There Might Be Dead Animal Parts in Your V8! & Homemade V8 Juice Recipe

8/7/2014 – UPDATE: Does Campbell’s Soup Not Know What’s In Its Own Products?

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Did you know that Campbell’s V8 Juice has possible dead animal parts inside? I thought the “V” stood for “Vegetables” – but I guess I was wrong. “Natural Flavor” is one of the most deceptive ingredients on a label of any product – it could mean anything found in nature, including ingredients you weren’t expecting like meat! Campbell’s confirmed their “flavoring” may include “meat/seafood/poultry/dairy” this week on Twitter and within their question chat box on their website with us. They also confirmed they don’t offer any vegan products – this means the “100% Vegetable Juice” claim on the label of V8 is just plain FALSE!

See screen shot below:

Twitter Campbells

 

What Can You Do About This?

Regardless, if you’ve been following this blog, you know V8 Juice is not something I would buy or consume anyways, but this is another good reason to give it the heave-ho into the trash can (or take it back to the store and ask for a refund.)

If you are as mad as me about this deceptive practice – Please sign this new petition on change.org started by a brave young woman, go to Campbell’s Soup facebook page here and twitter page here immediately and tell them you are no longer buying their products and disgusted with their misleading information.

Call Campbell’s Customer Service Line: 1-800-257-8443

This example just goes to show that Campbell’s Soup brand is not interested in being honest or transparent about their ingredients on their labels. In fact, they spent almost a MILLION DOLLARS preventing GMO-labeling laws from passing! 

Animal Parts V8

Make Homemade V8 Instead

To avoid mysterious animal parts, enjoy this recipe for Homemade V8 juice below – this recipe is straight from this month’s Eating Guide program. This drink is super refreshing, tastes a billion times better than bottled pasteurized V8 and super easy to make. If you don’t have a juicer, just blend all the ingredients and drink like a gazpacho, or strain the juice through a strainer or cheese cloth. Enjoy!

HomemadeV8Juice

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4.6 from 25 reviews
Homemade V8 Juice
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 cup spinach (rotate your green weekly)
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. Wash all fruits and vegetables and place into a large bowl.
  2. Place all ingredients through your juicer, except the lemon juice.
  3. Stir in lemon juice before serving and clean juicer immediately.

 

Cheers, 

Vani 

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218 Responses to “There Might Be Dead Animal Parts in Your V8! & Homemade V8 Juice Recipe”

  1. Janet

    Thank you for the work you are doing, Vani. What I want to know is what “flavorings” includes? I want the choice to decide what I’m eating, period. The conversation has nothing to do with Vegan or non Vegan. It has to do with how a normal person is suppose to decode a label. What does “flavorings” mean?

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    • विक्रम (to Janet)

      Hi
      Vani(वानी)

      I am in Canada now, how to buy products which are economical as well as good for health, specially like within 200 $ buget how students can eat healthy food if you can.post any article then I will publish it on my university social media page and will send it to local media house with credits to you.

      We buy Campbell’s soups as they ate easy im pocket and I am non vegetarian so its ok for me however one of my Gujarati friend is in shock as in his cultural tradition only vegetarian food is allowed to eat.

      Defiantely this is unethical practice, what can be sone to avoid such brands?

      Vikram Karkhanis

      Reply
      • Shannon (to विक्रम)

        You should check out http://www.100daysofrealfood.com
        She has a meal plan available for a budget like you asked about and posts simian to the ones from this blog. It is do-able I have taken small steps to helping my family eat healthier and we all feel so much better!
        Best wishes

  2. Carol

    I’d much rather that the animal parts be from dead animals than from live ones. I think this whole debate borders on the ridiculous.

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    • Bob (to Carol)

      Agreed. We’re talking about a flavoring that is a fraction of 1% of the product. You’d think they just slaughtered a whale and stuffed it in the can with all the outrage expressed. Anyone who buys ANY processed product, vegan or otherwise, can expect there to be something they don’t like in it. If you want pure foods, buy unprocessed items.
      However, their funding of anti-GMO campaigns is another story. They suck on that action.

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      • charles krause (to Bob)

        Who is the their in the funding of anti-gmo campaigns?

    • Bob (to Carol)

      Unfortunately, Vegan lifestyle is a necessity for some and not just an ideology based on various aspects of why not to consume animal products. When you are one of those people, the addition of hidden animal based products in any amount is a huge problem. Which is why we primarily prepare all of our items at home from whole foods that we know what we’re getting, but don’t paint all Vegan’s as ideologically based. There are a few very real situations where the consumption of any animal based products are a huge health concern… Truth in labeling would be extremely helpful for many. Is it too much to ask for?

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      • Wayne (to Bob)

        Please name the medical condition that causes “any animal based products” to be a “huge health concern.” I am skeptical that such a thing exists. Humans ARE animals. A person who cannot ingest “any animal based products” would have died in the womb.

      • Zoe (to Bob)

        Actually Wayne, I have a condition called Nail Patella Syndrome which inhibits my intestines to process protein at the level of other humans. When I eat animal products I get very bloated suffer chronic stomach aches. It also leads to constipation. I have been to the hospital and had surgery due to this and I am now vegan because of it. I do believe in vegan ideologies but I eat vegan because I have to. It is a serious problem for me if a label is hiding ingredients derived from animal products.

      • Rado (to Bob)

        To Zoe, you mean Nail Patella Syndrome: is a genetic disorder that results in small, poorly developed nails and kneecaps… Also I can not seem to find any where that it says it inhibits protein digestions. It is a skeletal deformity that is not related to food digestion and vegan or not, it wont help you with this.

      • JoeSnow (to Bob)

        Nope, sorry Zoe, you lose.

        http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/nail-patella-syndrome

        No mention at all of digestive issues arising from this condition. You may eventually end up with glaucoma or kidney disease, but absolutely nothing related to the digestive tract. Nice try, though.

    • Cindy (to Carol)

      You guys are missing the point! It says vegetable juice! Also natural flavorings also means MSG which is a neurotoxin. Which obviously you eat quite often based on your comments.

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      • tade (to Cindy)

        Well Cindy you have actually been horribly misinformed their is no concrete evidence the msg is harmful to the vast majority of the population and l-glutamate ( a variation missing the sodium which is an ion so not binded to the nolecule anyway) is found in most meats, dairies and some vegetables as well ws being produced by the body during metabolism via the Krebs cycle (Google it)

      • JoeSnow (to Cindy)

        Juicing in itself is not healthy. When you juice, you remove all the fiber. Fiber is what slows the uptake of sugars when you eat whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing, in, essence, concentrates all of the sugars in the liquid and there is nothing to stop your body from taking up all of the sugar all at once which means a massive glycemic response from your body. Your body will release insulin and if you continue to induce this response, you may eventually become insulin resistant. When you become resistant, your body has to produce more and more insulin in order to process the glucose that is being introduced into your bloodstream. Eventually, you will become pre-diabetic or even develop Type 2 diabetes when your pancreas is no longer able to keep up with the demand for insulin that you are putting on it and the excess glucose begins to accumulate. So keep on juicing if you want to end up dying sooner.

    • Amber (to Carol)

      I disagree…because my children drink these juices…I don’t let my kids eat hot dogs and other processed meats because they are not healthy…I give them V8 because it says it is healthy…however, when they are putting animal products in it and then hide it from the public makes me wonder how healthy it really is…if it was truly healthy then why hide it….

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      • Deo Melgaco (to Amber)

        The issue is that “flavoring” or “natural flavors” is protected as “trade secret” so the companies do not need to tell us what is in it. And it can be just anything. And to make things worse, “natural flavors” are pretty much in everything you buy except raw food.
        I think this deserves action and change: we must have the right to know everything that goes into making any food we buy.
        For instance, a common element found in “natural flavors” is castoreum.
        http://www.naturalnews.com/042950_beaver_butt_natural_flavoring_castoreum.html#

  3. Kathy

    I simply appreciate the FACT that someone is opening this “can of worms” so that we ALL may make choices, and investigate further if desired. Also, the FACT is, taking the time to read the originators research before critiquing it would be a smart move. I, for one, do not have the time to do all this research/investigating, so I really and truly appreciate the time and efforts to get this out to the public!

    Double thumbs up to Vani! ;)

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  4. VeganChic

    Thanks Vani!! Youre a gem!!

    Reply
  5. Robin Austin

    I went to the V8 facebook page and made a comment that I didn’t want to use Campbell products if they couldn’t even get their story straight,or try to be more
    healthy. I was attacked by a few people and that were very vile. They attacked me for a spelling error and a grammar mistake and just made crazy statements against me and Food Babe, especially. This leads me to believe these people are just crazy or they are probably being paid or compensated somehow to ward off Food Babes army.
    I am shocked if it was real, because I don’t want to believe society breeds such
    ignorant people! There are more authorities on our food chain , then just Food Babe….. many, many and it just doesn’t make sense for people to be so nasty.
    I never want to see a Campbells product ever again in my life!
    Robin

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    • Bob (to Robin Austin)

      Save your outrage for something a little more serious. Me thinks you protest a bit too much. If you get this worked up over some flavoring, how about the genocides in Dafur? That should make your head explode.

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      • Janine (to Bob)

        I’m wondering why you’re even here replying to people if you don’t care about this – just to troll?

      • Laura (to Bob)

        Sure, there are tons of problems in the world. Vani chose to dedicate her career to solving certain ones, and certainly wouldn’t have the time to combat every single problem that exists. Also, just because she chose the particular realm of food safety does not mean she doesn’t care about other problems in the world. What a ridiculous argument.

  6. Nalini

    Congratulations on your hard work.
    It does matter to me what the natural flavoring really means.thanks for your hard work.There are certain people who do not eat onions and Garlic and it is important to know the ingredients,dairy,vegetable,fruit or meat or oils.

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  7. Robert

    It might make people feel better to attack the messenger than to research the data, but I recently received an email from an old friend who bemoaned “dead babies being put into sport drinks”. I spent a lot of time sending him replies telling him that often things that we read on the internet are not true. He finally sent me a list of resources and I was horrified that, in a manner of speaking, what he was telling me was true. Who knows? maybe these bio-engineered ingredients are in V8 also, but I’ve thrown up my arms and surrendered, because there is such a huge disconnect between the industrial complex that provides food for society and the wishes of myself and those like me who just want regular food without toxic ingredients and drug-like chemicals put into that food.

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    • Max (to Robert)

      Yeah, I agree. I never thought that parts from dead animals and dead anything could be put into such a popular and ‘healthy’ drink. I mean, of course I suspected that they did not use 100 percent vegetable juice, but dead beings and animals are just horrific. Thank you, Vani for telling us this and alerting us about these terrible scandals. You’re a hero.

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      • Robert (to Max)

        I’m sorry, but I got some of the information wrong. The actual dead-baby kidney cells do not actually appear in the food products, but were somhow used to test combinations of chemical compounds and select those that were supposed to make people think the foods they were eating tasted good in a number of different ways. It still makes me wonder if these compounds that ARE added to the food could have negative health side effects that could have been overlooked. It also gives me a YUK factor thinking that dead baby cells would be used at all for such a purpose of searching for flavorings. Another thing I should not have done is suggest that V8 might have been developed with that same technology. There are tons of food products that have been developed in this manner, but I did not see V8 juice on the lists. (Even some bottled waters have these ingredients, though). I agree, however, that I would like to avoid anything with “natural flavor” on it’s list of ingredients.

  8. Shane Harley

    I remember reading that all canned and bottled products have acceptable levels of dead animal parts, such as mice, rats, bugs and even rabbits, that are contained (trapped) in large batches (truckloads or freight containers) that are delivered to the factories from the fields. They pull a sample from the center of the truck or container and analyze it to make sure it has no more than the allowed amount of animals parts. In the article I read (many years ago) they showed a picture of a rabbit hopping from the shoot that was taking the sample. Given that it is almost if not totally impossible to keep all contaminants such as bugs and even rodents out of processed foods, I don’t know how any manufacturer can truly claim any food is 100% vegan. Even that organic tomato from the Farmer’s Market might have insect eggs in it.

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    • Lisa (to Shane Harley)

      Yes, you are 1000% right. I have my degree in nutrition and food sci, and I came here to specifically make this point. ALL foods and beverages have a legal limit of different animal and bug parts that can contaminate their product and still pass inspection.

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  9. larryz

    Thanks for your hard work as usual.

    However, I called V8′s hotline about 10 years ago over this “natural flavoring” and they indeed admit that V8 was NOT vegetarian and that the flavorings were partially meat-based.

    Deceptive, huh? Sue their rear ends off I say,.

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  10. Chris

    I knew a friend that worked at one of the V8 processing plants in Ohio here and he told me not to drink V8 after he saw what goes into the product. He said he always saw frogs and bullfrogs in the big vats and of course there is no way to stop them and get them out so they just get grinded up in the mix.

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    • Janine (to Chris)

      Yikes, is that allowable by law?

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    • donttrusteasily (to Chris)

      REALLY? I find that hard to believe. I would think many employees would have a fit if they seen that. Maybe your friend was fired and trying to get back at them?
      I am not saying that every food maker is trustworthy, but this seems a little hard to believe.

      Reply
  11. Lisa

    Vani,
    Thank you so much for this update (as well as all the other work and research you put into all of your other updates as well)! I’ve been a vegetarian for years now and never even thought to do further research into the ingredients in V8 juice, since it is so deceptively marketed to vegetarians. It disgusts me to learn more and more just how little we can really trust the those in charge of manufacturing our food and “regulating” it four our safety. Your hard work is truly appreciated!

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    • David (to Lisa)

      How can you say V8 juice is marketed to vegetarians? That’s like saying all fruit juices, or all frozen fruit is marketed towards vegetarians. V8′s biggest ad was the “Wow, I should of had a V8″ which as I recall wasn’t aimed at one group in particular, it was aimed at everyone to start their day off with a V8 juice. While I don’t understand the vegetarian lifestyle, never mind the vegan, it’s your choice, but honestly if you expect any processed food to 100% vegan, or vegetarian you have just been kidding yourself. And one the same note, please quit telling me that what I choose is so wrong because of your beliefs. That is one thing that really disturbs me about vegetarians, vegans especially. Cry and complain that it is your choice and that what you believe is right, but as soon as I pick up a fork full of pork, or beef or what ever, here comes the 3 hour dissertation on why what I am doing is, disgusting, wrong, unethical, inhumane, and on and on and on.

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  12. Alex

    Wow! I am so shocked! I try to avoid processed foods anyway, but occasionally my mom still buys the tomato or chicken noodle soup from Campbell’s, & if I’m sick & at my parents’ house, chicken noodle is one of the go-to foods. I guess I will just have to “commandeer” the crock-pot the next time (& encourage my dad to finish the kitchen renovations so we can have an actual oven to cook with again; right now they just have a small convection oven, but they have a separate stop top/range).

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  13. Alon

    What are you talking about? It is 100% possible to make a vegan V8. The vegtables should be run down a belt and any frogs, rabbits, animals, bugs should be hand picked out. Vestibules then need to be washed, strained, etc…

    The way you are making this sound is that Campbell just takes the trucks, dumps them into large vats and just cooks them. Are you $#!#@$%%*& Kidding me?

    Disgusting.

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  14. Karen

    Ask wholefoods to stop using canola oil in their foods. Listening to wholefoods recording encouraging the use of canola oil. UGH……

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  15. James Sheeler

    I don’t have a juicer for the homemade V8 can I make it in my Vitamix?

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  16. Janice

    I am concerned about your suggestion that the “natural flavor” in V8 is meat. How would they have achieved the OU Kosher symbol??

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  17. Amelie

    Wow! That’s a real surprise and an eye opener, thanks a lot for the info!

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  18. Barry

    This is most worthwhile info.

    Please keep in mind that your homemade juicing recipe could cost upwards of $5 per serving. While the V8 contains possible bad stuff, it still contains vegetables. I am not defending V8 at all, but the cost for most of the 99% is prohibitive. It becomes a choice of substituting one food for another to afford.

    Eating healthy is slowly becoming the world of the 1%. If you can afford it, this is great. For others, try Lakewood juices, they seem pretty clean. Any thoughts?

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  19. Jason

    I’d rather have a dead animal in my V8 than a live one…

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  20. anon

    um, just wanna say that vegan is strictly no animal products (eggs, milk) while vegetarian is just no meat. um, so no dead animals. though i really wouldn’t mind cooked meat ground up with vegetables into a smoothie ;)

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  21. Sharon

    So now I’m wondering about Oasis vegetable juice. In fact, anything bottled or boxed, as the case may be – with respect to juices.

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  22. Devin

    I love what you are doing! Thank you!
    My husband and I are so tired of all the poison in our food. We actually started an amazon business selling nut milk bags because of it. We are trying to get the word out to people to make your own nut milks, cheeses, Greek yogurt etc. No more processed nut milk. If you want to check out our page and buy one, here is a direct link. Thanks again for all you do!

    http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Multipurpose-Includes-Reusable-Storage/dp/B00ME13992/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1411086846&sr=8-35&keywords=nut+milk+bag

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  23. Carnivore

    Omg it clearly says on the front “with added ingredients” if they didn’t add ingredients then it would spoil. So they change the label to “99.3% vegetable juice” would that make everyone happy? Secondly, vegan diets are soooo unhealthy. Clean diet? Yes. Healthy diet? Far from it. Vegan diets are great short term…. for things like detoxing. But if you look at vegans, TRUE VEGANS, you’ll notice they have dark circles around their eyes and a pot belly. Skin and bone everywhere else. Vegan diets rid you of desirable fat because you are STARVING yourself! Buy the v8. Get over it. Drink it With your steak and egg breakfast and just be healthy. Nothing wrong with v8

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  24. Heather

    I don’t want any animals in my VEGETABLE juice, dead or alive! Thanks for the yummy recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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  25. Bev

    I’m here looking for a review of the recipe. Has anyone tried it?

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  26. Sheri

    Delicious!

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  27. Divya (to Karin)

    I looked through the comments just to see if anyone else felt the same.

    Vani,

    I’m a huge fan of yours. I usually forward your articles to friends and also got a few to subscribe to your blog. However, I think its really important that you maintain the right tone instead of just sensationalizing something. Subject of your email was – “Why are there dead animals parts in this juice?!” .. Your blog title was toned down a little with “might” and the content of the article had nothing that proves that there are indeed animal parts in the juice. Its just a speculation given that Natural flavorings could mean anything.

    I think the focus should be on the facts rather than just getting everyone’s attention. I hope you will take care of this in your future posts. Great work otherwise.

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  28. Rich (to Kelly)

    Try reading the entire article (a small paragraph at that) that specifically says,

    “Campbell’s confirmed their “flavoring” may include “meat/seafood/poultry/dairy” this week on Twitter and within their question chat box on their website with us.”

    Not over the top at all. What’s over the top is attacking the blogger when you’re too lazy to even read.

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  29. Jen (to Divya)

    Actually, the response from Campbells, which you can see in the screen shot above, does prove animal parts are used. Vegan means NO animal products or by-products and Campbells clearly states they offer NO vegan products.

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  30. DB25 (to Divya)

    I think her point is clear – Campbell’s themselves says V8 juice is NOT vegan. They also don’t have to tell you by law what “natural flavors” are. I don’t think she’s off base at all, she’s probably being conservative actually!

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  31. Kirsten (to Divya)

    Yes, thank you!
    I really appreciate this site and all the work you’re doing to expose bad practices in the food industry, but I think you risk turning people off by sensationalizing.

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  32. Den (to Divya)

    I have to agree. While anger and frustration is absolutely appropriate I think the best approach is to be wary of sounding like a Tabloid headline. Once you go there expectations of a fanatical rant could be assumed. Nothing of the sort is true and Vani’s work astounds and amazes me. “Hero” gets thrown around so much it is pretty much useless, so what would I consider Vani? Just Vani, as no one else can compare. Fabulous Work, lady. Thank you.

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  33. Chelsea (to Divya)

    I totally agree. I don’t drink the stuff personally because I think it tastes like sh** and my juice is a million times better, but I definitely don’t feel like I can forward this article on to my boyfriend who gives his kids V8. Nowhere near enough facts to make him do anything but laugh.

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  34. Elliene (to Jen)

    Did they ever advertise the juice as “vegan” or “vegetarian”? I don’t think so. Yes, it’s deceptive and not many people are going to wonder if “natural flavors” MIGHT include an animal by-product, but in all fairness, I have never seen an of their products labeled “vegan.” They do sell a “Vegetarian vegetable” soup made w/veg stock (as opposed to their alphabet soup which has beef stock) but they never said V8 is vegan. Consumers (even vegans) fall for pretty packaging and don’t often investigate.

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  35. Zach (to Jen)

    I liked the article and the ‘heads-up’ on this product, but in defense of Divya when she suggested that Vani’s title was a little sensational, —the image that comes to my mind when I hear of ‘animal parts’ is little bits or pieces of and off of an animal, as opposed to beef or poultry products that are technically ‘parts’, but at a stage where parts is not the most accurate term. If I buy a pound of beef at the grocery, I dont say that I came home with ‘cow parts’, even though I technically have. Technically Vayna was correct, but de facto, a little sensational. Divya offered a constructive criticism on a small point.

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  36. Laura (to Elliene)

    What would any normal person expect except vegan if it says “100% vegetable juice”.? It probably just contains Worcestershire sauce which is not vegan, but still, it should be listed on the label not covered up with that loophole phrase “natural flavoring”. For myself, when I see that term, I seek another brand as I do when they give a long list of “may contain” instead of what it does contain.

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  37. Heather (to Elliene)

    Actually, the did misleadingly advertise as vegetarian/vegan when they slapped the label 100% Vegetable Juice on the front of the can.

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  38. Amber (to Elliene)

    When something says 100% vegetable juice people expect to get 100% vegetable juice…vegans don’t eat any animal based products so their label is misleading???if it can contain meat it’s not 100% veggie now is it??? They may say we don’t make vegan products…but their labeling suggests otherwise…very misleading!

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  39. Gerald (to Adriana Cart)

    “the behavior that is counterproductive to honest labeling and communication between food companies and customers.” As in companies being deceptive as hell, refusing to tell us what their products are sourced from, and donating huge sums of money, in the process breaking the law in Washington state, by trying to illegally hide their donations to sabotage efforts to bring in a labeling law. These are the companies that you believe will suddenly become a “good guy” if we all shut up, and act like dummies? No way. these jerks do NOTHING, unless we hold their feet to the fire, so stop kissing up to these greedy jerks.

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  40. Zach (to Zach)

    oops. mispelled Vani’s name toward end of comment.

    Reply

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