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Tell the FDA: Crushed Beaver Anal Sacs Are Not a "Natural Flavoring" ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

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Tell the FDA: Please stop allowing "castoreum" to be considered just another "natural flavor" and require food manufacturers to include it on the ingredients. Customers deserve to know when they're eating bizarre animal products

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Cher C (1426)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 7:53 am

Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
phone (888) INFO-FDA (888) 463-6332)
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For years, various food companies have been using "castoreum" to flavor ice cream and other foods. The problem? Castoreum is a fancy word for a compound from the crushed anal "sacs" of beavers.

Not only is this stuff disgusting and inhumane, it's kept totally secret. Under FDA rules, companies don't need to include castoreum on the ingredients list -- they can just call it "natural flavoring".

The FDA normally just hears from big business lobbyists, but if we all speak out, we can demand they adopt honest rules about this disgusting practice. That's why we need everyone to sign our petition to them!

From Wikipedia
castoreum: is the exudate from the castor sacs of the mature North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) and the European Beaver (Castor fiber). Within the zoological realm, castoreum is the yellowish secretion of the castor sac in combination with the beaver's urine, used during scent marking of territory. Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail. The castor sacs are not true glands (endocrine or exocrine) on a cellular level, hence references to these structures as preputial glands or castor glands are misnomers. Today, it is used as a tincture in some perfumes and as a food additive.


Kelly R (303)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:07 am

Constance F (418)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:13 am
OMG. Thank you for posting ! Absolutely, done.
The contact page posted will bring you to another page where consumers can email their comments. Email contact for consumers:

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:17 am
Will call and/or email. NEVER trust any processed food/drink that has "natural flavors/flavoring" listed ias as ingredient. Better yet....don't buy/eat any processed food at all...they don't call it "junk food" for nothing.

Cher C (1426)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:21 am

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Past Member (0)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:57 am
Thanks sent to the fda

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 9:39 am
Sent a lengthy email. This is disgusting and unnecessary as an ingredient in ANYTHING a person ingests. Not to mention more than likely a cruel and inhumane undertaking in the getting of it.

naomi c (55)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 10:34 am
signed. thank you.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 11:43 am
email sent, noted

Lenicka R (60)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 1:21 pm
In perfumes they do the same, but then from the anal gland of a Civet cat
It's painful and the cats are held in captivity.

. (0)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 1:31 pm
Twittered. Now you know why I always read the labels and research the ingredients.

Valerie Plejdrup (5)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 2:31 pm
Please note, the entire food industry uses only 300 lbs of castoreum per year. Your chances of finding a product containing this extract are slim at best. One major brand ice cream manufacturer makes over 100 million gallons of ice cream per year. Thatís 450 million lbs per year. Do the math.

Diane K (134)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 7:42 pm
Disgusting. Noted

. (7)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 9:01 pm
awful, noted

Danuta W (1250)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:44 am

Donna B (36)
Monday September 17, 2012, 4:44 am
Yuck. Noted. Thx Cher.

Carol H (229)
Monday September 17, 2012, 5:35 am
noted, action to be taken!!!

Leslene D (84)
Monday September 17, 2012, 7:44 am
Noted - and thank God I don't eat meat or fish. What bizarre things will humans partake in next. We are wicked, callous, cruel and flipping insane.

Ruth R (246)
Monday September 17, 2012, 10:47 pm
Thanks for the info.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 12:22 am
Horrid especially for us vegetarians, I think. Certainly the labeling should show this is an ingredient.

My dog has had blocked anal glads twice and I can say for sure that I wouldn't want to eat what came out during the treatment!

Nancy C (806)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 7:12 am

Jim P (3257)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:59 am
Petition signed.

There is a proposition in California to have GMO's labeled.
Maybe this will also help to have other items labeled as well.
YES on Proposition 37.

Ty, Cher.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:33 pm

Joe R (190)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 3:27 pm

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 3:38 pm
Cher your passion as always is my inspiration. Signed & posted to Twitter.
Also a thank you to Vicky P. for the same petition posted by Sara .

Petra M (259)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 3:44 pm
signed, thank you !

Jason S (50)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:22 pm

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:46 am

Thanks!! Posted in:  ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in: HEALTHY Eating - 10 Petitions - New!!!!
Please Join & Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java & Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, Clouded Leopards, Sun Bears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! AGAINST: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Global Warming, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Pet Trade, GMO Food, Vivisection…  Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, & Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:58 am
Another problem of HONESTLY LABELLING an ingredient that
just as:
PALM OIL, labelled as "VEGETABLE OILS"(???)

BUT usually big CORPORATIONS DO NOT WANT US TO KNOW!!! because they KNOW that WE ARE NOT GOING TO CHOOSE, PICK from the Supermarket shelves & BUY "THAT" PRODUCT!!!! THIS IS DONE PURPOSELY = for their MONEY & GREED...

Lisa N (207)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:43 pm
E-mail sent, thanks Cher.

Buffy F (93)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 1:21 am
Done and shared!!!

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:24 am
sent, thanx Cher...have signed many petitions regarding this vile, act and ingredient...

Barbara Erdman (63)
Monday October 22, 2012, 3:06 pm
Noted and Thnx Cher :0

Nancy B (308)
Thursday October 25, 2012, 5:38 pm
Noted and tweeted. Thanks for educating me; I would never have thought crushed anal glands would be considered natural.
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