As official sounding as it is, this chemical is nothing more than a beaver secretion, and it’s not just any beaver secretion; it comes straight from the anal gland. Although commonly used to enhance the flavor of raspberry candies, it’s also used in perfumes, medicine, and as an aphrodisiac.
Typically used to improve flavor and strengthen dough, this category 2B carcinogen is what makes your sandwich taste so good. You might have trouble finding it outside of the United States, though, as it has been banned in the EU, Canada, Nigeria, Brazil, Peru, and even China.
Coming in at number 199 on the United Nations list of most dangerous goods, coal tar was once the most common source of the food coloring agent Allura Red AC. Thankfully, today, most of our Allura comes from petroleum, instead.
Coming to us straight from secretions of a female lac beetle, this substance is commonly used to coat things, primarily wood and Skittles.
Although this could conceivably be a normal albeit stomach churning ingredient, it is actually commonly used in Twinkies to make them taste better. Sorry, vegans.