Yeast Extract Frequently Asked Questions
- What does Biospringer produce?
- What is yeast extract?
- What is the difference between autolyzed yeast extract and yeast extract?
- Where can i find more information about yeast extract?
- What are the benefits of using yeast extracts?
- What sources of yeast do you use?
- Is yeast extract natural?
- How do you ensure the quality and safety of your products?
- Are Biospringer products GMO free?
- Is yeast extract vegetarian?
- Does yeast extract contain gluten?
- Is yeast extract the same as MSG?
- Are glutamate safe?
- Can yeast extract reduce salt?
- In what types of food applications is yeast extract used?
- Are your products Kosher and Halal certified?
1- What does Biospringer produce?
Biospringer produces a full range of natural yeast ingredients, including dried inactive yeasts, baker’s and brewer’s yeast extracts and baker’s yeast-based derived flavors.
2- What is yeast extract?
Yeast extract is a natural ingredient made from baker’s or brewer’s yeast — the same natural yeasts that are used to make bread rise and beer ferment. Yeast extract results from the natural breakdown of yeast cells when they are heated. The water-soluble portions are separated from the insoluble cell walls, creating a finished product that blends easily in food applications. Yeast extract has a savory taste comparable to that of a bouillon.
3- What is the difference between autolyzed yeast extract and yeast extract?
Yeast Extracts are manufactured by 4 simple steps: a) fermentation of the yeast – b) breakage of the cell wall using heat and natural enzymes also known by the scientific term of autolysis – c) separation of the yeast cell wall – d) drying of the yeast extract into a powder form. All yeast extracts go thru this natural autolysis process.
4- Where can i find more information about yeast extract?
Please, find information about yeast extract on http://www.yeastextract.info/ and on http://www.exploreyeast.com/article/yeast-extracts
5- What are the benefits of using yeast extracts?
Yeast extracts provide the perfect flavoring agent for food manufacturers who want to keep their labels clean (i.e. free of artificial flavors) without sacrificing great taste. They offer savory notes, which can improve the flavors in a wide variety of products, and help reduce sodium and eliminate MSG.
6- What sources of yeast do you use?
Biospringer uses natural baker’s, brewer’s and torula yeasts to produce its yeast derived ingredients.
7- Is yeast extract natural?
Yeast is a living organism, which has always been present in the nature around us. Yeast is considered of natural origin. Moreover the ingredient yeast extract is produced in three main steps involving physical and enzymatic processes usually recognized as natural processes.
The “natural” claim is subject to national regulation therefore we recommend you to take your own advice with regard to all legal and regulatory aspects of natural labeling for food ingredients and their usage for human consumption. Our products do not contain artificial flavors nor colors
There is no global formal legal/regulatory definition for the use of the term “natural” in food labeling. Although some countries may have a general opinion on using the term/claim “natural”; To our knowledge, only a limited number of them have issued guidance on the use of the term.
The food ingredient status and declaration vary according to the prevailing legislation:
Under EU regulation 1334/2008/EC Article 3, 2, (d), yeast extracts and dried autolyzed yeast are considered as flavoring preparations, therefore can be declared and labeled as natural flavorings (Article 16, 2).
In Canada, Biospringer products meet the natural status as per the Chapter 4.7 of Canadian Food Labeling & Advertising. The FDA also recognizes yeast extract as GRAS (generally recognized as safe).
For other information, please contact our offices closest to you
8- How do you ensure the quality and safety of your products?
We follow strict HACCP procedures to ensure the highest quality of all of our products.
Our QA systems meet the highest international standards for quality, health and safety in food products: GFSI-BRC (USA), ISO 22000 (CHINA), ISO 9001 (France), FSSC 22000 (France, Brazil and China), GMP B2 (France), GMA Safe (France), etc.
In addition, our plants are SEDEX / SMETA certified for ethical trade. Food Good Manufacturing Practices are implemented in all our production sites and we also perform sensory, microbiological, chemical, and physical tests on all lots of our products before they are released for shipping.
9- Are Biospringer products GMO-free?
Yes, all of our products are derived from non-GMO baker’s and brewer’s yeast.
10- Is yeast extract vegetarian?
Yes, yeast extract is 100% animal free. Biospringer’s yeast extracts are vegetarian and contain no animal based ingredients.
11- Does yeast extract contain gluten?
Our baker’s yeast extracts do not contain gluten as no gluten derivative is used during process.
Yeast used to produce Brewer’s yeast extracts comes from beer process and thus, because of use of cereals such as barley or wheat in beer manufacturing, Brewer’s yeast extracts may contain residual gluten;
Gluten declaration depends on local regulation therefore we recommend you to take your own advice with regard to all legal and regulatory aspects of gluten declaration and/or claim for food ingredients and their usage for human consumption.
12- Is yeast extract the same as MSG?
No, yeast extract and MSG are not the same ingredients. MSG is 100% glutamate salt and does not have a flavor on it’s own. Yeast extracts do contain naturally occurring glutamate at levels <5% but more importantly they also contribute savory flavors to food products. Many other foods such as tomatoes, peas, and parmesan cheese contain glutamate at levels even higher than yeast extract.
More information? (http://www.yeastextract.info/news-and-downloads/news/240/yeast-extract-glutamate)
13- Are glutamate safe?
Yes, glutamates also known as glutamic acid are very safe. They are naturally found in many foods such as mushrooms, beef, cheeses, peas, and yeast. Our bodies create glutamic acid as well. Glutamic acid is just one of the many amino acids in natural yeasts. Amino acids are essential for our bodies to function.
14- Can yeast extract reduce salt?
Yes, we have several products that can reduce up to 50 percent of the salt in food formulations. Our Springer® 2000 baker’s yeast extract line, which is naturally rich in nucleotides, is very efficient for reducing salt levels in various food applications. Using yeast extract can help you enjoy healthier foods without sacrificing flavor.
15- In what types of food applications is yeast extract used?
The options are almost endless. Our natural yeast ingredients can be used in a wide range of products such as soups, sauces, prepared meals, seasonings, snacks, processed meats, breadings, chocolate products, cookies, puddings, etc.
16- Are your products Kosher and Halal certified?
Yes, Our products are Kosher and Halal-certified. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.