Eli5: How come spices can list spices as an ingredient without specifying what they are?

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Like you’ll buy a Mcormick blend and it smells like oregano but its called “garlic and onion magic”, and the ingredients are: Salt, Spices, Pepper, Spices, Garlic, Onion etc. Thanks

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Anonymous 0 Comments

The [FDA](http://www.fda.gov/)’s criteria for something to be considered a “spice” include:

* Any aromatic vegetable substance in the whole, broken or ground form.

* The significant function in food is seasoning rather than nutritional.

* Material is true to its name and no portion of any volatile oil or other flavoring principle has been removed.

# Exceptions

Exceptions to this rule include, salt and any ingredients traditionally thought of as food. Things like garlic, onion, celery or anything derived from a fruit, vegetable, meat, fish or poultry that are commonly understood to be food rather than flavor must be declared by their common name regardless of the form, or processing, i.e. dried, powdered, granulated etc.

source:[Labeling Spices in Ingredient Statements (otmenu.com)](http://otmenu.com/labeling-spices-in-ingredient-statements/)

Anonymous 0 Comments

This one always gets me. I get horrible migraines from MSG but it’s usually categorized under flavours so I doesn’t have to be listed in ingredients