Frequently asked questions

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Why FreeYumm?

FreeYumm is a mom-owned business focused on providing healthy and whole food snacks that are free from the top 9 allergens. All of our foods are made with quality ingredients that focus on inclusive eating for healthy families on-the-go!

So many people are loving FreeYumm snacks because they are:

  • Gluten-free + Non-GMO
  • Perfect for on-the-go snacking
  • Easy to digest for those with food sensitivities and/or intolerances
  • Great for health conscious individuals, or the whole family

Where are FreeYumm foods produced?

All FreeYumm snacks are made in our dedicated bakery in Vancouver, Canada.

Why is a dedicated facility so important?

Most food manufacturers either share their facility in order to reduce costs, or they simply hire another facility to make the food for them. We built our own facility, so we know it is clean as a whistle – and we keep it that way. We aren’t “hoping” that things will be ok and our co-packer cleans the equipment properly. We built it clean and we keep it clean. There is no point leaving peanuts out of the ingredients list if, in the end, the product “May Contain Peanuts”. A dedicated facility means this: no allergens in = no allergens out.

What are the top allergens?

The US has identified a list of the 8 top allergens, and most countries use this core list of allergens, which account for more than 90% of food allergens. Many countries will also add other allergens to the list, adapting their allergen control according to local concerns. For instance, Canada has developed a list of the top 10 allergens.

Canada’s Priority Allergens

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Mustard
  • Peanuts
  • Seafood (Fish, Crustaceans and Shellfish)
  • Sesame
  • Soy
  • Sulphites
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat

The United States’ Priority Allergens

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Crustacean shellfish
  • Soy
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat

What does school friendly mean?

Nut-free food is a requirement at many schools these days. All FreeYumm snacks are made in a peanut-free and tree nut-free facility, so they are safe for kids to take to school. In addition to peanuts, our goodies are free of the other major food allergens (milk, eggs, wheat/gluten, soy, tree nuts, sesame, seafood and sulphites) so many more people can enjoy them too!

Why are FreeYumm cookies and bars individually wrapped?

At FreeYumm, we make snacks that are free of the top 9 allergens. Our bars and even our cookies have been individually wrapped to ensure there is no cross-contamination- to protect those with severe food allergies.

Is FreeYumm packaging recyclable?

Our boxes can be recycled through your community’s recycling program. Our wrappers aren’t recyclable yet, but it is FreeYumm’s ongoing mission to find environmentally friendly packaging, and as soon as we source a viable option, we will be sure to move forward with it.

What are Purity Protocol Oats?

Oats are naturally gluten free however they can be contaminated by wheat, rye or barley during farming, processing and storage. Purity Protocol is a farm-to-plate method of ensuring that oats are gluten-free and have met requirements for seed stock purity as well as criteria for harvesting, transport, storage, processing and manufacturing.

Are FreeYumm products gluten-free?

Yes! FreeYumm foods are gluten free. Our standard exceeds the Purity Protocol standard, and we maintain this standard with strict practices and testing.

Is gluten an allergen?

No, gluten is not an allergen. People with an inability to digest gluten have what is called Celiac Disease, which is a food intolerance and can be mild or extremely severe, depending on the person.

What is the difference between a Food Sensitivity, a Food Intolerance and Food Allergy?

Food Sensitivity – A food sensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food that other people can safely eat, and includes food allergies, food intolerances, and chemical sensitivities.

Food Intolerance – A food intolerance is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It occurs when something in a food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or breakdown the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance. Eczema, stomach and intestinal troubles, headaches and even behavioural issues are just a few of the symptoms people demonstrate when suffering from a food intolerance.

Food Allergy – A food allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food, usually a protein, as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling an “invading” food. The most common food allergies are peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds), fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, soy products, and wheat.

I think I might have a food allergy; how can I tell?

Because we are not doctors at FreeYumm Foods, we cannot give out medical advice. We would recommend you speak with your doctor for further information,  and visit food allergy support sites such as FARE or Food Allergy Canada.

Are your ingredients Non-GMO and organic?

FreeYumm snacks are Non-GMO Project Verified. Where possible, FreeYumm chooses organic ingredients, however this is not always possible as the most important aspect of FreeYumm ingredients sourcing is the assurance that they are free of the top allergens. Being allergen free will trump all other items on our wish list when sourcing ingredients. It is important to note that by eliminating the top allergens, we have automatically eliminated the most genetically modified food sources currently produced.

Are FreeYumm products Kosher Certified?

Yes! FreeYumm foods are Kosher certified.

What is coconut palm sugar?

Coconut palm sugar is an unrefined brown sugar with a rich, caramel flavour. It is produced by tapping the nectar from the coconut palm blossom. The sweet nectar is dried and forms into whole brown sugar crystals, creating one of mother nature’s most incredible sweeteners.

Does FreeYumm contain coconut?

Our products do not contain coconut. We use coconut palm sugar in our bars and cookies. However, coconut palm sugar is derived from the flower of the coconut palm and not the coconut itself. And just to be sure that our bars and cookies are indeed free of coconut we regularly test for the presence of the coconut protein.

What sweeteners are used in FreeYumm products?

On our mission to make yummy, shareable snacks, we have found that using a blend of different sweeteners simply tastes best. Pure Maple Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar and Organic Honey offers a depth of unique flavour and aroma in our baking. Each sweetener has been carefully selected for our bar and cookie recipes.

Are all FreeYumm foods vegan?

Our cookies are vegan and our bars contain organic honey, and as a result are vegetarian.

Does FreeYumm Foods sponsor or provide special coupons for events?

Yes, on occasion FreeYumm Foods will take on special events and work with organizations that support allergy awareness and healthy living. It is a case-by case basis so please feel free to reach out to info@freeyumm.com with a proposal and we would be happy to review and get back to you.

Will FreeYumm be introducing new foods in the future?

Yes! At FreeYumm Foods we are passionate about being a brand that is constantly evolving and catering to the needs of our customers. So stay tuned and let us know if there is a product you’d like to see from FreeYumm.