Unacceptable Ingredients for Food

The following list contains ingredients that Whole Foods Market finds unacceptable in food products.

We reserve the right to change this list at any time. Please note that creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that Whole Foods Market will sell it. This list is intended for illustrative purposes only. If you are interested in selling your product to Whole Foods Market, please contact a WFM buyer.

  • acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium)

  • acetylated esters of mono- and diglycerides

  • ammonium chloride

  • artificial colors

  • artificial flavors

  • aspartame

  • azodicarbonamide

  • benzoates in food

  • benzoyl peroxide

  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)

  • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

  • bleached flour

  • bromated flour

  • brominated vegetable oil (BVO)

  • 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

  • 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

  • EDTA

  • ethyl vanillin

  • ethylene oxide

  • ethoxyquin

  • FD & C colors

  • foie gras

  • GMP (disodium guanylate)

  • hexa-, hepta- and octa-esters of sucrose

  • high fructose corn syrup

  • hydrogenated fats

  • IMP (disodium inosinate)

  • irradiated foods

  • lactylated esters of mono- and diglycerides

  • lead soldered cans

  • methyl silicon

  • methylparaben

  • microparticularized whey protein derived fat substitute

  • monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • natamycin

  • nitrates/nitrites

  • partially hydrogenated oil

  • polydextrose

  • potassium benzoate

  • potassium bromate

  • potassium sorbate

  • propionates

  • propyl gallate

  • propylparaben

  • 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)

  • TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)

  • tetrasodium EDTA

  • vanillin

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