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The following kashrus alert clarification is from Orthodox Union on March 9, 2004.
Last week the OU sent out an alert regarding Murray Goulburn AMF (Anhydrous Milkfat) and/or Butter from plant# 581. The original message distinguished between products bearing the OUD symbol and those that do not. Additional investigation has determined that at least with regards to the AMF, there appears to have been some fraudulent labels that bear an OUD symbol.

Please note that these fraudulent labels are not being produced by Murray Goulburn. Rather, it appears that along the distribution line at least one broker who is not affiliated with Murray Goulburn has relabeled and/or repackaged AMF using the Murray Goulburn name. The matter is being investigated further.
Please see the attached fraudulent label, Signs of the fraudulent labels may include any or all of the following:
  1. Misspelling of the Goulburn name "Goldbourn" ("Produced by Murray Goldbourn"). There is another spot on the label where the name is spelled properly.
  2. The Kosher symbol appearing as a "U" inside a circle and the "D" inside a square.
  3. Lot code beginning with "ram" together with the name "Maffra" and "Establishment No. 581" appearing on the label.
Action Items:
  1. Please check product appearing in your plants and see if any of these signs of forgery are present and/or if there is no kosher symbol on the package.
  2. If you suspect that your plant has received products bearing a fraudulent label, please provide Rabbi Katzenstein and Rabbi Ossey a Company Name, Contact name and phone number for the broker selling this product as well as the company that purchased it.
  3. Obviously, don't use the product unless it has the customary OUD symbol, bears #581 plant number and does not contain one of signs of forgery mentioned above
  4. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Avram Ossey., Phone:212-613-8314, Fax:212-613-0652, E-Mail: osseya@ou.org

    The following kashrus alert is from Orthodox Union on March 4, 2004.

    Murray Goulburn Cooperative
    Products: Anhydrous Milkfat, Butter, and Confectionary Mix AM95HV0950
    Company: Murray Goulburn Cooperative Victoria, Australia
    Issue: THE ABOVE-MENTIONED INDUSTRIAL ITEMS ARE PRODUCED IN CERTIFIED AND NON-CERTIFIED VERSIONS. The certified products have a “Group 3” status (from specified source with Kosher symbol only) and bear the OU D. Mashgichim should always verify the presence of a Kosher symbol on “Group 3” items as well as the plant # on dairy items. The following are the item names, product #s and plant#s involved:

    CERTIFIED PRODUCTS (When bearing the OU D)
    Product Name Product # Plant #
    AMF Optipak (900kg) 120062 581
    AMF Optipak (950kg) 120064 581
    AMF Drum (210kg) 120019 581
    Confectionary Mix AM95HV0950 120093 581
    Unsalted Butter (25kg) 102009 581

    NON-CERTIFIED PRODUCTS (Not bearing the OU D)
    Product Name Product # Plant #
    AMF Optipack (900kg) 120063 581
    AMF Optipack (950kg) 120065 581
    AMF Drum (210kg) 120020 581
    Unsalted Butter (25kg) 102011/102012 581

    The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0133
The following kashrus alert is from Orthodox Union on March 4, 2004.

Kikkoman, Inc. Tempura Batter Mix (Foodservice Item), Kikkoman, Inc., Walworth, WI is certified as OU-D and correctly marked as OU-D on the outer cases. The dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted on the individual bags. Future packaging will be revised

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0132
The following kashrus alert is from Chicago Rabbinical Council on January 9, 2004.

Horchata Cappuccino distributed by Sara Lee Coffee and Tea bears only a plain cRc. The following products are dairy: Cappucino, Cookies ‘N Cream and Pecan Coffee Cake. Stickers showing cRc will be placed on the boxes until new packaging is printed.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0131
The following kashrus alert is from Orthodox Union on January 8, 2004.

Premium Recipe (Foodservice Items)

  • Olde World Caesar Dressing #15760
  • Sweet Asian Dipping Sauce & Dressing #15773
  • Mediterranean Peppercorn Parmesan Dressing #15770
  • Aged English Blue Cheese Dressing #15767
Company: Pocahontas Foods, USA, Richmond, VA
Issue:Products mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol and are not Kosher. Corrective action is being taken.
The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0130
The following kashrus alert is from the Orthodox Union on January 8, 2004.

Diana Vegetal Red Wine Powder (An Industrial Item, Diana Vegetal, Antrain, France mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not Kosher. Corrective action is being taken.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0129
The following kashrus notice is from Kosher Overseers of America on December 29, 2003.

L'Chol Man Debai:
It was purported that Rabbi Lieberson, formerly of the Vaad in Mexico City, has made an arrangement with Kosher Overseers, Los Angles, California. For the record, Kosher Overseers has no arrangement whatsoever with Rabbi Lieberson and has never been in contact with him.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0128
The following kashrus alert is from the Star-K on December 19, 2003.

Azodicarbonamide, manufactured by Shanghai Feng Ping, a company not under Star-K Kosher Certification, and distributed by Yuen Chang of Alameda, California, bears an unauthorized Star-K. The Star-K investigation has revealed that indeed this product is blended with a non-kosher-certified glycerin.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0127
The following kashrus alert is from the Orthodox Union on December 16, 2003.

Hidden Valley The Original Ranch Salad Dressing Mix (Foodservice item), The Clorox Sales Co., Oakland, CA is certified as OU-D but the dairy designation has been inadvertently omitted. Future packaging will be revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0126
The following kashrus alert is from the Orthodox Union on November 2, 2003.

Piknik Bonjour Cheese Dressing, (Foodservice 1 gallon size), Piknik Products Co., Montgomery, AL
Product mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU symbol and is not Kosher. Corrective action is being taken. Consumers spotting this product are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8169 or email howardk@ou.org.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0125
The following kashrus alert is from the Orthodox Union on November 2, 2003.

Papetti's Cook in the Bag Scramble Mix, (Foodservice item), Papetti's Hygrade Egg Products, Inc., Elizabeth, New Jersey
Product is certified as OU-D but mistakenly bears an OU-P symbol. This product is certified by the Orthodox Union as dairy for year-round use and is not Kosher for Passover. Future packaging will be revised.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/TradeNotices/?alert=T0124
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