads

Brands: Mediteranee; Prestige
Products: All Salads, Tahini, Chumus varieties under the Mediteranee or Prestige brands
Company: Mediteranee Food, Netherlands

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Mediteranee Food in The Netherlands.  Some of their salads bear an unauthorized OU mark.  These products were sold in Slovakia.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

May 7, 2014

Kosher Alert Sunflower Grove

Brands: Sunflower Grove
Products: Ranch Flavored Sunflower Seeds
Company: Aldi Inc., Batavia IL

Missing D – Dairy Designation

Sunflower Grove Ranch Flavored Sunflower Seeds are certified by the Orthodox Union as an OU D – Dairy product.  This product contains dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredients and allergens statements.  Some packaging was printed without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions have been implemented.

May 7, 2014

Kosher Advisory Oronoque Orchards

Brands: Oronoque Orchards
Products: 9" Deep Dish Pie Shell UPC: 70427 13709
Company: Mrs. Smith’s Bakeries

The OU symbol was inadvertently left off the most recent printing of packaging. The product and UPC listed above is kosher pareve and certified by the OU, even without the OU symbol.  Future packaging will bear the OU symbol.

April 10, 2014

Kosher Alert CVS Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Brands: Gold Emblem
Products: White Fudge Covered Pretzels Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Company: CVS Inc. Woonsocket RI

Missing D-Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Gold Emblem White Fudge Covered Pretzels and Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels as OU D-Dairy products.  These products contain milk, as indicated in the allergens and ingredients statements.  Some packaging was mistakenly printed with a plain OU symbol without the D-Dairy designation.  Corrective measures have been implemented.