One year ago this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its ruling regarding the use of silicon dioxide in organic foods, beverages and supplements, creating a deadline to limit and in some applications, stop its use (except as a defoamer) by November 3, 2014.

As a result of that decision, organic food, beverage, and supplement manufacturers have been reformulating with Nu-FLOW®, RIBUS’ organic rice hull-derived ingredient. RIBUS will be showcasing their silicon dioxide replacement as well as other clean label ingredients at the Annual IFT Meeting and Expo, June 22-24, 2014 in New Orleans, booth 4241.

“Consumers are more educated about ingredients and are looking for clean, easy to read labels,” explains Steve Peirce, co-founder and president of RIBUS. “Using our ingredients, producers can maintain the same ingredient functionality, but remove the chemistry sounding additives from the product label.” he added.

The holder of numerous U.S. and international patents, RIBUS uses rice bran and hulls from U.S. farms to make a variety of ingredients that serve many functions. They emulsify (bind oil and water), carry flavors, help dry ingredients flow freely, and increase output of extruded cereals, snacks, and pasta. Use of the ingredients results in clean labels as well as processing efficiency, output increases, reduced breakage, and added yields which translates to reduced cost-of-goods and increased profits.

RIBUS is founded on the basic tenets of environmental sustainability. Its patented technology enables 100 percent of the rice crop to be used for human consumption.