“Clean” is not a certification. It is a concept that describes products with a minimal number of ingredients, where those ingredients are natural or naturally derived, minimally processed, and transparently sourced. All ingredients should offer a nutritional or functional benefit. There is currently no industry standard for “clean.”
An example of a fine chocolate product that might fall under the “clean label” concept is Two-Ingredient Chocolate, which is made using only cocoa mass and sugar, no additives (such as lecithin), where the cocoa is transparently sourced and the processing is fine-tuned to the natural flavors/textures of those ingredients.
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Entry added: September 11, 2022
Verified on: September 14, 2023
Kate Cavallin, General Manager, Cacao Latitudes
Supply Chain Professional
“A Legal Look at the Definition of ‘Clean Label,’” Steven Shapiro, Clean Label Digital Magazine, Rivkin Radler Attorneys at Law, August 2017
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