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Posted on April 16, 2015 by The VRG Blog Editor

The VRG needs your help!

Have you spotted calcium stearate on a food label recently? Please let us know!

Send us a web link to the ingredients label or a photo. Or at least, lead us to it with the complete name of the food product including brand. No vitamins or pharmaceuticals, please…just food.

At one time, calcium stearate was often derived from cow or hog fat, but we think this is no longer true. We’re not even sure this once-popular anti-caking agent and emulsifier is really even used much at all today in food. In fact, we’ve spotted it only in Smarties candy and Subway Canada’s Honey Oat Bread (both plant-derived).

Have you seen it? Please let us know! Thanks!
-Jeanne Yacoubou, Research Director

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.


  1. Nessie says:

    Just calcium stearate? What about magnesium stearate or stearic acid?

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