Hello, thanks for this great website. I am trying to understand your policy. In the FAQ on KosherStarbucks.com it indicates that you do not think one needs to be concerned about the CRC dish washing concern. But in some of your product listings you have a caveat listed that it is only kosher if no food is served, you are traveling, etc. Isn’t the reason for those caveats the same as the CRC washing concern?
What is the CRC concern
This is from Star K. But they take the same position
“In general Starbucks stores serve hot treif meat and cheese. Therefore, since 2011, Rav Moshe Heinemann Shlit”a, STAR-K Rabbinic Administrator, suggests that one should avoid if at all possible, buying drinks prepared with equipment that may have been washed with treif equipment. There are drinks (see list below) that are prepared without any contact with questionable equipment and are acceptable at any store.
When one is traveling, (traveling means when one is away from home and no other viable kosher certified coffee option is readily available), this creates a situation of sha’as hadchak – i.e., a difficult situation and one need not be concerned with the restrictions on the beverages listed below (based on the Psak of the Noda B’Yehuda quoted in Yad Ephraim, Y.D. 122-6, D’H’ Shelo’ it can be found in Shu”t Noda B’Yehuda Kama 36) . One does not need to be driving on the highway to fit into the category of traveling.”
In Kosherstarbucks.com FAQ they list reasons not to be concerned with this. Yet on several products, the website indicates “only when traveling”
Let us know which products it says it on. We used to list the Star-K on products they recommend and they included this message. But once we removed Star-K from the website those messages should have been removed.
We are not concerned about their cleaning practices.
This is one example
But it’s a lot of the hot drinks
Thank you. I will go through them this week and delete it