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Vegetarian cheeses are manufactured using rennet from fungal/bacterial sources or genetically modified micro-organisms. The traditional source of rennet is the stomach of slaughtered newly-born calves.

Cheese Some cheeses are not suitable for vegetarians as they are always made using animal rennet. These are:

  • Parmesan
  • Gran Padano
  • Gorgonzola

There are several substitutes for calf rennet and around 90% of hard cheese made in the UK is suitable for vegetarians. There is no particular type of cheese that is exclusively vegetarian so check the label to make sure of suitability.


Vegetarian Society Approved logoTo ensure cheese is suitable for vegetarians look for the Vegetarian Society approved trademark, or search the Vegetarian Society approved website


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In-depth factsheetsYou can find out more about cheese and production methods by reading the in-depth cheese fact sheet.


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