Bread and animal Enzymes - BBC BLOG

Published: 2007-01-30

this is a page i came across that stated that some bread companies may use
animal derived products and yet still have a suitable for vegetarian sign
because the animal product has been removed or there is little amount.

what is your opinion on this article and should we become more cautions on
the types of bread we eat? and do you know of certain companied that
definitely make 100 % bread?

jazakallah for your time
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Updated: 2007-01-30

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Please do not email us with specific companies which do not feature on this page, rather contact them yourselves, quoting the link in the question, and ask whether their products are affected by hidden animal enzymes.  

We simply do not have the resources to write to scores of bakeries.  Please play your part in helping Muslims Eat Halaal, and reap the rewards.  We need supermarkets to be contacted so that their instore bakeries can be checked out.

These are some of the responses we received from the many we sent out.  A special Jazakallah to Nafed86 for forwarding us replies received. 

From the responses received, we can say that the Suitable for Vegetarians emblem on these products can be relied upon. 
Sainsbury's reply -
Thank you for your recent email.  I understand that you are concerned about the use of animal enzymes in bread.  I appreciate how important this information is, especially in light of the recent BBC article.

We are committed to making it as easy as possible for our customers to make an informed choice.  We want everyone to be fully aware of what they are eating, especially if there is a risk of an allergic reaction.   It was for this reason that we developed a range of clear, factual labels and symbols so our customers can make a quick decision.


I have discussed your concerns with our bread buyer.  They have checked with their suppliers and assured me that we do not use any animal derived enzymes in our bread.   If you have any further queries please feel free to call our Careline on 0800 636262, between the hours of 8am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday.  If you provide my colleagues with a product code or description they will be happy to answer your question.


Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.  I hope the information I have provided above is useful to you.

Kind regards

Sainsbury's Customer Services


Thank you for your email.

We do not use any animal derived ingredients / enzymes in any of our products. I hope this information helps you.

Customer Care Manager
Freephone: 0800 243684

Allinson Bakeries

Thank you for your email.

I can confirm our products our suitable for vegetarians and vegans and have  no hidden animal products.

Kind Regards

British Bakeries' Breads - Hovis, Mothers Pride and Nimble

Thank you for your email, please be assured  that British Bakeries do not use
any enzymes derived from animal sources in any of our brands -
Hovis, Mothers Pride and Nimble.

The article specifically referred to a group of enzymes known as phosolipases. These are not widely used in the baking industry and where
they are used they are derived from microbial sources. As such the enzymes are suitable for both vegetarian and vegans.

Kind regards,
British Bakeries
Hovis Court
PO Box 527
69 Alma Road
Berkshire SL4 3HD

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