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Is szelak vegan?

Szelak is a non-vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is szelak?

Szelak, also known as shellac, is a natural resin secreted by the female lac bug. Commonly used as a food glaze or coating, szelak provides a glossy and protective finish to various confectionery products such as gummy candies, chocolate-covered nuts, and jelly beans. It is also utilized in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and wood finishes. Although szelak is derived from an insect, it is considered safe for consumption and has been approved by regulatory agencies worldwide. Its versatility and natural origin make it a popular choice in the food industry for adding a touch of shine and protection to sweet treats.

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