Listing and annotation: Calcium hydroxide

Use: As a synthetic non-agricultural product allowed as an ingredient/processing aid in or on products labeled "organic" or "made with (specified organic ingredients/food groups)".

Common applications: Traditional material for conditioning corn for masa harina (flour for tortillas) and removal of molasses from sugar (clarification). Does not remain in these final products.
Suppliers claim “As with hominy, the treatment of soaking by lye or lime water balances the corn's amino acids, so there is actually more available or usable protein.

Reference: 7 CFR 205.605(b)

Date listed: 2002

Sunset Date: 6/27/2020 (original sunset 2022)