Ingredients from Animals
Discovering animal products on an ingredient label is not always easy. Products that are derived from animal have many different names that do not always indicate that they are animal by-products, so it is important to know how to recognize these ingredients on labels.
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Below is a list of ingredients that are animal by-products. This is not an exhaustive list, by only the products that we have come across.
If you find a product or ingredient that you cannot verify as animal free, always contact the manufacturer for verification.
Albumen or albumin – Egg or animal by-product
Ambergris – Sperm whale by-product
Anchovies, Anchovy paste or other fish
Bone char – Used in the production of white sugar
Casein – Cow milk protein
Carmine or Carminic acid – Insect by-product used as a coloring agent in food and cosmetics
Castoreum or Castor – North American beaver by-product used in perfume and in food as “natural flavoring”
Chitosan – Shellfish by product used in pharmaceuticals
Cochineal or cochineal dye – Insect by-product used as a coloring agent in food and cosmetics
Collagen – Marine or cattle by-product used in cosmetics
Confectioner’s glaze or Confectioner’s resin – Insect by-product used in food and pharmaceuticals
Estrogen or estradiol – Animal by-product used in cosmetics, skin and hair care products
Gelatin – Animal by-product used in food products, health and beauty products and cosmetics
Guanine – Made from crushed fish scales. Commonly found in mascaras, nail polishes and lipsticks
Isinglass – Fish by-product used in wine making and beer brewing
Lac Resin or shellac – Insect by-product used in food wax and food products for shine
Lanolin – Sheep by-product used in cosmetics
Lard – Animal by-product used in prepared foods, health and beauty products and cosmetics
Pepsin – Hog by-product used in cheese production and supplements
Rennet – Cattle by-product used in cheese
Resin or Shellac – Insect by product used in food wax and food products for shine
Retinol – Animal by-product used in cosmetics
Squalene – Shark by-product used in skincare products
Tallow – Animal by-product used in candle and soap production
Whey or whey protein – a milk product