Potato, Corn, and Vegetable Chips

There are potentially vegan potato chips and corn chips in most supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan. One of the main issues is whether the amino acid, emulsifiers, or flavourings are animal or plant derived. Another is that it is not always clear whether protein hydrolyzate is plant- or animal-derived, since both types are commonly used in Japan. It also isn’t possible to tell the source of vitamin E from labels in Japan.

Below are some examples.

POTATO CHIPS

Calbee Crisp & Lightly Salted Potato Chips/ポテトチップスクリスプ うすしお味. Ingredients: Dehydrated potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, dextrin, salt, cornstarch/emulsifier, seasoning (amino acid etc.), flavouring.

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

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Calbee Kiwa Jaga with Roasted Salt/カルビー 極じゃが焼きしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, roasted salt, corn starch/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Photo from website.

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• Calbee Lightly Salted Jagabee/Jagabee(じゃがビー)うすしお味. Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, corn starch, kombu seaweed extract powder/seasoning (amino acid etc.), antioxidant (vitamin C).

Made on the same equipment as items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Lightly salted potato sticks.

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The other flavours of Jagabee are not vegan.

• Calbee Lightly Salted Potato Chips/カルビー ポテトチップスうすしお. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, kombu seaweed extract powder, dextrin/seasoning (amino acids, etc.).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

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• Calbee Lightly Salted Yu-Gi-Oh Chips/遊戯王チップスうすしお味. Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, kombu seaweed extract powder, dextrin/ seasoning (amino acids etc).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Each package comes with one Yu-Gi-Oh card that can be used with the official Yu-Gi-Oh card game. Sold at supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide. Limited edition product. Photo from website.

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Calbee Osatsubee/カルビー おさつビー. Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, vegetable oil, antioxidant (vitamin C).

Manufactured on the same equipment as items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Sweet and crispy sweet potato sticks.

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Calbee Osatsu Snack/カルビー おさつスナック. Ingredients: Wheat flour, vegetable oil, steamed sweet potato, starch, sugar, grilled sweet potato (50% annou imo), sweet potato powder, salt, glucose/flavouring, gardenia pigment, calcium carbonate, antioxidant (vitamin C). (Contains wheat.)

Manufactured on the same equipment as items containing egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab.

Limited edition product. It uses “annou imo,” a special type of potato with a high sugar content and orange-hued flesh,  which is grown on Tanegashima, an island located to the south of Kyushu.

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Calbee Salted Jagged Potato Chips/カルビー ポテトチップスギザギザ味わいしおしお味.

This product’s ingredient list has changed and the version in stores contains scallop extract powder/ほたてエキスパウダー, so is not vegan.

They are fried with palm oil and rice oil and made on common manufacturing equipment with products containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

The previous ingredient list was: Ingredients: Potato (non-genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt (54% Sicilian rock salt, 44% Australian sea salt), dextrin, yeast extract, spice, sugar, onion powder, flavouring (contains soy), seasoning (amino acid, etc.). Photo from Calbee’s website.

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•  Calbee Salted Laver Potato Chips/カルビー ポテトチップスのりしお. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), palm oil, rice oil, salt, nori, red pepper, sesame oil/seasoning (amino acids, etc.). (Product contains sesame.)

Processed on the same equipment as items containing eggs, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

There is also a sentence saying the nori is harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the nori: 本品で使用している青のりは、えびやかにが混ざる漁法で採取しています。

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•  Calbee Spring Potato Chips, Sweet and Salty/カルビー 春ぽてと あま旨塩味. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified) (100% from Hokkaido), vegetable oil, fructose, salt, corn starch, reduced starch syrup, brown sugar, kombu extract powder, protein hydrolyzate (contains soybeans) / seasoning (amino acids, etc.) (Product contains soybeans.)

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

These are potentially vegan. Since protein hydrolyzate can be made from animal or plant sources, it’s unclear whether only soy/vegetable protein hydrolyzate was used to make these chips.

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The sour cream and cheese flavour of this product is not vegan as it contains dairy, as one might expect.

• Calbee Strongly Fried and Lightly Salted Potato Chips/カルビー 堅あげポテトうすしお味. Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, cornstarch, kombu extract powder/seasoning (amino acid etc.), antioxidant (vitamin C).

Processed on the same equipment as items containing eggs, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

The previous version of this flavour, still sold at least online, had skipjack tuna extract powder/かつおエキスパウダー, and was not vegan, so be sure to check the label before you buy to be sure you have the right version.

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Also comes in small 4-packs. The ingredients and allergen warnings are the same.

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The other flavours of the strongly fried potato chips/堅あげポテト are not vegan.  For example, the black pepper has flavored oil derived from pork and the salted laver (norishio) has protein hydrolyzate derived from chicken and pork.

Calbee’s Eat Veggies, Salad Flavoured/カルビー ベジたべる may be vegan. The label does not state the source of the vitamin E.

• Calbee Eat Veggies, Salad Flavoured/カルビー ベジたべる. Ingredients: Wheat flour, vegetable oil, starch, spinach, kabocha squash, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper paste, carrot, bell pepper, sugar, kabocha squash powder, tomato paste, salt, glucose, powdered soy sauce (contains wheat), dextrin, red beet powder, powdered vinegar, yeast extract powder, kombu seaweed extract powder, mushroom extract powder/trehalose, calcium carbonate, seasonings (amino acids, etc.), acidity regulator, antioxidant (vitamin E). (Product contains wheat and soybeans.)

Manufactured on the same equipment as items containing egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab.

Mixed green, red and yellow vegetable snacks.

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It’s also available in a small four-pack.

• Calbee Eat Veggies, Salad Flavoured/カルビー ベジたべる ミニ4.

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• Crunchy Potato Cubes/じゃがいろ サクサク キューブ. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, antioxidant (vitamin C).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

These colourful and crunchy potato sticks use only potatoes that are grown in Hokkaido, including “Northern Ruby” and “Kita Murasaki” (Northern Purple), improved varieties from the Andes region. They contain none of the top 27 allergenic ingredients. Photo from website.

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• Crunchy Potato Sticks/じゃがいろ サクサク スティック. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, antioxidant (vitamin C).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

These colourful and crunchy potato sticks use only potatoes that are grown in Hokkaido, including “Northern Ruby” and “Kita Murasaki” (Northern Purple), improved varieties from the Andes region. They contain none of the top 27 allergenic ingredients. Photo from website.

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Family Mart Lightly Salted Potato Chips with Two Kinds of Salt/ ファミリーマート ポテトチップス2種のうすしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (non-genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt (60% rock salt from France, 40% Setouchi sea salt), dextrin, sugar, corn starch, seasoning (amino acids, etc.).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

100% domestically grown potatoes used. Made in collaboration with Calbee.

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Family Mart Potato Sticks, Lightly Salted/ファミリーマート じゃかスティックあっさりうま塩味. Ingredients: Potato powder (not genetically modified), starch, vegetable oil, wheat flour, salt, kombu seaweed extract powder, dextrin, sugar/processed starch, seasoning (amino acids, etc.), calcium carbonate.

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing egg, dairy, crab, and shrimp.

Made in collaboration with Calbee.

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• Family Mart Strong Laver & Salt Potato Chips/ファミリーマート ポテトチップス濃いめのり塩. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, nori, sea lettuce, red pepper, seasoning (amino acids, etc.).

Out of the top 7 allergens, this product was made in the same factory as items containing five of them: egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

There is also a sentence saying the nori and sea lettuce are harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the nori and sea lettuce.

Both kinds of seaweeds and the salt are domestically produced. Made in collaboration with Koikeya.

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•  Family Mart Wave-Shaped Thick-Cut Potato Chips with Sea Salt from Australia/波型厚切りポテトチップ 天日塩100%. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt (100% sea salt from Australia), yeast extract powder, dextrin/seasoning (amino acids, etc.), flavouring.

Made on the same equipment as products containing shrimp, crab, wheat, egg, and dairy.

Made in collaboration with Calbee.

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Fukagawa Oil &Fat Company, Ltd. Lightly Salted Chemical Seasoning & Additive-free Potato Chips/深川油脂工業 化学調味料無添加ポテトチップスうす塩味. Ingredients: Domestically produced non-gmo potatoes, vegetable fats & oils, salt.

Made in same factory as products containing wheat, milk, shrimp, crab, and egg.

Made with 100% baked salt from Okhotsk, Russia.

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Fukagawa Oil &Fat Company, Ltd. Hokkaido Potato Chips, Salt Taste/深川油脂工業 北海道ポテトチップス うす塩味. Ingredients: Domestically produced non-gmo potatoes, vegetable fats & oils, salt.

Products containing dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab are also produced in the same factory.

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Hula’s American Lightly Salted Potato Chips/フラ印 アメリカンポテトチップス うすしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, kombu seaweed extract powder, dextrin, seasoning (amino acids etc.)

Made using an “American potato chip method.” Product does not contain any of the top 27 allergens. However, it’s manufactured on the same equipment with items containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

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Hula’s American Laver Potato Chips/フラ印 アメリカンポテトチップス のり塩味. Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil (including sesame), salt, green laver, red pepper, seasoning (amino acids etc.). Product contains sesame.

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Made using an “American potato chip method.” Photo from website.

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Kokeiya Lightly Salted Potato Chips/湖池屋 ポテトチップス うすしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (grown in Japan and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, dextrin/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Contains none of the top 27 allergens. However, out of the top seven allergens, items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab are processed in the same factory.

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Kokeiya Pride Potato, Thick-Cut Salted Laver/Kokeiya Pride Potato 本格濃厚のり塩. Ingredients: Potato (Japan: not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, roasted nori seaweed, sea lettuce, yeast extract powder, dextrin, spices, nori seaweed, kelp.

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing the following of the top 7 allergens: eggs, milk, wheat, shrimp, crab.

There is also a sentence on the package saying the roasted nori seaweed and sea lettuce are harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the seaweeds.

Additive-free. Uses three kinds of seaweeds and three kinds of salt. Photo from website.

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The salted Kokeiya Pride Potato chips/本格うす塩味 are not vegan because they have tuna in them.

The similarly-named salted Kokeiya Pure Potato chips/オホーツクの塩と岩塩の合わせ塩 are not vegan either because the hydrolyzed protein in them is derived from chicken, たんぱく加水分解物(鶏肉を含む).

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However, the thick-cut soy sauce flavour Kokeiya Pure Potato/じゃがいもの味を深める香り立ち醤油味 chips may be vegan, depending on what the hydrolyzed protein they contain is made out of. The ingredient list says it includes hydrolyzed protein derived from soybeans, but it isn’t clear if soybeans are the sole source of hydrolyzed protein in the product.

Kokeiya Pure Potato, Thick-Cut Soy Sauce Flavour/じゃがいもの味を深める香り立ち醤油味. Ingredients: Potato (Japan: not genetically modified), vegetable oil (including sesame), powdered soy sauce (including wheat · soybeans), sugar, glucose, salt, protein hydrolyzate (contains soybeans), roasted rice flour, spice, oligosaccharides, dextrin/seasoning (amino acid etc.), caramel color, flavouring (derived from wheat · soybean · apple), spice extract, acidulant, sweetener (stevia, licorice). (Product contains wheat, sesame, soybean, and apple.)

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing: eggs, milk, shrimp, crab.

Photo from website.

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Kokeiya Salted Laver Potato Chips/湖池屋 ポテトチップス のり塩. Ingredients: Potato (Japan: not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, nori seaweed, sea lettuce, spices, yeast extract powder/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing: eggs, milk, wheat, shrimp, crab.

Photo from website.

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Kokeiya Sharp-Tasting Salted Laver Potato Chips/湖池屋 ポテトチップス キレ味のり塩 are potentially vegan. Since protein hydrolyzate can be made from animal or plant sources, it’s unclear whether only soy/vegetable protein hydrolyzate was used to make these chips.

Kokeiya Sharp-Tasting Salted Laver Potato Chips/湖池屋 ポテトチップス キレ味のり塩. Ingredients: Potatoes (Japan: not genetically modified), vegetable oil, dextrin, salt, red pepper, nori seaweed, sea lettuce, protein hydrolyzate (contains soybeans), yeast extract powder/seasoning (amino acids, etc.), spice extract. (Product contains soybeans.)

Processed in a factory with products containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

There is also a sentence saying the nori seaweed and sea lettuce are harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the nori seaweed and sea lettuce.

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Kokeiya Stick Potato, Lightly Salted/コケイヤ ステイックポテトうすしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (domestically produced and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, dextrin/seasoning (amino acid, etc.)

This product is made in a plant that also processes items including egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab (of the top 7 allergens).

Contains none of the top 27 allergens.

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Kokeiya Stick Potato, Nori Seaweed and Salt/コケイヤ ステイックポテトのり塩. Ingredients: Potatoes (domestically produced and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, green laver seaweed, sea lettuce, red pepper, seasonings (amino acids, etc).

Contains none of the top 27 allergens.

This product is made in a plant that also processes items including egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab (of the top 7 allergens).

There is also a sentence saying the nori and sea lettuce are harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the nori and sea lettuce.

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Kokeiya Stick Potato, Nori Seaweed and Salt, 4 pc./コケイヤ ステイックポテトのり塩4連. Ingredients: Potatoes (domestically produced and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, green laver seaweed, sea lettuce, red pepper, seasonings (amino acids, etc).

Contains none of the top 27 allergens.

This product is made in a plant that also processes items including egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab (of the top 7 allergens).

There is also a sentence saying the nori and sea lettuce are harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the nori and sea lettuce.

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Kokeiya Stick Potato Super Mucho, Refreshing Plum/湖池屋 すっぱムーチョチップス さっぱり梅味. Ingredients: Potato (domestically produced and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, sugar, glucose, plum vinegar powder, salt, powdered vinegar, powdered soy sauce (Includes wheat and soybeans), plum seasoning powder, sea lettuce, oligosaccharide/seasoning (amino acids etc.), acidulant, sweetener (stevia), flavouring, anthocyanin pigment. (Product includes wheat and soybeans.)

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing the following of the top 7 allergens: eggs, milk, shrimp, crab.

There is also a sentence saying the sea lettuce is harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the sea lettuce.

Slightly sour potato sticks with the flavour of Japanese plum.

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Kokeiya Super Mucho Chips, Refreshing Plum/湖池屋 すっぱムーチョチップス さっぱり梅味. Ingredients: Potato (domestically produced and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, sugar, glucose, plum vinegar powder, salt, powdered vinegar, powdered soy sauce (Includes wheat and soybeans), plum seasoning powder, sea lettuce, oligosaccharide / seasoning (amino acids etc.), acidulant, sweetener (stevia), flavouring, anthocyanin pigment. (Product includes wheat and soybeans.)

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing the following of the top 7 allergens: eggs, milk, shrimp, crab.

There is also a sentence saying the sea lettuce is harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the sea lettuce.

Slightly sour chips with the flavour of Japanese plum.

Photo from website.

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Lawson Potato Chips Lightly Salted Flavor/ローソン 厚切りザクッとポテトうすしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, yeast extract powder, dextrin/seasoning (amino acids, etc.), flavouring.

Made in the same factory as items containing eggs, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Made in collaboration with Calbee. Made with four kinds of salt: Australian sun-dried salt, American rock salt, Sicilian rock salt, and sea salt from Oshima island in Japan.

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• Lay’s Potato Chips, Original/レイズ しお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt.

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• Mini Stop Lightly Salted Potato Chips/Mini Stop ポテトチップスうすしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, dextrin, sugar, seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

This product is made in a plant that also processes items including egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab (of the top 7 allergens).

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• Mini Stop Strong Laver & Salt Potato Chips/Mini Stop 濃いめのり塩. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, nori, sea lettuce, red pepper, seasoning (amino acids, etc.).

Out of the top 7 allergens, this product was made in the same factory as items containing five of them: egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

There is also a sentence saying the nori and sea lettuce are harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the nori and sea lettuce.

Both kinds of seaweeds and the salt are domestically produced. Product appears to be made in collaboration with Koikeya.

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• Morinaga Seika Pringles, Delicious Salt/森永製菓 プリングルズ<うましお味>. Ingredients: Potato flakes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, corn flour (not genetically modified), wheat starch, seasoning powder (salt, sugar, maltodextrin, yeast extract, vegetable oil), maltodextrin/emulsifier, pH adjuster, seasoning (nucleic acid), flavouring.

These may be vegan. The source of the nucleic acids is not listed.

Per an article in LiveKindly in November 2018, Morinaga has agreed to cease all animal testing not required by law.

Product not pictured.

Natural Lawson Potato Chips fried in Olive Oil/オリーブオイルで揚げたポテトチップス. Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), olive oil, salt (100% Italian sun-dried salt used).

Made in the same factory as items containing wheat, eggs, dairy, shrimp, and crab.

These excellent potato chips are available at Lawson and Natural Lawson convenience stores.

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Natural Lawson Sweet Potato Chips/種子島産安納芋チップスIngredients: Sweet potato (100% annou imo from Tanegashima), vegetable oil.

Manufactured in the same factory as items containing wheat, egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab.

These sweet potato chips are available at Lawson and Natural Lawson. They use “annou imo,” a special type of potato with a high sugar content and orange-hued flesh,  which is grown on Tanegashima, an island located to the south of Kyushu.

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Northcolors Pure, Made In-Country Potato Chips- Seaweed Salt, Lightly Salted, and Black Sesame/ノースカラーズ 純国産ポテトチップス- のり塩、うすしお、黒ごま. Ingredients (Seaweed Salt/のり塩): Hokkaido potatoes, rice oil, salt, roasted seaweed. Ingredients (Lightly Salted/うすしお): Hokkaido potatoes, rice oil, salt. Ingredients (Black Sesame/黒ごま): Hokkaido potatoes, rice oil, black sesame, salt. All ingredients produced domestically. Note that the Citron/柚子 flavor  is not vegan as it contains fish powder.

Items containing milk, wheat, shrimp and crab are made in the same factory.

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Northcolors Pure, Made In-Country Potato Chips, Lightly Salted with Ridges/ノースカラーズ 純国産ポテトチップス、うすしお味.Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), rice oil, salt. All ingredients domestically produced. Salt manufactured in Hokkaido.

Produced in a factory that handles items containing dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

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Producer Potato Chips, Salted/生産者限定ポテトチップス うすしお. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable fats and oils, salt.

Processed alongside products containing wheat, milk, egg, shrimp, and crab.

Limited edition product. Uses only potatoes from Hokkaido. Potatoes are individually checked and in some cases, hand-cut with a knife to make sure there are no green parts inside. No chemical seasoning is used.

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• Ritz Baked Chips/リッツ ベイクドチップス. Ingredients: Potato flakes, vegetable oil, corn starch, flour, maltodextrin, sugar, glucose, salt, onion powder, black pepper, yeast/ emulsifier, leavening agent, flavour, acidulant, antioxidant (vitamin E, vitamin C). (Product includes wheat and soy.)

Photo from website.

Ritz Baked Chips

• Ryomi 100 Sen Potato Chips, Lightly Salted/良味100選 ポテトチップスうすしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, protein hydrolyzate (contains soybeans)/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Processed on shared equipment with items containing egg, dairy, and wheat.

These are potentially vegan. Since protein hydrolyzate can be made from animal or plant sources, it’s unclear whether only soy/vegetable protein hydrolyzate was used to make these chips.

Sold at Daily Yamazaki convenience stores.

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7-11’s customer service has stated that they don’t know if their fresh products like anman and rice balls have small amounts of animal products since they are made in different locations across the country (with the exception of the salt onigiri, which is animal-ingredient free). It isn’t clear if their packaged items like chips are the same.

7-11 Salt Potato Chips (with salt from Ishigaki island)/7-11石垣の塩で味付け厚切りポテトIngredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, corn starch, yeast extract powder, kombu extract powder.

Manufactured in the same factory as items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Salt is 100% salt from Ishigaki island.

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7-11 Lightly Salted Potato Chips/7-11 うま味広がるうましお味ポテトチップス. Ingredients: Potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, kombu seaweed extract powder, yeast extract powder/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Manufactured in the same factory as items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

Salt is 100% sea salt from Naruto, Shikoku.

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The following product was found in the 100 yen aisle of a supermarket.

• Sweet Potato Chips/芋チップス. Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, vegetable oils and fats (rice oil, rapeseed oil, palm oil), sugar.

Uses domestically produced Kogane-sengan sweet potato, often used in sake brewing.

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The following product may be vegan, but the source of the protein hydrolyzate is not stated.

Terra Foods Baked Potato Premium Taste/テラフーズ 焼きじゃがPREMIUM うすしお味. Ingredients: Dried potatoes (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, wheat starch (includes wheat), top-grade rice flour made with non-glutinous rice, granulated sugar, salt, protein hydrolyzate, kombu extract powder, yeast extract/modified starch, seasoning (amino acids, etc.), antioxidant (vitamin C).

Product is processed on the same line as items containing dairy, sesame, soybean, chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, crab, banana, etc.

Potato chips made without frying in oil. Ako salt from Hyogo is combined with kelp from Hokkaido for seasoning. Dried, non-gmo potatoes are used to make a dough, which is fired with far infrared rays.

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Tohato Poteco, Lightly Salted and Tohato Kotsubu Poteco, Delicious Salt 4 pack may be vegan. It doesn’t say on the label what the source of the vitamin E is.

• Tohato Poteco, Lightly Salted/東ハト ポテコ・うすしお味. Ingredients: Dehydrated potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, processed starch, seasoning (amino acids, etc.), antioxidant (vitamin E).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing: egg, dairy, wheat, peanuts, shrimp, and crab.

Ring-shaped potato snacks. 15 percent of the salt used is from Okinawa Prefecture.

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Mini Stop convenience store also sells this product with its own branding on it.

• Mini Stop Tohato Poteco, Lightly Salted/東ハト ポテコ・うすしお味. Ingredients: Dehydrated potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt/processed starch, seasoning (amino acids, etc.), antioxidant (vitamin E).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing: egg, dairy, wheat, peanuts, shrimp, and crab.

Ring-shaped potato snacks. 15 percent of the salt used is from Okinawa Prefecture.

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• Tohato Kotsubu Poteco, Delicious Salt 4 pack/東ハト こつぶポテコ4連包・うましお味. Ingredients: Dried potato (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, processed starch, seasoning (amino acid etc.), antioxidant (vitamin E).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing: egg, dairy, wheat, peanuts, shrimp, and crab.

4 small packets.

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• TopValu “Free From” Salted Potato Chips/トップバリュ グリーンアイ Free From 塩だけで味付けしたポテトチップスIngredients: Potatoes (domestically produced), vegetable oil, salt.

Made in the same production process as items containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, crab, squid, orange, cashew, beef, sesame, salmon, mackerel, soybean, chicken, beef, apple, and gelatin.

Uses sea salt from South Australia.

Photo from website.

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• TopValu “Free From” Thick-Cut Salted Laver Potato Chips/トップバリュ グリーンアイ Free From 塩と青のりだけで味付けした 厚切りカットポテトチップス のりしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (domestically grown), vegetable oil, salt, nori seaweed.

Made in the same production process as items containing egg, milk, shrimp, crab, squid, beef, sesame, salmon, mackerel, soybean, chicken, pork, apple, gelatin, and fish.

Photo from website.

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• TopValu Salted Potato Chips/トップバリュ ポテトチップス しお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (domestically produced and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt, dextrin, sugar, seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Made in the same production process as items containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, crab,  squid, beef, sesame, salmon, mackerel, soybean, chicken, pork, apple, gelatin, and fish.

Photos from website. The product in both packages is the same, and it comes in small (60g) and large (160g) sizes.

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• TopValu Thick-cut Salted Potato Chips/厚切りカット ポテトチップス 国産じゃがいも使用 しお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (domestically produced and not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt (domestic sea salt 70%, German rock salt 30%), dextrin, sugar/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Made in the same production process as items containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, crab,  squid, beef, sesame, salmon, mackerel, soybean, chicken, pork, apple, gelatin, and fish.

Photos from website. The product in both packages is the same, and it comes in small (65g) and large (160g) sizes.

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• TopValu Salted Laver Potato Chips/トップバリュ ポテトチップスのりしお味. Ingredients: Potatoes (domestically produced), vegetable oil, salt, nori seaweed, glucose, red pepper, seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Made in the same production process as items containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, crab, squid, beef, sesame, salmon, mackerel, soybean, chicken, pork, apple, gelatin, and fish.

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UHA Mikakuto Osatsudoki Plain sweet potato chips may be vegan. The label does not list the source of the vitamin E.

UHA Mikakuto Osatsudoki Plain/UHA 味覚糖おさつどきっ プレーン味. Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, sugar, vegetable fats and oils, antioxidant (vitamin E).

Although the product’s ingredients don’t contain any of the top 27 allergens, it is manufactured on common equipment with items containing milk.

Uses Kogane-sengan sweet potato, often used in sake brewing. Provides dietary fiber.

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• YBC Chip Star Lightly Salted/YBC チップスターうすしお味. Ingredients: Potato flakes, vegetable fats and oils, salt/emulsifier, seasoning (amino acids etc).

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

As of 2017, a blog reader reported that the company confirmed this product contains no animal ingredients, meaning the emulsifier and amino acids are not animal-based.

It’s also been reported that as of 2019, the company confirmed the emulsifier is plant-based.

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• YBC Chip Star Salted Laver/YBC チップスターのりしお味. Ingredients: Potato flakes, vegetable fats and oils, nori, salt/emulsifier, seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

There is also a sentence saying the nori is harvested using a fishing method where shrimp and crab are mixed together with the nori: 本品で使用している青のりは、えびやかにが混ざる漁法で採取しています。

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CORN CHIPS

Aeon “Free From” Salted Tortilla Chips/トップバリュ グリーンアイ Free From 塩だけで味付けした トルティアチップス. Ingredients: Corn, vegetable oil, salt.

Manufactured in the same production process as items containing egg, dairy, wheat, shrimp, crab, squid, beef, sesame, mackerel, salmon, soybeans, chicken, pork, apple, gelatin, and fish.

Made in Kyoto Prefecture. Photo from website.

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Doritos Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips/ドリトス しお味. Ingredients: Corn (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt.

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House Tonkari Salted Corn Chips may be vegan. The package doesn’t state the source of the vitamin E.

House Tonkari Salted Corn Chips/ハウス食品 とんがりコーンあっさり塩. Ingredients: Corn, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, soy sauce powder, spice, seasoning (mineral salt etc.), baking soda, caramel colouring, antioxidant (vitamin E). Contains soy and wheat.

Photo from website.

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Mini Stop Salt Only Tortilla Chips/Mini Stop 塩のみで味付けしたトルティアチップス. Ingredients: Corn (not genetically modified), vegetable oil, salt.

This product is made in a plant that also processes items including egg, milk, wheat, shrimp, and crab (of the top 7 allergens).

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Que Pasa Nacho Chips. Ingredients (Nacho): Volcanic stone ground corn*, sunflower* and/or safflower* oil, vegan nacho seasoning* (rice flour*, cane sugar*, sea salt, onion powder*, tomato powder*, yeast extract*, garlic powder*, paprika powder*, vegan cheddar cheese flavor*, spices*, jalapeño pepper powder*, red bell pepper powder*, green bell pepper powder*, annatto extract*, lactic acid, citric acid), chia seeds*, red quinoa*, trace of lime. *Organic.

Gluten-free.

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• Que Pasa Jalapeno & Lime Chips. Ingredients (Jalapeno & Lime): Volcanic stone ground corn*, sunflower* and/or safflower* oil, jalapeño lime seasoning* (rice flour*, cane sugar*, sea salt, lime juice powder* (maltodextrin*, lime juice*), green bell pepper powder*, onion powder*, garlic powder*, yeast extract*, jalapeño pepper powder*, chipotle pepper powder*, spices*, lime flavor*, citric acid), chia seeds*, red quinoa*, trace of lime. *Organic.

Gluten-free.

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Both varieties of Que Pasa chips are labeled vegan on the package and can be found in upscale and specialty stores.

• TopValu “Free From” Sweet Corn Snacks/トップバリュ グリーンアイ Free From スイートコーンスナック. Ingredients: Wheat flour, vegetable oil, sweet corn, starch, sugar, glucose, salt, sweet corn powder, protein hydrolyzate (contains soybeans), dextrin, yeast extract powder. (Contains wheat and soybeans.)

These are potentially vegan. Since protein hydrolyzate can be made from animal or plant sources, it’s unclear whether only soy/vegetable protein hydrolyzate was used to make these chips.

Made in the same production process as items containing egg, milk, shrimp, crab, abalone, squid, salmon roe, orange, cashew nuts, kiwi fruits, beef, walnuts, sesame, salmon, mackerel, chicken, banana, pork, matsutake mushroom, peach, yamaimo (Japanese mountain yam), apple, and gelatin.

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VEGETABLE CHIPS

• Calbee (Natural Calbee) Bean Chips (Peas)/Natural Calbee(ナチュラル カルビー)
ビーンズチップスえんどう豆Ingredients: Peas, vegetable oil, wheat bran, salt, powdered vegetable oil / antioxidant (vitamin C).

Wave-shaped chips with added dietary fiber from wheat bran. Photo from Calbee’s website.

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Calbee Salted Green Peas/さやえんどう さっぱりしお味. Ingredients: Peas, vegetable oil, rice grits, salt, green pea powder, glucose, seasoning (amino acid etc.), calcium carbonate, flavouring (includes wheat and soybeans), antioxidant (vitamin C).

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The following product may be vegan, depending on what the hydrolyzed protein is made out of.

• Calbee Sapporo Potato Speckled Vegetables/カルビー サッポロポテトつぶつぶベジタブル. Ingredients: Wheat, vegetable oil, Irish Cobbler potatoes (not genetically modified), potato starch, dehydrated potatoes, corn starch, sugar, spinach, salt, top-grade rice flour made from non-glutinous rice, carrot, bell pepper, kabocha squash powder, tomato paste, onion powder, red bell pepper paste, red beet powder, hydrolyzed protein/ seasoning (amino acid etc.), trehalose, pH adjusting agent, sweetener (licorice). (Product contains wheat.)

Manufactured in the same production process as items containing egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab.

Stick-shaped snacks. Includes 7 kinds of vegetables.

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What appears the be the same product, with the exact same ingredients, is also sold in Lawson convenience stores in a different package.

• Calbee Sapporo Potato Speckled Vegetables/カルビー サッポロポテトつぶつぶベジタブル.

This time, the allergy warning says that items containing egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab are processed in the same factory.

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Mini Stop also has their own branded version of this product. The ingredients are the same as the above two versions.

Mini Stop Calbee Sapporo Potato Speckled Vegetables/Mini Stop カルビー サッポロポテトつぶつぶベジタブル.

Manufactured in the same production process as items containing egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab.

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It’s also available in small four-packs.

• Calbee Sapporo Potato Speckled Vegetables, 4 pc./カルビー サッポロポテトつぶつぶベジタブル ミニ4.

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Natural Lawson Calbee Vegips Fried Yam, Lotus Root and Sweet Potato/ベジップス3種の根菜 長いも・れんこん・さつまいもIngredients: lotus root, yam, sweet potato, vegetable oil.

Made in the same factory as items containing eggs, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

These chips don’t use sugar or salt and let you taste the natural flavors of the root vegetables.

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• Natural Lawson Calbee Vegips Onion, Squash and Potato/ベジップス たまねぎ かぼちゃ じゃがいも. Ingredients: Potato (not genetically modified), pumpkin, onion, vegetable oil/antioxidant (vitamin C).

These chips don’t use sugar or salt and let you taste the natural sweetness of the vegetables.

Made in a factory that also handles items containing wheat, egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab.

Limited-edition flavor.

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Natural Lawson Calbee Vegips Sweet Potato Carrot Pumpkin/ベジップスさつまいもにんじんかぼちゃ. Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, carrot, pumpkin, vegetable oil.

Made in the same factory as items containing eggs, dairy, wheat, shrimp, and crab.

These chips don’t use sugar or salt and let you taste the natural sweetness of the vegetables.

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RICE CHIPS

• Hula’s Rice Chips, Sea Salt/フラ印 ライスチップス シーソルト味. Ingredients: Rice grains (domestic), vegetable oils and fats, roasted soybean flour, powdered okara (soy pulp), brown rice grits (domestic), glutinous rice flour (domestic), pea grits, black sesame, roasted black soy, salt. (Contains sesame and soybean.)

Made in the same factory as items containing shrimp, crab, wheat, egg, dairy, and peanuts.

Gluten-free snack with 7.9 g of dietary fiber per bag. Additive free.

Photo from website.

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