Wegmans thinks Ovo-Lacto Vegetarians Eat Animal Rennet
I wrote to Wegmans regarding one of their veggie burgers that contained Animal Rennet (the only cost effective way in which to make aninmal rennet requires slaughtering the animal).
They admitted their veggie burger contained animal rennet but said:
"In regard to your comments about Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, some will eat animal-sourced rennet and some will not."
This is not true, and I explained to them it is not true, pointing out that the definition of an Ovo-Lacto vegetarian is:
"An Lacto-ovo-vegetarian (or Ovo-lacto-vegetarian) is a vegetarian who does not eat animal flesh of any kind, but is willing to consume dairy and egg products."
animal rennet is made by:
"Dried and cleaned stomachs of young calves are sliced into small pieces and then put into saltwater or whey, together with some vinegar or wine to lower the pH of the solution..."
So after explaining this to them I asked that they reevaluate what they consider to be ovo-lacto vegetarians. They have instead chosen to stand by their false statement and refused to make any further comment.
They have lost me as a customer and hopefully many other vegetarians.
How can we trust their products if they do not understand vegetarian needs, and when faced with facvts, choose to ignore them.