So Adam Kochanowicz of the Vegan News has a new resource page system to look up products and companies to see if they are vegan or test on animals. It is located here. Anyway, he posted a snippet saying if you are looking for Vegan burger crumbles, to buy Boca as they are vegan and NOT Morningstar Farms, because they contain dairy and egg. This surprised me as I have been buying the Morningstar Farms ones because I have checked the ingredients and never seen dairy or egg listed and they are one of the few foods A actually likes and eats.
I checked Morningstar Farms website, and sure enough, listed as ingredients are dairy and egg. I checked the package in my freezer (I know I am crazy, but not crazy stupid) and my package did not show dairy or egg. I emailed the company for clarification and to my dismay, I received the following response:
Mrs. Crazy Vegan Mom,
Thank you for contacting us concerning Morningstar Farms® Meal Starters™ Grillers™ Recipe Crumbles. We appreciate your interest in our company and products, as well as your loyalty over the years.
This product was reformulated in January to contain milk and egg ingredients for proprietary reasons. The product that you have in your freezer was likely made prior to this reformulation. Because product formulations may change from time to time, consumers are strongly encouraged to read the package label prior to every purchase. If you are vegan or have food allergies, we are sorry for any inconvenince this may cause you.
Kellogg Company was founded with a philosophy that encouraged people to improve their health. As W.K. Kellogg said, "We are a company of dedicated people making quality products for a healthier world."
We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your questions and concerns and thank you for your loyalty to our brands.
Assistant Manager, Consumer Communications
Consumer Affairs Department
My favorite part is: Kellogg Company was founded with a philosophy that encouraged people to improve their health. As W.K. Kellogg said, "We are a company of dedicated people making quality products for a healthier world."
Bah! How is adding dairy and egg to an previously vegan product improving health?
So, this was my response and I encourage everyone to inundate them with emails, phone calls and letters urging them to change back! Here is their contact info page.
Thank you for your reply.
I must say though, that I am extremely disappointed! If your philosophy is to improve peoples health, then you are certainly going about it the wrong way. Eggs and dairy are not healthy food choices, in fact they are very bad for peoples health. Eggs and dairy are full of cholesterol and saturated fat, they have been shown to increase cancer and heart disease along with contributing to obesity. Not to mention how bad it is for the poor chickens and cows that must suffer horribly to supply the eggs and dairy.
I do hope your company will reconsider this bad decision. You will lose many customers because of this. I am also surprised considering the huge influx of upset customers who convinced Boca to remove all eggs from their entire line, a wise choice they made to follow the suggestions of their customers.
I have already seen a backlash to this decision among many people, all my vegan friends and family members have decided to boycott your products.
I am sorry to say I will no longer buy any Morning Star Farms products until I see this company reverse this bad decision.
Crazy Vegan Mom
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