Published on May 14th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe8
Eating Vegan: The “Shared Equipment” Question
I got a really great comment/question on my post about vegan chocolate about shared equipment and wanted to share it with you guys and get your take!
the endangered species candy wrapper says its processed on equipment that also produces candy with milk in it..so is it still vegan?? just wondering im a vegitarian im thinking about switching to being a vegan
I know this is a touchy subject for some vegans, so I’m going to share my answer, but I would also like to hear from you guys! Do you buy food processed in a facility that also processes animal products? Here’s my reply:
That’s a good question, and one personal to many vegans. I’m OK with chocolate produced in the same factory as non-vegan chocolate, as long as the bar I’m buying doesn’t contain animal ingredients in the recipe.
I guess it depends on your reasons for going vegan and how strict you want to be. Rather than punish Endangered Species Chocolate for being unable to afford a separate, vegan facility, I’d prefer to reward them for creating so many vegan chocolate bars, but other vegans are not OK with that. For me, it’s about voting with my wallet and supporting companies that produce vegan foods, but if your goal is to completely cut out any trace of animal products, you’d want to avoid chocolate with that kind of labeling.
I hope this helps! I almost feel like it raises more questions than it answers!
It feels like this is one of the areas where veganism has the potential to be flexible, and I’d love to hear your take on it and why you feel that way. Share away in the comments!