Ingredient Quality and Lab Testing:
We care deeply about the quality and consistency of all YumEarth products.  We purchase ingredients from
trusted sources around the world.  We invite independent 3rd party quality auditors into our facilities to perform
surprise quality and safety inspections, and we submit our products to independent food testing labs for quality,
contaminants and irregularities regularly, including for vitamin content, lead, arsenic, and nutrient content, to
name a few examples.  We are extremely proud of our superior record of safety and quality as repeatedly
demonstrated by audit and lab results.  We are aware that from time to time certain ingredients gain media
attention for being more healthy or less healthy, but we remain vigilant and consistent and will always continue
these quality assurance testing practices to be certain of the quality that goes into YumEarth products before we
offer them for sale to you no matter what ingredients we use and no matter what ingredient may catch headlines
in the media for a few days as happens from time to time.
FAQ - as of 12/2/16

Overall Ingredient Questions

QUESTION: Do your products contain kiwi?
ANSWER: We have no kiwi or kiwi derivatives in our products.

QUESTION: Do your products contain annatto?
ANSWER: We have annatto in our Perfectly Peach and Mango Tango Lollipops and Hard Candies as well as in
our assorted Gummy Bears, Gummy Worms and Sour Beans. Our Pomegranate Gummy Bears do not contain
annatto and are in their own single flavor bag.

QUESTION: Do your products contain sunflower oil?
ANSWER: Sunflower oil is a processing aid in our Gummy Bears/Worms, Lollipops and Hard Candy as a trace
amount.

QUESTION: Do any of your products contain coconut oil?
ANSWER: Yes, our licorice contains coconut oil but there is no coconut protein present in the product. There is no
cross contamination with our other products.

QUESTION: Do your products contain pear?
ANSWER: Our organic Sour Beans contain pear juice concentrate.

QUESTION: Do your products contain cranberry?
ANSWER: Our products do not contain cranberry as an ingredient or in natural flavors in any of our products.

QUESTION: Do your products contain legumes?
ANSWER: Our products do not contain legumes as an ingredient or in natural flavors in any of our products.

QUESTION: Do you use safflower oil?
ANSWER: The safflower oil we use is highly refined so it does not contain any allergen proteins or pollen that
would cause an allergic reaction. The flavors that contain safflower oil are: Wet-Face Watermelon, Tooberry
Blueberry, Very Very Cherry, Googly Grape, Mango Tango, Roadside Root Bear.

QUESTION: Which of your products do not contain strawberry?
ANSWER: Pomegranate Licorice, Peach Licorice, Tropical Fruit Snacks, Sour Beans do not contain strawberry as
well as all Lollipops and Hard Candy except the strawberry flavored.

QUESTION: Do any of your products contain bone char?
ANSWER: No, we use organic sugar that is vegan and does not contain bone char.

QUESTION: Do your products contain MSG?
ANSWER: There is no MSG in our products or product ingredients.

QUESTION: Is there high fructose corn syrup in your products?
ANSWER: We do not use high fructose corn syrup in any of our products.

QUESTION: Is there corn in any of your products?
ANSWER: All YumEarth certified organic candy contains trace amounts of corn in some or all of these ingredients:
  • Our natural colors to help as a preservative
  • Our natural flavors to help keep all the ingredients together
  • Our ascorbic acid as a main ingredient
  • Our citric acid in certain products, see below for products:
  • Licorice
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Sour Beans
  • Gummy Bears, Gummy Worms and Pomegranate Bears
  • Lollipops and Hard Candy with the exception of below flavors:
  • Root beer
  • Wild Peppermint
  • Ginger Zest
  • Candy Cane
  • Products that do not contain Citric Acid
  • Candy Corn

QUESTION: What kind of sweeteners do you use?
ANSWER: We use organic cane sugar and organic brown rice syrup.

QUESTION: How do you color your foods?
ANSWER: We color our foods with fruit and vegetable juices – there is no food dye in our products.

QUESTION: Which of your products use citric acid derived from cassava root?
ANSWER: Our lollipops use citric acid derived from cassava root.

QUESTION: Is organic brown rice syrup safe?
ANSWER: Some brown rice syrup is sadly sourced from areas where previous crops such as cotton have grown
that are highly absorbent of arsenic in the soil. This occurs in the Southeastern part of the U.S. as well as other
places. We do not source from these places.

QUESTION: Are your facilities casein-free?
ANSWER: There is no casein in our Lollipops, Hard Candy, Gummy Bears/Worms and Sour Bean plants. The
plant where we produce Licorice and Fruit Snacks have casein in the facility.

QUESTION: What is in your natural flavors?
ANSWER: Our natural flavors contain the actual fruits of the accompanying flavor – example: Strawberry Smash
contain strawberry; Mango Tango includes mango – in addition to other flavors in some cases.

Certifications and Label Questions

QUESTION: Which of your products are vegan?
ANSWER: The following products are considered vegan today but our hope is to make all products vegan by the
end of 2017, stay tuned! Vegan products include: Lollipops, Hard Candy, Fruit Snacks, Licorice and Sour Beans.

QUESTION: Which of your products are organic?
ANSWER: All of our products contain organic ingredients and are classified in one of two ways. USDA Certified
Organic means the product has at least 95% or more organic ingredients. Our products that are USDA Certified
Organic are: Lollipops, Hard Candy, Fruit Snacks and Candy Corn. The rest of our products are made with
organic ingredients which means they contain at least 75% organic ingredients. Our hope is to make all of our
products 95% organic by the end of 2017!

QUESTION: What does organic mean and how are your natural flavors organic?
ANSWER: Food that is Certified Organic under USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) must be grown and
processed using organic farming methods without synthetic pesticides, bio-engineered genes, petroleum-based
fertilizers and sewage sludge-based fertilizers and may include natural flavors using only non-synthetic sources
and must not be produced using synthetic solvents or synthetic carrier systems or any artificial preservative. They
are non-GMO and contain no MSG and other unannounced artificial ingredients that are not permitted in certified
organic food.

All our Natural Flavors in our certified organic candy are Organic Compliant Natural Flavors and conform to the
regulations of both the FDA and the very strict National Organic Plan (NOP) by the USDA as described above.
These YumEarth natural flavors do not contain anything we would not be proud to put in our family’s mouths.

QUESTION: Which of your products are considered Kosher Parve?
ANSWER: Our Lollipops and Hard Candy are supervised KOF-K kosher parve. Our Fruit Snacks and Sour Beans
are made with Kosher ingredients but are not yet supervised Kosher.


Allergen Questions

QUESTION: Which of your products are dairy-free?
ANSWER: All of our products are dairy-free.

QUESTION: Which of your products are made in a dairy-free facility?
ANSWER: All Lollipops and Hard Candy sold in the U.S.*, Sour Beans, Gummy Bears/Worms and Candy Corn
are all made in a dairy-free facility. Licorice is made on shared processing equipment with dairy and Fruit Snacks
are made in a facility that also makes products with dairy.
There are allergen control programs that provide prevention of allergen cross contact.
*For information on Lollipops and Hard Candy sold outside of the U.S. please reach out to support@yumearth.
com.

QUESTION: Which of your products are egg-free?
ANSWER: Lollipops, Hard Candy, Fruit Snacks, Licorice, Sour Beans and Gummy Bears/Worms are egg-free.
Our Candy Corn contains eggs.

QUESTION: Which of your products are made in an egg-free facility?
ANSWER: Lollipops, Hard Candy, Licorice are all made in an egg-free facility. Fruit Snacks, Sour Beans and
Gummy Bears/Worms are made in a facility that also makes products with eggs, however there are allergen
control programs that provide prevention of allergen cross contact. Our Candy Corn contains egg and is in a
facility that contains egg.

QUESTION: Which of your products contain fish or shellfish?
ANSWER: None of our products contain fish or shellfish.

QUESTION: Which of your products are made in a facility that contains fish or shellfish?
ANSWER: All of our facilities are fish or shellfish free.

QUESTION: Which of your products are nut-free?
ANSWER: All of our products are peanut and tree-nut free.

QUESTION: Which of your products are made in a nut-free facility?
ANSWER: All Lollipops and Hard Candy sold in the U.S.*, Licorice, Fruit Snacks, Sour Beans, Gummy
Bears/Worms and Candy Corn are all made in a facility free of peanuts and tree-nuts. *For information on
Lollipops and Hard Candy sold outside of the U.S. please reach out to support@yumearth.com.

QUESTION: Which of your products are gluten free?
ANSWER: All of our products are gluten free.

QUESTION: Which of your products are made in a gluten free facility?
ANSWER:  Lollipops, Hard Candy, Sour Beans, Gummy Bears/Worms and Candy Corn are all
made in a gluten free facility. Our Fruit Snacks and Licorice and are made in a facility that also
makes products with gluten, however there are allergen control programs that provide prevention
of allergen cross contact. For more information, see respective products below.

QUESTION: Which of your products are soy-free?
ANSWER: Lollipops, Hard Candy, Fruit Snacks, Licorice, Sour Beans and Gummy Bears/Worms are soy-free. Our
Candy Corn contains soy.

QUESTION: Which of your products are made in soy-free facilities?
ANSWER: All Lollipops and Hard Candy sold in the U.S.*, Licorice and Sour Beans are made in soy-free facilities.
Fruit Snacks and Gummy Bears/Worms are made in a facility that also makes products with soy, however there
are allergen control programs that provide prevention of allergen cross contact. Our Candy Corn contains soy.
*For information on Lollipops and Hard Candy sold outside of the U.S. please reach out to support@yumearth.
com.


Licorice Questions

QUESTION: If you consider your Licorice gluten free, why did the ingredients contain gluten and wheat?
ANSWER: Our Licorice is Certified Gluten Free, we recently changed our formula to use organic rice syrup after
hearing from consumers about the use of glucose syrup containing wheat. Please check your labels as our new
and improved licorice hits the stores.

Lollipop Questions

QUESTION: Which of your Lollipops do not contain apple?
ANSWER: Mango Tango, Perfectly Peach, Razzmatazz Berry, Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-Face Watermelon,
Strawberry Smash and Very Very Cherry do not contain apple.

QUESTION: Do you use cinnamon or cassia in Lollipops?
ANSWER: No, we do not use cinnamon or cassia in any of our Lollipops.

QUESTION: Do you use any sulfite-based caramel colorants in your Lollipops?
ANSWER: No, we do not use sulfite-based caramel colorants in our Lollipops.

QUESTION: Will your Lollipops color my tongue?
ANSWER: Some of our ingredients may color your tongue in some flavors, this is natural and normal.

QUESTION: Why are some of your Lollipops multiple colors?
ANSWER: We have a limited palette of colors to use so we use a technique called “striping” on many flavors to
differentiate each flavor’s appearance.

QUESTION: Do any of your flavors contain black currant juice?
ANSWER: Yes, all of our Lollipops contain black currant juice except Mango Tango and Perfectly Peach.

QUESTION: Do you use pineapple juice in any of your Lollipops?
ANSWER: No, we do not use pineapple juice in any of our Lollipops.

QUESTION: Is there sesame in your Lollipops or in the facility that the Lollipops are made in?
ANSWER: No, there is no sesame in our Lollipops or the facility that they are made in.

Hard Candy Questions

QUESTION: Which of your Hard Candies contain turmeric?
ANSWER: Cheeky Lemon, Mango Tango and Roadside Root Beer contain turmeric.

QUESTION: Do any of your Hard Candies contain caramel?
ANSWER: Yes, Root Beer and Ginger Zest both contain organic caramel for coloring.

QUESTION: Is the peppermint oil in your peppermint Hard Candies organic?
ANSWER: The peppermint oil is not organic but is natural and free of any non-natural materials.

QUESTION: Why are there dark spots in my hard candy?
ANSWER: Dark spots on the candy are harmless burnt particles we sometimes see in our organic rice syrup. Our
candy is not bleached so sometimes you might see these dark spots.


Fruit Snacks Questions

QUESTION: Why do you use wheat starch in your Fruit Snacks?
ANSWER: We use wheat starch only as a processing aid in the Fruit Snack shape mold but it is completely
removed and not included in the end product. The product is audited and tested to make sure that it meets all
gluten-free requirements.

Sour Beans Questions

QUESTION: Are your Sour Beans vegan?
ANSWER: Yes, our new Sour Beans contain carnauba wax and are organic.

Our older Sour Beans had beeswax. We and so many vegans consider that added ingredient vegan, but one
consumer raised a good point. If all vegans did not consider this ingredient vegan, we had a dilemma. Upon
consideration of that one customer's question, we elected immediately to change the recipe by removing the
beeswax. We have now printed new packaging and have already been producing Sour Beans with the new recipe
without beeswax. The new packaging is out in the marketplace now and will soon be on shelves nearby.

Gummy Bear Questions

QUESTION: Why are there dark spots in my gummy bears?
ANSWER: Dark spots on the candy are harmless burnt particles we sometimes see in our organic rice syrup. Our
candy is not bleached so sometimes you might see these dark spots.
Made in Mexico, USA, and France:
Sergio, my candy partner and the husband of my wife's Cornell University roommate, Tamar, was made in Mexico
as are many of our lollipops and gummy bears.  As long as we are talking about husbands and wives, I want you
all to know that my wife Larisa designs all our packaging - she is beautiful and talented and I am so proud of her!  
Now back to the topic... I was made in the US as are many of our lollipops.  And we love traveling to France so
much that we make our Fruit Snacks there, mostly to serve the rest of the export world - YumEarth products are
currently available in about 30 countries.  We are proud to have created so many fair paying jobs in Sergio's home
country in addition to having created many jobs in the US. Our facilities in Mexico and the US are surprise
inspected frequently by US inspectors, while our facility in France is inspected by French auditors and they all
enjoy exemplary quality and safety records. We implement excellent safety and ingredient control standards at all
facilities and we periodically send finished product to be lab tested for nutrients and contaminants, because, as
dads, that's what we wish all food manufacturers would do.  We believe the secret to quality is caring enough to
do the right thing; as we all know the country of origin means nothing when you don't care about your customers.  
Sergio and I care about quality first..
Ingredient Choices and Allergens:
The Best Taste on Earth and high quality are and have
always been Sergio's and my top goals. Regarding
allergens, I will say that from the beginning we were
surprised to discover not only how many people are
concerned about individual ingredients, but how many
people have allergies and food sensitivities.  We did not
consider allergens or ingredients that people might be
sensitive to when we formulated YumEarth candy, but
we have tried to change our ingredients to
accommodate as many as we can as long as it does
not compromise YumEarth's wonderful taste, flavor and
mouth feel.  It continues to be a truly difficult balancing
act and we greatly appreciate your feedback!!!   In the
summer of 2011 I was diagnosed as a Celiac and for
the first time in my life I have an allergy.  I have always
loved making YumEarth for people with allergies and I
have always enjoyed the challenge of changing
ingredients to suit their needs, but I never actually
wanted to become a "person with an allergy"!!!  Well, I
have no choice, so I now join you and understand
your/our challenge like I never have before.  
email us:  support @ yumearth.com
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