Next time you pick up a vanilla candy, think twice. A chemical compound used in vanilla flavored foods and scents comes from the butt of a beaver.
This FDA approved food additive, is labeled as a “natural flavor”. The real name for the additive is Castoreum, which originates from female and male castor sacs. So apparently, beaver butt has a raspberry taste to it.
It’s one of the most common “natural ingredient” in raspberry flavored goodies. Due to the tricky labeling, you’d never suspect a thing.
Foods that Contain Castoreum:
Raspberry flavored candy, strawberry/vanilla / raspberry ice-cream. It’s also used in baked goods, gelatin, pudding, soft candy, frozen dairy, hard candy and chewing gum.
This not not done in the US and what is collected is for perfume use,