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 - What is Tamari? What is the difference between Tamari and regular soy sauce?
 - Where is San-J Tamari Soy Sauce made?
 - Which San-J products are gluten free?
 - Are San-J gluten free products certified gluten free?
 - What steps does San-J take for gluten free products?
 - I see San-J labels of Organic Wheat Free Tamari and San-J Organic Gluten Free Tamari at stores. Are they different?
 - What type of alcohol is used in San-J Tamari?
 - What type of salt is used in San-J products?
 - Are San-J products all natural?
 - Are any San-J products certified Organic?
 - Are San-J products kosher?
 - Do your products contain GMOs?
 - Do you process products containing peanuts?
 - Where can I purchase San-J products?
 - How do I use San-J products?
 - What is the shelf life of San-J sauces and salad dressings? Do they need to be refrigerated?
 - Where is the lot code/how do I read it?


What is Tamari? What is the difference between Tamari and regular soy sauce?
Tamari is a premium Japanese soy sauce. San-J Tamari is naturally brewed and aged for up to six months using traditional Japanese methods handed down through eight generations.

The major difference between Tamari and regular soy sauce is the proportion of ingredients between soybeans and wheat. While regular soy sauce contains 40-60% wheat, San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce is made with 100% soybeans and no wheat. While the sodium level of San-J Tamari and regular soy sauce is the same, the higher concentration of soybeans in San-J Tamari gives a richer, smoother, more complex taste than ordinary soy sauce.

For more information on Tamari, please see the What is Tamari? section of this site.

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Where is San-J Tamari Soy Sauce made?

All of San-J Tamari Soy Sauce is made in San-J's production facilities in Richmond, Virginia, USA.


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Which San-J products are gluten free?
The following San-J products are certified gluten free:

- Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce
- Tamari Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce 
- Tamari Lite 50% Less Sodium
- Organic Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce
- Organic Tamari Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
- Organic Gluten-Free Tamari Travel Packs
- Thai Peanut Sauce
- Szechuan Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Sweet & Tangy Sauce
- Asian BBQ Sauce
- Orange Sauce
- Mongolian Sauce
- Tamari Sesame Dressing
- Tamari Peanut Dressing
- Tamari Ginger Dressing
- White Miso Soup
- Wakame Soup
- Tamari Brown Rice Crackers
- Tamari Brown Sesame Brown Rice Crackers
- Tamari Black Sesame Brown Rice Crackers
- Teriyaki Sesame Brown Rice Crackers


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Are San-J gluten free products certified gluten free?
Yes. All San-J Gluten Free products are made in a plant inspected and certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Look for GF symbol on San-J gluten free products. For more information on this group, please visit their website at www.gfco.org.

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What steps does San-J take for gluten free products?
San-J does not add any gluten ingredients to San-J gluten free products. The alcohol used in these products is derived from sugarcane.

We understand the sensitive nature that exists for those who suffer from gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. Since our facilities processes other products containing wheat, San-J has implemented specific sanitation methods in an effort to prevent cross contamination of wheat in our gluten free products.

In addition, we test each batch of gluten free products for the presence of gluten. Samples are also periodically sent to an outside laboratory as means of confirming the reliability of our tests.

The FDA regulation sets a threshold for gluten of less than 20 parts per million in foods that are labeled "gluten-free," “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten.” San-J gluten free products are certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization and we follow their guidelines of less than 10 ppm. All San-J Tamari Soy Sauces are tested at less than 5ppm.


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I see San-J labels of Organic Wheat Free Tamari and San-J Organic Gluten Free Tamari at stores. Are they different?
The labels for San-J's Organic Wheat Free Tamari, as well as it's Organic Wheat Free Reduced Sodium Tamari, have changed to be Organic Gluten Free Tamari and Organic Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Tamari. Did the formula change? We've updated our labels to better communicate the Gluten Free and Organic qualities of our gold label Tamari and platinum label Reduced Sodium Tamari. Whichever you choose, old label or new, San-J's Organic Tamari and Organic Reduced Sodium Tamari are certified gluten free and are the same high quality product you've always enjoyed and appreciated.


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What type of alcohol is used in San-J Tamari?
The alcohol used in San-J Tamari is derived from sugarcane.

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What type of salt is used in San-J products?
The salt used in San-J products is obtained from underground salt deposits through deep well solution mining.

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Are San-J products all natural?
Yes. All San-J products are made with 100% natural ingredients. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or MSG are added.

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Are any San-J products certified Organic?
Yes. San-J Organic Gluten Free Tamari (Gold Label), Organic Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Tamari (Platinum Label), Organic Gluten Free Tamari Travel Packs and Organic Shoyu (Bronze Label) are certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).

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Are San-J products kosher?
San-J Tamari, Shoyu, Gluten Free Asian Cooking Sauce and Salad Dressing products are all certified kosher.

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Do your products contain GMOs?
San-J participates in The Non-GMO Project. The following products have been verified by the Non-GMO project:

- Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Black Label)
- Tamari Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce (White Label)
- Tamari Lite 50% Less Sodium
- Organic Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Gold Label)
- Organic Tamari Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce (Platinum Label)
- Organic Gluten Free Tamari Travel Pack
- Organic Shoyu
- Mongolian Sauce

For more information on Non GMO Project, please visit their website at www.nongmoproject.org.

Soybeans used in all of San-J products, including the ones without a Non-GMO Project seal, are non-GMO. In addition, we have switched to Non-GMO canola oil. All products that contain canola oil with the lot code after APR114, meaning made on April 1, 2014, contain non-GMO canola oil.
However, the products without the Non-GMO Project seal can contain other ingredients that we cannot guarantee are non-GMO. We are currently working on our new recipes for those products to use ingredients only from verified Non-GMO suppliers while retaining the flavor that our customers love.



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Do you process products containing peanuts?
Yes. The following products contain peanuts:

  - Thai Peanut Sauce
  - Tamari Peanut Dressing

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Where can I purchase San-J products?
San-J products are available in the United States and Canada at natural food stores and most supermarkets. For stores authorized to carry San-J products in your area, please see the Where to Buy section of this site.

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How do I use San-J products?
San-J products are perfect for enhancing the flavors of your favorite meals. Our versatile line of sauces can be used in Eastern and Western cuisine. Use them as everything from marinades to dipping sauces to cooking sauces - the possibilities are endless.

For tips on using our products, please see the Recipes section of this site.

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What is the shelf life of San-J sauces and salad dressings? Do they need to be refrigerated?
San-J Tamari/Shoyu products (5 oz., 10 oz., 20 oz.) are good for two years unopened. Refrigerate after opening for best quality.

San-J Cooking Sauces (10 oz.) are good for 1 year unopened. Refrigerate after opening for best quality.

San-J Salad Dressings (8 oz.) are good for 1 year unopened. Refrigerate after opening for best quality.

Once opened, it is best to use within 1 month for table use and within 3 months for cooking use.

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Where is the lot code/how do I read it?
San-J prints a Best Before Date on its products. The code is read MONTH, DAY, YEAR. For example, JAN0112 means the product is best before January 1, 2012. This code refers to unopened product.

The Best Before Date can be found in the following locations:

Tamari/Shoyu & Cooking Sauces: Printed in ink on the neck of the bottle.

Salad Dressings: Printed in ink on the top of the lid

Mild & Dark Miso Soup Cups: Printed in ink on the bottom of the soup cup (you must turn the cup upside down to see it)

White Miso & Wakame Soups: Imprinted on the front of the package in the lower right hand corner

Rice Crackers: Printed on the bottom of the package

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