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I baught some pasteurized process cheese product - I know, I shouldn't have, but it was cheap. Here is the list of ingred:

cultured milk, water, whey, cream, modified whey protien, sodium citrate, modified food starch, salt, calcium phosphate, milk protien concentrate, lactic acid, sorbic acid, sodium phosphate, enzymes, vit d3. Contains: milk. Is this safe to eat? I'm leery of modified food starch, but if it was derived from wheat wouldn't that have to be listed after contains, like milk? I hope someone can clear up my confusion on this, as I see it on a lot of food products.

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If it was wheat, it would have to labeled as such. Any of these ways is compliant:

1. "Modified Wheat Starch" in the ingredients list;

2. "Modified Food Starch (Wheat)" in the ingredients list; or

3. "Contains: Wheat" as a separate statement (optionally combined with other allergens).

None of those appear, so it isn't wheat. It is most likely corn--I would not worry about it. I have never seen MFS derived from rye or barley.

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