Review: Orchids Wasabi Powder - 2 oz pack
THIS IS A DANGEROUS PRODUCT
Ingredients as stated on the package
Horseradish, mustard, corn starch, sugar, salt, FD&C yellow no. 5, 6 and blue no.1.
Other information: Simply add water to Wasabi Powder and enjoy authentic Wasabi.
Made by: Manufacturer not stated.
Manufacturer Information: Product of Japan.
This is the first product that I have come across that comes in a plastic packet. It is not resealable, so you either have to use it all at once or find another container to put the balance into. There is no indication on the packet how to keep the powder fresh after the packet has been opened. Mind you the powder is so cheap that it is probably expected that you throw away the product you don't use.
Overall Rating 0 stars out of 5
Wasabi Content: None - score 0/5
No Artificial colour: Does - score 0/5
No Artificial Flavor: Does - score 0/5
Contains No Horseradish: Does - score 0/5
Another powder that contains absolutely zero true Wasabia japonica. Once again the ingredients list is different to other fake wasabi powders. This one has to have 2 different FD&C yellow colours in it - as if one wasn't enough. Yellow #6 is regarded as a toxic chemical and is banned in the UK and most European countries. The FDA in the US still allow it to be used in food and cosmetics.
Another powder to keep clear of if you are looking for the True Wasabia japonica (Wasabi) powder.
What the unnamed ingredients mean.
Yellow #5 also known as Tartrazine
Yellow #5 is Tartrazine and as such requires a special warning on food packages sold in the European Union. No such warning requirement exists in the United States, although Tartrazine (or Yellow No. 5) is always supposed to be identified on ingredients lists when used in packaged foods. Tartrazine appears to cause the most allergic and intolerance reactions of all the azo dyes, particularly among asthmatics and those with an aspirin intolerance.
Yellow #6 also known as Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S
Out of the numerous artificial dyes under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&C), Yellow #6 is currently considered one of the most harmful, in comparison to other colors. Yellow #6, a toxic chemical, is a sulfonated form of Sudan I. This poisonous substance was one of the original petroleum azo compound dyes developed in the late 19th century during the European textile boom. Sudan 1 is classified as a level three carcinogen. People express an allergy to yellow #6 and experience symptoms, such as hives, asthma and skin rashes. The British Food Standards agency has since banned the use of this dye in any food or cosmetic product.
Blue #1 also known as Brilliant Blue FCF
This is an organic compound classified as a triarylmethane dye, reflecting its chemical structure. Known under various commercial names, it is a colorant for foods and other substances. It is denoted by E number E133. It can be combined with Tartrazine (E102) to produce various shades of green. It has the capacity for inducing allergic reactions in individuals with pre-existing moderate asthma. In 2003, the U.S. FDA issued a public health advisory to warn health care providers of the potential toxicity of this synthetic dye in enteral feeding solutions.
You can purchase 100% Pure Wasabia japonica rhizome powder here. This powder is freeze dried to retain all the ITC content and contains no additives.
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