Star-K is no longer vouching for the kashrus status of Starbucks. The kashrus company noted the change on their website, writing, “Consumers are advised that effective immediately the Star-K can no longer vouch for the kashrus of items previously listed that do not bear a reliable kosher symbol this includes frappuccinos and all flavored drinks.”
The change effects possibly thousands of Jewish Starbucks drinkers who can no longer use the the coffee shop to get their daily caffeine fix.
One Jewish woman who refuses to compromise on her Kashrus or her coffee is Rivka Halpern, who has started a petition online to get Starbucks to renew their hechsher. The online movement has already gathered nearly 5000 signatures which Rivka is hoping will convince Starbucks to renew their contract with the Star-K.
From the petition:
“Please sign the petition to show that you care that it’s not Kosher anymore and would like their certification to be reinstated. If we broadcast this situation and petition to the media it will help Starbucks take notice. I am planning on reaching out to reporters but I need your help! Do you have a story or reason for how Starbucks affects your life and why you need it? If so, please share!
You can write to THIS email address:
Let’s make this happen!