Make it a legal requirement to label food vegetarian/vegan/not suitable for vegetarians

Make it a legal requirement to label food vegetarian/vegan/not suitable for vegetarians

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Connor Bolton started this petition to food standards agency and

As of 1st January 2021, new rules were set in place for food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to adhere to. The new rules are vast, ranging from international standards to sugar specification requirements. Despite the length and specific detail of these new rules, there is not a single section which addresses the problem that all vegetarians and vegans have always had to live with; the lack of a simple "suitable for vegetarians/vegans" labelling system.

We live in an age where convenience and simplicity is the key to successfully selling products to us, the consumers. Every new product is designed to make things easier. For example, we are now able to pay for our petrol at the pump, and how can we pay? By using our cards, phones or even smartwatches with a simple 'tap' on the monitor and away we go without ever having to enter the store or interact with anyone. With this in mind, why hasn't the same convenience and simplicity been applied to the food packaging industry?

In 2021, how is it still reasonable or fair to ignore the needs of those who have different dietary requirements? To expect a person who has either chosen, or medically been advised to have an animal free diet, to read the ingredients of every single item that they purchase, as well as even understanding what all of those ingredients are.
For example, if I asked you to tell me what exactly is vitamin D3, could you tell me? Vitamin D3 is found in most orange juices and it is derived from something called lanolin which is a waxy substance that comes from sheep, meaning it is not suitable for vegans. Surprising to find out that orange juice might not be suitable for a vegan isn't it?
If that doesn't convince you that a change is needed, then how about this example: Stearic acid, ever heard of it? It is in a lot of food and consumable products, but what is stearic acid? Well, surprisingly it can be made with either plant oils or animal oils, meaning that products you might of thought to be animal free such as chewing gum, nuts, chips, grains, bread and hundreds of others, use or sometimes use stearic acid which could either be vegetarian, vegan or not suitable for either, and the consumer would never know the difference unless they contacted the specific manufacturer and asked them directly what type of stearic acid they use.

According to an annual survey which was updated earlier this year, an estimated 14% of the UK adult population currently follow a meat free diet which is around 7.2 million British adults. Surely it can't be reasonable to ignore 7.2 million people and expect them all to to know exactly what every possible ingredient in every possible product is and whether it is suitable for them to consume?

I have created this petition to request that it be made a legal requirement in the U.K to clearly state on the packaging of all food and drink produce whether a product is "Suitable for Vegans," "Suitable for Vegetarians" or "Not Suitable for Vegetarians/Vegans." To continue along the modern need for convenience, this could incorporate a colour coded system, whether that be a new system or using the same 'traffic light' system which was applied to the nutritional information label in 2014.

This would be a simple addition to our food and drink produce which would neither hurt nor harm anyone, and would only serve to help an estimated 1-2 people in every 10, know with confidence what they are putting into their body. As someone who has been adapting to a meat-free diet myself, I know this would change my life, as well as millions of others in the most simplest but impactful of ways.

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