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i have had an issue lately at some local restaurants that advertise items as vegetarian when they really are not. some of these places tell you something and then someone else tells you a different thing. i was wondering just how legal this is?<br><br><br><br>
do they have any laws that protect vegetarians? i really hate looking at the vegetarian vegetable soup to find out it has beef broth in it.... or to get vegetarian vegetable tempura to find out they marinade the vegetables in a fish based sauce... worst yet is getting a veggie medley at a hibachi grill to watch them flip raw chicken then use the same spatula to scoop your veggies onto a plate... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:">
 

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ugh. At the local East Side Marios (Italian chain restaurant) they just printed up brand new menus that list several things as vegetarian. Come to find out that, at the same time as they changed the menus, they also started cooking every damn thing in chicken broth. CHICKEN = NOT VEGETARIAN. WTF. It infuriates me!
 

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I started another thread like this a couple of weeks ago. Just out of curiousity, I asked on a legal advice web site about this, and I was told that there are no "truth in menu" laws here in America. A customer can sue a restaurant (after the fact) for the damage caused by being served something they shouldn't have been, but only if they talked to the waiter/ress about their dietary requirements and were told that their food would meet them. So the burden is on the customer to always ask about every single food, even if the menu specifically lists every single ingredient. And what kind of damages do you think a vegetarian suing over being served chicken broth is going to get? Enough to cover their legal costs? I doubt it.<br><br><br><br>
The part I don't get is that there are Kosher labels on everything. Given that vegetarians outnumber Jews in this country, and probably less than half of us even keep Kosher, you have to wonder what the Jewish community did right to get such extensive labeling.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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ugh. At the local East Side Marios (Italian chain restaurant) they just printed up brand new menus that list several things as vegetarian. Come to find out that, at the same time as they changed the menus, they also started cooking every damn thing in chicken broth. CHICKEN = NOT VEGETARIAN. WTF. It infuriates me!</div>
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that is the biggest problem. they think just because there is no 'meat' in it, it is vegetarian. -sigh-
 

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It depends on the laws of your country .....but most would not have a clue what vegetarian is even among vegetarians there are different calls .<br><br>
The only way around for me if the waiter shows any sign of indifference I just get get up and walk out to the kitchen see the chef and politely talk it through with him<br><br>
Don't know how many times I have done that and had some amazing meals presented to me .<br><br>
Sometimes the chef himself is a vegetarian or one of the workers and they have said :i know exactly what you want "
 

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McDonald's lost their lawsuit. Ask specific questions, and if you're lied to then you have a case. But just because something is labeled as "Vegetarian" doesn't mean it fits your own definition of vegetarian. I know plenty of self-proclaimed vegetarians who eat fish, gelatin, broths, and eggs. Whether or not you think those people are real vegetarian or fake doesn't matter.
 

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the problem lies in that what is vegetarian for one, might not be vegetarian for another.<br><br><br><br>
is milk vegetarian? eggs? gelatin? rennet-free dairy? and to some people, fish and chicken?<br><br><br><br>
the word has lost a lot of meaning
 

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I heard of one case where macs were taken to court over there chips , were fried in vegetable oil (they claimed ) .<br><br>
Well some Hindu's I think 6to8 of them took them to court (the chips were I think pre fried in beef fat .<br><br>
The judge<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/whip.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":whip:"> awarded I think 40,000$ each to the complainant's and I think 8 or 12 million$ to be distributed to vegetarian groups , that was in USA<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":surprised">
 

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In America, at least, dietary preferences are not protected by law. Religious practices are, to the best of my knowledge, which is why there are Kosher laws but not vegetarian ones. There is no legal definition for "vegetarian" that restaurants/food manufacturers can violate.<br><br><br><br>
<-- not a lawyer
 
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