I know this is an odd argument for me to make. I, who majored in computer science, when my main affinity was journalism. I was good in math and science, so this made sense, especially when I considered that a four-year degree in CS would be more lucrative, and I wouldn’t have to struggle to pay back my student loans.
Generally, anal discharge stink because of odor-causing bacterium, but this one doesn’t, because of the beavers' special diet of bark and leaves. The castoreum is extracted from the animal after it has been anesthetized. Next, the brown goo, with the consistency of molasses, goes through a rigorous refining process. Only then can it be used as an FDA-approved food additive. Because it’s classified as such, it can be mentioned either as vanilla flavoring or just natural flavoring in the product ingredient list.
Great, right? This means we have no way of knowing which products use this and which ones don't. Even some of the manufacturers aren't sure. But look how cute he is.
Happy beginning of holiday season.
Oh, yeah, that “new car smell?” It’s castoreum mixed in with birch tar oil.