In the last 20 years or so, the incidence of food allergies has increased significantly. While we do a really good job of making sure our products are separated, there is still a small risk of cross contamination; therefore, we recommend that any person with a health threatening allergy avoid our nut butter products.
The term “natural” has no clear definition but often is used when simple easily understood ingredients are combined to create a recipe. Organic foods have been certified that no pesticides were used in the process. The term “organic” when applied to food can only be used if the food meets all the requirements of the Organic Food Act that was passed by Congress in the early 90’s. Organic covers all aspects of growing a crop including the use of compost, natural fertilizers, and synthetic fertilizers. Restriction in the use of non-approved chemicals is part of the required routine. Processing facilities such as ours must keep organic ingredients in a storage area that does not have chemicals or other pesticides. Certification of farms and processors is required at least once a year or more.
Oil separation is a natural occurrence. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds all have oil separation that may occur after they are ground into butter. All of these nut/seeds contain from 50% to 60% naturally occurring oil. The oil is lighter than the ground nuts or seeds so the oil floats to the top. The national brand peanut butters do not separate because they use hydrogenated oil to stop separation. All hydrogenated oil contains trans-fats. If the actual level of trans-fats is below .50 the product label may read zero trans-fats. Specifically, the rule for trans fats are less than 0.50 may be declared as zero on the product label. What this means is that your typical nut butter product may declare zero trans fats, but actually contains up to and including .49 trans fats. Once Again Nut Butters have no trans fats, whatsoever, so enjoy!