Yogurt is a coagulated milk product obtained by lactic acid fermentation through the action of two lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, from milk and milk products.
The sugar in plain products is from lactose, a natural sugar found in milk. Flavoured products are sweetened with the fruits that they contain and with refined white sugar. Our organic products (Bio) are also sweetened with the fruits that they contain and with organic cane sugar.
The best before date is the date until which a product will maintain its freshness and quality if it is properly kept and handled. Past this date, the product should be consumed as soon as possible since its taste, texture and nutrient value will begin to deteriorate. It’s ultimately up to you to decide if you want to consume an expired product.
Liberté products do not contain preservatives, and you should therefore respect the best before dates to fully benefit from their nutrients and freshness. Once a yogurt has been opened, it should be consumed within five to seven days.
The liquid is actually an ingredient called whey. It contains most of the yogurt’s vitamins and nutrients, and it’s normal for a small amount to rise to the surface. To fully benefit from all of the whey’s nutritional benefits, mix it into the yogurt.
It’s best not to freeze yogurt. Its nutrient content won’t be affected but its texture will change.
Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Our tofu products are produced with soya beans that are GMO free and in facilities that are not producing any product with nuts and gluten but it is not certified.
Our containers were not designed to be heated or hold hot liquids.
Liberté uses BPA-free plastics to make its yogurt containers. The containers are certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The AGRT acronym stands for the plant number. The time is the time at which the product was manufactured. This information is very helpful for product follow-ups.
Under Health Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations, all of our products must be pasteurized.
The Liberté kefirs differ in texture and in the number of bacteria they contain.
The effervescent kefir contains lactic acid bacteria, probiotics and yeasts. In fact, the yeast gives the kefir its effervescence. The authentic kefir also contains some 33 billion live active bacteria per 100 ml.
The non-effervescent kefir organic and non organic is made with 10 strains of active bacterias, but contains no yeast. It has a smoother texture, like a yogurt drink, and it has two billions of bacterias per 250 ml or per cup.
Of all the Liberté products, our authentic kefir contains the most probiotics, so it’s an excellent idea to include it in your diet. It’s best to consume kefir on a regular basis to make the most of its digestive health benefits. Start with small amounts and progressively increase the portions.
Liberté does not add gelatine to its yogurts. Instead, we add skim milk powder and milk protein concentrate for creamy and delicious products that are high in protein.
Skim milk powder and milk protein concentrate undergo few transformations. The milk used to make them meets the same standards as the milk we use in our yogurts. The filtration and low-temperature drying processes to make the powders preserve all of the original goodness of the milk’s proteins and minerals.
Most Liberté containers are recyclable, because they are primarily made from polypropylene (number 5 plastic). Only the 100 g containers sold in multipacks are not recyclable because they are made from polystyrene (number 6 plastic), which is recycled in every province except Québec.
Yogurt container: number 5 plastic (polypropylene)
Yogurt container lid: number 4 plastic (low-density polyethylene)
Kefir container lid: number 5 plastic (polypropylene)
Foil: number 4 plastic (low-density polyethylene)
Milk cap: number 2 plastic (high-density polyethylene)
Pasteurization is a preservation process in which foods are heated to a set temperature and for a set time and then quickly cooled.
Like all yogurt producers in Canada, Liberté must conduct analyses on the milk it uses to make yogurt and is prohibited from including milk that contains antibiotics or growing hormones.
Women who are pregnant require more calcium and proteins. Yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein, but, if you’re pregnant, it’s best to first speak with your doctor or nutritionist.
Our yogurt multipacks are made from polystyrene (plastic number 6), which is recyclable. However, certain municipalities in Canada and more specifically in Québec do not possess the infrastructures required to collect and recycle this type of plastic.
Various economic and political reasons explain the situation. Because polystyrene is very light, a significant amount is required to ensure the cost-effectiveness of operations to transport and recycle it. The amount of number 6 plastic does not justify these activities at this time.
Even so, polystyrene has two ecological advantages: it is very flexible and can be used to make thin-wall containers that hold the same amount of product but require less plastic. Also, polystyrene production consumes less energy than other types of plastic manufacturing processes.
If polystyrene recycling facilities were developed, the life cycle of polystyrene would be more ecological than the life cycles of other plastics.
We use a date to indicate a product’s expiry date. We print the year (two digits), the month (two letters) and the day: year, month, and day. Here are the abbreviations used:
Our range of yogourt Classique and Organic contain probiotics such as Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus casei et Lactobacillus acidophilus. Kefir contain a larger amount of strains of live bacterias.
Though Liberté products do not contain gluten, our plants have not been certified “gluten free” because our providers are not certified. However, Liberté has implemented rigorous cleaning measures and processes to limit the spread of allergens. To have more information, please contact our consumer services at 1-888-340-9306.
Besides milk, milk powder and milk protein, no other products of animal origin are used to make Liberté products. Pectines and starch are from fruit, or rice, mais and tapioca.
All Liberté organic products are certified by Québec Vrai.
The kosher certification guarantees the quality of the dairy product production process since it prohibits the addition of products such as gelatine and carmine. Liberté shares this philosophy.
Some Liberté products contain nuts:
''Greek, Seeds & Fruits'' products may also have been in contact with nuts. There's a mention on the packaging.
Products with allergens are produced on a dedicated line or in another factory.
However, event if other Liberté products do not contain nuts, our plants are not certified “nut free” because certain products from our suppliers may have come into contact with nuts. Liberté has implemented rigorous cleaning measures and processes to limit the spread of allergens.
Finally, please always consult the ingredient list before eating a product. If there's a change concerning the allergens, it will be mentionned on the pack.
Lactose intolerance is a reaction that stems from an inability to digest lactose (a natural sugar found in milk) caused by an enzyme deficiency. People who are lactose intolerant are often able to properly digest small amounts of yogurt because the lactic acid bacteria contained in the yogurt transforms the lactose into lactic acid. People who are lactose intolerant may prefer our goat milk products, since they contain less lactose than those made from cow’s milk. We recommend that you speak with your nutritionist for more information. Liberté offers lactose free greek yogourts.
Nutritionists recommend integrating yogurt into a child’s diet at nine or ten months. Children need fat for growth and brain development, so it’s best to give them yogurt with a higher fat content. Speak with your pediatrician or nutritionist to learn more.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that yield health benefits when consumed in sufficient quantities. Source: Health Canada
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency stipulates that a probiotic product must contain more than one billion active bacteria per portion at the best before date. Classic, Organic, Baby yogourts and the three kind of Kefir are containing probiotics.
No, Liberté prefers to make yogurts with natural fruit flavours with less added sugar developed in collaboration with nutritionists. To cut the sugary taste, we suggest that you add plain yogurt to your fruit yogurt or buy plain yogurt and add the flavours you prefer. Sweetening agents are not natural sweeteners.
Note: You may also choose to eat only some of the fruits in our yogurts with fruit on the bottom.
Most Liberté yogurts do not contain vitamin D. Only the Liberté baby line contains vitamin D, since child health specialists agree that many children suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. Also the new kefir (non organic) ( plain, strawberry and mango) contain some vitamine D.
The termorganic refers to the way in which a product is made. An organic product must be manufactured according to specific regulations, guidelines and principles that are applied at every process phase (production, transformation, transport, distribution, etc.). To be certified organic, products must contain 95% organic ingredients. All of Liberté’s organic products are certified by Québec Vrai.
All Liberté products are kosher, except for the following:
The cost of the kosher certification process is low, and it is not reflected in the prices of our products. The communities that consume kosher foods prefer certain products that are major sellers. These sales alone cover the certification costs.
Quebec vrai is our certification for our organic milk. On their web site it is possible to consult Canada organic standards. http://www.quebecvrai.org/files-and-documentation#docs22 The cows must eat 60 % of grass, fresh/dry fodder or sillage (ref. 6.4.3 b, c) The ruminent must go outside or exercise inside the barn during winter and must have enough space to express normal pattern of behavior (ref 6.8.1 a, b and 6.8.7) If you need more information contact Quebec vrai.
Like any Organic product, when producing or preparing organic products, it is forbidden to use any products produced from genetic engineering. These are not compatible with the general principles of organic production and therefore are not accepted under the Organic Production Systems – General Principals and Management Standards (CAN/CGSB-32.310-215).