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INGREDIENTS & ALLERGENS:
1. Where can I find a complete list of ingredients for India Tree products?
All ingredients in India Tree products are listed on the label. They can also be found on our website, along with nutritional and other information, on the individual product's page.
2. What procedures are followed to protect against cross contamination of product lines with known allergens?
Because we source our products from many different suppliers, it is impossible to determine whether cross-contamination has occurred at some point in the supply chain. To reduce the risk of cross-contamination in our plant, we do utilize an Allergen Control Program that specifies changeover procedures when running from an allergen product, such as soy, to a non-allergen product.
3. Why does the label say "For Decoration Only" on the Silver Dragées? What is in them?
Dragées are a very old European tradition and have been used in Europe and the United States for years to decorate wedding cakes and other fine pastries. The FDA in its Compliance Policy Guide 7117-03 classifies silver dragées in the following way: "When small silver balls known as 'silver dragées' are sold exclusively for decorating cakes and are used under conditions which preclude their consumption as confectionery, they are not considered to be in the category of food or confectionery."
Because they are not categorized for food or confectionery, the FDA does not want the manufacturer to list the ingredients. However, it may be helpful to know that they are made mostly of sugar. They may also contain small amounts of gum Arabic, wheat flour, artificial coloring, and/or a very thin coating of silver.
The European Union recognizes silver as a legitimate color additive and states that "small amounts of it consumed on special occasions are not harmful." Silver appears in medicines, cough drops and tooth fillings as well as in our water supply in controlled amounts. It is used to purify city drinking and swimming pool water. It occurs naturally in the soil in which produce is grown, and thus finds its way into the vegetables that we eat.
You may wish to access the FDA ruling cited above on the web. You may also wish to visit the website of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR CAS #7440-22-4) for more information on the effect of small amounts of silver on health.
4. What are the ingredients in India Tree Decorating Colors?
India Tree Decorating Colors are made from concentrated vegetable colorants. They contain no corn syrup or synthetic dyes. For a list of ingredients, please reference the product information sheet accessible through the individual product's page on this website.
5. Which India Tree products contain dairy?
India Tree products containing milk or milk derivatives include (but may not be limited to) Chocolate Vermicelli, Send in the Clowns, and Chocolate Decoratifs. For a list of ingredients, please reference the product information sheet accessible through the individual product's page on this website.
6. Are India Tree products peanut and tree nut free?
None of our products contains peanuts or tree nuts as an ingredient, nor do we handle nuts in our plant. Some of our products are manufactured by suppliers who also process nuts in their facility. Because of this, we cannot guarantee that cross contact with nuts never occurs at some point in the supply chain.
7. Are India Tree products gluten free?
None of our products contains gluten, with the exception of French Dragées, which contain wheat. Because we source our products from many different suppliers, it is impossible to determine whether any cross contamination has occurred at some point in the supply chain.
8. Are India Tree products non GMO?
Many of our products are verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. Please visit our India Tree Nature's Colors brand page or our traditional India Tree brand page for a list of all current Non-GMO verified products. Some of our products may contain corn starch, which may be GMO. For a list of ingredients, please reference the product information sheet accessible through the individual product's page on this website.
9. Is alcohol used in the processing of India Tree products?
Alcohol is used in the extraction of vanilla. It evaporates during the dehydration of the vanilla into our powder. Alcohol is not used in the processing of other products .
10. Is India Tree sugar filtered using bone or animal char?
India Tree decorative sugars have been refined using bone char, which acts as a filter to remove impurities during the refining process. It is not an ingredient. Our brown baking sugars from Mauritius are not filtered with bone char.
11. What is confectioner's glaze?
Confectioner's glaze is a clear, all-natural coating used to protect the quality and taste of mostly candy items. It is used to seal the candies from air and moisture.
It is made from the natural resin gathered by the Lac beetle that thrives on various host trees and shrubs in India, Burma, Indochina and Siam. The Lac beetle converts the sap of the trees into resin. It is very similar to a bee's production of honey and is called 'transferred nectar.' The Lac resin is collected, crushed, washed, dried, and made into pure food glaze. The Lac beetle is not harmed in any way.
12. What is carnauba wax?
Carnauba wax is a natural wax produced by the leaves of the carnauba palm. Some India Tree products include food grade carnauba wax in their ingredients. For a list of ingredients, please reference the product information sheet accessible through the individual product's page on this website.
MANUFACTURING CERTIFICATIONS & PROCESSES:
13. Are India Tree products organic?
India Tree is not a certified organic supplier.
14. Are India Tree products Kosher certified?
Almost all India Tree products are Kosher certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Please see their website at www.crcweb.org for a complete listing of India Tree products. Every Kosher certified India Tree product bears the appropriate Kosher symbol on its label and its product information sheet, the latter accessible through the individual product's page on this website.
15. Are India Tree products vegan?
India Tree products that may be considered suitable for a vegan diet include: baking sugars from Mauritius, Nature's Colors liquid decorating dyes, spices, chiles, mushrooms and popcorn. For a list of ingredients, please reference the product information sheet accessible through the individual product's page on this website.
16. Are India Tree products genetically modified?
See Question 8.
17. Are India Tree sugars Fair Trade?
Our sugar cubes and our baking sugars from Mauritius--Demerara, Light Muscovado and Dark Muscovado--are Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA.
18. What is the shelf life of the Natural Decorating Colors?
Consult the 'Best By" date on the side of each box of Natural Decorating Colors. The date is in the format: mm/dd/yy.
19. What is the shelf life of India Tree sugars?
Sugar has an indefinite shelf life. Over time our muscovado sugars may clump or harden due to their high molasses content. As a courtesy to our customers, the labels of our brown sugars carry instructions on how to soften brown sugars.
EASTER EGG DYEING:
20. Can I use India Tree Nature's Colors Decorating Colors to dye Easter eggs?
INDIA TREE Nature's Colors Decorating colors were originally formulated for tinting frosting. When applied to eggs they produce soft, pastel colors. Not all eggs will take the colors evenly. Some colors will be brighter than others. Blue dye may turn pink in the water, but the egg will turn blue. The purple dye will result in a blue egg. Orange dye will produce a bright yellow egg. Red dye does not take well to eggs, so the resulting color will be a soft rose pink. Please see our Easter Egg Dyeing Guidelines for step by step instructions.
21. Can I buy India Tree products directly from India Tree?
India Tree is a wholesaler. We do not sell directly to the public. Please visit the store locator on our web site to find stores in your area that carry our product.
22. Where can I find India Tree products?
Click on the Store Locator link on our website. Enter your zip code or country to pull up a list of local retailers.
23. Which India Tree products are found in natural food stores?
Baking sugars from Mauritius, Nature's Colors line of decorating sugars, decoratifs and liquid colorants, select toppings, select coffee sugars, sugar cubes, peppercorns, salt, spices, mushrooms, chiles and popcorn. For a list of ingredients, please reference the product information sheet accessible through the individual product's page on this website.