With all those articles its gotta be new right? Nooooooo.
Its been used in many 'vanilla' products for years. If it's vanilla and doesn't say 'vanilla beans' in the ingredients you've eaten the beaver musk gland secretion. Vanilla beans are expensive, if they use real beans they almost always tell you in the ingredients.
Would you rather...
1) Drink a bourbon knowing its got it in it
2) Have been eating it for years unknowingly (well I already knew)
Guess what? I guarantee you've had it, probably within the past week.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration lists castoreum extract as a generally recognized as safe (GRAS) food additive. In 1965, the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association's GRAS program (FEMA 2261 and 2262) added castoreum extract and castoreum liquid. Product ingredient lists often refer to it simply as a "natural flavoring." While it is mainly used in foods and beverages as part of a substitute vanilla flavor, it is less commonly used as a part of a raspberry or strawberry flavoring. The annual industry consumption is very low, around 300 pounds, whereas vanillin is over 2.6 million pounds annually."
Yes, 300lbs vs 2.6 million lbs seems low but potency is key, you can use much less castoreum to get the same effect as much more real vanilla.
Also, that 2.6 million lbs is NOT vanilla, it is vanillin which is a mostly artifical vanilla substitute... real vanilla use is probably a fraction of that.
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