Seasoning CPG

The Compliance Policy Guide (CPG), an explanation of government regulations, states that individual spices, flavorings, and coloring ingredients must be named on a food label only in cases of articles sold as spices, flavorings, or colorings. In other words, if you were to buy a food coloring, the ingredients would have to be listed. But if the food coloring is an ingredient in another food, the specific colorings do not have to be named. In the case of a seasoning mix, spices, colorings, and flavorings may be declared collectively; ingredients other than spices, colorings or flavoring ingredients may not.

  • For an FDA-regulated food, if a seasoning mix contains any ingredients containing wheat protein, the word wheat would be stated on the food label. This means that if a flavoring in the seasoning mix contains protein derived from wheat, the word wheat must be stated on the food label.
  • For an FDA-regulated food, if a seasoning mix contains a flavoring, the flavoring could be derived from barley, but if so, it will most likely be listed as malt flavoring on the food label.
  • For a USDA-regulated food, if a seasoning mix contains a flavoring that contains protein from wheat, barley, or rye, these ingredients would be listed 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 food product containing seasonings, the seasoning most likely does not contain protein derived from these sources.
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