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i'm just making sure what i've heard is right - the range of Linda McCartney so say 'vegetarian' products aren't vegetarian are they? you see i'm writing a letter of complaint and i want to make sure that there's actually something to complain about...
 

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sausages:<br><br><br><br>
rehydrated textured wheat protein, hydogerated vegetable oil, wheat protein, rusk, vegetarian flavourings (salt, yeast extract, dextrose), vegetable oil, stabliliser: E464, colour: E172.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
i've heard it around for a little while (while i was at school) and i mean it's not hard to spot the E numbers either...
 

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plus is doesn't actually say 'suitable for vegetarians' on it anywhere, although it does have a UK vegetarian society label on it
 

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i was under the impression they weren't...<a href="http://veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=6539&perpage=20&pagenumber=3" target="_blank">http://veggieboards.com/boards/showt...0&pagenumber=3</a>
 

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A link sent to by by Loki:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.bryngollie.freeserve.co.uk/Enumbers.htm" target="_blank">http://www.bryngollie.freeserve.co.uk/Enumbers.htm</a>
 

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The Linda mcCartney products are all vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
They all have the vegetraian society's approval, which ultimately means thatt hey are suitable for vegetarians. However, many of the products are no longer suitable for vegans. The sausage rolls are great! I love them. No idea if they are vegan though. They appear to be but if you have any doubt, write to the company and request which (if any) of the products are vegan. I can remember that when i started out as a vegetarian the old Linda McCartney sausages carried a "Suitable for vegetarians & vegans" label. they no longer do. If you ask me, they've pretty much sold themselves out.<br><br><br><br>
Anyhow, back to the issue at hand, E172 is iron oxide. I'm not good at chemistry, but this is simply the result of iron, when it is exposed to oxygen. It's rust. Bryngollie says that it's oxides and hydroxides, so my guess is that they've added sodium hydroxide to it. It doesn't appear to be all that bad though. E464 is derived from cellulose. (Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose) This is found in plants, so I'd put a strong bet on it being vegan. It's probably been treated with a few things. The presence of the word "methyl" suggests some kind of treatment anyway, so I doubt that this thing is halal, (Halal also means no alcohol or alcohol treated products.) though it appears to be vegan. It's definitely vegetarian though.<br><br><br><br>
The above product seems to be vegan. The two E-numbers look Ok, and the rest of the ingredients seem OK. In past times gone by, linda mccartney sausages used to state that they were vegan right on the box. They no longer do, so write to them and ask if they are vegan (as well as other products in the range.) But the whole range is vegetarian. it just might not be vegan.<br><br><br><br>
If you are wondering about the vegetarian society's logo, if you see it on a product, you can be assured that it is vegetarian. For more info:<br><br><a href="http://www.vegsoc.org/business/approved.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegsoc.org/business/approved.html</a>
 

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wow! thanks Loki! that's really good to have that cleared up. i'm extremely glad that they are at least veggie, and i'll see which ones are vegan. i'll post them up if i get a reply. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I used to be able to buy the Linda McCartney products locally, but haven't been able to find them in years. Does anyone know whether they're still being sold in the U.S.?
 

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We have a very limited selection of these products at Stop & Shop (CT, USA). I have never tried them, I prefer Amy's frozen dinners and just feel like sticking with what I like.
 

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I can get Linda McCartney products in Omaha, NE. Or rather, my mom can since I don't buy many frozen dinners. But, whenever I go visit my folks, there's several LM frozen dinners in the freezer for me. She doesn't shop at Wild Oats or the mom and pop HFS, so they must not be that hard to find.
 

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We have them here in southern Indiana, at the Kroger where I work. If you have a Kroger (or a Safeway... or a Fred Meyer) that has a natural/vegetarian food department, ask to talk to the person who heads it and ask if they have the option to order it. If they do, let them know you're interested (and it doesn't hurt to say you have many vegetarian friends who are as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> ). They will most likely oblige.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Ick, I'm a helpful Kroger employee even when I'm off work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> *lol*<br><br><br><br>
~NS~
 
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