Can foods with rennet be vegetarian

Label "V" for vegetarian products

The “V” label is intended to make it easier for vegetarians to choose food across Europe. It stands for products that are manufactured without raw materials from animal carcasses, in particular without meat, gelatine, bones and slaughter fats. Because consumers cannot always see from the list of ingredients whether the product contains ingredients from animals.

The products awarded the label are classified either as "vegetarian" or as "vegan" according to their ingredients:

Criteria for the V-Label

So are for "Vegan" foods All ingredients and processing aids of animal origin are excluded at all stages of production and processing, including additives, carriers, flavors and enzymes. Against are for "Vegetarian food" Live animal products, mainly milk, eggs and honey, allowed. Cheese made with calf rennet, fruit juices that have been clarified with gelatine and margarine, which contains animal fats, are excluded from this label.

The definitions "vegetarian" and vegan "of Label V correspond to the recommendation of the Conference of Consumer Protection Ministers from 2016.

In some points the criteria of the V-Label go beyond this definition. For example, eggs may not come from cages and their origin must be proven in writing. Genetically modified products are also not allowed to carry the "V".

The "V" label was developed by the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) - the European umbrella organization of many vegetarian associations and organizations in Europe.

It is awarded on request and after prior examination. In Germany this is done by ProVeg Deutschland e.V. (formerly Vegetarian Association Germany e.V. - VEBU)

The manufacturer is obliged to disclose the composition of the product as well as the ingredients and processing aids used before using the mark. Compliance with the criteria is checked both by an incoming test - possibly with the involvement of an independent test laboratory - and by random samples. Each time the ingredients are changed, a new check is carried out.

The European collective mark "V" is already valid in almost all EU countries.

There is currently no legal regulation

The EU Food Information Regulation (LMIV) already provides for voluntary labeling of foods that are suitable for vegetarians or vegans. To do this, however, the EU Commission still has to enact additional legal provisions. The LMIV does not set a time limit. In April 2016, the consumer protection ministers of the federal states agreed on a uniform but not legally binding definition of the terms “vegan” and “vegetarian”.

When there will be a legally binding regulation, however, is not foreseeable.