At DAGOBA Organic Chocolate, we take food allergies very seriously, crafting our chocolate with strict attention to detail.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the following eight foods as food allergens: egg, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, fish and shellfish. They are often referred to as “the Big 8.” DAGOBA Organic Chocolate complies fully with FDA regulations governing the handling and labeling of the Big 8. In fact, we go beyond them.
DAGOBA Organic Chocolate...and Milk
On the label of any DAGOBA Organic Dark or Extra Dark Chocolate product, you will find milk listed among the ingredients. We include milk in the list because all of our dark chocolate products share processing lines with our milk chocolate varieties. As a result, DAGOBA Organic Dark Chocolate and Extra Dark Chocolate products contain residues of milk protein. These residues are present on a continuous basis and at levels significant enough to present a health concern for milk-allergic consumers. Therefore, although we do not add milk directly to the formulas of our DAGOBA Organic Dark Chocolate or Extra Dark Chocolate products, we voluntarily include it in the ingredient list as a precautionary step to better protect those who are milk-allergic—because nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our consumers.
DAGOBA Organic Chocolate...and Gluten
All DAGOBA Organic Chocolate is produced at the DAGOBA plant in Ashland, Oregon, which has been producing gluten-free products since its inception. All of our ingredients are tested for gluten in a separate facility AND come with letters from our suppliers stating that their product does not contain gluten.
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defined the term “gluten-free” for voluntary use in the labeling of foods as foods that are:
- Inherently gluten free; or
- Do not contain an ingredient that is:
- A gluten-containing grain;
- Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten;
- Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten, if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food.
- Also, any unavoidable presence of gluten in the food must be less than 20 ppm.
DAGOBA Organic Chocolate’s gluten standards for ingredients and manufacturing are aligned with the FDA’s rule as well as industry standards and certification schemes.
DAGOBA Organic Chocolate...and Tree Nuts
Our DAGOBA Organic Chocolate manufacturing facility in Ashland, Oregon produces several varieties of chocolate that contain almonds. The labels for those products list almonds among the ingredients. In addition, from time to time, we expand our portfolio to include bars that contain other tree nuts, and we include those tree nuts in the ingredient statement. Finally, the reason we state on our labels that our chocolate is produced on shared equipment with tree nuts is because we believe this best protects consumers who may have tree nut allergies. And nothing is more important to us at DAGOBA Organic Chocolate than the health and safety of our consumers.
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