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  • Mars Bars back on the menu

    by Sunny
    20th May, 2007 at 9:48 am    

    … or whatever else you want to do with them *cough*
    As Refresh predicted, Masterfoods have now reversed their decision to allow animal rennet into chocolates and apologised to “upset” vegetarians. Apparently more than 6,000 people complained in one week. Nice work people!

    BTW, David T pointed out to me that Masterfoods hadn’t actually changed their recipe to include animal rennet, only admitted it to someone that they could not guarantee that some of the whey they sourced did not contain it. A small point perhaps but I hope this incident will persuade other companies to switch from using such products without care for vegetarians too.

    Update: Except Nestle that is. That company still remains highly unethical.

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    1. Radical Muslim

      The Daily Confusion…

      <p>Leaving aside the notion that the media can be prone to <a href=””>spreading</a> lies and <a href=”…

    1. Rohin — on 20th May, 2007 at 10:21 am  

      Ah man! I was really enjoying telling veggies they had even less to eat. With a combo of veggie, Muslim and Hindu staff, all the boxes of chocolates given to the ward this week came my way. I think I just won’t mention this update ;)

    2. Refresh — on 20th May, 2007 at 10:49 am  

      Beware, it turns out it also affected their ice creams; and it is only reversed for the 4 leading brands of chocolate. Minstrels is still off the ‘suitable’ list.

      They are now being really stupid. This will lead to further confusion.

      I would suggest vegetarians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews should stay of their products until the all-clear is sounded.

      Pass that on.

    3. Chairwoman — on 20th May, 2007 at 11:00 am  

      According to the Jewish Chronicle, Rabbinical authorities in London have declared the products Kosher, as the amount of animal product is minimal, but Rabbinical authorities in Manchester have banned them.

      A new take on the North/South divide. I must confess, that although I’m a Londoner, I’m with the Mancunians on this.

    4. Riz — on 20th May, 2007 at 11:04 am  

      Hah, I support the free market and self-interest in such matters, but it really looks like they didn’t think this decision through. I might just boycott them anyway … I am a reckless boycotter.

      Anyway, my desert of choice is barfi (hint: chop barfi blocks in to 1cm slices to make it last longer. This also has to be the way to serve it to guests, as they will eat less!)

    5. ZinZin — on 20th May, 2007 at 12:45 pm  

      The title should be Obesity is back on the menu.

    6. inders — on 20th May, 2007 at 12:59 pm  

      publicity stunt

    7. William — on 20th May, 2007 at 1:57 pm  

      Saved from Cadburys and Carob then

    8. sonia — on 20th May, 2007 at 2:53 pm  

      Good! A VICTORY for vegetarians

    9. Zak — on 20th May, 2007 at 2:58 pm  


    10. Rumbold — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:05 pm  

      What about all of us meat-eaters who were looking forward to the new Mars Bar? Who is going to stand up for our rights?

    11. sonia — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:17 pm  

      Why Rumbold, why don’t you push for Market Segmentation :-) Demand a meaty version for the meat-eaters!

      ideals of the free market: consumer is king. all consumers should have access to what they want..

    12. sonia — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:18 pm  

      after all, im sure there are lots of people who would go for the ‘Mars Meaty’…

      slightly off-topic question - are a lot of the people who turn ‘vegetarian’ when they eat out because of the Halal meat thing?

    13. Rumbold — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:29 pm  

      “why don’t you push for Market Segmentation [yellow face] Demand a meaty version for the meat-eaters!”

      Consumers just are not ready for chocolate, caramel, nougat and pork all in one bar. Philistines.

    14. sonia — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:41 pm  

      :-) are you sure Rumbold? this could be the next big thing..! Perhaps you could get into the chocolate business. why wait for those idiots at Masterfoods..

    15. sonia — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:42 pm  

      i have to admit my big weakness is for Lion bars, manufactured by those awful Nestle people. Sigh..

    16. Rumbold — on 20th May, 2007 at 3:49 pm  

      “They’re meatier than ordinary chocolate.”

      I am not sure that the meat would keep in the vending machines though. Lion bars eh? There is something about them, just not something I can put my finger on.

    17. Sunny — on 20th May, 2007 at 5:13 pm  

      i have to admit my big weakness is for Lion bars, manufactured by those awful Nestle people. Sigh.

      Yeah I used to love that too… tsk Sonia, what happened to those principles? ;)
      Haven’t you seen the link to ‘Milking it’ on the side?

    18. Ms_Xtreme — on 20th May, 2007 at 5:36 pm  

      As long as they don’t do anything cruel to Cadbury’s anything, I’ll be happy.

      They don’t seem to understand that some of us SURVIVE on chocolate. :\

    19. Don — on 20th May, 2007 at 6:30 pm  

      Peanut-brittle man, meself.

    20. sonia — on 20th May, 2007 at 6:35 pm  

      heh heh Ms. X-treme..i hear ya!

    21. Kismet Hardy — on 21st May, 2007 at 12:34 pm  

      ” Except Nestle that is. That company still remains highly unethical.”

      God that reminds me of the first time I felt moral outrage as a kid. I was looking at a giant billboard in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Nestle urging powdered milk is good for your baby, with a picture of a poor woman and her tiny fat baby smiling. And I remember thinking: these poor women will be spending money they don’t have to try be a good mother instead of feeding their babies perfectly better, free breast milk. Still makes me angry to think of it

    22. Twining or Black in Blue — on 21st May, 2007 at 3:46 pm  

      Hoorah for commonsense!

    23. squared — on 21st May, 2007 at 4:08 pm  

      Silly publicity stunt.

    24. — on 21st May, 2007 at 6:41 pm  

      Currently, you won’t see animal rennet listed on ANY food products, unless they’re trying to desperately put off veggies.

      Food processing agents, such as Rennet, do not need to be listed, as technically they aren’t an ingredients - the Whey made from it is though. But Whey is Whey - they don’t specify where its from, theres no reason to.

      Mars let people know, as a “Just in case” - course if it was ever leaked, and they’d pretended nothing had changed, they’d be out of business within a week (law suit after law suit after law suit..)

      I disagree with your comment about it being a “small point”, these processing agents SHOULD be listed, and the legislation SHOULD be changed.

      For more info about these Non-Vegetarian “stumbling blocks” visit: It’s an eye opener.

      I do personally agree with your point about Nestlé.

      Thanks again, and for your support!

      Keep an eye on the website for any more news too. We’ll let you know the full details as we get them!

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