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L-CYSTEINE

Posted on October 06, 2011 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

A reader asked about L-Cysteine not being listed on labels. VRG Researcher Jeanne Yacoubou replied: L-cysteine can in certain situations be in products without it being listed on a label. This is the case, for example, in some prepackaged kits, such as pizza. The premade dough may have L-cysteine but it doesn’t have to be labeled since it’s not part of the finished product. This, and other similar products, could be other likely places for unlabeled L-cysteine.

L-cysteine may also serve as a reaction flavor which is used to make other flavors. Only the latter are in the final product and so only they need to be labeled.

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