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    This is an advisory with respect to Brunswick (registered trademark) and Beach Cliff brand (registered trademark) sardines. We have received a number of consumer contacts noting the presence of “shrimp” in these sardines. We have discussed this with the manufacturer who has informed us that this is actually krill, a small shrimp-like crustacean, which is a common source of feed for sardines. Krill is normally digested prior to processing and should not be found in a finished product, even one which contains the stomach. This year, many factors (e.g., size of fish, warmer water temperatures, methods of fishing, etc.) combined to create a very unusual fishing year and an increase in sardines containing krill in their stomachs. The manufacturer emphatically confirms this issue is not one of quality, species substitution or adulteration of any sort: rather an unexpected and previously unforeseen occurrence, which now requires our attention.

    In response to the issues faced this year and concerns voiced by the OU, the manufacturer is implementing new fish inspection processes to ensure that future productions of Brunswick sardines do not contain whole krill. Also, the OU label will be removed from the Beach Cliff brand so that fish that may contain whole krill can continue to be utilized and sold to consumers without dietary restrictions.

    The manufacturer is offering coupons for replacement product to consumers who purchased Brunswickor Beach Cliff sardines containing krill with the following Best By dates:

    Brunswick Oil Products with Best By codes between June 2015 and November 2015.

    Brunswick Water and Sauce Packs with Best By codes between June 2013 and November 2013.

    Beach Cliff Products with any Best By code starting June 2013 and thereafter that bears an OU code on the label

    To receive your coupons, simply send your name, address and description of product to Brunswick Refund, P.O. Box 23220, San Diego, CA 92193. We would ask that you consider donating any existing product to canned food drives serving families without dietary restrictions.


    This halacha is not so pashut. See YD 83:10, taz 83:14, shach 83:30,31.

    It seems that if it would be chewed up by the sardine, then you could eat the krill, or shrimp, or whatever.


    better give the OU a call and let them know


    You think so? I assume they check this site.


    best not to make assumptions when it comes to Kashrus, i would give them a ring if i were you


    LOL Popa.



    I think the problem was the shrimp were whole.

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