Soya Allergy Warning
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not as straightforward as you might think.
The fact is, this ingredient and allergen is creeping up on us in places you might not expect, causing issues for supply chains, businesses and consumers across all industries.
Here at MIGHTY we keep things real. We want to be open and transparent with all our customers about the ingredients we use, where they come from and really importantly any allergens!
That’s why we’ve made the decision to remove ‘soya free’ off all of our product packaging.
One of the main reasons for this is that soya is commonly grown as a rotational crop with other plants. This means that the same field may be used for soya one year, and then planted with another crop the following year. During this rotation, some soya seeds or residues may remain in the soil, which can then contaminate the subsequent crop.
Another issue is supply chain contamination. In many cases, different crops are handled and transported in the same facilities, which can lead to cross contamination between the crops. This is particularly true for smaller farms and processing facilities that may not have the resources to separate and handle different crops separately.
The increase in popularity of soya crops in Europe is also contributing to this problem. As more farmers begin to grow soya, there is a greater risk of contamination within the local supply chain.
Overall, the issue of soya cross contamination in European yellow split peas is a complex one that requires careful attention from farmers, processors, and regulators to ensure food safety is maintained.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Our suppliers are taking every step possible to eliminate this risk and have implemented a preventative measures at various stages of the supply chain. As part of this we required that soy is not stored in the same containers as yellow split peas, as well as evaluating and auditing all suppliers and their measures regarding this risk.
Our supplier has also implemented soya measuring. Unlike other allergens such as gluten which has a 20mg/ kg limit to claim a product is GLUTEN FREE (EU and US definitions), there is no regulated limit on soya.
As such, they have chosen to follow the recommendations of VITAL (Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling), and have limited the soya traces in their pea protein isolates to be less than 5mg/ kg.
This means that soya levels in our drinks will be below 0.2mg / kg.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
While we are doing everything we can to limit mitigate the risk of cross-contamination in our products, there is no legal standard to which we are able to claim SOYA FREE.