Consumer Alerts & Advisories

The Following OU Kosher Advisories and Alerts were released by the Orthodox Union's Kosher Division on the date indicated.

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Consumer Alerts

September 11, 2015

Kosher Alert EAT Chia! Chia Bites

Brands: EAT Chia
Products: Chocolate Chunk Chia Bites
Company: Drink Chia LLC
Issue:

Mislabeled Product

Product contains chocolate manufactured on Dairy equipment and erroneously bears an OU symbol, not the proper OU D (dairy) designation. However, the product does not contain dairy ingredients.

Some Kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of clean-up is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee. DE products may be eaten after meat, but may not be eaten together with or cooked with meat products. Future packaging will be revised.

September 9, 2015

Kosher Alert Jelly Belly Chocolate Dutch Mints

Brands: Jelly Belly
Products: Chocolate Dutch Mints
Company: Jelly Belly Candy Company, Fairfeild CA
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Symbol

The Orthodox Union certifies Jelly Belly Chocolate Dutch Mints as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient statement. Some packaging was printed with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation. It is primarily sold in the UK. Corrective measures have been implemented.

September 1, 2015

Kosher Alert Nathan’s Hot Fries Potato Snacks

Brands: Nathan's
Products: Hot Fries Potato Snacks
Company: Inventure, Phoenix, AZ
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Symbol

The Orthodox Union certifies Nathan’s Hot Fries potato snacks as an OU D Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients, as indicated in the allergen and ingredient statements. Some product was mistakenly labeled with a plain OU symbol, without the D Dairy designation. Corrective action has been implemented.

September 1, 2015

Kosher Alert Restaurant’s Pride Potato Granules

Brands: Restaurant's Pride Frosty Acres
Products: Potato Granules Complete Mix
Company: F. A. B. Inc., Alpharetta GA
Issue:

Mislabeled Product

The Orthodox Union certifies Restaurant’s Pride Potato Granules as an OU D product. Some boxes have an OU D symbol together with the word “pareve” under the OU D. This foodservice product contains dairy ingredients and it is not pareve. Corrective action has been implemented.

August 13, 2015

Kosher Alert La Fe Seasoned Rice

Brands: La Fe
Products: All varieties of seasoned rice
Company: La Fe Food Company, Moonachie, NJ
Issue:

Varieties of seasoned rice, including Yellow Rice, Seasoned Rice & Black Beans, Mexican Style Seasoned Rice and Seasoned Rice & Red Beans, bear an unauthorized OU and are not kosher. Corrective action has been implemented. If consumers see this product on the market they are asked, if possible, to take a picture of it and report the location to kosherq@ou.org.

August 11, 2015

Kosher Alert Toosum Oatmeal Bars

Brands: Toosum
Products: Blueberry & Greek Yogurt Oatmeal Bars
Company: Toosum Healthy Foods, Seatle WA
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Toosum Blueberry & Greek Yogurt Oatmeal Bars as an OU D – Dairy product. This product contains dairy ingredients as indicated on the ingredient and allergen statements. Some packaging was labeled with a plain OU mark, without the D – Dairy designation. Corrective actions have been implemented.

August 10, 2015

Kosher Alert Solutions4 Chocolate Shake and Healthy Greens

Brands: Solutions4
Products: Nutritional Shake - Chocolate; Healthy Greens
Company: Beneficial International, Salt lake City, UT
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Solutions4 Nutritional products. Some of their chocolate shakes and Healthy Green products were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

August 4, 2015

Kosher Alert Staro Ruskaya RSB Salmon Caviar

Brands: Staro Ruskaya (Old Russian) RSB
Products: Salmon Caviar
Company: Royal Seafood Baza Inc., Staten Island NY
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Staro Ruskaya Salmon Caviar. Staro Ruskaya is a brand of Net Cost stores. Some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective action has been implemented.

July 29, 2015

Kosher Alert Kroger Store Baked Pies

Brands: Private Selection
Products: Store Baked Pies
Company: Kroger, Cincinnati OH
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Kroger Private Selection store-baked pies. Some pie boxes were printed with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions have been implemented. Please note that some Kroger store bakeries are certified by local kosher agencies that certify the kosher status of those pies.

July 20, 2015

Kosher Alert William-Sonoma Seasonings

Brands: Williams-Sonoma
Products: Black Truffle Rub; Parmesan Herb Corn Seasoning; Green Bean Casserole Kit; Truffled Mac & Cheese Mix with Sauce Mix; Taco Mac & Cheese Mix with Sauce Mix; Sriracha Mac & Cheese Mix with Sauce Mix; Garlic Pizza Crust Seasoning; Parmesan & Chile Flake Pizza Crust Seasoning; Parmesan Herb Rub; Truffle Rub; Classic Tuna Casserole Seasoning; Thanksgiving Root Veg Gratin Seasoning
Company: Williams-Sonoma San Fransisco, CA
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies the above listed Williams-Sonoma seasonings as OU D – Dairy products. These products contain dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements. Some labels were printed with a plain OU, without the D – Dairy symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.

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