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Sticker Shock in Lucknow

Do you know that hotels and restaurants in India are required to post red or green stickers on all food, to indicate if it’s vegetarian or not? Neither do many restaurants and hotels in India (or at least Lucknow), according to the Hindustan Times. But still, what a wonderful idea!

I had trouble finding much background on the stickering scheme. Please comment if you know any more about this.


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    Hey Jason,

    My husband and I were in India recently, and while we didn’t see stickers, everything was very clearly marked “vegetarian” or “Non-vegetarian”. It was lovely. (Insert wistful sigh here).

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    You know, I have seen something like this in Canada. I was in an Indian store in Vancouver a few years ago, buying some samosas. I noticed some kinds had a red, powdery dot on them, and others didn’t. I never asked about it, but I do recall the ones I bought, which were vegan, had red dots. Can’t say I’ve noticed this since, but the next time am in Little India in Toronto, I will have a look…