Customers are understandably concerned about the use of natural flavors in processed foods because natural flavors used in conventional, non-organic products often contain synthetic substances, residues of toxic solvents, GMOs, MSG, and artificial preservatives.
However, all certified organic products containing natural flavors must use organic-compliant natural flavors. The USDA BANS synthetic chemicals in natural flavors, no matter how small an amount of the natural flavors are used. The USDA also REQUIRES natural flavors are NOT produced using synthetic solvents and carrier systems or contain any artificial preservatives or GMOs. If a natural flavor in an organic product does not conform to organic certification guidelines, then the food product cannot receive organic certification.
We only use the cleanest, highest quality organic-compliant natural flavors on the market.
What are the organic-compliant natural flavors used in MELT Organic spreads?
Rich & Creamy MELT Organic, Probiotic MELT Organic, and MELT Organic Buttery Sticks contain a non-dairy, organic-compliant butter flavor in a trace amount. This flavor is organic – made with ~98% sunflower oil and 2% proprietary flavor.
Honey MELT Organic contains two organic-compliant natural flavors: the non-dairy butter flavor described above and a honey flavor in trace amount to boost the flavor of the organic wildflower honey in the product. The honey flavor is ~98% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and 2% proprietary organic-compliant flavor. MCTs are derived from coconut oil and are simply a concentration of two of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil, specifically caprylic (C 8:0) and capric (C 10:0) fatty acids. Many are already aware of the health benefits of MCTs, particularly in hospitals using them for enteric nutrition and the body-building community.
Chocolate MELT Organic contains an organic-compliant milk chocolate flavor in trace amount. The milk chocolate flavor is ~75% ethyl alcohol and water and ~25% proprietary organic-compliant flavor.
Please note, because natural flavors are proprietary ingredients, suppliers of flavors will NOT reveal the exact contents of the proprietary flavor. They are organic-compliant, Non-GMO, no chemicals are used, and there are no animal or insect products or derivatives.
ALL natural flavors used in MELT Organic spreads are confirmed NOT to contain: corn, allergens (peanuts, treenuts, seeds, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, seafood, celery, mustard, sulfites), GMOs, MSG, castoreum*, autolyzed yeast extract or autolyzed yeast, diacetyl, beef products and their derivatives, pork products and their derivatives, insect products and their derivatives, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, carrageen, tartaric acid (made from malic acid or grape wine), copper sulfate, ozone gas, EPA List 3 Inerts, calcium chloride, agar-agar, animal enzymes, calcium sulfate, carrageenan, glucono delta-lactone, cellulose, FD&C and other colors.
*NOTE: Castoreum is a flavor extracted from the castor sac scent glands of the a beaver. While the use of castoreum is reprehensible, our flavor suppliers report castoreum is more commonly used in perfumes than in actual food products because it is expensive. Recently, food bloggers have sensationalized the use of castoreum in food products – you need not worry since the use of castoreum is largely a non-issue in the food industry.
Customers are ALWAYS welcome to contact us with additional questions about the organic-compliant natural flavors used in MELT Organic spreads.