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From: Jo Stepaniak (
Subject: Re: Gum
Date: May 8, 2006 at 4:00 am PST

In Reply to: Gum posted by annemarie on May 8, 2006 at 2:19 am:

Traditionally, gum base is made from pure plant derivatives. Today, due to environmental depletion of these plant products, gum base is often from man-made synthetics. It's not the gum base that can be problemtatic, but additives and softeners (such as nonvegean stearates or lanolin) that can render a gum nonvegan. Most gum manufacturing is proprietary on a certain level, and manufacturers may be reluctant to reveal all their secrets. Below is a link to an article that covers the basics of chewing gum production.

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