We always thought our plum candy was missing the taste of old Gucci handbag. The world’s largest gelatin company, Gelita was found to supply edible gelatin made from waste leather to Chinese snack manufacturers:
On March 15, Consumer Rights Day, a CCTV program exposed that Gelita, through its branch company in China, processes 3000 tons of waste leather into edible gelatin a year, most of which has been purchased by some large-scale Chinese snack companies, including Yake, Jinguan and Crayon.
Several other Chinese gelatin producers were also found to have purchased industrial raw material such as industrial salt, lime, soda ash and degreaser at a low price. They then used the raw material to produce the so-called edible gelatin and pharmagel, and sell the products to food and pharmaceutical factories.
Starbucks and other multinational chains currently legally use the shoe chemical, azodicarbonamide, in their breads at their China outlets.