Costa Levante News - - WINE & DINE -

Quorn is mar­keted as a soyfree meat sub­sti­tute and was launched in the UK in 1985. With many con­sumers turn­ing away from meat, ei­ther on health grounds or on eth­i­cal grounds, sales have grown rapidly.

But fol­low­ing a five-year court bat­tle in Amer­ica, the com­pany have agreed to change the la­bel­ing to say that ‘mould’ is the main in­gre­di­ent.

The ac­tion was taken against the Philip­pines based man­u­fac­turer af­ter two deaths and thou­sands of al­ler­gic re­ac­tions and the prod­uct will now have to carry an al­lergy warn­ing there. Quorn is de­rived from the fun­gus – or mould called Fusar­ium ve­ne­na­tum and grown in vats us­ing a fer­men­ta­tion process like that used in the pro­duc­tion of beer and yo­gurt. But UK Quorn is al­ready clearly la­beled that the main in­gre­di­ent is My­co­pro­tien and based on fungi or mould.

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