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Hidden non-vegetarian or vegan ingredients

Source: Hidden Animal Ingredients in Foods (dummies.com), slightly modified and extended. Can be vegan, or animal based: Glucose (dextrose) - Animal tissues and fluids (some glucose can come from ...
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Can products labeled as "produced in factory that handles milk" be considered vegan?

To me, veganism is primarily an ethical position that aims to create a world where animals are used as little as possible. Based on this, if a company doesn't intend to use animal products in their ...
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Hidden non-vegetarian or vegan ingredients

In addition to those listed above: Some flavour enhancers. While MSG and its derivatives are considered usually plant based, this is not the case with guanylic or inosinic acid compounds, which are ...
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Why does this vegan chocolate have cholesterol?

There is some confusion online about the sources of cholesterol, which can come in dietary form through animal or dairy products, or can be made internally by one's own body, for example when ...
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How do you identify cheese made with animal rennet?

In the UK, cheeses made with non-animal rennet (the majority, as you say) are typically labelled in a user-friendly way, including the text: Suitable for vegetarians and in the ingredients we can ...
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Are there any countries besides India where it is mandatory to mark food products that contain animal-derived ingredients?

Yes, Taiwan also imposes strict vegetarian labelling requirements. Food labelling in Taiwan is very detailed with separate labels for lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, buddhist-...
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Can products labeled as "produced in factory that handles milk" be considered vegan?

Assuming that veganism, roughly speaking, is a lifestyle that aims to not support animal exploitation, I would say that these products are vegan. The particles of milk that may end up on the products ...
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Are there certification labels that ensure a product is really vegan?

Could it be the same about vegan products? Well, yes. Corruption is something that has always existed among us humans. There is nothing we can do to be 100% sure, all we can is learn from our ...
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What is the standard way for conveying vegan and vegetarian as separate icons?

As for a standard way, I am not aware of there being any that is agreed upon by everyone, but from my experience, vegetarian V is usually written as a plain V in green (or with green background) and ...
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Is there a list of which UK E-Numbers aren't vegetarian or vegan?

The E stands for Europe so this advice is valid for all the EU. Here or here you can find a list of those E numbers that are not vegetarian/vegan and here you can find another which also specifies ...
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What is the standard way for conveying vegan and vegetarian as separate icons?

Nice question and project @Jobokai :) In your design, I prefer Vt and Vg - easy to understand and remember. If it helps at all, I came across this vector design on 123RF: Hope this helps.
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Is Kellogg's Chocos cereal vegan?

As for these cereals, the nutritional information you provided does not mention any animal ingredients - you can Google the ones you are not sure about, such as the obscure Color (INS 150d), since ...
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Distinguishing vegan from non-vegan candles?

It is not easy to tell if a candle is vegan because usually there is not a lot of information available about the ingredients. As was mentioned earlier in a comment candles can be made out of ...
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What is the standard way for conveying vegan and vegetarian as separate icons?

There is no standard way. Leon and other restaurants I have seen use V for vegetarian and Ve for vegan, while Planet Organic and others use V and V+. I have also seen the V embellished with a leaf ...
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How to identify a vegan supplement?

If you're just buying at the supermarket, you really can't know. There are lots of hidden animal products, especially in supplements. My advice would be to purchase them online from an all vegan ...
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Foreign food packaging: translated ingredient list is wildly incorrect and non-veg: how is this allowed?

How is this allowed? It's not allowed. Germany has very strict regulations on food imports and labeling. The way that most of these regulations work isn't that the food label has to first pass some ...
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How to identify a vegan supplement?

The answer to the question would be largely the same as for identifying vegan anything. First, look for the vegan label on the package. Usually this is either a nice green V, even nicer animal ...
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Where can vegetarians and vegans demand changes to the legislation regarding labeling of goods?

I think that for such labels, contacting associations could be a start. Creating a label is certainly a lot of work since you have to create all the rules that will reign over a veg*n product and ...
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Can products labeled as "produced in factory that handles milk" be considered vegan?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't have much (that I can find) guidance for a threshold of dairy content above which it has to be listed on the label. There is, however, an article: ...
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What is the standard way for conveying vegan and vegetarian as separate icons?

The European Vegetarian Union has put forward two labels, which have already been taken up by many continental European brands. From my personal experience, these labels seem to be the most common ...
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Are foods with zero cholesterol always vegan?

This questions states as a "trick" a common misconception: that plants do not produce cholesterol. This is incorrect, c.f. Cholesterol and Plants, E. J. Behrman, and Venkat Gopalan, J. Chem. Educ., ...
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Are foods with zero cholesterol always vegan?

There are a number of animal products or by-products that do not contain cholesterol, but are still something a vegan wouldn't want to eat. A short list of examples which may be in packaged foods: ...
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Are foods with zero cholesterol always vegan?

That's a great question! And no, foods with zero cholesterol are not automatically vegan. If some product uses egg whites, it could contain no cholesterol, but not be vegan.
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Why is Co-op Fairtrade Dark Chocolate not vegan?

I am fairly certain this is merely a labelling oversight. I would consider it vegan and buy it (in fact I do buy the bar I think you are describing from time to time). Many UK retailers do not bother ...
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Food ingredients (in the EU) where it’s uncertain whether they are vegan or not

My answer comes from this French source. If you have an English one, feel free to add it in the comment. Refined sugar: some brand use bone powder to whiten and purify sugar. Gelatin: can be from ...
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Can I tell whether E-numbered food additives are animal derived?

You need to ask the producer to determine whether any animal-based food additives were used. The rules for the green dot vegetarian mark are defined by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of ...
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Which ingredient in Cornitos Nacho Chips contains milk?

The ambiguous ingredient Flavorings is the most likely place to hide milk ingredients, assuming there are more flavours than just liquid smoke. In general, I would trust the large text that says "...
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Are there any countries besides India where it is mandatory to mark food products that contain animal-derived ingredients?

In the UK, it is not mandatory to label your products as either vegetarian or vegan. However, many products - if vegetarian or vegan - will voluntarily state if their product is veggie or vegan ...
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How to prepare beans and pulses

Dry beans/pulses and grains should always be washed before cooking them as they are whole-foods grown in the natural environment. If you think about the growing, hulling, and processing procedure ...
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Why is Co-op Fairtrade Dark Chocolate not vegan?

It may also be a financial choice. In many countries, brands have to pay to be labeled as organic, vegetarian or vegan (at least to be labeled with official, internationally recognized labels). The ...
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