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Just thought I'd post this and encourage you all to go to their webiste and send a (polite) e-mail regarding their use of eggs purchased from "traditional sources". I receievd this response:<br><br><br><br>
Thank you for contacting us about the use of eggs in our Morningstar Farms® and<br><br>
Worthington® products. We appreciate the opportunity to explain our position<br><br>
regarding the source of egg ingredients used in our products.<br><br><br><br>
Our goal is to ensure that consumers have a choice when considering our brands.<br><br>
We currently offer several Morningstar Farms® and Worthington® products that do<br><br>
not contain eggs and are considered vegan. Some of these products are recent<br><br>
additions formulated to reduce our dependence on traditionally sourced eggs. Our<br><br>
Morningstar Farms® vegan products include:<br><br><br><br>
Meal Starters™ Chik'n Strips<br><br>
Meal Starters™ Steak Strips<br><br>
Grillers® Original Vegan Burger<br><br>
Meal Starters™ Grillers® Recipe Crumbles™<br><br>
Meal Starters™ Sausage-Style Recipe Crumbles™<br><br>
Vegan Burger made with Organic Soy<br><br><br><br>
In addition, we offer 11 Worthington® products that are made without eggs.<br><br><br><br>
We are currently exploring the use of cage-free eggs in our products and we are<br><br>
also looking at making more of our Morningstar Farms products egg free. We<br><br>
recognize that this is a sensitive issue and we are committed to actively<br><br>
exploring how we can use fewer or no caged eggs. We appreciate the information<br><br>
you provided to us. Thank you, again, for your interest in our products.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sincerely,<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Aime Contreras<br><br>
Consumer Affairs Department<br><br><br><br>
4ACX/OPS<br><br><br><br>
012477113A<br><br><br><br>
Kellogg North America<br><br>
PO Box CAMB<br><br>
Battle Creek, MI 49016-1986<br><br><br><br><br><br>
You can contact them here:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.seeveggiesdifferently.com/contact_us.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.seeveggiesdifferently.com/contact_us.aspx</a><br><br><br><br>
Fill out the request more info link and you will be prompted to send an e-mail! It only takes a second and we all know every little bit counts!
 

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Ok, I can understand why it would take time and money to do the R&D on removing eggs from their recipes. But why would it take time to switch to cage free eggs? A couple of days calling around to possible suppliers, perhaps, but it shouldn't be a long, time consuming project.<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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I totally agree. The only other possible excuse, IMO, would be that they may have to up their prices. But seriously, what's another .50 to support a better alternative? In my original e-mail I let them know that I would be more than happy to pay more to be able to purchase their other products.<br><br><br><br>
I encourage everyone to send them an e-mail and tell what you think <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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what they should do, is switch to a 100% vegan formula for all their products.<br><br><br><br>
They use it for some of them, so why not all?<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:">
 

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Well I don't think cage-free is necessarily any better. And even if they were to switch to more "humane" eggs, I think it would require time and money to research sources that could keep up with their demand and fulfill a list of humane requirements and develop a way to ensure that those rules were being followed.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
what they should do, is switch to a 100% vegan formula for all their products.<br><br><br><br>
They use it for some of them, so why not all?<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"></div>
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Doesn't Amy's products do that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/idea2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":idea:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lucine</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Doesn't Amy's products do that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/idea2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":idea:"></div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> No, I know that they use cheese, so they probably use whey and egg ingredients too.</span>
 

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Ok, I can understand why it would take time and money to do the R&D on removing eggs from their recipes. But why would it take time to switch to cage free eggs? A couple of days calling around to possible suppliers, perhaps, but it shouldn't be a long, time consuming project.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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With a company as large as Morningstar it's probably not as simple as calling around finding suppliers. They probably have contracts with egg produers, so there are contract issues to deal with. Then they'd have to find a cage free supplier who can provide enough eggs, have realiable distribution, etc. Not to mention what kind of guidelines they have for picking new vendors (I'm sure it's much more complicated than calling a chicken farm and asking if they can supply X # of eggs on a regular basis).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lucine</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Doesn't Amy's products do that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/idea2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":idea:"></div>
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Personally, I think it's great that MSF is looking into alternatives and is starting to produce more Vegan products. That means that they are starting to see the benefit of catering to a larger Veg audience that includes those who do not eat eggs.<br><br><br><br>
They aren't going to change everything overnight, so it's important to continue to politely let them know what your preferences are. I would love it if MSF stopped using GMO soy and started producing more organic products, for instance.
 

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With a company as large as Morningstar it's probably not as simple as calling around finding suppliers. They probably have contracts with egg produers, so there are contract issues to deal with. Then they'd have to find a cage free supplier who can provide enough eggs, have realiable distribution, etc. Not to mention what kind of guidelines they have for picking new vendors (I'm sure it's much more complicated than calling a chicken farm and asking if they can supply X # of eggs on a regular basis).</div>
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Also, I believe they use egg whites, not whole eggs. Which would mean they are not purchasing eggs directly from the farms, but a processed product from a large egg processor. Since the processors likely mix eggs from all the different farms they buy from, there's no way to determine which eggs came from which farm.....
 
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