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How is this harvested?[edit]

There is no mention or reference pointer to explain the methods by which castoreum is harvested from the beavers, or whether beavers are farmed similar to minks or other animals. How is it produced and processed? How does the castoreum get from the beaver's behind into the foods we eat?

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I don't have a reference, but friends who have been in the trapping business tell me the glands are simply cut out and sold separately from the fur. Tarl.Neustaedter (talk) 19:45, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
This reference has some details in the description on page 276. Keep in mind that the highest stated use rate is less than 0.01%, whereas artificial vanilla is above 0.14% (Skoot13 (talk) 04:00, 17 April 2013 (UTC))


The first reference of this article is blatant advertising, linking to a website that sells the defined entry Castoreum as a product. It is in violation of Wikipedia's guidelines. --—Preceding unsigned comment added by Jimmyfresno (talkcontribs)

Castor sacs redirect here[edit]

Not sure this is reasonable. --Filll (talk | wpc) 16:34, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Referenced in a web comic[edit]

This page was referenced today in a fairly popular webcomic - | The Devil's Panties. I'd suggest keeping an eye out for vandalism. Tarl.Neustaedter (talk) 06:11, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

Used in Artificial Vanilla Flavoring?[edit]

I am removing this bit about vanilla flavoring since the book used as a citation for that says "Castoreum adds unusual notes to raspberry and strawberry..." with no mention of any use for vanilla at all. Highnumber (talk) 23:38, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Actually, it says "particularly vanilla" elsewhere just not on the cited page. I have restored the word with a more explicit citation. WTucker (talk) 14:53, 13 February 2013 (UTC)


"The annual industry consumption is very low, around 300 pounds" We have figures of

Product Weight
Castoreum 43.33 pounds (19.65 kg)
Castoreum extract 96.67 pounds (43.85 kg)
Castoreum liquid 151.67 pounds (68.80 kg)

but it's not clear without access to the entire volume, whether these are for the US or world, and whether they are the total production or just the food industry production, or indeed if one figure subsumes another.

All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 18:39, 19 June 2015 (UTC).