It stinks that this happened. What part of "vegetarian" do they not understand?
The vegetable buillon I use now is a powder I get in bulk at my local veg-friendly health food co-op. It's fairly high in sodium and has a lot of stuff like maltodextrin and hydrolyzed vegetable protein, I think, but it's specifically vegetarian. (I think it's vegan actually, but I'm not 100% up to speed on the usual source of some things. However, obvious things like casein, romano cheese, egg solids, and honey are not on the list.) When I compare the ingredients to the buillon cubes you can buy in most stores, this buillon powder appears to be less unhealthy. It costs something like $10-$15 a pound, but a little goes a long way and it's still a lot cheaper than the cubed stuff. If you can find something like this where you are, you might compare cost by serving size.
(In that store above, besides "vegetable flavor" broth powder, there are also bulk tubs with "meatless" chicken and beef flavors- but I think they have "natural flavor" listed as an ingredient and who knows what that could be. I haven't tried them.)
Welcome, Kieters- and thanks.
Peasant (1963-1972) and Fluffy (1970s?-1982- I think of you as 'Ambrose' now)- Your spirits outshone some humans I have known. Be happy forever.