I WAS AT WAWA a while back and I needed a coffee. Having just eaten meat, I was looking for an alternative to my usual half-and-half. I saw they had a bottle of non-dairy creamer, and was about to pour myself some, when I noticed an OU-D. Undeterred, I glanced at the label to check if there really was milk in the ingredients. Alas, there it was. It was in the “contains less than 2%” list, but it was there alright. So I was stuck without my coffee, and bought a Red Bull instead.
One day it hit me. I could absolutely have used that OU-D non-dairy creamer in my coffee after eating meat!
Why? It's simple, really. I mentioned that the ingredient panel said that it contained less than 2% milk. As I realized then, that is not good enough to be batel – 1/60 is about 1.6%, so going in on “less than 2%” would be a bit of a gamble. But what I realized was that I obviously wasn’t going be to drinking the creamer straight; I was putting it into my coffee. That means that at the end of the day there was no chance that the milk wouldn’t go under 1.6% of the total volume, which means it would automatically be batel! So it turns out that I could’ve had my coffee after all. Oh well.