Is it on the Label?
23rd January 2007
It has been brought to my attention recently that there are
a whole range of food additives that don't get listed on the
After reading an article on the BBC website about a man, Justin
Rowlatt who is becoming vegan for one month, to reduce his carbon
footprint. Vegans don't eat any meat, fish, dairy or Honey -
any animal products for that matter. Justin Rowlatt is finding
it very difficult to change his eating habits so extensively!
Andrew Whitely, an organic baker wrote to Justin Rowlatt to
tell him about the use of enzymes that aren't listed on the label.
He calls it "baking's big secret" .
He describes the use of enzymes as secret, because they don't
appear on the ingredients label. Industrial bakers use a loop-hole
to classify them as "processing aids". However, some
of these enzymes are manufactured from animals, including pigs.
This creates a problem for vegans or vegetarians, Muslims and
Jews who cant have animal products. Not to mention an ethical
issue - not including all the added ingredients on the label.
Modern bread stays light and soft for longer due to these
enzymes. Under current UK's food labeling rules they do not need
to appear on the label. This is because these enzymes are broken
down in the manufacturing process, and aren't considered to be
present in the final product. This is why they need not appear
on the label.
This is described by Andrew Whitely as, "a deception
that allows the food industry to manipulate what we eat without
There is a whole list of enzymes that Andrew is concerned
about as a vegan, a particularly worrying one is phospholipase.
Because it was originally derived from pigs pancreas.
He says that although the amounts of pig guts enzymes found
in bread would be minimal, wouldn't vegans and vegetarians, not
to mention Muslims and Jews, object to the idea that pig husbandry
has any part all in baking or the development of bakery additives?
One of the reasons that modern bread stays so soft and light
for so long, is because these enzymes are used. Because these
enzymes are broken down in the manufacturing process, under the
UK's food labeling rules, they do not have to list them on the
ingredients label. They are not considered to be present in the
Andrew Whitely says it is, "a deception that allows the
food industry to manipulate what we eat without telling us."
As a vegetarian or vegan you should be concerned about an
enzyme called phospholipase, because this is the one originally
derived from pigs pancreas.
There probably, truth being told, are very small amounts,
if not none at all, pigs guts in most peoples bread, but it is
concerning to think that it could be there, also that the food
industry doesn't have to tell us the whole truth!
Organic Bread & Food Enzymes
If you thought you were going to get away from the animal
ingredients by buying organic, think again! There are also 'baking
aids' in organic beard. As long as the 'aids' used are not derived
from GM, or GM methods have not been used at any stage in their
M&S Turning Green
18th January 2007
There has been a £200 million 'eco plan' to turn M&S
green. This 5 year scheme includes a plan to use fair trade cotton
in 20 million items of clothing. It will attempt to turn one
theirs of the worlds supply of cotton fair trade. Also, fleeces
made from polyester will now be made using melted down plastic
bottles instead of oil.
Director of 'Forum for the Future', Johnathon Porritt has
helped draw up the eco plan. His job is to help businesses improve
their environmental policies.
M&S say they will also buy as much food from the UK and
Ireland as possible, to reduce their amount of imports. Any imports
that still exist after this will be cut to a minimum and it will
be labeled as such.
All fresh turkey, duck, geese and pork will be free range,
and all fish will have to be certified by the Marine Stewardship
M&S hope to tipple sales of organic food and to launch
organic cotton ranges.
Stuart Rose, Chief Executive said, "Every business and
individual needs to do their bit to tackle the enormous challenges
of climate change and waste. We believe a responsible business
can be a profitable business."
My Thoughts: This is a long time coming but I am very
glad M&S are thinking about the planet! I hope other Supermarkets
and such will follow suit - but I am not holding my breath!
I will be supporting M&S in this eco plan, and all new
related information will be published on this site.
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