Orthodox Union sues fish importer for kashrut fraud

By JTA
December 26, 2010 12:24

The Orthodox Union is suing a fish importer for false use of its kosher mark.

In a suit filed this month in Manhattan federal court against Western Edge Inc., the OU accused the Pennsylvania-based seafood importer of trademark infringement and deceptive trade practice, the Wall Street Journal reported. The OU alleged that the company falsely declared in a letter that its tilapia had OU kosher certification.

Kosher certification agencies are particularly vigilant about controlling use of their kosher marks in the fish industry, where “species substitution” - selling an inexpensive fish as a higher-priced fish - is a recognized problem. Tilapia is a kosher fish but can become non-kosher during processing.

According to the Journal, in 2007 Western Edge applied for OU certification for its tilapia imported from China, but withdrew the request soon afterward.

A company spokesperson told reporters that the letter claiming OU certification came from its plant in China, and that the company is working to resolve the issue with the OU.


Related Content

Breaking news
May 27, 2018
Kim expressed 'fixed will' on June 12 summit with Trump in meeting

By REUTERS