Monday, October 18, 2010

Ghirardelli not corn-free chocolate

Ghirardelli Premium Chocolate Assortment Holiday Candy Gift Bag Assortment, 55 SquaresA recent Ghirardelli response posted on Delphi Forums clearly states that their chocolate contains vanilla processed with corn derivatives.

"Our vanilla is extracted from the bean with a corn alcohol."

This is a normal process of nearly all commercially or store-bought vanilla flavoring, and is why we encourage all corn allergic persons to make their own vanilla at home using vanilla beans and safe vodka.

Ghirardelli also mentions that their cocoa which should be corn-free per its ingredients, is processed on the same lines as corn-laden cocoa and thus may be unsafe.

As with everything, your mileage may vary, but Ghirardelli won't make our safelist.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop

It's not often that we find new cleaners or cleaning products that are helpful for those of us avoiding corn, but the new Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop sounds like a great idea.

The mop uses reusable, re-washable, microfiber pads. So you can wash them in corn-free detergents to make sure they're completely allergy safe for your home.

It also has a 20 ounce refillable spray bottle attached which you can fill with your own corn-free safe floor cleaning solution. The mop comes with a pamplet of recipes, which I'm told many of them are corn-free or can be made corn-free. 

As such, this new product by Rubbermaid will help us all make cleaning much more cost effective and simple.

Rubbermaid Floor Cleaning Recipes: Click Here

(Apple Cider vinegar can be substituted for plain vinegar, but do use caution. Make sure the AVC is filtered, either by the company you purchase it from, or do it yourself so it doesn't clog the sprayer, and test it on your floors. AVC is not clear, and may cause discoloration on some floor types. Vodka may be a suitable alternative for germ killing.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

StoneyField Farms products contain corn

Stonyfield Farm Yogurt CookbookStonyfield Farms has recently began promoting that their packaging is now made from corn-based plastics.

While their products have been deemed unsafe for corn allergies for quite a while now, this new packaging move has further placed them on the "Do Not Eat" list.

Corn plastics have had a history of causing reactions among those allergic to corn. Contact reactions as well as reactions to eating food out of corn plastic containers.

Do use caution.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hansen's Soda: Citric Acid derived from Corn

Hansen's Soda Cherry Vanilla Creme, 12-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)Just in case anyone needed verification on this, a Hansen's company response posted on Delphi Forums states clearly:

"The citric acid is derived from corn hydrolysate as all citric acid is."

This would include all citric acid in any Hansen product.

Please take this as a reminder to avoid any products which list citric acid as an ingredient where the source of that citric acid has not been verified to be from something other than corn.