White and Refined Sugar from the Chelsea group - New Zealand Sugars is now free from contaminating "bone char" that was formerly used in the bleaching process. See my correspondence with the Sugar company below:

Chelsea Sugar - New Zealand Sugars Co. Ltd (their Official web-site)
Subject: Animal products in sugar
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 17:00:30 +1200
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From: "Crow, Robert" <RCrow@nzsugar.co.nz>
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Dear Jaya,

Thank you for your attached E mail. We do not use animal products at any stage during the production of our sugar products. All of our products are suitable for vegetarians.

We used to use bone char to decolourise sugar, but that is no longer the case. Since the beginning of this year we have switched to using a mineral carbon derived from coal for decolourising the sugar.

I hope this answers your question


Robert Crow

JTCd's original message to Chelsea Sugar  of New Zealand

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jaya Tirtha Charan dasan [mailto:jtcd@xtra.co.nz]
Sent: Saturday, 9 August 2003 1:04 p.m.
To: Chelsea - Chelsea Mailbox


Can you please tell me for sure which sugars that you produce are free from
animal contaminants such as bones used in the bleaching process.



I understand that some sugar companies do not use animal bones for charcoal
these days, I want to find those companies and purchase their products
as  we are part of a vegetarian group and keep away from things where
animals are exploited or harmed to make the product.

Thank you for your help, I look forward to your positive response.