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#1 Old 01-31-2011, 01:31 PM
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Is the "vegetarian" label more common in the UK than the USA? When I was there it certainly seemed so. Why? There are significant veggie/vegan movements in both the UK and USA but UK business' and packaging certainly seem to be more vegetarian friendly.

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#2 Old 01-31-2011, 01:52 PM
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How many vegetarians are there in the UK?

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Apprently around 4 million veggies in the UK and 178,000 vegans. Not sure how accurate that is though, or what it's like in the US. That's also not including people who simple can't eat dairy/eggs/certain meats etc.
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#4 Old 01-31-2011, 03:18 PM
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The vegetarian label is really common here; most companies use it. I think it -may- have something to do with labelling laws, or something.

Or maybe they just know we're more likely to eat it if we see that v.


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#5 Old 02-01-2011, 09:10 AM
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UK, I am very jealous of your veg*n labeling.
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#6 Old 02-01-2011, 09:30 AM
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we don't have the label in Canada. I wish we did
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#7 Old 02-01-2011, 02:19 PM
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Yeah, Americans tend to be jealous when we hear that food in the UK is easily labeled to identify veg*n products. I still don't understand why American companies don't do that.

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I think it -may- have something to do with labelling laws, or something.

As far as I know there aren't any laws in the UK about veg*n labelling, but there are official guidelines:

'In 2006 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published guidance designed to improve food labelling for vegans and vegetarians. It was produced after consultation with stakeholders including the Vegetarian Society and the Vegan Society and provides "official" criteria for the use of the terms vegetarian and vegan on food labels for the first time.'
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Yeah, Americans tend to be jealous when we hear that food in the UK is easily labeled to identify veg*n products. I still don't understand why American companies don't do that.

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Trader Joe's labels their products. I'm hoping that other companies notice that some veg*ns shop there just because of that so we don't have to stand there for 1/2 hour squinting at labels every time we shop.
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Every supermarket, and most companies, label their products as vegetarian if they are. All crisps, chocolate, ready meals, sweets, etc that I can think of do, although it's been a while since I was vegetarian (ie: rather than vegan) so other people might be able to give a better idea of how much %age wise. Some companies label things vegan, a couple of the main supermarkets and one of the main drugstores do (obviously as well as specific vegan products). The marjority of resturaunts with a big menu (ie: not one or two options places, but places with a lots of options) have a vegetarian section or label their vegetarian options with a V.

I figured everywhere was the same untill I came on these forums and saw that it wasn't the case!

I always figured its because we had a bigger population of vegetarians but I don't know if that's true. There's been a big increase on vegan labelling in the past few years inthe UK that I've noticed.
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Well, I'm here in the U.S.A and it's a rare occasion I see something labeled "Vegetarian" or "Vegan". I've learned to deal with it. (With lots of help from the internet).

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The words 'vegetarian' and 'vegan' were both coined in the UK. Probably has nothing to do with contemporary usage, but an interesting tidbit.

'Vegetarian' by some unknown individual mid 1800s. It was introduced into general usage and formally defined by the Vegetarian Society (Manchester) in 1847. There are a handful of usages prior to the foundation of the Vegetarian Society, all but one of these usages definitely associated with the group behind the Vegetarian Society. The one exception has clear links to this group of people though.

'Vegan' by Donald Watson in 1944. The American Vegan Society doesn't come along until the 60s.

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in the US the supermarket Wegmans labels their store brand with several icons and one of them is a 'V' which stands for vegan. its very convenient and they have a lot of vegan products. i have been noticing a lot of vegan symbols these days on random products, but mostly stuff i pick up from whole foods or from the health section of a grocery store.
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Where are Wegman's located? I'm not familiar with that chain.

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Where are Wegman's located? I'm not familiar with that chain.

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My personal conspiracy theory is that, in the US, meat producers carry so much clout that they have kept vegetarian labeling from becoming mainstream because it would promote veg*nism as a viable alternative. I have absolutely no factual support for this! :P
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As far as I know there aren't any laws in the UK about veg*n labelling, but there are official guidelines:

'In 2006 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published guidance designed to improve food labelling for vegans and vegetarians. It was produced after consultation with stakeholders including the Vegetarian Society and the Vegan Society and provides "official" criteria for the use of the terms vegetarian and vegan on food labels for the first time.'
http://www.vegsoc.org/page.aspx?pid=767

That's kind of what I meant; I knew there was no specific law saying that companies had to mark things as veggie, but there are clear guidelines as to what is and isn't veg*n. I suppose this makes it easier for companies to know which labels to put on things. Also, the vegetarian and vegan societies will put their own logo on certain products, so you know those are absolutely safe.


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Trader Joe's has awesome labeling but in general most manufacturers in the US don't
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In the UK, Tesco's, Asda and Sainsbury all label most of it with a "V" which I imagine is for vegetarian.
Checking things of course, is the way to go.

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My personal conspiracy theory is that, in the US, meat producers carry so much clout that they have kept vegetarian labeling from becoming mainstream because it would promote veg*nism as a viable alternative. I have absolutely no factual support for this! :P

That's my theory as well. The United States seems more meat-obsessed and opposed to vegetarians, too.
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I'd much rather buy foods with short ingredients lists than have a vegetarian or vegan label stamped on everything. I'm going to read the ingredients anyway.
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I hate always having to read the ingredients label on every product when at the grocery store. A giant "V" would save me so much time and energy.
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I've noticed that almost everything vegetarian is labelled vegetarian but not so much vegan, although it's becoming a LOT more common woo! Also I don't know if it's the same in the US but allergens are always highlighted which makes packing easier to read for things like milk products, egg, fish etc.
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I think is is better to have a label for non-veg products which says: "Contains dead animals!", "This product can harm your health, your environment, your wallet, the earth".
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Well, at least for central Europe, the Naturata markets seem to have at least all vegan products market with a symbol. Plus an EU-wide symbol for organic food. And fortunately there is one close to the place I work, so that makes life even easier. I too have observed that the vegan symbols have become more common in the past years, which is a good thing I guess.
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In many restaurants here (in Western Canada), they will label their menu items with V (Vegetarian), Ve (Vegan) and GF (Gluten Free). It's incredibly helpful, and probably less annoying for the staff not having to field questions like "is this soup made with animal juice?" LOL
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In many restaurants here (in Western Canada), they will label their menu items with V (Vegetarian), Ve (Vegan) and GF (Gluten Free). It's incredibly helpful, and probably less annoying for the staff not having to field questions like "is this soup made with animal juice?" LOL
Yeah I'm super happy I see a lot of this in California, at least at smaller businesses. There is some American packaging that says vegan, but it's usually stuff that is already organic or something else. On mainstream foods, they've fortunately started bolding wheat, soy and milk for allergy sufferers. So at least milk is usually in bold.
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I think is is better to have a label for non-veg products which says: "Contains dead animals!", "This product can harm your health, your environment, your wallet, the earth".
We will get there. Twenty years ago I never imagined packs of cigarettes would actually have black labels that say "will cause death."
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My personal conspiracy theory is that, in the US, meat producers carry so much clout that they have kept vegetarian labeling from becoming mainstream because it would promote veg*nism as a viable alternative. I have absolutely no factual support for this! :P
Exactly what I was going to say!

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