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#1 Old 07-13-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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Hello everyone,



Since my switch to veg my boyfriend and I have become label readers and are working on improving our diets. When we go shopping, I check the labels on our food to make sure there aren't any animal products, as I have made a big effort to cut out milk and eggs in addition to meat. We've found a number of things we like, but also a few things we're not so sure about.



My question is this:

If I read a label and it says under the ingredients list (which does not list either item officially), "May contain traces of..milk/eggs", how big a deal is this?



Does this mean it was produced in a place that uses milk and eggs and therefore has to list them just as candy bar companies have to list nut warnings? Or, does that mean it actually has those things in it? If it does have them in it, then why isn't it listed officially on the ingredients list?



Are these "may contain traces of" products all right for a vegetarian?
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#2 Old 07-13-2010, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Tigerlil' date='13 July 2010 - 08:09 PM' timestamp='1279044549' post='2673150 View Post


Hello everyone,



Since my switch to veg my boyfriend and I have become label readers and are working on improving our diets. When we go shopping, I check the labels on our food to make sure there aren't any animal products, as I have made a big effort to cut out milk and eggs in addition to meat. We've found a number of things we like, but also a few things we're not so sure about.



My question is this:

If I read a label and it says under the ingredients list (which does not list either item officially), "May contain traces of..milk/eggs", how big a deal is this?



Does this mean it was produced in a place that uses milk and eggs and therefore has to list them just as candy bar companies have to list nut warnings? Or, does that mean it actually has those things in it? If it does have them in it, then why isn't it listed officially on the ingredients list?



Are these "may contain traces of" products all right for a vegetarian?



Thats actually a good way of saving time reading labels. If it says at the bottom may contain traces of milk, eggs and nuts. It does NOT contain it, so your good.



Its warnings for people that are very very allergic. They are forced to list it if it's been made at the same machine, even though it's been washed in between.
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#3 Old 07-13-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Thank you! That's good to know.
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#4 Old 07-13-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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Originally Posted by AAG' date='13 July 2010 - 08:16 PM' timestamp='1279044962' post='2673152 View Post


Thats actually a good way of saving time reading labels. If it says at the bottom may contain traces of milk, eggs and nuts. It does NOT contain it, so your good.



I find it very convenient to do that too! It's the first thing I check and if it doesn't say those things, then I check the rest. But it can be a great timesaver!

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#6 Old 07-13-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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Does this mean it was produced in a place that uses milk and eggs and therefore has to list them just as candy bar companies have to list nut warnings?



Yes.
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#7 Old 07-14-2010, 02:47 AM
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Sometimes, when I read there could be traces of fish, I have to think about it.



Within a few weeks you know what to buy and what not. But watch out when they change the package. Sometime they print "New recipe, much tastier", and then they have put in something you don't like.

My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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#8 Old 07-14-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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Thanks for the tip! I'll keep that in mind.
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