Frequently Asked Questions
What defines a product as Natural?
Natural is a broad term that applies to foods that have no artificial ingredients, sweeteners, colors, and flavors, have been minimally processed and there are no artificial preservatives. There are no other artificial additives, or use of growth hormones, antibiotics, hydrogenated oils, stabilizers and emulsifiers.
Source: FMI Backgrounder: Natural and Organic Foods; Canada’s Agriculture, Food and Beverage Industry
What defines a product as Organic?
Organic refers to the food itself and also how it was produced. Any foods that bear the organic label must be certified under the National Organic Program(NOP) that took effect October 21, 2002. The foods must be grown and processed using organic farming methods as defined by the NOP. Organic foods may not be irradiated and the crops must be grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, and genetically modified organisms.
Source: FMI Backgrounder: Natural and Organic Foods; USDA
What are the benefits of soy?
Soy is one of the few plant foods that contain the proper balance of the eight essential amino acids. The key benefits are its excellent protein content, high levels of essential fatty acids, numerous vitamins and minerals, isoflavones and fiber. Soy is the only plant protein that is comparable in quality to milk, meat and eggs.
The health benefits of soy are endless! The FDA concluded that diets containing 25 grams of soy protein and are low in saturated fat can help decrease cholesterol levels. Numerous studies tie soy with helping reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure in men, improve heart function, benefiting the hearts and bones of premenopausal women, and the prevention of some cancers.
Source: World’s Healthiest Foods www.whfoods.com; FDA; Nutritional Outlook June 2005, Soy Protein Ingredients.
Is your facility Certified Organic?
Yes, we are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
Do your products contain GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)?
We source ingredients that are non-GMO.
Are any of your products Vegan?
All of our Non-Dairy (OU) products are Vegan.
Do any of your products contain gluten?
The majority of our products are gluten free. Some products do contain wheat, therefore,
we are not a gluten-free facility.
What is the shelf life of your snacks?
The shelf life of the products we manufacture is 9 months.
Are any of your products Kosher?
Our plant is Certified Kosher under the supervision of the Orthodox Union. Products designated as OU are certified Kosher Parve. Products designated as OU-D are certified Kosher-Dairy. Our products are labeled accordingly.
Do your products comply with SB19? And what is SB19?
Yes, we work within the guidelines of SB19. SB19 is The California Pupil Nutrition, Health and Achievement Act of 2001 that sets nutritional standards for foods that are sold in elementary schools. Any snacks sold outside the federal meal program must have no more than 35% of its calories from fat, have no more than 10% of its calories from saturated fat and be no more than 35% sugar by weight.