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Can You Say “Tertiary Butylhydroquinone”?

We’re constantly evaluating new products to see whether they’re worth sharing with our customers.  We value your trust, and we try to repay that by: A) only carrying the best foods possible and B) being up front with ingredient lists on the product pages so you can always make an informed choice.

As I’ve discussed before in my post about dried fruit,  we try to hold the line against certain ingredients making their way onto the Marx Foods store. When in doubt, natural is good…and not natural is bad.  We’re planning on adding some new chorizos to the store soon to round out our cured meats and sausage sections, but have rejected several offerings because of what’s in them.

MSG is out for sure and we decided to cut one product due to Yellow 5…but then we hit several other items that appear to be less clear-cut: BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone), Propylene Glycol and Glyceryl Monooleate.  Ultimately we decided to cut them because we’ve gotten this far without crossing that line, and because that isn’t really the sort of food I want to sell on the Marx Foods store.

That said, if you’ve got an argument that we’re being over-paranoid and should bring them into the fold, I’d love to hear it.  We’re not food scientists and we definitely make it a point to err on the side of purity, quality and sustainability whenever possible…maybe sometimes we’re cutting off our proverbial nose to spite our faces?




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2 Responses to “Can You Say “Tertiary Butylhydroquinone”?”

  1. 1
    Ann says:

    I admire your principles and discipline. May your tribe increase.

  2. 2
    Justin says:

    Thanks, Ann!



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