Why reading a product’s ingredient panel doesn’t always tell the full story
Food production has become highly complex. Many ingredients are used in seemingly simply food products that are not suitable for vegans or vegetarians. For example, gelatin(e), an ingredient often used in many products including candies and yogurts, is usually made from the remnants of cattle, pigs or horses.
Tallow, which is often used as a lubricant, is a rendered form of beef or mutton fat. Cheese contains rennet, a coagulant, which is often made from pieces of the stomach lining of certain animals. Even carmine/cochineal, which is used as a dye, is actually crushed up beetles (yes, you read that correctly).
Simply reading the list of ingredients on food packaging does not always ensure that a particular product is free from animal ingredients for three main reasons:
With so many details, it might make a vegan or vegetarian swear off store bought food forever. Fortunately, consumers don’t have to feel overwhelmed because VegeCert has taken much of the guesswork out of shopping at the grocery store. If you see the VegeCert logo, rest assured that the product is in line with your vegan or vegetarian standards.