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About 8th Continent Soymilk

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I sent an email to the company and received the following response:

Thank you for contacting us regarding 8th Continent soymilk.

The Vitamin D used in 8th Continent soymilk is Vitamin D3, Cholecalciferol, from wool fat (lanolin). Thus, 8th Continent soymilk is not a vegan product.

We appreciate your interest in our product.


Susan L. Fink
Consumer Services

I replied:

Thank you for your prompt response.

I am troubled by the fact that the source of the D3 is not CLEARLY listed in the ingredients or that there is not some sort of notice on the label.

As a strict vegan, my choice to not drink "cow milk" is born of a desire to avoid animal products. It saddens me that turning to soy milk as an alternative, at least in the case of 8th Continent, is not an option.

I do hope that your company will seriously contemplate the loss of vegan consumers and revise your position on including animal byproducts in your "milk alternative." All things said, I believe that most vegans would find it less cruel to actually drink cow's milk, since it does not require the actual actual injury of an animal in order to extract fat from its wool. Many animals are injured during the shearing process.

The email address for Ms. Fink is 8thContinent@genmills.com and I hope that everyone will write in!

x-posted to several vegan communities.
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Date:March 9th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
I am glad to have this info, but I should point out that the milk industry does require the actual injury of animals -- both the calves and the milk cows. I don't want to gross you out (and I'm not always vegan, so I'm not judging anyone), but it's pretty grim.
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Date:March 9th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know the horrors of the dairy industry.

My kids insist on drinking cow milk, but we get it from my sister-in-law's cow, who is much-loved and spoiled rotten. She gives kisses before and after milking. She's so sweet. :) I still can't bring myself to drink her milk, but... it's slightly more acceptable to me that my kids are drinking that as opposed to Darigold or somesuch other product.
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