Many have asked this question of cultured dextrose. Is it vegan? It appears the answer is no.
When we asked the question, “Is cultured dextrose lurking in your vegan food?” this past Spring, it was decided that it probably isn’t vegan based on the lack of availability of knowledge concerning this product, the food product industry’s desire to protect their property, the fact that it has been tested on animals, and just plain deduction and common sense. Cultured dextrose is not a requirement for sustaining and nourishing our life, but agribusiness and food processing companies sure make a profit off it, and off you if you continue to purchase it. Basically, it’s a food preservative.
Danisco, the producers of MicroGARD (cultured dextrose and cultured skim milk), use a dairy-derived ingredient (the culture) to manufacture this product. That culture is “purified” to remove milk proteins and such before it is added to the dextrose (sugar). One supposes they skip that step when adding it to the skim milk. In purifying the culture, they meet the labeling requirements set by the FDA insofar as deeming it “allergen free.”
To answer your question regarding dairy, MicroGARD 200 and 730 does not contain any milk components. These products are made from the metabolites produced by lactic acid bacteria, which are purified and added to dextrose substrates and not milk substrates. You can also refer to our allergen panels on the spec sheets for any allergens found in these products.
Made from animals (like white refined sugar), but does not contain animal residue (like white refined sugar). Tested on animals (like artificial food coloring).
How to avoid cultured dextrose? Read the label and don’t buy it (vegans often find it in hummus). Natural, nutritious food doesn’t need it.
Please visit Commercial Street for more interactive info on the institutionalized use of animals in our society.