Corn Derivatives List
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Before reading this whole list of derivatives there are other hidden corn contaminents you need to know about that are not on an ingredients package to read. Below is a great form letter to cut and paste to any company e-mail to briefly explain your allergy or corn avoidance concerns.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are waxed with corn. Even fuzzy fruits like peaches and tiny fruit like cherries. Even if you are buying organic fruits and or vegetables you have to ask the store manager to see the box the fruit was shipped in. By law the waxing information should be labeled on the box. If they do not have the box any longer, then DO NOT buy it. This waxing is to keep the shelf life longer by not allowing the fruits and vegetables to dehydrate and also to look nicer on the shelves, nice shiney food. So if you are not sure, better safe then sorry.
Frozen Fruits and Vegetables, can have corn starch added to them and not be considered for ingredients labeling. The reason for not needing to label this additive is because of two things....
1. corn is not a top 8 allergen according the the FDA and it's standards
2. it is not actually used as an ingredient in the final product but instead used as a packaging aid.
Corn is used as a packaging aid in many many products. Milk cartons and other paper/waxed cartons may be waxed with corn wax, and or, dusted with corn starch to keep the packing line running without containers sticking to eachother. The vegetables and fruits may be dusted with corn starch so when they are in the freezing process they do not stick together. I have been in contact with several companies about this. Their reasons differ but the end result is the same. Most if not all of the packaging that is set up for self steaming in a microwave are coated with corn starch.
All of these ingredients CAN be made from corn. If you read any of these in a food ingredient or a product ingredient please call or write the company and ask if it is corn derived.
Here is a standard letter you can use:
To whom it may concern, (date)
I am contacting your company (company name) with questions about certain ingredients listed on your product. We are a corn sensitive family and need to avoid all corn derived ingredients to avoid illness. I would appreciate very much if you could address the list below of corn derivatives that we must avoid.
In your (name product, upc code if you have it and ingredients you found to be suspect, here)
Thank you for your time,
(your name and contact information)
Aspartame (Artificial sweetener)
Barley malt* (generally OK, but can be contaminated)
Blended sugar (sugaridextrose)
Brown sugar* (generally OK if no caramel color)
Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
Calcium stearoyl lactylate
Caramel and caramel color
Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
Corn alcohol, corn gluten
Corn oil, corn oil margarine
Corn sweetener, corn sugar
Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
Corn, popcorn, cornmeal
DATUM (a dough conditioner)
Dextrose (also found in IV solutions)
Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous)
Distilled white vinegar
Fruit juice concentrate*
Glucose syrup* (also found in IV solutions)
High fructose corn syrup
Hydrolyzed corn protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
Invert syrup or sugar
Malt syrup from corn
Malt, malt extract
Modified cellulose gum
Modified corn starch
Modified food starch
Molasses* (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
Mono and di glycerides
Polylactic acid (PLA)
Polysorbates* (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
Propylene glycol monostearate*
Salt (iodized salt)
Semolina (unless from wheat)
Sodium starch glycolate
Sodium stearoyl fumarate
Sorghum* (not all is bad; the syrup and/or grain CAN be mixed with corn)
Splenda (Artificial sweetener)
Starch (any kind that's not specified)
Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
Sugar* (not identified as cane or beet)
Tocopherol (vitamin E)
Treacle (aka golden syrup)
Vanilla, natural flavoring
Vanilla, pure or extract
Vegetable anything that's not specific*
Vinegar, distilled white
Vitamin C* and Vitamin E*