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Media statement

About the Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks

11 June 2018

We’ve been asked a few questions over the weekend about our trademarks. Here is some information about the trademark process.

How do products get our trademark?

We check ingredients

- We check ingredients to ensure they are suitable for vegetarians/vegans. This includes checking the source of the ingredients with manufacturers’ suppliers.

- If a product includes non-vegetarian/vegan ingredients, we work with the manufacturer to find suitable alternatives before we accredit them.

We check how products are made

- We review documentation relating to production processes (often called manufacturing specifications). This is where we check for the risk of cross-contamination from non-vegetarian/vegan ingredients. This can include visits to production sites.

- We work with manufacturers to improve their processes.

Do we allow companies to self-certify their products?

No. We carry out independent checks of the ingredients and the processes.

Do we do laboratory testing?

We do not carry out laboratory testing of products.

Do we do site visits?

We conduct site visits depending on the level of risk of cross-contamination in the production process. For example where a facility manufactures exclusively vegetarian products, this would usually be considered unnecessary.

The Vegetarian Society Approved trademark criteria

Vegetarian trademark:

- Free from any ingredient resulting from slaughter

- Only free-range eggs are used

- No cross-contamination during production

- GMO-free

- No animal testing carried out or commissioned

Vegan trademark:

- Free from animal-derived ingredients

- No cross-contamination during production

- GMO-free

- No animal testing carried out or commissioned

The Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks

The Vegetarian Society Approved vegetarian trademark is used on products that meet our vegetarian criteria.

The Vegetarian Society Approved vegan trademark is used on products that meet our vegan criteria.

 

We have found that every company we have ever worked with wants to do their absolute best for their vegetarian or vegan customers.

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Media statement

Re: Meat-free meals story in The Telegraph

9 June 2018 

On Saturday 09 June, The Telegraph published a story claiming some vegan and vegetarian products had been found to contain trace amounts of animal DNA. 

The products named included Sainsbury’s meat-free meatballs which carries the Vegetarian Society Approved trademark.

Sainsbury’s are understandably concerned about these alleged findings as the product is produced in a meat-free factory. We share these concerns and are pleased Sainsbury’s are carrying out a comprehensive investigation.

We provided the following statement to The Telegraph prior to the publication of the article.  

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Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society, said:

 

"The Vegetarian Society runs a trademark scheme, the purpose of which is to help customers identify vegetarian and vegan products more easily.

"We have stringent criteria that any product must meet in order to display one of our trademarks. We check ingredients and suggest alternatives where necessary, check production processes including possible cross-contamination points, offer advice on best practise, and assess risk. We conduct site visits where needed but, for example, where a facility manufactures exclusively vegetarian products, this would usually be considered unnecessary.

"It is the producers' responsibility to ensure production processes are followed and to reduce as far as possible the chance of human error. In the unlikely event of a mistake happening, we are always happy to work with a producer to help minimise the chance of future occurrences.

"We have found that every company we have ever worked with wants to do their absolute best for their vegetarian or vegan customers and we are proud to work with such an extensive range of companies, big and small."

 

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We will be updating this story as soon as we have more information.  

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