Kashrut

An Unsavory Schmear

Kraft adds bacon; several spreads lose certification.

06/17/2014
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Kraft is rushing in where Ritz feared to tread.

Unlike Bacon Flavored Ritz Crackers (which boast the highly reputable O.U. symbol on every box), Kraft is producing a new cream cheese that's got bacon in it. Not artificial flavoring. Not Bac-Os. Real bacon.

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese
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