Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Beetle Secretions in Skittles?

I got the following infographic from thedailygreen.com. I need to look further into what exactly the "beetle secretions" mentioned below are. I know that cochineal beetles are used for red color, but I haven't heard of their use for shine. Could these be another set of beetles? I'm really confused, considering that Skittles are listed to be free of animal-products in a comment recently posted by a reader here. Perhaps they are not counting insects as animals?

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13 comments:

Kiran said...

OMG!! Beetle secretions?! Beaver Anal Glands?!

Dawn said...

Very interesting! Although personally I think that whoever made the poster should not have included two types of additives on one sheet...while rennet might 'sound' gross, it's simply making good use of the whole animal (as with other icky animal parts)...in my mind, they don't belong on the same page as additives derived from carcinogens and other potentially poisonous chemicals.

aliciag said...

the lac bugs' secretions are what constitutes for shellac and it is mixed with alcohol to make the paint coating and the resin is also what is used to make skittles shiny. HOWEVER, skittles is owned by the company mars and they recently removed the gelatin and shellac from their ingredients used to make skittles however they are a large corporation that does detrimental harm to animals through their testing and i still wont consume their products nor give them my consumer dollars.

EMR said...

Even if the animal fat is used for the same then there should be a mention and honesty is the best policy of any brand wants to retain the customer.With the media being easily available and readers and customers becoming more aware it will be difficult if the strict vegan consumer file a suit.

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itchylittleworld said...

What can I say except YUCK! Just horrible, but better to know I suppose.

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I think the key is to learn from one another, so the more information out there to the masses, the better. With this in mind I’ve started a blog hop for anyone dealing with allergies, eczema, or asthma, either for themselves or as a caregiver. If you’re interested in joining, please add a comment. I’d love to welcome you to the group. http://itchylittleworld.wordpress.com/blog-hop/


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Anonymous said...

What people don't tend to understand is that it isn't that food additives are gross, but that things like beetle secretions taste good.

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