The term “spice” on a food label can mean “any aromatic vegetable substance in the whole, broken, or ground form, except for those substances which have been traditionally regarded as foods, such as onions, garlic and celery; whose significant function in food is seasoning rather than nutritional… Spice, natural flavor, and artificial flavor may be declared as “spice”, “natural flavor”, or “artificial flavor”, or any combination thereof, as the case may be” based on FDA regulations.

Health considerations

“Spice” is a nondescript umbrella term, and may include allergenic items. Individuals sensitive to items which do not require mandatory labeling should contact manufacturers.

May be found in

Processed foods


U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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