June 23, 2014

Bringing Home the Bacon Spells Trouble for Kraft’s Philadelphia Cream Cheese

BROOKLYN, NY — The use of real bacon (as opposed to the fake bacon which has gained some traction in the world of kosher), has created a problem for Kraft when it decided to come out with “Philadelphia Bacon Cream Cheese Spread.” According to the OK Kosher Certification, this product includes actual bacon and its production in the plant has affected many other Philadelphia products, including  Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread, Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread, Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread, Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread, Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread, Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread, 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread, 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread, Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread, and Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread. 

All of these Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads previously carried the OK-D symbol and henceforth will not. Kosher food industry sources were hard pressed to find a precedent when a company would jeopardize kosher certification on a line of products in favor of a product that was not kosher. They pointed out that once a clearly treife ingredient like Bacon is used, it wreaks havoc on the entire production line, which is what caused the OK to pull its certification of so many of Kraft’s Philadelphia products. The OK is urging customers to buy only cream cheese spreads that bear the OK-D symbol.