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Metro.co.uk - Monday, January 14, 2008
Chocolate giant Mars faces a second backlash after it was found that three of its most popular products still contain an ingredient from calves' stomachs.
Twix, Milky Way and Celebrations – among the top-selling chocolates in Britain – all contain animal rennet.
'I'm sure there are vegetarians out there eating these products unaware they are unsuitable for vegetarians,' a spokeswoman for the Vegetarian Society said.
But Mars said it had no plans to stop using rennet, which is also used to make cheese.
Eight months ago, the company had to back down amid a storm of 6,000 protests when it started using animal rennet in Mars, Snickers, Maltesers and Galaxy bars.
Despite the U-turn, Mars kept on using it in Celebrations, Twix and Milky Way bars, which had contained the ingredient long before last year's change of recipe.
It insisted it had always been open about what its chocolate contained. A spokesman said: 'At no stage have we claimed that they are suitable for vegetarians, or that they would be.'
But the Vegetarian Society is trying to persuade Mars's parent company, Masterfoods, to make all the bars suitable for non-meat eaters.
The group said Mars was losing customers among 3million British vegetarians.
'We hope Masterfoods will eventually address the use of non-veggie whey,' the spokeswoman added.
Mars Vegetarian Product Suitability List -