Understanding food labels and marketing claims isn't always easy. For some terms, there are very strict definitions set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and for others, the meaning is fuzzy. We want you to feel confident about our cuisine, so here's what we mean when we say...
A bona fide chef develops our meals. And not just any chef –Behind the recipes is Bruce Hecker of Bruce’s Gourmet Catering – both the preeminent Motion Picture Caterer and a sought after event caterer for the entertainment industry. His passion and expertise are present in each and every bite of Tiller & Hatch’s meticulously crafted meals.
Hormones are naturally occurring in all cellular organisms, so there's not such thing as hormone-free. More accurate claims include “no-added hormones”, “raised without added hormones”, “no hormones administered”, or “no synthetic hormones.” One caveat: Hormones are NOT allowed in hog, poultry, or bison production.
So, the statement “no hormones added” can only be used on packaging for pork, poultry, and/or bison items if it is followed by a statement that says “Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in poultry/pork/bison.”
FDA requires that foods containing added MSG list it in the ingredient panel on the packaging as monosodium glutamate. However, MSG occurs naturally in ingredients such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, tomatoes, and cheeses.
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food has been produced through approved methods. Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.
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