What is Vegan? And why is it important for a Company to be “certified”
A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.
why VEGAN? Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health–through a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Vegan Action administers the “Certified Vegan” Logo, an easy-to-recognize trademarked symbol.
VEGAN CERTIFICATION AND THE “CERTIFIED VEGAN” LOGO
What is the Certified Vegan Logo?
The Logo is a registered trademark, similar in nature to the “kosher” mark, for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals. The Logo is easily visible to consumers interested in vegan products and helps vegans to shop without constantly consulting ingredient lists; it helps companies recognize a growing vegan market; and it helps bring the word “vegan”—and the lifestyle it represents—into the mainstream. (Please keep in mind, however, that the logo is not yet on every vegan product.) The Logo is administered by The Vegan Awareness Foundation (official name of Vegan Action), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about veganism and to assist vegan-friendly businesses.
NOTE: The Certified Vegan Logo is permitted on products made by companies in the United States, Canada and Australia.
The importance of Certified Vegan Standards:
Vegan is defined as: no animal or animal by-products to include flesh, bones, dairy, eggs, honey, fur, leather, wool, down feathers, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.
Vegan Awareness Foundation requires that products approved to carry the Certified Vegan Logo must:
- not contain meat, fish, fowl, animal by-products (including silk or dyes from insects), eggs or egg products, milk or milk products, honey or honey bee products
- involve no animal testing of ingredients or finished product by supplier, producer, manufacturer or independent party
- provide supplier verification that animal products were not used in the manufacturing of ingredients
- contain no known animal-derived GMOs or genes used to manufacture ingredients or finished products
Companies must submit and have approved by the Vegan Awareness Foundation that acceptable steps are taken to thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces, vessels, utensils and machinery used between vegan and non-vegan production cycles to minimize cross-contamination if shared machinery is used.
Sarah’s Skinny Sweets is proud to be an Officially Certified Vegan Company
Sarah’s Skinny Sweet’s is committed to only using Organic REAL FOOD ingredients, without refined sugars or animal derived preservatives. We are committed to better health, animal wellness and being environmentally aware.
We are proud to be on Vegan Actions Official list of Certified Vegan Companies.
*The information provided above on Vegan Certification, and Veganisim can be found on Vegan Action’s Official site: http://vegan.org/
For further information on the ethical treatment of animals, current campaigns and articles on animal health and welfare, and ways to get involved visit: http://www.peta.org/
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