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I just can't figure out where to draw the line with all this.<br><br><br><br>
If a product has absolutely NO animal product on the label, but says "May contain traces of milk, eggs, etc" would you still eat it?<br><br><br><br>
I feel like cutting out those foods will cut out a lot of things that would just make life easier on me..<br><br><br><br>
I have been slowly working into veganism, but I really think, for me, I just need to bite the bullet and do it- none of this back and forth.<br><br><br><br>
I am having a hard time finding products that don't have this label on them though- and I am not 100% sure all the time that it DOESN'T have some hidden thing that I just don't know the name to...<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:">
 

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As a vegan, I generally do not fret these. The reason for me is that I am trying to not contribute to a demand for these items, rather than trying to be "pure". "May contain traces of" indicates the ingredients were not intentionally added in, but rather the product was processed on equipment that once processed items containing milk, or offending product, then the machines were cleaned and used to make the product wrapped in the label you're reading. This label is legal butt-coverage against people who have serious allergies to milk, peanuts, soy, etc.
 

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i know how you are feeling as i am going through the same thing. its almost as if i feel better about myself as a vegetarian because then i dont feel bad every time i hit a "by-product" of some sort. but once we are fully educated and used to it i think it will just be easier and easier.
 

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Sounds like you need to find yourself a nearby health foods store. They'll typically carry a lot of stuff that will say "Vegan" right on the package. I know Whole Foods carries a lot of stuff like that.<br><br><br><br>
I don't eat it if it claims to have trace amounts of non-vegan items. It kills the interest for me and I move on to look for something else.
 

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Well, I do have a whole foods.. I get a lot of things there, but only the stuff I really need like tofutti cream cheese (I need some kind of 'cheese' and this is practically identical to me!) earth balance margarine, and soy beans for my soymilk maker..<br><br><br><br>
However, other than the stuff I must get from there, I can't afford to do much more shopping there- I am a student and a mom, so I just don't have that money.<br><br><br><br>
What I am trying to do right now is get some staple meals- stuff that is easy and fast to make for when I don't have much time (or energy) and others that I can make ahead.<br><br><br><br>
I just want to know and be sure. I won't let myself use the vegan label until I know I am doing what I can... but drawing that line is difficult. There are so many things I don't know and so many weird words that aer used.. I don't always know what to look for...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>froggythefrog</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
As a vegan, I generally do not fret these. The reason for me is that I am trying to not contribute to a demand for these items. "May contain traces of" indicates the ingredients were not intentionally added in, but rather were processed on equipment that once processed items containing milk, or offending product, then the machines were cleaned and used to make the product wrapped in the label you're reading. <b>This label is legal butt-coverage against people who have serious allergies to milk, peanuts, soy, etc</b>.</div>
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Yup. I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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What Froggy said.<br><br><br><br>
You're going to make yourself crazy and limit a whole lot of things if you eliminate things processed on the same equipment as dairy and such...<br><br><br><br>
It's nothing more than a legal statement, sheesh people!<br><br><br><br>
(And FYI - Whole Foods has just as many products labelled this way as any other store.)<br><br><br><br>
Lady Clare; There's plenty of places you can shop less expensively and better than Whole Foods. Yes, they have some specialty vegan items, but aren't a necessary place to shop in the long run.
 

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I'm with froggy and TNS.<br><br>
Basically, this is just to warn people about potential allergies.
 

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Thanks everyone. That's what I thought- but just making sure.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know where I can get a list of all the weird words that are used to cover dairy, eggs and other animal products in food?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lady Clare</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Thanks everyone. That's what I thought- but just making sure.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know where I can get a list of all the weird words that are used to cover dairy, eggs and other animal products in food?</div>
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There is a comprehensive list (with explanations) at the end of the book "How It All Vegan!" (which is an awesome cookbook). If you don't want to buy the whole book, you can see if your local library carries it and just photocopy those last pages with the list.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lady Clare</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Thanks everyone. That's what I thought- but just making sure.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know where I can get a list of all the weird words that are used to cover dairy, eggs and other animal products in food?</div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_ingredients.asp" target="_blank">http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_ingredients.asp</a><br><br><br><br>
That is a very helpful site for vegans, by the way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Excellent. Thank you... how could I have not considered to just hunt around on the different Peta sites? lol. I should have known they would cover it!
 

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This is for people with serious allergies and to prevent companies from getting sued if an allergic reaction occurs. My daughter has serious allergies so this information is helpful. This is on products made by companies that make products that contain allergens and also vegetarian or vegan products. I do not worry about this normally.
 

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I agree with what most have already said - the "may contain traces" info is for people with serious or life-threatening allergies. It doesn't mean they actually put those ingredients into the food in any amount. It means that somewhere in that factory they make food that contains those products and there is a danger of miniscule cross-contamination within the factory. It's not something that I worry about.
 
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