Quite a few of us have been discussing teas and reactions to various ones recently on the TGF Facebook Group. Then, D writes in about her correspondence with Clipper Teas and proves we can’t always see why we react as the hidden grains are not labelled. I trust my body always rather than a label! Here’s what D said:
I just wanted to let you know that Clipper organic tea contains maltodextrin without having it in the label. I mailed them to ask about their ‘flavouring’, to see if it was a sweetener and inadvertently the person who replied said they are sprayed with maltodextrin and ‘as it’s not a common allergen they are not required to list it’! So ridiculous. I said allergen or not, if it’s an ingredient it should be listed as such.
This is a good illustration of what needs labelling or not. Most maltodextrin nowadays is derived from corn. Corn, of course, is not yet a ‘label by law’ allergen so Clipper don’t have to label it as an allergen per se. But, if an ingredient is used below a certain percentage, I believe, then neither does a company have to label it either. They are doing nothing wrong here but the law stinks for those of us who really need to know what’s being used in the processing of our food. This is why I just don’t use anything processed at all these days – my AIP Purity diet as I explain in the Gluten Plan. If another human hand has touched it, I am really careful!
Thanks D for letting us know.