Things to look out for if you are vegetarian / vegan
• Oleic acid – fatty acid from either vegetable/animal fats, used in cosmetics.
• Pepsin - enzyme found in animals gastric juice, may be used in cheese making, see Cheese Production
• Photography - photographic film uses gelatine and some high quality photo papers.
• Rennet - an enzyme taken from the stomach of a newly killed calf used in the cheese making process, see Cheese Production
• Restaurants – may serve non-vegetarian cheese, battery eggs, stock. See Food & Drink Guild for local restaurants.
• Seedling Symbol - products carrying the Vegetarian Society's seedling symbol have been thoroughly checked to ensure they are suitable for vegetarians.
• Shoes - Quality synthetic shoes are becoming more widely available.
• Silk - harvesting silk used in clothing causes the death of the silk worm, see Clothing
• Soap – these may not be vegetarian since they use animal fats and/or glycerine.
• Soft Drinks – some orange drinks use gelatine (not listed in the ingredients) as a carrier for added Beta Carotene, see E-Numbers.
• Stearic Acid – see E-Numbers
• Stock - may contain animal fat.
• Suet - may be made from animal fat, vegetable versions are available.
• Sweets – may contain gelatine/E120.
• Toothpaste - some brands contain glycerine.
• Vegan - The Vegan Society produces ‘The Animal Free Shopper’ which lists products suitable for vegans.
• Vitamin D3 – derived from the lanolin from sheeps' wool therefore only D3 which is guaranteed sourced from wool sheared from live sheep is considered acceptable.
• Whey/Whey Powder – by product of cheese making, see Cheese Production
• Wool – see Clothing
• Worcester Sauce - most brands contain anchovies though vegetarian versions are available.
• Yoghurts - some low fat yoghurts may contain gelatine.
Any questions regarding this information sheet please contact firstname.lastname@example.org | Last updated July 2010
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