Vriendly.org-Vegan guidelines

VRIENDLY vegan label

International guidelines

 

  1. Preamble for a vegan world
  2. The VRIENDLY vegan label as a universal symbol for certified vegan products and production facilities and filling stations
    • Product certification
    • Certification of production facilities for direct sales such as restaurants, cafes, etc.
    • Certification of filling points such as unpackaging shops and the like.
  3. VRIENDLY vegan guidelines for vegan products
    • Definition of "vegan"
    • Differentiation from products that are colloquially referred to as "vegetarian"
    • Exclusion of ingredients
    • Exclusion of genetically modified organisms (GMO)
    • Use of culture media, protozoa, fungi, algae, etc.
    • Animal testing is prohibited
    • Rules on possible contamination / cross-contamination
    • Hygiene rules in production & preparation are not purely vegan production facilities
    • Animal components in fertilization and packaging
  4. Compliance controls, inspections and consequences of violations
    • Control upon application
    • Sample exams
    • Testing of products on the market
    • Online reporting option by consumers
    • On-site checks, inspections
    • Audit, document reviews, supplier declarations
    • Laboratory controls
    • Consequences of violations
  5. Licensing process
    • costs
    • Processing time
    • Registration of the applicant
    • Application for licensing the product (s)
    • Application for the licensing of a production facility / filling point
    • Examination of the application documents by the licensor
    • Granting of the license (s), assignment of the product IDs or manufacturer ID
    • Sending the license certificate (s)
    • License validity, license withdrawal / revocation or suspension of validity
  6. Use of the license, the VRIENDLY vegan label and the license certificate
    • Sustainability in printing on packaging
    • Online use of the VRIENDLY vegan label
    • Use of the certificate
    • Use of the various VRIENDLY vegan label stickers
    • Use of the VRIENDLY vegan label on menus, notices, filling stations, etc.
    • Photos & recipe suggestions on packaging etc.
  7. Severability clause, final provision
  8. attachment
    • List of prohibited substances
    • List of prohibited, animal E-substances
    • List of critical E-substances
  9. marketing
    • Style guide

 

 

  1. Preamble for a vegan world

 

According to a current Forsa survey (06/2020), 55% of Germans describe themselves as “conscious flexitarians”! This group has the greatest influence on the nutritional transition towards a plant-based diet, which we want to support with our activities. With every purchase, every meal, every type of consumption, we can all have a positive impact. Many companies are already involved in making the world a little vegan. We would like to bring these companies and conscious consumers together for our world, animals and people. Support companies and consumers with the VRIENDLY vegan label and let us work together to make the world vegan! Every step, no matter how small, helps, especially when more and more people join in. Join in and help. Thank you also on behalf of the next generations!

 

  1. The VRIENDLY vegan label as a universal symbol for certified vegan products, production facilities and filling stations

Die Welt ist kompliziert und wir machen es oft noch komplizierten mit all unseren Regeln. Das muss aber nicht zwingend so sein. Das VRIENDLY Vegan-Label ist das weltweit universell einsetzbare Label zu Kennzeichnung, dass etwas vegan ist.

As a universal vegan label, it is suitable for labeling vegan products of all kinds, regardless of whether they are food, personal hygiene, cleaning agents, printed matter, clothing, beverages or cosmetics. Animal proportions are used in all of these areas and we want to reduce this by making it clear which product does not contain animal proportions or animal testing. These products are allowed to carry the VRIENDLY vegan label and even receive an individual product ID and an entry in our online database.

But what do you do when products are not (no longer) packed? For example in a café, restaurant or one of the modern unpackaged shops? The VRIENDLY vegan label is also used here. At the front door of these companies you can see whether it is certified with the VRIENDLY Vegan Label and whether you can safely eat, drink or shop unpacked. If the company does not only offer vegan products, vegan products are marked with our VRIENDLY “V” logo directly on the menu or at the filling station. This makes shopping safer and increases awareness of vegan products.

  • Product certification

The VRIENDLY vegan label can be used for almost all types of products. Because consumers are increasingly careful to consume and shop in an ethically correct manner, the VRIENDLY vegan label is used for food, beverages, cosmetics, personal hygiene, etc., etc. Vegan certification actually makes sense for every type of product.

The VRIENDLY vegan label contains a unique product ID that consumers can use to check the authenticity and validity of the certification online. This prevents abuse like with other labels.

  • Certification of production facilities for direct sales such as restaurants, cafés, etc.

The VRIENDLY vegan label lets you see at the front door whether you will be served vegan food and drinks safely and whether the staff has been trained and sensitized to it. This avoids misunderstandings and cross-contamination during preparation. We certify purely vegan cafes and restaurants free of charge. With all others it is necessary to ensure that certain preparation standards are adhered to. For this we provide rules and tips up to and including cookbooks. These companies also receive small "V" stickers from us to identify the vegan dishes on the menu or in the display. In addition, all companies receive a certificate to hang up and the VRIENDLY vegan label for the entrance door. The certificate has a unique company ID that consumers can use to check authenticity and validity online.

  • Certification of filling points such as unpackaging shops and the like.

Unpackaged stores are springing up everywhere because people want to avoid packaging waste and especially plastic. We do justice to this fact and certify it by applying our guidelines here as well in order to avoid cross-contamination and to ensure that our VRIENDLY "V" logo on the individual filling containers immediately indicates whether it is a is a vegan product. The certification is visible to customers through a certificate with an individual ID that can be checked online and the VRIENDLY vegan label for the door.

 

  1. VRIENDLY vegan guidelines

Die VRIENDLY Vegan-Richtlinien sind besonders genau und ausführlich, sowie vergleichweise umfangreich. Wir garantieren dadurch höchstmögliche Sicherheit und Qualität im Sinne von Konsumenten und Unternehmen. Dabei ist es trotz des Umfanges doch sehr einfach: Keinerlei tierische Zutaten & keine Tierversuche.

  • Definition of "vegan"

VRIENDLY understands the term vegan "as" plant-based ". Due to the modernization of our society and the manufacturing possibilities, we are expanding the definition to “non-animal origin”, so that, for example, synthetic fibers in clothing are also vegan. We are happy when manufacturers use natural ingredients and raw materials. In the definition of vegan, however, petroleum-based artificial leather is just as vegan as artificial leather made from pineapple or other natural raw materials.

Except for the actual ingredients, no animal products (e.g. for clarifying beverages) may be used in the manufacturing process. Animal experiments are of course also not permitted.

 

  • Differentiation from products that are colloquially referred to as "vegetarian"

VRIENDLY deliberately does not offer a label for so-called "vegetarian" products, which may contain milk or eggs. These animal products are also associated with animal suffering, environmental pollution, etc. In recent years, innovative companies have developed so diverse products that milk and eggs can now easily be replaced by vegan products.

Some labels that identify vegan and vegetarian are often confused because of the similarity of words.

 

  • Exclusion of ingredients

In general, the licensed products must not contain any animal ingredients.

Also, no animal products may be used in production, even if they are filtered out again in the end product. This applies, for example, to the clarification of wine, beer or fruit juices for the use of gelatine, blood, chitosan, casein or fish bladders. Likewise, cleaning refined sugar with animal charcoal (bone charcoal) is not permitted.

This regulation applies analogously to all flavors, enzymes, carriers and additives in every processing stage.

The list of excluded substances can be found here:

  • Examples of excluded substances for different product categories
  • excluded animal-based E-substances
  • critical E-substances, which can be of animal or vegetable origin

 

  • Exclusion of genetically modified organisms (GMO)

The VRIENDLY Vegan Label does not allow any genetically modified ingredients, even if they are allowed in some countries. Due to the unfortunately unavoidable cross-contamination during cultivation, transport and processing, our requirements correspond to the currently valid ones EC regulation 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feedwhich allows contamination of less than 0.9%. (Exception Japan until 2025)

 

  • Use of culture media, protozoa, fungi, algae, etc.

The rules for excluded ingredients apply in all production and processing stages. All bio-technical methods using nutrient media, protozoa, fungi, algae, bacteria, etc., such as fermentation with vegan yogurt, vegan cheese alternatives or tempeh, must also be taken into account. All of these must also comply with the provisions of 3.3. and must not be of animal origin, whereby animals are to be understood in the sense of multicellular cells (except mushrooms) with their own metabolism (not light-based).

 

  • Animal testing is prohibited

There is an absolute ban on animal testing for all ingredients, auxiliary materials and any auxiliary materials used for processing. This of course also extends to animal experiments in which third parties carry out commissioned work for the manufacturer.

Exceptions are only allowed in the sense of product tests for products intended for animals on the respective target animal species.

 

  • Rules on possible contamination / cross-contamination

The highest hygienic standards must be applied during production. This applies in particular if non-vegan foods or products are also manufactured in the production facility. After each production run, all containers and surfaces must be cleaned in such a way that non-vegan traces of a maximum of 0.1% are not exceeded. This is randomly examined by the licensor in laboratory controls.

The manufacturer can mark possible traces of allergens on the products. In the case of traces, we assume below 0.1%, so that these products are still vegan. There is no obligation to identify these theoretically possible trace entries.

 

  • Hygiene rules in the preparation of non-100% vegan catering establishments

In cafés, restaurants, etc. that do not exclusively process vegan foods, cross-contamination must be avoided. All possible precautions are to be taken.

  • Storage in different, closed containers
  • Preparation in or with separate kitchen appliances such as cutting boards, knives, bowls, pans, baking trays, cake molds, milk frothers etc. - if this is not technically possible, appropriate cleaning must be carried out before each use. Ideally, the aids for vegan preparation should be labeled and stored separately.
  • Separate use of aids such as cooking water or deep-frying fat - e.g. no French fries in the same fat as chicken nuggets

 

  • Animal components in packaging and fertilization

For the cultivation of the processed plants, organic vegan farming would of course be a perfect prerequisite. Unfortunately, these products are currently not yet available in sufficient quantities. Therefore cultivation is not part of the certification.

The same applies to the packaging of the products. If possible, animal ingredients should also be avoided here, e.g. in the case of the adhesive for the labels; nevertheless, the packaging is not part of the certification.

In terms of fertilization and packaging, VRIENDLY is happy to offer advice on vegan alternatives free of charge and, if necessary, arrange contacts with relevant producers.

 

  1. Compliance controls, inspections and consequences of violations

Das VRIENDLY Vegan-Label will Verbrauchern und Unternehmen Sicherheit bieten. Daher gibt es ein mehrstufiges System und verschiedene Kontrollinstanzen und Level. Das VRIENDLY Vegan Label bietet besonders vielschichtige Kontrollen bei trotzdem sehr geringen Kosten.

 

  • Control of the application

The application for the VRIENDLY vegan label is generally made online by entering all data by the applicant. This rules out transmission or read errors. All data is checked by VRIENDLY vegan specialists. If there are any concerns or problems, the applicant will be contacted directly; otherwise, processing will continue.

 

  • Sample exams

The licensor can request free product samples from the applicant for testing at any time. This is handled randomly according to the random principle or if there are concerns or ambiguities in the application. The applicant bears the costs for samples and shipping. VRIENDLY will assume the costs of any laboratory controls that may be necessary.

 

  • Testing of products on the market

The licensor permanently purchases randomly licensed products in the shops and subjects them to various tests and laboratory tests. The purchase takes place covertly and without notice. VRIENDLY as the licensor bears the costs for acquisition and testing.

 

  • Online reporting option by consumers

Using the individual license ID, every consumer can check online whether the certification is genuine and valid. After entering the product ID or the EAN number of the product, the database entry for the respective product appears. If the consumer has concerns about the purity of the product, he / she will find a report form here to report problems directly to VRIENDLY. The licensor will follow up on every input at short notice and, if necessary, check existing concerns about the product up to a laboratory test. The licensor VRIENDLY bears the costs.

No other label offers such permanent consumer involvement.

 

 

  • On-site checks, inspections

VRIENDLY regularly carries out announced and unannounced inspections of certified companies and production facilities. In the catering sector in particular, there are mostly unannounced controls. VRIENDLY bears the costs for this.

At production facilities, controls are usually carried out by appointment. These should be carried out once a year. Laboratory tests are carried out in the event of suspicion. If possible, the controls are carried out by specially trained employees / members of the licensor, also to keep costs low. However, the licensor can also commission external service providers. Dates and costs borne by the licensee will be clarified in advance. VRIENDLY aims to keep costs as low as possible.

UPDATE: In times of COVID 19, controls via mobile video conference are also possible in exceptional cases. The licensor decides on this measure. There are then no costs for the licensee.

 

  • Audit, document reviews, supplier declarations

The licensor regularly checks possible risks with the ingredients and recipes. When using so-called critical substances, usually E-substances, which theoretically can also be of animal origin, the licensor can request a supplier declaration from the licensee. It is therefore advisable that the licensee obtain confirmation from his sub-suppliers that critical substances are not of animal origin.

In preparation for on-site inspections, a self-assessment is requested from the licensee in advance in order to identify critical points at this point in time and, if necessary, to clarify them. The focus of the examination is production and personnel hygiene, ingredients and production. In special cases also ripening processes and storage.

For audit planning, the licensor can also request photos or videos from the production facilities in order to prepare, facilitate or, in exceptional cases, suspend the on-site inspection.

 

  • Laboratory controls

The licensor regularly carries out randomized laboratory controls at its own expense. The same applies to suspected contamination or cross-contamination and sometimes also to consumer reports.

Grundsätzlich trägt der Lizenzgeber VRIENDLY die Kosten, um den Lizenznehmern möglichst geringe Kosten für das VRIENDLY Vegan-Label zu ermöglichen und ihn zu motivieren, weitere vegane Produkte zu entwickeln und lizensieren zu lassen. Eine Ausnahme bildet ein vorsätzlicher Verstoß gegen die VRIENDLY Vegan Richtlinien durch den Lizenznehmer. Nur in diesem Fall trägt der vorsätzlich vertragsbrüchige Lizenznehmer die Laborkosten.

 

  • Consequences of violations

If suspicious cases emerge during controls, these are discussed immediately with the licensee. If the deficiencies can be remedied easily and at short notice, this measure is carried out and the matter is done.

If the defects are larger or if it can be proven that products already on the market do not meet the VRIENDLY vegan guidelines, a recall will be carried out or the sales outlets and consumers will be informed of the type and extent of the contamination, stating the batch number or similar .

If production cannot be stopped and the problem resolved, the licensor can suspend the license for a necessary period of time. If it is not possible to remedy the defects in the long term or if the VRIENDLY Vegan guidelines have been deliberately violated, the license can be withdrawn at the discretion of the licensor.

This information is also provided in the VRIENDLY database, which every consumer can access by entering the product ID or the EAN code.

In contrast to other vegan labels, in case of doubt it is also noted whether a license is suspended or has been withdrawn. The greatest possible transparency and consumer protection are maxims of the VRIENDLY vegan guidelines!

 

  1. Licensing process

The VRIENDLY vegan label offers maximum consumer safety at minimum costs for the licensee. This is based on the one hand in the fact that VRIENDLY eV is a recognized non-profit association and profit interests are not in the foreground, on the other hand in a perfected, digital licensing process.

 

  • costs

The cost model for the VRIENDLY vegan label is a kind of flat rate model. Each license costs the licensee € 99.00 (net, as of July 2020).

Regardless of whether it is a product, restaurant, café, ice cream parlor, unpackaged shop, shop with filling station. Invoices are issued plus the applicable German VAT. If you enter a VAT ID outside of Germany, the amount will of course be calculated net.

The licensing costs are UNIQUE! There are no future costs for the license.

The only additional costs can represent possible inspections of production facilities in the case of product licensing. Here, too, the licensor does not seek a profit. Since inspections at restaurants, cafés etc. are carried out unannounced by VRIENDLY itself, there are no costs for the licensees.

 

  • Processing time

In our time it is increasingly necessary for companies to be able to act quickly and flexibly. VRIENDLY does justice to this by using digital processes and processing applications from virtual offices. This lowers the costs as in 5.1. visible and at the same time enables very fast processing.

If the contract documents are correct and complete and the ingredients are clear, licensing usually takes place within 24-48 hours! Upon conclusion of the contract, a license certificate and the license label with the unique ID will be made available in digital form for download in the user area. The company is thus able to bring "Limited Editions" or new recipes with the VRIENDLY vegan label onto the market within a few days!

 

  • Registration of the applicant

The application is made in digital form on our portal www.VRIENDLY.org. The manufacturer or brand owner registers here with contact persons, contact options and, if available, sales tax ID. The applicant should agree with the establishment indicated on the packaging.

 

  • Application for licensing of product (s)

The application for product licensing is made online after the company has added it. It is possible to register in individual steps or as a bulk registration of several products via CSV upload. Required information is brand name, product name, EAN code (s), list of ingredients.

Products that are offered in different packaging sizes count as one product. Several packaging sizes and EAN codes can be specified in this case.

 

  • Application for the licensing of a production facility / filling point (café, food truck, etc.)

The following types of companies are considered to be production facilities / filling points: restaurants, cafés, snack bars, food trucks, coffee bikes, market stalls, unpackaged shops, shops with unpackaged goods for on-site filling

When it comes to licensing, VRIENDLY differentiates between purely vegan companies or mixed companies. This must be specified in the preselection.

 

  • Examination of the application documents by the licensor

VRIENDLY as the licensor checks the application documents to the best of its ability for completeness and correctness. If in doubt, the applicant will be contacted, product samples requested or an on-site inspection carried out. If this does not seem necessary, the licenses will be granted at short notice.

 

  • Granting of licenses, assignment of product IDs and manufacturer ID

After a successful check, the requested licenses are made available online for download in the customer area. For each license issued, the applicant receives a license certificate.

For licensees according to 5.5. If this certificate is visible to consumers in the restaurant, food truck, unpackaged shop, filling station or similar, it is to be hung up in at least A4 size so that the customer can see the license ID and check it online. Furthermore, the licensee receives stickers in size DIN A6, which must be visibly attached to the entrance door of the shop so that customers are informed about the VRIENDLY licensing before entering. Small labels are available for download for the menu / display board / filling container for non-vegan companies. These are also available as stickers in various sizes.

With product licenses according to 5.4. the licensee receives a separate ID with its own label for each product. The label is valid for one product. A mix-up of the labels must be ruled out by the licensee. All labels can be called up at any time in the download area.

 

  • Sending the license certificates

The license certificates are immediately available online for download in the customer area after the licensing process has been successfully completed. Upon request, certificates can be printed and framed in A3 purchased and sent.

 

  • License validity, license withdrawal / revocation or suspension of validity

All licenses are UNLIMITED as long as the licensing requirements specified in the application do not change. No renewal is necessary and there are no annual license fees!

A product license expires when the list of ingredients is changed. Therefore, if necessary, apply for a new license for the changed recipe in good time in such a case.

Licenses according to 5.5. apply to the applicant. The license expires automatically when the company ceases to operate. If you move, the license continues to apply as long as the VRIENDLY vegan guidelines are adhered to. Please inform us of the new address in good time so that we can renew the certificate and update the database. If a company is sold or taken over, the license can also be taken over. An update is also required here.

 

  1. Use of the license of the VRIENDLY vegan label and that of the license certificate

With the following rules we do not want to do justice to ourselves as licensors, but to consumers, licensees and also the environment.

 

  • Sustainability in printing on packaging

VRIENDLY encourages all licensees to be environmentally friendly. We recommend environmentally friendly & vegan printing, even if this is not part of the licensing requirements.

For environmental reasons, the licensee can use packaging that has already been printed before the license has been acquired and is not forced to dispose of it due to the need to use the VRIENDLY vegan label immediately.

The current label is available for download in the customer area. The rules of use are regulated in the VRIENDLY style guide, which is part of the licensing agreement.

 

  • Online use of the VRIENDLY vegan label

Depending on the type of licensing, the granted VRIENDLY vegan label with an individual product or company ID can be used online on all channels immediately after being granted. The label with the ID must always be used to enable verification by consumers. With a product ID, the license and use are linked to the respective product. A misleading representation in other areas or next to other products is not permitted.

The licensor may publish the licensor's logos in its media.

 

  • Use of the certificate

The license certificate may, analogous to 6.2. can also be used online.

For company documents, a notice in the customer area of at least A4 size is part of the licensing agreement and is mandatory so that the consumer can check the company ID and validity online.

 

  • Use of the various VRIENDLY vegan stickers

In addition to digital VRIENDLY vegan labels and VRIENDLY V logos, VRIENDLY also provides its licensees as stickers at cost price or as part of the license package.

Sticker "VRIENDLY Certified Vegan" in DIN A6 for the front door, counter or wherever the consumer can see it first. The affixing is mandatory and part of the license agreement. This sticker does NOT contain an individual ID. It is vegan, weatherproof and can be attached from the outside.

VRIENDLY V-Logo sticker in 1cm for menu and beverage cards or filling containers, e.g. in unpackaged shops. Wherever it is not possible to insert the small V logo digitally, e.g. for menus that have already been printed, these 1cm stickers must be attached directly next to every vegan meal, etc.

The VRIENDLY V-Logo sticker is also available in a 3cm version for displays, menus on the back wall of the counter or daily menu. It is used in the same way as the 1cm sticker next to every vegan dish, etc.

The use of the VRIENDLY V logo to identify all vegan dishes, drinks or the contents of filling stations is mandatory so that the consumer can recognize what is vegan. The licensee takes care of the selection and attachment in accordance with the VRIENDLY vegan guidelines.

 

 

  • Use of the VRIENDLY vegan label on menus, notices, filling stations, etc.

VRIENDLY provides its licensees online with VRIENDLY V logo files for downloading and for use in menus, notices or product descriptions at filling stations.

All vegan dishes and drinks on menus must be labeled with the small, circular VRIENDLY V logo. This can be done by using the file in print or afterwards using stickers, which VRIENDLY can deliver in 1cm size on request (see 6.4.). Similarly, VRIENDLY can supply larger VRIENDY V-Logo stickers for displays etc. on request, so that vegan meals, drinks etc. can also be labeled there if this is not possible in digital form. The licensee is responsible for affixing the respective V logos in accordance with the VRIENDLY vegan guidelines.

 

  • Photos & recipe suggestions on packaging etc.

No non-vegan recipe or serving suggestions may be printed on the product packaging of licensed products on which the VRIENDLY vegan label is attached. This also applies to advertising photos of the product with the VRIENDLY vegan label.

 

  1. Severability clause, final provision

With these license conditions, VRIENDLY eV tries a balancing act to create a WIN-WIN-WIN situation for manufacturers, distributors and consumers in order to promote the spread of vegan products and services without complicated procedures and high costs that make it unattractive for licensees or make them unnecessarily expensive for consumers.

The vegan market is very dynamic and adjustments to the VRIENDLY vegan guidelines cannot be avoided. The WIN-WIN-WIN situation described above will always be in the foreground. Promised!

Should a guideline of these contractual conditions be ineffective, the effectiveness of the remaining provisions will not be affected. The contracting parties undertake to replace the invalid provision with an effective provision that comes as close as possible to this provision.

 

 

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  • List of prohibited substances

 

Food

No animal ingredients, not even as a color (shellac) or auxiliary agents during production (e.g. bone coal in sugar)

 

beverages

No animal ingredients, not even as an aid during production (e.g. fish bladder, gelatin, chitosan, blood, casein, bone coal with sugar)

 

Cosmetics

No animal ingredients, no colors with animal ingredients such as bone charcoal, purple snails, carmine (lice) etc., no animal testing

 

personal hygiene

No animal ingredients, no animal testing

 

Cleaning and washing detergent

No animal ingredients, no animal testing

 

Clothing, shoes, accessories

No substances with animal ingredients such as felt, loden or tweed

No wool, not even under the names angora, mohair, vicuna, alpaca, cashmere or the like.

No silk or so-called natural silk

No mother-of-pearl from shells or snails, for example on buttons

No horn made of horns or hooves, for example on buttons

No leather, not even as patches

No colors with animal ingredients such as bone charcoal, purple snails, carmine (lice) etc.

No adhesives from animal products such as casein glue, glutin glue

 

 

 

 

  • List of prohibited, animal E-substances

E 120 (real carmine as a red dye) - Made from scale insects. Often used in cosmetics and drinks.

E 901 (beeswax as a filler, release agent or coating agent, for example for fruit gums or fruit) - honeycombs are melted to obtain beeswax.

E 904 (shellac as a coating agent, for example for fruit) - Shellac is the term used for the resinous excretions of the female rubber lacquer scale insects.

E 966 (lactitol as a sweetener) - lactitol is made from milk sugar (lactose) and is therefore not vegan.

E 1105 (lysozyme as a preservative) - is obtained from chicken egg whites and is only permitted for cheese ripening.

Gelatin or edible gelatin

 

 

  • List of critical E-substances

 

List of e-substances that could be of animal origin. Unfortunately, there is (still) no differentiation for the respective e-designations. Therefore, please ask the manufacturer of the ingredient if necessary.

E 270 (lactic acid as an acidulant) - Can be made from the so-called lactic acid bacteria from milk. The bacteria can also produce lactic acid from (vegan) sugar.

E 304 (ascorbic acid ester as antioxidant or stabilizer) - Can also be obtained from animal fats, but nowadays mostly from vegetable fats.

E 322 (lecithin as emulsifier, antioxidant, stabilizer, etc.) - lecithin is mostly obtained from soybeans these days, but is also present in egg yolk, for example.

E 325 (sodium lactate as acidity regulator) - sodium lactate is produced by chemical modification of lactic acid (E 270) and can therefore theoretically also be of animal origin.

E422 (glycerin as sweetener or similar) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but very theoretically also feasible from animal fats.

E432 (Polisorbate-20 as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E433 (Polisorbate-80 as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E434 (Polisorbate-40 as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E435 (Polisorbate-60 as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E436 (Polisorbate-65 as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E442 (Ammoinumphosphatide as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 470A (salts as release agents or trickle aid) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 470B (magnesium salts as release agent or trickle aid) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 471 (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifiers) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 472A (acetic acid ester of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 472B (lactic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifiers) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 472C (citric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifiers) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 472D (tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifiers) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 472E (mono- and diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifiers) Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 472F (mixed acetic and tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifiers) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 473 (sugar esters of fatty acids; emulsifier): fatty acids can come from animal fats.

E 474 (sugar glycerides as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 475 (polyglycerol ester of fatty acids as stabilizer) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 476 (polyglycerol polyricinoleate as emulsifier) Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 477 (propylene glycol ester of fatty acids as an emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 479B (thermo-oxidized soybean oil with mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids as emulsifier) Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 491 (sorbitan monostearate as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 492 (Sorbitan tristearate as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 493 (Sorbitan monolaurate as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 494 (Sorbitan monooleate as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 495 (sorbitan monopalmitate as emulsifier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 570 (fatty acids as carrier or release agent) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E 585 (iron (II) lactate as stabilizer) - is chemically synthesized from lactic acid and can therefore be vegan or non-vegan.

E 634 (Calcium 5'-ribonucleotide as a flavor enhancer) - Is obtained from natural cells that can be of plant or animal origin.

E 635 (disodium 5'-ribonucleotide as a flavor enhancer) - Is obtained from natural cells, which can be of plant or animal origin.

E 640 (Glycine as a flavor enhancer) - Glycine can also be obtained from collagen or gelatin.

E920 (L-cysteine as flour treatment agent) - Can also be obtained synthetically from animal or human hair and from feathers.

E1517 (glycerol diacestate as carrier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

E1518 (glycerol triacestate as carrier) - Obtained from vegetable fats, but theoretically also producible from animal fats.

Vitamin D - Can be made from fish oil or wool fat

Flavors - as long as they are not specified, they can also contain animal components.

 

Supplier declarations must be submitted for these critical substances during controls and upon request. These should therefore be requested in good time. Ideally, you would also recommend VRIENDLY vegan certification to your suppliers.

 

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