Thursday, July 14, 2005
Natural Products Magazine: "FSA guidance tackles mistrust on use of vegan and vegetarian - July 13, 2005
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued new draft guidance on the use of the terms vegetarian and vegan in food labelling.
The move is designed to address the problem of growing consumer distrust of the way the terms are used by food manufacturers. The FSA believes that the main reason for this distrust is the lack of a universally accepted definition of what constitutes a food that is suitable for a vegetarian or vegan diet.
The FSA says that it was relatively easy to reach agreement from stakeholders (manufacturers, vegetarian and vegan organisations, and religious groups) on use of the term vegan broadly, the exclusion of any foods made from, or with, animals or animal products. The term vegetarian was more difficult to define. The proposed criteria is to exclude products derived from the slaughter of animals or made with the use of such products, but to permit foods that are produced by, from, or with the use of live animals for example eggs or honey. "
Some people vegetarian for religious reasons don't consider eggs to be vegetarian.
A representative from The Young Indian Vegetarian Nitin Mehta conceded it may be easier and simpler for Indian vegetarians to look for products labelled as vegan.
Food Standards Agency * The Vegan Society * The Vegetarian Society * Independent help for manufacturers on Vegetarian and Vegan Labelling and Symbols for Packaging * Press Release - FDA on Vegetarian and Vegan Diets - Full Story Food Navigator - Pub Trade response