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A friend sent me some vegan goodies..including sunstart brand gluten free chocolate chip cookies. The ingredients do not list anything nonvegan but the nutrition info lists cholesterol. Anyone familiar with this brand? The package doesn't say vegan but it says free of gluten and milk.. The website shows the same ingredients list and also says they are egg free. They are similar to shortbread so I'm thinking butter. But how can they leave something like that out of the ingredients list? It's a significant amount too, 10mg per ONE cookie!
 

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I find this odd.... I would email the company and ask..<br><br>
ETA: I do remember one time a company said their food was "vegan," I think on the website, but the back label had a non-vegan ingredient (and I already purchased it), so I emailed the company. They said they recently switched recipes, but not all the labels reflected that yet (but assured me it was vegan), so maybe something similar happened...? Only thing I can think of.
 

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they are NOT listed as dairy-free on their allergen list.<br><a href="http://www.sunstartusa.com/allergy_info.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sunstartusa.com/allergy_info.htm</a><br><br>
maybe the chocolate liquor, golden syrup, or natural vanilla flavor are the culprit(s)?
 

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I found them with milk listed in the ingredients. <a href="http://www.food4celiacs.com/ShopOnline/SUN/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.food4celiacs.com/ShopOnline/SUN/index.html</a>
 

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If it has cholesterol then there is no way it is vegan, regardless of what the ingredients might tell you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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I know but I'm frustrated that they don't list anything in the ingredients that are obviously nonvegan. If it's that significant an amount don't they HAVE to? I did see on a different country's site that it listed milk in the chocolate but it was different looking packaging and everything. I know sometimes ingredients change from country to country but the Canadian site doesn't list it and this package definitely says milk free
 

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Instead of us just looking up ingredients can you post them from the packaging you have? I can't search things easily via mobile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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from the box:<br><br>
flour base (brown rice flakes, millet flakes, corn starch, xanthan gum), desiccated coconut, naturally evaporated cane sugar, chocolate chips (naturally evaporated cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin-emulsifier, natural vanilla), molasses, monounsaturated safflower oil, rice syrup, sea salt.
 

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That's really weird. If I saw it anywhere else, I'd assume it was vegan. Makes me really nervous about what they put into things...
 

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Assuming that the chocolate is plain and not milk, the recipe is vegan.<br>
I don't see anything particularly bad about any ingredient except for the monosaturated oil. Xanthan gum is vegetal and is used as a thickner for substiting eggs. The soy lechitin adds bulk when you add little fat.<br>
When you bake homemade stuff, you certainly don't use so many ingredients when making cookies or biscuits.
 

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ok I finally got a reply back. the bakery manager was away for a week so it took a while for the rep to get an answer but it turns out it is an error in the nutrition info. She says they will be fixing it for the next run, and for pointing out the error she's sending me a few boxes of free cookies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LadyFaile</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3111868"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
ok I finally got a reply back. the bakery manager was away for a week so it took a while for the rep to get an answer but it turns out it is an error in the nutrition info. She says they will be fixing it for the next run, and for pointing out the error she's sending me a few boxes of free cookies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"></div>
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Holy crap, I think you just made history. I've never heard of a company like this actually caring about this kind of thing!<br><br>
Hooray for you! Eat those cookies and enjoy them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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lol i know right? i guess because it's a specialty brand to begin with, if they cater to the gluten-free diet it's not so far out of the norm to have to consider other restrictions too<br><br>
so fyi if anyone wants to try these the chocolate chip ones are really good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> very crumbly and dry like shortbread so probably a great tea-dunking cookie if you're into that :p (read the ingredients though like i said the ingredients were different in different countries so don't just take my word for it that they're vegan)
 

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I got this frozen asian stuff and all the ingredients looked okie dokie but there was a little bit of cholesterol in it. It confused the heck out of me and kind of annoyed me, since I knew that the only reason it would have cholesterol in it, is because they either left an ingredient out, or didn't list everything accurately. It was probably fried in something non-vegan like butter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> so annoying.
 

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contact the company and find out for sure, it could be a misprint or could be that they changed something and didn't update the nutrition info or ingredients accurately (which i think was the case for these cookies) or yeah like you said maybe it's something they use in the production that isn't an ingredient added directly to the product, but I think if it's enough to alter the nutrition info it must be listed in the ingredients.
 
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