Over 50% of processed foods for vegetarians found to contain meat
2009-06-14 06:38 PM
Taipei, June 14 (CNA) The Investigation Bureau has recently found that some processed foods advertised as vegetarian contained meat, and it has vowed to refer producers who knowingly added meat to their products for prosecution on fraud charges.
Pu Chang-en, a technician at the bureau’s department of forsensic science, said Sunday that among samples collected from 31 vegetarian food vendors in Taipei City and County for safety checks, food taken from 17 vendors were found to contain meat.
DNA tests revealed that in the two most serious cases, the vegetarian patties and ham of one vendor and vegetarian dried shredded pork from another vendor contained at least 20 percent beef or pork, Pu said.
On the plus side the government in Taiwan discovered this on their own accord versus what usually happens in the PRC — over even in the U.S. with peanut plants.
Many Chinese restaurants that offer faux meat dishes get their supplies from Taiwan. Caveat Emptor!
The problem has been discovered to be worse.
Thanks to Dag for sending me this link to an article about meat and dairy turning up in the food at many LA “vegan” restaurants:
Legumes are low cost, high taste vegan nutrition powerhouses. Protein, calcium, beneficial fibers, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals galore. They are often poo-pooed by people. Hopefully, this news will get some people to give this wonderful food another chance.
100% vegan legume cook book: Fabulous Beans
Update # 2:
A colleague was kind enough to send me these related URL from they year 2008 that describes efforts by Taiwan to create better standards for faux meat labeling. Given the speed of any government, it is in the eye of the beholder whether those efforts failed or they are still in development, given the original article in this post:
- 2008 March: Taiwan Lawmaker Calls For A Certification System For Vegetarian Food
- 2008 June: Taiwan To Enact Strictest Vegetarian Food Labeling Laws
- 2008 October: Taipei Health Officials Find Meat In Vegetarian Products
- None Found