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Are Horizon Organic® products okay for people with wheat and gluten allergies?

We make every effort to ensure that our products are free of wheat, wheat gluten, rye, oats, barley, and malt. While it’s virtually impossible to be certain that every product is 100% free of all gluten, our products are suitable for most people with wheat and gluten allergies. People with severe allergies should consult a doctor before introducing a new food.

What coloring is used in Horizon Organic American Cheese slices?

We use annatto to produce the orange color of our American slices. Annatto is a vegetable coloring made from the seeds of the annatto tree, which is also known as achiote.

Is animal rennet used in any Horizon Organic cheeses?

No. Our cheeses are 100% vegetarian because we use organic-approved microbial enzymes instead of animal rennet to help form the curds that turn into cheese.

Are the enzymes in Horizon Organic cheeses genetically engineered?

No. The organic-approved enzymes we use in our cheeses are not genetically engineered. We use microbial enzymes instead of animal rennet to curdle milk, which is part of the cheese-making process.

Are Horizon Organic products pasteurized?

Yes. Pasteurization is the process of heating milk or cream to help eliminate harmful bacteria and to increase shelf life. Except for our shelf-stable milk boxes, all our products are ultra-pasteurized (UP). It’s a very quick process—we bring the milk or cream to the appropriate temperature for several seconds, then plunge the temperature back down. For our shelf-stable milk boxes, we use ultra-high temperature (UHT) pasteurization. The milk is heated to a higher temperature for a few seconds and then put into special packaging, so it can be safely stored at room temperature until the expiration date. Pasteurization practices are standardized and regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Is milk still considered organic if it’s homogenized? Why do you homogenize your milk?

Yes. Homogenized milk can still be organic. Homogenization is the process of breaking up and dispersing the fat in milk, which results in milk with a uniform texture. In unhomogenized milk, the fat rises to the top. Homogenization lets us offer a variety of milkfat levels, without impacting the milk’s organic qualities.

Is it safe to store Horizon Organic shelf-stable milk at room temperature?

Yes, go for it! It’s safe to store our shelf-stable milk unrefrigerated at room temperature, unopened, until the expiration date on the packaging. Its extended shelf life is possible thanks to ultra-high temperature (UHT) pasteurization and special packaging. Once you open it, the product must be refrigerated and can be expected to remain fresh up to seven days.

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