Our standards help us keep our shelves clean, but they don’t mean much without research to back them up.

That’s why we write all of our manufacturers to make sure that we have the most current ingredient information. If a manufacturer cannot verify the quality of the ingredients and production, we remove the product from our shelves. Knowing that the manufacturing process can change frequently, we update our records several times a year.

 

You shouldn’t have to worry about what’s in the food you’re buying; let us do that.


WHAT YOU WON'T FIND ON OUR SHELVES:
 
Antibiotics All of our meat and fresh dairy products, whether natural or organic, are free of antibiotics. We are proud to offer pasture eggs alongside our organic and free-range offerings. All of our fresh eggs are antibiotic free and come from chickens that are raised and treated humanely.

Antibiotics

All of our meat and fresh dairy products, whether natural or organic, are free of antibiotics. We are proud to offer pasture eggs alongside our organic and free-range offerings. All of our fresh eggs are antibiotic free and come from chickens that are raised and treated humanely.

Artificial Colors The additives used to make food more appealing are often petroleum based and linked to cancer and other conditions. We are more than happy to swap crazy colors, flavorings, and dyes for real ingredients.   

Artificial Colors

The additives used to make food more appealing are often petroleum based and linked to cancer and other conditions. We are more than happy to swap crazy colors, flavorings, and dyes for real ingredients. 

 

Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame & Sucralose) Aspartame and sucralose contain controversial ingredients linking them to disease. With limited studies on the long-term effects of these sweeteners, we'd prefer not to take any chances and have never allowed them in our stores.

Artificial Sweeteners
(Aspartame & Sucralose)

Aspartame and sucralose contain controversial ingredients linking them to disease. With limited studies on the long-term effects of these sweeteners, we'd prefer not to take any chances and have never allowed them in our stores.

BHT/BHA/TBHQ BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are preservatives used in many foods to prevent fat spoilage. We refuse to carry any products that contain BHT, BHA or TBHQ.

BHT/BHA/TBHQ

BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are preservatives used in many foods to prevent fat spoilage. We refuse to carry any products that contain BHT, BHA or TBHQ.

Cloned Meat (or Dairy from Cloned Animals) Cloned meat and dairy lacks safety testing. Pair that with the fact that companies that produce cloned meat and animal products do not have to label their products or acknowledge that they might be using cloned meat or dairy and you'll understand why we refuse to sell it.  

Cloned Meat
(or Dairy from Cloned Animals)

Cloned meat and dairy lacks safety testing. Pair that with the fact that companies that produce cloned meat and animal products do not have to label their products or acknowledge that they might be using cloned meat or dairy and you'll understand why we refuse to sell it.  

Expandex Expandex mimics the appearance, taste, and texture of wheat-based ingredients. It's typically used in gluten-free products, but the lack of safety information surrounding the chemical modification process used to make it means we refuse to carry it in our stores.

Expandex

Expandex mimics the appearance, taste, and texture of wheat-based ingredients. It's typically used in gluten-free products, but the lack of safety information surrounding the chemical modification process used to make it means we refuse to carry it in our stores.

GMOs We believe that we have the strictest non-GMO policy in the United States in spite of our dependence on the honesty of manufacturers, a flawed regulatory system, and a glaring lack of defined industry standards. We contact each and every manufacturer to obtain confirmation that ingredients are not sourced from GMOs. 

GMOs

We believe that we have the strictest non-GMO policy in the United States in spite of our dependence on the honesty of manufacturers, a flawed regulatory system, and a glaring lack of defined industry standards. We contact each and every manufacturer to obtain confirmation that ingredients are not sourced from GMOs. 

High Fructose Corn Syrup A cheap, processed sweetener, High Fructose Corn Syrup always seems to find itself in the news. Regardless of claims that it is no different from regular table sugar, we refuse to carry any products made with high fructose corn syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

A cheap, processed sweetener, High Fructose Corn Syrup always seems to find itself in the news. Regardless of claims that it is no different from regular table sugar, we refuse to carry any products made with high fructose corn syrup.

Nitrates/Nitrites These carcinogenic preservatives are found in processed meats. Rest assured, all of our meat products, whether fresh or frozen, are nitrate/nitrite free.

Nitrates/Nitrites

These carcinogenic preservatives are found in processed meats. Rest assured, all of our meat products, whether fresh or frozen, are nitrate/nitrite free.

Hydrogenated Oils Hydrogenation makes oil more shelf stable. It also damages the oil, creating trans fatty acids that are linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Hydrogenated oils have never been allowed in our stores.

Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenation makes oil more shelf stable. It also damages the oil, creating trans fatty acids that are linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Hydrogenated oils have never been allowed in our stores.

Pesticides We only carry 100% organic produce, eliminating concern over the pesticide sprays used on conventional fruits and vegetables. We prefer our produce without chemical and pesticide residue and refuse to provide you with anything but the best.

Pesticides

We only carry 100% organic produce, eliminating concern over the pesticide sprays used on conventional fruits and vegetables. We prefer our produce without chemical and pesticide residue and refuse to provide you with anything but the best.

Synthetics Certain ingredients used to make processed foods do not have a natural or organic source. When a source does not exist, alternative ingredients undergo a review and approval process via the National Organic Program. At Native Sun, we only allow synthetics that are approved by the Organic Standards Board for use in organic and natural products.

Synthetics

Certain ingredients used to make processed foods do not have a natural or organic source. When a source does not exist, alternative ingredients undergo a review and approval process via the National Organic Program. At Native Sun, we only allow synthetics that are approved by the Organic Standards Board for use in organic and natural products.

Melamine A chemical used in the manufacture of plastics and other industrial products, melamine can be toxic at high levels. We make sure to contact all of our meat and dairy suppliers to confirm that the feed they provide their animals does not contain melamine.

Melamine

A chemical used in the manufacture of plastics and other industrial products, melamine can be toxic at high levels. We make sure to contact all of our meat and dairy suppliers to confirm that the feed they provide their animals does not contain melamine.