Stop Using Bug Secretions to Make Candy

Target: Todd Siwak, CEO of Ferrara

Goal: Stop using lac bug secretions in Ferrara’s candies.

The popular candy company Ferrara, which is known for candies such as Red Hots, Lemonheads, Boston Baked Beans, and Atomic Fireball, uses bug secretions in many of its products. There are alternative recipes that do not use bug secretions that the company already utilizes. It is time to use the alternative recipe for all the candies.

The secretions come from lac bugs and about 100,000 are killed for a pound of shellac flakes. These flakes are combined with confectioner’s glaze to make the hard shell that encompasses Red Hots, Lemonheads and Boston Baked Beans. However, Ferrara’s Atomic Fireball candies do not use bug secretions for its hard shell.

Sign this petition and demand Ferrara stop using bug secretions in all of its products. The company already has all the information and tools to succeed in making bug-free candy so it would be an easy transition and spare countless lives.


Dear Mr. Siwak,

It has recently come to my attention that your company uses bug secretions for many of its candies. However, there are alternative recipes that you are already utilizing for your Atomic Fireballs. It is time to start using this bug-free recipe for all of your candies.

About 100,000 lac bugs are killed in order to collect a pound of shellac flakes. The flakes are combined with confectioner’s glaze to make the hard shell that encompasses Red Hots, Lemonheads and Boston Baked Beans. Not only is it unnecessary and cruel to kill these bugs, but many consumers are quite disgusted upon hearing what is really in their candy.

Please consider no longer using lac bug secretions in your candies. You already have the information and tools to succeed in making bug-free candy. This simple change will spare countless lives.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Karen Tipping says:

    Unnecessary and disgusting

  2. Lynsey Chinnery says:

    Ugh! I don’t have the right words for my disgust. I had no idea they did that and find it very disturbing that someone might eat their products unaware of what’s in them. I know I’ll never buy their products again.

  3. Kimberly Beebe says:

    OMG! This is so gross. I am spreading the word. I will never eat this stuff again. BOYCOTTING these products and spreading the word. How nasty.

  4. Tame Zoller says:

    How great or how small we are all God’s creatures so lets stop with the bugs being placed into our food consumption. They have rights as well!!

  5. Rachael Markson says: can’t guarantee you just lost many, many customers. Between this petition and everyone who tells and sends this petition to their family, friends and coworkers, you’ll be out of business, unless this cruelty stops.

  6. Bridgette Tannehill says:

    I do not agree with Ferrara killing these bugs to make their candies but, come on people! Grow up! You would probably quit eating sausage if it was still made with the intestines of the hog.

  7. Carolyn Taylor says:

    It is very wrong to treat any living being in such a mean and callous manner.

  8. Tracy Joseph says:


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