What are sulphites, why do so many foods contain them & why isn't it being declared on labels?

Sulphites are substances that are naturally found in some foods. They are used as an additive to maintain food colour, shelf-life and prevent the growth of fungi or bacteria. Sulphites are also used in food packaging like cellophane. Sulphites are also used as an aid during many manufacturing processes including the hydrolysation process in making collagen & bone broth. Like many everyday foods on the market this product 'May Contain': Very small trace elements of naturally occurring sulphite residue from the manufacturing Process (≤10mg/1kg = ≤10ppm ).

No added sulphites

Under the Australian Foods Standards Codes, added sulphites must be declared on the label of a packaged food when present in foods in a concentration of 10mg/kg or more to allow consumers who are sensitive to sulphites to avoid them. Our Manufacturers have confirmed in the product PIFS that the sulphites in our collagen are resultant as a residual processing aid, they are not added to the end product, however they do exist in concentrations of equal to or less than 10mg/kg, also commonly referred to as "parts per million" or "ppm". P360 therefore would be ≤10ppm - however for transparency we want to declare it because it is on the cusp of being declarable. Saname does not need to declare this on any of our other collagen products because other ingredients have been added to the P360 collagen - ie. Coffee Collagen has Coffee and P360 Collagen. Superbone has bone broth powder, herbs, spices & P360 Collagen, however - for complete transparency we have included this declaration on the labels, even though they are way under minimum declarable concentration levels. You will notice that most other collagen products on the market do not disclose that their products also contain sulphites, because they have added other vitamins, minerals, salts or fillers so they don't legally have to declare it because it will be under the 10ppm (but it is still there!)

In comparison the usual SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) content of Australian wines in 250mg/Ltr (250ppm) and 300mg/Ltr (300ppm) for your sweeter wines, that's 25 times higher the concentration that may be present in our P360 with ≤10mg/1kg (10ppm). Even some organic & biodynamic wines contain some sulphur dioxide as grapes naturally produce SO2 gas during the fermentation process. So if you laid out side by side - 1kg of dried apricots, 1 Litre of wine & 1kg of P360 Collagen, you would be looking at the following sulphite concentrations:

  • 1kg of Dried Apricots ~2000-3000ppm
  • 1 litre of Australian Wine is ~250-300ppm
  • 1kg of P360 Collagen is ~10ppm.

What other foods and drinks may contain sulphites?

Other Foods and drinks that often contain sulphites include:

  • Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Fruit and vegetables juices
  • Fruit fillings and syrups, jams, jellies and other preserves
  • Dried fruits and vegetables, like apricots, coconut, raisins and sweet potato
  • Cereal, Muesli, Granola, cornmeal, cornstarch & crackers
  • Dehydrated, mashed, peeled and pre-cut potatoes, including French fries
  • Tomato pastes, pulps and purees
  • Condiments like horseradish, ketchup, mustard, pickles and relishes
  • Vinegar and wine vinegar
  • Bottled lemon and lime juices, cordials and concentrates
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic wine, beer and cider
  • Baked goods, including granola bars (especially with dried fruits)
  • Deli meats, hot dogs and sausages
  • Dressings, gravies, sauces and soups
  • Dehydrated fish, crustaceans and shellfish
  • Noodle and rice mixes
  • Soy products
  • Gelatin (Collagen) or pectin
  • Sweeteners like dextrose, glucose solids and syrup and molasses
  • Medications and pharmaceuticals

Many of these above products contain way higher concentrations of sulphites than the levels in our range, so if you are not sensitive to consuming the above products then you more than likely are not even going to notice it it our products as our range may contain very small trace elements of naturally occurring sulphite residue as a by-product of the hydrolysation process. International scientific committees and FANZ have thoroughly investigated the safety of sulphites and concluded that for most people sulphites are safe. If you have chosen a lifestyle of avoiding sulphites completely then sadly there is no collagen in the world that doesn't contain any sulphite residue, many of the other collagen's on the market haven't disclosed this on their labels because they have added a pinch of salt or other minerals, vitamins, ingredients or fillers. Only 1g of salt needs to be added to a 100kg batch of collagen and then the sulphite level is well below the declarable amount and therefore legally doesn't have to be declared on the label & they therefore don't have to let the consumer know that it is in there at all. At the end of the day, if you don't actually have a sulphite allergy or sensitivity and it's purely a lifestyle choice to avoid sulphites in their entirety. Should there be an exception to the rule? Are you sacrificing all of the amazing benefits of Collagen because we have chosen to actually disclose that it "May Contain - Trace amounts of Naturally occurring Sulphite Residue"?

Ingredients: 100% P360 Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides (Bovine) * Contains Sulphites (All collagen worldwide naturally contains sulphites resultant from the hydrolisation process)

Did you know that daily ingestion of collagen has been found to reduce many types of allergies and reduce food sensitivities because of the natural stimulation that it provides to the body. This leads to an increase in your own natural collagen production, improved resilience, immunity & functionality in the whole body. This is all part of balancing the hormones, systems and creating a steady state of homeostasis in the body.