A and I have been chatting about possible reactions to the Crazy Jacks range of dried fruit, mostly to the apricots, dates, figs and prunes.
On the label, it clearly states ‘nothing but apricots’ etc and A had noticed a change in their consistency so checked with them about any changes. They assured him there have been none.
Next, A kindly quizzed them for me about flow aids for the dates and apricots – what helps them not stick to the machinery during packing. They have advised:
The only processing aid that is used is a very light coating of organic sunflower oil to enable free flowing of the fruit through the packing machinery.
So, since A and I are both problematic with sunflower, there is the answer. Be warned if you are too. I would imagine the processing flow aid is the same with all the fruit. Note, though, that most of the dried fruits from HBS use rapeseed oil.
I suppose that will teach us to use a processed food!