Natural Flavoring CFR

According to the CFR, natural flavorings may be made from a variety of sources, including wheat, barley, and rye.

  • For FDA-regulated foods, if a natural flavoring contains protein derived from wheat, the word wheat must be stated on the food label.
  • For FDA-regulated foods, natural flavoring could be derived from barley, but if so, it will most likely be listed as malt flavoring on the food label.
  • For FDA-regulated foods, natural flavoring could be derived from rye. Products with rye flavoring are likely to be bread products that you wouldn't eat anyway.
  • For USDA-regulated foods, if a natural flavor contains wheat, barley, or rye proteins, these ingredients will be stated on the food label by their common or usual names.
  • Bottom line: If you don't see the words wheat, barley, rye, or malt on the label of a product containing natural flavor, the natural flavor most likely does not contain protein derived from these sources.
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