Clean vegans: please look away!
Wines and Beers
Wine is clarified, or cleared, after fermentation. Some of the ingredients used include:
– edible gelatines (made from bones)
– isinglass (made from the swim bladders of fish)
– casein and potassium caseinate (milk proteins)
– animal albumin (egg albumin and dried blood powder)
In the UK beer (bitter) is also commonly found using isinglass. Many bottled bitters and most lagers are vegan.
Beware: Guinness is not suitable for vegans.
Most spirits are vegan except for Campari (contains cochineal) and some Vodkas (passed through bone charcoal).
Some refined sugars use bone charcoal as a decolourant.
In the UK~: Tate and Lyle and Billingtons sugars are free of animal substances.
British Sugar, trading as Silver Spoon (the largest UK supplier) state that their white sugar is vegan, but they cannot guarantee their brown sugars as some bone charcoal may be used by their suppliers.
No data is presently available concerning sugar in other countries.
In the UK all Kellogg’s products are unsuitable for vegans as Vitamin D3 (of animal origin) is added.
Watch out though, since the almond- raisin variety contains animal-based glycerine.
Many manufacturers use whey as the flavour carrier.
Please express caution as to what crisps are vegan.
Most manufacturers are really awful when it comes to placing animal derivatives in their products.
Learn to be a fastidious label reader and avoid doubtful products.
UK foods have “E” numbers listed in the ingredients, with no mention as to the source of these E numbers.
Ones to definitely avoid include:
120 – cochineal
542 – edible bone phosphate
631 – sodium 5′-inosinate
901 – beeswax
904 – shellac
920 – L-cysteine hydrochloride
calcium myoinositol hex phosphate, lactose, sperm oil, spermaceti
Possibly animal derived:
101,101a,153,203,213,227,270,282,302,322,325,326,327,333,341a,3 41b,341c, 404,422,430,431,432,433,434,435,436,470,471,472a,472b,472c,472d ,472e,473, 474,475,476,477,478,481,482,483,491,492,493,494,495,570,572,627, 635
calcium heptanoate, calcium phytate, diacetone-glyceryl, glyceryl diacetate, glyceryl triacetate, glycine, leucine, monoacetate, monoacidic, ox stearin, triacetin and any unspecified flavourings.
(Adapted from the VEGAN-L FAQ by Michael Traub.)