Now? Weren't they reclassified in the 1950s or something? Fungi are waaaaaaaaaaay different from plants. (And animals, of course.)
Quorn is made from a fungus called Fusarium graminearum. Sorry - it was in my head and it's good to feel that random biological facts can be used from time to time. I had thought that they used grain as the growth medium, Pob? Either way, it's possible to do it without egg, as all the other similar products prove.
IMO though it's WRONG to eat mushrooms. They're sooooooo disgusting!!!!
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Animal Protection Group Applauds Meatless Company's Socially Responsible Decision
Touted as the world's number one brand of vegetarian meat alternatives, Quorn, a UK-based food company specializing in best-selling meatless meals--all of which, until now, contain eggs--just introduced its first-ever all vegan product, which is now available exclusively in the U.S.
This compassionate and socially-responsible decision was made after working closely with Compassion Over Killing, a DC-based animal protection organization that reached out to Quorn about reducing its use of eggs as an important step in preventing cruelty to laying hens and to meet the increasing demand for vegan options.
"The team at Quorn Foods in cooperation with Compassion Over Killing is delighted with the results of the work to reduce egg use in our product range, " says David Wilson, Quorn's General Manager. "In addition to using 3 million fewer eggs a year, the new launch of the Quorn 'egg-free' vegan burger has been a huge success with our customers."
According to Erica Meier, Compassion Over Killing's executive director, "A growing number of people are choosing egg-free foods as a way to protect animals from needless cruelty on factory farms, and we wholeheartedly applaud Quorn for developing its first vegan product. It's a win-win for animals and consumers."
Quorn's commitment to reducing its use of eggs and offer of a new vegan patty demonstrates the company's leadership in bringing healthier and more humane food choices to the marketplace. The new Vegan Burger will soon be available in over 1,000 stores from coast to coast, including Giant, Shaw's, Stop & Shop, and Whole Foods Market.
They could have launched something like this in the UK years ago. How interesting to read that it's "now available exclusively in the U.S." I would have said that animals in the UK deserve compassion just as much as animals in the USA and anywhere else. What is wrong with these people?!
Good news, but unfortunately towards the end of my vegetarianism Quorn products started giving me indigestion and (I'll be uncharacteristically coy here) an upset stomach so I shan't be running out to buy it.
On the plus side though, if this becomes popular it's all less animals being used, and another example of how veganism really isn't that restrictive
Quitting something because it's hard is wrong, and quitting something because it's wrong is hard. One takes cowardice, the other bravery.
I asked them about getting the vegan product in the UK and here's the response;
Thank you for contacting us regarding the availability of Quorn products suitable for a Vegan diet. We ha’ve seen the growing demand for Vegan food and are already looking at a Vegan product offer under the Quorn brand.
We’re looking at developing products specifically for the UK market, and we’ll be back in touch with an update soon. In the meantime check out our UK website (www.quorn.co.uk) or Facebook page for new product news.
Thanks again for getting in touch.
Obviously a generic email but it at least sounds a bit more positive than the old one. Not sure why they've put an apostrophe in have though.