Grandma might tell you that ¡°love¡± is the secret somethin¡¯ somethin¡¯ that makes her food taste so good ¡ª but sorry Nanna, it turns out that ingredient is not FDA-approved.
A Massachusetts-based bakery learned that recently when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took issue with it listing ¡°love¡± as an ingredient in its granola.
¡°¡®Love¡¯ is not a common or usual name of an ingredient, and is considered to be intervening material because it is not part of the common or usual name of the ingredient,¡± the FDA?wrote in a Sept. 22 warning letter to Nashoba Brook Bakery.
The letter, which followed FDA inspections at the company¡¯s Concord, Massachusetts, manufacturing facility, alleged other violations, including cross-contamination of allergens at the facility, debris found ¡°encrusted¡± on equipment and other ¡°unsanitary¡± conditions.
Nashoba CEO John Gates told Bloomberg that some of the FDA¡¯s observations, such as those regarding sanitation, were useful and the company would?take steps to address them.
Gates wasn¡¯t so pleased, however, with the agency¡¯s position on love.
¡°In the public¡¯s interest, it is a good idea to have food safety regulation. It has done well in most of the U.S.,¡± Gates told The Washington Examiner. ¡°Telling an artisan bakery that we can¡¯t list love in our ingredients in our granola feels overreaching.?It seems kind of silly.¡±
Nashoba has been in business for two decades and sells its products in about 120 stores,?according to Bloomberg, .