Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between the kinds of Sesmark crackers? Sesmark offers a variety of crackers, each with several variations.
- Sesmark Sesame Thins - A rich and robust cracker made from wheat flour and sesame seeds, slow baked to perfection.
- Sesmark Savory Thins - A crisp and tasty cracker produced with a nutritious rice base, enhanced with sesame flour, sesame seeds and other ingredients. Always baked, never fried.
- Sesmark Rice Thins - The lightest and crispiest of the Sesmark cracker range, rice based crackers are lightly baked to perfection and have no wheat flour at all.
- Sesmark Savory Rice Minis - Rice flour based with corn masa added in some varieties, these light mini crackers offer lots of flavor in each and every bite.
- Sesmark Ancient Grains - Heart healthy snacks that let you experience robust flavors from a time long before modern “food processing.
- Sesmark Multigrain Chips - They're delicious. They're all natural. They have no transfat. And they're made with whole grains.
What is Gluten? Gluten is a component of the protein in wheat, rye, oats and barley. Common food items that contain gluten include many breads, bagels, pastries, pasta and pizza. Related Links: http://www.csaceliacs.org/
What is Celiac Disease? Celiac Disease is a life-long inflammatory condition of the gastro-intestinal tract that affects the small intestine in genetically susceptible individuals. Gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, reducing its ability to absorb adequate nutrients from food, resulting in illness that may resemble malnutrition. The treatment for Celiac Disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. For more information on Celiac Disease click the Web site link provided. http://www.csaceliacs.org/
Are any Sesmark crackers gluten free? The following Sesmark varieties are all gluten free and safe for a person with Celiac Disease: Rice Thins in Sesame, Brown Rice, Teriyaki and Cheddar; Savory Rice Thins in Original, Teriyaki and Toasted Onion & Garlic; and Ancient Grains in Sea Salt and Parmesan Herb. Our Gluten Free products are routinely tested using the ELISA method to ensure there is less than 20 parts per million gluten. For your convenience, we list all ingredients on our packaging and in the product section of the website.
What is the shelf life of Sesmark Crackers? It varies with the type of cracker. Most have a shelf life of twelve months, although the Sesame Thins have a shelf life of seven months.
How should I store Sesmark crackers? Sesmark crackers should be stored in a cool, dry place. They do not require refrigeration.
Are Sesmark crackers natural? All Sesmark crackers are all-natural. This means that they contain NO artificial flavors, NO artificial colors, NO preservatives,
On some of the ingredient statements, it says there is "natural flavor". What does that mean? Our Natural flavor is a wheat-free soy sauce.
What is the source of the maltodextrin in Sesmark? Maltodextrin is from a corn source.
What is Whole Grain and why is this important? Whole grains include grains like wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, rye - when these foods are eaten in their "whole" form (more on that later). Eating whole grains has been shown to reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Health experts, including the FDA, advise that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet, and that it's important to eat at least half our grains as "whole grains." Related Links: http://www.wholegraincouncil.org
Are Sesmark crackers made with whole grains? All Sesmark crackers are made with good grains including rice, corn, and wheat. Three varieties - Rice Thins, Brown Rice, Savory Thins Black Sesame & Garlic, Savory Thins Cracked Wheat & Sesame are made with enough whole grains to qualify for the whole grain council seal. Related Links: http://www.wholegraincouncil.org
What is MSG and is there MSG in Sesmark? Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer and an additive in foods. It used to be that monosodium glutamate (MSG) was primarily found in Asian foods as a flavor enhancer, but its use is now widespread. MSG looks like white crystals like that of salt. No, there is no MSG in any Sesmark cracker. Some ingredients used in the crackers, such as yeast extract, are naturally high in amino acids including naturally occurring glutamic acid that is a component of MSG. The FDA does not require that these products be labeled as containing MSG. Anyone with a severe sensitivity to MSG may want to consider whether they choose to consume these types of products. Related Links: http://www.holisticmed.com/msg/
Are Sesmark crackers suitable for vegans? Most Sesmark crackers are fine for those following a vegan diet. The exceptions, which contain some dairy ingredients, are:
- Sesmark Sesame Thins - Cheddar
- Sesmark Rice Thins - Cheddar Flavor
What is a food allergy? The immune system mistakenly believes that a harmless substance, in this case a food item, is harmful. In its attempt to protect the body, it creates specific antibodies to that food. The next time the individual eats that food, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals and histamines in order to protect the body. These chemicals trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin or cardiovascular system. Related Links: http://www.foodallergy.org
Are there any other potential allergenic materials in the factory? A list of potential allergens for Sesmark are:
- Pecan Pieces
- Sesame Seeds and Sesame Oil
- Poppy Seeds
- Wheat Flour
- Seasonings which contain dairy ingredients
- Soybean Oil
Each package contains specific information as to ingredients used and potential allergens used elsewhere in the plant.
What kind of rice flour is used in the Savory Thins and the Rice Thins? All of these items use white rice flour, with the exception of the Brown Rice Thins, which uses brown rice flour.
Which products contain eggs? No Sesmark crackers contain eggs as an ingredient.
Which products contain sugar? See the nutritional panel declaration for the sugar content of each individual item.
Which products contain sodium? All Sesmark crackers contain some sodium. See the nutritional panel declaration for the sodium content of each individual item.