Frequently Asked Questions
Are the dairy ingredients used in SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products organic?
We use Certified Organic milk (from cows) in our products.
Do any of the SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)?
No, SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products do not contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The National Organic Program (NOP) standard prohibits the use of genetically modified organisms (defined in the standards as “excluded methods”) in organic operations. A genetically modified organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using techniques in genetics generally known as “recombinant DNA technology.”
Recombinant DNA technology is the ability to combine DNA molecules from different sources into the one molecule in a test tube. SEEDS OF CHANGE® seeds and the crops in which our food products are derived from are developed through natural selection and breeding techniques.
What SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products are gluten-free?
Some of our Ready to Heat pouch products do not have ingredients containing gluten; however, they are made on shared production lines with other products that do contain gluten. Please contact our Consumer Care Team at 1-888-762-4240 for more information.
In our manufacturing facilities, we perform a thorough cleaning of the production lines between production runs (hot water / sterilization / high pressure air). Although we use good manufacturing practices, there is no way we can guarantee that the lines are 100% free from cross-contamination. Good Manufacturing Practices or GMPs is a term that is recognized worldwide for the control and management of manufacturing and quality control testing of foods and pharmaceutical products. GMPs are enforced in the United States by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Are any of the ingredients in any SEEDS OF CHANGE® Product irradiated?
No ingredient or seed in any SEEDS OF CHANGE® Product is irradiated.
SHELF LIFE / STORAGE INQUIRIES
What is the shelf life of SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products?
SEEDS OF CHANGE® Ready to Heat pouches have a 15-month shelf life.
How do you read the manufacturing code on the bottles, jars, and cartons?
All SEEDS OF CHANGE® products have a "Best Before" date printed directly on the packaging. Under the "Best Before" date is the manufacturing code. The first 3 numbers indicate the year and week when the product was made. The first number is the last digit of the year and the second and third digits are the week of the year. For example, a code that begins with "612" was made the 12th week of 2016.
Storing Unopened Product
Unopened SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products should be kept in a cool (less than 80°F), dry, insect-free area, away from odoriferous material of any kind.
Do any of the SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?
We do not add MSG to any SEEDS OF CHANGE® Product. However, glutamates occur naturally in some ingredients (e.g., tomatoes, mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, etc.).
What is Quinoa?
This is a gluten-free ingredient. It is an ancient South American grain that has the highest protein content of all grains. Upon cooking, the germ from the quinoa is loosened away from the seed and you can observe thin, pale-colored sprouts floating on the surface of the cooking water and dispersed throughout the cooked product. The quinoa is washed and polished prior to packaging.
Are the spices used in the SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products irradiated?
All of the spices used are Certified Organic and are not irradiated.
What SEEDS OF CHANGE® Products are vegetarian appropriate?
Our SEEDS OF CHANGE® Ready to Heat Rice are vegetarian appropriate.
Is there Bisphenol A (BPA) in the plastic pouch packaging?
Bisphenol a (BPA) is not a component of the pouch material used for our SEED of CHANGE® Ready to Heat plastic pouches.
For best results we recommend using the following suggestions when warming SEEDS of CHANGE® Pouches in a conventional oven: Use an oven-safe pan (with the largest cooking surface so that the rice is evenly spaced out on the pan). Cover the pan with foil and cook at 325º F to 350º F for about 30 minutes. Since oven temperatures / calibrations vary, check the rice after 30 minutes.
Stovetop (Saucepan) Directions
Massage pouch to break up any lumps. Fill a medium saucepan with water to approximately three quarters full. Place the unopened pouch in the water (completely submerged) and bring to a boil. Boil for approximately 12-16 minutes. Remove pouch from water with tongs, be careful the pouch will be hot. Open pouch and serve immediately.
Stovetop (Skillet) Directions
Gently squeeze the sides of the pouch to break apart the rice and pouch contents into a skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of water and heat. Stir rice occasionally until heated thoroughly. Serve immediately.
Reheating Refrigerated Rice
To re-heat refrigerated rice, add 2 tablespoons of liquid per cup of rice. Cover and heat about 5 minutes on top of the range or oven or in the microwave oven, cook on high about 1-1/2 minutes per cup.
For best results, we recommend that a tested soup recipe be followed and adding the rice to the finished soup recipe.