Unacceptable Ingredients for Food

Our quality standards for food require no hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners.

There are many definitions out there for “natural food products” and many opinions on what food additives to avoid. Among other criteria, we draw a line when it comes to hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. This guides us every day in choosing what to put on our shelves so you can feel confident about what you put on your plate.

Below is the list of ingredients that we find unacceptable in food. In other words, we won’t sell a food product if it contains any of these. Based on new findings, the list may change, but we can proudly say that compromising our standards is also unacceptable.

A

  • acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium)
  • acetylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
  • ammonium chloride
  • artificial colors
  • artificial flavors
  • aspartame
  • azodicarbonamide

B

  • benzoates in food
  • benzoyl peroxide
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
  • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
  • bleached flour
  • bromated flour
  • brominated vegetable oil (BVO)

C

  • calcium bromate
  • calcium disodium EDTA
  • calcium peroxide
  • calcium propionate
  • calcium saccharin
  • calcium sorbate
  • calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
  • caprocaprylobehenin
  • carmine
  • certified colors
  • cyclamates
  • cysteine (l-cysteine), as an additive for bread products

D

  • DATEM (Diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters of mono and diglycerides)
  • dimethylpolysiloxane
  • dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
  • disodium calcium EDTA
  • disodium dihydrogen EDTA
  • disodium guanylate
  • disodium inosinate

E

  • EDTA
  • ethyl vanillin
  • ethylene oxide
  • ethoxyquin

F

  • FD & C colors
  • foie gras

G

  • GMP (disodium guanylate)

H

  • hexa-, hepta- and octa-esters of sucrose
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • hydrogenated fats

I

  • IMP (disodium inosinate)

L

  • lactylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
  • lead soldered cans

M

  • methyl silicon
  • methylparaben
  • microparticularized whey protein derived fat substitute
  • monosodium glutamate (MSG)

N

  • natamycin
  • nitrates/nitrites

P

  • partially hydrogenated oil
  • polydextrose
  • potassium benzoate
  • potassium bromate
  • potassium sorbate
  • propionates
  • propyl gallate
  • propylparaben

S

  • saccharin
  • sodium aluminum sulfate
  • sodium benzoate
  • sodium diacetate
  • sodium glutamate
  • sodium nitrate/nitrite
  • sodium propionate
  • sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
  • solvent extracted oils, as standalone single-ingredient oils (except grapeseed oil).
  • sorbic acid
  • sucralose
  • sucroglycerides
  • sucrose polyester
  • sulfites (except in wines, meads and ciders)

T

  • TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)
  • tetrasodium EDTA

V

  • vanillin

Note to product suppliers: This list is intended for our shoppers; it’s not for use in formulating products, and creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that we will sell it.