Food composition and quality claims
Can the claims "dry roasted nuts" and "not roasted in oil" be made on nuts?
"Dry roasted" is acceptable, as it is not considered to be an implied claim regarding the fat content of the nuts.
The claim "not roasted in oil", on the other hand, is an implied claim regarding the fat content of the food and may only be made if implied nutrient content claim principles are satisfied. For example, the claim "not roasted in oil" may be acceptable if preceded or followed by a reduced in fat claim on a product that meets the conditions of this claim.
Under what conditions would the descriptor "woodburning oven", "wood oven" or "wood fired" be acceptable on the label of a food product?
Only a manufacturer who cooks their product in an oven where the only source of energy is wood, may use the terms "wood oven", "wood oven cooked", or "wood fired" on the packaging and advertising. A manufacturer who uses wood in addition to another energy source, or a compound derived from wood as the energy source to cook its product, may use a term such as "partially wood oven cooked" or identify all the cooking sources in the claim ex: "cooked in a combined electric and wood oven" or " cooked in a combined gas and wood oven".
Is it acceptable to claim "no preservatives added" on the label of a food when it contains added liquid smoke?
Yes, it is acceptable to claim "no preservatives added" on the label of a food when it contains added liquid smoke.
Can the claim "based on centuries old recipe" be used on products that contain preservatives or additives?
Yes. The statement "based on centuries old recipe" does not mean that the product was made with a recipe that is centuries old and that therefore no modern day additives or preservatives may be added. The statement is considered to mean that the base for the recipe is centuries old. The same rationale is used for the claim "inspired by a century old recipe."
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