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Used to be Vegan product, not anymore. Should this be legal?

A few months ago, Morningstar added egg and milk protein to some of their products, updated the ingredient list and removed the tiny label that said "100% Vegan" from the back of the package. People who used it because their kids had allergies to egg or milk had no warning. The only way to know about the change is if you read it on the label. They've most likely been feeding this to their kids or themselves for 3 months with no idea what was making them sick unless they thought to re-read a label they had no reason to expect had changed.

If a product specifically markets itself as being free of an ingredient people are commonly allergic to, or have religious/moral reasons to avoid eating, should they be legally obligated to put something large and obvious on the label if they start putting that ingredient in out of the blue?


Asked by Anonymous at 8:20 PM on Feb. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (34)
  • Ethically, yes I think they should make it more obvious. As someone who does have dietary restrictions, I do check the ingredients list, if not every time, every time I see any change in the packaging. That's part of being a responsible consumer- but because the stakes are high for someone with food allergies, the company should take some initiative in making changes obvious to the consumer.

    Answer by Freela at 11:55 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • I think they should.

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 8:24 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • I hate to break it to you, but soon enough, NOTHING will be all natural...The food industry is ridiculous, misleading and corrupt.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:24 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • Marketing is extremely under-regulated in the US. Packages can lie is some cases because of so few regulations.

    On the nutrition facts, common allergy ingredients like milk, corn, wheat, egg, and nuts are always listed in bold on the nutrition panel. That is a USDA requirement. The branding/ marketing is not required to say "new formula" or "new recipe."

    Answer by ecodani at 8:25 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • BTW, they won't do anything about it. They are allowed to do things like this, and allowed to not list ingredients on the labels too. So, we never know what's actually in our food.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:25 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • usually they have allergy warnings on the side of the package under the ingredient list

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:27 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • That's weird. I have been eating Morningstar Farms products for many, many years and have never known any of them to be vegan. Boca brand markets some of their veggie burgers as vegan, but I don't know if that's right about Morningstar Farms. Do you have a link to an article or do you know which products were supposed to have been vegan?

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • Ever heard of the saying~Buyer Beware!!!

    IMO~ People should ALWAYS check the labels and never ASSUME or be lazy about something as serious when it comes to food allergies. Death of Common Sense in America.

    Consumers need to be aware of what they are CONSUMING at all times.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:30 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • usually they have allergy warnings on the side of the package under the ingredient list

    But if you read the label in September and there were no allergy warnings, why would you read the label again in October when there is nothing to say "new recipe" or "new formula" or in any way indicate the product changed?

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • That's why you read labels. You dont assume things. There's no law that prohibits a company from changing its ingredients nor does it have to notify the public.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:32 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

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