The Following Snack Industry Ingredients may not be clean label

Artificial Smoke Flavor

Artificial smoke flavoring is used in food or beverage products and is manufactured using synthetic chemical flavoring raw materials to achieve a “smoke flavor”.   Exception: “Natural Smoke Flavor” created using flavoring raw materials that come from a natural source… Read More

Autolyzed Yeast Extract

Autolyzed Yeast Extract (AYE) is an ingredient that is made from the exact same yeast that is used to make bread, beer and wine. With AYE, the yeast has been conditioned to self-digest its protein structure into simpler amino acids, so that those… Read More

Bleached Flour

Bleached flour is flour that has been refined /processed with a whitening agent.  The germ and bran are removed from “refined flour” and is typically referred to as “white flour”. Bleaching is commonly achieved by means of artificially… Read More

Bromated Flour

Bromated flour is used as a “bread improver” and maturing agent. Used in baked goods and allows for higher rising, stronger dough . Added to flour: Calcium Bromate, Potassium Bromate, Sodium Bromate. Note: Categorized as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”… Read More

Carnauba Wax

Carnauba Wax is a non-nutritive additive that creates a glossy finish on food products. It is synthesized from the Brazil wax Palm Tree and has a yellow, hard finish. It can be found within baked goods and glazed… Read More

Castor Oil

Castor Oil is a potent additive used as a flavoring, anti-caking additive, and anti-sticking additive. It is a colorless, pale liquid with a mild-to-acrid taste. It can be found as a butter and nut flavoring additive in baked goods, ice… Read More


Castoreum is a non-nutritive flavor extract extracted from the glands of a beaver. It is a creamy, orange substance that has a strong odor. It is used as a vanilla and raspberry flavoring in sweet food products and… Read More

Ethyl Formate

Ethyl Formate is a synthetic preservative formed from ethanol and formic acid. It is used to inhibit mold growth and as a fumigant in prepackaged snacks like nuts and cereals. It is also used as a flavoring additive in… Read More


Margarine is a butter substitute made from the combination of vegetable oils, water, and milk. Margarine is used as a cheaper alternative to dairy butter products. The FDA states that margarine contains at least 80% fat. It is… Read More