What’s with a label that says “contains milk” but it doesn’t?
For a long time now, I’ve been reading labels; it comes from being vegan and making sure there are no animal ingredients.
So why is it that ingredients lists are scarier, as I said in the title, than getting #cancelled?
Most of the time, I am up with the ‘animal’ products and numbers you find on products’ back. For example, whey is dairy and gelatine is made by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones. But for newbies, it can be quite the minefield deciphering the ingredients.
With a new product the first thing I look at is “contains….”, which is underneath the actual list. It also can say “may contain…” meaning that the product is made in the same factory as products using these specific ingredients.
It took my son to point out that a particular brand of potato chips (crisps) are, in fact, vegan. They do NOT contain milk as is stated on their packet. He has even gone so far as to ring the company to ask if dairy is in the chips. I believe he’s won a few bets with this knowledge.
By law (in N.Z.), all allergy products must be printed in bold within the ingredients list. And these products are nuts, Soy, Wheat, dairy and eggs. Getting back to the crisps, even though the label says
“contains milk or milk products”,
and it’s in bold, it is totally devoid of all dairy products.
The only bold product in the ingredients list is Soy. Where is the dairy?
Now I’m lazy. So I just see the notice and put the chips back on the shelf… can’t be bothered reading the ingredients list.
My question is. Why not say “may contain…” as other companies do? Does this company not have a dictionary and therefore cannot understand the meaning of the word “contain”?
Let me enlighten them.
contain: to have within
I think it’s funny, but then I am well aware of the law. What about those who don’t? And they do not need to be vegan – the lactose intolerant would also be put off.
Wouldn’t you think Bluebird would want make sure they are covering all audiences?
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