It is often unclear as to whether the insect is killed in the process of commercially obtaining shellac as the resin is left by the insect on various plants.
Whether this resin is harvested as a residue or extracted by directly killing the insects needs further investigation.
), gives the consumer more confidence about their purchase.
Below is a list of additives arranged by their E Numbers, which either always contain animals or those which sometimes may - depending on how the additive was sourced to begin with.
Through various industrial reselling practices, a majority of glycerine originates as a by-product of soap manufacturing. This indicates that even though glycerine occurs naturally in plants, what ends up in food and soap products mostly originates from animals.