I don’t know about in it, adn I’ve never heard of animal bones being used to bleach anything (they are used in the form of bone meal to neutralize acidic soil). However, I’m quite certain a large number of animals are killed in the process of growing and harvesting the sugar cane, either outright (to keep them from destroying the crop), or incidentally (due to the indiscriminate nature of the harvesting machinery).
I should clarify a statement. I don’t know if bone meal is used specifically in sugar cane production. I don’t think it is. I do remember my mother using lots of it in her garden for some plant or other that was fussy about the soil acidity.
If Vegans couldn’t eat bread because of yeast, could they drink beer? Of course, according to this column, I’m not sure what’s in beer. If you’re going to avoid eating anything with single-celled organisms, then you’ll probably die of starvation.
As a designed-in ingredient or part of the proceessing process, almost certainly not.
But 100% of food processing plants have bugs and vermin. The regulations hold the number to a low level, but it isn’t zero. So in every 5lb bag of sugar there’s sure to be a few milligrams or micrograms of roach leg and/or mouse hair and/or rat poop.
That’s equally true of the raw sugar as well. If you want to be a purist about multicellular animals you must eat only plants that you yourself have cleaned. You can’t even make your own flour or sugar because you can’t 100% ensure a gnat or two won’t get in.
I used to work for a sugar refiner in the UK. One of the processes they used was to decolourise sugar syrup (so the sugar was nicely white) with bone char. It is a form of carbon produced from animal bones. It would not end up in the sugar but it was in contact with it.
Earthlling’s link from Vegetarian Journal reassures :dubious: us that only bones from cows that died a “natural” death are used in sugar bleaching. Frankly, I’m not pleased about using bones from sick cows instead of slaughterhouse bones, which, by definition, are from healthy animals.