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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:52

Some Whole Foods shoppers may be shocked to learn why the chicken-like chunks in their vegan salads tasted so much like meat.

They were meat. :o

Whole Foods Market Inc. said labels for its curried chicken salad and the vegan version, which replaces meat with the soy-based substitute "chick'n," were accidentally swapped. The mix-up was caught by an employee, and the company has since recalled the affected salads.

"Due to the label mix-up, allergens were undeclared," the company said in a statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recall site. "The vegan chick'n salad contains soy, and the curried chicken salad contains egg."

Soy and eggs can cause hives and even life-threatening anaphylaxis in people who are allergic. No illnesses have been reported to date, according to the company.

The mislabeled salads were sold Tuesday and Wednesday in 15 stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. In some locations, the salads were sold in bulk at the cold food bar. In others, they were displayed in the prepared food section behind glass. The affected stores have posted signs warning customers about the mix-up.

"Consumers who have purchased this product from Whole Foods Market may return it to the store for a full refund," the company said. "Consumers with questions should contact their local store or call 617-492-5500 between the hours of 9am and 5pm EST."

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:59

Who would eat anything with artificial meat? Good thing it was real chicken though.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 13:05

Who would eat anything with artificial meat? Good thing it was real chicken though.


People eat at MacDonald's a lot :p

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 13:06

Don't see why this would be any more hypocritical for them than using drugs/procedures developed through animal testing

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 13:37

Who would eat anything with artificial meat? Good thing it was real chicken though.


Me. Meat substitutes—like Quorn—are very low in calories, safer to prepare and contain very little in the way of saturated fats. They do not taste like meat but they are nice in their own right, and I say that as someone who also eats meat. The Quorn pies and escalopes are particularly nice - better than most meat alternatives. I would much rather eat "artificial meat" than the "meat" they put in cheap products.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 14:48

I think humans should move over to synthetic meats and fish.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:55

I don't think oops even comes close.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 04:11

I think humans should move over to synthetic meats and fish.

No thanks. I'll keep eating my meat.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 12:40

Me. Meat substitutes—like Quorn—are very low in calories, safer to prepare and contain very little in the way of saturated fats. They do not taste like meat but they are nice in their own right, and I say that as someone who also eats meat. The Quorn pies and escalopes are particularly nice - better than most meat alternatives. I would much rather eat "artificial meat" than the "meat" they put in cheap products.


Quorn is artificial and made by big artificial meat industries. It's made with chemicals. It's not good for you. They ought to be in jail for trying to sell it as a health food. It couldn't be further from the truth.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 12:47

Quorn is artificial and made by big artificial meat industries. It's made with chemicals. It's not good for you. They ought to be in jail for trying to sell it as a health food. It couldn't be further from the truth.


Everything is made up of chemicals.

Two Common ones:
Dihydrogen Monoxide (H2O)
Glucose (Sugar) - C6H12O6

Just because something is made in a lab instead of collected in nature does not imply that it is bad. Same thing goes for naturally occurring things. It's called the naturalistic fallacy.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 13:16

Me. Meat substitutes—like Quorn—are very low in calories, safer to prepare and contain very little in the way of saturated fats. They do not taste like meat but they are nice in their own right, and I say that as someone who also eats meat. The Quorn pies and escalopes are particularly nice - better than most meat alternatives. I would much rather eat "artificial meat" than the "meat" they put in cheap products.

Actually there's more saturated fat in quorn that properly prepared meat

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 22:54

Actually there's more saturated fat in quorn that properly prepared meat


Nonsense.

Quorn mince
Fat 2.0g, of which saturates 0.5g

Extra lean mince beef
Fat 9.6g, of which saturates 4.2g

Regular beef mince (from Asda)
Fat 19.7g, of which saturates 8.3g

Even "extra lean" beef has over eight times the amount of saturated fat of Quorn and most mince is dramatically worse than that. Those who don't check the labels or know what to look for will typically end up buying meat many magnitudes worse than the Quorn alternative. Properly preparing meat will reduce the amount of saturated fat present but even cooked lean mince contains much larger amounts of saturated fat than Quorn (this link shows 100g cooked lean mince to contain 6.5g of fat, of which saturates 3.0g).

Quorn sausages
Fat 7.0g, of which saturates 0.6g

Cumberland sausages (72% pork) (from Asda)
Fat 14.2g, of which saturates 5.9g

As you can see, regular sausages have over ten times the level of saturated fat.

Quorn chicken-style nuggets
Fat 12.0g, of which saturates 1.3g

Chicken nuggets (from Asda)
Fat 14.7g, of which saturates 2.8g

Again, Quorn has half the amount of saturated fat. And there is no magical way to "properly prepare" chicken nuggets - you just put them in an oven. I can go on but I've made by point and have thoroughly supported it. There are Quorn products with higher levels of saturated fat but that's because of other ingredients, like cheese - even then they're lower than comparable meat products. And that's without even going into calories, as Quorn is much lower in calories.

So why do people want to eat artificial meat? Because it has fewer calories, has lower saturated fat and has fewer ethical / quality concerns. Processed meats have been linked to early deaths, so that's a factor for some. And some people simply like the taste.

Quorn is artificial and made by big artificial meat industries. It's made with chemicals.


What's that even supposed to mean? Quorn is a form of fungus that is grown in fermentation tanks and is made from glucose, vitamins / minerals and chicken egg albumen. The manufacturing of Quorn is certainly a lot better than that of meat, where in the US you see pink slime, growth hormones and antibiotics used while in the EU there was the recent horse-meat scandal.

Some people are allergic to the mycoprotein used in Quorn but other than that it is a much more healthy alternative to meat. If you have evidence to the contrary then please provide it—I am perfectly happy to consider any new information you have to share—but using terms like "chemicals" and "big artificial meat industries" is the sort of thing that conspiracy sites like NaturalNews do and you simply haven't backed up your claims.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 23:29

Interesting ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quorn

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 00:42

I think humans should move over to synthetic meats and fish.


Why?

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 00:46

^ You never know what's in 'natural' meats, can be nasty bacteria, viruses, not to mention hormones, unhealthy chemicals.

Excessive meat consumption is also leading to wide-spread diseases.

Fish species are being fished to extinction, and food chains broken -- this has already happened.

There is a lot of cruel abuse of the animals used as food.

It would also be far more 'humane' to let the animals run free.