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  • Petitioned Tootsie Roll Industries, maker of Junior Mints

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Tootsie Roll Industries, maker of Junior Mints

Tootsie Roll Industries: Make Junior Mints vegan!

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      Action for Animals

Junior Mints recently stopped using gelatin; however they have confirmed that their “confectioner’s glaze” is made with shellac, which is obtained from female lac bugs. It takes about 100,000 lac bugs to make 500 grams (1.1 lbs) of dried shellac. Zein, made from corn, is a common alternative to shellac and is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Please ask Tootsie Roll industries to switch to zein or another vegan form of confectioner’s glaze in Junior Mints!

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    1. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Matthew Roberts TUCSON, AR
      • 6 months ago

      Vegan for 22 years and would actually buy your product if it were vegan.

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    • Allison Geiger PHOENIXVILLE, PA
      • 8 months ago

      I haven't had Junior Mints in years. These used to be my go-to candy when seeing Broadway shows - every intermissions, I would have them. I miss that tradition.

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    • Cady G. Walker CHARLESTON, SC
      • 8 months ago

      Aw, Junior Mints are so good! We need a victory.

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    • Isaac Jedlicka PARK CITY, UT
      • 8 months ago

      In conclusion, please do your research before petitioning a company.

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    • Isaac Jedlicka PARK CITY, UT
      • 8 months ago

      So... using bug products is now considered animal exploitation? Shellac is a type of resin the bug leaves on trees. It's like honeycomb. This petition is extremely misleading, making it look like you have to kill the bugs to get the shellac. If you had to kill 100,000 lac bugs to make 500 grams, the species would go extinct in a few years. I have 2 vegan friends, and both have no problems with eating honey, so why is this petition even up? Even if they did need to kill the bugs, why would it be animal exploitation? Insects don't have a complex CNR, so they can't feel pain like we or other higher organisms do.

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