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Warning! Simply Organic uses all kinds of fillers in their spices!
on December 9, 2013
I just learned the hard way that buying organic spices does NOT mean you aren't getting the wonderful maltodextrin and silicon dioxide. This garlic powder does in fact have silicon dioxide in it. I used it once today before I read the ingredients online. Waste of $5. I guess it's my own fault but in my defense I did check the label on the bottle first which states "organic garlic" as the only ingredient. When you go to the garlic info page it contains about 10 paragraphs about garlic and at the very bottom they mention they add it to their organic garlic powder because it's FDA approved. Funny how it's tucked way at the bottom of an unnecessary novel about garlic, almost as if they hope you don't notice....Anyway, shame on them. Won't use any of their products ever again.
**Update** I've emailed the customer service department and got a response. They're insisting they don't put fillers in their products unless it's stated on the label. They said they do use some fillers but only products that say so on the label. I don't believe them for a very simple reason...they only sell 1 kind of garlic and it's the bottle I purchased (they sell 2 sizes but they're both the same organic garlic powder and neither contain anything on the label besides "organic garlic"). On their own website that you can see with the link I provided above, you can see way down at the bottom where they state that they do use fillers in their garlic. If they only sell 1 kind and they admit they add fillers to their garlic, then which garlic do they add it to if not to the one I bought? So I did some google research and it seems that siclicon dioxide and other products can be added to a product and not labeled if it's done in a way that the addition can be considered a "processing aid" instead of a regular filler. I brought this to their attention in a response to their email but to my great surprise (lol) I got no response. I'm not a detective or an FDA-labeling expert. Here's what I do know: They sell 1 form of garlic in 2 sizes, I bought the larger bottle. My label says "organic garlic" and nothing else. Their website states they add fillers to their garlic. I can find no other garlic products they sell besides the one I purchased. They haven't responded to my response asking for further clarification. To me, it's better to be safe than sorry. It definitely seems like they're taking advantage of lax labeling requirements.
When I buy organic, I expect to know what's in my product. Since there's so much extra cost and red tape with organic products, you'd like to think the company you're buying from realizes that you're jumping through hoops to make sure you know exactly what's in your food. And when I find a company who seems to take whatever shortcuts they can just to make more money even if it includes adding poison to my organic food, that company clearly doesn't want my business.