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Old 11-07-2007, 01:55 PM   #1  
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Default Whey in prepared foods

Hello, I am a lazy cook. I like frozen prepared foods and prepared snacks.

However, I have been wondering about whey products in some of the foods I like, since some whey is made with rennet (and some is made with bovine serum albumen, from cattle blood).

In case anyone is interested -

I asked the following companies whether their whey included rennet or bovine serum albumen. No one responded about bsa, but the following companies responded about rennet:


Thank you for contacting us.

Whey in our products is from milk and it is
coagulated using a microbial source. It is not
coagulated using an animal source. We hope this
information is helpful.

We appreciate your interest in our company and

Best of health,

Cheryl A Bartolomeo
Consumer Relations


Thank you for taking the time to contact us about STOUFFER'S® LEAN CUISINE®. We welcome questions and comments from loyal consumers such as yourself and appreciate this opportunity to assist you.

The enzymes used to make cheese can be of animal, vegetable, or microbial origin. Our cheese supplier determines which enzyme to use based on availability and performance. The supplier is not required to inform us which enzyme is used, so we are unable to tell you the origin of the enzyme in the cheese.

At Nestlé, we are dedicated to you and your family throughout every phase of your lives. Your feedback is valuable to us, as it helps us to improve our products and services.

We appreciate your interest in our products and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.


David Edmonds
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Ref: N15405706

I contacted GENERAL MILLS about whey in its products, including fiber one bars, but have had no response as yet (I emailed them on 10/29).

I contacted MORNINGSTAR FARMS today and will let you know.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:33 PM   #2  
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Thanks for the info! I admit that I had not thought about that thoroughly and it would not have occurred to me to ask. I'll have to be more careful in the future
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:02 PM   #3  
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From Kellog (Morningstar Farms)

Ms. Brooks,

Thank you for contacting us about Morningstar
Farms(R) products containing the "100% Vegetarian"
logo. Our products are either vegetarian or vegan.
The package will always reflect the correct

We do not label the majority of our products
vegetarian or vegan because there are varying
definitions for the term "vegetarian." For example,
vegetarians may or may not choose to eat poultry,
fish, milk, milk products, or eggs. Vegans do not
eat any animal product, including milk or eggs.
Therefore, we encourage you to review the ingredient
label to determine if the product meets your
individual needs.

The definition of vegetarian indicates a product
does not contain meat. Vegetarian does not
necessarily designate that a product is free of animal
ingredients, such as egg or dairy.

Vegetarian differs from vegan. Vegan, by
definition, indicates that a product does not contain
meat or animal ingredients.

The rennet used in our products is not from an
animal source. We use only microbial sources of
rennet in our products .

We hope this information is helpful. We
appreciate your interest in our products.


Aime Contreras
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Originally Posted by RachelM View Post
<snip>For example,
vegetarians may or may not choose to eat poultry,
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Yeah interesting.

I read somewhere that the original vegetarian term meant that no animal products were involved. Which makes sense to me, you are vegetarian, you eat vegetables. Even Merriam-Webster says a vegetarian is a herbivore.

Of course I think people may need titles when they are out of the "norm". So if you don't eat meat or limit meat then how do you express that to someone who wants to feed you a 16 oz steak? Of course that is off the subject but it is just something I was thinking about.
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:36 AM   #6  
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People have so many misconceptions about what a vegan or vegetarian is. It is really irritating. I don't understand why people can't get it right, as it's pretty straight forward (the definitions are available online or in dictionaries).

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