We have outlined below the top 11 common food allergens and gluten but have also added additional allergens that have been declared by our ingredient suppliers.
In Canada, Nonuttin products without pure oats will show the GFCO certification label.
The Canadian Celiac Association and Health Canada recognize pure oats as a healthful addition to most gluten free diets although they may not be labeled gluten free under current law. This law is currently under review by Health Canada which includes a proposal to allow pure oats to be labeled as gluten free.
Until that change, Canadian Nonuttin granola bars and granolas that contain pure oats are labeled as wheat, barley and rye free.
5 products do have a may contain sesame on their label due to sesame monitoring we are doing on 3 ingredients used in these 5 products: Raw Sunflower Seeds, Fruit Explosion Trail Mix, Berry Delight Trail Mix, Blueberry Maple Granola, and Cranberry Apple Granola.
No ingredients containing shellfish (including crustaceans) are used in the Nonuttin' facility.
Soy lecithin is present on the granola line in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and 70% dark chocolate chunks as a fat emulsifier.
Soybeans are packaged on the trail mix/ingredient line along with the 70% dark chocolate chunks pouches and semi-sweet mini chocolate chip pouches which contain soy lecithin.
Soy cross contamination is a possibility with all products at Nonuttin' Foods Inc. Because of this, you will see soy allergen declarations on all of our products.
No ingredients containing sulfite preservatives are used in the Nonuttin' facility.
Tree nuts - (i.e. almonds, cashews, pecans).
No ingredients containing tree nuts are used in the Nonuttin' facility. All Nonuttin' staff members sign contracts to ensure they do not eat tree nut products before work or bring them into any area of the Nonuttin' facility, including the lunchroom.
No ingredients containing wheat are used in the Nonuttin' facility.
Please note that if you have a food allergy that is not a top 11 food allergen, it may not be declared by our ingredient suppliers. Since these items are not Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) identified top 11 food allergens, not all suppliers may be able to verify their own supply chain for these additional allergens and therefore these must be considered voluntary declarations that may not be complete.
The natural flavoring we use in the granolas is made for us by a manufacturer who uses celery seed on the same line. The manufacturer's written declaration is that celery is not present in the natural flavoring.
Corn is present on the granola bar and chocolate/trail mix production lines in the dark chocolate chunks in the form of anhydrous dextrose, a corn-based sugar.
The flavoring used in the chocolate chips and chunks as well as the granolas has an ethyl alcohol base that is corn derived. The manufacturer of the ethyl alcohol states that no corn protein should remain after the alcohol distillation process.
Please note that all agricultural crops in North America, can be cross contaminated with corn due to farming practices.
Canada does not list coconut as a tree nut but the USA does. In any case, we treat coconut as a tree nut declaration with all of our suppliers. No ingredients containing coconut are used in the Nonuttin facility.
All Nonuttin' granolas have flavors added to them that are indicated on the ingredient list as "natural flavor". Please note that we do not add any additional flavors that are not already indicated in the name of the product. The kinds of flavors used are as follows:
Vanilla Cinnamon Granola: Vanilla
Vanilla Caramel Granola: Vanilla
Blueberry Maple Granola: Maple
Cranberry Apple Granola: Apple
Additionally, we closely adhere to all food allergen labeling regulations and would declare any of the top 11 allergens on the allergen warning if the flavors were to contain a top food allergen.
No latex gloves are used on any Nonuttin' production line. We use only medical grade, powder-free nitrile gloves.
Sunflower seeds are present in the Nonuttin facility on the trail mix line.
Sunflower oil (less than 1%) is on the dried cranberries and blueberries on the granola packaging line and the trail mix line.
The manufacturer of the diced dried apple that is present on the Nonuttin' granola bar line and the trail mix line has declared that sunflower oil is used on other products on its line but that the apples we use have no trace amounts of sunflower oil present.
The Nonuttin' facility is organized into three separate lines: the granola line (bars and the granola bases), the granola packaging line and the ingredients/trail mix line. These three lines are not separated by a wall.
Manufacturing schedules are set up to minimize cross contamination but it may not be completely avoided.
The Granola Line
This line produces and packages all granola bars (raisin, apple cinnamon, chocolate chip and double chocolate chunk). This line also creates the base recipe for our granolas (vanilla cinnamon, vanilla caramel, blueberry maple and cranberry apple granola).
After the base granola is created, all granolas are moved to another line for packaging and for the addition of the blueberries and cranberries (blueberry maple and cranberry apple granolas only). See The Granola Packaging Line below.
There may be cross contamination between the different granola bar and base granola varieties.
Ingredients used on this line include: pure oats, crisp rice, brown rice syrup, organic evaporated cane juice, 100% pure expeller pressed canola oil, semi-sweet chocolate chips, 70% dark chocolate chunks, diced dried apples, cinnamon, organic cocoa, raisins, maple sugar chunks and natural flavorings (vanilla, maple, apple).
The Granola Packaging Line
Once the base granola is created for all 4 varieties (vanilla cinnamon, vanilla caramel, blueberry maple and cranberry apple), it is transferred to the separate granola cooling and packaging area. This is also the area where the blueberries and cranberries are stored and added to their respective granola bases.
Ingredients added on this line: dried blueberries and dried cranberries.
The Chocolate/Baking Ingredients/Trail Mix Line
This line produces and/or packages all trail mixes and baking ingredients including chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and raw sunflower seeds. This area has a separate access point and staff protective clothing dedicated to this line to minimize cross contamination with other lines.
Cross contamination between all products on this line is possible.
The ingredients used on this line are: Semi-sweet chocolate chips, 70% dark chocolate chunks, cherry fruit chips, diced dried apples, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, raisins, 100% pure expeller pressed canola oil, sea salt, raw sunflower seeds, and dry roasted soybeans.
This declaration is accurate at September 29, 2011 but may change without further notice. Please read ingredient labels every time.