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#1 Old 03-10-2010, 02:09 PM
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In addition to finding out most of the sauces and dressings in our house contain pickled sardines (why!?!), I've been suspicious of cheese as well. On the ingredients list it says microbial enzymes, and I'm wondering if this is just a fancy wording for rennet in an attempt by 'The Man' to trick me.
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#2 Old 03-10-2010, 03:25 PM
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All cheese says "enzymes." You have to contact the manufacturer or find a resource where someone already has to find out whether it's rennet or not.

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All cheese says "enzymes." You have to contact the manufacturer or find a resource where someone already has to find out whether it's rennet or not.



What!? I thought "microbial enzymes" meant it doesn't contain rennet??
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In addition to finding out most of the sauces and dressings in our house contain pickled sardines (why!?!), I've been suspicious of cheese as well. On the ingredients list it says microbial enzymes, and I'm wondering if this is just a fancy wording for rennet in an attempt by 'The Man' to trick me.

I wouldn't be surprised. It's like the Five Thousand Names of MSG they've got legal permission to use to make people think it isn't in there.

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It's kind of sad how there aren't more laws about this. People might actually look at the ingredients list if it was a bit more simple.
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#6 Old 03-11-2010, 12:53 AM
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Rennet is not microbial.... so I'm almost positive that when it says microbial rennet that means from bacteria.....
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What!? I thought "microbial enzymes" meant it doesn't contain rennet??



So "microbial enzymes" and "enzymes" are two different things? No clue.

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Microbial enzymes are derived from microbes. Microbial enzymes = fermented bacteria. Safe for vegetarians.



Animal enzymes are derived from the liver, pancreas, or stomach of animals like pigs and cows.



Most times you see just "enzymes" the company is referring to animal enzymes.
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Unless of course the bacteria were obtained by culturing the lining of a calf's stomach. I'd guess that's the easiest and cheapest way of getting bacteria that can produce milk-coagulating enzymes. Best to ask the company, if you think you can get a straight answer.

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I've seen "enzymes" on cheese packages that were supposedly suitable for vegetarians.

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I've seen "enzymes" on cheese packages that were supposedly suitable for vegetarians.



Well, sure. That's entirely possible. MOST of the time, just plain "enzymes" means animal-derived. Most ≠ All.
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I wish all producers would tag their items "vegetarian" or "vegan" on the back under the ingredients.

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