It is our policy to exclude all allergens from our products unless they are known constituents of an ingredient and the allergen is declared on the package. We use state of the art testing procedures with sensitivity to the allergen down to five parts per million (5 ppm). Our allergen program involves validating the cleanliness of the processing line, auditing the raw materials and testing the intermediates and finished products.
Co-packers are required to process our products using the same procedures that exclude allergens from entering the system and products that our company plants do. These procedures include all of the above and any combination of the following:
- Using specified ingredients from approved suppliers.
- Use of allergen excluding scheduling.
- Warehousing using methods that prevent cross contamination
We clean our processing plants using a 4-step process, utilizing the highest standards practiced in the industry. This process includes a hot water rinse, a caustic wash, a hot water rinse and finally a sanitizer rinse. To ensure that the all of the caustic wash is removed during the rinse phase, the rinse water is tested.
None of the containers and lids that our products are packaged in contain Bisphenol-A (BPA's). We hold documentation from each of the manufacturers for our containers, bottles, cups and lids stating that they do not use this substance as a raw material. We also analytically test each packaging component randomly to verify that it is BPA free.