(Business Insider) Haribo gummy bears may be some of the most colorfully cheerful confections on the planet, but a new investigative documentary called "The Haribo Check" uncovers what may be a dark secret behind the making of these snacks.
ARD — a German broadcasting station — aired the 45-minute documentary detailing what it found to be cruel labor and animal welfare practices behind the making of major ingredients in Haribo gummy bears. The investigation, which was part of a series called "Markencheck" ("Brand Check"), claims that the German candy company has become unwittingly dependent on modern-day slave labor in Brazil.
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Two of the major ingredients in gummy candies are gelatin and carnauba wax. Gelatin is traditionally made from animal fat, specifically pig fat, and Haribo sources its gelatin from a company called GELITA. In the documentary, pigs from German farms that are eventually delivered to GELITA are shown roaming in crowded crates without access to water, covered in open sores and their own filth, and sometimes being made to sleep next to corpses of their own kind.