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Echinoderms: perhaps they taste just like chicken

Good news for all Brits (and people thinking of getting food in Britain). That august body known as the Food Standards Agency has established apparently clear criteria as to what is a vegetarian product and what is vegan. You can read details of the story by clicking here and here.

Before you skeptics start shouting, “Yeah, there was confusion because people thought vegetarianism meant cutting down on red meat,” the Vegetarian Society of the UK and Vegan Society were involved. You can read all about it by clicking here (PDF). However, if you’re impatient to know, there are eight different food groups, with perhaps some surprising inedibles.

If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan you don’t eat:

  • A: livestock, red meat, poultry, game, etc.
  • B: fish, shellfish, crustacea, amphibians, tunicates, echinoderms, mollusks
  • C: insects
  • D: slaughter byproducts (e.g. fats and blood)
  • E: products made from A to D (e.g. gravies, stock and gelatin, additives, flavorings and carriers)
  • F: processing aids (made from A to E) used whether or not in the final food (e.g. isinglass)

If you’re a vegan, you don’t eat:

  • G: products of living animals, including insects, (e.g. milk, eggs, honey, bee pollen or waxes)
  • H: products made from or with the aid of G (whether or not in the final food) such as cheese made with vegetarian rennet, yoghurt made without the use of animal gelatin, whey, additives, flavorings and carriers, (e.g. lecithins)

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