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Exploring the edges of what is considered vegan. Process contamination, obscure ingredients, and products of unknown composition.

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Is the growth medium used to cultivate vitamin B12-producing bacteria vegan?

Vitamin B12 or cobalamin is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in human health. Because it is considered that active forms of B12 cannot be reliably obtained from plant foods or algae, the ...
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Is there a way of telling if foods are vegan by a single nutrient or a certain combination of nutrients?

The USDA define 235 kinds of nutrients in their database. Is there a nutrient found in all animal products and no plant foods? I read that some foods with zero cholesterol aren't always vegan. But, ...
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Are cereals or any other crop grown by humans vegan? [duplicate]

The process of growing a crop involves ploughing the land and using pesticides. While ploughing we kill many insects and worms in the soil and by using pesticides we intentionally kill the insects. ...
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Do vegans consume crops pollinated by captive bee labor? [duplicate]

Bees are used as slave labor to pollinate a huge number of crops. How do we justify the exploitation of honey bees to produce food? Avocados, almonds, and blueberries are just a few examples of crops ...
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How can I tell if this pizza is vegan?

Today the office in which I work provided pizza lunch for us, and the person ordering was extra thoughtful and ordered some additional special pizza for the few vegans who work in this office. Upon ...
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Vegan flu shot (vaccine / vaccination)

After hearing that the most common flu shots involve chicken eggs, I searched for vegan flu shots. I haven't found anything conclusive. What are my options if I want a flu shot but want to adhere to ...
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Is chili sauce vegan?

I am wondering if chili sauce is vegan. Basically this sauce is made from vegetables such as chili or garlic. It is my favourite spice so it's hard to give up.
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Is giving formula to infants acceptable for vegans [duplicate]

I have a young child and like many parents we’re supplementing her diet with formula. Now I know that opinions on breastfeeding can get heated so I want to make this clear: this question is purely ...
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Are Oreos vegan?

There are many contradictory sources on whether the classic black Oreo "Sandwich Cookies" are vegan or not. Though sold almost worldwide, classic Oreos are produced in just a handful of big factories ...
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Are black truffles vegan?

Tuber melanosporum better known as black truffles or French black truffles are a type of fungi that grows on the roots of trees. Because they grow underground, they are quite difficult to find and ...
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Are McDonald's fries vegan in Canada?

I've heard mixed information about whether McDonald's fries are vegan. There's mixed information about flavourings used in manufacture, or different fats used for deep frying. Even this recent Reddit ...
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Are crops pollinated by bringing in bees still vegan? [duplicate]

I had someone smugly tell me that I need to stop eating fruits and vegetables where bees have been brought in to pollinate them. I've responded that I'm fine with plants being pollinated by bees, but ...
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Which ingredient in Cornitos Nacho Chips contains milk?

Cornitos Nacho Chips' (barbeque flavour) ingredients seem to be completely vegan, but it says just below, "Contains Soya and Milk Products". Is it a misprint or does a ingredient contain milk? ...
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Are all German beers vegan by law?

As a longtime vegan, I'm used to looking up Barnivore. (Yay Barnivore! \o/) However, a (non-vegan) German friend of mine recently told me that all beers in Germany are vegan. When I pushed her on ...
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In which countries are McDonald's fries vegan? [closed]

I've heard mixed information about whether McDonald's fries are vegan, and then I've heard that it can vary based on which country you're in. So is there a short list of countries where McDonald's ...
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Is consensual cannibalism vegan?

As far as I understand, one of the strongest points of veganism for not consuming animals is so as not to cause animals harm or suffering. Vegans also abstain from animal products such as milk, honey ...
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Why is Co-op Fairtrade Dark Chocolate not vegan?

I am looking at a bar of Co-op Fairtrade Dark Chocolate. It is labelled as suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. The reason is not obvious to me. Here are the listed ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa ...
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Database of vegan products in the UK

Is there any online resource that I can use to check which products are vegan? I am a long time vegetarian who is trying to switch to vegan. Mostly, I cook from basic ingredients and hence it is ...
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Is organic palm oil harmful to animals?

I know palm oil production destroy the home of monkeys. However, is this still the case for organic palm oil? I'm talking about organic palm oil in the European Union since every country has ...
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Readers delight,does it need any tweaks?

I'm writing a recipe called Readers Delight! which I have shared on Genius Kitchen (previously Food.com). My goal is for the recipe to have one ingredient for every letter in the alphabet. This is the ...
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Are animal pollinated foods vegan friendly?

Some foods (e.g. almonds) are 100% reliant on animals (e.g. bees) for pollination. Are foods that are pollinated by animals regarded as vegan friendly?
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Is this coffee syrup recipe vegan or vegetarian?

I would like to know whether this coffee syrup recipe is vegan or just vegetarian. Below is the recipe: Coffee syrup ingredients: 2 cups of sugar 1 cup of coffee Directions: Put the ...
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Which menu items at a sushi restaurant are probably not vegan?

Sushi restaurants tend to have fairly standard menu (at least where I live in Canada). Aside from fish which is clearly not vegan, which other items on the menu are probably not vegan? I already ...
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Is smoking consistent with vegan principles?

Can you be a vegan and smoke cigarettes? I ask the question because I saw many people using clothes with vegan logos and making vegan campaign smoking cigarettes. I've seen sites that say cigarettes ...
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Is wine considered vegan?

As per this Wikipedia article many wines are apparently made using a catalyst that is an animal byproduct. The finings settle to the bottom and are removed. So when consuming the wine, there are no ...
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How can I identify whether the sugar in a packaged food is vegan or not?

Many packaged foods contain sugar, which may be processed using bone char. I read on the net that the usage of bone char in sugar production is decreasing. How can I identify whether the sugar in a ...
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Can I tell whether E-numbered food additives are animal derived?

Cadbury Oreo Chocolate flavor contains E322 as an emulsifier. I searched on the net and found that it can be plant or animal derived. So how do I know whether this product is vegan or not? And can ...
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Could wool from sheep living in an animal sanctuary be considered vegan?

As far as I know, some sheep need to be shorn because they were bred to produce more wool. If such a sheep is rescued from a sheep station by an animal sanctuary, which is a non-profit organization,...
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Is Kellogg's Chocos cereal vegan?

It contains Wheat solids (62.6%) {Whole Wheat Flour (31.3%), Wheat Flour (31.3%)}, Sugar, Cocoa Solids (5.4%), Minerals, Edible Vegetable Oil (Palmolein), Malt Extract, Iodized Salt, Color (INS ...
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Are veg pastries from Monginis vegan?

I might go to a party today and there will be veg pastries made by an Indian company Monginis. When I searched for these pastries, I found that milk solids are used in these cakes. Are they vegan ...
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Book manufacturing – what to look out for?

Which parts of a book, or steps in the manufacturing of books, could be non-vegetarian or non-vegan? A leather cover would be an obvious example. I also read that animal glue gets used. Anything else?...
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Was PETA's support of lab grown meat that used calf blood vegan?

PETA supported lab grown meat that used fetal calf serum even though it apparently may have involved slaughter. Is this support of a process that may involve slaughter considered vegan?
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Is brown bread vegetarian and/or vegan?

A quick Google doesn't say anything. Reading at the wikipedia article it seems like it is but I am not sure.
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Traces of non-vegan ingredients

On many products I often read through and find that all the ingredients are vegan, then there is a disclaimer following which says there may be traces of certain non-vegan items (most commonly egg or ...
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Is animal dung considered non-vegan?

In Mongolia, animal dung is collected from livestock and used as fire fuel. I think it's used because some areas they live in are poor in wood - it's used to build gers, but too rare to burn. This ...
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Are all of today's horn-rimmed glasses vegan?

So called horn-rimmed glasses seem to be getting popular again. Is it safe to assume that these glasses are all vegan and only made out of plastic nowadays, or are some producers still using actual ...
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Distinguishing vegan from non-vegan candles?

Candles can be made of various ingredients. How can commercial candles be identified as vegan based on the list of ingredients? Are there ways to check whether unmarked (e.g. homemade) candles are ...
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Which contraceptives are vegan?

There exists a wide range of methods for contraception. Some are obvious vegan (e.g. NFP), while others clearly aren't (e.g. birth control pill containing lactose). Which contraceptives are vegan? (...
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Are commercial figs vegan?

My parents have a fig tree and, apart from the occasional worm or bug that might reside in the fig and then be eaten by us, those figs are vegan and grown with vegan methods (we basically just water ...
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Are cosmetics which are tested on animals vegan?

Are cosmetics which are tested on animals considered vegan even if they only contain plant-based ingredients?
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Is usage of corals vegetarian and/or vegan?

I did a quick google on the topic and the only sensible thing was this Yahoo answer. However, I wanted to check here as well. Also, according to Wikipedia corals are animals (marine invertebrates) ...
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Is Marmite (UK) vegan?

Just to clarify, I am from the UK and so I am talking about UK Marmite: As you can see from the pot, they say it's vegetarian, but it's yeast extract, so does that mean it's not vegan? Does yeast ...
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Is there a list of which UK E-Numbers aren't vegetarian or vegan?

I often see lots of E-Numbers in ingredient lists and I know some probably aren't vegetarian, and some definitely aren't vegan.. Especially as all ofthem seem to be made out of crushed up bugs! They ...
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Are common printer ink cartridges vegan?

I saw a report on TV that food coloring can be animal-based, especially the red ones. Is it the same for common printer inks (i.e. printer brands inks)? If so, is there a vegan alternative?
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Is using bee's wax OK for vegans?

I am not vegan, but was wondering whether vegans will use bee's wax. My guess is that, given most won't eat honey, the answer is no but the method of collecting wax can be different, for example it ...
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Would vegans eat fruits with worms?

Many organic fruits might come with worms inside. Some kind of fruits (like guayaba and mangos during the tropical rainy season) are very likely to have worms inside. Is it vegan to eat them? How do ...
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Can a fertilizer be vegan?

Can fertilizer be classified as vegan? If so, what requirements are imposed on it? Is it enough to say that no animal products can be used, or is the discussion more nuanced for fertilizer?
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Are all contact lenses vegan?

It has been asked before whether things (such as sugar, water, tea or condoms) that do not obviously involve the use of animal derivatives might or not be vegan. Here my question is about contact ...
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Can products labeled as “produced in factory that handles milk” be considered vegan?

I know about some vegetarian labeled products that do not contain any non-vegan substances per se, they are just being produced in factories that produce other products which, in turn, contain dairy ...
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Do some vegans avoid using cookware that's previously been used to cook meat?

We have a "mixed diet" household, so much of our cookware has (at some point) been used to cook meat, poultry, or fish. However, I also like to cook vegan food for vegan friends who visit. I know ...