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Is castor castoreum vegan?

Castor castoreum is a non-vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is castor castoreum?

Castoreum is a natural flavoring and fragrance ingredient derived from the castor sacs of beavers. These glands are located near the beaver's anus and produce a yellowish-brown, strong-smelling substance used by beavers to mark their territory. Castoreum has been used in food, cosmetics, and traditional medicine for centuries, valued for its musky, vanilla-like flavor and aroma. While castoreum is considered safe for human consumption, it is a relatively rare ingredient due to the difficulty and expense of obtaining it, and is mainly used in high-end products.

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