SPECIFICATION

CABOT HABANERO PEPPER CHEDDAR CHEESE

DESCRIPTION:

Cabot Habanero Pepper Cheddar Cheese conforms with the current definition and standards of identity for cheddar cheese under Federal Food and Drug Regulations CFR 21 ¤133.113 and all its amendments except that habaneros, jalapenos, and taco seasoning have been added.

INGREDIENTS:

Pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, jalapeno peppers, salt, taco seasoning (salt, chili pepper, spices, garlic, onion, citric acid, paprika, natural flavors), habaneros, enzymes.

ALLERGENS:

Milk

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • 1. Color: light yellow & orange marbled appearance with visible red, green, and orange pepper pieces.
  • 2. Texture: smooth & firm, with pepper pieces throughout.
  • 3. Flavor: characteristic cheddar flavor with a strong hot pepper flavor.
  • 4. Age: Less than 6 months or to meet flavor profile.

CHEMICAL:

  • 1. Moisture – 36.0-39.0%
  • 2. Butterfat – ≥50.0% FDB
  • 3. pH – 5.0 – 5.35
  • 4. Salt – 1.5-1.9%

MICROBIOLOGICAL:

  • 1. Coliform – <10/gram
  • 2. Yeast & Mold – <100/gram
  • No pathogenic bacteria

SHIPPING AND STORAGE:

Product shall be shipped and stored at 35-45°F.

SHELF LIFE:

270 days from date packaged.