Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Amy's Kitchen products - Removed

We've removed all Amy's products from our corn-free list. They needed to be re-evaluated anyway, but this posting on our Facebook page in response to an inquiry about corn in their products pushed my hand to remove all their products.

"If Amy's Kitchen adds corn to a product or buys an ingredient that lists corn as a component, it will be shown on our ingredient statement. We are aware that very small amounts of corn based ingredients are sometimes used in the manufacture of ingredients. In many of these instances, the FDA does not require that the corn component be labeled therefore we are not made aware of the corn use from our suppliers. If some corn ingredient was used somewhere in the processing of an ingredient and it was not labeled, it is because the use level is very low (considered incidental) and could have been removed during the manufacture of the ingredient. In these instances, we do not believe there is a dangerous level of protein or DNA from the corn as used in our product"

In other words, an ingredient can be processed using corn and Amy's will still label it "corn-free" because they can (legally it is allowed, even if it may not be safe for corn allergies). Amy's corn-free claims are not be trusted at this point, so use extreme caution with any of their products.

(Products may be allowed back onto the list, but only if they pass human-testing first.)


amy's said...

Hi from Amy's. We're sorry if there has been some confusion, but we have removed Corn Free from our website due to the concerns mentioned. We made this change about a year and half ago.

Violets said...

Amy's...thank you for being upfront about the allergen status of your products. Corn tends to be a really convoluted allergen, and I think most of us appreciate a company saying that something is unsafe or giving the full risk status to let us make our own decisions rather than stating it's safe and ending up suffering.