We’ve always thought of our community as more than just yogurt eaters. So we listen closely to you and, in exchange, we share how we make our yogurt and the thought that goes into our recipe and our ingredients. Lately we’ve heard questions from some of you about carrageenan, an ingredient we use in a small number of our products. So we thought we’d bring the conversation here.
We truly believe in the integrity of the certified organic label and the organic regulatory process. Because carrageenan is naturally derived from seaweed, Stonyfield and most natural and organic food companies have always viewed this material as safe. In fact, it’s been reviewed on three occasions over the past 20 years by the National Organic Standards Board – including, most recently, in 2012 – and deemed safe and appropriate for use in organic foods.
Nevertheless, we’ve been hearing an increasing number of questions and concerns about this ingredient and that some of our fans would prefer we take carrageenan out of our products completely. So we’re committed to developing new recipes that do just that for the handful of products that currently contain this ingredient. We will keep you updated on our progress. Thanks, as ever, for letting us hear from you.
UPDATE (September 26, 2014): We’re excited to share that we’re getting closer to a new recipe for our YoKids Squeezers. We’re planning on making the change in early 2015, with changes to our other recipes that include carrageenan to follow soon after.