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Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Word of Caution About Kellogg's Products and Good News About Yankee Candles!

I'm not much of a cereal eater, but I do enjoy a bowl once in a while. Growing up, I really liked Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal. So last week I decided to e-mail Kellogg's and see if it was vegan. Here is the reply I received:

Thank you for your recent email regarding the vitamins in Kellogg's Raisin Bran® cereal, we are happy to provide the following information.
The vitamin premixes used in Kellogg products include Vitamin D. Our ingredient specification for Vitamin D says that we can use either Vitamin D2 or D3 in our products. Vitamin D3 is derived from lanolin, a waxy substance secreted from the skin of wool bearing animals. Vitamin D2 is not animal-derived. In either case, the vitamin premix is Kosher certified.
Unfortunately with this product we cannot say specifically which Vitamin D is used in the product. I apologize!
To determine if a product will fit into your specific dietary preferences, please visit Please let us know if we can assist you further by calling 1-800-962-1413.
Nikki Weitnauer
Consumer Specialist
Consumer Affairs
Needless to say, I was disappointed to hear this. If you know of any other raisin bran type cereal that is vegan, please leave a comment and let me know.

On the flip side, I also received good news about Yankee Candles. As anyone who knows me could tell you, I LOVE scented candles. I usually make my own, but I do occasionally buy one and the ones I buy are usually Yankee.  They always look beautiful and come in scents that I cannot make at home. I even went to their flagship store in Williamsburg Va. about two years ago, which was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, some brands of candles are not vegan. I sent an e-mail to Yankee to inquire about their wax, and this is the e-mail that I received in reply:
Dear Sarah,
Thank you for being a valued Yankee Candle guest and taking time to write us with your product questions.
Our candles are not animal tested.  And do not contain any animal or insect ingredients.  They are made with a food grade paraffin wax.  I hope this information is helpful. 
If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Anna B.

Customer Loyalty Team
Yankee Candle Co.
I was extremely HAPPY to get this e-mail. So while I have to give up one old favorite, I get to keep the other. Overall, I am pleased with that.

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