V is for Vegetarian

I often wonder what criteria food manufacturers and supermarkets use when applying the ‘V’ symbol to vegetarian products.

I was searching for some balsamic vinegar on the Sainsburys website yesterday and the one I wanted did not have the V symbol on it. Is this because it is truly not vegetarian or is it because they simply did not use the symbol on it?

The vegetarian symbol

The vegetarian symbol

There is a degree of trust implied when you see the symbol that you trust the manufacturer agress with what your definition of a vegatariaqn is.

My definition of a vegetarian

My definition of a vegetarian food is something that contains no meat, fish or poultry and no  ingredients of the animal slaughter industry. This includes:

  • Gelatine
  • Animal fat
  • Artificial ingredients derived from animals, such as cochineal.

Veggie approved products

If you are looking for vegetarian foods, I suggest you always double check the ingredients do not have any animal ingredients. A good place to start when looking for veggie foods in the Vegetarian Socity website list of approved products.

When you then learn to know what constitutes a veggie-friendly ingredient you’ll be better informed when looking at ingredients lists.

The ‘V’ sysmbol is a great way of knowing what is veggie but my advice is to always look beyond it for 100% certainty.

Vegetarians in the UK and the Vegetarian Society

The Vegetarian Society is one of the oldest vegetarian societies in the world. It is based in Manchester in England and was formed in 1847.

The Vegetarian Society is an educational charity working to support, represent and increase the number of vegetarians in the UK. It’s a great organisation which I am proud to be a member of.

Why join the Vegetarian Society?

I joined the Vegetarian Society because I am passionate about vegetarianism. I want to support an organisation that helps people become vegetarian and support the lives of vegetarians in the UK and is an advocate for vegetarian issues.


What services do the Vegetarian Society offer?

National Vegetarian Week

They also run National Vegetarian Week. This will be from 20 to 26 May 2013 in the UK.

What is a Vegetarian Approved Product?

If you have ever wondered how you can find out what products you buy are REALLY veggie, then the society also produce a list of approved products.

Become a VegSoc Member

Why not become a Vegetarian Society member? It is a great charity to join and you’ll receive regular magazines, and access to some great veggie discounts too!

Just in case you are wondering, I am not on commission from the VegSoc, I am simply a passionate advocate of the work that they do!