Comstock Cherry Pie Filling (UPDATED at the End of Article with Photo)

The following is taken from Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrut Enforcement Division Update 028/5772 dated 22 Elul 5772 (September 9, 2012)

An alert mashgiach in Efrat is credited with uncovering this particular issue. The product, barcode 041255015388, has an import label (black Hebrew writing on a white background) stating the product is under the supervision of the OU.

The original label on the can does not say “OU”. After checking with OU officials it was learned the product does not have a hashgacha and the kashrus claim on the Hebrew label is incorrect and “there is a fear that some of the ingredients are not kosher”.

JKN ADDS: As OU officials often point out, one must see the “OU” symbol on the original label of the product and one may not suffice with seeing it on the Hebrew importer label. This has appeared in the form of a kashrus reminder in the OU’s Torah Tidbits publication many times.

Yes, in some cases there are exceptions and if one wishes to verify a product one may contact the OU for verification. In short, the rule is that if one does not see the kosher symbol on the original label, one should assume the product is not supervised by the OU.

The same holds true for products with other hashgachas from N. America as well.


I would generally add this  following to comments but this would not permit me to load the PDF file that explains the comment.

The following was sent by someone who researched this product alert. The individual has no connection whatsoever with the OU or any other hashgacha.

I know the individual, whose comment appears below, and he prefers to remain anonymous at present so I have granted this modest request. That said, the comment is his, not JKN’s.

The importer’s sticker is correct as the product is actually OU certified and the OU marking is inkjetted on the bottom of the can next to the production date. While this is not the usual place to find a kosher symbol, it is sometimes utilized by kashrus agencies to allow companies to use up old labels.

This is precisely what happened here and so the inkjet system was put in place until new OU labels could be printed. This was apparently old stock on the store shelf in Efrat and new labels on fresh product indeed have the OU symbol printed on them.

Had the “alert mashgiach” in Efrat or the Chief Rabbinate Import Division for that matter, bothered to call either the importer or the OU office in New York, or had the mashgiach given adequate time to the OU office in Israel to check the matter thoroughly instead of hanging up on then and running to the Chief Rabbinate crying foul, the mashgiach would have been told to look for the OU on the bottom of the can at the end of the inkjetted production code, and the importer would not have been unfairly maligned.

Unfortunately, kashrus in Israel has reached such a low state of affairs that the “good guys” get taken down instead of the real culprits. I am bothered far more by the Chief Rabbinate “approved” sub-standard hashgachas flooding the marketplace than by their unfair bias against anything and everything OU.

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, let’s get all of the facts first and judge each other favorably. That is no less important than keeping kosher.



  • Amanda Elkohen
    September 10, 2012 - 13:06 | Permalink

    the photo you are using of the pie filling has a hescher. in fact, every picture of every product they produce (that I can find) has a hescher. the cans in my local makolet also have an OU on the lable. I’d be interested to see a photo of the product in question.

  • ruthie
    September 11, 2012 - 08:23 | Permalink

    i wholeheartedly agree with your anonymous commenter. why malign a company/product so easily? make that phone call to the OU & do your homework BEFORE going for the sensationalist headline.

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