are mccormick flavor extracts safe?

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2003 - 1:29am
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i recently purchased some mccormick pure lemon extract for a cookie recipe, but when i got home i realized that there were several nut flavored extracts on the shelf with the lemon. i've called mccormick and they assured me that there are no nuts or peanuts in the plant at all--all the imitation flavors are completely synthetic, and the one "pure" nut extract (almond) is made entirely from the apricot kernel. vanilla is on a separate, dedicated line altogether, but all the others are on the same lines. has anyone else used the lemon or orange extracts, with or without problem?

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2003 - 3:11am
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I have used the orange extract for frosting with no problem. I have never thought there would be a problem with extracts. I have wondered about the almond though. So, they told you there was no natural flavoring in the almond extract?

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2003 - 3:27am
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yes, the woman assured me that there are no actual almond derivatives in the extract, only that of the apricot kernel, which apparently has a similar flavor to an almond. regardless, i'm still going to stay away from any nut flavoring (too weird for me!). here again is an instance where you absolutely cannot believe what is on the label--the almond flavor extract label specifically lists "oil of bitter almond." what if you were allergic to apricots?

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2003 - 5:55am
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I spoke to the company a few months ago and they assured me that all their spices and flavorings were absolutely safe. Whenever anyone says absolutely I always call back and a different woman told me the same thing so we use their products.

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