Are your gluten free products certified to be gluten free?
We do not have our products certified by a third party because we test our gluten free products after every single production run by an independent third party lab to a standard of less than 10 parts per million (the FDA allows a product labeled as gluten free to contain as much as 20 parts per million of gluten and does not require that products be tested). All of our products routinely test below 5 parts per million.
Are your products manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility?
We have developed a state of the art Gluten/Allergen Control System which includes a cleaning and sanitation plan that exceeds industry standards. In addition to carefully planned production runs and the completion of daily cleaning and sanitation procedures, all relevant equipment is inspected prior to a production run and tested for the presence of proteins in order to verify cleanliness. As an added measure of vigilance, all finished products are tested by an independent lab to insure compliance with established thresholds for gluten and specific allergens. The recently passed federal regulation pertaining to gluten free claims on packaged food does not require manufacturers to test their products to confirm that any detectable levels of gluten are below 20 parts per million. Our unique company standard of requiring independent third party gluten testing of each batch of finished product verifies that our products are gluten free.
Which of your products are Kosher certified?
Our Original, Whole Wheat and Italian Panko breadcrumbs are all Kosher certified.
Do your products contain MSG?
None of Ian’s products contain added MSG (monosodium glutamate). Some individuals who are extremely sensitive to MSG, may also react to other forms of glutamate, such as that naturally found in parmesan cheese and tomatoes and also present in ingredients such as autolyzed yeast and yeast extract, for example. When in doubt, speak with your physician or registered dietitian about specific ingredients you should avoid.
Do any products contain Trans-Fat?
All of Ian’s products contain 0g Trans Fat per serving. We use only Non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil, a trans fat free oil low in saturated fat and high in beneficial Omega-3 ALA fatty acids, to set the breading in our products.
Do your products contain GMO’s?
GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are plants or animals which have had their DNA altered as a result of genetic engineering. We are participating in the Non-GMO Project and are pleased to have received verification for the following Products: Organic Chicken Nuggets, Alphatots, Original, Whole Wheat and Italian Panko Breadcrumbs, Homestyle Savory Stuffing, Organic Brown Rice Breadcrumbs and Tortilla Crumbs. More to follow soon!
What type of chicken is used in your products?
We use only skinless and boneless chicken breast (white meat) for all of our chicken containing products. Our trusted suppliers provide us with only GAP (Global Animal Partnership) step level 2, cage free, vegetarian fed poultry raised without hormones or antibiotics. Although the federal government prohibits the use of hormones in poultry, much of the chicken on the market is raised with antibiotics, making antibiotic free chicken an important point of difference. Our organic chicken nuggets are also free range, as required by USDA organic standards and rated GAP (Global Animal Partnership) level 3.
Do you manufacture any products containing sesame seed?
We understand that sesame allergy seems to be increasing yet sesame is not one of the top 8 allergens which must be clearly labeled on food packaging in the US. We do not manufacture any products containing sesame seed at our facility. Please contact us for more information if you have concerns about a particular product.
Does the lactic acid in the dairy free “cheese” in your pizzas contain lactose?
No, the lactic acid in our pizzas is derived from non-hydrogenated palm oil and is compatible with a milk/casein restricted diet.