Ben & Jerry's - the veggie-friendly ice cream that isn't
Yesterday we told you about how plenty of the country's favourite frozen desserts are unsuitable for vegetarians, because the production process involves rennet, a substance extracted from the stomach linings of calves. Mmm, enzymes.
Unilever manufacture plenty of the best selling ice cream brands in the UK and Ireland, and we published their official lists of products both suitable and unsuitable for vegetarians - the lists are only available if you request them direct from the company. Here's part of that list (see the large version here):
Over a dozen Ben & Jerry's products are listed as unsuitable (and you still thought it was made by a couple of hippies and happy cows) - the EVA referred to is the European Vegetarian Union, an organisation that amongst other achievements has seen the yellow "V" symbol become commonplace on foods labels across Europe.
So on the one hand, Unilever are stating that these particular products - around a third of the Ben & Jerry's range - are unsuitable for vegetarians "due to the presence of (other) non-vegetarian ingredients". On the other hand, is this statement on the Ben & Jerry's website that Bitterwallet reader Smakry spotted in their FAQ section: fr
No caveats, no small print to suggest when they say "all Ben & Jerry's flavours are veggie-friendly" what they really mean is only two thirds are. So if Unilever have placed these products on an official document and deemed then unsuitable for vegetarians, why are they promoting them as suitable?