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.