Ingredient Quality and Lab Testing:
We care deeply about the quality and consistency of all YumEarth products. We purchase ingredients from the
most trusted sources in 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 and are proud that no lab test has ever shown any unacceptable level of
lead, arsenic, or any contaminant in any YumEarth product. 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.
1: Are any of the major allergens, including peanuts or tree nuts, used in your product? No, plus our plants do
not produce anything with tree-nuts or peanuts.
2: Cross Contamination? Our facilities are free of peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, sesame, shellfish,
and eggs. The equipment is thoroughly washed before making YumEarth organic candy, but the equipment is
not cleaned between flavors, so please know there is a risk that a trace amount of berry juice from one flavor may
touch another flavor during production.
3: Organic Tapioca Syrup? We stopped using Tapioca Syrup in 2008, so any mention of tapioca syrup on any of
our bags or packaging would mean that the bag is either up to 5 years old or we have not yet updated the
packaging via a reprint, but please know that we are removing the mention of Tapioca Syrup on all reprints of our
packaging as we do reprint them from time to time because we do not use this ingredient.
4: Questions about Safflower Oil or Citrus Oils?
The safflower oil we use is highly refined so it does not contain any allergen proteins or pollen that would cause
an allergic reaction.
Razzmatazz Berry - No Safflower, No Orange, No Lemon
Cheeky Lemon - No Safflower, No Orange, Lemon Yes
Orange Squeeze - No Safflower, Orange Yes, No Lemon
Wet-Face Watermelon - Safflower Yes, No Orange, No Lemon
TooBlueberry Flavor - Safflower Yes
Very Very Cherry - Safflower Yes
Googly Grape - Safflower Yes
Mango Tango - Safflower Yes
Pomegranate Pucker - Safflower Yes
Roadside Root Beer - Safflower Yes
5: Questions about colors: YumEarth products are colored naturally with fruits, vegetables and roots (NO FOOD
DYE #4 or #5 or Blue Lake...).
6: High Fructose Corn Syrup?
We do not use high fructose corn syrup in any product. The most frustrating thing about high fructose corn syrup,
in our never humble opinion, is that it insidiously appears in foods we do not expect to see sugar in, such as
bread, ketchup, salad dressings, yogurt, etc...which causes the body to crave ever more sweet things in foods you
do not expect to be "sweetened".
7: Natural Flavors in Certified Organic Food:
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. MSG and other
unannounced artificial ingredients are not permitted in certified organic food. Natural Flavors used in organic food
must not contain artificial ingredients or added colors or anything that is processed to fundamentally alter the raw
All our Natural Flavors 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 added MSG or other junk that we would not be proud to put in our family’s mouths. Please note that
we consider our Natural Flavors to be secret recipes so we do not reveal the contents of our Natural Flavors. We
are aware that some people may not be able to eat some of our flavors because we are unable to reveal the
secret recipe and we are truly sorry for this inconvenience.
8. Organic Brown Rice Syrup - Is it safe?
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 US as well as other places. We
do not source from these places and have no idea why any food company would. We test for lead and arsenic
and other potential contaminants and have done so since we began making YummyEarth items over 9 years ago
when we invented our lollipop recipe for our family. Arsenic, for example, is measured at <.001 ppm in our
lollipops and gummy bears via the AOAC Official Method 984.27.
9. Check with your Physician:
We appreciate your allergy questions and always suggest you consult an allergy specialist or physician to
determine if you should consume our product.
Mango Tango, Chili Mango Mambo, Perfectly Peach, Orange Squeeze, and Blood Orange Cocktail may contain
All YumEarth Organics products are non-GMO as we both strictly comply with USDA organic certification rules and
choose only the finest ingredients available. We removed redundant label claims from our packaging, such as
casein–free and non-GMO, to simplify our packaging, but we realize this might have caused some confusion.
Therefore, as we update each package design or introduce new items we will consider adding some or all of
these label claims back onto our packaging to avoid this confusion.
12. Do you need amazing tasting CORN FREE sweets?
The only ingredient that may have corn in our certified organic lollipops, drops, and gummy bears and worms,
and our fruit snacks is the non-GMO ascorbic acid we use. Someday we may be able to change this ingredient,
but, until then, we recommend you buy these lollipops online at Amazon.com or at their stores if you want CORN-
FREE organic lollipops that taste great!
13: Letter from a concerned and confused customer received on March 11th 2013:
"I see your lollipops have "natural flavors" but Mike Adams at Natural News & (everywhere there's an organic
website) says that those things are code for hidden chemicals such as MSG and other nasties. How do I know
there's not any nasty chemicals in your stuff with those questionable words? Since your ingredient list reads:
"natural flavors, organic black carrots, organic black currant, organic apple, organic carrot, organic pumpkin,
ascorbic acid..." I think it's fair to assume that the "organic black carrots, organic black currant, organic apple,
organic carrot, organic pumpkin" are NOT the "natural flavors" in question, since you put a comma after "natural
flavors". Also, your label says "non-GMO citric acid (from beet sugar - not corn)," but I understand most sugars
from beets is GMO because beets are GMO and yours doesn't say "organic beets" and even so, GMO Journal
reports that all "organic" crops of plants that are GMO (soy, corn, cotton, canola, beets etc...) all have GMO cross-
contamination. So how do you know your beet sugar is not GM since all beets are and yours aren't organic???
Furthermore I see "ascorbic acid" and anyone in the organic community knows that all ascorbic acid is derived
from corn, a GMO. Nowhere does it say "organic ascorbic acid not from corn". Do your candies contain GMOs and
corn or not? It's very confusing. I wish you made your labels more clear, in this day and age when there's
instructions for dummies on shampoo bottles, why not provide full disclosure for educated people for a change.
It's close but no cigar...Please advise as I'm really hoping yours in not yet another "fake organic" company,
considering that I just purchased a bag of your lollipops."
Our Response: "Please see #7 above regarding our natural flavors. Also, we do not put nasties or added MSG
into our natural flavors. Sergio and I are both proud and ethical parents who created these treats for our children
whom we love. We do not cheat them and we share the same respectful treatment with you. Many people do not
realize that non-GMO corn (for ascorbic acid) and non-GMO sugar beets (for citric acid) are actually available from
other countries that seem to love their inhabitants more. We purchase our ingredients globally and proudly use
the finest ingredients. We were horrified when the entire sugar beet industry in the US converted to GMO, but we
had never purchased this ingredient from the USA up to that point or since as we have always preferred the non-
GMO sugar beet based citric acid that could not be cross contaminated with GMO crops. The above customer
letter is how we felt when we founded YummyEarth and how we still feel about so many foods. We share this
frustration. It is the essence of why we started YummyEarth.
Letter received from another customer on March 12th in response to my response above:
"I wanted to thank you. I have been purchasing your candy for about the last six months and we really enjoy them! I
was reading your ingredients page and was so glad to see the letter you posted from a concerned customer! I
had many of the same questions myself. I am constantly learning new information on health and gmo's. Your
response to that letter cleared up all my questions. I feel confident that your products are not only safe but a tasty
treat for my family. Thanks for taking the time to source superior products!
14. Is wheat syrup okay if I am gluten-free?
As a Celiac, I was just as surprised as you might be to discover that wheat syrup is gluten free - please see here:
Gluten Free Living - Top 10 Ingredients You Really Don’t Need to Worry About
As always, we are here for your questions and hope you enjoy YummyEarth products as much as we do.
We will add more as question arise. Thank you.
rob wunder, co-founder
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 newest facility in France is inspected by French auditors and
they all enjoy exemplary quality and safety records. We implement the same high 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. Please click
here to see our TruNatural list of ingredients that we will
allow and will not allow in our products. Please click on
the links above to see the ingredients of each item we
make. 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 organic 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.
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