Undeclared flour additives

It has come to the Real Bread Campaign’s attention that a UK flour miller is adding fungal amylase to most of its bread flour but not declaring it on their bags or sacks.

Undeclared flour additives

It has come to the Real Bread Campaign’s attention that a UK flour miller is adding fungal amylase to most of its bread flour but not declaring it on their bags or sacks.

As fungal amylase does not fulfil its function until the baking stage, we understand that it cannot be deemed a processing aid and so, as an artificial additive, should be declared on the label.  In April 2016, we contacted the Food Standards Authority (FSA), which advised:

“…if an enzyme is used as a processing aid in the treatment or processing of a food and it has performed this role before the food is supplied, information about its use does not have to be passed on. If, however, an enzyme is added to a food as a processing aid but it is still working in the food or will not perform this role until the food is processed further down the chain, information as to its presence as an ingredient would have to be passed on until the point the enzyme has performed its role as a processing aid.”

Not Real Bread

By the Campaign's definition, a loaf made from flour or mix containing added enzymes, so-called 'processing aids' or other non-mandatory artificial additives is not what we call Real Bread.

Additive free flours

List last updated 23 June 2016

The following independent mills have advised the Campaign that none of their flours contain any artificial additives, other than mandatory ‘fortificants’ added as required by provision 4 of the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998:

  • Bacheldre Watermill
  • Fosters Mill
  • Gilchester Organics
  • Heage Windmill
  • Heatherslaw Corn Mill
  • Laxey Glen Mills*
  • Mungoswells Malt & Milling
  • Shipton Mill
  • NR Stoate & Sons

*Located on the Isle of Man, exempt from the UK 'fortification' regulations and do not  add anything to their flours.

Other mills

  • Doves Farm Foods - does not add amylase, however some flours contain artificial additives, which are declared on the label
  • Marriage's - Advised that they add amylase to all of their bread flours, with the exception of Chelmer White
  • FWP Matthews - Adds E300, α-amylase and xylanase to its own-label T55 flour

We await responses from the following independent mills we emailed to ask whether or not their flours are free of added enzymes and other non-mandatory artificial additives:

  • Carr's
  • Heygates
  • Wessex Mill
  • Wright's

We invite all UK mills to let us know whether or not they include non-mandatory addtives in their flours and will amend this page accordingly the next time we do an update.

Our email address is: realbread [at] sustainweb.org

In the meantime, if you want to know whether or not any other mill is adding anything to its flour that it does not declare on its label, you will need to contact its owner/operator

If they are, and you believe this is in breach of labelling regulations, you should consider submitting a complaint to your local authority’s trading standards department/officer.

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