Not Your Sugar Mamas Chocolate | USDA Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan & More!

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Not Your Sugar Mamas | 0 Comments

Over the years, we’ve worked hard at Not Your Sugar Mamas to make sure we’re offering the very best product with the healthiest ingredients available anywhere. We’ve earned many certifications from the USDA and other third parties to verify the quality of our products. Here’s a list of the verifications we’ve earned and what they stand for.

USDA Certified Organic

Per the US Department of Agriculture, “the USDA organic seal verifies that the product has 95% or more certified organic content. If the label claims that it was made with specified organic ingredients, you can be sure that those specific ingredients are certified organic.” (here)

That means our NYSM certified organic products contain ingredients that were each individually certified organic by the USDA therefore making the finished product certified organic! The crops that make up the ingredients in our food products did not come in contact with irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and gmos (we’ll get to that). The farmland on which the crops are grown has been free from prohibited chemicals for at least.

Certified Gluten Free

Our products have been verified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. All GFCO certified products comply with USDA standards required to label a product “gluten-free”.

Per the FDA, for a product to be labeled “gluten-free” it must not contain an ingredient that is: “1) a gluten-containing grain (e.g., spelt wheat); 2) derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour); or 3) derived from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat starch), if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food. Also, any unavoidable presence of gluten in the food must be less than 20 ppm.” (here)

The GFCO goes a little further, requiring ingredients to contain less than 10ppm of gluten. Additionally, all manufacturing plants are inspected at least once a year and submit product testing on a regular bases. (here)

Vegan Verified & Earth Kosher Certified

Our products are Vegan and Kosher Certified by EarthKosher. EarthKosher inspects our production facilities on an ongoing basis and ensures that the ingredients we use are in compliance with vegan standards.

Per EarthKosher’s founder Rabbi Goldman, the vegan standard requires that “a product contains no animal products or animal product derivatives whatsoever, i.e., zero tolerance. In addition, we do not permit under any circumstances vegan products bearing our vegan symbol to be manufactured on equipment that is employed for non-vegan products.” (here)

Since our products do not contain animal products, like milk and eggs, they in coherence with religious law required for Kosher products.

Youth Trade Certified

YouthTrade is a certification for entrepreneurs under 35 that are committed to Conscious Capitalism. Conscious Capitalism, Inc trustee Ed Freeman sums up our point of view on being entrepreneurs and founders of NYSM:

“We need red blood cells to live (the same way a business needs profits to live), but the purpose of life is more than to make red blood cells (the same way the purpose of business is more than simply to generate profits).”  (here)

At NYSM, we strive to build a socially conscious company that meets the needs of our ethically-conscious consumers. We believe that high-quality, nutrient dense food made with positive intention and love makes people feel really good. We take care to source responsibly grown ingredients to fairly-treated growers.

Non-GMO Project Verification

We recently announced our Non-GMO Project verification. This achievement ensures to our customers that you are guaranteed to be consuming ingredients that are in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. To achieve this status, we must follow rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability of our ingredients to prevent contamination.

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria and viruses to produce insecticides and survive heavy doses of herbicides. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and, contrary to industry claims, have not been proven safe to humans or the environment.

In more than 60 countries throughout the world, including several in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. (here

Find all these verifications displayed on our label!
(Note: Because we've just recently received Non-GMO Project Verification, our labels haven't yet been updated to display that logo.)


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