• Family

    • Ala Abbas
    • Clairwil
    • Daily Rhino
    • Leon Green
    • Liberal Conspiracy
    • Sajini W
    • Sid’s blog
    • Sonia Afroz
    • Sunny on CIF
  • Comrades

    • 1820
    • Angela Saini
    • Aqoul
    • Bartholomew’s notes
    • Big Sticks, Small Carrots
    • Blairwatch
    • Bleeding Heart Show
    • Bloggerheads
    • Blood & Treasure
    • Butterflies & Wheels
    • Campaign against Honour Killings
    • Chicken Yoghurt
    • Clive Davis
    • Daily Mail Watch
    • Dave Hill
    • Derek Wall
    • Dr StrangeLove
    • Europhobia
    • Faith in Society
    • Feministing
    • Harry’s Place
    • IKWRO
    • Indigo Jo
    • Liberal England
    • Matt Murrell
    • MediaWatchWatch
    • Ministry of Truth
    • Natalie Bennett
    • New Humanist Editor
    • New Statesman blogs
    • open Democracy
    • Our Kingdom
    • Robert Sharp
    • Rupa Huq
    • Septicisle
    • Shiraz Socialist
    • Shuggy’s Blog
    • Stumbling and Mumbling
    • Though Cowards Flinch
    • Tory Troll
    • UK Polling Report
  • In-laws

    • Aaron Heath
    • Ariane Sherine
    • Desi Pundit
    • Get There Steppin’
    • Incurable Hippie
    • Isheeta
    • Neha Viswanathan
    • Power of Choice
    • Real man’s fraternity
    • Route 79
    • Sakshi Juneja
    • Sarah
    • Sepia Mutiny
    • Smalltown Scribbles
    • Sonia Faleiro
    • The Langar Hall
    • Turban Head
    • Ultrabrown






  • Technorati: graph / links

    No more Mars Bars


    by Sunny on 14th May, 2007 at 5:41 pm    

    Well, I never really liked them anyway. But now I can’t even have Bounty or Snickers!

    On May 1, Masterfoods began using animal products in famous chocolate bars such as the Mars Bar, Bounty, Snickers, Twix and Milky Way. The taint also affects Maltesers and Minstrels, which have traces of whey - a product of cheesemaking which itself involves the use of rennet, a chemical from calves’ stomachs. The recipe change also applies to the popular ice cream versions of the confectionery bars.

    It means that for the diligent vegetarian, the products are all out of bounds. The move has been strongly condemned by the Vegetarian Society which has urged its members to pressure Masterfoods to think again.

    There’s only one word worth saying: bastards. A spokesperson from Masterfoods said:

    If the customer is an extremely strict vegetarian, then we are sorry the products are no longer suitable but a less strict vegetarian should enjoy our chocolate.

    A less strict vegetarian? What’s that? Like someone… who eats meat products? Be warned people (or vegetarians specifically)! Don’t buy unless these foolish people change their ways. I already have chocolate problems since I also boycott Nestle, so my choice is now limited only to Cadburys. Life is harsh.



      |     |   Add to del.icio.us   |   Share on Facebook   |   Filed in: Environmentalism




    80 Comments below   |  

    1. Leon — on 14th May, 2007 at 5:58 pm  

      Ah well just means more chocolate for us meat eaters!:p

    2. Chairwoman — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:01 pm  

      This will also mean that they’re not Kosher any more!

    3. Don — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:04 pm  

      I’m no vegetarian, but that’s out of order. They should be compelled to put prominent warnings on the wrapper, ‘This product was made by ripping the stomach from a calf.’ Illustrated.

      http://www.bryanhillfarm.com/images/calf.jpg

    4. RAZ — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:21 pm  

      If I’m not mistaken, technically this means the chocolates will no longer be halal so strict Muslims won’t be able to eat them either.

    5. tim — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:35 pm  

      If you go to Bournville to get your Cadburys, you cant get a drink.Ahhhhhhhh.

    6. William — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:37 pm  

      They should rename items

      Cow Chocolate for chocolate bars

      Moo Bars instead of Mars Bars

      Whey Way instead of Milky Way

      Then we would all automatically know

    7. sid — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:42 pm  

      surely they’re halal/kosher enough to use in naughty mars bar parties?

    8. Chairwoman — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:46 pm  

      sid - If you’re having a naughty Mars bar party, I doubt that the religious suitability of the afore mentioned confectionary is likely to be uppermost in your mind :-)

    9. raz — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:50 pm  

      What’s a naughty mars bar party?

      innocent raz

    10. sid — on 14th May, 2007 at 6:51 pm  

      unless you eat them afterwards, ooh missus!

    11. tim — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:16 pm  

      Or during.

    12. Rumbold — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:21 pm  

      I am with Raz. What is going on?

    13. tim — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:27 pm  

      sweet innocents

      “Legend says that when London police raided a Rolling Stones party in the 1960s, they found lead singer Mick Jagger eating a Mars Bar from between girlfriend Marianne Faithfull’s legs. Faithfull has repeatedly denied that it ever happened. She later appeared on a Mars’ advertisement with the slogan Pleasure You Can’t Measure.

    14. raz — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:31 pm  

      i wish i hadn’t asked now :(

      *raz goes off to take a shower*

    15. Mike — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:37 pm  

      There is only one thing for it - Montezuma’s chocolate!!

      http://www.montezumas.co.uk/

    16. Rumbold — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:50 pm  

      Those sort of comments about ‘Mars Bars parties’ should be restricted to any thread by Katy. This is Sunny’s thread, and the aformentioned comments would only be suitable if tied in with an argument about Sikh independence.

    17. leon — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:50 pm  

      Oh for the love of…someone from the Veggie Society was just on the news, saying I’m sure people don’t want to eat something that comes from a cows stomach! It’s not like your mars bar is going to actually taste of cow you daft woman!

      It’s mindless arguments like this that do veggie campaigners no good in terms of image (note: I’ve had plenty of heated arguments with militant veggie peeps who think that trying to emotionally blackmail people is the best way to advance their agenda, idiots)…

    18. Sunny — on 14th May, 2007 at 7:56 pm  

      I’m sure people don’t want to eat something that comes from a cows stomach!

      That’s not a daft argument, it’s perfectly true. It is indeed coming from a calf’s stomach, regardless of what the end product tastes like.

    19. tim — on 14th May, 2007 at 8:01 pm  

      I guess it tastes like chicken.

    20. leon — on 14th May, 2007 at 8:02 pm  

      It was the way she said it (I never said it was a daft argument just that she was daft for arguing in that manner), basically trying to conflate the fact with the taste.

      This should be properly addressed in the labelling, the inflated campaign rhetoric was more than a little transparent in this case.

    21. Sunny — on 14th May, 2007 at 8:09 pm  

      basically trying to conflate the fact with the taste.

      basic campaign tactics. And it is a campaign rather than an issue of labelling since we actively want these dimwits to go back to sourcing vegetarian products rather than using animal products for chocolates I dearly used to like.

    22. Vikrant — on 14th May, 2007 at 8:22 pm  

      C’mon Sunny… Believe me, vegitarianism sucks, es. if you are born into it like me. Actually in India, vegitarianism relates to caste superiority bullshit. My Brahmin folks consider themselves too be oohh so superior to those barbarians who eat meat.

      rennet, a chemical from calves’ stomachs

      I’d eat the sacred cow anyhow. Will worry about karma later on…

    23. Don — on 14th May, 2007 at 8:42 pm  

      I wonder if the corporation has looked into this? maybe the financial benefits outweigh losing their vegetatarian, jewish, moslem and (presumably) hindu customer base?

      Of course the problem the Vegetrian Society face is that the microbial alternative is made using GM yeast. And they reject GM, while giving this one a pass.

      http://www.vegsoc.org/info/genfood.html

    24. Jagdeep — on 14th May, 2007 at 9:17 pm  

      Stick to the ladoo, barfi, and jalebi Sunny. We don’t need western chocolate sweets.

    25. Jagdeep — on 14th May, 2007 at 9:21 pm  

      http://www.chetnassweets.co.uk/

      Oooh I could murder some nice syrupy gulaan jaman right now….

    26. kELvi — on 14th May, 2007 at 10:06 pm  

      My Brahmin folks consider themselves too be oohh so superior to those barbarians who eat meat. What sort of brahmans are they? Obviously not Kashmiri/Bengali/Asomiya/Oriya/Maithili/Sarasvat/Punjabi-Dutts - all of whom are brahman and nonvegetarian.

      Sunny, why are you vegetarian and where do you draw the line? Just curious.

      Raz, rennet can be halaal if it is extracted from a halaal rendered calf isn’t it? However kosher may have a serious problem with rennet because dairy in the scheme cannot be mixed with any meat - as the kid shd not be boiled with its mother - actually an ancient semitic injunction that some Muslims too would agree with.

    27. Karen — on 14th May, 2007 at 10:14 pm  

      Can’t believe Mars. They are going backwards.

      Keep the chocolate veggie and everyone can enjoy it.

    28. Kal — on 14th May, 2007 at 10:35 pm  

      Halal chocs at:

      http://www.ummahfoods.com

    29. Clairwil — on 14th May, 2007 at 11:29 pm  

      Oh God -no more plain chocolate Bounty Bars.

    30. soultrain — on 14th May, 2007 at 11:35 pm  

      So another food company recklessly sneaks in meat products into innocent food products without considering the consequences! Just reinforces how even you think you’re buying products that intuitively seem vegetarian, such as ice creams, or even milkshakes, you have to always fear the worse case and believe you’re being stitched up!

      The key thing here is the publicity and the message here more than anything else. I reckon the vast majority of people are not vegetarians so many food companies would quite happily use meat products even if obscurely. I accept that, and if I don’t eat beef or pork for whatever reason, ultimately I am responsible for checking the ingredients. But it is a bit bad how food companies can change their ingredients from suitable to vegetarian to non suitable, just like that, and not be informative about it.

    31. justforfun — on 14th May, 2007 at 11:49 pm  

      Sacred cows make the best burgers, I believe.

      What about real ale - doesn’t it use a fish’s bladder to clear it? Or some such device. Or is that london tap water and Londoners’ kidneys being used to filter the tap water again.?

      Jagdeep thanks for the link - I’ve been looking for years for an online site for mithai. I live in foreigner free zone out here beyond the M25.

      Justforfun

    32. Sunny — on 14th May, 2007 at 11:50 pm  

      C’mon Sunny… Believe me, vegitarianism sucks, es. if you are born into it like me. Actually in India, vegitarianism relates to caste superiority bullshit

      Have you been going to one too many Shiva worshipping sadhus and toking on some charas?

      Sunny, why are you vegetarian and where do you draw the line? Just curious.

      kelvi - because I believe it to be unethical to kill and eat animals for pleasure when I can perfectly, and healthily, do without it.

      Soultrain - agreed. Remember how much money McDonalds had to pay out for lying about having animal products in their milkshake and fries? A cool hundred mil. And it was an Indian lawyer who sued them too.

    33. Refresh — on 15th May, 2007 at 12:35 am  

      Fascinating how things move and change. Here are just some thoughts:

      1. Masterfoods did not know that the whey they were now using had rennet from calves.
      2. The products were already out there on the shelves.
      3. Recall would have been absolutely distastrous.
      4. A belated announcement, telling us that they were telling us because they are a fine upstanding company, and would not sneak anything past us.

      Now watch how this will play out. By the end of the week, they will use the uproar, courtesy of the unwitting Vegetarian Society et al (that’s you and me folks), to say that they have listened to the consumer and now have found an alternative supplier (or the same supplier who has kindly agreed to change their process). And it has to be within a week or so, otherwise story will have moved on.

      Its a disgrace. And we will all fall for it.

      If they were really bothered, they would not have released the products without telling everyone what they were doing.

      Now here is a suggestion how we can get our own back regardless of whether they switch back or not. We need a new symbol - the ’suitable for vegetarian’ symbol enclosed in a red circle and a line through it. Like the traffice sign.

      Millions of these need to be printed and activists should go out and stick them on mars bars, milky ways, etc. A bit like the good old Greenpeace campaigns.

      With a bit of luck the symbol may become the norm for non-vege foodstuff.

    34. Refresh — on 15th May, 2007 at 12:36 am  

      As for suing them, there is ample room for this. Given people will have already consumed the products prior to the announcement.

    35. Refresh — on 15th May, 2007 at 12:40 am  

      The most disgusting thing about the way they’ve handled this is how they have effectively labelled genuine vegetarians as extremists.

      I guess they could have done something even sillier and labelled Muslims and Jews extremists.

      Does anyone know how they are handling the media in the middle east?

    36. Vikrant — on 15th May, 2007 at 1:03 am  

      Have you been going to one too many Shiva worshipping sadhus and toking on some charas?

      Naah… thats such a passe. Technically even plants are living things…. so those moralistic guilt trippings cut no ice with me. What good is a cow for, if you cant eat it.

    37. Sunny — on 15th May, 2007 at 1:28 am  

      Technically even plants are living things…. so those moralistic guilt trippings cut no ice with me

      But we can’t survive without plants/vegetables.

      Now here is a suggestion how we can get our own back regardless of whether they switch back or not. We need a new symbol - the ’suitable for vegetarian’ symbol enclosed in a red circle and a line through it. Like the traffice sign.

      Refresh, there is already a suitable for vegetarians sign. I’m interested though, if this had unwittingly been going on for a while, then they should be sued. I’m appallaed as a vegetarian.

    38. Refresh — on 15th May, 2007 at 2:02 am  

      Sunny

      I wasn’t very clear. The sign should be designed to say it is NOT vegetarian.

      Lets not forget Cadbury’s recalled product and were fined for the salmonella scare.

      Masterfoods products are big in the middle east (you can tell by the fact that some of the products actually have ingredients listed in arabic), and there is no way they would get to ship to the muslim world (or jewish) - a market they cannot afford to lose.

      Something went wrong with their procurement. Some resignations and sackings are likely in that department, followed by the same in the PR team, and then finally someone at the top. The CEO I would suggest.

    39. Sunny — on 15th May, 2007 at 4:11 am  

      Are you thinking what I’m thinking? *starts getting his effigy making kit out* :D

    40. Refresh — on 15th May, 2007 at 9:10 am  

      I’m thinking they’re thinking if Blair can get away with it. So can we.

      Only Blair hasn’t, not yet anyway.

      They have no respect for the public.

    41. bananabrain — on 15th May, 2007 at 9:30 am  

      welcome to my world. no bounty, no fruit gums, no fruit pastilles and, now, no mars bars. i had one just the other day, too. i don’t have them often, but there you go. *sigh*

      had to give up doritos, etc. as well. many cheesy crisps contain animal rennet.

      for those who are interested, the “really kosher food guide” tells you what e-numbers to look out for and why. it’s true about the fish blood (sturgeon, apparently, which isn’t kosher) for certain wines, as well as others (they call it “bull’s blood” for a reason) although personally i am not nearly strict enough with wine - M&S wine is labelled vegetarian, though, which is convenient. beer is generally OK although i’ve never heard about fining agents being used for that. hey ho.

      in any case, once you start learning about why certain foods are supervised it puts you off a lot of things which contain the word “emulsifier”, “colouring” or “hydrogenated fats”. can open, worms everywhere.

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    42. Kismet Hardy — on 15th May, 2007 at 10:08 am  

      Vegetarianism is a phase. Once you settle down and realise there’s no girls interested in you to impress anymore, you’ll turn your back on parnsnip quiche and go back to eating hog roasts

    43. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 15th May, 2007 at 12:08 pm  

      Still it must be handy for all those Veggies that want to lose weight …

      TFI

    44. ally — on 15th May, 2007 at 12:27 pm  

      Sympathy for Sunny and the veggies, but I’m sure I recall reading a similar case a few years ago where a veggie tried to sue a manufacturer for meat trace elements and lost, because the product hadn’t been specifically marketed as ‘vegetarian.’

      I’ll always delight in a bit of disastrous corporate PR though.

    45. justforfun — on 15th May, 2007 at 12:53 pm  

      Bananbrian - Good news first - you may be in luck - if its the blood of sturgoen you object to. Its actually its swim bladder so unless the fish caught had a urinary infection , there should be no blood involved.

      Bad news - it is also used in Cask ales - are there any other beers worth drinking? I google “Real Ale swim bladder” for my extensive knowledge :-)

      With this knowledge - who is giving up drinking beer? I suppose you will all start drinking harder stuff instead , but beware of meat distilled alcohols.

      Justforfun

    46. sonia — on 15th May, 2007 at 1:05 pm  

      vegetarianism is big and growing bigger - these chocolate manufacturers don’t seem to have cottoned on. Ah well -more fool them.

      vikrant:

      “C’mon Sunny… Believe me, vegitarianism sucks, es. if you are born into it like me. Actually in India, vegitarianism relates to caste superiority bullshit. My Brahmin folks consider themselves too be oohh so superior to those barbarians who eat meat.”

      hah ha - well sure anything sucks if you follow it cos some one else told you to! but of course vegetarianism doesn’t suck - quite the contrary..vegetarians are much healthier..didn’t ya know! everyone outside of india thinks indians are clever cos they’re vegetarians…

    47. kELvi — on 15th May, 2007 at 2:13 pm  

      Have you been going to one too many Shiva worshipping sadhus and toking on some charas? The Shivji bhakts - I mean the authentic ones of the sort you see at the Kumbh Mela - are never absolute about their diet. Now Shiva himself - by the tradition - is beyond the pale. His abode is the crematorium, and ashes his adornment (which is why is so pale - in Tamizh Vellasami i.e., the white one is Shiva; and Karuppiah or Maayon, the dark one is Krishna). Shiva lies at the end of everything, and unless everything passes through him there can be no regeneration. So the true Shivji-ka-sadhu will not turn down anything. That is one sampradaya.

      Sunny, I am not vegetarian, although I was brought up as one (no eggs, milk though). I keep telling myself that I will one day return to being a vegetarian - don’t know when if ever! The marginal environmental benefit of even 1% of the world’s meat-eaters turning vegetarian is enormous. A very large part of grain grown in the Western hemisphere is used to feed meat cattle.

      You go Sunny! Be a Vegetarian; accha hai!

    48. Sunny — on 15th May, 2007 at 2:22 pm  

      kelvi - heh, ok I’ll be a vegetarian so you can carry on eating meat with guilt eh? Hmmm, interesting what you say about Shivaji, never thought of it that way.

      had to give up doritos, etc. as well

      bananabrain - I think only the cheesy doritos are for off-limits. The rest should be vegetarian, I check them every time.

    49. contrarymary — on 15th May, 2007 at 2:52 pm  

      Shit never released cheesy doritos are off limits. oh well no more sating the munchies with cheesy doritos. are pickled onion monstermunch ok? I’m not sure I could give them up even if they are…

      I’m with Keliv - with the increasing momentum/hysteria behind environmentalism, and the impact of the food we eat on the enviornment, it’s going to be increasingly hard for omnivores to morally argue in favour of the intensive farming of animals that provides 90% of meat around the world: it causes illegal logging, deforestation, doesn’t treat animals as sentient beings and gives people heart attacks. Not to mention all that gross hormone/water pumping. I can’t see how anyone can eat meat. You are what you eat. A water and hormone filled, distressed animal that’s been abused from birth til death. But hey, it tastes good, and we’re top of the food chain. so it’s fine to eat meat. sorry that’s turned into a mini rant.

      Sunny - what’s your take on leather shoes?

    50. sonia — on 15th May, 2007 at 4:07 pm  

      if someone’s going to eat a cow anyway then they may as well use all of the animal - that’s more ‘ethical’ i feel actually -in the sense that it would be wasteful not to. i

    51. Riz — on 15th May, 2007 at 4:34 pm  

      You scared me re the Doritos. As Sunny says, I think the rest of them are okay. With cheesey snacks, we just have to watch out for real cheese flavour/poweder vs flavourings.

      From my blog re the Mars decision: Like Sunny, I haven’t eaten Nestle products since I found out about their dodgy antics in the US. Giving up the Kit Kat was extremely hard, but these days I seem to have lost my taste for the English chocolate bar, so this announcement is no great personal loss. Also, I am not about to start harbouring negative thoughts about Masterfoods as a company. Instead I respect their decision. They are not a charity and their concern lies with their bottom line, not whether a small portion of the population feels neglected because they can no longer have a Twix.

      PS - I am led to wonder if Mars will stop selling these products to the countries in the Middle East, or if they will continue to supply these countries with the vegetarian options.

    52. contrarymary — on 15th May, 2007 at 4:57 pm  

      49 - sonia but what if you don’t eat cow, or meat, like Sunny or I, on the basis that it’s unnecessary to take life in order to sustain us?

      If you don’t agree with the first action, then it’s difficult to justify the second action that gives us leather shoes/belts/jackets

      My moral argument falls down when it comes to trainers. very sad. but true :-0(

    53. kElvi — on 15th May, 2007 at 6:52 pm  

      Sunny, Here’s an easy way to refute one more argument of omnivores, when they ask you if plants too aren’t living things. You don’t have to kill the entire plant to eat its fruit (but that rules out all greens and grains - OK weak one). Neither do you kill a cow when you eat anything dairy, or eat eggs. I do try to minimise meat, but I guess I could try harder. I have been staying off meat and eggs for at least 6 weeks a year ever since I joined the Ayyappan sampradaya some years ago. One of our brother swamis has turned vegetarian full-time, another swami has given up hunting for good. Vegetarians can be found among the adherents of every religious tradition these days. More the merrier.

    54. Muhamad — on 15th May, 2007 at 8:54 pm  

      The Cadburys family were one of the slave trading families. It was a certain Cadbury (of that infamous family) who passed a sentence on Benjamin Zephaniah that resulted in him serving time in prison.

    55. Don — on 15th May, 2007 at 9:36 pm  

      Muhamad,

      Are you sure?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cadbury

      The founder of the dynasty doesn’t sound very infamous. Could you provide a link?

    56. soru — on 15th May, 2007 at 9:42 pm  

      The Cadburys family were one of the slave trading families

      Is that actually true? I thought they were Quakers, leading funders of the abolitionists.

      On the other hand, they certainly did buy slave-produced cocoa, in fact as recently as 1909.

    57. Billy — on 15th May, 2007 at 9:50 pm  

      Apparently tango isn’t suitable for vegetarians.

    58. lithcol — on 15th May, 2007 at 10:45 pm  

      I draw the line at eating dogs and guinea pigs, but then others don’t. Rattus Norvegicus is quite tasty if cooked properly. Nothing like a clay pit cooked hedgehog.

      Soylent Green is people. Who cares if you are hungry?

    59. A councillor writes — on 16th May, 2007 at 10:17 am  

      Hmm, even I might draw the line at Long Pig and I am notorious for eating just about anything except oysters and walnuts (neither of which like me very much). Funny, 20 years ago I was a vegan.

      I think this is an incredibly stupid move by Masterfoods as it must be alienating a large proportion of their customer base.

      One tiny point which often escapes vegetarians is that not all the land in the world is suitable for growing grains/pulses etc. Look at large parts of Wales, for instance, sheep are the best possible crop. Also look at the disasters caused by collectiving farming in USSR days in Khazakhistan, those fragile steppes might produce a decent crop for four or five years but are really more suited to transhumance.

      We could use our resources more to feed people better, but there will always be land only suitable for the raising of animals.

    60. lu — on 16th May, 2007 at 4:16 pm  

      in reference too >>>>>>”Oh for the love of…someone from the Veggie Society was just on the news, saying I’m sure people don’t want to eat something that comes from a cows stomach! It’s not like your mars bar is going to actually taste of cow you daft woman!”

      Its nothing to do with if it takes of cow or not you fool. Itds the fact its part of an ANIMAL. That is what it is stating. Some people should just keep there opinions to themselves, vegetarian or not, religious or not. No point in arguing. tsk.

    61. Mars Campaign — on 18th May, 2007 at 11:58 am  

      For all of you who would like to help, please visit: http://www.marscampaign.org

      Please have a look, and help spread the word. Also, sign the 3000 strong petition We’ve linked to, if you haven’t already. I really think it’s going to make a difference.

      The Masterfoods/Mars product listing is also listed under “Which Products” - you’ll notice some of your favourite chocolate is made by them. It’s a pity if you’re vegetarian, but you can help!

      Have a look at the Vegetarian Society’s “stumbling blocks” section that’s also linked to. It’s enlightening to say the least - tells you about all the ingredients and processing agents to avoid. It’s scary what goes into our food.

      Many Thanks.

    62. Refresh — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:10 am  

      Masterfoods reverses anti-veggie decision:

      The firm had said it would change the whey used in some of its products from a vegetarian source to one with traces of the animal enzyme, rennet.

      The Vegetarian Society organised a campaign against the move, asking members to voice their concerns to parent company Masterfoods.

      Mars said it became “very clear, very quickly” that it had made a mistake.

      In just one week, more than 6,000 people bombarded the company, which produces the Mars, Snickers, Maltesers and Galaxy brands, with phone and e-mail complaints.

      Forty MPs also signed a petition to voice their opposition.

      Fiona Dawson, managing director of Mars UK, said the company had listened to customers and decided to reverse its decision.

      “The consumer is our boss and we had lots of feedback from consumers who were unhappy about the change,” Ms Dawson said.

      “It became very clear, very quickly that we had made a mistake, for which I am sorry.

      I had said they would have to do this within the week - and they have!!

    63. Refresh — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:10 am  

      Sorry - that’s from

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6673549.stm

    64. Refresh — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:11 am  

      Now we just have to wait to see who gets ‘re-deployed’.

    65. Refresh — on 20th May, 2007 at 9:59 am  

      But Minstrel eaters beware:

      “The company, which had said admitting that it could not guarantee all products as suitable for vegetarians was a “principled decision”, said it will begin changing its recipe back immediately for the best-selling four brands and at a later date for Minstrels.”

      They really have lost it. To not reverse the decision immediately on all their products is stupid. They will have to hope that not all consumers will be aware of this - and that consumers will throw caution to thw wind. Forget it!

      And did anyone know that it affected ice cream as well?

      I didn’t.

    66. Safi — on 21st May, 2007 at 11:10 pm  

      Please call up Masterfoods on 0800 952 1234 to complain. There is also a petition to sign at:
      http://www.petitiononline.com/MarsWhey/petition.html

      Updates available here:
      http://masterfoodspetition.blogspot.com/

      Thanks.

    67. William — on 22nd May, 2007 at 12:01 am  

      Refresh

      Rennet was to be used in the ice cream versions of all Masterfood’s bars too.

    68. CJ — on 23rd May, 2007 at 9:58 am  

      what are u all complaining about if ur that bothed about it just dont eat the bloody things!

    69. dmc12 — on 23rd May, 2007 at 9:59 am  

      I agree with CJ

    70. James, peter — on 24th May, 2007 at 10:53 am  

      i understand waht cj is saying however i belive that there should at leat be a clear warning on these products

    71. Sammo — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:35 am  

      i think u lot are sad geeks wid nowt better to do den chat wet about marsbars !!!!!!!! get out more !!!!!!

    72. Johnny — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:38 am  

      I concur with all the above statements.

    73. CJ — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:40 am  

      i think that that last message posted by Sammo was outragus probably by some big headed teenager who is probbely doing i for a laugh to impress his small minded friends who will all have ASBOs!!! if i find that the BOY who did it needs to grow up or go away!!!!!!!!!

    74. Johnny — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:42 am  

      chris baker im after u!!!!!!!!!!

    75. james peter — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:44 am  

      Sam Reeder is a CHAV!!

    76. EMO_H8ER — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:45 am  

      CHRIS BAKER SLITS HIS WRIST WHILE RIDIN SHEEP

    77. james peter — on 24th May, 2007 at 11:51 am  

      Emo H8er is sam thomas reeder

    78. EMO_H8ER — on 24th May, 2007 at 12:00 pm  

      u cud at least spell my name rite

    79. Sunny — on 24th May, 2007 at 12:08 pm  

      ha ha!

    80. Srinivasa — on 26th May, 2007 at 1:31 pm  

      Good discussions. Happy vegetarianism & kind (human)heart!

    Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

    Pickled Politics © Copyright 2005 - 2007. All rights reserved. Terms and conditions.
    With the help of PHP and Wordpress.