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Chipotle: Great Response to my Inquiry about Additives!
June 20, 2012
1:50 pm
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May 29, 2012

We've been trying to cut out anything and everything that could possibly be causing a reaction in our sensitive daughter. As my husband doesn't (know how to) cook, I am looking for a bit of relief in the form of a restaurant we can eat at when I just need a night off! We all love Chipotle, so I decided to inquire about their food, and while it took about a week to get a response, I'm very pleased to have received such a thorough, thoughtful one. They actually volunteered additional information! Thought I would share. I've included my original question at the bottom for those interested.

Chipotle's Response:
Thanks for writing to us. We do not use artificial colors, TBHQ , BHA, BHT, MSG or sodium nitrate in any of our foods. However, many foods have naturally occurring glutamic acid, an amino acid within a protein. Glutamic acid can be “free” of the protein and in the form of glutamates, the salt or anions of glutamic acid. “Free” glutamates can be naturally found in tomatoes, cheese and dairy foods, meats, and protein-rich foods. Our food is definitely protein-rich and has naturally occurring “free” glutamates. Again, we do not use MSG or any MSG-related ingredients in our food or seasonings. We also do not use ingredients such as natural flavors/flavorings, autolyzed yeast extracts, and hydrolyzed proteins – or other things that are highly processed specifically to create free glutamates to enhance flavor. We season with fresh herbs, spices and kosher salt.

As far as our corn tortillas are concerned, we use propionic acid, phosphoric acid and benzoic acid in order to preserve their freshness. I would definitely caution your daughter to be careful with her food choices and be very prudent about eating at our restaurants. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Here was what I sent (via the comment/question form on their site):
"…my daughter is extremely sensitive to food additives and preservatives. We've decided not to feed her anything unless we can confirm it does not contain them. Can you tell me what your companies policies about food additives/preservatives is?

In addition, can you let me know if you use the following in your tortillas, black beans, cheese or chips or the oil you use in frying anything? (my daughter loves your chips and eats "black-bean-and-cheese tacos" usually on corn tortillas, but occasionally on flour).
Food dyes: blue 1, blue 2, green 3, orange b, red 2, red 3, red 33, red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6

Are your corn tortillas made from anything other than corn, lime and water? Do they contain preservatives?
Thank you so much, Barbara"

~ Barbara ~ Mom of two dye-free kiddos and occasional blogger at
June 20, 2012
9:31 pm
Indie Mama
Atlanta, GA (USA)
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October 22, 2011

Classy. I appreciate their honesty. This is great to know, thank you so much for investigating and sharing this with everyone!

-Rebecca, Creator of "Die, Food Dye!" E-mail me at:
July 25, 2012
1:42 am
Winter Garden, FL
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June 17, 2012

Thank you Barbara! You just eased my mind! We have just started "trying" Chipotle. We also don't use artificial colors, TBHQ, BHA, BHT & MSG. We also exclude caramel coloring. My 4 yr old eats their pork, black beans and chips. Thanks again!

Marsha - SAHM to a 4 yr old food dye allergic son, Finley. Team Leader at Wildtree (Natural food products...soon to be 100% Organic!)
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